Greetings from the Department of Physical Education! Why are Tuesdays and Thursdays filled with excitement? It’s Sneaker Day! Well, technically it’s P.E. Day, but that involves everyone remembering to wear their athletic shoes. We run and jump and race and kick and throw and catch and balance and hit balls and learn how to function as a team. We practice sportsmanship, we fall down and get rug burns and get back up and carry on. NEMJDS kids are strong and tough and competitive and I am so proud to be the one to help them navigate their physical education. In August, K and 1stgraders started with the basics of learning a routine so that they could warm their muscles and hydrate their bodies before play. Later, we worked on balance, hand/eye coordination and throwing/catching. Other activities included bean bag and bucket race, kickball, hop scotch and scooters, all building their muscles coordination without them even realizing it!Our 3rd– 8th graders participated in net sports in August which included games like newcomb, volleyball and badmitton. September is designated as kickball month and then we will move on to soccer and hockey in October, football in November and basketball in December. I would like to invite you as parents to come join us during one of your child’s classes. You can email me to sign up for one of your son’s or daughter’s P.E. classes and join in the fun.Finally, I encourage role modeling proper nutrition for your children. You can ingrain in them healthy choices in picking snacks and food. It is so very important to start early to form good eating habits to perpetuate a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives. Stay Active!