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    September 2018

    Hello Montlake Wolves!! I’m Mike Van Deusen, PE (health and fitness) teacher here at Montlake. I just wanted to highlight some important events and give an overview of what’s happening in the gym throughout the year.
    Throughout the school year students will work on mastery of gross and fine motor skills, the five components of fitness, nutrition, concepts and fitness activities such as racquet sports, bowling, archery (3rd -5 th grade), bikes (2nd - 5 th grade), dance, bat and ball skills and more.

    We rely on the Montlake Way and RULER strategies to increase our social and emotional problem solving and skill sets.

    Some important dates/events/extra-curricular clubs are as follows:

    RUNNING CLUB: Our run club is fun before school (7:40-7:50am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) activity where students run laps around the playscape and earn bracelet tokens for every mile run. 12 laps around the playscape = 1 mile. No need to sign up. We are starting Monday, September 17th, 2018

    DANCE CLUB: I’ve talked to several members from last year’s group and there is interest in performing again. This is more of a student led club where students meet after school once a week in the play court to practice a choreographed dance and then perform at the community center and then the all school dance in April. More info to come later.

    ARCHERY CLUB (just 4th and 5th graders). I’m contemplating starting an archery club in hopes of competing as a school for the WA state archery competition in mid-March in Ellensburg, WA. This would be a before school activity probably starting in Feb. 2019. More info to come later. 

    ALL SCHOOL DANCE mid-April at Montlake Community Center

    FIELD DAY: sometime during the last week of school in late June at Montlake park playfields.
    NEED MANY VOLUNTEERS. Again, more info on that later.

    That’s it for now, if you have any questions or want to chat you can find me in the gym or email me at mbvandeusen@seattleschools.org.