Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall Conferences

If you would like a conference with me (Coach Helmann will be at Greenbrier, we can setup a phone conference) please contact me at to schedule an appointment.  I will be available:
Monday 25th-
Tuesday 26th-
Thanks, Coach K

The Heart, the HEART!!!

For the next couple of weeks we will do the "Heart Course" in PE class.  Kids will become red blood cells and transport oxygen and waste around the body.  Kids will also learn how to use the heart rate monitors, learn about their hearts, and why exercise is so important to take care of them!

Trick or Treat Time!!

During Halloween, kids play a listening game called "Trick or Treat," where students perform various moves for items like Bat, Mummy, Goblin, Haunted House, and even Coach K!  Kids had a great time, and worked on their listening skills.

Jump Rope + Chinese Jump Ropes

We have been working on basic jumping with a single rope, and will include double rope in the future.  Jump ropes are an inexpensive "toy" that kids can use to get a GREAT workout.  They can jump alone or with friends.

Floor Hockey!!

Kids have been playing floor hockey in PE class AND got to use the Chicago Wolves Jerseys donated by the Chicago Wolves Hockey team!!  Soon, we will get certificates and even a free ticket to a game!
Thanks Wolves!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

100 Times!!

Here are a few fast times from the kids at Westgate for the 100:
Jimmy C. 14.9
Linnea F. 16.8
Aidan O. 14.9
Bernie G. 14.6
Michael S. 14.6
Stephanie L. 16.4
Please note, not ALL classes were able to fit in the 100 for the fall runs...
Coach K


Here are a few fast times from the kids at Westgate for the 50:
3rd -
Dallas S. 7.7
Jimmy C. 7.7
Cassidy P. 8.3
Callie 8.3
Sophie 8.3
Bridget B. 8.3
4th -
Tucker K 7.6
Ethan K. 7.6
Bernie G. 7.3
5th -
Liam G. 7.2
Stephanie L. 8.3

Columbus Holiday!!

Students will not have school on Monday Oct. 15th and Tuesday Oct. 16th.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mile and 1/2 mile times!!

Our 1,2 and 3rd grade students have been working on distance jogging this last week by running 3/5 of a mile.  Our 4th and 5th grade students ran the whole mile (5 laps.)  The fastest times are listed below:
1st Grade:
Nico H. 4:52
Megan O'. 5:21
2nd Grade:
Daniel S. 4:14
Annie K. 4:50
3rd Grade:
Jimmy C. 3:59
Cassidy P. 4:23
4th Grade:
Tucker K. 6:33
Bernie G. 6:58 ** (Fastest)
5th Grade:
Ethan K. 6:14 ** (Fastest)
Sophie L. 7:20

Friday, September 6, 2013

Mission Impossible

Last week we worked together in small groups to solve "Mission Impossible."  Teams had to throw balls to knock down bowling pins, then shoot 3 baskets in a mat box, Pass a hula hoop around the group circle and then construct and carefully climb thru a hula hut!!  The fastest times by grade level are listed below:
2nd grade: Goldstein's class 3:02
3rd grade: Hynek's class 2:26
4th grade: Rosati's class 2:10***
5th grade: Solarz's class 2:41
***Fastest time in the school!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013


I hope everyone had a fantastic summer break!  I had a blast teaching R/C car racing for summer university and spent a little time in Minnesota fishing and boating.  Fynn, Emma and I spent some time running our dirt bike down the paths and did a lot of swimming.  Lets start this year off on the "right foot "and please bring gym shoes to both PE and recess!!  Many accidents occur because children don't have the proper footwear.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mission Impossible 2

The times are in for Mission Impossible 2...
The top scores for each grade level are:
1st grade  =  Carney 8:44
1/2 multi  =  Kleist 4:26
2nd grade =  Goldstein 5:36
3rd grade  =  Jensen 5:45
4th grade  =  Stella 3:45
4/5 multi  =  Nelms 4:32
Fastest time in the whole school = Mrs. Stella's class with a time of 3:45!!  Great job and awesome teamwork guys!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mission Impossible 2

This week kids are working together to finish mission impossible #2 as quickly as possible.  Kids have to kick, throw and roll dodge balls to knock over pins, shoot through hula hoops and roll across PVC pipes.  Students also have to pass through a hula hoop and construct a "hula hut" to climb through.  Check for "Top Times" from all grade levels soon!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

5th Grade Track Meet!!

Permission slips went out for the 5th grade track meet this week.  The meet will be held at South Middle School on Thursday May 9th.  This is open to all 5th grade students.  Please fill out the permission slip along with races desired.  You can run 2 events AND run one relay.  Any questions, stop by the PE office.  Thanks,
Coach K

Final Club K dates!!

These are the final Club K dates for the end of the year:
April 2nd,4th,9th,11th,16th,18th,23rd,25th,30th. 
May 2nd,7th.
Thanks for participating!
Coach K

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mission Impossible

Kids worked together this week to solve a mission as a team.  They had to knock out a security grid, disable a power generator, disable the computer firewall and then disarm the laser security system.  The fastest times are listed below for each grade level.  I made multi-age classes their "own" grade level:
1st:  Carney- 6:05
1/2   Gattuso - 5:39
2nd  Wenzel/Zap - 4:01
3rd   LaFalce - 4:30
4th   Darby - 4:06
4/5   Kent - 2:59
5th   Solarz - 3:52


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


From now until Spring break we will be working on our gymnastics unit in PE class.  This is a great time to really work on body balance on the floor and beam while also developing strength on the climbing wall and rope.

Speed Stack Attack!!

Recently, students were able to compete in Speed Stack competitions like the 3-3-3 the 3-6-3 and even some 6-6's.  Students used fine motor skills and eye hand coordination to quickly stack up the cups, then go back to the beginning and stack them down as quickly as possible.  We had 4 tournament timers and some classes participated in a ladder tournament.

Chicago Wolves Floor Hockey!!

Once again, Westgate School would like to thank the Chicago Wolves for providing us with Jerseys for floor hockey.  Each Student also received a certificate of completion which also allowed them to attend a home game for free!!  Thanks again WOLVES!!!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tanita Program Suspended

Currently, all goal setting using the Tanita scale reading will be suspended at Westgate.  There is merit to the program, however, the school and district will review any future investment.  Let’s remind children to stay active and eat healthy!
Coach K

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tanita Scale

Students will take Tanita scale reading this week, what is a Tanita Scale?  How does it work?  Click on the link on the top right of this page!

Just Dance!!

This week students will be working on improving their "movement to music" using not one...but 2 Wii systems playing Just Dance 4!  Get out those dancing shoes, lets rock!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Club K February

The dates for February Club K:
Feb. 5th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, and 28th.
Please not there will be NO CLUB K on Feb. 7th for the open house
Coach K