Tuesday, November 16, 2021

JAM 14




 

JAMmin Minute

Crown Pointe Academy

Reps

Exercise Routine: Standing

10

Ski Hops (with feet together hop right and left).

10

Squat Tuck Position (separate the feet a little, then squat down low bringing your chest down to your thighs, tuck your elbows into the ribs and hold).

10

Lateral Raises (both arms straight down at the thighs, raise them both together out to each side keeping them straight, lower with control, repeat).

10

Plank Shoulder Taps (get in a high plank push up position, alternate tapping each shoulder with the opposite hand).

10

Gorilla Glide (with feet wide apart, bend one knee deeply, keeping the hips low bend the other knee and straighten out the first, glide side to side).

 

Olympic Sport Highlight

Modern Alpine Skiing began in the mid 1800s in Norway, and entered the Olympics in 1936. Mikaela Shiffrin, one of the greatest alpine skiers of all time is from Vail, Colorado. She first learned how to ski in her driveway. Her biggest inspiration is her mother, who is yours and how can you express how thankful you are for them during your holiday break?

 

Disclaimer: Please be advised the exercises hereunder may not be suitable for everyone, in every age, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. The publishers and their experts are not liable for any injury, health impairment or accident that may befall any person using these exercise routines. To reduce the risk of injury to children, parents should consult their doctor about their child(ren) before using this or any exercise program. The exercises presented herein are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling.

www.crownpointeacademy.org/SEW

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Stay Healthy, Stay Informed

 

Announcing our COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Toolkit!



Action for Healthy Kids is proud to announce our COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Toolkit in partnership with Kaiser Permanente. School and district staff, parents and caregivers, and any other adults looking to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and how to discuss it throughout their community will find helpful information at the webpage. Keeping our communities safe and healthy is at the forefront of all that we do at Action for Healthy Kids, and we want to support you as the CDC and other trusted voices have approved the COVID-19 vaccine for more groups of people.
 

Upcoming Learning Sessions 

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A with Kaiser Permanente Pediatrician, David Bronstein, MD
Join Action for Healthy Kids and Kaiser Permanente for a presentation and live Q&A session with Pediatric Infectious Disease Doctor, David Bronstein MD, to discuss parent and family concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. This session will start with an introduction and overview of the COVID-19 vaccine and how it works. Next, we will dive into our Q&A session using the questions that registrants submit in their registration. We will bring everything to a close by sharing AFHK’s new COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Toolkit and other resources. Register here. 

​​​​​Questions?

Email us at ContactUs@actionforhealthykids.org


In good health, 
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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

JAM 12

 

JAMmin Minute

Crown Pointe Academy

Reps

Exercise Routine: Standing

10

Trunk Twist (with feet together and elbows out to the sides rotate the upper body back and forth).

10

Bicep Extensions (extend the arms straight out in front of the shoulders, flip the palms up, curl the hands back to touch your shoulders keeping the elbows up, repeat).

10

Rowing Arms (feet shoulder width apart, keep the arms straight, row the arms down and to the right and then down and to the left making a figure 8 shape with the the arms).

10

Lunges (alternate stepping one foot forward and lowering the back knee down to the ground).

10

Knee Paddle (get down on one knee, then make a rowing motion with an imaginary paddle on one side of the body, do not change sides).

 

Olympic Sport Highlight

Canoe and Kayak have been in the Olympics since 1936. Canoes are open boats that are paddled from a kneeling position; they have been used by humans for millennia. Kayaks are paddled from seated position and are closed to keep water out. Kayak means “Man-boat” in Eskimo. There are flat water races for those that like to sprint paddle, and there are slalom races for those that like the rapids of fast mountain rivers.

 

Disclaimer: Please be advised the exercises hereunder may not be suitable for everyone, in every age, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. The publishers and their experts are not liable for any injury, health impairment or accident that may befall any person using these exercise routines. To reduce the risk of injury to children, parents should consult their doctor about their child(ren) before using this or any exercise program. The exercises presented herein are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling.

www.crownpointeacademy.org/SEW


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

JAM 11

 

JAMmin Minute

Crown Pointe Academy

Reps

Exercise Routine: Standing

10

Jump Rope (jump an imaginary rope while turning your wrists).

