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Mary Hurwitz


There is some exciting news for March! Greenwood will be having our fifth annual "March into Fitness" event! This is an opportunity to "jump start" everyone into getting back to an active lifestyle and eating healthy after the long winter months. There will be a calendar going home the last week in February. Students will have the opportunity to keep track of the fruits and vegetables they eat each day (five is recommended daily) and the number of minutes they are active each day (30 is recommended daily). Students will simply cross off a number for each fruit or vegetable they eat and in another area cross off a number for each 10 minutes they are active. At the end of the month, students can hand in their calendars to receive a prize. While it is easy to get off schedule because of the many commitments people have, any student who attempts the "March into Fitness" and hands in a calendar is eligible to receive the prize. So don't be shy, give it a try!

Here is an update on what has been happening in the physical education classes:

The students got a start on practicing for the fitness tests that will occur in the spring. While only the fourth and fifth graders will be tested “officially”, all of the students practiced the tests. As the younger ones get older, they will be familiar with the testing and will be more comfortable as they do them.  There will be four tests the students will perform. They include the P.A.C.E.R. to measure running endurance, the push-up test to check for upper body strength, the curl-up test to gauge abdominal strength and the sit-and-reach test for assessing flexibility.

We are just finishing our rhythms unit with all the classes. The younger students had a chance to do the Bunny Hop, the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance, the Cha-Cha Slide Part 2 and a movement to the song “Shake It Off”. The third graders had an opportunity to do something called Scatter Square Dancing and use the Jumping Bands. The jumping bands are similar to tinikling, a rhythmical movement originated in the Philippine Islands. Instead of using long bamboo sticks, the students used elastic bands to jump rhythmically to music.

The older students made and performed a creative dance. They had to have groups of at least two members, name their dance crew, choose a song and create a dance that lasted between 30seconds to two minutes. An added bonus for the fifth graders is that the top group will have the opportunity to perform during the halftime of the students vs staff basketball game at the end of the month! There are so many wonderful performances, it is unfortunate we won’t have time for more than one group to dance.

If you would like to meet for a conference regarding how your child is doing in my class, here are my conference hours. If, for some reason, these do not fit into your schedule, please feel free to contact me. We can meet at a time that is more convenient for you. You can either email me or call me 763-745-5520. Please make sure you contact me before you come. With such a large population, I want to make sure I am ready to speak to you about your child in an informed manner. Thank you.

Conference Times:

Tuesday, February 17                  3:15-5:45

Wednesday, February 18             3:15-4:45

Thursday, February 19                 3:15-4:15

Monday, February 23                   3:15-5:45

Wednesday, February 25             3:15-5:15

Monday, March 2                          3:15-5:45

Wednesday, March 11                  3:15-5:15

Monday, March 16                        3:15-5:15*

 *Due to the funeral for the principal from Oakwood, I will have my conferences on Wednesday, March 18 from 3:15-5:15

Please remember if your child has an injury or something that would hinder his or her participation in class, make sure you send a note or contact me to let me know what happened. Many times children can participate in other ways, which allows them to stay a part of the group and will still keep them safe. Please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding things we have done in class or how your child is doing in physical education. I can be reached by phone at 763-745-5520, or you can contact me by e-mail




Mary Hurwitz