Physical Skills Development

Physical Skills Development

2017 Ski Information and Forms

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Outdoor sports in all seasons

At TGS, Physical Skills Development is a key component to the academic, social, and ethical foundation of our children. TGS is a community that wants to engage our students in the joy of physical activity and educate them to the lifelong benefits it provides.  We want to help them understand, care for, and respect their physical health.

PSD is taught in an encouraging and individualized environment geared for fun at every grade level. We know physical development varies within grade levels, and we revere the concept of “personal best.” It fosters self-esteem and goal setting, and honors personal growth. Our program emphasizes cooperation over competitiveness. We also monitor and use elements of the Presidential Fitness Test in 1st -8th grades as a bench mark for a child’s overall fitness. We foster cooperation, team building, and good sportsmanship as developmentally appropriate.  PSD is held two to three times a week, depending on the season.

XC skiing vermontUnique to TGS, our winter PSD program is cross-country skiing and has been since our founding in 1960. It demonstrates our desire to bring the classroom outdoors, utilize our ample 60 acre campus, and endorse green activities. Over the years, TGS has introduced skiing to a great number of students; many have flourished in high school, and gone on to excel at collegiate and international levels!

During our winter semester, Tuesday afternoons are dedicated to skiing, both Nordic and Alpine. Our Nordic skiers visit Grafton Ponds while our Alpine skiers and snowboarders travel to Okemo Mountain. These two ski programs include an hour of instruction and then plenty of time to ski or board with friends and family.

Winter Gear for Outside Fun


At The Grammar School, our students are outside a lot. They need to have the proper clothing to keep them warm and comfortable. Wearing the right gear is essential to a happy kid! What they wear for a trip at Okemo is going to be different than what they wear for cross country skiing, which is different than what they might wear at recess. Also, some XC skiers may not warm up as quickly as others, so they will need more layers.


On cold days children should put Vaseline (or similar product) on exposed portions of their faces to avoid frostbite when they go outside. Please send a container of Vaseline for your child to keep in his/her cubby. The teachers of the younger students can always help!


Below are some suggestions for some of the proper clothing to send to school with your child.


Nordic Skiing

Dress in layers and avoid cotton baselayers or socks. Children get warm cross country skiing, and should have extra layers that they can tie around their waists while skiing.

  • Winter hat
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Wool socks (cotton socks are a bad idea)
  • Long underwear
  • Lightweight ski pants or snowpants
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Sweater or fleece to wear under jacket


Downhill Skiing

If your child is signed up for Okemo, he/she needs to be prepared for the varied weather that the mountain gives. The base at Jackson Gore can be quite different than the summit, and the ride to the top can be a cold one!

  • Dress in layers and wear a warm layer under parka and snowpants
  • Ski helmet
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles
  • Warm mittens
  • Warm socks
  • long underwear
  • Snowpants
  • Warm insulated windproof jacket or parka
  • Sweater or fleece to wear under parka




During recess, a lot of the students are sledding, while others strap on their cross country gear to get in even more time on their skis. There are some items that are a must – for example, kids aren’t allowed to sled unless they have snowpants. Obviously, knowing your child and what they tend to do will help make sure they have the proper gear.

Things that make sense at a winter recess:

  • Winter hat
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Snowpants
  • Winter jacket
  • Winter boots


After School Sports

Soccer and XC Running

TGS offers students the opportunity to participate in after school sports throughout the school year. In the fall, K-2nd graders may sign up for soccer practice once a week, and 3rd-8th grade soccer players have practice and games with other schools twice a week. XC running practices and meets are open to all K-8th graders. During the season, TGS hold two running meets that are attended by students from eight area schools.

Winter After School Ski Program

Cross-country skiing has been part of winter sports at TGS since the school was founded, when many students had the chance to ski to school. TGS hosted the local Bill Koch Cross-Country Ski League at the school for over 25 years.  BKL practices are held twice a week after school at local venues throughout the winter for all interested students in the area. In addition, there is a racing program for skiers who wish to take their skills to a higher level.

Winter Ski Information for Okemo and Grafton

Spring Sports

A variety of sports are offered after school in the spring at TGS, including trail running, mountain biking, Frisbee, and lacrosse.

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