Fitness Program

Fitness Corner

In 2009 our PTA supported programs were awarded the Silver Medal from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for the 2008-2009 school year (under Governor Schwarzenegger).

Several fitness related programs are supported by the PTA. Please see the information below on programs for 2018-2019.

Kids in Motion Physical Fitness Program

This standards-based programming serves all students at North Davis Elementary from Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade. There are three separate programs for the various grade/developmental levels. These include the T/K and Kindergarten program, the Primary program (grades 1-3), and the Intermediate program (grades 4-6). During the fitness sessions students move through a variety of age/developmentally appropriate fitness activities in small groups.

T/K and Kindergarten programming occurs on Wednesdays during grade level rotations. These sessions are 30 minutes in length and work with one class at a time. We will need a parent coordinator and parent volunteers for this program.

Mrs. Heeren

The Primary program occurs on Fridays. First grade meets during their grade level rotations for 30-minute sessions (serving up to 25 students each session). Second and Third grade each come out as an entire grade level. Students are divided into groups to allow them access to the equipment and individualized instruction during the fitness activities. Groups rotate through up to six activities each week. Sessions are approximately 50 minutes in length for these larger groups. As part of the primary curriculum, students are exposed to the BOSU balance trainer, working with Mrs. Heeren on a variety of balance and cardio activities for three weeks in early spring. Second grade parent Lori Carlson is coordinating the Primary fitness program this year. We need parent volunteers to run these activities each week. Contact your child’s classroom teacher. THIS year interested 6th grade students are assisting with the 1st grade fitness sessions as part of a new fitness mentoring program.

The Intermediate grades work on skill-based activities which include: Overhand throwing (baseball/softball/football), Racquet sports (tennis/badminton), Fitness testing (mile run, flexibility, abdominal strength/endurance, upper body strength, lower back flexibility/upper back strength), Blacktop ball games (dodgeball, pogo, 4-square), Basketball, Frisbee, Volleyball, Kicking/Trapping (soccer), Track and Field. Each unit has its own set of lesson plans and equipment. Classroom teachers have access to three units each during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Teachers coordinate with their grade level as well as work within their own classrooms on the various fitness activities and lessons.

Fifth Grade California State Fitness Testing

Mrs. Heeren will instruct/train all 5th grade students as they work on improving their personal best records for the mile run, sit and reach, abdominal curl ups, pushups/pull ups, and trunk extension. 

Fencing Instruction

At North Davis Elementary our fifth grade students participate in a 3-session fencing unit  as part of our physical fitness programming. We are fortunate to have Simon Pitfield from the Davis Fencing Academy provide the instruction with support from classroom teachers and parent volunteers. Students learn the basics of fencing foot work during their first session (first position, “en garde”, advances, retreats, “extend” and lunges). During the second and third sessions, students suit up in vests, gloves and masks working with partners as they “lunge”, “parry”, and “riposte” with foils. We have been fortunate to offer this program since November 2007.

Jump Rope Club

Students can join Mrs. Tessier and Mrs. Heeren every Wednesday at lunch recess to learn jump rope skills. There is no sign up required to participate and students can stay for as little or as long as they like. We work on individual rope skills, such as backward, criss-cross, and double unders, as well as partner jumping, such as rainbow and Chinese Wheel, and group jumping, such as Double Dutch. We have several new students each week, learning new to jumping skills! Come see the end of the year assembly when we showcase students’ skills!

We can always use parent help! Please contact Kristen Muir or stop by if you are on campus and want to assist.

Running Club

Primary students can join Mr. Yeaman (and parent volunteers) each Tuesday and Thursday from 2:35-3:05 (on fair weather days) for a fun after school running experience, beginning mid-September. This is a great opportunity for additional exercise, to meet new friends, as well as to learn to run for longer distances in a friendly and fun environment. Students work on building to an accumulative Marathon by the end of the school year. A parent permission form is required, so please check in with Mr. Yeaman or the office prior to having your student attend for more specifics.

Active Transportation

National Walk and Bike to School Day!

The National Center for Safe Routes to School’s National Walk and Bike to school day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, 2019. This day is dedicated to using your body to get to school (no cars). Scanning Program

We currently have close to 300 students registered to scan. If you are not yet registered, come see us at the scanning station each morning 8:00-8:30 with any questions. Sign up forms are always available in the office.

Who can participate?

Any student who walks or bikes to school can participate. Students can be dropped off at the Davis Arts Center or at the end of 14th St to participate.  This counts!

How does it work?

Students must be registered to participate. Once registered, students receive a barcode scanner (like those used at gyms). Each day a student walks or bikes to school he/she goes to the scanning station at the lunch tables near the bike racks to have his/her barcode scanned. Once scanned in, you receive an email or text (if interested) letting you know your child’s barcode has been scanned (they have arrived safely to school).

How do I register my student?

Parents can register their students online.

Once registered, print out the form, sign it and turn it in to receive a barcode scanner.

We registered/participated last year…what now?

If you still have your barcode card from last year, please reuse that and we can get your student registered into their current class. If you lost your card, we can issue a new one.

Where does my student go to scan?

We are set up at the lunch tables closest to the bike racks near 14th Street. This is where we are able to gain internet access for our computers.

Please do NOT contact the front office with any questions related to this program. This is a PTA program. For more information please e-mail Michelle Livingston.




North Davis Elementary PTA
555 E. 14th Street
Davis, CA 95616
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