In Middle School this month we are going to focus on a few sports: Basketball, Volleyball, and Lacrosse.  I am very happy with the progress the students have made in these sports. Lacrosse is still new and we are working on our skills.  With more time and practice we will be ready to try a game. Our Basketball skills are really coming along! The students are passing, shooting, dribbling, guarding, and working well with their team.  Just like in sports, people of all types have to learn how to work with others at their jobs. It’s never too early to start teaching life skills. Pictured below are some of our 6th and 7th graders playing a friendly game of Basketball during class.

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This month in PE we are learning about a new sport, Lacrosse.  We are at the moment learning about our stick. We are learning how to catch and how to throw.  After much practice with this skill, we will learn the rules and positions for this sport. We will modify the sport to fit our class.  The students are very excited about getting to learn something new and I am excited for them. We will also continue to play Volleyball and Basketball for this month.  We have focused so much on fundamentals in 4th and 5th grade, we are now starting to play more games with our familiar sports. We have started using an official size volleyball and are learning the overhead serve.  Pictured below are some of the students practicing catching and throwing using their Lacrosse sticks.


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We now have exercise leaders in our 6th and 7th grade P.E. class.  They are responsible for choosing the exercises from a list and leading the class in their warm ups, exercises, and stretches.  Every student will have their chance to be the exercise leader. The students are taking this job seriously and they are doing a great job!  I love seeing these young leaders developing and practicing leadership skills in front of their peers. Pictured below are some of our 6th graders leading their classmates in stretches.


Katelyn Gunter

Welcome back everyone!  We have started the school year off in a fantastic way!  I am excited about all the new students on campus. I have new faces and names to learn, and that is a good thing!  Classes are going great. The students are excited and so am I! We are reviewing classroom rules and procedures, stretches, exercises, and teamwork.  Pictured below are some of our 3 year olds working on their balance, core muscles, throwing, and kicking skills. We spend a lot of time working on gross motor development at an early age.  Be sure to visit our blogs regularly to see what we are doing in class. Thanks for visiting!


Nicole Chatelain

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PE in May

The 2017-2018 school year is coming to a close.  We are getting ready for our end of the year event, Field Day.  3rd - 5th grade came together for an hour today to play a game they all enjoy, Neucom.  This game is new to the 3rd graders.  They got to see and participation in the game at a different level.  Everyone had a great time.  We are going to start Field Day this year with a friendly class on class challenge game of Neucom.  After our friendly competition we will all go outside to begin our Field Day events.  


We have done a lot this year.  Made lots of memories, made friends, learn and practiced team work, and had a lot of fun!  I am going to miss our 6th graders, but I am also excited for those who are staying for 7th grade!  We have some new things we are going to add to our PE program next year.  I am so excited!  You will just have to wait and see what it is. I hope everyone has a fun and safe summer break.  See you in August!!



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PE in April

Good day!  Welcome to P.E.  This month we are finishing up with our CPR unit for our 4th - 6th graders, learning about Ultimate Frisbee, and finishing our unit on Volleyball.  As many of you have heard, we are extending our school to include 7th and 8th grade.  What that looks like for P.E. is that we are going to learn and play more sports!  We have focused on skills for different sports for several years now, our preteens and teenagers are ready for more game time.  I am so excited for next year.  We will play: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Martial Arts, and hopefully we will be adding Lacrosse.  We will also do cooperation games that are in our curriculum.  

Pictured below are our students playing Ultimate Frisbee and practicing on their CPR skills.


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CPR and 1st Aid

Hello March!  This month we will be focusing on CPR and 1st Aid for our 4th - 6th graders.  They will learn just the basics.  They will also learn about Volleyball.  We are learning how to pass, hit, and set the ball.  We will start serving after Spring Break then we will be ready to play some games.  Being involved with sports can be a very good thing.  You learn how to trust and work with your teammates.  Like any group activity, good communication will lead to good results.

Pre School are working on kicking, catching, and throwing this month.  These concepts aid the brain in processing thought and organizing thoughts in sequence.  This is part of our Visual Tracking unit in our Action Based Learning Labs.  



