Sunday, November 25, 2018

P.E.ekend Update

Top PE/FISH/Open Gym Moment:
Before the break we had an amazing time with partners in the gym. Rock, Paper, Scissors, Splits and partner structure building.



Top Nutrition Moment:
While turkey is a very healthy lean meat, I still pardoned any that may have made it to my family table. Thanks to the Mrs. for the delicious and filling, entirely plant-based Thanksgiving. MMMMMmmmmm...mushroom stuffing:)

Top Fitness Moment:
Cleaning, Walking, Painting Lines, Stretching. The easy stuff is always the highlight, the harder stuff I tend not to gush about!

This Week's Events: 
Mon.  MS PE Progress reports (C+ or lower only), Staff ReFit
Tues.  Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am)
Wed.  Staff Yoga (4-5)
Thurs. Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am), FISH (3:45-5:00 pm)
Fri. 5-8 Open Gym (3:45-4:30 pm)

Coming Up:
Middle School Health Unit, Nov. 26 - Dec. 20
FISH Jr. Holiday Fun (Grades K-3)- Thursday, December 13th, 3:45-5:00 pm
Big FISH Night, A Wellness Expo: Friday, January 18th, 5:30-8:00 pm

Thought of the week:
Check out the Truth About Drugs curriculum we will be using in Middle School Health. Especially the "They Said, They Lied" PSA.

www.drugfreeworld.org

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sleep

Take some time to look through the resources provided here by The Alliance For A Healthier Generation.



Alliance for a Healthier Generation & Sleep Number


Sleep Smarter. Perform Better.
Better sleep leads to better performance.
In the classroom, on the field, and in life.
Unfortunately, nearly 70% of adolescents get insufficient sleep – seven hours or less on school nights. Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior that impair academic achievement.

That’s why we’re partnering with Sleep Number to launch the 
Sleep Smarter. Perform Better. digital resource centerSleep Smarter. Perform Better.features resources designed to help kids and youth achieve better sleep, thereby leading to improvements in health, well-being, academic achievement, and physical performance. 

Use these resources in the classroom, in your afterschool program, or at home. Together, we can help kids Sleep Smarter and Perform Better.


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#SmarterSleep

Sunday, November 11, 2018

P.E.ekend Update

Top PE/FISH/Open Gym Moment:
Awesome and creative dances from 8th grade this week. They also had a great class getting into Takraw, a sport they probably never heard of before. Another highlight this week was the safe fun had by the Elementary kids with our balance focused Chicken fights. So many said they had so much fun rolling and balancing. A good week. Takraw games coming up in grades 7/8...check out the throwback to February 2015.



Top Nutrition Moment:
The power of Potatoes got me through the week as most weeks! Eat more potatoes!

Top Fitness Moment:
The practice of Balance tends to allude us after a certain age. If you want another simple way to maintain strength and fitness in life, besides walking or running, practice planking or any other balance activities despite your age. Your body will find it and regain that strength...promise! Thanks to Mrs. Leslie in the front office for always having fun and getting our staff into things like planking!

This Week's Events: 
Mon.  Staff ReFit
Tues.  Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am)
Wed.  Staff Yoga (4-5)
Thurs. Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am), FISH (3:45-5:00 pm)
Fri. 5-8 Open Gym (3:45-4:30 pm)

Coming Up:
Elementary Balance/Gymnastics Units
Middle School Health Unit, Nov. 26 - Dec. 20
FISH Jr. Holiday Fun (Grades K-3)- Thursday, December 13th, 3:45-5:00 pm
Big FISH Night, A Wellness Expo: Friday, January 18th, 5:30-8:00 pm

Thought of the week:
Got this from a P.E. seminar last week, thanks Dennis Stands and teachers for a great class and inspirational experience.

Now if you play a game
      not for fortune and fame,
And you play it for fun,
      then you've already won!
Just try to learn each day
      from the games that you play.
You'll be your own best fan,
      think and say "Yes I can"!
And before the games begin,
      know that the most fun wins.

Dan Fogle


Monday, November 5, 2018

The Rules of Sepak Takraw - EXPLAINED!

P.E.ekend Update

Top PE/FISH/Open Gym Moment:
FISH-O-WEEN was a wild and super fun time. Scoot to get scared, blindfolded spook walk with some beautiful teamwork and some great patient FISH team members were the highlights. Friday's 3B PE class was just as great. Free time used in the most perfect sense. Kids playing on scooters in a community format, students playing competitive soccer, other working on throwing or juggling skills, and smiles all around made it the perfect PE class! Thanks Mrs. George's class.

Top Nutrition Moment:
Less Halloween candy this year in school was a plus! I'm seeing lots of fruit being eaten also another beautiful plus. For myself, I got to taste my first batch of home made kombucha; good flavor, but got some fine tuning to do.

Top Fitness Moment:
The kids worked hard this week, and for a week with extra calories all around us, that's all I can ask for! Lot's of sweats and smiles.



