Physical Education

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P.E. Mission Statement:

To empower students with the strategies and self-efficacy necessary to promotes the desire to live a healthy and active life-style for all San Mateo-Foster City students.

Program Description:

A quality physical education program is offered to students as part of the general curriculum at Brewer Island Elementary School. We will be adapting activities from SPARK Physical Education. SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) of San Diego State University is an “Exemplary Program” of the U.S. Dept. of Education. The curricula has evolved from a National Institutes of Health study; SPARK has been proven effective by objective research and field testing with tens of thousands of elementary age students and their teachers.

It is important to us that every child feels successful each day, and that they leave class eager to have physical education again. That is why we plan to incorporate SPARK’s “SEAD” philosophy. Our classes will be Safe, Enjoyable, Active, and Developmentally Appropriate.

One of our class goals is to actively engage children in sufficient amounts of moderate to vigorous physical activity to improve and/or maintain their physical health and well-being. Another goal is to encourage children to apply the skills and knowledge they acquire during class and to seek opportunities to be active outside of school and as part of a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, instructional units are planned to develop motor, personal, and social skills.
Our physical education class is planned for 25 minutes 4 days a week in the gym or on the black-top. In order to provide the best possible experience for your child, we must all work together as a team! Please remind your child to dress appropriately for physical activity (each day). It is very important that your child wears comfortable, loose clothing that allows movement. It is even more important that comfortable, supportive, closed-toe, athletic shoes are worn. UGGS, CROCS, SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS, DRESS SHOES, HIGH HEELS, and BOOTS, are not acceptable.
Physical activity must be done regularly to achieve health benefits. Therefore, your child’s participation is very important. If your child is unable to participate in activities due to an injury, then a doctor’s note is required that would state the duration of the medical exemption, along with the list of activities that the child can/cannot do. A variety of modified activities will be provided by the teacher. Please see example (hyperlinked) of complete medical notes for P.E. and incomplete doctor’s note for P.E. on the side bar of this page, under "P.E forms".
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email address is

Nobu Kotani (3rd, 4th & 5th grade Physical Education teacher)