What's Happening In Physical Education
Registration is open for the Fairlington 5K! The Fairlington 5K Run & Walk is a non-competitive family friendly event hosted by Abingdon Elementary School and the Fairlington Citizens Association (FCA). Our mission is to promote health and physical fitness while bringing the community together for a good cause. The goal of this event is to raise money and awareness for Ellie McGinn, Abingdon’s Physical Education Program, and Abingdon’s Literacy Program.
To learn more about the 5K or to register click here!
Check out the 3rd Grade Doing the Harlem Shake
3rd Grade HS from
Abingdon Elementary on Vimeo.
Fall Fitness Challenge
The Fall Fitness Challenge is a way for the entire school to stay physically active outside of P.E. class (not during school hours). The goal of this activity is for the entire school to accumulate more than 500 hours of physical activity outside of school before winter break in December. While we are working together as a school, the classes are also working together in a smaller capacity to see which class can log the most minutes or hours of activity.
Students and parents can work together to log all their physical activity minutes by using the P.E website on the Abingdon homepage.
Click Here for Fall Fitness Log http://www.apsva.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=23044
Step 1. Enter student's name.
Step 2. Select grade level.
Step. 3 Select teacher.
Step 4. Record your minutes or hours.
Step 5. Enter parent name
Step 6. Parent Email
Step 7. Parent Signature (click and hold down the mouse pad to sign your name).
REPEAT AT ANYTIME TO ADD MORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TIME!
"Hoops for Heart"
In years past, Abingdon Elementary has been a proud supporter of the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart initiative. To better serve the AHA, we have chosen e Hoops for Heart event, which will take place the whole month of April during our basketball unit. Students will work hard to improve their basketball skills and promote physical activity to lead healthy lives in honor of those who are affected by heart disease and other heart disorders. Families may donate to the American Heart Association during this event. For more information, visit
http://www.heart.org/hoops and search for our school, Abingdon. Join our team!!
Heart Healthy Fact of the Day:
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in America and the # 2 cause of death of children under age 15.
For more information log on to www.americanheart.org
Understanding Physical Education:
Understanding the difference between physical education and physical activity is critically important to understanding why both contribute to the development of healthy, active children. Physical education, the foundation of a comprehensive school physical activity program, offers the best opportunity to provide physical activity to all children and to teach them the skills and knowledge needed to establish and sustain an active lifestyle. Physical education teachers assess student knowledge, motor and social skills, and provide instruction in a safe, supportive environment.
Physical activity is bodily movement of any type and may include recreational, fitness and sport activities such as jumping rope, playing soccer, lifting weights, as well as daily activities such as walking to the store, taking the stairs or raking the leaves. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends school-age children accumulate at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of physical activity per day and avoid prolonged periods of inactivity. By participating in physical education class and doing physical activity, your children will reduce their risk for being overweight, assist in improved academic performance and helps them feel better about themselves. We hope your family will join us in the efforts to promote an active and healthy lifestyle!
Abingdon PE Goals:
1. Psychomotor (Physical) Objectives:To have students participate in skill appropriate games that benefit the students physically (cardiovascular, muscle strength, weight control, and flexibility). This goal will be obtained through new games, field games, cooperative games, stations, team sports, and physical fitness testing. The overall goal by the end of the year is to improve the students overall well being through the use of psychomotor activities.
2. Cognitive (Mental) Objectives: Students will recognize the benefits and significance of making healthy decisions to improve the quality of their personal and family life. This goal will be achieved through student's use of interpersonal skills among classmates, goal-setting techniques, team building exercises, informal tests (question and answer), and formal tests (written).
3. Affective (Social) Objectives: Students will demonstrate effective ways to work as a team or group when engaged in activity though cooperation and team work. Winning and losing will not be stressed, however, students must learn to win and lose graciously. In addition, it will be encouraged for both the student and the teachers to learn something new each week about a classmate in order to help lay a foundation for building successful meaningful relationships throughout the school year.