Physical Education Newsletter

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Welcome to a new year of Physical Education at Lake Gem Elementary.  I am excited to be your child’s teacher and look forward to teaching your child the physical education/health standards that will help them become more confident, healthy, and safe.

Reminders for PE

  • Students are required to have 150 minutes of PE per week.  Please check with their teacher to know which days of the week your child is coming to PE so they can dress accordingly.  (Example:  I am not allowed to let a student sit out because they have new shoes that they do not want to get dirty.)  Please make me aware of any special situations with your child as they relate to PE (Example: asthma, injury, disability).
  • Clothing:  Students need comfortable clothing that will allow them to move freely, jump, roll, throw, etc.  Girls who wear dresses are encouraged to wear shorts under their dress for modesty, and so they can confidently participate fully in the activity.  When the weather is hot students should dress so that they do not overheat if we are outside. 
  • Shoes: Shoes should be comfortable and allow them to run and stop (not slip) without falling off.  A sneaker type shoe is preferred.  Students will never be allowed to take their shoes off to participate in an activity.  Keep in mind that we have large grass field, clay baseball diamond, and concrete basketball court and pavilion.  Shoes can get scuffed and marked up.  On picture days, field trips, etc., we will provide activities that allow them to dress up and still participate.  Flip-flops are never allowed in PE as well as high heel shoes or shoes with slippery hard soles that can cause students to slip, fall, and turn ankles. 
  • Safety:  Keeping your child safe and injury free is my first priority.  I need your help by making sure they are properly dressed for physical activity.  I do not like have to sit a child out, but I would rather do that than risk your child being injured.
  • Participation:  Participation is mandatory unless a note from a parent, doctor, etc. indicates otherwise for a period of time.  Please be sure that I am made aware in writing of any modifications that need to be made to your child’s participation.  A note to the teacher or office will be forwarded to me and will suffice.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at [email protected] (best way to contact me) or leave a voicemail at 407-532-7900 ext. 3482228 and I will get back to you.

Thank you,

Brandon Hodges
Physical Education Teacher

Lake Gem Elementary