Dear Parent(s) and/ or Guardians,
As summer is drawing to a close, we hope you are excited to send your child to Meadow View Elementary (MVE) for the 2019-2020 school year. We are very happy to teach and learn from your child this year. We are very fortunate to teach a subject that is a way of life for us and we promise to work very hard this year in providing your child the highest quality instruction and learning environment possible. Our educational approach centers on the whole, individual student. Upon leaving MVE, your child will be physically educated. NASPE defines the physically educated person as the person that…
- Has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities
- Is physically fit
- Does participate regularly in physical activity
- Knows the benefits from involvement in physical activities
- Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle
Upon graduating from the fifth grade, students in Health will have been exposed to and understand basic concepts about…The Human Body, Personal Safety, Guidance and Conflict Resolution, Personal Behavior, Drug Use and Abuse, Personal Health and Nutrition, Relationship Skills, Illness Prevention, and Community Health and Wellness.
Upon graduating from the fifth grade, students in Physical Education will have been exposed to and understand basic concepts about…Movement Concepts, Skill Themes, Chasing, Fleeing, Dodging, Jumping and Landing, Balancing, Transferring Weight and Rolling, Kicking and Punting, Throwing and Catching, Volleying and Dribbling, Striking with Rackets, Striking with Long Handled Implements, Games, Dance, Gymnastics, Fitness Testing, and much more.
In an effort to create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and safety for all, we have a few rules for the classroom.
Rules for Health/Physical Education are as follows…
- Students will use time wisely by staying “on-task” and following directions.
- Students will use self-control by keeping body parts to self.
- Students will respect others by cooperating and avoiding name calling, back talk, rolling eyes, and excluding others.
- Students will control excessive talking.
- Student will wear tennis shoes to class. (Boots, Crocs, Sandals, Flip-Flops, and Dress Shoes are not permitted and the student will not be able to participate.)
- Students will not consume gum, candy, and/ or food (unless medically prescribed) during class.
- Students are expected to participate. (A student will be excused from class by a note from a parent/guardian one time per nine week’s period and “as prescribed” by a doctor’s note.)
If a student does not follow the rules, there will be consequences.
The consequences of not following rules are as follows…
- Warning (-1 point)
- 1st Time-out (-2points) (The first time in time-out the student can return to activity when he/she is ready to make better decisions.)
- 2nd Time-out (-3 points) (The second time in time-out, the teacher will decide when the student is ready to return to activity. Additionally, the student may be given a problem solving and/ or activity related worksheet.)
If a student goes to time-out, then they will receive a letter that will need to be taken home and signed by a parent/guardian. If a student’s participation and/ or citizenship grade is lowering to the point in which he/she is in jeopardy of earning an “N” for the grading period, the parent/guardian will be contacted.
Each student will start the nine weeks grading period with 63 points. A student may lose up to 3 points per class based on citizenship/behavior or participation/activity. When a grade falls to 43 points or below, the student will receive an “N” grade which may impact the end of the year awards.
*Any student that has 20 points or more taken off their 63 points total will receive an “N” in citizenship or participation for the nine weeks grading period.
There are some behaviors that will result in an immediate removal from class without a warning. The following behaviors will not be tolerated and if a student demonstrates any one of these behaviors, then he/she will be sent to the principal and lose all participation and citizenship points for the day.
Students will immediately go to the principal for the following behaviors…
- Profanity (the use of inappropriate language)
- Fighting (includes shoving, pushing, and/ or pinching)
- Stealing (taking something that does not belong to you)
- Vandalism (defacing or destroying school property)
- Bullying or threats (i.e. silent treatment, intimidation, invasion of personal space)
*If suspension results from actions occurring during PE, then the student will receive an “N” in citizenship and lose 3 points per day for each class period missed.
We will need your help in encouraging your child to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. In an effort to maximize student participation and minimize the confusion of keeping up with the physical education schedule, please allow your child to keep a pair of tennis shoes in his/her book bag or in his/her classroom. A student will not participate in the scheduled activity and will lose all daily points if he/she is not wearing tennis shoes. While the emphasis of our program is developing skills that lead to lifetime physical activity and not fitness testing, we would like to strive towards a 100% pass rate on fitness tests. Students will have to exert some effort, but all students have the ability to pass these tests!
Parents, you can help pave the way to a healthy future for your child. Try to make healthy food choices in preparing meals for your child. Fruits and vegetables make great snacks instead of chips and candy. Encourage your child to drink water instead of sugar and caffeine loaded soft drinks and energy drinks. Rest is an important part of the growth process. Sleepless nights make for a long and tiring day; try to obtain at least 8 hours of sleep nightly. Obesity seems to run rampantly amongst our population. Please encourage your child to exercise at home. Get your child involved in martial arts, gymnastics, dance, or other recreational sports such as soccer, basketball, football, baseball, or flag football. Try to limit television and video game time and increase outside activities such as biking, walking neighborhood games, and family outings to a park or sports complex. Together, we can make a difference in living an active and healthy lifestyle!
Miss Mabry and Mr. Johnson will each maintain a web page on the Meadow View Elementary School website. Our web pages will inform you of pertinent information relating to our classes. Feel free to email Miss Mabry at email@example.com or Mr. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or we may be reached by phone at 276-634-0103. We look forward to having a great year with you and your child!
By signing this page of the letter and having your child return this page to Miss Mabry, Mr. Johnson, or his/her classroom teacher, you indicate that both you and your child are aware of the rules, procedures, consequences, and general information regarding Health and Physical Education class. You also acknowledge the fact that expectations are the same for Miss Mabry and Mr. Johnson. Together, let’s have a great year!
Miss Taylor Mabry ___________________________________________________________________________
Mr. Joel Johnson____________________________________________________________________________
Student’s homeroom teacher____________________________________________________________________
Student’s grade level__________________________________________________________________________
Please list any medical condition(s) that Miss Mabry or Mr. Johnson needs to know about here.
Medical condition(s) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________