Rochester Memorial School is committed to delivering a high quality, research-based physical education program weekly to our students! We continue to facilitate activities from both Project Adventure’s Curriculum for Physical Education, and the SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) Physical Education program. Both programs are aligned with US National Standards for Physical Education and offer a comprehensive approach to fitness, health, and wellness. Research continues to support my own belief that students who routinely participate in quality Physical Education, do as well or better than their sedentary peers on standardized academic tests.
Adventure curriculum and SPARK PE offer activities that are inclusive, highly active, integrative of academic and health/wellness concepts, and are fun for all students. Additionally, instructional units are designed to develop students’ motor, cognitive, and social skills.
Though routine here at RMS, this instructional format may offer an unfamiliar approach to PE for some families. All students will have many opportunities to play, practice, and participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity, followed by periods of reflection that are intended to connect and draw relevance to each learning experience.
Physical education classes are facilitated most weeks for a minimum of 45 minutes. Please remind your child to dress appropriately for physical activity when his/her class is scheduled. For comfort and safety purposes, he/she should wear appropriate gym shoes and clothing suitable for activity. In order to fully participate in class, students will be expected each week to be dressed accordingly.
Physical activity must be done regularly to achieve health benefits. Therefore, your child’s participation is very important. If your child is sick or unable to participate in all activities, please let me know via note or phone/electronic message prior to the scheduled class.
Experts recommend children receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day. Please help your child meet these recommendations by guiding him/her to seek opportunities to be active outside of school. Ask about experiences in class each week and help them to choose extra-curricular activities that promote a healthy mind and body!
Together, we can continue to foster the healthy development of your child! If you have any questions or concerns, please use the contact option below.