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

    School is well underway now, and everyone seems to be settling in to a routine. Students are just completing their soccer skills unit, and the 4th and 5th graders are also completing their fitness testing. Students from 4th grade through high school take standardized fitness test each fall and spring. The FitnessGram is the test that is used across the district. The results from each test are recorded, so students and parents/guardians can access the information to see the progress that is made each year. I will be sending an email at a later time to the parents/guardians with the information they need to access their child’s scores. Feel free to ask you child about the tests to see how they did and how they felt about each one. There are four tests we do: curl-up test (abdominal strength), push-up test (upper body strength), sit and reach (flexibility), and the PACER test (running endurance). 

    The next unit will be football skills. The younger students will practice throwing/catching while the older students practice using the football to throw and running routes. After that, the primary students will be using scooters while the older students learn about team handball. Team handball is an Olympic event that has similarities to basketball and soccer. It is a fast-paced game that is sure to be enjoyed by all.

    If you would like to meet me to talk about your child or find out what is going on in the p.e. classes, please feel free to call or email me to set up a conference. I will be holding my conference times as follows:

    Mon., Oct. 16 from 3:15-4:45

    Mon., Oct. 23 from 3:15-6:15

    Thur., Oct. 26 from 3:15-5:15

    Fri., Oct. 27 from 3:15-4:15

    Mon., Oct. 30 from 3:15-6:15

    Mon., Nov. 6 from 3:15-4:45

    If you are interested in seeing what some of our students are doing, please check my twitter account GWPE. You can also access it at #gwgreats. 

    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@wayzata.k12.mn. 

    Due to some schedule conflicts, our Good Sport winners will be announced in Nov. That will include winners from both October and November.