Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Just a quick note for my Atkins families.  Look for more of my updates to be in Seesaw with your child's classroom teacher information.  Eventually I am hoping there will be a PE folder where my posts (photos and videos) will be displayed for your child.  It is taking me a little time to figure out which tool will best share your child's experience in my classroom, thank you for being patient with me!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  My name is Ali Galbraith and although I am not new to the Benton Community School District I am new to the Atkins and Norway Centers.  This year I will be the Physical Education teacher in both buildings.  Beginning this year I can say that I have been a teacher in each current building in our district!  I am excited to meet the students, learn names, and enjoy learning while moving.

Please feel free to use this Blogging tool to follow along with your child's PE experiences.  You could also refer to my website ( https://sites.google.com/benton.k12.ia.us/pewithmrsg ) or follow me on Twitter @Galbraith_PE.

Go Bobcats!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome to the new school year!  It has been great to be back at school and see all of the kids in PE class.  Although we are two weeks in, I have only seen the students four times!  In that short amount of time, though I have seen many great things and we have set a solid foundation for our year in PE.

I wanted to put out a couple of reminders for you and your children on PE days.  Please encourage your children to wear tennis shoes (or bring a pair with them).  Sometimes it is possible that a student may still participate while wearing sandals or flip flops.  I have had to ask a couple of students to sit on the side because their shoes kept falling off or they were wearing heels and it just was not safe.  Our goal is for all students to participate each day!  Most students have done a great job of remembering tennis shoes, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to remind all.

My second reminder is in regards to dresses.  It is OK for your child to wear a dress to my class, please just remind them to wear shorts underneath.  We often sit on the floor, do activities the involve crawling, spinning, leaping, etc. and it is much better if we remember shorts.  Also, sometimes we use scooters.  In the past so kids have been unable to participate on these days when wearing dresses or skirts because they drag on the floor and get caught in the wheels.  I do not want to ruin the equipment or the clothing.  So it may be best to ask your child to save their dresses/skirts for non-PE days.

I am trying to post more on my blog and twitter this year.  Often I get wrapped up in and excited about the activity we are engaged in and take photos but forget to post them.  I try to get photos of each class, but I do not always do the best job.  But if you would like to follow me on twitter you are free to do so @Galbraith_PE.  It would be a great way to see what your child is doing in PE and a great conversation starter at dinner!

Again, welcome to the 2016-2017 school year and please feel free to contact me at any time!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sorry for the late notice Parent/Teacher Conferences

I apologize for the late notice, but I will be unable to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday March 15, 2016.  I will be here tonight Monday March 14, so if you need to speak with me I am happy to meet with you.  If you will not be at conferences on Monday but would like to speak with me, please email me.  I am happy to set up a time where we can chat.

Thank you!

And the results are in...

After wrapping up a few last minute envelopes, we have the final total raised by Keystone Elementary students in our Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser.  I had no idea what to expect this year as it was my first year participating in the Jump Rope for Heart activities.  In my mind, if we raised $500 I would have been really impressed.

Our students her at Keystone amazed me with their hard work and enthusiasm.  Together the students raised $4,846.87!  It is hard to come up with words that describe how proud we are of our students.  Jump Rope for Heart says that $50 will save a life.  That's almost 100 people effected by heart conditions that we have helped.  Through these efforts, we have received a $500 gift card for PE gear at US Games!

Thank you to our students, parents, and anyone who donated for making this possible!

Many students earned prizes by receiving donations.  The prizes have been ordered but I do not yet have a timeline when they will arrive.  The students have been very patiently waiting and I will let them know, when I know, when they will be in.  Thanks again to everyone who took part!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gearing up for Jump Rope for Heart!

Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about how to take care of our hearts, spreading the message to friends and family, and helping others when we can!  Megan Dodd from the American Heart Association came to our school to share Heart Healthy messages to kick off our event.

The American Heart Association's goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans.  They will challenge our kids to start living a healthy lifestyle now to prevent problems later; and give them an opportunity to participate in a service learning project that funds the fight against heart diseases and stroke - #1 and #5 cause of death in our country.

Your child will bring home some information for your review.  It includes a donation envelope as well as a parent letter detailing the Jump Rope for Heart information.  This fundraiser is not mandatory, but many students have been excited about the opportunity to help those (especially kids) with heart defects and 'sick' hearts.

The Keystone Elementary Jump Rope for Heart event days are February 10 (Day 1) and February 12 (Day 3).  All donations (cash, checks, and online) will be due to Mrs. Galbraith on February 10 at 3:00 pm.  Please join us in teaching our students the importance of being heart healthy for life!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at agalbraith@benton.k12.ia.us.

Help your student become a Heart Hero!

Monday, November 23, 2015

What have we been doing in PE? Finally...my first post!

 Hello!  Welcome to the wonderful world of Keystone Physical Education.  I apologize that it has taken me so long to get my blog up and running, but I suppose it's better late than never.

I have to apologize for the delay, but I have finally entered the world of blogging!  My ultimate goal as the physical education teacher at Keystone Elementary is to get our kids active by exploring their physical abilities while working cooperatively with others.  Another big goal that am beginning to achieve as an educator is to share all of the things we do in PE with parents, community members, and colleagues.  So welcome to my blog!

This is my first year of teaching PE at the elementary level and it is great.  This, however, is not my first year in the BC District.  The last seven years I taught at high school working with 9-12 grade students in PE and Health.  To say that this year has brought many changes would be an understatement.  While I do miss working with teenagers, I really enjoy working our K-3 students as well and they keep me on my toes.

We have had a busy year in the gym.  With this being my first year of teaching elementary physical education I have earned a lot about myself and the students.  It has been awesome seeing the excitement on their faces when they remember that it's a 'PE Day.'

Kindergarten and First Grade started the year learning about and practicing locomotor movements.  Ask them to show you how they skip, gallop, or jog.  We also spent some time with moving through general space safely.  Then we began a manipulative unit where we have been working with scarves, bean bags, and balls to name a few.  We have also bee working on our color site words by spelling them and sounding them out.

Second and Third Grade students began by reviewing locomotor movements and then moved into manipulating a variety of objects.  We worked on our tossing and catching with varying games and activities.  A few days have been spent with fitness testing.  Students performed the shuttle run and sit up test.  We will get to the jump rope and flexibility tests as well.  During our latest unit, we focused on juggling.  As the students are not yet professional jugglers, we have set a good foundation so if you see them practicing continue to encourage their progress.

As with the K-1 students, we have included some activities which are aimed at helping improve their literacy and math scores.  From time to time we include some spelling terms and math equations so that they may continue to make deeper connections to their classroom material as well.

Please look for more frequent posts.  I intend to stay more connected with you all through this blog.

Below are some photos from the 2nd and 3rd Grade Fitness Circuit we did one day incorporating some of their spelling words and math skills.