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09.14.17
Back to School!

What a great start we have had at St. James! I was so excited to see everyone on that first day of school. I am amazed at how much your children have grown over the Summer break! I hope you enjoy the pictures of your children getting back into the routine of things. I have some new activities planned this year in the area of sports and games. I will be taking lots of pictures and posting them so make sure you stop by and check out my blog from time to time. You may catch your child on here having some fun!

Thanks a bunch for sharing your children with us,
Nicole Chatelain

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05.30.17
Field Day 2017

Well, another year has gone by and another successful Field Day is in the books. The students had a WONDERFUL time at Field Day. We started out with a class vs class activity in the Gym then we moved outside where all of our events were. I want to thank all the volunteers who helped make this day a success. The students and I had a great year. Thank you parents for sharing your loved ones with us.

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05.12.17
May PE

I'm starting to get sad a little thinking about the end of the school year. I have enjoyed your children so much! Thank you for sharing them with us. I also want to thank Coach "H" (Kate) for helping me in class. She won the "Coach for a day" during this year's Gala. We had a lot of fun together. Thank you Coach H!

We have done so much this year. In pre-k we have learned about space awareness, body control, team work, the importance of telling the truth, how to be a good friend, perseverance, how to throw and catch a ball, how to balance, throwing over and into, how to follow rules…..I could go on and on. I am so proud of how much the children have grown in their knowledge.

In middle school we worked on all of the above and then some! We took team work to a new level! We communicated, we worked together, we encouraged, we gave moral support to our teammates, we improved on our fitness, we learned how to be competitive in a positive way. I am so proud of all of my students! Keep moving forward, school is not out yet!

Visit back soon to see pictures of our up coming event, Field Day!

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04.29.17
Volleyball Time!

As promised, I have some pictures of the students putting their volleyball skills together on the court. We are learning how to serve, rotate, keep score, how to play positions, and how to work as a team. Also pictured are our students of the month: Adler and Abby. They both have made outstanding efforts in class this year. I am very proud of their progress.

Our Pre K students are moving through their Action Based Learning labs very nicely. Pictured below are some of our students working on their tossing and catching skills by use of scarves. We are also working on jumping rope (the long and short rope). They are progressing as well. You may even see someone jumping rope as a talent in the Pre K dress up and talent show! Come back and visit soon, I will have new pictures for our new sport of the month!

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04.07.17
PE in April

Spring is here! We are focusing on 2 sports this month in our 4th - 6th grades. One is Volleyball while the other is Ultimate Frisbee. Pictured below are students practicing tossing\catching a frisbee and practicing passing the volleyball, using skills they have learned. As the weather warms up and dries the ground, we will be going outside more to do frisbee games.

Also pictured below are our Badminton Champs! Representing the 4th grade class we have Hannah and Jon, representing our 5th/6th grade class we have Connor and Thomas. We played a doubles tournament that lasted 6 days. All the students did great. They were able to put to use everything that was learned about Badminton. How to hit the birdie, keeping score, working with a team mate, understanding and using strategies, and how to have fun! It was a double elimination tournament where everyone was guaranteed at least 2 games. Along with teaching gross motor skills, team work, and sportsmanship, I also like to teach the students life long skills to help keep them active. Badminton is a great family game that can be played in any backyard. You can purchase a set at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or Academy. It would make a great Easter gift smile

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03.24.17
Fun with Jump Ropes!

This month we are learning all about jump ropes! Our PreK and Kinder classes are learning how to use a single jump rope and the big jump rope while our 1st - 6th grade classes are reviewing and practicing new skills for jumping rope (crossing over, side swing, partner jumping). This is a great form of exercise and the students love it! Pictured below are some of our students who participated in a fun run held during Spring Break, jump roping students, and a game of Junk Yard.

Our pre schoolers have also been working on their throwing skills. Pictured below is a game called Junk Yard. The students are moving quickly around the room picking up balls and squares to throw them over the net. They have a time limit to throw as many as they can. The object is to have a clean side when the time is up. When the time is up, each side will collect their items, lay them on a line, then the teams will count to see who has the cleaner side (smallest number of items). This is a very fast tempo game that involves throwing, moving, and math skills. We play this same game in the older classes as well. Starting in the 1st grade, the students use a point system to add up their score, with a goal of having the smallest score.

We will start our new sport of the month next week for our 4th - 6th graders, Volleyball. Along with learning Volleyball skills, the students will learn how to rotate on the court, keep score, how to serve, and teamwork. After learning the skills necessary, we will play a nice friendly game so the students can put all of their knowledge together. Be on the lookout for pictures to see how the students are progressing!

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02.24.17
Student of the month in P.E.

The students of the month in P.E. are: In lower school, 3rd grader Staten. In middle school, 5th grader Katie and 6th grader Bella. These students worked really hard this past month. The met challenges head on and kept improving. Congratulations girls!

