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Edgartown School Physical Education Department
"Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Thomas Jefferson

For those who are new to my webpage, welcome!

My name is Channon Capra.

I am the K-2 Physical Education Teacher at the Edgartown School. 

The 2017-2018 school year is upon us!!!

Please scroll down for important information regarding PE

information, schedules and lesson expectations for a successful "gym"



As a Physical Educator an important goal of


mine is to better bridge the home and school


environment through new fitness initiatives,


thus improving movement outside of the


school environment. 


In achieving this goal, each month I will


provide (via file cabinet) a monthly physical


activity calendar for all family members to





This initiative will begin on the 1st of


December and end in June. Please be on the


lookout for the December calendar coming





Eight Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills

1. Everybody Breath

Children who are experiencing difficulty with motor skills tend to hold their breath to stabilize their trunk.  This takes their inner/outer core muscles offline and actually contributes to a decrease in balance. So the next time you are playing, encourage everyone to talk or sing as they move.

 2. Combine The Senses

Mastering gross motor skills involves the sensory systems as well as the motor system.  Think of ways to include rhythm, vision and balance into games. For example, standing on a cushion, singing a song and playing catch with beanbags coordinated with the beat involves many of the senses.

 3. Move Through Space

Playgrounds offer a great opportunity to move your body through space.  Tunnels, ladders, swings and slides all provide stimulation of both the visual and vestibular systems (the balance center in your inner ear).  These sensory systems have a huge impact on gross motor skills.  So visit a playground and pump up the sensory systems anytime or do it right before you practice a new skill.

4. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

No one ever became an Olympic athlete by training once a week.  Frequent practice is needed to learn a skill.  There are lots of great books and blogs about motor activities that can provide ideas for fun movement games and most can be easily adapted.  Some of my favourite games have come from parents, so ask around.

 5. Let The Fun Begin

Sometimes we get so caught up in the practice and the skill that we forget to make it fun. But research on learning has revealed that motivation is an important factor. You can create a game with a holiday theme or let your child develop the activity. Then let the fun begin!

 6. Practice Problem Solving

When our children are having difficulty with a task, our tendency is to help them out with a solution.  But again, our research on learning shows that if we help the child to problem solve a different strategy, then they learn the task much better.  The next time your child isn’t successful with a skill ask them how they think they could practice.

 7. Emotions Rule

We cannot expect someone to be able to learn a new skill unless they are calm and emotionally organized.  This is what therapists call the “just right state”.  Parents often know exactly what their child needs in order to be in this space.  Deep pressure, a crunchy snack, their favorite music; all create the internal environment that call allow learning to occur.  Before you begin gross motor activity, consider what your child needs to be in the “just right state” to learn.

 8. Think Like The Brain

Imagine your brain is like the night sky.  If you incorporate one of these suggestions into motor play, then you can see a few stars.  But if you combine many of these ideas, the sky has hundreds of twinkling stars as far as you can see. We learn and remember best when many parts of our brain work together to complete a fun task.

Parents may ask...


Why is it important for my child participate in Physical Education?


Click on the

"file cabinet" below to find out more information on

ways in which PE participation helps benefit your






Throughout the school year, my personal webpage

will include up-to-date curriculum content, fun facts, and

newsletters to keep parents informed of specific topics to

be covered in Physical Education classes.


Below you will find important information regarding

the 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to contact me

should you have any questions or concerns.

(508) 627-3316 ext. 304  


Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in kindergarten through high school. Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented.

Here’s what quality physical education programs can do for students, according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education:

Improved physical fitness
Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.

Skill development
Develops motor skills, which allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities.

Regular, healthful physical activity
Provides a wide-range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children.

Support of other subject areas
Reinforces knowledge learned across the curriculum.
Serves as a lab for application of content in science, math and social studies.

Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.

Improved judgment
Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others, question actions and regulations, and accept responsibility for their own behavior.

Stress reduction
Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates emotional stability and resilience.

Strengthened peer relationships
Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games and sports is an important part of peer culture.

Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.

Experience setting goals
Gives children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals.



How to prepare for PE class...


Keeping an extra pair of sneakers in the classroom is a great alternative

in the event your child is wearing boots or he/she forgets to pack sneakers for PE class.  

Sneakers consist of the following:


In addition, proper footwear (sneakers) should fit securely, covering the entire foot.

NOTE: Students will not be allowed to participate in PE Class without sneakers. 

This rule  is in place for the safety of all participants.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! 



Your child will receive two 30-minute PE classes per week.

Below you will find a list of PE schedules (by classroom) for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.





Kindergarten, Mackenty (KM) - Monday & Wednesday

Kindergarten, Searle (KS) - Monday & Wednesday

Kindergarten, (KW) - Monday & Wednesday

First Grade,  (1L) - Tuesday & Friday

First Grade, (1M) - Tuesday & Friday

Second Grade, Fournier (2F) - Tuesday & Friday

Second Grade, Story (2S) - Tuesday & Friday


Here are some additional tips on how to make Physical Education class a success:

1. Long hair should be pulled back away from the eyes
2. Appropriate clothing - pants or shorts
3. Appropriate footwear - sneakers
4. Having fun!
Please send in a note if your child is unable
to participate in PE class. Students who
are medically exempt from physical activity
must provide proper documentation
from a physician.
Appropriate documentation
must be presented to Nicole Barlett (school
nurse) for both participatory exemptions and
medical clearances. 
Thank you for your cooperation! 


Curriculum Content for the Month of January:

  • Striking Skills
  • Beginner Floor Hockey
Ever wonder how students learn to throw
a ball overhand in PE class?
Watch the following instructional Youtube link for more details. 


Newsletter Weekly Newsletters

File Cabinet File Cabinet for Ms. Capra's Class

December 13, 2016
Exercise & Activity Calendar

Click here to download.

September 14, 2016
Curriculum Night Flyer.pdf

Click here to download.

September 24, 2014
2014-15 PE Flyer (Portuguese).docx

Click here to download.

August 14, 2014
2014-2015 PE Flyer.docx

Click here to download.


Recommended sites
National Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
How to stay active for 60 minutes a day. Check out the National Football League's Rush 60!
Healthy living lifestyle information for parents, teachers and students.
Knowledge and advice for parents on how to raise a healthy child.
In the month of February, students grades K-4 participate in a fundraising/educational opportunity called the "Jump Rope for Heart". This curriculum helps raise awareness for those suffering from heart disease.
Students all over the country participate in an initiative called International Walk/Bike to School Say sponsored by Safe Routes to School. The Massachusetts chapter is a wonderful resource for infrastructural initiatives targeted toward the enhancement of safe access via roads, sidewalks, and bike paths. Check it out!

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