Early Childhood through 8th Grade
2012 National Blue Ribbon School

519 Ashland Avenue

River Forest, IL 60305

PH.(708) 366-8587

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
- Mother Teresa 

All Grades

It is important to use safe and controlled movements during any physical activity.  Safe and controlled movements mean that you stay in control of your body while you are running, jumping, kicking, or playing.  Sometimes it is easy to be wild and not be in control, but that is when you or someone else could get hurt.  Always be looking and listening during PE time.  Appropriate behaviors for participating in PE include the following: keeping your hands and feet to yourself, waiting your turn, encouraging others, being a good listener, following the rules, using equipment the correct way, sharing with our classmates, and trying our best. 

8Th Grade

Please bring your PE uniform and gym shoes to school on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Ninth period PE class on Monday and Friday may combine with music or library due to play practice.  Students not needed for the play practice will go outside for PE weather permitting 9th period on Mondays and Fridays regardless if it is your regular PE class. 

7th Grade Field Trip Information

May 18 both 7th grade homerooms will be going on a PE field trip to the Trailside Museum and woods.  Students will learn about hiking safety, native plants and animals, as well as preserving and caring for the environment.  Permission slips will be sent home on April 5, 2017.  The slips should be returned to homeroom teachers by April 11, 2017.  There is no charge for this field trip since we will be walking there and Trailside does not charge.  Students should wear Bearcat sweats (jeans are ok) to school on May 18.  They should also wear gym shoes or hiking boots to school that day.  Cell phones, snacks, and water bottles will not be allowed.   We will be walking in the woods and may get a bit dirty.  This field trip is weather dependent.  If there is a little bit of rain, we will still go.  Please send an umbrella/raincoat to school that day if it is lightly raining.  We will not be able to go if it is raining hard and/or thundering and lightning.  Please indicate on the permission slip if you are interested in chaperoning.  Chaperones will be randomly selected.  Chaperones will be notified via email. Please email me at if you have any questions. 

Grades Senior Kindergarten – Second Grade

Cooperative Games

During the Cooperative Games unit students will demonstrate clear contrasts between slow and fast movements as well as change speeds in response to tempos and rhythms.  They will utilize a variety of movement patterns.  They will compare and contrast changes in heart rate before, during, and after physical activity.  Students will learn to play a variety of games.  A key component to this unit will be practicing good sportsmanship.   

Family and Home Connection

Sit quietly for a few minutes and feel your heart beat in your chest.  Stand up and run around for a few minutes.  Is your heart beating faster or slower?  Now try walking slowly.  Now how does your heartbeat feel?

Third – Fifth Grade

Cooperative Games

During the Cooperative Games unit students will learn to play a variety of field and gym games.  They will participate in appropriate warm-up and cool-down exercises.  They will roll a ball for accuracy.  Students will catch a ball while traveling.  Students will respond to winning and losing with dignity and respect. 

Home and Family Connection

Teach friends or family members one of the games you learned in PE class.  You can play it in your yard or at a park.  What worked?  What didn’t work?

Sixth – Eighth Grade

Urban and Camp Games

This unit will bring back some favorite games from past units as well as some new and exciting games.  During this unit, students will elude an opponent using a variety of motor patterns.  Students will effectively combine locomotor and non-locomotor skills to play team games.  Students will follow game rules and practice good sportsmanship. 

Home and School Connection

Do you exercise at least three times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes?  Log your exercise for two weeks.  What can you do to motivate yourself to exercise more?