Run the Line: Our school participated in a half marathon. Each participating school had to run 12.1 miles prior to the event. The day of the event, each school gathered together to run 1 mile, totaling 13.1 miles which equals a half marathon. This year, our school came in first place with the most participating students! Whoohoo! Go St James! We did all our work in class, which is awesome because we have P.E. everyday! How great is that! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Run the Line.

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02.10.17
P.E. in February

What a great start we have had this month. Our new sport of the month is Badminton. For this sport, our pre schoolers are using paddles to track and hit balloons up in the air to themselves and to a partner. Out 1st - 2nd graders are using paddles to hit a badminton birdie back and forth to one another. And our 3rd-6th graders are using badminton rackets to practice their strokes while hitting a birdie back and forth over a net. Our 4th - 6th graders will play a small badminton tournament at the end of the month to put together everything they have learned about the sport: the strokes, how to serve, how to play with a partner, and how to keep score. Badminton is a fun leisure activity that can be played in any backyard. It is important to find activities that children enjoy to teach them how to stay active.

Our pre schoolers are also working on tossing/catching and pattern jump/hop/hop. Enjoy the pictures and come back to see what we are doing next!

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01.27.17
PE outside

Isn't it great to be able to take your class outside on those pretty days? Our P.E. classes took advantage of some nice sunshine this week. We took our games outside! Students need fresh air, they also need some time to be creative. Creative play allows children to learn how to communicate with one another, share, compromise, and to learn how to include everyone! Older students chose to play Basketball and socialize while some of the younger students played in the dirt, hung upside down and played chase! No matter what the activity is, everyone finds a way to enjoy the great outdoors!

Also pictured below is our pre schoolers working on balancing. We have progressed to walking on a balance beam while stepping over objects and crawling through. This is part of our Action Based Learning Labs that we do twice a week during their PE class.

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01.13.17
Basketball Season is here!

We have been studying about the sport of Basketball in our 1st - 6th grade classes. We have learned about team work, dribbling, passing, shooting, pivoting, rebounding, and guarding. We have participated in small group basketball activities to help learn concepts and we are now starting to put everything together in small games. The pictures below show our students practicing basketball concepts in small groups.

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12.08.16
December Fun!

November and December are very busy months, so our sport of the month for November and December will be Basketball. 1st - 6th grade will practice dribbling, passing, and shooting. In January, we will put together all the skills we have learned and we will play a friendly game of Basketball.

Students of the Month:
Lower School: 2nd grader Anna Claire N.
Middle School: 5th grader Caelan C.
Good job girls!

Pre K students are working on space awareness and balancing. We are using a low level balance beam to practice walking heel-to-toe and side-to-side, we are jumping/spinning/landing with balance and control of our body, and we are continuing to work on tossing and catching to ourselves. And let's not forget Fun Friday's!
Fun Friday's are when we get equipment out for the students to explore. They are given basic safety rules, for them and the equipment, then they are free to come up with activities with the equipment. According to Dr. Marion Diamond, author of Magic Trees of the Mind, conducted research on enriched environments supporting the importance of play in early brain development. "This critical motor development sets the stage for brain processes used later for decoding and problem solving, a strong argument for daily elementary physical education starting in kindergarten." How lucky are we to able to offer this even earlier in life! Our physical education program starts at Primary II, our 5 day a week program for 3 year olds. I love what our program offers to our students. Below are pictures of some of our stations and activities in the past few weeks. Enjoy them and visit back to learn more about our program!

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11.10.16
P.E. in November

P.E. in November is going to be exciting! This week we are doing a fitness check with our 1st-6th graders. We will chart their results all year and look at how each student improves as the school year moves on. Our sport of the month for 1st - 6th grade will be Basketball! They will research the history of the game and learn the fundamentals of the sport. At the end of the month, we will play a modified version of the game.

Our new students of the month are: In lower school: Addison B.
In middle school: Molly L.
Way to go girls! Keep up the good work!

Pre School: Pictured below are students spinning and crawling on scooters. The skill of spinning allows the students to integrate the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic systems. The senses are enhanced and coordinated as students move through space at different levels, speed, and positions.

We are also continuing to work on tossing and catching, kicking an object, and shooting at a goal. Enjoy the pictures and visit back again soon!

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10.20.16
October fun!

What a fun month we have had so far! Soccer is our sport of the month so we are working on our foot work in all classes. Pictured below are our Pre K students working on their jumping patterns, soccer and throwing skills, while our 5th and 6th graders are taking a break from Soccer to play a nice game of Swamp Ball. Our 1st - 6th graders have daily P.E. classes that include sport-of-the-month themes and activities that require team work and group cooperation skills. With daily enrichment classes, a loving, caring environment, our students leave St. James ready to take on the world! The are confident leaders who are not shy of any challenge.

