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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.

Running Challenge Concludes

March 29, 2015

We just wrapped up our last week of the running challenge with some exciting news, our middle school students won the Sports Backers Healthy School Challenge in the small school division. This means we had the highest percentage of runners participating in the 10k among other small schools in the area. Some of our students got the chance to accept the award and $500 prize on Saturday morning before the race. It was an exciting day as it was the first time most of the students completed the 6.2 mile run. We also had a few lower school students participate in the 10k. All of the participants were sent out with cheers from their peers the day before the race during an all school cheer rally. Over the 10-week running challenge the students in grades k-8 worked collectively to run 2,482 miles. It was fun to watch students in all grade levels improve their endurance over the 10-week challenge. They exhibited great sportsmanship and supported each other every step of the way. Below are a few mages from the last few weeks of our journey.

Middle school students pose for a photo at the 10k finish before accepting the award.

A fourth grader can't be stopped by a little snow.

A fourth grader can’t be stopped by a little snow.

One of the lower school students receives high fives from his peers the day before the 10k.

7th graders were all smiles while completing their first 10k.

7th graders were all smiles while completing their first 10k.

Kindergarten students receive high fives from the older students for their participation in the running challenge.

Kindergarten students receive high fives from the older students for their participation in the running challenge.

8th graders finding joy in the moment.

8th graders finding joy in the moment.

2015 Running Challenge Kicks Off

January 23, 2015

Our 6th annual Running Challenge kicked off this week. This year the students will “run” loops of cycling’s 2015 Road World Championships course which takes place in downtown Richmond. The course for the road circuit is a little over 10 miles and I have challenged the students to run over 240 loops of the course (around 2,500 miles). Clearly, that was not enough! This week we set a new record for miles in a week with students in grades k-8 running/walking over 550 miles! Below are a few images from the week.

Students in grades 1-3 kicked off the running challenge early on Monday morning.

Students in grades 1-3 started off the running challenge together on Monday morning.

Students were excited to see the map and were quick to point out the places they have visited.

Students were excited to see the map of our “run” course and were quick to point out all of the places they have visited.

A middle school student runs downhill on our weekly forest run.

Several classes have had the opportunity to run together, with older students encouraging younger students.

2nd graders running in the fog on Thursday morning.


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