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PE Update: Finally … Sledding!

Once a winter we give each of our physical education classes the opportunity to sled. After all, sledding combines so many of the elements we love about PE: being outdoors, balancing, taking calculated risks, looking out for others, and above all, hill sprints (ie. dragging your sled up the hill

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PE Update: Athletic Identity Project Launches in First Grade

One of our department mottos is that every student is an athlete. In order to reflect and celebrate that message, PE is collaborating with our library and technology and innovation departments to launch the Athletic Identity Project. First, students read a couple of books in the Erskine Library about what

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Two pre-k students in PE class

PE News: 2023 Is All About Cooperation

The return from a break provides a nice opportunity to return to our roots in PE, establishing teamwork and building community with cooperative challenges. After defining the word “cooperation” (it doesn’t mean “when something is hard,” but it can be hard!), we were off to the races at partner stations.

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A group of students out on the trail in the woods

PE Update: Winter Sports for the Win

In physical education this week, our younger grades got to try some indoor winter activities, including speed skating (on pinnies), igloo building (with mats), and snowball rolling (with paddles and balls). Also, with the first snowfall of the season, we offered some crucial winter reminders: Sneakers are essential! We had

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Two students race after the ball in PE class

PE Update: Winter Sports for the Win

Now that December is here, our lower school athletes are getting in the spirit of winter sports. In the Barn, our second and fourth graders use pillo polo sticks to practice their hockey skills. They are learning how to defend, how to pass, and how to score using controlled dribbling

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A first grader practices jump rope skills

PE Update: Jumping for Joy and Fitness

As we mention to our students when we begin the jump rope unit, the best athletes in the world often train by jumping rope. It builds footwork, endurance, strength, and coordination. But more importantly, it hits on two key elements of PE: fun and fitness. Our students began their jump

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Two students collaborate in the woods during an outdoor PE exploration

PE Update: Outdoor Adventuring

Our outdoor adventures middle school athletics team spends all fall in the woods learning how to read maps, vault over logs, build endurance, and bond in nature. This week some of our lower grades got to experience some OA excitement with a sampling of activities. First graders played tree tag

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Pre-k students sail the parachute in PE class

PE Update: Parachute, Parkour, and Mission Impossible

Physical education teachers tend to appreciate all sports and see the benefit of a wide variety of activities. That said, there are certain units, or pieces of equipment, that we might have a soft spot for. The parkour unit is one of those units, and the parachute is one of

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PE Update: Fifth Graders Hit the Trails

The fifth grade physical education program mirrors our seasonal athletics offerings, giving our students experience in each sport before making athletics selections in middle school. Fifth graders spend a lot of time working on sport-specific skills, and they have already completed field hockey, flag football, and soccer units this fall.

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A pre-k student joyfully jumps over an obstacle in PE class

PE Update: Pre-k Hops to the Challenge

The October weather has been a gift, allowing our physical education classes to soak in the sunshine with outdoor activities. Our pre-kindergarten students did their best bunny, kangaroo, and frog impressions during a “hopstacle course” on Claflin Field. After bounding over our hurdles, there were a variety of hopping implements

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By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and wellness director |

January 26, 2023

Once a winter we give each of our physical education classes the opportunity to sled. After all, sledding combines so many of the elements we love about PE: being outdoors, balancing, taking calculated risks, looking out for others, and above…

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and wellness director |

January 20, 2023

One of our department mottos is that every student is an athlete. In order to reflect and celebrate that message, PE is collaborating with our library and technology and innovation departments to launch the Athletic Identity Project. First, students read…
Two pre-k students in PE class

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

January 6, 2023

The return from a break provides a nice opportunity to return to our roots in PE, establishing teamwork and building community with cooperative challenges. After defining the word “cooperation” (it doesn’t mean “when something is hard,” but it can be…
A group of students out on the trail in the woods

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

December 16, 2022

In physical education this week, our younger grades got to try some indoor winter activities, including speed skating (on pinnies), igloo building (with mats), and snowball rolling (with paddles and balls). Also, with the first snowfall of the season, we…
Two students race after the ball in PE class

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

December 9, 2022

Now that December is here, our lower school athletes are getting in the spirit of winter sports. In the Barn, our second and fourth graders use pillo polo sticks to practice their hockey skills. They are learning how to defend,…
A first grader practices jump rope skills

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

December 2, 2022

As we mention to our students when we begin the jump rope unit, the best athletes in the world often train by jumping rope. It builds footwork, endurance, strength, and coordination. But more importantly, it hits on two key elements…
Two students collaborate in the woods during an outdoor PE exploration

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

November 9, 2022

Our outdoor adventures middle school athletics team spends all fall in the woods learning how to read maps, vault over logs, build endurance, and bond in nature. This week some of our lower grades got to experience some OA excitement…
Pre-k students sail the parachute in PE class

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

October 28, 2022

Physical education teachers tend to appreciate all sports and see the benefit of a wide variety of activities. That said, there are certain units, or pieces of equipment, that we might have a soft spot for. The parkour unit is…

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

October 21, 2022

The fifth grade physical education program mirrors our seasonal athletics offerings, giving our students experience in each sport before making athletics selections in middle school. Fifth graders spend a lot of time working on sport-specific skills, and they have already…
A pre-k student joyfully jumps over an obstacle in PE class

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

October 14, 2022

The October weather has been a gift, allowing our physical education classes to soak in the sunshine with outdoor activities. Our pre-kindergarten students did their best bunny, kangaroo, and frog impressions during a “hopstacle course” on Claflin Field. After bounding…
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