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10.06.16
P.E. in October

Welcome Fall! With the weather cooling off, we are going to start spending more time outside for class.

Students of the Month in P.E.
Lower school: David M.
Middle school: Samuel C.
Thomas C.

What is a student of the month? Student of the month is a student who demonstrates great character. They never throw fits when things don't go their way. They are honest, caring, helpful, they can laugh at themselves when they make a mistake. They are not class clowns. They strive to do their best, they never quiet. They put other students feeling before their own. They show compassion. They lead by example, they are not bossy. They bring the best out in others, they include everyone. They encourage others and celebrate when others achieve a goal. They are leaders.

Our sport of the month is Soccer. We will practice soccer techniques, learn how to play positions, play lead up games, then we will play a game of Soccer.

Our Pre-K students are still working on their Action Based Learning Lab stations. We are entering the 2nd phase of the program, Integrating the Senses. We will be rolling, pattern jumping, hoping, and introducing the balance beam. Our brain uses its motor skill patterns as the framework for thinking processes. There are 3 basic human motor movements: walking, rolling and jumping. These basic motor skills stimulate the way the information flows in the brain: back to front, side to side, and up and down. The Action Based Learning Lab helps students to master basic motor skills. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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09.22.16
Junior Olympics

Junior Olympic week: our 1st - 6th graders experienced a week full of events. Our focus was not on winning, it was about how to be a good competitor. What can I do to encourage others? How can I be a better team mate? The students did great and I am proud of them!

Our pre schoolers are working on their Action Based Learning stations. The movement activities are designed to develop necessary components to enhance whole brain learning and to access the parts of the brain that may be otherwise underdeveloped. The station progressions help students master the necessary components for optimal learning to occur. Pictured below are 2 students verbalizing while they are "stepping over, crawling under".

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09.08.16
Daily P.E.

For those that don't know, our students have P.E. every day! How blessed is that! Pictured here are a few of our Pre Schooler's working on bilateral crawling on scooters. We focus a lot on gross motor activities in our Pre School grades. Did you know that a child's mental development is based in part on his/her early motor development? The brain begins to wire up its ability to process information by wiring up the body's systems of balance, coordination, vistibular and motor movement. According to Dr. John Ratey, "what makes us move is also what makes us think". As the brain and body begin to work together to process motor sequences and patterns such as rolling around, crawling, walking and jumping, the brain creates the pathways used for processing sequences in reading and math. Stay tuned for more pictures and information about our program!

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08.29.16
Welcome Back!

I am so happy to see everyone back this year! It was a long and nice Summer break. As you can see from the picture, we haven't wasted any time getting back into the swing of things. Our 1st - 6th graders are getting ready for a Junior Olympics competition here at St. James. Since the Olympics only come around every 4 years, I thought it would be fun to learn a little about the Olympics and to have a small one ourselves. Enjoy the pictures!

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05.11.16
Kindergarten PE

As the school year moves along, so are our station progressions. We are now working on higher level thinking with the Action Based Learning Ladder. Some of the concepts include: higher level of dynamic balance, complex motor control, practice and reinforcement of academic content. These concepts aid the brain in anchoring information and improved memory retrieval, preparing the brain to take a test, and combining many skills for high level thinking.

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04.12.16
CPR

Our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students are learning about CPR. Here are our 4th graders learning how to administer compressions and rescue breathes.

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04.06.16
Spring is in the air!!

While our Pre Schoolers are working with balloons and paddles, our Middle Schoolers are getting ready to learn a new game, Ultimate Frisbee! But in order to play the game, first we must practice throwing and catching the frisbee. This is a fun activity that anyone can play and enjoy in your own back yard!

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03.30.16
Team Work

Team work is very important in everyone's day to day lives. It's never too early to learn how to work with one another. Our 5th and 6th graders are working with one another to move the ball around the circle to hit their target. It's a fun little game that requires communication, listening, throwing, catching, and moving! Enjoy the pictures!

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03.02.16
P.E. fun

Not only do we play games in Gym, we also work on tying our shoes!

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02.23.16
Run The Line

Our Kindergarten through 6th graders have been working hard on their running skills! We have been practicing on our running, pacing, and breathing skills for Run The Line. We completed 12.1 miles in class, then met with other locals schools to run 1 mile to complete our half marathon. I am super proud of our students! We came in 2nd place in school participation and won money for our P.E. program! Thank you to everyone who signed up and ran Saturday!

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02.01.16
P.E. Outside

What great weather we had on Friday! And there is nothing better than having class outside to enjoy some fresh air.

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01.25.16
PE in January!

