Hard to believe fall is here already. This week students are working on sharpening their throwing skills on stationary and moving targets. K-1 students practice basic throwing cues, which include pointing at our target, stepping toward our target and throwing at our target. Upper grades utilize the basic cues and focus on transferring their weight while throwing and following through toward their target. Students applied these skills in an anchor game called Pumpkin Patch. Their goal in the game is to release Jack from the pumpkin patch. Please, ask them about it.
This week classes took advantage of the beautiful weather to go outside and enjoy having some room. We practice our kicking patterns. Some classes played soccer, some classes played Penalty Kicks, some classes played Kick Your Room Clean, but all classes developed their kicking skills. Please, ask them about their class.
Students learned a great deal about their fitness this week. Grades 2-4 completed the push-up and curl up sections of the Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment. students were required to perform curl-ups and right angle push ups to a cadence. Students worked until their muscles were exhausted and as a whole we scored very healthy. Grades pk-1 worked on some outdoor games such as zookeeper and catch four square. Please, ask them about their class.
Hello. This week's class is our first Station Day. During Station Days the students get to partner up and play 12 different games that require motor skills and patterns they have learned in class. Some of the patterns we worked with this week are kicking, striking, throwing, and jumping. Students also had to work together during some cooperative game stations. Please, ask them about their class.
K-4 Students took a look inside their bodies this week by participating in the PACER. PACER is an acronym for progressive, aerobic, cardiovascular, endurance, run. We discussed how muscles work and how important heart and lung health are to fitness. We also further explored Standard 4 by playing team games. The students showed good sportsmanship and got a good workout doing it. Please, ask them about their class.
This week in the gym students in grades 2-4 are learning about the importance and benefits of being flexible. They will test their lower back and hamstring flexibility using a special measuring box. Students can now identify whether or not they need increase their flexibility or not. These students also focused on teamwork and applying kicking patterns in a game called Human Fooseball. K-1 students further explored personal space and and kicking patterns as they worked on passing to a partner and Animal See, Animal Do. Pre-K worked on using locomotor patterns we learned in class to successfully navigate an obstacle course. Please, ask child about their class.
This week in the gym we will be working on our kicking patterns. We will always kick at a target in the gym, but our patterns change depending on the target. K students will continue to work on moving safely in the gym using our animal patterns. They will also explore their kicking pattern using soccer balls. First and second grades will be working on kicking to a variety of targets and identifying the changes that take place in the their kicking pattern depending on the target. Grades 3&4 will explore various kicking patterns and then strategize and apply which will work best in a game called Bulls In The Ring. Grades 2-4 will also be working on their upper-body endurance using the push up. Please, ask your student about their class this week.
Hard to believe a new year is upon us. I miss the outgoing fourth-graders but am super excited to meet all the new students and see all the familiar faces. Grades 2-4 will start off the year working with the Connecticut Physical Fitness Test. Pre-K, K and 1 will work on moving safely around the gym. Everyone will learn about Standard 4 which teaches us to be good teammates and friends in the gym. Let's Get Ready To Move!!!
Thanks to all who helped make Field Day a fun experience for the students. I especially want to thank Reginald Bradford, Salvatore LoGiudice, Doug Burt, Nancy Furgeson, Michelle Meyers-Brown, Dave LaMarre, Amy McLaughlin, Jenessa Cretella, Kara Sanderson, Tammy Hickman, Jennifer Tassmer, Anthony Pizorusso, Alison Behnke, Debbie Norman, Terrie Shimoda, Mark & Danielle Tabaka, Jen Favalora and Karen Therrien for all of their efforts in helping to run Field Day. I also wanted to thank Cheryl Haase and the PTO for an amazing assembly that the students loved. I certainly appreciate the cafeteria staff and the custodians, who were able to collect all the recyclables we used during the day and the efforts they put in during the day to make it a success. Mr. Larson, Teachers & Staff, thank you for always being supportive and flexible and I especially want to thank the kickball participants. Can't wait until next year!
Students at all grade levels are preparing for our Field Day event on Friday. Students have been employing our leadership characteristics while they practice striking, tossing and throwing at targets and utilizing balancing and catching patterns. Students' ability to work in teams of 2 to 30 will be tested on Field Day and I am sure they will do a great job. Please, ask them about their class.
This week students in all grades will have to exhibit a lot of teamwork. We will be using the parachutes to execute a variety of activities. Students will also learn a new game for tight spaces called Screaming Toes. Please, ask them about their class.
Field Day will be held on Friday, May 27th. Since recycling has been such a big initiative here at Burr we are going to use recycled materials from our school cafeteria to be active and have fun. The students are also going to use this day to showcase what they have learned about teamwork, hustle, and encouragement. If you would like to volunteer to help out and run a station from 9:00-11:15 please email me at email@example.com. Thanks again!!!
Hard to believe, but the end of the year is in sight. Students in the K-2 are engaging in some of our anchor games, but with different rules. The rules in games like Battleship are modified for each grade-level. 1st and second grade work on teamwork, third and fourth focus a little more on strategy. It is amazing to see the students adapt and also see how proud they are of their accomplishments. Please, ask them about their class.
Students will be brushing up on their teamwork sills this week. What do you do when there are 5 people and only one ball? You share it! Passing is an important part many games. Grade 2-4 students will be brushing up on their passing skills using a basketball. K-1 will be working as a team to score as many points as possible using their shooting pattern. Their cue reminders are chest, knees, and spring. This reminds them the ball starts on their chest, then they bend their knees and spring the ball toward their target. Please, ask them about their class.
This week students will be working on fitness and motor patterns using a basketball. K-1 students are further developing their bouncing, catching and dribbling skills. 2-4 students are working to make their dribbling and shooting patterns more mature. It is fantastic to hear the students discuss the different strategies they are employing to make sure their defend their ball and make a basket more consistently. Please, ask them about their class.
Burr School Rocks! Students did a fantastic job of using their hearts to power their bodies during Jump Rope For Heart. Students spent some time at the beginning of class reflecting on just how important their heart health is to enjoying life and some ways to keep their hearts healthy. They then embarked on the road to a healthy heart. 4th graders did an amazing job being Heart Guides for the Pre K, K, and 1st grade students. They were role-models not only of sportsmanship, but also of heart health. Students also raised over $4, 000 in donations to the American Heart Association. What fun! Please, ask them about their class.
Students this week took a look into their hearts using the PACER. The PACER is an acronym for Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run. Students use the data form their last test to set a goal for themselves. Students hearts are ten weeks stronger than they were the last time they took the test. Most students either maintained or increased their level of aerobic capacity. Please, ask them about their class.
Students worked on their quickness this week using agility ladders. K-1 focused on getting one foot in each box of the ladder while 2-4 worked on various one a two-foot patterns. Students learned that practicing patterns before trying to perform them quickly is important. Students also worked on their long rope an short rope jumping skills to prepare for our Jump Rope For Heart Event happening the week of 3/8-3/11. Please ask your student about today's class.
The answer is yes! This week students learned some new games to play during indoor recess. These games require students to be safe and active. We developed some creative exercise routines and played What's My Name and Bottom Basketball. The students did a great job maintaining a safe environment and were very active in a small space. Please, ask them about their class.
Students enjoyed a Station Day this week. Station Day is the day where students are able to perform the skills they learned and the knowledge they gained the previous month. Students put their football skills on display and worked on some striking, balancing and jump roping skills at other stations. Pre-K was able to work with their fourth grade buddies and impress them with their skills as well. Students were great partners and were very focused during class. Please, ask them about it.