10

Jab-Cross Punch (with one foot in front of the other, jab punch forward with the front hand, then twist the hips and the back heel to cross punch with the back hand).

10

Rope Squats (squat and move to the right as if your head is ducking under a rope and rising up on the other side, then squat and go back left).

10

Speed bag (with elbows way out to the sides, roll both fists around each other in front of your face as if you were hitting a speed bag with the pinky side of each first).

10

Jump Rope

 

Olympic Sport Highlight

Boxing dates back all the way to ancient Egypt. It was included in the ancient Greek Olympic Games. It has been in the modern Olympic games since 1904 and women’s boxing was welcomed in 2012. Olympic boxers are amateurs, meaning they don’t fight in professional bouts for money. Amateur Boxers are known for showing incredible sportsmanship towards their opponents.

 

Disclaimer: Please be advised the exercises hereunder may not be suitable for everyone, in every age, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. The publishers and their experts are not liable for any injury, health impairment or accident that may befall any person using these exercise routines. To reduce the risk of injury to children, parents should consult their doctor about their child(ren) before using this or any exercise program. The exercises presented herein are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling.

www.crownpointeacademy.org/SEW


Thursday, October 7, 2021

So Much Fun

October 7, 2021

Super fun Volleyball unit these last two weeks. We had one 7th Grade Undefeated team in our mini tournament. The sore arms are now a thing of the past as we move on to some grade specific activities in Middle School (Hockey, Basketball and Choreography). Good teamwork in 1-5 classes during fun games of Traffic Light Tag, Frogs Across the Pond, Mouse Trap, Survivor Ball and The Floor is Lava!!!We move on now to Coordination/Simple Manipulation for K-2, and our first sports for grades 3-5 (Frisbee, Lacrosse and Tchoukball).


Sept. 24, 2021

So much fun happening in the gym these days. In Middle school we had a week of great Team Handball matches, including great saves by the goalies. Now we move on to Volleyball.

In the younger grades we are playing fun games to practice individual and group movement, breathing, nutrition and teamwork. 

And guess what, everyone loves Broccoli! Well at least playing it. But if the game is fun then the foods gotta be pretty good too, right!?

Even more fun is being had on our Mileage Mondays and Walking Wednesdays. The students have covered a lot of miles all together but so far we have had 6 students earn their first rewards turning in 15 official miles for our count. Our goal is 486 miles, which is the length of the Colorado Trail.





An update on FISH: Due to the rules of masks indoors we will not be getting this fitness club back together just yet. I am also engaging in some demanding graduate studies that will prevent me from getting FISH going later this year. I do plan to bring it back as soon as I can and can safely be done. Most likely time for that will be next September (2022).


Monday, September 27, 2021

JAM 07


 The JAMmin' Minute is a thriving tradition here at CPA! Every Friday morning Mr. O tells lies about me to get the kids excited and we're off! 450 kids movin' and groovin' to start their day. If you want you can join along as well as I post the JAM and Olympic Sport highlight each week. We might get kids movin' and groovin' at the end of Friday too with our Friday DJ speaker outside!!!




Wednesday, August 18, 2021

PE Expectations

Middle School Physical Education

Mr. Varner

2021-2022
During this challenging time, a number of expectations and procedures for Physical Education will change. Please refer to the below expectations for a clear guide to how we will proceed with PE. PE may be held outside often. We will progress through a series of fitness and sport units. Sports being taught this year include Cricket, Team Handball and Volleyball. Please e-mail me with any questions at aj.varner@crownpointeacademy.org . Keep up to date on all things PE, FISH, Mindful Movement and Open Gym related with my blog at www.crownpointepe.blogspot.com

Expectations:                                                 

-      PE may be held Outside. Students need to be prepared with appropriate clothing and sunscreen.

-      Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Have Fun (see on reverse side).