I am so glad to see everyone back from the Holiday break! We are not wasting any time in Gym, we are picking up where we left off before the Holiday's. Our Pre-Schoolers are working on their Vestibular Development. This is the development of their inner ear to coordinate with their auditory, visual, and kinesthetic senses. It uses spatial awareness, body control, dynamic balance, locomotor skill development, joint compression, and spatial concepts of around, up and down. These concepts aid the brain in putting numbers or letters in sequence, discriminating different sounds, placing letters and words in a page, and writing letters in proper proportion. Please enjoy the pictures of the students working on their vestibular system using scooters!

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12.02.15
PE in December

There is a lot going on this month between all the programs. We will not start a new sport of the month until after Christmas break. We will review throwing skills, cooperation activities, and work on our fitness ( thanks to all the Turkey and sweets wink ). I do hope everyone will have a safe Christmas break and Merry Christmas!

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11.06.15
Badminton Tournament

Our 5th and 6th graders competed this week in a mini Badminton Tournament. In the girls division we had: Emma 3rd place, and 3rd overall, Shreya 2nd place, and Lydia 1st place. In the boys division we had: Hampton 3rd place, Thompson 2nd place, and 2nd overall, Luke 1st place, and 1st overall. Congratulations!

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10.28.15
Badminton fun!

As promised! Pictures of our Middle School Badminton Tournament! It is going great and the students are loving it!

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10.10.15
P.E. News

Sport of the month is Badminton. We are serving, hitting, and learning how to keep score. The 4th - 6th graders will soon be playing a mini tournament using all the skills and knowledge they have learned about the sport Badminton.

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10.01.15
P.E. News

As we approach the month of October, the students are getting ready for their first Fitness Check of the year. They are encouraged to try their best to improve every time. We will be doing 3 Fitness checks this year, recording each result and looking at how much we have improved. Along with the Fitness checks, we will be starting our first sport of the month, Badminton!

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09.16.15
Enjoying the weather!

What beautiful weather we have been having! I just love to take my classes outside for fresh air and fun on cool days! Here are some pictures of our students enjoying some outdoor class time, scarves, and scooters.

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09.09.15
P.E. News

There is no better feeling than when a child learns something new and enjoys it! Here are a few pictures of the students learning the Chinese Jump Rope!

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05.20.15
Relay races!

We are getting ready for Field Day!! I am going to miss our 6th graders as they move on to new adventures next year. Good luck 6th graders!

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05.19.15
May!

What is happening in May? Well we have Field Day coming up, Pre K programs, graduations, and……..Soccer! Basketball! Hurdles! Yes, we are still busy in school. The students are loving Basketball, Soccer, and we will soon be running and jumping hurdles! Enjoy the pictures!!

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05.06.15
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05.06.15
PE in May

We are still busy! Even though the end of the school year is near, we still have a lot of work left to do! 4th - 6th graders are learning a new activity called Ultimate Frisbee, 1st - 3rd graders are working on their Basketball skills for Field Day, and Pre Schooler's are reviewing their motor skills in station work and activities. Here are a few pictures of the students enjoying their PE time.

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04.20.15
Spring is in the air!!

Check out what we have been doing in PE! We are finishing our unit on Volleyball and learning about the frisbee. We reviewing the Chinese Jump Rope and enjoying the weather outside! Enjoy the pictures!

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04.01.15
Volleyball!

Along with learning CPR we are also learning how to Bump Pass in Volleyball!

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03.27.15
5th and 6th graders learning about CPR

As promised here are pictures of the students in action! Our 5th and 6th graders are practicing their chest compressions.

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03.26.15
PE in April

Our 1st through 6th graders have been working on their throwing skills and earning how to pace and breath when running. Our 5th and 6th graders are also working on their 1st aid and CPR skills. Those photos will come soon. Here are a few pictures taken this week of the classes enjoying some sunshine and having fun working on their throwing skills.

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03.26.15
PE in April

We are moving right along! Our Pre K and Kindergarten program are working on our Learning Mat and Ladder. I am very happy with the performances of our students this month. They are motivated and trying real hard to focus on our activities. Check out some of our pictures!

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03.03.15
PE in March

Hello March! Hope everyone enjoyed their snow days. Our sport this month will be Volleyball. 1st through 6th grade will learn and play volleyball type games. 4th through 6th will learn a little bit more about the sport. We will focus on correct ways of passing the ball, serving, rotation, and game rules. At the end of the month we will play Volleyball games and practice keeping score. We will be discussing peer pressure: what is it and how can we arm ourselves against it. We have already started the discussion with the 5th and 6th graders and I really enjoyed their input. Sometimes the best way to learn what your students need is to just ask them and listen.

We fell behind schedule due to our snow days last week so we will have to get back into our 1st aid and CPR unit after Spring Break. This week Mrs Ann is getting caught back up with her tennis lessons and it will take all week to get back on track.

Enjoy your Spring Break and I'll see you when we get back!















