Academics

Physical Education (PE)

Ultimately, the goal of a quality PE program is to inspire children to live an active and healthy life by teaching the knowledge and skills related to physical activity, fitness and nutrition. A successful elementary physical education curriculum also offers opportunities for children to experience success and challenge in a variety of areas, regardless of age or skill level.

Ms. Jeannie Bastasch
Greenwood Physical Education Teacher
jdbastasch@seattleschools.org
206-252-1427

About Ms. Bastasch
My name is Jeannie Bastasch and I am thePhysical Education Teacher at Greenwood School. Ihold a Master of Science Degree in Exercise andSport Science, with an emphasis in Teaching. Thiswill be my 19th year of teaching elementary P.E. andmy 14th year here at Greenwood!I love teaching physical education because itblends the physical, social, emotional, and cognitivedomains of education. This year, I am going to focuson the social and emotional parts of my teachingand make them the top priorities for our P.E.program. We’ll still learn about health, nutrition,and fitness and we’ll still play fun games andimprove on many physical skills, but I’m going towork on prioritizing the social and emotional part ofeach lesson. P.E. provides many opportunities topractice kindness, empathy, integrity, cooperation,perseverance, and problem solving. 

What will we do in P.E.?
We will learn about fitness, heart health,and nutrition as well as learn and practice manyphysical skills. A quality P.E. lesson is at least 70% physical activity. Health and fitness content isintegrated into fun, physical activities like taggames or obstacle courses.Some of the P.E. units we will have thisyear are:Circulatory Obstacle Course ~ DanceRacket/Paddle Skills ~ SoccerMulticultural Activities ~ BasketballBicycle and Pedestrian Safety (3rd-5th Grades)Digestive Obstacle Course ~ Jump Rope

When do I have P.E.?
Mondays & Thursdays: Kinder, 1st Grades, Rm 304, and Rm 302
Tuesdays & Fridays2nd and 3rd Grades, Rm 303, and Rm 301
Wednesdays are on a three-week rotation

Seattle Physical Education
The Seattle Physical Education department uses acurriculum called “Five for Life”. The number “five” refersto the five components of fitness: cardiorespiratoryendurance; muscular endurance; muscular strength;flexibility; and body composition. “Five for Life” alsoincludes units about nutrition, the muscular and skeletalbody systems, and heart health. I also teach a unit aboutthe circulatory system and the digestive system and all ofthese health and fitness concepts are integrated into activelessons, including obstacle courses!For more information about “Five for Life” go to http://www.focusedfitness.org