• Welcome to Physical Education

     Mrs. Monte & Mrs. Draxdorf; with Mrs. Sparacio, Mrs. Koumousidis, and Ms. Papeo

    Our goal is to teach your children the basic skills and concepts they will need to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
    This year we will be focusing on improving communication skills and learning to work together through games and sports using a TEAMWORK approach.
    The students at PS 160 have caught the Olympic spirit!  During our 4 week Winter Olympic Unit, the students practiced teamwork as they solved small group physical challenges and learn about the history, symbolism, sports, and athletes at the Winter Olympics. Students participated in a mock opening ceremony and torch relay, and faced the world flag challenge, as they attempted to match the flags of the world to the countries they represent. This world flag challenge gave students the chance to conduct independent research to identify 50 world flags. They were then encouraged to identify missing countries and create flags for those countries, as well. We wondered about life in South Korea and some of our third graders even had the opportunity to skype with a South Korean resident, Ocean, and ask her some questions about her experiences as a South Korean citizen and the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
    Throughout our multidisciplinary PE unit, we used our paedeia seminar protocols and discussed symbolism and the olympic values: friendship, respect, and excellence. We learned some latin, as we embrace the ideal of personal best to demonstrate our understanding of the Olympic Motto, "Citius. Altius. Fortius. - Faster. Higher. Stronger." On Friday, February 9, we rejoiced with the world as the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics commenced. Together we reached high standards, grew our self worth, and appreciated our efforts by embracing the Olympic Creed, "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."  [Baron De Coubertin]
    Now that the PyeongChang Winter Olympics have come to an end, we will begin a 6 week unit on soccer, as we look forward to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 (June 15 through July 15). Students will build on the skills they have acquired in previous years as they learn and develop their soccer skills; dribbling, trapping, passing, juggling, and scoring. We will play fun games to learn and develop the core values of soccer: ball control/passing, possession, and finishing. Throughout this unit, we will continue to strive for personal best, as we build self-confidence, demonstrate cooperation, improve conentration, and achieve greater discipline. Soccer Core Values
    As the weathr becomes increasingly warmer, students should make an effort to venture outside and try out some of the soccer skills they are learning in class. The park and playground is a great place to meet up with friends and play soccer together. Additionally, students can take a ball, of any size, outside and dribble it around in front of their houses.
    Please be sure to discuss with your child the importance of street safety.
    Some basic rules to follow:
    1. Always stay in the safe play zone established by your grown up (ie. between the fire hydrant and Sarah's house).
    2. Stay on the sidewalk - if a ball rolls out into the street, wait for it to roll to the side of the curb and then pick it up. If the ball lands on the opposite side of the street, follow rules for crossing the street, look both ways, get a grown up to cross you, or ask someone on the other side of the street to toss you the ball.
    3. Follow the light cues. If it gets dark, it's either getting late or the weather might be changing. This is a good time to head home and inside.
    4. Stay in contact with your grown up. Keep in eye sight of your grown up. If you are old enough to be out without a grown up, take a fully charged cell phone and check in with your grown up: when you arrive at the park, before you head home, and every hour or so.
    5. Stay alert. If you have a problem, go home, call home, or get the help of a grown up you know. If you have an EMERGENCY call 911!
    If your child is expressing an interest in playing soccer outside of school, you can look into this program Scula Calcio hosted by the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club. 
    Finally, we are very excited to welcome Sarah Zhao, student teacher from Brooklyn College, to our teaching team. She will be spending 7 weeks at PS 160, as she completes the final steps of her teacher training with a goal of permanent certification as a physical education teacher. Ms. Zhao, is a kind and energetic young lady with a strong drive to helping our students reach their goals and attain their highest level of personal best. We know that she will enhance our physical education program with more fun and exciting ideas and activities.
    You can help your kids with their learning by asking them about the games they are playing in Physical Education class. Take a look at the video links with more fun soccer ideas and information and share stories of soccer memories from your childhood. Also, please make sure they come to school prepared to engage in high energy physical activity on their scheduled PE day. All students MUST wear sneakers on PE day. Other shoes are unsafe and can cause students to trip and fall. Also, sweat pants and a short sleeved t-shirts are suggested as the PE uniform. As the weather gets warmer, layer your children's clothing with the short sleeved t-shirt under the long sleeved layers. We want students to be able to remove outer layers to prevent over heating during PE play. PE uniform pieces are available for immediate purchase from limited stock supplies or can be ordered through the PE department. Please reach out to Mrs. Monte to request pricing or order forms.

    Students in fourth and fifth grade have completed all of the testing components of FITNESSGRAM. During the next 2 months, students will be able to use their FITNESSGRAM data to set personal learning goals in PE. They will work to improve the level of health related fitness and can request to be retested in any area of FITNESSGRAM in which they feel they have made significant improvements. Students' individual results will be available later this Spring. We will let you know when you can log on to the schools.nyc.gov parent portal to retrieve these results. Meanwhile, information regarding the FITNESSGRAM evaluation tool can be found using the link on this page. 


    Mrs. Monte  Mrs. Draxdorf