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02.20.15
PE in February

Welcome to PE in February! Our Pre K and Kindergarten students have been working hard this month with their Action Based Learning Ladder. The Learning Ladder anchors academic concepts kinesthetically by combining cognitive brain functions with physical movement. As a result stronger neural connections are built in the brain leading to improved student academic performances.

The Ladder is comprised of two rail and multiple colored rungs. The students walk the ladder and simultaneously verbalize the colors of each rung which requires focus at the same time he/she is balancing on the ladder. The picture below shows a student demonstrating.

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02.04.15
P.E. in February

This month will be a very busy month for us. We have Grandparents Day on Friday February 13, 2015. I am looking forward to seeing everyone here!

Primary II - Kindergarten
Will are introducing the Action Based Learning Ladder to our Pre K and K5 students. The Learning Ladder is combining many skills that we have already practiced in class. Color/Letter/shape recognition, balance, and memory retrieval. Primary II is moving right along with continuing their pattern jumping, hopping, galloping, and introducing skipping. We are working on going: over, through, and under items. We are discussing "choking hazards" with all students this month. Discussing what happens when we choke, what causes us to choke, how we can prevent from choking, and what to do if someone we know is choking.

1st - 6th
We finished our fitness checks for the month on January, and we will continue with the checks after Grandparents Day. We are focusing on "choking Hazards" this month as well. Discussing what we can do to help prevent choking, steps to take if someone is choking and what we can do to help them. 5th and 6th graders will continue with their 1st aid and CPR and will also study about Choking. They will learn how to assist a choking victim, conscious and unconscious. 4th - 6th was introduced to Double Dutch jump roping. They are catching on to it pretty good! 1st - 3rd are jumping rope too! But just with one rope right now. We are still practicing turning the rope together with a partner. The big jump rope can be a challenge for some. You have to turn the rope with a partner, together, and the jumpers have to watch the rope and time it when to jump. I am proud of everyone, they are doing a great job!

Good job to all! Check back in a couple of weeks to find out what we are doing next!!

Mrs. Nicole

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01.12.15
PE news in January

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a fun and restful break.

Primary II - Kindergarden
We are working on our Vestibular Development. We will be spinning, jumping and landing, bouncing and catching balls. In case you were wondering, Vestibular means doorway to learning. The vestibular RAS system in our brain controls our spatial awareness. The inner ear relays messages to the brain to tell us where we are in space, what direction we are moving, and helps us to walk upright. These same skills are needed to place text and pictures on a page.

Action Based Learning Program: building the framework for learning.

1st - 6th grade
We finished up badminton before our Christmas break, so we will start a new sport in February. This month we will do our Fitness checks, jump rope, and participate in group cooperation games. Building team work is very important to learn early in life. Teamwork is a great tool to help understand acceptance and to learn how to use everyone's talents that surround you. We are all blessed with different talents, and putting all those talents together is what completes a team.

5th - 6th grade
We started CPR and First-Aid before the break, but due to practices and small class sizes, we were not able to get very far in our unit. We will review and move on with our CPR and First-Aid this month and next month. Pictures will be posted soon as we learn and practice our life saving skills.

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11.11.14
November in PE

Are you ready? Here it comes! Badminton! That's right! This month we will be learning all about Badminton. How to serve, how to hit, and how to play. Our 1st through 6th graders will practice serving and volleying before we play a game. Our 5th and 6th graders are also starting a unit on CPR and 1st Aid. I am super excited about our new units this month. Check back for pictures of our activities for this month!

Our Fitness check last week was on Push Ups, here are our top 2 students in each grade and their score:

Lower School (20 seconds): Hudson W. 30, Connor C. 29, Harris C. 28, Johah B. 26, Trip J. 25, Jon C. 23, Raney C. 23, Frank D. 18
Middle School (30 seconds): Thomas C. 45, Jackson P. 38, Luke S. 36, Peyton W. 35, Maggie C. 33, Nicholas W. 32

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10.24.14
Volleyball

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10.10.14
This week in PE

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10.09.14
PE today!

We are moving right along in class! The Primary II through Kindergarten classes have been working hard on Bilateral Crawling on mats and scooters, Bilateral crawling under obstacles, hopping, jumping, space awareness, patterning..... we have been very busy! All of these motions help build the framework for learning. Our Action Based Learning Labs are designed to develop necessary components to enhance whole brain learning and to access the parts of the brain that may be otherwise underdeveloped. We are getting ready to begin our segment on Vestibular Development, which is the development of inner ear to coordinate of the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic senses, spatial awareness, body control, dynamic balance, locomotor skill development, spatial concepts of around, up, and down. These concepts aid the brain in putting numbers or letters in sequence, placing letters and words in a page, and writing letters in proper proportion.


