Please enjoy the September 1, 2017 edition of your FYI!
Grace Kaler, Editor
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A Message from the editor..

Hi! I'm Grace Kaler, your new NJAHPERD editor. This is my first official FYI, how exciting! I teach elementary Health and Physical Education (K-4) at Fleetwood School in Mount Laurel. This upcoming school year will be my third year as a teacher, and wow have these past two years flown by. As a young professional, I learn best digitally and hope to include some of that into the FYI. In the upcoming months, I hope to include articles and information that link us to various social media platforms and include things like "Who to follow" on Twitter, several Facebook "groups", and what Voxer groups to join. I hope you join me! In the meantime, everything will still be the same in the FYI, you will still receive all the great information below. Speaking of great information, please send me anything you think could be relevant to the FYI and may help fellow teachers. I would appreciate any information, articles, links, groups that you are willing to share with me and the rest of NJAHPERD! Looking forward to hearing from you: Email: Twitter: @GraceKaler Voxer: GraceKaler
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Laurie Cancalosi, President
Jackie Malaska, Executive Director
A message from your President...

Dear Colleagues;
Welcome back!  I hope you all had a very productive, rewarding, and fun filled summer break. As you start getting ready for a new school year with your lesson plans, SGO's and PIP's, please keep in mind you are writing them for children, not compliance. These will assist you to keep focused on what your students should be learning so that they have the knowledge and skills to live a healthy, and active lifestyle. Make all your plans meaningful and achievable. NJAHPERD is committed to providing resources and professional development opportunities to help you reach your professional goals.  
As health and physical education teachers, we often relish opportunities to face new challenges.  We often enjoy facing the unknown and seeing the culmination of our efforts. We expect the same of our children, and students. We constantly challenge them to think about their future and to embrace opportunities, both in school and out.  We challenge them to change, to go beyond what they think is possible, to take a chance to see what they're made of.  This year let's challenge ourselves!
We are currently at a crucial time in our health and physical education profession.  The research and information is out there for all to see.  We know there is a health crisis in our nation. We know that physical activity stimulates the brain and that active students learn better.  We know that regular physical activity and a healthy diet are linked with living a longer and happier life. 
This school year I challenge you as health and physical education professionals to make an impact beyond your gym walls, and classroom doors. I challenge you to sign up your school for Active Schools and Jump Rope/Hoops for Hearts.  Use the online resources to improve your program and join other schools across the nation in saying that physical education and health is an important part of our schools.  Attend a NJAHPERD workshop and/or conference.  Volunteer at a NJAHPERD sponsored event or attend one of our monthly meetings.  Write a letter to a politician advocating for PE and health in schools.  Go out and become an advocate for health and physical education/activity in your school by organizing activities before school, at recess, and/or after school.  Visit the NJAHPERD website often to stay connected to what's new and upcoming. 
This summer your Executive Board has been working tireless to put together excellent professional development programs all throughout the state. We kicked off on August 16th with another valuable Drivers Education Workshop. It was inspiring to see so many professionals during last days of summer to seek to improve the scope of their knowledge. Please take advantage of these opportunities!
Our annual Convention will be held on February 25th-28th at the Ocean Place Spa and Resort in Long Branch, get your registration in early!
This year ESSA will be put in place! Are you fully aware that HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION are NOW part of "A WELL ROUNDED EDUCATION?" GET ONBOARD as funding for YOUR professional development and your programming will come through different sources.
NJAHPERD Mini Grants are available. Act fast as all applications are due by September 30, 2017.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!
Have a great start and best wishes for a successful year. Remember NJAHPERD is here for you.
Laurie A. Cancalosi, EdD.

NEW Membership Portal!                         

NJAHPERD proudly introduces the NJAHPERD Online Community Portal!
The NJAHPERD Online Community portal has been created to benefit you, our NJAHPERD Members!
The Online Community portal will give you access to:
  • My Profile
    • Members can update their contact information, upload a profile image (optional), join the NJAHPERD Member Directory, purchase membership, and change their password.
  • My Events
    • Members can view their current event registrations (including: orders & payment status), register for future events, and view past events attended.
  • Member Directory
    • The member directory will include your profile image (optional), name, contact type, work or school name, school district, and email address.  All members in the directory will be able to email other members by selecting the mail icon to the right of the intended member's contact information.
IMPORTANT:  All membership purchases/renewals and event registrations will be completed through the NJAHPERD Online Community Portal.