-      Always do your best to have a positive attitude. Things will still be different!

-      BRING A WATER BOTTLE!

-      No dressing out! But bring tennis shoes.

-      If inside, students must wear a mask according to school/Tri-County Health rules.

-      When outside and distanced students may remove masks.

-        Participate at all times to the best of your ability.

-        Follow directions for bathroom/water breaks as well as sanitizing.

-        Always stay in the specified PE area boundaries.

Dressing Out:

Students will not be dressing out this semester. In-person classes do require students to wear tennis shoes. Students can store tennis shoes in their main hall locker and change into them in the gym. Students may want to consider wearing clothes that follow the uniform rules but also allow for movement and elevated temperatures.

All Students must wear:

Athletic Shoes. Shoes must be properly tied and stay on feet for any type of activity. Sandals, dress shoes, boots, or heelless shoes are NOT acceptable. Socks must be worn under shoes.

Grading:

Students will be graded in-person based on their participation and effort. This is determined using teacher observation. Grading will be based on a Pass-Fail system. Grading will be done at the end of each week, allowing for online learning to turn-in assignments by Friday afternoon.

Grade Scale:               Participation/Effort = 50%,  Attitude/Safety = 30%, Unit Assessments = 20%

        Pass/Fail Scale:  Pass = 75-100% average,  Fail = 0-74% average.

Excuses from participation:

Excuses from participation must come directly from a parent(s)/guardian(s) or a physician. Parents should e-mail me directly at the address listed above or provide a signed note to myself and the front office to excuse a student from PE activities or assignments.

Lockers

The lockers and locker room will not be used.

P.E. Class Rules

1.      Be SAFE 

-      No gum in the gym.

-      Be aware of surroundings. Never throw, kick, or hit an object towards someone unless they are facing the object and paying attention. Be careful when near the walls.

-        When the whistle is blown, stop moving, hold equipment, and listen.

-        No  horsing around.

2.      Be RESPONSIBLE

-      Always do your best to have a positive attitude. Display good sportsmanship.

-      Be on time.

-        Participate at all times to the best of your ability.

-        Upon the signal, stop moving, hold any equipment, face the teacher and listen.

-        Put equipment away when asked! Follow the teacher’s directions.

3.      Be RESPECTFUL

-      Always respect yourself, your classmates, the teacher, the locker room, and the equipment.

-      Listen! Do not interrupt or prevent the teacher from continuing directions or others from fully participating.

-      Play/participate fairly and honestly. 

            4.    Have Fun!

Discipline Procedure:

The following discipline procedure will be used in response to in-person violations of the rules above. Pending the severity of the violation, a step may be skipped.

1.      Verbal Warning

2.      Short time out

3.      Extended time out. At this stage disciplinary action will be applied and the student will sit out for the remainder of the period or be sent to the office.

4.      The student will be sent to the director’s office. 



                                                        Elementary Physical Education

Course Information:

This year in PE we will have a wonderful time, and truly make sure we all enjoy being active. Throughout the school year we will participate in a number of movement, athletic skill, natural skill, nutritional/health and fitness focused activities within a variety of units. Grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 have unique individualized curriculums. Every day we will warm-up, and then proceed with our unit activities. We will be including unstructured free time on certain unit days as well. This will provide the opportunity for students to develop important play related social skills in a supervised setting. Please keep the following in mind as we are not fully back to normal yet: students will not use water fountains – bring a water bottle, if class is inside students must wear masks, we will go outside often - dress appropriately for weather. Keep up to date on all things PE, FISH, Mindful Movement and Open Gym activities with my blog at www.crownpointepe.blogspot.com

 K-5 Rules/Expectations:                       Be Prepared to Be…

1.      SAFE 

·         No food or gum in the gym.

·           Use equipment appropriately.

·          Be aware of surroundings. Never throw, kick, or hit an object towards someone unless they are facing the object and paying attention. Be careful when near the walls.

·          When the whistle is blown or signal given, stop movement, hold equipment, and listen.

·         NO horsing around.

2.      Responsible

·          Always listen when needed and following directions as given.