2nd - 6th grade did their first Fitness Check last week. For those who don't know, we are not participating in the Presidential Physical Fitness program this year, instead, we are focusing more on self improvement. The students are given Fitness checks once a month to see how that are improving. The top students in each class will have the honor of having their name posted in the Gym for all to see. This is a friendly competition to get everyone engaged into wanting to improve. So for the ones who are on the board, they now have to keep working to stay on the board while others are working to improve to over take the ones on the board. So far this has been a positive thing, I see everyone working hard and that is really what this is about, self improvement.

Along with the Fitness Checks, we are continuing to work on team cooperation, communication, and sportsmanship. I am proud of the classes, they are starting to work together more. We will continue to work and learn...... and improve!

Congratulations to our top students in their sit up challenge!
Middle School:
Luke S. 59 sit ups 5th grade
Jacob R. 57 sit ups 4th grade
Nicholas W. 56 sit ups 6th grade
Thomas C. 53 sit ups 4th grade
Jackson P. 51 sit ups 5th grade

Lower School:
Hudson Wood 55 sit ups 3rd grade
Mason Miller 55 sit ups 3rd grade
Raney C. 52 sit ups 2nd grade
Chance M. 50 sit ups 2nd grade
Annabelle H. 48 sit ups 2nd grade
Hanna B. 47 sit ups 2nd grade

1st grade will do their check soon and I will post those results afterwards.



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10.03.14
Scooters!

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09.16.14
Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Summer break. I have some great things planned for us this year in PE. To start the year, here are a few things we will begin with.

Pre School will start off working on spatial awareness. As we move around the Gym, it is important to learn how to move safely to avoid injuries. We will also work on our large motor skills like: jumping, hopping, skipping, and galloping.

1st - 6th grade will review as well our spatial awareness by moving and playing games. We will discuss our Fitness Checks this year and how to challenge ourself and others. We will learn why teamwork is important and how to communicate with others.

As always, it is important that we follow the school uniform guidelines to be able to participate in class. Girls, please remember to wear shorts under your jumpers on chapel days, you never know what we will be doing in PE smile

I have caught a couple of students so far being kind to others: Sebastian Nicholas and Maggie Cook. Great job! Keep up the kindness!

Please return next week to find out what we will be doing next month!

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08.21.13
Back to School

Welcome back everyone! Did you know that St. James Day School is celebrating its 65th year this school year? Wow! We will be celebrating this by doing 65 exercises on every Tuesday. Wow again! We will be spending the first few weeks getting back into routine. We will review the Gym and class rules, procedures for the bathroom and use of the water fountains, proper foot wear, sick notes, and the importance of sportsmanship. We will be moving slowly back into our daily exercises, learning the importance of warming up before stretching, and how to properly stretch.

Primary II - Kindergarten: We will start off with exploring the gym and our space, learning about space awareness and our bounder's, and practice moving in our space. This will lead us into new activities such as our movement stations.

1st - 6th grade: I am going to start the year off with team building activities to where the students will have to learn to communicate with each other in order to accomplish tasks. This will set the tone for the year on how they communicate with each other in other activities.

So buckle up and get ready, its going to be a great ride!!!

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03.05.13
PE In March!

Hello everyone! March is here! This month, our 1st - 6th graders have been learning about Self Defense. We learned that Self Defense is not just defending ourselves physically, but how to be aware of our surroundings when we are in public. We have been practicing our blocks, stances for balancing, and have been introduced to front kicks, axe kicks, and round kicks. Now that we have learned some of the basic techniques, we are going to start applying them to situations. We will continue with Self Defense, 3 days a week, until the end of March. Then we will drop back to 1 day a week to include our new sport of the Month in April.

The children are really enjoying themselves and are doing great! I have asked that no one practice or use anything they have learned, on the school grounds. We will practice in Gym and they may practice at home, but not on siblings. What they are learning are real simple blocks, strikes, and kicks, to defend themselves. I will also teach them how to get out of a few holds and grabs.

Self Defense is not just all about kicking and punching, it is about being alert and making good choices. If a situation occurs, I want our children to be able to defend themselves and make good decisions. You can never be to careful.

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01.10.13
January PE

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas vacation! Welcome back! This month we are going to be introducing new activities for the Pre-Schoolers and reviewing rules and fundamentals for Badminton with the 1st - 6th graders.

1st - 6th grade - We are reviewing how to serve a birdie and we are practicing hitting the birdie with a partner. Badminton is a good activity that anyone can enjoy, rather at school or at home in the back yard. It is good for coordination, practicing team work, eye tracking, and it can be a good work out! Eye tracking activities are good for all ages. Being able to follow an object while it is moving exercises our brain to be able to follow letters and words in a book. We are going to learn some basic rules to badminton and play in a little tournament. So not only are we exercising our bodies in PE, we are also exercising our minds!

