Our annual "Plunge Into Fitness" Challenge sponsored by Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville wrapped up with 112 students completing the 25 hour activity challenge and earning a free ticket to Raging Waves this summer! Tickets were distributed to teachers' mailboxes on Friday (4/29) so hopefully you'll see your student's coming home in their backpack soon! Congratulations on a job well done and a BIG thank you to the staff at Raging Waves waterpark for their support in helping maintain physically active lifestyles in our kids.
As some of you may have heard, I will not be returning to teach P.E. in the fall at Fabyan and Heartland. I have accepted the full-time position at Williamsburg Elementary - filling a vacancy due to a retirement. I have traveled between two school buildings for the last fourteen years that I've been in the District. The move to Williamsburg will allow me to teach at one building without having to travel anymore.
While I'm excited to finally call one school, "home", I will miss working with the students, parents and staff that I've become a part of over the years. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories! I trust my work with your students has helped them develop competence and confidence in their physical skills and in turn increased their motivation - ultimately leading them toward increased participation in a healthy, ACTIVE lifestyle!
Yours in health,
The Plunge Into Fitness program gives children in grades K-8 the chance to earn a free weekday ticket to Raging Waves Water Park. From February 16th to April 11th, students participate in at least 30 minutes of physical exercise each day. Upon completion, a parent or guardian “signs off” on their fitness log. After completing the program, each child will have completed over 25 hours of physical activity. The student then brings in their completed fitness log to school in exchange for a voucher good for one free weekday ticket to Illinois’ Largest Waterpark.
Click this link to download an activity log sheet:
Our 3-5 grade students will kick off the New Year with a 2-week floor hockey unit sponsored by the Chicago Wolves Hockey team! The Wolves have generously donated a class set of official home & away youth jerseys for the kids to wear during the unit. All students will also receive a certificate of participation along with a tear-off voucher good for free admission to any Chicago Wolves home game! So plan on making some fun family memories and take your student to watch the Wolves in action at the Allstate Arena!
Congratulations, Fabyan students...WE DID IT!!!
For the tenth year in a row, the WSSA STACK UP! has set a new Guinness World Record for the "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day". Thanks to the 618,394 stackers, 2,691 schools and organizations from 31 countries who took part on November 12, 2015.
Stack Up 2015
Kindergarten - Mrs. Diamond
1st Grade - Mrs. Scheiner
2nd Grade - Mrs. Marsh
3rd Grade - Mr. Stone
4th Grade - Mrs. Biener
5th Grade - Mr. Lawless
This week marks the first of our 5-week physical activity & reading program in Physical Education we call the Columbus Race! Each student is helping their class earn miles for their boat by staying active and reading outside of the regular school day. Students enter all activity and reading time on a log sheet and have it signed by a parent. When the sheet is full, return it to school and take another one. All the minutes are converted to miles that help move your team's boat across the Atlantic Ocean. The team with the most miles from each grade level by the time Columbus reaches the New World (on Columbus Day) will be crowned the grade level champion! Keep checking back for weekly updates on teams' progress!
Parent letter and log sheets were distributed to classroom teachers on Tuesday. If you did not receive one or would like additional copies click this link and scroll to the bottom of the page: http://pe4everykid.weebly.com/columbus-race.html
When attempting to informally assess students’ prior knowledge on a topic, I like to throw out a question and then have students tell me everything they know about it. This is a great way for me to gauge whether my teaching has been effective up to this point and to see how well students understand a concept, content or skill.
To start off the school year I asked students two essential questions,
“What is P.E.?” and “Why is P.E. Important?”
I asked each class to share the first thing that came to their mind and to think about why do we need PE, how does it make you feel, what skills do you need to be successful, etc... In Grades K-3 we did this as a whole group project where students I posed the question and then wrote down the student responses as we discussed their answers. Their responses are on display by class in the gym. In grades 4 and 5, each student was given a dry erase pocket with one question on each side. They each reflected and wrote down their own responses. I then took pictures of each student displaying their answers. All of the pictures were then used to create a slideshow presentation that was on display in the gym during Back to School night.
Check out these amazing insights from our students! These are their EXACT words! Pretty amazing to see some common themes throughout the grade levels as well as some unique things that demonstrate a deeper level of understanding developing as students get older.
4th Grade - Biener
4 Grade - Gutierrez
4th Grade - Safran
5th Grade - Venneri
5th Grade - Lawless
5th Grade - DiBartolo