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Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone!  Hope that you all had a great summer.  I’m sure everyone is excited to be back…I know M. Koester and I are!  We’ve got lots in the works for the upcoming school year and cannot wait to get going.  Looking forward to catching up with all parents and students over the coming weeks.

To start off in September we will be working on some team building and cooperation games, as well as getting organized with our classroom routines and procedures.  A few housekeeping reminders for everyone.  Please make sure that you bring appropriate footwear to the gym for PE classes.  Skateboarding shoes aren’t great for running in!  Students is grades 4 and 5 need a change of clothes for class.  Something comfortable to wear and be active in is perfect!  A gym bag is also a must! (a plastic bag works too!)

September will also be the start of our grade 4/5 Cross Country season.  Students should be bringing home information regarding practices and meets in the first few days of school.

See you all Friday!

M. Vermeylen


One more to wrap up the year!

Another fantastic year in Physical Education this year!  Lots of great activities, team sports, games and circus arts.  Thanks to everyone at École Robert Browning for making this year a ton of fun.

As we look forward to next year we are already excited about some of the new equipment, activities and games we will be playing.  We hope to look into getting some more circus equipment for the 2018-19 school year (maybe an aerial hoop).

We will again host the 5th annual High 5 Community 5km in May of 2019.  It’s never too early to start training!

Wishing all our Super Run and 10km runners good luck in the Manitoba Marathon this weekend.  Run hard!

Have a great, safe, healthy and active summer!  See you all in September of 2018!

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (May 22nd-25th)

Another full week in PE.  Seems like they are all full weeks these days.  Also a busy start to the week this week.  Last week we spent time working on our striking skills.  Students played some cricket and baseball, as well as some activities to improve their striking, throwing and catching skills.  We also spent a bit of working on track and field preparations.  We spent a bit of time working on relay exchanges and discussing the upcoming track and field day with is slated for May 31st.

This week started with a bang.  The 4th annual High 5 Community 5km Run was a huge success.  We had about 130 runners come out to run after school.  The weather definitely cooperated and made for a very memorable event.  Thanks to everyone that came out this year.  Hope to see you again next spring!

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (May 14th-18th)

Kind of a mixed bag week in PE this past week.  Balancing Act, the school musical took over the gym so we were outdoors for classes.  Students worked a bit on striking skills playing continuous cricket in the fields.  Younger groups wrapped up their soccer/kicking unit playing rotating 4 corner soccer.

We also had Earth Day on Thursday.  The PE portion of Earth Day we a yoga activity in the gym.  Students did a 30 minute yoga workout to take care of their body and mind.  May not be the best connection to earth day, but the students really enjoyed some quiet, wind down time following a busy week with the musical.

As part of the musical we had several 4/5 students present their circus arts in the show.  Congratulations to all those that took part.  You really did a great job promoting circus PE in our building to parents, teachers, students and other community members.

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (May 1st-12th)

Seems like we are doing two weeks at a time more often than not now!  A full two weeks in PE classes.  We’ve been working hard on improving our soccer skills through various games and activities.  Hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate and we can get a few classes outside on the actual soccer fields.

Students in grade 3, 4 and 5 also got the chance to work on the escape boxes this year.  M. Koester created some Mario Bros. themed riddles and put the grade 3-5s to work trying to solve them.  Everyone managed to solve the clues and get the treasure!  Great work everyone.  Looking forward to creating some new riddles for next year.

Balancing Act, the school musical has taken over the gym.  For the last few days of past week and most of this week the gym will be full, so PE classes will be outside.  Don’t forget to dress for the weather.



Last Week In PE (April 16th-27th)

Another two for one deal!  April has turned out to be a busy month here at ÉRB.  We’ve had quite a bit on the go over the past few weeks.  We’ve been working on striking games in class (hockey, ringette, bopper hockey).  Students have been doing some skill development as well and mini games.  We also had a guest appearance from Tennis Manitoba.  They came by last week to work on some tennis skills with our students.  Everyone had a great time!

A select group of students had the opportunity to present Circus Arts at the board office meeting last Tuesday and they also had the opportunity to act as teachers/presenters at the Physical Literacy Training Day Workshop last Friday.  This group did a fantastic job!  Way to go everyone!

We participated in the divisional Speed Stacking competition on the 18th.  Our school put in a great effort.  Congrats to Mike M. for finishing 4th in the boys’ Cycle Stack category!

In the coming weeks we are going to be doing some soccer/kicking activites during PE class.  M. Koester and I are also planning a “breakout PE” class using the escape boxes that we’ve borrowed from the division.  Stay tuned for more details.   Hope everyone has an awesome week!

The Last Few Weeks in PE

The blog has definitely taken a hit since Spring Break.  I’ll try to be back on top of things with my weekly posts.  Here’s what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks in PE.

