Welcome to Saints Philip and James School Physical Education with Mrs. Cicalese!
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Mrs. Cicalese's High 5: "Have Fun. Be Safe. Kind Words. Try Hard. Include Everyone!"
One of the primary goals as physical educators is to teach every child, regardless of their ability level, how and why they should keep themselves healthy and fit throughout their lifetime. In physical education, learning experiences are provided which are developmentally appropriate and will teach children how to be physically active in ways that increase physical competence, self-esteem and joy through lifelong physical activity. Here’s how we achieve that goal:
• Our physical education curriculum includes a balance of skills, concepts, game activities, and rhythm and dance experiences designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, affective, and physical fitness development of every child. • Activities are taught that allow children the opportunity to work together to improve their emerging social and cooperation skills. These activities also help children develop a positive self-concept. • Ongoing fitness activities are part of the continual process of helping children understand, enjoy, improve and maintain their physical health and well-being. • Children are taught exercises that keep the body in proper alignment, thereby allowing the muscles to lengthen without placing stress and strain on the surrounding joints, ligaments and tendons. • Grade decisions are based on ongoing individual assessments of children’s skill acquisition as they participate in physical education class activities and their effort to do their best while displaying cooperation and positive sportsmanship. • Finally, the class is designed so that all children are involved in activities that allow them to remain active, and successful, while having fun.
For all students to have a safe and positive experience in physical education, the following expectations will need to be followed: · All students will listen and follow the instructor’s directions. · All students will try their best in all activities. · All students will cooperate and work well with their classmates and instructor. · All students will display a positive attitude while maintaining self-control. · All students will participate in the activities scheduled unless a written reason is given. If an illness or injury persists, please have a doctor write a note explaining the restrictions your child has, as well as the duration of the injury or illness. · All students have been reminded that they must wear sneakers and socks during their physical education class. This rule is for his/her own safety as well as the safety of the other students. Please refer to the handbook regarding gym uniforms.
"I don't care how good you are, I care how hard you try!"
Physical Education Prayer
Mighty God of strength and power. I praise you Lord, you are worthy to be praised. You give me strength, endurance, and flexibility. You direct my efforts and increase my determination. You encourage me as I seek to become physically fit. Thank you for your mercies. Amen.