Dear families,

flexibilityThis month, our students will continue discussing fitness components such as flexibility and body mass composition. Students will learn or review the health benefits associated with good flexibility such as improved range of motion and prevention of injury. Students will continue to practice both dynamic and static stretches as well as deep breathing exercises.

In Kindergarten and 1st grade, students will be introduced to track and field activities such as the 2-3 minute distance runs, baton relays, hurdle events, sprints and standing long jump. Students will review vocabulary such as pace, endurance, aerobic fitness and strides. Students will have their height and weight measured for the BMI assessment.

In the 2nd and 3rd grade, students will practice advanced track skills such as the shot put, big hurdles, running long jump, sprints and 3-4 minute distance runs. Students will also play competitive track game such as catch up and centipede. Students will be introduced to the sit & reach as well as the trunk lift assessment.

In the 4th and 5th grade, students will participate in the trunk lift and sit and reach assessments. In addition, they will train and practice all track events such as the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter and 800 meter race. Students will also practice the shot put, long jump and 4 X 100 Relay. The PE lessons will help students prepare for the track meets in April at Icahn Stadium.