Tuesday, December 15, 2015




GYM!!!!!

Hey Nathan here, I am a 4th grader from Mrs.Grimm’s class. In the beginning of the year we did the mile run. It was hard to work around the construction but we did. The 4th and 5th graders had to take a different route. The 1st - 3rd graders had to run laps around the blacktop using clothes pins to count each lap. Here are some things I liked about the mile. I like the different route we took by greens. Here are some rules about the mile: follow the path don’t go on the grass, you have to wear your gym shoes, don’t cut off people. After you’re done you can throw a football or walk to cool off.
Lily here, I’m a 4th grader from Mrs.Grimm’s class. I am going to be talking about gymnastics. There are 6 different stations. The stations are balance beam, rope, vault, horizontal climbing wall, and parallel bars. My favorite station is the floor because you can do backbends, somersaults, and more. Here are some of the rules: no running with your socks on, when Mrs.P says freeze you have to stop what you are doing and get off the equipment safely, when you are on the climbing wall you have to wait until the person in front of you passes the turtle, and  on the vault you have to use both hands to jump over. I think everybody liked gymnastics!
Finley talking, I’m a 4th grader from Mrs.Grimm’s class. I am going to be talking about the grand canyon. We do the grand canyon right after gymnastics. Some of the rules are: 2 hands to swing across the matts and right after you go across the matts you swing the rope back and stay to help the next person. Mrs. P lets us have a practice first and then she times us to see how fast our whole class can get across. If someone falls then someone has to go again. I liked how I got to go twice to help my team out. I think that everybody had fun!
Every time we, as a class, show good sportsmanship we earn a shoe. A shoe is a reward. If we get 10 shoes, we've earned a free day which means we get to pick what we play.

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR GYM SHOES!!!




Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Mile Run  

Last week Grades 1 - 5  were able to run the mile.  We were fortunate to have terrific running weather to try our new mile courses.  
     The course for grades 4 and 5 starts on the sidewalk next to our pick up lane, around curve, through the gate, around the stop sign, right diagonally on asphalt path, left on the grass next to the fence, left onto Douglas Street sidewalk, left onto Olive Street sidewalk west and left onto "plaza" curve.  On the third lap the finish is near the first electrical box on Olive.  All that gave it their best did a great job, many liking the new course better.  
     Grades 1 - 3 also did a great job running our new play lot course.  This course was seven laps around staying within certain boundaries and around specific cones.  Each student was asked to clip seven clothes pins on the edge of their shirt. As they came around, they were to drop one of their clothes pins in a large bucket to keep track of their laps.
     The mile is run to get an estimate of a student's aerobic cardiovascular endurance. The ability to "pace" oneself is emphasized.  Many of our student's enjoy running and are highly motivated to challenge themselves in the mile run.  For those that are not so keen on running,  different activities are presented/suggested throughout the year that may be more fitting to increase/maintain their aerobic capacity and a healthy fitness level. 


     
      

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Now two weeks into our 2015-16 school year, I hope you are all settling into your back-to-school routines and enjoying many of the new things another school year brings.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we work together to make appropriate changes to get through our
pre-construction/construction year!  Without the use of our field, there will also be changes to our usual fall outdoor PE activities.  We're trying some new activities (such as badminton, Baggo, Bocce Ball, and Bonker Ball), and will be modifying other activities so they may be played safely on black top or indoors.

We are happy to have Mrs. LaRoe with us again this year as our traveling PE teacher.  She will be teaching all 5th Grade classes this year.

For your child's safety we ask that all students wear athletic/gym/running shoes.  Shoes with higher heels, boots, or sandals (such as Crocs, Keens) make it difficult to participate safely.  Below is this year's PE schedule.  Although I emphasize with our students it is THEIR job to remember gym shoes on gym days, our younger ones may need a reminder now and then.  Thank you for seeing that your child  has the proper footwear for PE. 