Further details will be emailed to you regarding how to set up your PASSWORD!

Call for 2018 Convention Programs

Submit  a session proposal before the September 30th deadline.
SHARE YOUR BEST TEACHING PRACTICES! Your expertise would be an asset to our members and a great opportunity to highlight the best teaching practices happening in your district! 

Speakers receive complimentary registration the day that they present.
All submissions must be made online.

2017 NJAHPERD Mini Grants
NJAHPERD is pleased to announce the availability of Mini-Grants for 2017. The grant provides financial assistance up to $1,000 for new program development or to expand an existing program. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, software, or other materials that focus on student learning in Health & Driver Education, Physical Education, Physical Activity (before and after school) and Dance Education.
The Mini-Grant application deadline is September 30, 2017
NJAHPERD Professional Development

Visit the NJAHPERD website for details and registration for all Professional Development Events 

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 
February 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2018
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
Long Branch

Members are encouraged to submit district approval paperwork as early as possible. Information will be posted on the NJAHPERD website as well as distributed via email and social media as soon as it is available.

Convention "Teasers"
Sportime featuring SPARK is sponsoring the amazing Naomi Hartl, PE Development & Technology Specialist as one of the General Session keynotes. She will dazzle you with her enthusiasm and knowledge of HPE and technology!

Jess Lawrence, CEO of Cairn Guidance, has also accepted the invitation to keynote. During the summer of 2013, she successfully completed a 23-year-old dream of bicycling 4,197 miles across the country. Solo. In her keynote, Jess shares the extraordinary journey of preparing and fulfilling a major life goal, and relates her experience to key lessons that empower leaders to create positive change within the Public Health and Education sectors.

Sean Brock, National PE/PA advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Additional National/District/State Invited Guests

Fran Cleland, SHAPE America President
Douglas Hallberg, 2017 National Middle School PE Teacher of the Year
Linda Carlson,  2017 National High School Teacher of the Year
Karen Petermann, 2017 National Elementary Teacher of the Year
Dr Elizabeth Burkhart, 2017 Eastern District High School PE Teacher of the Year
Lynn Hefele, 2017 Eastern District Elementary PE Teacher of the Year
Jo Bailey, 2013 High School Teacher of the Year
Jessica Shawley  2013 National Middle School Teacher of the Year
Debra A. Pinto,   2016 Eastern District Middle School PE Teacher of the Year
Nathan Hart, 2016 PSAHPERD Dance Teacher of the Year 
Betty Ann Fish, 2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year          

Additional names to be announced soon!
Will your name be on the list to present?
Professional Development Webinars
FREE Webinars!
NJAHPERD has received funding from the NJ Department of Health to provide professional development via SHAPE America webinars. If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please send an email to the NJAHPERD office with the subject line "NJAHPERD webinar". You will be required to complete a NJAHPERD evaluation after viewing the webinar. You will earn a certificate for 1.0 contact hour for each webinar you view through SHAPE America. All webinars are held from  3-4 p.m. EDT  and will be recorded.
Additional Free webinars
Wellness Wednesday: Pumping Up P.E.

Wednesday, September 13, 3 - 3:30 pm (CT)
Are you looking for ways to pump up your physical education class to include more moderate to vigorous activity? Join our first Wellness Wednesday webinar of the year to explore research, recommendations and strategies around physical activity. 

Back to School: Setting the Tone for Success

Sponsored by Sportime
Presented By: Melanie Lynch, Maria Royals, Penny Kroening, Ron Trainum, Tracy Sharlow and Sara Russell (SHAPE America Teachers of the Year)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8 pm Eastern
In this webinar, tools and strategies will be shared that will help you build your skills and knowledge of how to create a strong foundation of trust and respect in your classroom.

Fun & Engaging Strategies for Health Class
Sponsored by Sportime
Presented By: Mary McCarley, Melanie Lynch and Jennifer Berju
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8 pm Eastern
Join these energetic SHAPE America® Teacher of the Year award winners as they present fun, standards-based strategies and health education activities that are proven to be effective in the classroom.

SHAPE America Podcast
Podcasts - Did you know that SHAPE America offers Podcasts? Podcast episodes are released the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. 

