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Teacher: Francesca Zavacky who teaches at in Charlottesville, VA. Francesca Zavacky can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Physical Education Back to School Sneaker Letter

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To support elementary school student readiness for physical education class.

Suggested Grade Level: PRE-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Materials Needed: Printed letter home, copy paper. Each page contains two letters, to be printed on both sides.

Physical Education Back to School Sneaker Letter

Every student is ready for physical education when you communicate the physical education schedule to families. Parents and caregivers of elementary school students can support the wearing of active clothes and athletic shoes on physical education days if they are informed. This handy back to school letter is the perfect refrigerator reminder of when to dress for activity!

The printed letter must be printed on both sides-one side is a sneaker with days of the week listed-just circle the appropriate days for each class. the other side is a note to parents and caregivers reminding them to make sure their child is prepared for physical activity on the assigned days. This letter creates the expectation for being prepared and also provides the friendly reminder that many busy families will find helpful.

The printed letter includes a Spanish version as well.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Send the sneaker letter home again after the Christmas break, in case families have forgotten the assigned physical education days.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Students who receive adapted physical education services or physical therapy in addition to general physical education can add those days to this calendar so that they are well prepared.

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Posted on PEC: 8/19/2016 and has received 4 votes.

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What a great idea.

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