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P.E. News

We have finished our unit on Badminton and starting a new unit on Volleyball.  Our 4th, 5th and 6th graders are also going to start their unit on CPR and First-Aid.  We will learn and practice basic first-aid and practice chest compressions on our manikins.  They will learn what steps to take in an emergency and how to help others in need of care.  

Pictured below are some Badminton tournament pictures and the winners in our 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes.  The students did a great job in their games.  Not only did they learn how to play, they also learn how to be humble when they win and also how to accept losing with good sportsmanship. 


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February P.E. News

We are ending our unit on Badminton with a tournament for our 4th - 6th graders.  This is a great way to put everything together that has been learned about the sport.  I am very pleased with the skill level the students have achieved in Badminton.  I have seen cooperation, team work and communication along with great serves and rallies.  We will be starting our unit on Volleyball this month along with starting our CPR and First Aid unit for our 4th - 6th graders.  I will post pictures of our Badminton winners when our tournament is complete.  Visit back soon for great pictures of our students in action in their tournament.

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Badminton in January

Badminton is coming to an end this month.  We are going to end the sport of the month with a badminton tournament for our 4th - 6th graders.  They have had plenty of practice with serving and rallying, now it is time to put it all together.  They have learned how to keep score and how to rotate when playing with partners.  I like ending the unit with a small tournament because it puts together all the pieces that we have learned.  Not just serving, hitting, keeping up with the scores, but also teamwork, using strategies, and problem solving.  The concepts we learn can also be applied to life, not just sports.  These are life skill that everyone needs to practice.  We are also doing our fitness checks this month.  1st - 6th graders will be tested on their: sit ups, push ups, shuttle run, and timed on 5-8 laps running.  We are looking to improve from our last test which was in October.  The students are tested 3 times during the school year so they can chart their improvements.  

Pre-K and Kindergarten have learned how to turn and jump a long jump rope.  Kindergarten will be demonstrating their talents with the jump rope at Grandparent's Day in February.  I am very proud of our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes, they are working hard and having fun learning how to jump.  The get so excited when they jump past their highest number. 

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January news in P.E.

This month in P.E. we will be studying and playing the sport of Badminton.  Pre schoolers will be using paddles and balloons while 1st -6th graders will be using paddles/racquets and birdies. I like teaching the unit on Badminton because anyone can play this game.  You can purchase a whole set at Wal-Mart or Academy for a very reasonable price.  It can be played inside or outside.  It is a good and fun way to practice hand-eye coordination, focus, teamwork, and you even get some exercise in there too.  Enjoy the pictures of the students of their first week of Badminton!

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Game time!

We are almost finished with our unit on Basketball.  We have learned rules, how to pass, dribble, and shoot.  But Basketball is more than just a game, it is also a tool that we use to teach: teamwork, communication, cooperation, and perseverance.  These are just a few life skills we teach at St. James to all of our children.  Everyone has Physical Education everyday here and they love it!  Learning can be fun, even if you have struggles.  Some students had some struggles this month with Basketball because of their height, but it made them stronger.  They learned how to use their size to their advantage.  They learned that you don't have to be the one to shoot the ball into the net to score.  It takes teamwork to score points.  

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Basketball season is here!

If you haven't already picked up your registration form to join TISD Intramural basketball, I have some in my office. I handed some out in class for those students interested. This is for 3rd -6th grade.  Our school will be paired up with Nash to make the teams.  Each grade will have a boys team and a separate girls team.  Practices will be 2 days a week with games on Saturdays.  Once all the forms have been turned in a coach will be assigned to your team.  The coach will then contact you with practice times and location.  I am looking forward to seeing our students play. The cost of this program is only $10!  They will supply you a jersey to wear for the games.  Registrations are due to me by the morning of Thursday, November 16th.  If you have any questions you can call or email me.  

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P.E. News

For the month of September, we made Flag Football the sport of the month for our 4th - 6th graders.  Everyone enjoyed getting to play.  We learned routes, positions, how to throw and catch, basic rules, and most important, how to work as a team.  The students had so much fun they want to continue to play even after the month is over.  So we are now adding Flag Football into the rotations of games played in P.E. Also pictured below are our Primary I and II class working on their Gross Motor skills and our 1st - 6th graders enjoying a nice game of Bean Bag Toss. Our sport of the month in October is Soccer, I will be posting Pictures of the students playing very soon.  

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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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