Dear Parent,

I want to let you know about the importance of your child’s physical activity education.  The percentage of overweight youth has more than tripled in the past 25 years partially due to increased interest in sedentary activities such as television, computers and video games.  A reduction in physical activity as well as an increase in caloric intake has contributed to an obesity epidemic.

It is a well-documented fact that Americans become increasingly less active as they age.  Just as children and youth can learn the habit of regular activity, they can learn to be inactive if they are not taught skills and given opportunities to be active during their childhood.

Developing an active lifestyle is critical to the well being of young children.  Physical education provides the skills, knowledge and attitudes that facilitate choosing physical activity after school, at home and in the community.   My goals for physical education at Seward Montessori include:

•    Establish a positive, safe learning environment for all students
•    Teach a variety of physical activities that make physical education class fun and enjoyable
•    Create maximum opportunities for students of all abilities to be successful
•    Provide specific, constructive feedback to help students master motor skills
•    Promote honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship
•    Facilitate the development and maintenance of physical fitness
•    Afford opportunities for students to succeed in cooperative and competitive situations
•    Prepare and encourage students to practice skills and be active for a lifetime

As always, I would like to invite you to visit our physical education class.  You will see children participating in developmentally appropriate activities that will help increase their physical competence, self esteem and joy of being physically active no matter what their physical abilities may be.  By enhancing your child’s physical activity education, I am certain we will be able to help your child enjoy a lifetime of physical activity and good health.  I welcome your support!