Photos of Anne’s class running #hurdles in #PE

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Photos from volunteer appreciation breakfast performed by volunteer instructors. 

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Photos from PE with the little driver’s in Room 10

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Welcome back from Spring Break

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to return every day to Lewis this spring after taking some time to be away caring for my parents at the end of their life journey.  They have passed away now and I have returned to all the positive energy and excitement our Lewis school life provides.  I can’t tell you how much pleasure it brings me to work with your kids my students.

As I return we are starting a new game of Fire and Ice.  It is a tag game that uses pool noodles as icicles.  If tagged by an icicle the child is FROZEN and does fist pumps in the air until they are tossed a “fire” ball to melt them.  This game creates a fun way to increase heart rates and practice catching and throwing skills.  So far the kids have enjoyed the new game while practicing first hand what it takes to throw a catchable toss.

Students are also working on new push-ups are really more of a “letting-down” of the body to the floor from a plank position.  It is a controlled movement that builds strength and is not overwhelming as “push-ups” can be.  Kids might want to show you this  at home and may enjoy teaching their families members this exercise.

Another skills we are developing is teamwork of jumping a rope together after watching the following clip. Japanese jump rope team.

If you would like to help in PE I would welcome the extra hands to run jump rope stations or help with a variety of odds jobs that go along with having equipment storage issues of a varied program.

Please following me on Twitter at GymJumpRun or email me at to connect with me.

Thanks, Millie Layman

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Camp Robber: The Gray Jay

What a neat experience to have one of these little birds eat from you hand. Just parking in the parking lot at Ski Bowl provided this experience you might want to share with your children. They were after peanuts with shells broken open.


The Gray Jay, aka Camp Robber (photo by the author)

If you want to get to know the Gray Jay, plan a picnic in one of Summit County’s high forests.  Find a suitable spot, open your lunch bag, sit back and relax.  You won’t have to wait long, since they don’t call this bird the ‘Camp Robber’ for nothing.  In fact, if you’re willing to share, bold Gray Jays will perch on your hand to snatch most anything offered.  Little of this confiscated food is eaten on the spot, though.  The jay will grab a morsel and immediately fly back into the trees.  It’s not that they’re antisocial; these year-round residents squirrel away lots of groceries to get them through the mountain winter.

Enjoyed both by summer visitors and winter skiers, Gray Jays are found in Summit County throughout the year.  Turning their noses up at wimpy migrants, these birds…

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HANDS UP Part 1 – Introduction to Physical and Health Literacy

HANDS UP for Health and Physical Literacy is a three part illustrated video series that will teach children and youth about the importance of physical and health literacy in a fun and engaging way.

Making healthy choices is not only about how we spend our leisure time, healthy food choices and behaviors choices we make when playing with others.

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Photos from station work with Ms Kennedy’s class today

Just a glimpse of what is happening in PE today.  Students are learning to pace not race for 3 minutes jogs.  We talk about how to go slow enough that you can make it the whole time without having to walk, tie one’s shoe or get a drink of water.  It is fun to see the kids learn and apply a jog that is slower than a walk to make it the whole time.

After warming up with basic stretches and a job the students participated in five stations: Wall Ball, Scooter Boards, Hula Hoop Castle Building, jump rope and panting with light.  Here are a few photos from the painting with light station.

Today was a challenged to have all these stations going with minimal light in order to get a decent painting.


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Photos from PE (Ms Speers)

Today the student’s in Ms Speer’s 5th grade class were working on fitness skills by making an agility ladder to jump, hop and run through.  I was impressed with the student ability to make shapes with segmented plastic jump ropes.  We looked to Eric Carle’s image to help spark the Student’s Creativity. Students also worked on Pool Noodle Mazes and Long Rope jumping that at least one student hoped to demonstrate Double Dutch.  If you would like to learn more about double dutch rope jumping this youtube video might help.


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Photos of Mr Richner’s Physical Education Giant Balloon Fun

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Today the skies cleared enough for the kids to do some outside running without realizing that were working hard.  We also notice that although you can’t see the wind the wind must be considered.  It can keep you from controlling your balloon.  The balloons were larger than typical balloons.  These are the balloons used at car lots and a long time dream of mine to use with students.  Glad for the chance to try them with our Lewis kids while sneaking in some running.

The best quote of the day came from a student who said, “I love this school,”we never did this at my old school.”

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Ms Brenan class in PE

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Ms Brenan’s class was one of the first to get a chance to experience giant balloons in recess.  These balloons are the type I have seen at car lots and was able to purchase over the holiday for our class.  Because they are so big they really catch the air current and are easy to keep aloft.  It was fun to see students get their exercise while chasing after them outside when the skies cleared yesterday.  Exercise like this is a great way trick your body into getting heart healthy exercise without even noticing.

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