October Family Fitness Calendar

Looking for a way to incorporate 60 minutes of physical activity into you day?  Check out the October Family Fitness Calendar!


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Walking, jumping, hopping….oh my!

As the new school year is upon us, I am teaching, reviewing, and assessing locomotor movements with all Kindergarten through 2nd grade students. These are movements where the body travels through space from one location to another.

Your primary student should be able to tell you the 8 locomotor movements and demonstrate them to you.

They are:

  • walk
  • run
  • hop (ask them how many feet do we hop with)
  • jump (again, ask how many feet do we jump with)
  • gallop
  • side slide
  • skip
  • leap

Did you know…

Did you know every 34 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack?  

Know the signs!

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.


McDonald students have been raising money for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart.

We will end our fundraising efforts on April 18th, so if you haven’t had time to sign up, don’t worry, there is still time.  On that day your child will need to bring me their fundraising envelope, (with printed donation report insid eif htey have done any online fundraising.).  Remember, if you raised $50 or more yo will reeive a Jump Rope for Heart T-Shirt, and I will need to know what size of shirt your child would like.

We will celebrating with a jump rope day at school, during P.E. time, the week of April 24th.  All children will be participating in the celebration that day; no one will be left out. The main idea of the day will be to emphasize the prevention of heart disease adn stroke through exercise.


american heart association logo

You can fundraise by using your computer.  Here’s how!

  1. Go to website – heart.org/jump
  2. In the Find Your School and Sign Up area, click on your state or enter hte city where your school is located. Click on the first leetter of your school’s name.  Once you find your school, click on  Join Team.
  3. Create your Username, Password and answer a security question. Click continue.  (Be sure your Username and Password are easy to remember).
  4. Fill out the registration form.  Review the Online Waiver and click the box to accept it.  Once you’re done, click the Continue button.


Heart Health Vocabulary

3rd-5th graders have been learning about healthy hearts, and cardiorespiratory endurance this month.  We have learned about the respiration process while playing games like respiration relay and oxygen transport.  Students have learned how to find their resting heart rate, and discovered the difference in our heart rate after doing a 4 minute healthy heart run.

The following is a list of vocabulary words that were emphasized during February, also known as Heart Month.

Cardiorespiratory Endurance:  The ability of your heart and lungs to provide oxygen to hte muscles during long periods of physical activity.

Energy:  The ability to work, move or play.

Heart:  A muscle that pumps blood through the body

Heart Rate:  The number of times the hear beats in one minute.

Lungs:  The part of hte body that holds the air a person breathes.

Oxygen:  A component of the  air that a person breathes.

Pacing:  To run at a steady speed for a long period of time.

Resting Heart Rate:  The number of times that the heart beats in one minute while a person is resting.

Congrats to all students and families who competed in the Healthy Heart Challenge.  Be on the lookout for a new challenge in April!

Shoes for P.E.

February 2017
Dear Duck Parents,

As we are now in the second semester of our school year I want to remind you of the shoe policy in P.E. In order for your child to get the most out of PE, it is important that he/she dresses appropriately for participation in class. For your child’s safety, please make sure that proper footwear and socks are worn on PE days. Proper footwear is athletic-type tennis shoes—those with a non-marking, flat bottom, and the foot fully covered. Crocs, oxfords, clogs, sandals, dress shoes, suede mocks, hiking boots/shoes, heels of any kind, backless shoes, any type of “Mary Jane’s,” Heelies, are NOT appropriate. Shoes must also be tied correctly and tightly at all times. Your child will not be allowed to participate without appropriate shoes; this includes days that we have special programs or events that may interfere with our schedule. So, please make sure your child is prepared for PE on their day. This policy is based on my desire to create a safe environment and only tennis shoes provide the appropriate protection and support for the activities the students are expected to perform. When a student does not wear tennis shoes, he or she receives a minus for the day and will not be allowed to participate in class.

Please be aware that our specialists schedule is on a 3-day rotation. This means that if we have a day off for any reason (testing, planning days, special activities/events, etc.) the schedule will continue with the group that was next. For example, we do not have school Feb. 17 and 20. The group that should have P.E. on Friday the 17th, will have it on Tuesday the 21st. Therefore, PE is on different days of the week, every week. My recommendation is for your child to wear tennis shoes every day or bring them in their backpack, or leave a pair at school, so that they will always be prepared!

Thank you for your support of the physical education program!