K3 - Primer - We are exercising our bodies and minds every day! This month I am teaching the K3 pre schoolers some new activities. We have focused so much on space awareness, motor skills, and listening skills, it is time to progress these skills into bigger activities. We will be putting these skills together into small games likes: Ghostbuster Tag, Zoo Keeper, and Freeze Tag. On the weekends when you find yourself with nothing to do, ask your child if he/she remembers how to play Zoo Keeper or Freeze Tag. These are games that the whole family can play in the back yard. K4 - Primer will be playing these games and more! During the cold and wet months, I try to do games and activities that require a lot of moving since the children are limited to outside play time.

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11.12.12
November PE

As everyone has been getting ready for the holidays, we have been moving in PE! 1st - 6th grade has started their Fitness Test, and K3 - Primer will be working on "Integrating the Senses". They will work on these skills in stations during class time. We will be working on: eye tracking - visual motor control, Patterning, Problem solving, and sequencing of complex motor skills.

1st - 6th grade: Your child will have a Fitness Progress Report that will be sent home with your child after the tests are complete. My goal is to have them to you before Christmas Break. There are 5 events in the Fitness Test, each testing a different area. 1. Curl ups - measuring abdominal strength/endurance by maximum number of curl-ups performed in one minute. 2. Shuttle Run - to measure speed and agility. 3. Endurance run - to measure heart/lung endurance by fastest time to cover a quarter - half mile. 4. Right angle push ups - to measure upper body strength/endurance by maximum number of push-ups completed without stopping. 5. V-Sit - to measure flexibility of lower back and hamstrings.

There will be another Fitness Test given in March to retry anything that was not passed this month. The test this month will let me, your child, and you know what needs to be worked on in class, and at home.

Thank you,
Nicole Chatelain

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09.28.12
Gym Time!

PRE SCHOOL - We are continuing to work on: crawling, balancing, jumping and landing. Why are these movement activities important? Our Action Based Learning activities are designed to develop necessary components to enhance whole brain learning and to access the parts of the brain that may be otherwise underdeveloped. These components are: Balance, cross lateral movement, motor skill development, vestibular activation and spatial awareness, and sensory integration.

LOWER SCHOOL and MIDDLE SCHOOL - We have started our Sport of the Month for October, which is SOCCER! We are trying to take advantage of this cooler weather by going outside more for class. We started Soccer this week by dribbling the ball with our feet, and kicking for a goal. We will continue to work on dribbling, passing, and preparing for some nice friendly scrimmages.

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09.12.12
September PE

What beautiful weather we have had this week!

K3 - K4
We have continued with our station activities and the children are loving it! We are Jumping on/over/in, crawling through, pattern jumping, and target jumping.

K5 - 6th
We are learning how to work together through games and activities. 1st - 6th are also learning about the Skeletal System. We have covered the Cranium, Clavicle, and the Ribs. Our goal is to learn about the Skeletal System and to put our Skeleton together in time for the Fall Festival.

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09.12.12
September PE

What beautiful weather we have had this week!

K3 - K4
We have continued with our station activities and the children are loving it! We are Jumping on/over/in, crawling through, pattern jumping, and target jumping.

K5 - 6th
We are learning how to work together through games and activities. 1st - 6th are also learning about the Skeletal System. We have covered the Cranium, Clavicle, and the Ribs. Our goal is to learn about the Skeletal System and to put our Skeleton together in time for the Fall Festival.

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08.31.12
First week of School

Great first week of School everyone! I am so pleased with everyone's efforts this week in participation and on wearing the right shoes! Keep it up!!

K3 - Primer: We started out this week reviewing and learning rules and classroom procedures. We did our first set of stations this week as well! We started out Rolling on Mat's and juggling scarves. This is part of "Integrating the Senses", which works on: coordination of the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic senses, eye tracking for visual-motor control, development of core muscles to strengthen neural pathways, sequencing of complex motor skills, patterning, and problem solving. Next week we will continue with our stations and hopefully I can get you some pictures on the blog to show you what your child is learning.


1st - 6th: We haven't wasted any time getting back into routine. The students have come in ready to go! We reviewed our class rules and procedures for all to refresh or learn. We are learning about our bones in our body with the goal of having our skeleton completed in time for the Fall Festival. As we learn about a new bone, it is placed onto the wall in the Gym. Once completed, your child will be familiar with his/her Skeletal System. Next week we will continue with our Skeletal System and will also continue to work on Team Work.

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08.31.12
First week of School

Great first week of School everyone! I am so pleased with everyone's efforts this week in participation and on wearing the right shoes! Keep it up!!

K3 - Primer: We started out this week reviewing and learning rules and classroom procedures. We did our first set of stations this week as well! We started out Rolling on Mat's and juggling scarves. This is part of "Integrating the Senses", which works on: coordination of the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic senses, eye tracking for visual-motor control, development of core muscles to strengthen neural pathways, sequencing of complex motor skills, patterning, and problem solving. Next week we will continue with our stations and hopefully I can get you some pictures on the blog to show you what your child is learning.