Classes have been busy golfing…no not outdoors!  I wish.  We’ve been borrowing the SNAG Golf set from the division.  SNAG stands for Starting New At Golf.  It’s a great kit that really breaks down the technique of golf and makes it very kid friendly.  We’ve spent a good two weeks perfecting our putting, chipping, pitching and driving.  It’s been a lot of fun.

April also brought the start of Wellness Month.  The first week our theme was Hydration.  Students were busy tracking their water consumption and trying to maintain a good level of hydration throughout the day.  The second week was Exercise.  We started every day with an Active Start (5 minutes of walking in the halls).  Next week Mindfulness.

We’ve also started up Marathon Club and Volleyball Club.  Our Volleyball Club is for grade 5 students only.  They’ve been practicing every day 1 & 2 and are working towards competing the our volleyball tournament in early May.  For Marathon Club we are now over 70 participants!  We run every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:15.  Our goal is to train to run in the High 5 Run as well as the Super Run (as part of the MB Marathon).


April is Wellness Month

April 2nd-April 6th: Hydration Week:

Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school for the week.  Our goal is for everyone to drink two bottles of water a day.  Students will be tracking the water they drink daily on their tracking sheet. (Shade in half the bottle after drinking 1 bottle of water).  Any type of bottle is fine, we’d like to encourage everyone to bring reusable bottles if possible.

April 9th-April 13th: Exercise Week:

Students will be participating in an “active start” every day.  We will be walking the hallways of the school for 5-10mins following morning announcements.  Students will be using their tracking sheets to track their physical activity for the week.  Each portion of the pie is 10 minutes of exercise. The goal being 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise daily.  Exercise at home counts towards our daily goals, so please help/encourage your child to complete their 60 minutes a day.

April 16th-April 20th: Mindfulness Week:

Students will be taking part in a mindfulness lessons for approx. 10 minutes every day.  They will be tracking their mood, focus and energy level before and after mindfulness every day. I’d recommend the Headspace App (Take 10 program).  It’s a free app and the “take 10” program is a free guided mindfulness program.  You do need to create an account with the app.  Students will be participating at school, however, you are welcome to do more at home.  Headspace is a great app and there are many other mindfulness programs, apps, videos available for free online.

April 23rd-April 27th: Sleep Week:

Students will be tracking their sleep pattern for the week.  Marking down what time they go to bed, what time they wake up and how many hours of sleep they get.  We’d also like to encourage our students to limit their screen time prior to sleep, and encourage proper sleep routines.

Here’s our Wellness Month Tracking Sheet:

École Robert Browning Wellness Month

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (March 12th-16th)

Stacking and skipping, that’s what we’ve been up to in PE over the past week.  Students have gone bonkers for speed stacking.  They’ve been frantically working on putting in a good time for both the 3-6-3 and the Cycle Stack in hopes of making the school team, which will be participating in the divisional tournament.  Many students have gone out and purchased their own cups in order to practice at home.  It’s neat to see such drive, commitment and determination to work on such a simple skill.

Skipping has also started to take off.  We’ve been working on both individual skipping and long rope skipping skills.  We’ve definitely seem a vast improvement in skipping skills in just a few short days of practice.  We will continue with skipping and speed stacking as we close out the month and prepare for spring break.

We will be having the annual teachers vs. Grade 5 basketball teams game the last day of school before the break to kick off the holiday.

Don’t forget that April is Wellness Month.  Our first week back after the break is Hydration Week.  Other themes for the following weeks include exercise, mindfulness and sleep.  Have a good week and happy Spring Break!  Catch you in April!

Last Week In Phys. Ed. (Mar. 5th-9th)

Volleyball and Speed Stacking.  That’s been our focus for the last week.  Students have been working on playing Circulation Volleyball (a 4 vs. 4 version of volleyball where players are allowed to catch and self-volley all 3 contacts).  We’ve seen some really great progress in volleyball skills and strategies.  Especially from one group of grade 2s (room 8 & 9). Way to go everyone!  Our grade 5s will have a volleyball club starting up in April.  We will be practicing during lunch hours and will have the opportunity to compete in the divisional volleyball tournament at Westwood Collegiate in early May.

Speed stacking has taken over our gym, hallways, classrooms over the past week.  Students have been working hard to get in a good time on the 3-6-3 Stack and the Cycle Stack.  We have been running time trails during class, recess and lunch hour.  We will be taking the top 6 boys and top 6 girls to the divisional speed stacking tournament held in April.  Right now we’ve got a few times in the 4 second range for the 3-6-3 and a few in the low teens for the cycle stack.  Keep up the good work everyone!  Cannot wait to see how we do at the tournament.