This Week's Events: 
Mon. 
Tues.  Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am)
Wed.  Staff Yoga (4-5)
Thurs. No Open Gym (CANCELLED), NO FISH (CANCELLED)
Fri. 5-8 Open Gym (3:45-4:30 pm)

Coming Up:
Elementary Balance/Gymnastics Units
Big FISH Night, A Wellness Expo: Friday, January 1818, 5:30-8:00

Thought of the week:
It's hard being a fan. But walking helps. Including next week, we've got a good six weeks ahead of us to take a weekly Sunday walk to keep our energy up and emotions level! Sunday walks, I hope to see you out and about!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This Week

This Week's Events: 
Mon.  Staff ReFit (4-5)
Tues.  Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am)
Wed.  Staff Yoga (4-5)
Thurs. Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am), FISH Jr, FISH-O-WEEN for grades K-3 w/permission slip (3:45-5:00 pm)
Fri. 5-8 Open Gym (3:45-4:30 pm)

Coming Up:
Middle School Pickleball Unit (6th), Takraw Unit (7th-8th)
Elementary Balance/Jump/Gymnastics Unit



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Happy Halloween

The FISH team will be sponsoring an event on Thursday 11/1 for grades K-3 (3:45-5:00 pm), look for sign up info in the Monday Folders!

Happy, Healthy Halloween:
Tips from Colorado AFHK's Parent Advisory Board

Be the change, be the house kids talk about, be the mom that stands out to other moms on Halloween night. As parents, we can be creative and up our game by passing out healthy snacks and health information with it…like sugar facts. Get some extra exercise for you and your family by making Halloween a fun family activity. Walk or bike instead of driving your kids house to house. Make a map of your neighborhood and set a goal of how many houses or streets you’ll walk. Or compete in teams with other families to do as many as you can. See who can walk the most and pick out the healthiest snacks and read the labels on the candy wrappers.
~Ezzie Dominguez

The Halloween Witch has visited our home every Halloween for 15 years. After trick-or-treating, my kids pick out a handful of their favorite candy and then leave the rest to the witch on the front porch. She takes the candy and leaves them toys. Sometimes she rings the doorbell and disappears... POOF! It’s truly MAGICAL getting all of that candy out of the house!
~Shellie Logan McKeown

Fun Halloween Snacks
Clementines with jack-o-lantern faces and Witch Fingers made by “gluing” almond slides onto crunchy baked peas with hummus ~Maya Strausberg
Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cupcakes, carrot cake ~Michele Schiavone
Apple spiders made with apple slices, peanut butter, pretzel sticks or dried fruit strips, and chocolate chips ~Ezzie Dominguez

Check out these other Halloween ideas from Action for Healthy Kids:
Have a Healthy Halloween Pinterest Board
Healthy Halloween Games
Healthy Halloween Celebrations

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

P.E.ekend Update

Top PE/FISH/Open Gym Moment:
Shout out to one of my 3rd grade groups that got an awesome game of Ultimate going without much help from me! And great sportsmanship they showed too! Thanks for making one of my two touchdown passes of the Flag Football unit look good Jayden B.

Top Nutrition Moment:
Shout out to Jessy M. in 8th grade for his amazing lunch that he prepared himself. Brown rice with asparagus and Salmon on the side. All reheated. I was so impressed.

Top Fitness Moment:
Getting whipped in dodgeball with the Middle Schoolers! I had a sore shoulder after. Used the Fall Break for some fall hiking with the Mrs.



This Week's Events: 
Mon. No School
Tues.  Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am)
Wed.  Staff Yoga (4-5)
Thurs. Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am), FISH (3:45-5:00 pm)
Fri. 5-8 Open Gym (3:45-4:30 pm)

Coming Up:
Harvest Festival (Sat. 10/27)
FISHoween - Special Event for K-3 (3:45-5:00 pm)
Middle School Floor Hockey (6th), Basketball (7th), Choreography (8th)


Thought of the week:
Patience...

Monday, October 15, 2018

P.E.ekend Update

Top PE/FISH/Open Gym Moment:
Fun games of Prison Breakout this week for MS Flag Football and a few good play calls on Friday. For sure ready for matches this week!

Top Nutrition Moment:
The emergence of quick convenience store food is really showing it's ugly head as it is coming out during passing periods in Middle School. Dinner leftovers, a quick sandwich, plain tortilla chips or fruit and veggies are all cheaper alternatives that will not have a detrimental effect on the students' blood pressure and cortisol levels which increase stress and irritability during the day, therefore affecting the students ability to learn.

Top Fitness Moment:
There is an increase in students making the most of their exercise time in the McGarry Fitness Corner in Middle School. Thanks to Giaa for pushing harder during push-ups and doing burpees! Great job to the handful of FISH team members this week that jogged for 20 minutes straight. For me, I enjoyed a nice fall bike ride through Westminster.



This Week's Events: 
Mon. Staff ReFit (4-5)
Tues.  Open Gym (6:50-7:30 am)
Wed.  Staff Yoga (4-5)  MS Open Gym Night (6:30-9:00 pm)
Thurs. No School - Training on new Nutrition Curriculum for me!
Fri. Fall Break

Coming Up:
Before Takraw...Middle School Floor Hockey (6th), Basketball (7th), Choreography (8th)


Thought of the week:
I used a quote from NFL.com about overreaction a few weeks back, and yet this past weekend I saw two displays of overreaction and unsportsmanlike conduct from two professional Colorado athletes. Imagine if we jumped, roared, taunted for all our small tasks that we perform at our jobs each day. Professionalism does extend to sports as there are so few that are able to achieve that level of skill. Like being a teacher, the job is not done until the end of the year, so there are small celebrations at the end of days some times, the end of a week, the end of a quarter. But during the day we all tend to understand the need to keep our cool for the small mundane tasks that get us to those markers. So athletes, it looks like sometimes you need to take some lessons from us everyday folks. It doesn't mean you have to lose your edge or competitiveness, it just means you need to keep your cool. After all, what you're after is elusive and intangible anyway, at least until you have it in your hands; ask any Hall of Famer.