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    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

    About Ms. Bastasch
    My name is Jeannie Bastasch and I am the Physical Education Teacher at Greenwood School. I hold a Master of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, with an emphasis in Teaching. This will be my 19th year of teaching elementary P.E. and my 14th year here at Greenwood! I love teaching physical education because it blends the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains of education. This year, I am going to focus on the social and emotional parts of my teaching and 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 and improve on many physical skills, but I’m going to work on prioritizing the social and emotional part of each lesson. P.E. provides many opportunities to practice 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 many physical skills. A quality P.E. lesson is at least 70 % physical activity. Health and fitness content is integrated into fun, physical activities like tag games or obstacle courses. Some of the P.E. units we will have this year are: Circulatory Obstacle Course ~ Dance Racket/Paddle Skills ~ Soccer Multicultural Activities ~ Basketball Bicycle 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 & Fridays 2nd and 3rd Grades, Rm 303, and Rm 301
    Wednesdays are on a three-week rotation

    Seattle Physical Education
    The Seattle Physical Education department uses a curriculum called “Five for Life”. The number “five” refers to the five components of fitness: cardiorespiratory endurance; muscular endurance; muscular strength; flexibility; and body composition. “Five for Life” also includes units about nutrition, the muscular and skeletal body systems, and heart health. I also teach a unit about the circulatory system and the digestive system and all of these health and fitness concepts are integrated into active lessons, including obstacle courses! For more information about “Five for Life” go to