1st - 6th: We haven't wasted any time getting back into routine. The students have come in ready to go! We reviewed our class rules and procedures for all to refresh or learn. We are learning about our bones in our body with the goal of having our skeleton completed in time for the Fall Festival. As we learn about a new bone, it is placed onto the wall in the Gym. Once completed, your child will be familiar with his/her Skeletal System. Next week we will continue with our Skeletal System and will also continue to work on Team Work.

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08.22.12
WELCOME BACK!

Welcome back everyone! I sure hope you enjoyed your Summer break. I have some really cool activities planned for us this year, I know you are going to enjoy them! We will start the year off by accessing where you are at Physically. This will be done visually as I monitor you on your daily warm ups and exercises. We will review classroom policies and procedures, equipment and class rules, and what to do if you are sick or injured. THEN, we will begin our 9 Month journey to Fitness where we will learn about exercise, health, muscles, bones, and foods. These short lessons will be taught after your warm ups and before our daily activities. So don't forget your P.E. shoes! They need to be within the guidelines of the school. No crocks, flip flops, sandles, or boots. And lets remember the school policy on socks, you have to wear them. Our classes will meet in the Gym and/or Outside, depending on the weather and activity for the day. So come prepared. I sure would be disappointed if you missed out on a really fun activity because you didn't come in correct shoes. On Dress Uniform Days, keep in mind your shoe choice. You have P.E. everyday, if the bottom of your shoes are slick, you may not want to wear them in class. You need shoes that have traction on the bottom to where you don't fall easily.

Again, welcome back, I am so excited to get started this year! If you have any questions or concerns through out the year, please feel free to email, call, or come by and visit me in my office. I am available every morning from 8-8:25, 10:30 - 10:45, and in the afternoons from 1:45 - 3:00.

Thank you,
Nicole Chatelain

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03.30.12
Gym in April

K3 - Primer

We are just moving right along! We are starting to do more things with our jump ropes. K4 will begin learning to jump a BIG rope while K3 will continue to practice jumping with a single rope. We are doing really good! Along with jumping rope, we are reviewing pattern jumping and hopping, target jumping, tossing and catching, and playing games using space awareness and listening skills.


Lower and Middle School

We are coming to a close with our sport of the month, Badminton. The children have really enjoyed getting to use our new equipment. I am taking picture so be sure to come back soon and visit!

Fitness Test will be April 23rd - 27th. The students will only have to retake the part not passed. We have been working hard in class, but a little more practice at home couldn't hurt either.

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02.28.12
February - March

K3 - Primer

K3 is doing great! Along with our daily exercises and movement activities, we are learning to skip! Some of the activities we have been doing in class are running, hopping, tossing, catching, kicking balls, patterning hopping and jumping, and balancing. We will continue to work on our skipping and will soon be ready to introduce jump roping!

K4 - Primer are doing great as well. We have been working on our Higher Level of Thinking by using our Learning Ladder. The Ladder we use is not for climbing, it's for walking and balancing on while it lays on the floor. It aids in anchoring information and improves memory retrieval. It also help prepare the brain to take test, and it combines many skills for higher level of thinking.

Lower School

Sport this month is Badminton. This is a good family sport that can be played by anyone. We introduced the Badminton Racquet and the Birdie that we will be using. We practiced serving and hitting with a partner. We will continue to practice before introducing the net and all the rules that follows. The children really seem to be enjoying it so far, so don't be too surprised if they come home asking for a Badminton set for the back yard.

Middle School

We reviewed how to serve and practiced hitting the birdie with a partner. The children did really good! We are not too far away from getting the nets out and reviewing the rules for some friendly games with our classmates. I will try to post some pictures soon when we start playing our matches in class.



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11.11.11
Fun Friday in PE

Everyone enjoys Fun Friday's in PE. Your never too old to enjoy some Balloon Fun! Playing with balloons is not only fun, but it assists in the development of Visual Tracking. Eye-hand coordination, eye-foot coordination, skills of toss, catch, throw, aim, strike, jump, juggling, kick, these concepts aid the brain in processing thought and organizing thoughts in sequence. So the next time you grab a balloon, try hitting it around with your non-dominant hand, or your non-dominant leg/foot. Not only will you have fun doing it, you will also be exercising your brain.http://stjamesdayschool.org/images/uploads/blog-images/_thumbs/100_5029.JPG

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10.25.11
Fitness Test!

1st - 6th Graders! Fitness Test starts Oct. 31st and runs until we finish. I am predicting that we will finish somewhere around Nov. 9th. So here we go! We've been working in class, I hope you have been working at home. Anything not passed can be retested in March. I am posting the standards for Boys and Girls according to age and grade. We go by the age you are at as of Jan. 1st, 2012. It's the same chart that is posted on the board in the GYM. Stop by and take a look, it's up all year. Good Luck!










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