Welcome Panthers to Physical Education!
The PE Mission...
My mission for the students of Ponderosa is offer a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and teaches our students to be healthy and active for a lifetime. I closely follow the Colorado Academic Comprehensive Standards in Physical Education and Health, as well as, the National Standards for Physical Education.
Hi Panthers! I'm Mrs. Weeks, the Physical Education teacher. I have been teaching P.E. for 15 years, 12 of those years here at Ponderosa Elementary. I was born and raised right here in Colorado! I'm what they call a TRUE 5th Generation Colorado Native which is rare. I love teaching students and adults how to stay healthy and strong for a Lifetime. I also enjoy teaching and coaching swimming. I am looking forward to a GREAT year in PE!
The Walking Classroom
Dear Parents, 4th and 5th Grade Students,
I’m thrilled to offer this opportunity for some extra learning and exercise! Starting December 1st and going until May 4th, I will be offering the Walking Classroom curriculum to forty 4th and 5th grade students.
The Program, in Brief
The methodology behind The Walking Classroom is that students listen to curriculum-related podcasts on individual headsets while taking walks in a group. Some example lessons we might learn about are Meteorology, George Washington Carver, Continental Divide, The Gold Rush, The Civil War, Currants and Tides, How Taxes Work and many more. All students will listen to the same podcast at the same time, and after our energizing walk, we come back to the gym and discuss and synthesize what we learned while walking.
The World is Flatter and, Unfortunately Fatter
For a student to be competitively literate in the 21st Century, a multitude of competencies are required. Strong reading and writing skills remain the core of literacy, and The Walking Classroom provides additional tools to reach students with different learning styles while improving student health. This regimen will enrich students’ lives by building focused listening stamina while integrating technology and exercise as educational tools into existing curriculum.
A Sound Mind in a Sound Body
Additionally, the research is indisputable that there is a direct correlation between a student’s physical activity and academic achievement. Dr. John J. Ratey of Harvard Medical School states that exercise puts the brain in am optimal position to learn, improve attention, and reduce stress and anxiety. Additional research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology showed that “…children who get good marks on two measures of physical fitness—those that gage aerobic fitness and body-mass index—tend also to have higher scores on state or socioeconomic differences.”
For more information from Dr. Ratey, take a look at http://tinyurl.com/ratey-on-tv
Ideally, exercising will become an enjoyable habit with the students and they will choose to continue a regular regimen throughout the rest of their lives.
This class will be on Thursday mornings 8:00-8:45 am. Please see the specific dates that are attached to this letter, as there are some Thursdays that we will NOT be meeting. This class is free to join however students will need to wear tennis shoes, and need to stay committed to majority of our class meetings for the year. If students would like to bring their own headsets or earbuds to plug into the WalkKits they may do so. If your student is unable to join us for a meeting, please call and leave me a message that your student will be absent.
If you are interested in joining our class please fill out the permission slip attached and return to Mrs. Weeks the week we get back from Thanksgiving Break. This will be on a first come, first serve basis. In order to be placed on the list the student will need to bring back the permission slip filled out completely and signed by a parent/guardian. Please turn in the slip directly to Mrs. Weeks. Once the student has turned in the permission slip they will receive a paper stating that they have made it into the class. If more then 40 students are interested, they will be placed on a waiting list. If a student leaves the class the next student on the list will be contacted to join.
If you have any questions please feel free to call me at
I’m excited to get walking and learning!
Walking Classroom Dates:
*PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS WITH THESE DATES!
The front door of the school is locked, so you must come in through the front West side door that leads directly into the gym. It is marked with a white #16. I will be standing there allowing The Walking Classroom students in. YOU MUST BE ON TIME! If you arrive after 8:05am, the door will be shut and locked! You will then have to wait until school starts. The only time there will be an exception to the door rule is when there is a snowstorm. If we have a delayed start due to weather, there will NOT be class that morning.
Ponderosa Pride Code of Conduct in PE
ALWAYS FOLLOW THE PAWS!
Ponderosa Fitness Days!
There will be days in PE and other Specials classes that our students will participate in what we call Ponderosa Fitness Days! We are supporting Cherry Creek's Wellness Program as well as HB 11-1069. On these days we exercise with different workout and fitness videos. Students are encouraged to wear clothing that allows for movement and keeps them cool (ex. shorts, t-shirts, jogging pants, etc.). Most importantly they need to wear tennis shoes for safety and comfort. They may also bring a Water Bottle filled with only water. Many of the videos we exercise with are available at stores like Taregt and Walmart or online at Amazon.com if you are intrested in buying them for a family workout time. Please see Ms. Shockey with any questions about our videos or Ponderosa Fitness Days!
Ponderosa Field Day is Coming!
Please remember that good sportsmanship, teamwork, cheering each other on and respecting each individual’s abilities are all apart of Field Day. They should be following our Ponderosa Pride Code of Conduct: Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful. Remember To Always Follow The PAWS!
We are looking forward to another WONDERFUL Field Day! Parents please feel free to come join us and participate with your child in Field Day!
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Remember to EXERCISE everyday, eat healthy foods and snacks and find time as a family to be ACTIVE!!! Ponderosa Wellness Night will be Tuesday September 20th. Please check back for more information and tips.
The Cherry Creek Schools Fitness Festival includes a 5k Run/Walk, the 1k Family Fun Run, and an amazing after party. The event encourages a healthy lifestyle and proceeds support the Community Asset Program in partnership with the Cherry Creek Schools. The race starts and ends at Stutler Bowl on the Cherry Creek High School campus, 9300 E. Union Avenue, Greenwood Village. For more information and to register, visit http://ccsdfit.org/
Cherry Creek District Physical Education/Health News:
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