Nurturing students: spirit, mind, and BODY

St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s Mission is: “to provide all children with an opportunity to develop spiritually, academically, morally, emotionally, and physically, in an environment of Christ-centered attitudes and values…”  Our school’s mission expands far beyond having high test scores.

On Friday, Sept. 23, I took both 8th grade PE classes on a one mile run in the north end.  It was a beautiful fall day: sunshine with crisp leaves on the sidewalk.  This tradition started last school year: after I ran the Boston Marathon, I took the 8th grade PE classes out for a run.

8th grade students last year were nervous about “how fast” and “how far” we were going to run.  They must have shared a lot of positive feedback about the run last year because the 8th grade students this year were excited to go on the run.  Some of them even asked if we could run again (that day or at a later time).

I am a firm believer in physical education.  It helps students to focus and leads to greater academic achievement.  It is important for our students to be exposed to activities that may lead to a life of activity.  They may not enjoy some of the activities in the moment, but the hope is that it will ignite a passion that may be realized later.  We are blessed to offer all students physical education twice per week.

Thank you to the two parent volunteers, Mrs. Ryden and Mrs. Callanan, who joined me on the run.  To all parents: please let me know if you want to join us next time, or volunteer to lead an activity in your child’s PE class.  It speaks volumes when children see their parents engaged in activity.  I would also welcome any parents who would be willing to lead yoga or other activities on our Wednesday late start mornings (7:30-8:30 a.m.).