Students in Mr. Haller's classes (except kindergarten) began playing hockey games today. Grade 1 students played 4 vs 4 with no goalies. Students in grades 2-5 play 5 vs 5 with goalies. We setup two "rinks" in the MP room and play sideways. Rinks are divided by mats. We play the short way so students do not have to spend half their PE time sitting out while 2 teams play the long way. Kindergarten students hit the pucks back and forth across the gym trying to see how many goals their team can score in 3 minutes. I am stressing how to hold the stick correctly, how to swing safely, and hand-eye coordination.
Students in Mr. Bruce's and Mrs. Keifer's classes continued with volleyball. Students in grades 3-5began a round robin tournament. Results are recorded and standings kept. Teams consists of three or four. Ask your child who their teammates are! Students in grades k-2 played games but used a balloon.
Haller classes: Students in K-1 learned how to put the hockey gear on safely. The gear includes googles, shin guards, and gloves. We reviewed safety rules, including keeping the blade of the stick down by the ground. Students in these grades worked on moving with the puck and some passing. Students in grades 2-5 reviewed the same safety rules. Grade 2 students played pin knockdown wiht sticks and pucks. Students in grades 3-5 reviewed puck handling and passing.
Kiefer/Bruce classes: Students began the volleyball unit. Students were introduced to the forarem pass (bump). Grades K-2 started with balloons. Grades 3-5 used beach balls.
Classes with Coach Bruce and Coach Kiefer are done with basketball after today. On Monday they will begin the volleyball unit.
Classes with Coach Haller are done with volleyball today. On Monday they will begin the hockey unit.
Today students split the time in PE between volleyball and scotter hockey, a little precursor for next week.
Monday is the absolute last day for those students in grades 3-5 who want to signup for Jump Rope for Heart.
Mr. Haller's classes: Students who participated in PE today before leaving for early dismissal continued playing 2 vs 2 or 3 vs. three volleyball. This will continue for grades 3-5 through Thursday. Students in grades K-2 will play some cooperative games Wednesday and Thursday. The plan is to start our hockey unit on Friday.
Coach Bruce/Coach Kiefer classes: Students in grades 3-5 played 3 vs 3 basketball games today. The only grade 1 class of the day participated in relay races. These classes will begin volleyball in the next few days.
Reminder for those parents of students in grades 3-5 who child is participating in Jump Rope for Heart! January 18, tomorrow, is the last day for students to sign up. Please return the sign up sheet tomorrow if your child plans to participate. Those who have signed up, please continue to collect money. Put all money in the envelope you received after signing up.
Students in grades 3-5 who have Coach Haller will begin a 3 vs. 3 speed volleyball tournament on Friday. Speed volleyball is when mini games are played. Each game is 4 minutes. After 4 minutes a winner is determined and teams then rotate to play someone different. It's a lot of fun!
Students in grades 3-5 who have Coach Bruce and Coach Kiefer will continue with basketball. Students in the primary grades will take a break from basketball and volleyball and play a cooperative game to be determined.
After a break from yesterday from basketball and volleyball, all classes returned to their respective unit. Students playing basketball worked on one-on-one skills, including dribbling, defense, and shooting.
Students playing volleyball in grades 3-5 began controlled games. I say controlled because it's a game format, but we work on serving and trying to get three hits before sending it over. This gets the students away from just hitting it over at random. This can be difficult for many students as they have to try and direct passes to their teammates instead of randomly hitting it.
In the next few days we will begin mini games of 3 vs. 3 or 4 vs. 4. Games are timed for 4 minutes. Team leading after 4 minutes wins. Then they rotate to play a new team.
For grades K-2 we continue to work on basic skills with the emphasis more on just getting a beach ball or balloon (K) over the net.
Be advised: For those parents of 4th and 5th grade intramural students, intramurals with Coach Bruce is cancelled today. Coach Bruce hopes to get healthy to continue with tomorrow.
Students in grades 3-5 watched a presentation regarding Jump Rope for Heart.
Students in grades K-2 had free play with playground balls.
On Tuesday, students in Mr. Haller's class will return to learning volleyball. Students with Coach Bruce and Coach Kiefer will continue with basketball.
It's that time of year again! Our 20th annual Jump Rope for Heart event is here! Last year our students at Scott M. Ellis raised the most money of any Capital District school. The total sum was over $21,000!
We kickstarted the annual fun time by showing students a video in PE class about where the money goes. All money goes to the American Heart Association. The more money students raise, the more "thank you gifts" they receive.
Students watched the video then Mrs. Kiefer explained how it all works. Students will be coming home today with a pink sheet attached to a signup sheet. If students would like to participate, they keep the pink info sheet and return the signup sheet NO LATER than January 18. When the students turn in their signup sheet they will be given an envelope. Money collected goes in the envelope. When they are done collecting, they return the envelope to any PE teacher or their homeroom teacher. Students can also receive online donations from friends and family who live far away.
The event takes place January 17th. Students will spend a half day of school out of class to participate. For more information, please visit heart.org/jump
****Be advised, online donations got to Scott M. Ellis elementary. If you send donations to Greenville Elementary they will go to a different school.
The focus in Coach Kiefer's and Coach Bruce's basketball unit today was on how to slide your feet when playing defense and on how to shoot the ball correctly.
In Mr. Haller's volleyball unit, students focused on the forearm pass (bump). For students in the primary grades, ask them what letter our arms should make when making a forearm pass. Have them show you!
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