We are looking forward to having your child participate in our Physical Education program here at South Effingham Elementary. The state of Georgia requires that each child participate in a sufficient amount of structured Physical Education each week within the public school setting. Physical Education plays a very important part of your child’s growth and development.
Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for participation in Physical Education. Boys and girls should wear velcro or lace-up tennis shoes and clothing he or she can move freely in and may possibly get dirty. We suggest girls wear shorts/pants on these days or remember to wear shorts under skirts.
If tennis shoes are not worn, your child will not be allowed to participate. Boots, crocs, Sperry top-siders, TOMS, BOBS, dress shoes, sandals, cleats, Mary Jane style tennis shoes, slip-ons like VANS, platform, bowling, hiking, and/or skateboard shoes are unacceptable. Tennis shoes must also be tied or cinched tightly when coming to PE. Velcro shoes are acceptable. Shoes need to have a supportive bottom as well as a full-covered supportive top.
The student’s grade will be based on standards set forth by the Georgia Department of Education which include participation and sportsmanship. A PEP Card (P.E. Progress Note) will be sent home for a parent signature any time your child does not participate in PE. **Three or more days without appropriate shoes in a nine week period equals a letter grade drop. For example, if your child begins the nine weeks with an “S” for Satisfactory, then does not wear the appropriate shoes three times in a nine weeks, his/her grade will drop to a “N” which means Needs Improvement. We issue S, N, and U grades in PE. Keep in mind that PE does not affect honor roll status. There will also be an average grade given at the end of the school year.
Reminder: No exceptions will be made for dress down days such as Picture Day, Chorus Days, Civil War Day, Chorus Days, Party Days, Pajama Day, Beach Day, Farm Day, or any other type of special day. If your child has PE, he or she must wear tennis shoes.
If there are any medical problems that may limit your child’s participation in our Physical Education program, please let us know (asthma, broken bone, recovering from surgery, etc). We will need a written excuse for your child any time he or she should not participate due to temporary illness or injury (cold, stomach ache, sprained ankle, etc.). After two parent notes, a doctor’s excuse will be required. NOTE: If your child does not participate in PE, he or she will not be allowed to play at recess.
Your help and support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to a wonderful year.Thank you,
Randi Cox Brandy Heinzen
P.E. Teacher P.E. Teacher