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!


Shoe Tying….

Parents, it is back to school time and time to make sure your kiddos know how to tie their P.E. shoes!  I have seen many different ‘styles’ of shoe tying.  I have added a few videos here to help you if you your child is struggling to tie their own shoes.  It is a rule of thumb in my class that all kids should be able to tie their own shoes by 1st grade!  Happy tying!



Mrs. Carscallen

September Healthy Duck Newsletter

The Healthy Duck Newsletter

Back to School!

Don’t forget to check the fitness calendar tab at the top of the page.  It gives you ideas on how to incorporate 60 minutes of physical activity into your child’s day, everyday.

September 2016

Dear Duck Parents,

As summer draws to a close it is once again, time to shop for back to school supplies. As you are shopping for backpacks, lunch boxes, and school clothes; I am going to suggest some new types of “back to school” supplies that will help your child get good nutrition, plenty of sleep and 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The healthy school supplies include:


Healthy nutritional snacks

When you plan your child’s lunch, put in fresh fruit, a box of raisins or other types of dried fruit, use whole wheat bread for sandwiches, unsweetened applesauce cups, and cheese. Make sure to encourage your child to drink plenty of water during the day and low fat milk at meals. Check out this website for more helpful information – https://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids


Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is critical for your child’s growth and development. Physical activity helps strengthen bones and muscles, maintain appropriate weight, improve academic achievement and reduce the risk of various diseases. Supplies that can assist in improving your child’s physical activity level include activity related supplies such as a short jump rope, a ball that bounces, and sidewalk chalk. Encourage your child to be physical active at least 60 minutes per day. You can do this by taking your child to places that encourage physical activity such as parks, fields, courts and pools.


Healthy Behaviors

Encourage your child to live a healthy life, make sure to wash his or her hands frequently throughout the day. You and your child could practice the right way to wash your hands by using the guidelines at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HandWashing/. Use fluoride toothpaste and encourage regular brushing. You might want to buy a brand new toothbrush for your child to start every new school year.  Make sure your child gets sufficient rest and sleep. Sleep helps with memory, concentration and learning. Make sure to set a regular time for bed and try doing some relaxing activities prior to bedtime such as reading a story or taking a warm bath. You can include a bottle of bubble bath on your school supply list!

Here’s to the Beginning of a Healthy School Year!

Mrs. Carscallen


Mini Iron-Children

Last week in P.E., grades 3-5, all students completed our own version of the Iron Man triathlon.  This was a great opportunity to talk about the Palouse Sprint triathlon that was coming up over the weekend.  We talked about the difference between a sprint triathlon, and the  Iron Man version.  Our version consisted of ‘swimming’ on our bellies on scooters, transitioning to ‘biking’ on our scooters, then running around the perimeter of the gym.


Swimming through the triathlon course

They repeated these activities for 8 minutes.  Many students were able to complete 6-8 triathlons in this time period.  We all have a new found respect for those who compete in triathlons and how much work goes into the training, and on race day!  Our students are now considered Iron-Children!




Bikers on the triathlon course