Letter re: changes to PE instruction and increased recess

Dear K-3 Menands Families:

I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to another school year. 

Recently, the District mailed out the Summer 2019 Paw Prints newsletter to families that highlighted some changes to the physical education (PE) instruction schedule for students in grades K-3. We are thrilled to have been able to reconfigure PE instruction for these grade levels to fully align Menands School District with the New York State Department of Education’s regulations. This is in addition to students now having 30 minutes for lunch and 30 minutes for recess every day.

Starting this school year, students in grades K-3 will now have PE instruction for 30 minutes daily, as opposed to previous years where students had PE every other day for approximately 40 minutes. In order to capture the time needed to accomplish this, health and Spanish instruction (which is not mandated) was cut back at those grade levels.

Given the added time, Menands PE teachers will be incorporating the skills and objectives required from the health education curriculum into the physical education curriculum. Students will learn essential skills to reduce health risks and promote wellness within the physical education setting. The health topics that will be covered in PE will help students develop positive attitudes, knowledge, and behavior that will allow them to work well with others and make constructive decisions. Please be reminded that the required attire for PE class includes sneakers and comfortable clothes for moving.

Spanish instruction at an early age has and continues to be a priority of the community and the District, and as such will continue to be offered beginning at grade 3.  Additionally, we continue to look for ways to incorporate it at grades K-2 across other content areas.

If you have any questions regarding these changes to curriculum, please feel free to reach out to me or Principal Schroeder.

I look forward to seeing you all in September!


Dr. Maureen A. Long