PARENT WELCOME LETTER

Dear Parent and/or Guardian,

                My name is Mary Oravets.  I will be your son or daughter’s physical education teacher this year.  In this letter I want to briefly describe the physical education program and my expectations for the school year.  Let me begin, however, by briefly telling you a little about myself.

                I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.  I met my husband while attending college in Maryland.  We moved to New Jersey in the summer of 2006.  We have three amazing children; Sevanah (10), Emma (7), and Hudson (4).  They keep us very busy and we love every minute of it.

                I received my bachelor of arts degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology and sports coaching.  I then went on to receive my Masters Degree in Education.  While in Maryland I spent 1 ½ years student teaching and substitute teaching while working the local YMCA as a trainer.  I have worked in Barnegat now for 12 years, 4 of which were spent teaching P.E. and health at the high school. 

                My goals for elementary physical education are to develop and improve students’ personal fitness and motor skills by providing developmentally appropriate activities through purposeful, creative and enjoyable instruction. By incorporating challenging yet achievable tasks the students will; attain positive attitudes about physical activity and movement.  Also, through cooperative learning students will be able to challenge each other’s views and abilities, develop higher cognitive, affective, and psychomotor levels.  Your child’s locomotor movement, manipulative skills, personal behavior, and fitness levels will be monitored and assessed throughout the school year.

                Every child is expected to participate to the best of their ability each day they attend class.  I understand there are days when illness or injury may inhibit your child’s ability to participate.  If need be please send a note with your child with a brief description regarding the nature of the restriction.  If the condition restricts activity for an extended period of time a doctor’s note will be required.  If your child has any ongoing health concerns or restrictions that you think I need to be aware of please send a detailed note with instructions for their class participation limitations. 

                Please have your child WEAR SNEAKERS THAT TIE OR VECRO.  SHOES WITH HEELS, BOOTS, SANDALS, SLIP ONS ETC.  WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR PARTICIPATION. 

                Thank you so much for your time.  Please feel free to contact me anytime throughout the year.  The best way to contact me is via email: moravets@barnegatschools.com. I looking forward to working with you and your child during this exciting school year.  Go Dunfee Dragons!!

Sincerely,

Mary Oravets