Health Education
Listen in as our panel of health education experts discusses what defines comprehensive health education, how to set up a health classroom for success, how to incorporate active learning into the curriculum and much more.  Listen today!
ESSA Updates
Joanne Doherty

What you need to know about ESSA

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into Federal law in December 2015 and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • The NJ DOE's State Plan was approved by the US Department of Education in August 2017.
  • The District's ESSA Committee names should have been reported to the NJDOE by mid-July by the superintendent. 

  What you need to know about ESSA funding for Health and Physical Education in your district:
  • Health and Physical Education are part of a "well-rounded education."
  • Funding is available under Title IV, Part A to support health and physical education, safe and healthy students and effective use of technology.
  • Funding is available for Professional Development under Title II.
  • Funding is available for before and after school programs in your school district throughTitle IV, Part B.
Call to Action
If we do not get a seat at the table we will not get a piece of the funding for our programs and students. Ask your principal /supervisor about the funding for your Health and Physical Education program.
Find out who is representing the HPE Department on your district ' s ESSA Committee.

Thank you,
JoAnn Doherty
NJAHPERD Advocacy Chair
Take Action for More Title IV Funding!
Sign SHAPE America's Thunderclap & Join Online Advocacy Day on September 14th!

Let's ensure all children reap the benefits of an effective health and physical education program. Before it is too late, tell your members of Congress to support #MoreTitleIV federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act in FY18.
Show Your Support in 4 ways:  
  1. Register to attend SHAPE America's ESSA webinar on September 6
  2. Become a backyard advocate
  3. Support our Thunderclap before September 14
  4. Take action on September 14th by sending an action alert for Online Advocacy Day
Be An Advocate in Your Own Backyard!
Be A Backyard Advocate!  You don't have to go all the way to Capitol Hill for your voice to be heard on the value of health education and physical education in schools. Throughout the year, members of Congress return home from Washington, DC, to their state and district offices to meet with constituents. During this webinar, learn how to conduct "backyard advocacy" meetings in your own state with members of Congress using our backyard advocacy toolkit. It's critical that Congress hears from us about the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act on health and physical education programs in your state and the importance of fully funding this legislation. 

Legislative Action Center
With assistance from SHAPE America, NJAHPERD has it's own  LEGISLATION ACTION CENTER  to contact NJ Legislators. Our members will be able to contact our federal and state legislators when there is an important issue affecting our profession.
As a state affiliate of SHAPE America, we are grateful for the sponsorship by SHAPE America for one year of service with Congress Web. 


   50Million Strong by 2029

Approximately 50 million students are currently enrolled in America's elementary and secondary schools (grades pre-K to 12).

SHAPE America wants to ensure that by the time today's preschoolers graduate from high school in 2029, all of America's students are benefitting from the skills, knowledge, confidence, desire and opportunities to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity. MORE
News YOU can USE!
Miss the #PhysedSummit?

The  #PhysEdSummit is a FREE online conference put on by Health and PE professionals for Health and PE professionals. Their mission is t o provide digital professional learning opportunities for health and physical education professionals by sharing, discussing, and reflecting on best practices. The conference was held on August 26th, but all videos are archived and uploaded into their youtube channel found  HERE
Phys Ed Equipment On A Budget

It's almost time to go back to school. Homemade or low budget equipment can be easily implemented into your curriculum. This Pintrest board has great ideas for PE on a budget. PE Central not only has great lesson ideas, but also how to made your own homemade equipment.
SHAPE America's New Back to School Website                         

SHAPE America unveiled its new Back to School website, revealing a focus on 50 Million Strong by 2029, the organization's commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs.

Health Educator News YOU can USE!

For Info or To Register:

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month-a time to share resources and  stories  in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. Get resources HERE
Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain

Being active in youth may change the inner workings of brain cells much later in life and sharpen some types of thinking, according to a remarkable new neurological study involving rats. Read more from the New York Times article from August 30th HERE

Drug Overdose Deaths Among Adolescents Aged 15-19 in the United States: 1999-2015 

After increasing from 1999 through 2007, drug overdose death rates for adolescents aged 15-19 declined through 2014, but then increased in 2015. MORE
The link between stress and heart disease may be found in the brain!

A new study published Wednesday by the Journal of the American Heart Association describes how researchers found a pattern of brain activity that predicted blood pressure spikes from stress among some people. Read MORE

CDC Report on Physical Activity

New CDC Data Suggests More Needs To Be Done To Help Americans Be Active and Eat Healthier.
The CDC released its 2016 state- and territory-specific data on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Read more

Active Schools
Take Your Parent to PE Week

September 25-29, 2017     
Active Schools, a national movement to help schools provide at least 60 minutes a day of physical education (PE) and before, during and after school physical activity for all students, is sponsoring the first-ever
Take Your Parent to PE Week from September 25-29, 2017. 

