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Physical Education Welcome

Hello. My name is Rich Painchaud and I am the Physical Education teacher for South Newton Elementary School. I have been an elementary Physical Education teacher in the Newton-Conover school system for 20 years.

My goal in physical education is for everyone to learn to make healthy choices and feel successful when participating in a variety of activities. This enables students to develop a positive attitude toward physical activity and to develop healthy habits, which will hopefully continue throughout their lives.

Students will be encouraged to have fun and enjoy PE. They will also be encouraged to participate to the best of their ability in a wide variety of activities. At the elementary level, certain skills are taught so that students will be able to pursue competitive sports as well as lifetime sports.

Basic introductory skills for the following activities will be taught: 1)circle, line, and relay games; 2) fitness activities including the state mandated FITNESSGRAM fitness test in fouth and fifth grades; 3) jump rope, hulla hoop, and juggling. 4) organized games and activities – volleyball, ultimate football, soccer, and basketball; 5) cooperative games; and 6) recreational activities.

Your child will have PE twice a week. Tennis shoes are recommended. Appropriate shoes must have a non marking rubber sole and cover the entire foot. If sandals, open back shoes, high heel shoes or leather soled boots are worn to school, the student must bring appropriate shoes for PE. Cleats are not allowed in PE. Shoelaces must be laced snugly and tied on top of the shoe.

***If your child has any physical disabilities, please let us know. Problems such as chronic asthma, allergies, heart problems, diabetes, etc. need to be documented and kept in our files in the office. Prior knowledge will help us to monitor your child closely and correct or alleviate any problems that arise. The students’ safety is important to me as they go through their daily PE routine.

Please feel free to contact me during this time when the need arises. or South Newton Elementary school phone number 828-464-4061