2015-16 OMS PE SCHEDULE
Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9:10-9:40
3 -4
Brown
3-2
Molnar
3-1
Range
3-2
Molnar
3-3
Stevens
9:40-10:10
3-1
Range
3-3
Stevens
3-5
Yarbrough
3-5
Yarbrough
3-4
Brown
10:10-10:40
Mrs. LaRoe
5-5
Muhr
5-1
Dunlop
5-2
Fowler
5-5
Muhr
5-4/K-2
Edstrom
10:40-11:10
Mrs. LaRoe
5-3
Trantor
5-4
Edstrom
5-1
Dunlop
5-2
Fowler
5-3/K-1
Trantor
11:10-11:40
2-4
Netzel
2-5
Mueller
2-4
Netzel
2-3
Musich
2-1
Jansson
11:40-12:10
2-3
Musich
2-1
Jansson
2-5
Mueller
2-2
Wilhelm
2-2
Wilhelm
12:10-1:15
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
1:15-1:45
4-3
Beck
4-4
Grimm
4-4
Grimm
K-4
Martens
K-3
Naughten
1:45-2:15
4-1
Helmann
4-2
Christoforou
4-3
Beck
4-2
Christoforou
4-1
Helmann
2:15-2:30





2:30-3:00
1-1
Brinati
1-3
Nordman
1-4
Alberti
1-1
Brinati
1-3
Nordman
3:00-3:30
1-5
Orlando
1-4
Alberti
1-2
Vittore
1-5
Orlando
1-2
Vittore


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Heart Adventure Challenge Course

The Heart Course is a fun and creative way for our students to gain a general understanding of how the heart works, its function, and the importance of exercise as one of the ways to keep it healthy.  The course is designed so that students move through the four chambers of the heart in a larger-than-life setting.  Students navigate the blood's pathway as it begins it's journey from the right side of the heart to the lungs in search of oxygen and than re-enters the left side of the heart to be pumped to the brain and other body parts.  Students have an opportunity to repeat the course many times - as this one-way system is a never-ending process.  Colored balls are exchanged based on whether the blood is carrying oxygen (red) on the left side or not carrying oxygen (blue) on right side of the heart.

Several areas of study are interweaved in this unit.  Besides highlighting cardio-respiratory fitness, balance, agility, muscular strength and endurance, technology (Insta-Pulse Heart Rate Monitors for grades 3 - 5), science (how the heart works) and Health (important ways to keep the heart healthy) are addressed.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Floor Hockey is a favorite PE activity here at Olive.   Mrs Pusateri really likes it because we have everyone moving!  Each class is divided into two teams.  Each team then divides their players into offense and defense.  Players, once assigned, must remain on their half of the gym until we switch for the second half of our game.  This allows each student to learn and practice both their offense and defense skills.  Each half a new goalie and center forward are assigned.  The center forward for each team takes the face-off to begin play and is allowed to cross the center line playing offense and/or defense.  We use three Softee balls as our "pucks" and foam sticks.   "High Sticking", stepping in the Goalie's box, sliding, or any "unnecessary roughness" will put you in the Penalty Box.

This is the third year the Chicago Wolves have supplied us with jerseys, Floor Hockey Participation Certificates and one complimentary ticket per student to home games at Allstate Arena.  If you are looking for a fun family activity...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Our fall term has gone by fast...

We had two really nice weeks to be outside playing Three Ball Soccer.    Regulation soccer rules are modified for this game are so three balls are in play at once giving students of all abilities more touches on the ball.

Capture the football (much like capture the tennis ball) gave us a chance to use some football skills.  Students find the Holy Moly belts easy and fast to use.  When we were forced inside, we played several games dodging and fleeing to save our flags.

After monthly fitness testing and some Halloween games, the gymnastic equipment fills our gym. We rotate through six stations: transverse climbing wall, vaulting/high jump, parallel/uneven bars, rope climb, balance beam, and floor exercise. 







Monday, September 29, 2014

Team Building

Each class was divided into two teams.  There goal was to work together to get all their team members across the gym, mat to mat, without touching the gym floor.  They also had to get six balls across the gym without touching the floor.  If anyone touched, they'd have to go back and start over. 
If one of the six balls touched, the whole team had to go back and start over.  Each team had two scooters of their own to use (feet nor hands could touch the floor).  Some poly spots and paddles were scattered on the floor for either team to use.  It's really fun to see what creative ideas our students come up with!  At the end of the class we took a few minutes to discuss what made a team successful .