Register your school
to participate in the first-ever Take Your Parent to PE Week from September 25-29. It's fun, immersive way to introduce parents to your school's physical education programs and teachers - and invite them to engage with physical education throughout the year. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your passion for physical activity and motivate families to move!
Schools can participate by 
signing up online to access a free, downloadable logo and poster. After class, post your school's participation on social media - and encourage parents to do the same - using the hashtag #ParentsLovePE.

4th Annual Active School Conference

NJAHPERD announces the 1st professional development event of the 2017-18 school year and registration is complimentary*!

Engage your school community in comprehensive physical activity with quality Physical Education as the foundation. 
The intended audience is principals/supervisors, classroom teachers, health & physical educators, future professionals and wellness team champions. Bring an administrator with you and you will both receive a special gift!

When:  Wednesday, September 26, 2017
Where: St. Georges Orthodox Church Athletic Center
             1033 West Park Avenue
            Ocean, NJ 07712
When:  9AM-2:30PM
Session Titles/Speakers:
Model PE Lessons: Instant Activities to Assessments, Charles "Chip" Candy, Medford School District (retired)
Building Support for a Culture of Health, Sue Cornell, NJ YMCA Healthy Schools
Fuel Your Lessons, Julia Srouji, Dietician, Erin Falco RDN INC, Red Bank, NJ
Springboard to Active Schools, Sheila M. Dunn, NJ DOH Nutrition and Physical Activity Specialist

For more details, and online registration,  please click HERE

*This PD event is sponsored by a grant through the New Jersey Department of Health.

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart


Now is the time to start thinking about the 2017-18 school year. If your school is not currently partnering with the AHA, please visit or . To learn how your school can make a di fference in the lives of others; have the potential to earn US Games gift certificates ; receive complimentary, year-long resources that may compliment your wellness initiatives; and receive discounted memberships to both NJAHPERD and SHAPE America, please contact Jim Presbrey, Vice President of Youth Market at either   or at (917) 213-9432. Together, we can make a difference one heartbeat at a time!
Driver Education
Driver Education News  is a web site with resources for New Jersey's new drivers, their parents, and Driver Education teachers. The web site is also the new home of the The UGotBrain Championship School Program.  

Yes, there is a new manual. The 2017 edition was distributed by MVC at the August DE conference. Schools will receive the manuals in the usual way that MVC distributes supplies to your school. In addition the old Parent's Guide To Teaching Teens to Drive pamphlet will be replaced with the Share The Keys pamphlet. 

Yes, there is also a new exam. Some non publics received version 6.0 in June. 6.0 SHOULD NOT BE USED. Due to problems with 6.0 MVC is going to be replace it. MVC announced at the August DE conference that the new exam will be ready and distributed by the time students take the exam in the new school year.  

Resources from the August Driver Education Conference can be found on the NJAHPERD website; 

Grants & Contests
Project Fit America Grants!

Project Fit America provides,fitness playground equipment,indoor fitness equipment,and training to improve fitness for elementary and middle schools. AtlantiCare is providing the funding for Atlantic County area schools.
No Equipment? No Excuses! So Many Grant Opportunities!

 Check out the NJAHPERD Grant page on the website for an array of grants available for the 2016-17 school year.

Support for your School Wellness Efforts
Check out our new 'Funding Opportunities' page where the Alliance for A Healthier Generation shares grant and other funding opportunities that support schools like yours in implementing healthier physical activity and nutrition policies and programs. Be sure to check back often for updates.

Score New Equipment with a Good Sports Grant
The new school year is here! And what a better to start a new year than with new fitness equipment! Good Sports equipment grants are open to all K-12 schools that serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area of the country. Schools that indicate enrollment in Let's Move! Active Schools on their application will receive priority access. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.
Additional Grants opportunities are available on the NJAHPERD website.
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Disclaimer: The ideas in the FYI do not necessarily reflect NJAHPERD's official position on the issues. NJAHPERD assumes no responsibility for any statement as fact or opinion presented, nor does acceptance of advertising imply endorsement of any products or services by the Association.

Grace Kaler