Homecoming is this weekend!
At Scott M. Ellis tonight, for students and their families, is the PTA carnival! It will be held inside tonight in the cafeteria and MP room.
There area also modified soccer games after school and tomorrow the JV and Varsity soccer teams, girls and boys, will be home playing Cairo-Durham!
Enjoy the weekend!
Students in grade 2 tried to pass and catch with lacrosse sticks. Ask them how it went!
Students in grades 3-5 continued with pass and catch. They watched a video after exercising to help with catching, which is a difficult skill to learn. Here's the video:
Students in grades k-1 used the scoops. They stood about 12 feet apart from a partner. They worked as a team, taking turns, trying to hit a cone placed between them. Ask them how many times their team hit the cone!
The wet weather from last night kept the first 3 sections inside today. The students played a game called "Save the Statues". Ask them how to play!
The other 7 sections were able to get outside. Grades K-2 again used the scoops. Grade 3 and 4 were able to use the lacrosse sticks.
We had over 30 girls have to tape earrings today. This consumes a lot of class time. Please teach your child to remove their earrings instead of taping them. Generally, after being in 8 weeks, earrings can come out.
Fall is here! We plan on going out through October. Please be sure students have sweatshirts, some type of pants, sneakers, and perhaps a change of socks for wet mornings.
Many of the K-1 students have to borrow sneakers each day. Be advised that students in K-3 have PE everyday. When helping them dress in the morning, please help us maximize time by choosing sneakers for footwear.
Students in grades 3-5 began lacrosse today. When they entered the gym we had lacrosse highlights playing on the big screen. The goal is to have them see it being played at a high level and perhaps draw their interest.
After exercising, students were shown the following video on how to throw a lacrosse ball using a stick.
The most important thing is for them to realize is how similar it is to throwing a football, baseball, or softball. You do not square your shoulders to your partner when throwing. You face to the side, like a pitcher when they wind up to throw a baseball. Eventually your shoulders square to the person you are throwing to, but not in the beginning of the toss. The word the video used was "perpendicular" to your partner.
After watching the video, and taking a lap, students practiced throwing with a partner.
Students in grades k-2 did not watch a video, but watched the coaches demonstrate how to throw using a scoop, which is a much smaller, safer stick that uses Wiffle balls.
To view what the scoops look like, click the link below:
We will focus on tossing and catching using these scoops during the next few days.
Today is the last day for soccer. The students did a great job with this unit!
Next week, if the weather cooperates, we will begin lacrosse. Students in grades 3-5 will use lacrosse sticks. Students in K-2 will use scoops. Depending on how the second grade does with scoops, we may have them try lacrosse sticks.
Student safety is our number one priority. Students are always required to wear safety goggles when playing lacrosse. If it's a game format, gloves are required as well.
The fall weather looks to be finally rolling in! Have a good weekend!
Discusses kids specializing in one sport and over training.
Today students continued to play 2 vs 2 soccer using cones. Two cones are placed on opposite ends, about 40 feet apart. Each team is trying to score a goal by knocking their cone over. The other team plays defense to stop them. The kids did a nice job fighting through the heat.
Tomorrow most classes will play 7 on 7 with actual goals on a 1/4 of the the field. This will be the case for the rest of the week.
With the lower grades we are using the terms offense and defense. Try to use those at home whenever possible.
The weather kept us all inside today. That can be a challenge with three classes confined to such a small area like the MP room. The large gym is still unusable.
Students participated in three games today:
1) Zombie tag
2) Five Finger Fling
3) No hands ball relay
Ask them how to play these games!
Great link regarding heart health. Take a quick quiz to see how healthy your heart is.