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Chvatal's PE

Welcome to Decatur PE!
Mr. Chvatal is excited to be back at Decatur for his second year as the Physical Education teacher. He graduated from North Park University with his BA in Physical Education and a minor in Exercise Science. Mr. Chvatal taught two years at a high school in the suburbs where he taught multiple subjects and coached football, baseball and track and field.  Mr. Chvatal loves teaching PE and integrates team building and character building activities along with different sports and games all throughout the year. Mr. Chvatal loves to play sports, cook and try new restaurants when he is not teaching. 
"Be comfortable being uncomfortable"  is a phrase we like to say to encourage each other to persevere when we feel challenged. 



Hello everyone, 
Track has been suspended until April 12. I expect that we will be able to start practicing after April 12, but I will keep you updated on what the District tells me. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. 
Here is a blurb from the email that CPS Score sent out. 
Good Morning All,
As you all are aware, the district has taken the position to suspend all athletic programming due to the COVID-19 virus.  This means that ALL of SCORE! programming will not take place throughout the suspension period, which is currently scheduled to end on April 12, 2020.  If the determination is made that athletic programming can resume, all schools will be notified with additional instructions to ensure the safety of our school communities upon our return to athletic competitions.

Track and Field Sign Up Form

This year Track and Field will be a little different than previous years. Track and Field will only be open to the first thirty 5th and 6th graders this year due to lack of space because of construction. 
Please complete the form attached as soon as possible. March 6th will be the last day that we will accept the form being turned in. 
Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at Lerner Park from 2:45-4 PM. 
If you have any questions feel free to email me at jpchvatal@cps.edu
Thank you and I am really looking forward to this season!
Track and Field Form:

This year during nutrition 1st and 2nd graders created a meal plan for a week that needed to include all 5 food groups. Here are a couple of 2nd graders working together to complete their meal planner. 
Throughout the year we do multiple team building activities. This particular activity was called Traffic Jam. The students had to find away to get from one side of the hula hoops to other, without moving backward and only being able to move 1 space forward. Communication is a very important skill in this game has been something we have been working on all year long. 

Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Throughout the year the students have heard me saying the phrase "Be comfortable being uncomfortable." This has been my Moto since I've come to Decatur. This saying means that in order to grow and get better in certain areas, you need to go outside your comfort zone. For a couple of weeks I joined the 6th grade while they were in their tap unit. I haven't taken a dance class since middle school and have never tapped before in my life. I was pretty nervous going into class and was scared I was going to look foolish. I thought about our Moto though, and went into class without any reservations. I was able to see my students in a different setting, and was able to see how students handled certain situations outside my class.

2nd Grade Sideline Soccer

While 3rd-6th grade get to play soccer tournaments, this is one of the games that we play in K-2nd grade. In Sideline Soccer, each student gets a number. When their number is called they go out and play a mini game of soccer.

4th Grade Soccer Tournament

Last week we started our Soccer Tournament. The students get broken up into 6 teams, and play a double elimination tournament. Grades 3-6 get to participate in the tournaments, while K-2 play smaller lead up games.

Pass the Penguin

When are inside the classroom for PE, we do a lot of team building activities. This game is called Pass the Penguin. Here the 3rd graders have to pass the penguin all the way around the circle without talking and only using their elbows.

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Sometimes we have to get creative with the limited space that we have, especially when the weather doesn't allow us to be outside. Here two 6th graders are making efficient use of time and space by doing some sit-ups and push-ups at the same time!

3rd Grade Bumper Ball

This week in PE we started our soccer unit. We started off with practicing our dribbling skills. Along with going over some basic dribbling drills, we incorporate some games to help improve our dribbling skills as well. Here the 3rd Grade class is playing Bumper Ball.
The winner of last years Bracket Challenge. The winner was able to invite 4 peers to hang out and eat lunch.