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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.


1943 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: 860-929-5500
Fax: 860-236-2486

Kelly Brouse, Principal 

Physical Education

Mr. Mario Lopez

Mr. Mike Aparo, Part Time



Physical Education News:  

A group of Bugbee 5th graders participated in the town-wide Track and Field event at Conard High School.  Mr. Lopez, PE Teacher, shared that "students represented Bugbee with excellent sportsmanship, tons of cheering for each other and some awesome 'on the track' performances!"

December 2016 Update:

We are in full swing downstairs in our gymnasium working with manipulatives with our K-5th graders.  Manipulatives involve actions such as throwing, catching, dribbling and striking that directly enhance coordination skills and dexterity in handling small equipment such as balls, hoops, and ropes.  Concepts such as control, force, speed, and accuracy are interwoven into lessons.  3rd, 4th and 5th grade is currently working on catching, passing and scooping with lacrosse sticks as well as playing small-sided games (like Cradle Tag) which reinforce skill acquisition in a fun manner.  Students are also exposed to the history of lacrosse, its Native American roots, and the corresponding concepts of playing with “honor and honesty”.  Students are encouraged to “challenge themselves” and work at their own level while acknowledging that we all bring different skill sets or familiarity with the sport.


K, 1st and 2nd graders are working on striking using balloons as well as using our colorful scoops and large whiffle balls to develop catching, passing and rolling skills with control either with or without a partner.  We have also been practicing some yoga for our younger students because yoga helps us “get stronger, stretchier and smarter”.


A huge thanks goes out to our PTO for supporting the purchase of new climbing ropes for our gymnasium.  We will be acquiring soft, elementary school designed ropes with various holds so that all of our students can feel successful using the ropes to help build confidence and strength in a safe way.  Thanks again PTO!!



Photo/Video Gallery:  Check out our students in action in the Gym! Photos/Videos coming soon!


About Quality Physical Education Programs

Quality physical programs recognize and develop individual needs and talents through creative movement experiences to ensure that students achieve their personal best and develop in a positive , responsible and cooperative environment. A highly effective program will help students build a foundation for developing lifelong wellness skills that encourage a desire for continued participation in physical activity.  Through their active engagement in our program students will:


  • Understand movement concepts and dem- onstrate movement patterns.
  • Understand and master, or show progress toward mastery, in the four components of physical fitness as defined by the Connecti- cut Physical Fitness Assessment.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to par- ticipate in cooperative learning activities.
  • Respect and show appreciation for the dif- ferences among people.
  • Understand the process of critical thinking through inquiry, problem solving, and self- evaluation.
  • Choose to participate in physical activities outside of the physical education program.
  • Experience fun and success!!


What will my child learn in physical education class?

Body Management

  • Skills that involve locomotor movements such as walking, running, hopping, jumping and non-locomotor movements such as twisting, stretching, balancing, and supporting.


  • Actions such as throwing, catching, and striking that directly enhance coordination skills and dexterity in handling small equipment, such as balls, hoops, and ropes.

Physical Fitness

  • Activities that help improve flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular endurance.

Educational Gymnastics

  • Body management skills in relationship to large apparatus including climbing, balancing, hanging, and supporting. 

Educational Dance

  • Traditional dance patterns such as folk, line, square dances, rhythmic activities, and creative dance.

Adventure Education

  • Activities that encourage a sense of interpersonal confidence, mutual support within a group, and the enjoyment of cooperative learning.


How should my child dress for class?

Appropriate clothing for physical education classes should allow the child to move freely, comfortably, and safely.  SNEAKERS ARE VERY IMPORTANT on PE Days. Examples of appropriate clothing include:

  • Jogging pants, shorts, t-shirt
  • Sneakers (not Crocs or sandals)


How often will my child have physical education each week?

K -3rd Grade: Two 30 minute sessions

4-5th Grade: Two 45 minute sessions


When does my child’s class have physical education?

Doyle: Tues-Thurs

Gannon: Wed-Thurs

Gagnon: Tues –Thurs

Bougor: Tues-Thur

Pildis: Mon-Wed

Farquhar: Mon-Tues

Atwood: Mon-Fri

Green: Mon-Thur

Hansen: Mon-Thur

Roland: Mon-Fri

Bagley: Mon-Tues

Slitt: Mon-Tues

Zafinna: Mon-Tue

Phelan: Thur-Fri

Cherny: Thur-Fri

DiPietro: Wed-Thur

Zyskowski: Wed-Fri

Czernicki: Tue-Fri

Norden: Wed-Fri

Weber: Tues-Wed


Upcoming Events

  • August 2017
    • WedAug30 First Day of School
  • September 2017
    • FriSep01 Kindergarten and New Family Social/Primary Playground 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • MonSep04 Labor Day/No School
    • ThuSep07 Ice Cream Social/Cafe 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • ThuSep14 Curriculum Night 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


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