Trimester Ending Brief

It is that time of year – report cards will be coming soon! Remember your child’s grade is based on participation and giving it your full effort (regardless of skill level).

We finished this trimester with a unit on Ultimate Frisbee and we are now playing a game called Sabakiball.  Its’ origins are in Japan.  We have made adaptations with equipment as we do not have the precise equipment but, it is a fast paced game which the students appear to be enjoying.

The primary focus of all of the units we have done this first trimester, with the exception of soccer, have been catching and throwing.  The mechanics of an overhand throw and the tracking necessary to learn to catch a ball.  In the heat of a game this becomes more difficult as the pace increases the accuracy of the throw decreases.

Even our young ones can work on catching and throwing!

We are in the upper field weather permitting, the parish hall or the extension portable. Keeping fingers crossed and praying hard, we are expected to be in the new gym early to mid January!  Yeah!

The students are looking forward to units in basketball and volleyball.

I am looking forward to the new year and all that it can bring.  Enjoy your holidays.  Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!!

Ms. B

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Mahar Bernadine

My name is Bernadine Mahar, the kids call me Ms. B. I have been in education for many years and have served students and staff in several roles. I have been a Physical Education instructor, a middle school counselor, a Dean of Students, a building principal, a behavior intervention specialist and have worked with children in an outdoor, alternative setting. My undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University. I have a Masters Degree in Psychology from Antioch University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. I love learning and I love children. I live on a small farm on Whidbey Island – yes I take a ferry to work!! My husband Dan is a farmer and an inventor. We have one son, Levi, two dogs, a kitty and chickens. I love reading, walking and cooking. I am honored to be here at St. Mary Magdalen. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Go Irish! Ms. B