Buck Lake Education Policy Letter
Buck Lake Elementary
Physical Education Department
Welcome to Buck Lake Elementary Physical Education Department. We have designed a program for children that help them develop the physical competence that leads to confidence and participation in physical activity for a lifetime. Our goal is to help children find a variety of ways to enjoy being physically active so that they will be able to get all of the physical, emotional, intellectual and social benefits that come to someone who is physically active.
All students in grades K-5 will attend Physical Education throughout the school year where they will come twice a week for 45 minutes each. The following is a brief description of the skills and activities your child will participate in during their class time. (Activities for this year will depend on district guidelines
for Physical Education)
Kindergarten and First Grade : These students will participate in activities that involve space awareness, movement concepts, yoga/aerobics, manipulative skills and basic motor skills such as throwing, kicking, volleying and striking skills.
2nd and 3rd Grade : These students will participate in jumping rope, aerobics, dance and sport skills such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, frisbee, hockey, and racket skills.
4th and 5th Grade : These students will participate in jumping rope, aerobics, dance and begin to incorporate strategies while playing games using the sport skills learned in previous years.
**All students will participate in a Health Unit where they will learn about the importance of nutrition and physical exercise.
Physical Education Goals
- To develop a program which provides positive experiences in a safe, supportive and rewarding environment.
- To encourage and develop creativity and expression through movement.
- To understand and treat each child as individuals, providing appropriate activities that contribute to the development of the whole child.
- To promote skills, knowledge and attitudes to help children lead active, healthy and productive lives as adults.
All students will receive a grade in Physical Education based on the following :
- 50% - Participation/Effort/Cooperation/Safety
- 25% - Mileage Cards/Mile Run/Fitness and Skills Tests
- 25% - Written Assignments and Tests
**There are 4 Categories that make up 50% your child’s daily Physical Education grade : Participation, Effort, Cooperation, and Safety. Each category is worth 3 points each. For a total daily grade of 12 points.
**Grades are posted weekly on the Focus site.
*Bobcat Be Active For Fitness Club – This is an optional activity that is available to the students to encourage them to be physically active during non-school hours. The students are to record the activity and the amount of time that they are being physically active in order to receive prizes. Activities must be verified by a parent’s signature and forms should be turned into Physical Education Instructors when complete. (K – 5th Grade)
*Mileage Club – Students will participate in the Mileage Club during Physical Education classes. They will be given an opportunity during class time to run/walk laps for the mileage club in order to earn prizes. (2nd – 5th Grade)
*Kids Heart Challenge – This is a program that helps raise money for the American Heart Association.
(K – 5th Grade)
*Field Day – This will be held in the spring and gives the students an opportunity to participate in different activities while encouraging teamwork with their classmates. (K – 5th Grade)
- If your child needs to be excused from Physical Education activities, please write a note and have your child bring it to their Physical Education Instructor.
- If a doctor limits Physical Education participation in part, please ask them to be specific as to the amount of activity or what your child can/cannot do, as well as when they are able to again fully participate in class.
- For your child’s safety as well as the liability involved please help your child remember to have appropriate shoes for Physical Education class. Proper footwear includes tennis type/sneaker shoes – those with a flat bottom (no heel) and the foot fully covered. Clogs, sandals, dress shoes, boot-like shoes and any heeled shoes are NOT appropriate types of footwear for Physical Education class. No Crocs please!! **Students will lose points if they do not have the appropriate shoes for Physical Education.**
Also, so that we may best help your child, please send us a note to keep on file if your child has any medical or other condition which may affect their participation in Physical Education. Please have your child bring us the note as soon as possible.
The Physical Education Department