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April 16, 2016

If I were to pick one word for bike week it would be resiliency. Whether it was taking off training wheels for the first time, learning to make a tight u-turn around a cone,  or pushing themselves during the duathlon, I consistently saw the students showing grit and determination. Watching their faces when something finally clicked and they mastered a skill is one of my favorite parts of being their teacher.

The second word that sums up bike week is fun. Students had a whole lot of fun over the past two weeks. Check out the photos below to see the students in action.

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Getting aero!

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A focused first grade student.

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Younger students sending the 8th graders off for the start of their duathlon.

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Kindergarten students came to cheer on their reading buddies.

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Middle school students take to the road.

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Working hard and still smiling.

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Relaxing with friends after working hard in the duathlon.

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Riding on two wheels for the first time feels good!


Focused going around the hula hoop.


Paying the “toll” on the blacktop highway.

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Resting in the sun after the duathlon.

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The garden room came to cheer on their friends in 3rd grade.

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Thank you to all of the parents who came out to support and cheer on the students.

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Starting the duathlon strong. 

2016 Running Challenge

February 5, 2016

The Running Challenge this year has gotten off to a wet, muddy and snowy start but that can’t stop a group of very determined Sabot students. In a week and a half the students have run 347 miles. Our goal this year is 3,080 miles. On our virtual map we will attempt to run from California to Washington, D.C.

Here are just a few images of our determined students.




Sabot Welcomes the World

September 21, 2015

If you passed by me in your car today you might have wondered if I was celebrating Halloween a little early because I came to school dressed in my bike kit (complete with aero helmet and cowbell). I did it to get students talking about the UCI races happening in Richmond this week. It is pretty exciting that the best cyclists in the world are putting tires down on our streets. If you didn’t get the chance to check it out this weekend here is the schedule for the rest of the week. Also be sure to grab a “Sabot Welcomes the World” t-shirt for sale in the main house.

We had some fun in PE today playing bike themed games like “scooter time trial”, “mechanic wheel fix” and the “jersey run”.

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Working as a Team Through Silly Play

September 4, 2015

During the first week of school students across the grade levels spent time working as a team and encouraging each other. Each grade also had a healthy dose of silly, with games like tooth fairy tag in the lower grades and a scavenger hunt in the middle school. This week of fun is forming a great foundation for the year in PE.

Third grade class cheer

Third grade class cheer

Scavenger hunt activity: take a picture that says

Scavenger hunt activity: take a picture that says “weeeeee”

Cheering each other on in a game called “Ultimate Fan”

Fourth grade students play

Fourth grade students play “Ham and Cheese”

Middle School

Middle School “statues”

Best dances moves

Best dances moves

The magic tooth fairy wand.

Magic tooth fairy wand

Community Workers, Field Day 2015

June 4, 2015

This year’s Field Day theme was Community Workers. It was a fun end of year party to celebrate several themes that the different classes have been discussing all year. Each of the eight stations corresponded to a community worker’s job, albeit sometimes in a very silly way. There was dancing with the folk festival workers, an obstacle challenge with the soldiers, agility ladder and water challenges with the firefighters, noodle battles with the spies, egg tossing with the chicken farmers, wacky water carry and ball pass with the construction workers & plumbers, bean bag tossing with the trash collectors and wagon & scooter driving with the bus drivers. Here is a look at the fun.

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Bike Week 2015

May 3, 2015

Students in grades 1-8 had two exciting weeks of biking in PE. In just a short time they improved their skills and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. They were eager to help each other fix a mechanical problem or learn skills such as when to change gears in the older grades or starting from a stop in the younger grades. Several students rode their bikes without training wheels for the first time. Biking in PE concluded with a duathlon (run-bike-run). I shared with the students that my favorite part of competing in a triathlon is that there is often a moment in the middle of the race where I say to myself “I’m done” I feel as though I can’t push any longer or faster. Overcoming these thoughts is such a great feeling. I could see many “I’m done” faces in the middle of the duathlon but only huge smiles at the end.  Below are just a few images of the fun.

A seventh grade student demonstrates excellent bike handling skills.

Fourth grade students at the start of the duathlon.

Third graders celebrate their final lap of the duathlon.

Third graders celebrate their final lap of the duathlon.

Kindergarten spent the week learning about sportsmanship. Here they are with signs that they made to cheer on the 4th and 5th grade students.

Second grade students were all smiles after completing the duathlon.


Middle school students works on their bike handling skills while trying to toss a penny into a cup while riding.

Third grade buddies racing each other to the line.

Third grade buddies racing each other to the line.

A sixth grade student practices his mountain bike skills while riding over a log.

Sabot Runs Richmond

April 5, 2015

The middle school students enjoyed a nice spring morning exploring the beautiful nature of our city. Here are some photos of our trip to the James River Park system.


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