·          Line up appropriately.

·          Use equipment correctly and put it away correctly when asked!

·          Always have proper clothing and tennis shoes.

·          Participate to the best of your ability.

·          Keep a positive attitude.

3.      Respectful

·          Always respect yourself, your classmates, the teacher, the locker room, and the equipment.

·          Listen! Not talking while the teacher is talking. Not interrupting or preventing the teacher from continuing directions.

·          Play/participate fairly and honestly.  Allow others to participate fully.

·          Use good Sportsmanship (positive playing, teamwork, talk and encouragement).

             Discipline Procedure:

The following discipline procedure will be used in response to violations of the expectations above. Pending the severity of the violation, a step may be skipped. It is important to note that a student’s behavior and participation directly affects the student’s grade.

 Elementary grades K-5 will use a level system to determine behavior management and their P.E. grade. Students are expected to follow the three expectations above. Upon losing track of one of the three behavior expectations students will be given a warning. Continuing to ignore warnings/expectations will result in the student being sent to a specific task area away from the current activity for a short time out. The student will be moved down to level 0. The student may be asked to return or may have to remain away from P.E. activities for an extended time out. The task area does provide alternative activities. If a student must serve an extended time out during a class period, they will be subject to homeroom discipline procedures so that the behavior is reported to their parents/guardians. Severe irresponsibility or disrespectful behavior results in the homeroom teacher or administration taking the students out of class.

Shoes:

All students in grades 2-5 are required to have proper athletic shoes to participate in P.E. This may mean bringing athletic shoes and keeping them in the classroom until the P.E. period. Athletic shoes have a rubber sole (preferably at least a ½ inch thick for safety) and cover the heels, sides and top of the feet. Sandals, boots, dress shoes, backless shoes, and any shoe that has a distinguished raised heel will not allow participation. Shoes must also be tied and not slip off feet to permit participation. The improper shoes listed here can result in various foot and/or ankle injuries when students participate in activity, as well as damage to the flooring/equipment. Students without proper shoes will not participate for these safety reasons. This also directly affects the student’s grade. Not participating drops student’s to a 0 for that class period. In such cases students will remain in a specific task area with an alternative activity to complete during class.

 *Girls must also have shorts on under skirts, dresses and jumpers for P.E. class. Even when wearing tights or leggings. Skorts are acceptable.*

Grading:

Students will be graded on a daily basis using levels 0, 1 or 2. Level 1 (Prepared)  represents a base grade of A- (90%) or S+. To get a higher grade a student can demonstrate Exceptional behavior and be moved to Level 2, an A/A+ (92-100%) or H. Level 0 (Irresponsible) ranges from F to D+ (0-59%) or N to S-.

 Excuses from participation:

If, for any reason, the student needs to be excused from participating in PE please provide the school, the homeroom teacher, AND the PE teacher with a parent or physician note. Parents may also contact the school or me personally or by e-mail/phone. The school Health Aide may also excuse the students from PE for health reasons.

 Thank you for reading these expectations for PE. Please don’t hesitate to call or visit me in the Gym. I look forward to a great year!!! Stay active, sweat, and have fun!

 Thanks,

 Mr. Varner

303-428-1882 ext. 318

aj.varner@crownpointeacademy.org

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

It's a new dawn, It's a new Day!

 Welcome back Crown Pointe community. I truly hope you all had a wonderful summer full of health, happiness and adventure. Mine pretty much was. I know the smoke has got us bogged down, but I'm glad to be back and ready to get us moving and loving it. The Olympics really got me jazzed. I loved seeing the passion and sportsmanship of all the athletes. Hoping to get that going in our gym this year too! That's right we get to go into the gym again. Although we will still also utilize outside a lot as well. Inside we will have masks on, outside we will not. For our older students there will not be dressing out and we will not be using the locker rooms this semester. 

Check out some trip and family highlights from my summer below!

Also keep checking back for information about PE class expectations/rules, the PE schedule, when PE will be outside with weather forecasts, as well as Mileage Club (a walking/running club) and other special events or programs.