Tuesday, September 5, 2017

There will be after school bike club and swim club this fall for RES students #RESVT

Greetings Families,

Below are links for both after school Bike Club & Swim Club.  The links will provide you with info about the clubs, dates, cost, and how to register.  Signups will be first come first serve.  I'll do my best to accommodate everyone but apologize in advance incase programs fill up.

Email Mr.G at brian.godfrey@cesuvt.org with questions.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back from summer vacation and ready to show off all those summer dance moves @kblefrancois

Welcome back to school!  I'm so excited to be back at RES for another school year.  I've been off since March with the birth of our 3rd child.  We are off too a fabulous start, and I'm very excited to be working with your children.....

There are so many things that are planned for this school year.  We will be skiing/snowboarding K-4th grade this winter, biking in the spring, and during the fall we will be offering after school swim lessons.  More info will be coming.  I typically try to post stuff on the blog and through RES social media also.  

My email is brian.godfrey@cesuvt.org   Please feel free to email me with questions or concerns.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer? There are a few slots left for Circus Camp, Bike Camp, and UA Camp at RES #RESVT

This summer there will be a Circus Camp, Bike Camp, and UA Camp at RES. June 21st-23rd we are welcoming coaches from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures for a week of Circus Camp. The last day of school is scheduled to be Tuesday, June 20th, so the camp will be 3 days instead of 5.  

August 14th-18th, campers will learn about bike safety, maintenance, and etiquette while taking scenic trail rides throughout VT. Your child should be able to ride a bike independently as most riding will be on dirt trails.  August 21st-23rd will be a 3 day UA Camp right before teachers have to go back for inservice.  Your child will get an amazing camp experience plus proceeds from camps will go to promote physical activity at RES.

Here is a Flyer and here is a registration form.  It's first come first serve and we have room for 30 campers per week.  I imagine camps will fill up really quick... There are scholarships available.  Camps are open to RES and CHMS students.  

Email questions to brian.godfrey@cesuvt.org

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Come one, Come all to the 2nd Annual MMMUSD Stackfest on Saturday March 18th at JES #RESVT Enjoy a morning of fun family cup stacking

Vermont Family StackFest   
Saturday, March 18th at Jericho Elementary School

Hosted by the MMMUSD Elementary P.E. Teachers: Mr. G, Mrs. Cowan, and Mr. Steinman

Stackers of all ages and abilities are invited to compete in the 2nd Annual Vermont Family StackFest.  Sport Stacking is a Junior Olympic Sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. There will be 4 different events including Individual (3-3-3, 3-6-3, and Full Cycle) and 4-Person Timed Relays.

Location: Jericho Elementary School
Date: Saturday March 18th from 9am-12pm  (Doors open at 8:30)
Age Levels:  K-2nd     3rd-4th    5th+    (Middle/High School Students and Adults are welcome)
Stackfest.pngCost: Free
Registration:  https://tinyurl.com/gw255ed  or scan QR Code
Please Register online prior to event

Lots of family fun, all cups, mats, timers, etc will be provided!!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Staying Active During the Winter #RESVT

By Brian Godfrey, Physical Education Teacher, Richmond Elementary School, VT

Living in Vermont, where it’s cold and snowy for up to six months of the year, it’s important to find ways to be healthy and active during the winter months.   As a physical education teacher, husband, and father of three, I’ve found that skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, or even going for brisk winter walk are great ways for my family and students to be physically active during the winter.

My goal is to inspire my children and students to be healthy and active throughout their lifetime.  To often it seems that kids today spend more time using electronic devices than being physical active.  One of the best ways to remove the temptations of electronics is to get your kids outside!  Encouraging kids to go outside during the summer is one thing, but what options do you have when the snow is flying and the temperature has dropped below zero?

The easiest and often most fun thing to do during the winter, is to simply go outside and play.  Build a snowman, make a snow angel, or go sledding.  It’s fun and best of all it’s free.  Being active during the winter can provide some financial barriers, but don’t let that stop you.  Never pay full price for anything.  Look online or in local ads for discounted equipment.  As a teacher I’ve written grants and received free snowshoes, skis, skates, and snowboards for my students.  Also for any of you teachers out there, try sending a note home asking for equipment donations.  I’ve been able to get lots of ice skates, sleds, and other winter gear by doing this.

Being healthy and active during the winter can also provide fun family/community DIY projects.  Before the snow falls, find a large flat area, lay boards and plastic down, and BAM!! You have a hockey rink.  Be resourceful with outdoor space in your community.  Groom cross country ski trails, snowshoeing trails, or have a winter carnival.  Chances are there are many other people like you in your community who share your desire for winter movement opportunities and would join you in your efforts.

Winter enthusiast all around the world enjoy riding down the slopes skiing or snowboarding.  A few years ago I created the Snow Motion Program, which provides free skiing & snowboarding for kids during the school day. Teaching kids to ski & snowboard is like magic on the slopes.  If you would like to share in the magic by teaching your kids or students to ski or snowboard, I’ve attached a link to a book I wrote “A Volunteer's Guide: To Teaching Skiing and Snowboarding

Make sure to take the time to be physically active this winter.  Doing so will empower your kids to be healthy and active for a lifetime!

Link to Article