Welcome to Physical Education for K-6th grades at La Patera!
Please have your child wear comfortable clothes, socks with laced and tied up tennis shoes to ensure safety during PE. Other suggested items to wear and bring: sunscreen, hat and refillable labeled water bottle.
In order to create a caring learning environment, we treat everyone with respect. This includes respecting their right to learn and being safe.
Students will be expected to:
- Follow directions, be polite and friendly
- Show teamwork and respect towards others
- Listen when someone else is speaking
- Be safe with each other and be safe with equipment
- All students are expected to participate to the best of their ability during Physical Education.
- If your child is ill or has an injury please contact classroom teacher if your child is unable to participate in PE. If there is a Doctor note for prolonged illness or injury please also follow up with LP Health Tech and Nurse if PE activities are limited or not advised.
Please check La Patera school website and please join Physical Education on Parent Square to stay updated with LP PE information and events during the school year!
Thank you for supporting Physical Education for La Patera students!
A quality physical education program is offered to students as part of our curriculum. We will be using activities from the SPARK Physical Education program. SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) is an “Exemplary Program” of the U.S. Dept. of Education. SPARK research has shown that students who participate in at least three 35-minute SPARK PE classes each week do as well or better than others on standardized academic test scores.
SPARK PE is a unique program designed to help teachers like myself lead activities that are inclusive, highly active, integrate academic and wellness concepts, and are fun for all students. Additionally, instructional units are designed to develop students’ motor, cognitive, and social skills.
This is the “new PE” you may have read about. Students won’t waste time waiting in lines for a turn, be a target in a dodgeball game, or be chosen last for a team. All students will have many opportunities to practice and participate in high levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Everyone will feel successful in each lesson. Physical education classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays starting on September 12th. Please remind your child to dress appropriately for physical activity every day. For comfort and safety purposes, he/she should wear sneakers and clothes suitable for activity.
Physical activity must be done regularly to achieve health benefits. Therefore, your child’s participation is very important. If your child is sick or unable to participate in all activities, please send a note or contact the main office prior to PE class.
Experts recommend children receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day. Please help your child meet these recommendations by helping them to seek opportunities to be active outside of school. Each month, your child will receive a SPARK Home Play Activity, which corresponds to the unit of instruction in the spotlight that month. Put the Home Play Activity on your refrigerator, and prompt your child to do the suggested activities throughout the month. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the PE Teachers.
For those of you that are new to the 100 mile club here is a brief introduction:
Welcome to another fantastic year of 100 Mile Club! As we continue moving forward with the year, we would like to introduce you to The 100 Mile Club®.
We have Accepted the Challenge, and we are so excited! A partir de la primera semana de 100 millas Club, los participantes saldrán al patio de recreo, se extienden y correrán un poco. The miles and love for running begin to build almost instantly! When your child reaches 25 miles, he/she will be presented with a fantastic t-shirt that is designed to show off your child’s accomplishments throughout the year. This year, we will also offer mile credits to students who participate in designated local 1-5K charity walks. Yay!!
Through the journey toward 100 miles, your child will practice personal goal setting, team spirit, perseverance, poise, confidence, and honest self-evaluation. As your child reaches other “mile”stones, we all celebrate together. When your child reaches 100 miles, he or she will be awarded with a beautiful gold medal at our Year-End Medal Ceremony where every participant will receive a special certificate celebrating their total miles run.
Please see the attached literature, visit our Physical Education Parent Square web page, or contact Mr. La Macchia for more information about the program. We look forward to celebrating your child’s accomplishments both on the track and in the classroom. See you on the black top!!