PEHP Monthly Newsletter

PEHP in May!

May is here and with it the flowers…and pollen!  Nevertheless, Coach Cowan and Doc Rachel have loved being able to have our PEHP classes outside.  This month is a good one for fun in the sun, but we will make sure to keep our students well hydrated and cool. 

In Coach Cowan’s classes in May, we will continue to address coordination and agility by breaking down the mechanics of skipping, shuffling, and running.  We will be focusing on team building by using games, exercises, and drills to get the students working together. 

In May Doc Rachel will discuss sun and heat safety as well as how to help our moods and stress with healthy activity.  All grades will participate in games and activities that focus on upper body strengthening and core, as well as stretching. 

We have a special event this month—Field Day on May 25th!  Please join us for fun events and friendly competition.  In lieu of a final presentation and because we know everyone is busy around this time of the year, the PEHP team has made a video of some of the activities and fun your children have been having this year.  Please check it out on the school website!

May days are here!

April PEHP!

PEHP in April!

Although the temperatures have not gotten too high yet, please remember to pack water bottles for the kids to have during PEHP, especially as the weather begins to heat up.  This month Coach Cowan and Doc Rachel will be recording portions of our classes to put together a fun end-of-the-year video highlighting some of the students’ activities in PEHP!

In Coach Cowan’s classes in April, he will continue to work on each student’s coordination with group exercises and activities.  Maximizing effort will be emphasized to maintain focus and progress.  The students will continue to have fun playing their favorite games, and Coach Cowan wants to focus on cultivating good attitudes and sportsmanship this month. 

Doc Rachel will use the month of April to talk about keeping our brains healthy and how physical activity can actually make us smarter.  We will also talk about how our mood, stress, and sleep effect our health, and we will play new games (and some old favorites) that teach these concepts.  Our two body areas of focus this month are the lower body and our core.

Don’t forget that Field Day is next month on May 25th.  It is always such a fun day, and we’d love to see you all there!

Let the sun shine in!

PEHP in March!

PEHP in March!

Hopefully an early spring is on the way, since Coach Cowan and Doc Rachel are loving having more of our PEHP classes OUTSIDE.  We get to emphasize movement and health while getting fresh air and a little sunshine! 

Please remember the importance of having a healthy breakfast every morning.  Encourage your children to try the “3 out of 5 rule” and choose 1)  a grain, 2)  a fruit or vegetable, and 3)  a milk product or protein to give you the proper energy to get your day started right!

In Coach Cowan’s classes in March, he will focus on neurological activities to help with coordination.  Students will be doing exercises that specifically target using their brains in conjunction with hands and feet.  This is a difficult skill to master for most of the students and will be a good test for them. 

In March Doc Rachel and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders will be discussing healthy teeth, nutrition, and hydration, as well as how to keep our bones, joints, and muscles strong.  The 4th, 5th, and 6th graders learn about our gastrointestinal system and how the kidneys work, too.  All classes will learn stretches and exercises that make healthy bones, joints, muscles.  Don’t forget the music!  I love hearing the kids sing!

Let’s hope our March luck holds out for more great weather!

PEHP lesson plans for February

PEHP in February!

Coach David and Doc Brown are excited to be back in the swing of things!  We’ve even been able to have PE outside on the days when it wasn’t too cold.  The fresh air is great for the students’ physical and emotional well-being.

In Coach Cowan’s classes in February, we will be continuing to work on agility.  Games, exercises, and drills will be used to help the students understand the body mechanics that will help them become quicker and more agile.  As always, time at the end of class is for the students’ favorite games! 

Throughout February Doc Brown will be discussing how to avoid colds and flu; the function of the ear, nose, throat and mouth systems; and digestive and kidney health.  Handwashing, brushing and flossing our teeth, and basic hydration and nutrition will be the healthy habits on which we will focus.  All grades will participate in games and activities that will strengthen our gluts and hamstrings, as well as our upper body.  As always there will be fun music to keep us energized!

Happy Valentine’s day and remember:  Healthy hearts are happy hearts!

Physical and Emotional Health Program (PEHP) in January!

PEHP in January!

PEHP is back, and Coach Cowan and Doc Rachel are looking forward to meeting the new St. Peter’s children, as well as seeing all the familiar faces!  This month we will be re-introducing the expectations of our time together and discussing our four rules (pay attention, have fun, do your best, and have good sportsmanship).  We will also be reviewing why physical activity and conditioning are important and how exercise can be fun! 

