PE Class

  • All students have 30 minutes of Physical Education Class 2 times per week on the ABCDE schedule.

    Please remember that on PE class days, students should wear athletic shoes (no opened-toed shoes like sandals or flip flops; no high heels shoes like cowboy boots) and clothes that will allow them to be active (run, exercise, etc.).

PE Class Schedule

Plank Challenge

  • What is the “Plank Challenge” going on in Physical Education Class?
    Students holding an elbow plank for 1-minute increments.  We will start at 1 minute and practice throughout the year with the goal of being able to hold the elbow plank for up to 5 minutes.

    What is an elbow plank?  The most common plank is the forearm plank which is held in a push-up-like position, with the body's weight borne on forearms, elbows, and toes.


    What are the benefits of performing planks?  The plank is one of the best exercises for core conditioning, but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture, and improves balance.

    Hopefully, your child in grades 2-5 has talked with you about our “Plank Challenge”.  Simply, the students have been challenged to hold an elbow plank starting with one minute.  We started the challenge the last week of September and will continue until May.  Many students have signed a plank sheet if they were able to hold the plank for either one, two, or three minutes.  The chart below lists the number of students in each grade and the time they have earned, including the teachers:

    Updated 01-10-2019

    Some percentages may have adjusted slightly due to students moving into or out of Tomahawk.

    Grade         # of Students      % of Grade Level
                           Completed             Completed

    1 MINUTE:
    2nd                        39                         98%
    3rd                        39                         87%
    4th                        51                         94%
    5th                        50                         96%
    Teachers             22

    2 MINUTES:
    2nd                         27                         68%
    3rd                         28                         62%
    4th                         33                         61%
    5th                         37                         71%
    Teachers               11

    3 MINUTES:
    2nd                        15                          38%
    3rd                         22                         49%
    4th                         27                         50%
    5th                         28                         54%

    4 MINUTES:
    2nd                          0                           0%
    3rd                           8                         18%
    4th                         23                         42%
    5th                         20                         38%

    5 MINUTES:
    2nd                         0                            0%
    3rd                          5                          11%
    4th                        16                          30%
    5th                        13                          25%

    I will test students the last week of every month on the following dates.  Feel free to practice with your child, make it a family challenge.
    September: 24th – 27th
    October: 29th – 2nd
    November: 26th – 30th
    December:  17th – 19th
    January:   28th – 1st
    February:  25th – 1st
    March: 25th – 29th
    April:  29th – 3rd
    May: 13th – 17th

    After practicing the plank, you should always stretch your back.  The easiest stretch is “Childs Pose”

    childs pose