Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a wonderful December break wherever in the world you travelled. We hope your holiday was fun, full of laughter and exercise!

We would like to take this time to remind you of PE Uniforms. Below is a list of what your child needs to wear/bring to school on PE days.

PE Uniforms in Discovery, K1, K2 is:
UNIS PE shirt/ UNIS House Team Shirt
Shorts or pants (please do not send your child to school in a dress or skirt on PE days)
Reusable water bottle

All students in Discovery, K1, K2 participate in PE in their bare feet. They need to be able to remove their socks as well as their shoes. Please do not send your child to school wearing footed leggings or tights on PE days as this is a large safety concern.

PE Uniforms in Grades 1-5 is:
UNIS PE shirt/ UNIS House Team Shirt
UNIS PE shorts or pants
Reusable water bottle

All students in Grades 1- 5 need to wear appropriate footwear for PE. This means students should come to school in trainers/sneakers. As well we ask that you do not send your child to school wearing footed leggings or tights on PE days as there may be occasions we ask them to remove their socks and shoes.

We understand that the colder weather is upon us and students need to wear pants, sweaters and jackets. We simply ask that you layer your child’s PE Uniform underneath their warmer clothes. This allows them to remove clothing as they get hot in PE.

If you have any further concerns or questions please feel free to talk to your child(ren)’s PE teacher.

Caution: Scientists at Work!

In K2 we are learning how we can measure and record our performances so we can set goals to improve. K2s have become PE scientists, inquiring into the different ways they can throw, jump and run. Since everybody is different we wanted to figure out what ways worked best for ourselves. K2s recorded what ways they felt worked the best for them and then, like a scientist does they tested their methods and hypotheses.

Once we learned what was the best way for us to throw, jump and run we went onto step 2: Measuring our performance. We have now begun to figure out the different ways we can measure our performances. How far did we throw? How high did we jump? How fast did we run? We are working as a class to decide what way we want to measure our results. Next we will learn that we can use these results to help us set targets and goals for improving our skills and getting better.

The Beginner’s Guide to PE

We have been having an awesome time in PE this semester. Discovery children have been having a blast exploring all the ways that they can move their bodies. Our main focus this semester has been on developing our balance and gross motor skills. The children have shown tremendous growth in their independence and confidence in their skill levels.

K1’s Get the Job Done RIGHT!

K1 students have been learning that working together can be fun and productive during our Adventure Challenges Unit. Throughout the unit we learned what it means to be a good communicator. K1 students have decided that a good communicator does more than just talk. They share ideas, listen to others and use kind words.

We have spent the last 4 weeks playing games that required lots of cooperation and thinking skills. The Unit ended with parachute and obstacle course challenges requiring us to put our cooperation skills to the test.

UNIS House Phoenix Points

This year in Elementary PE we are trying out a new house points system. Students can earn Phoenix Points for their house when they demonstrate outstanding perseverance, respect, teamwork, sportsmanship, and organization in PE.

To start the competition we have focused on being organized for PE. This means students come to PE wearing their uniform and with a water bottle. If an entire house was able to do this, they won a point.

It’s been a tight competition so far. The standings as of Thursday were:
Buffalos- 18
Lions- 16
Eagles- 16
Tigers- 13

A huge shout out goes out to G1 this week who were the most organized grade level! They have shown how principled and organized they are. Students remembered to bring their water bottle and wear their PE uniform to classes this week. Way to to go G1!