In Coach Cowan’s classes in January we will be working on speed and agility.  Proper techniques will be taught to be sure students understand how to maximize these two fitness principles.  We will also discuss and teach the importance of shaking hands.  This will be a good refresher for the returning students and will be an introduction for the new students.  We will also save time for a game at the end of class.

This year Doc Rachel will be discussing how different body systems work and the best way to keep those systems healthy.  In January we will learn the function of the heart and lungs, the cardiopulmonary benefits of being physically active, and the dangers of smoking.  Movement games and relay races will help emphasize the teaching points while staying active.  As always there will be fun music to keep us energized!

Let’s get moving in 2017!

PE Program – Strength and Movement

From September through December, St. Peter’s Catholic School participates in a dynamic partnership with the Columbia Conservatory of Dance. The ‘Strength and Movement’ class was developed 7 years ago after Mr. William Starrett, Ms. Mariclare Miranda , founding directors and principal instructors of the Conservatory, met with Principal, Kathy Preston. Mrs. Preston was interested in offering an alternative PE program to the students; one that would incorporate movement, coordination, body awareness, balance, strength training, rhythm and music. Mr. Starrett was open to this initiative and eager to share the state of the art facility and talented instructors at the Columbia Conservatory.

Each Thursday and Friday mornings, grades one through six walk from St.Peter’s downtown location the two blocks to the Columbia Conservatory.

This collaboration was further enhanced by the assistance of the Columbia City Police Department along with a “Yellow Shirt Ambassador” from the City Center Partnership who assist the students in safely crossing Assembly Street each morning. The students, teachers, parents and principal greatly appreciate their dependability and care.

This program provides an opportunity for St.Peter’s Catholic School to take advantage of its urban location and its easy accessibility to cultural resources. Mr. Starrett and his talented instructors offer the students a challenging PE program while at the same time exposing the students to Arts appreciation.

Albert Einstein said, “Learning IS experience. Everything else is just information.”

The Strength and Movement class is a fabulous learning experience for the students of St.Peter’s Catholic School.

 

March 2017

Hopefully an early spring is on the way, since Coach Cowan and Dr. Rachel are loving having more of our PEHP classes OUTSIDE.  We get to emphasize movement and health while getting fresh air and a little sunshine!

Please remember the importance of having a healthy breakfast every morning.  Encourage your children to try the “3 out of 5 rule” and choose 1)  a grain, 2)  a fruit or vegetable, and 3)  a milk product or protein to give the proper energy to get your day started right!

In Coach Cowan’s classes in March, he will continue to address coordination and agility, as well as integrating neurological control with activities and exercises.  He is getting a great response and seeing a lot of improvement with the activities so far and plans to keep working with the students to see how far they can progress.  As always, time at the end of class is for the students’ favorite games.

In March Dr. Rachel will be discussing intellectual wellness and social wellness with the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.  We will discuss how physical activity is tied to brain health, as well as how friendships and personal connections can keep our bodies and minds healthy.  The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders will learn how to keep their teeth healthy and how that relates to overall health.  All grades will participate in special Diabetes Awareness activities during PEHP on the 16th and 17th.

Let’s hope our March luck holds out for more great weather!

PEHP February 2017

PEHP is back, and Coach David and Dr. Rachel have had a great time getting back into the swing of things with the students!  Last month we reviewed the expectations of our time together and discussed our four rules (pay attention, have fun, do your best, and have good sportsmanship).  We also reemphasized why physical activity and conditioning are important, what are proper movement mechanics, and how exercise can be fun!  This month we will continue our emphasis on movement, fun, and sportsmanship.

In January Coach David used a variety of exercises and games to help students improve their coordination.  He also reviewed the importance of shaking hands.  Students should be practicing the proper way to shake hands whenever they can, as it is a wonderful way to show respect.  In Coach David’s classes in February, we will continue to work on coordination, but also add a focus on agility.  Games, exercises, and drills will be used to help the students understand the body mechanics that will help them become quicker and more agile.  As always, time at the end of class is for the students’ favorite games!

In January Dr. Rachel discussed the first of eight wellness dimensions—physical wellness.  We discussed healthy hydration and physical activity in the 1st-3rd grades, and hydration, nutrition, and physical activity in the 4th-6th grades.  We focused on cardio and teamwork as well.  Throughout February Dr. Rachel will be discussing how to avoid colds and flu and basic nutrition with the 1st-3rd grades.  We will finish physical wellness (hygiene, oral health, and sleep) with the 4th-6th grades and begin the next wellness dimension, emotional wellness.  All grades will participate in games and activities that will strengthen our core and upper body.  As always there will be fun music to keep us energized!