December 8, 2019
Posted on 12/08/2019
Our Dear César Chávez Families,

Our sincerest gratitude to all of you for supporting César Chávez Elementary last week. We especially appreciate all the coordination and efforts pulled together by our DJUSD Crisis and Prevention Team, Sra. Flores with DJUSD Counselors, Mental Health Clinicians, CommuniCare of Yolo County, CCE & District Teachers/Staff and Parents to help us through grief and healing for our school.

As you can imagine, we are all in various stages of coping with the tragedy we have faced as a community. As a result, we must remember there will be different needs that will be addressed now and into 2020. For this update, I attempted to list a few needs that will help teachers and students during these upcoming weeks before Winter Break and into the new year.

Your generosity and positive spirits truly lift us up. Thank you so much for staying so strong and caring for us all.
Yours sincerely, Sra. Dunn

Ways to Help our School

Paraeducator I – Bilingual (Kindergarten-3rd grade)
Our school is searching for a bilingual candidate interested in working Monday through Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (10 hrs/week) in our “Push-In” Guided Reading program. Site Training is available. The school position is posted on our District Website here, or by

CCE Substitutes NEEDED!

Our district is experiencing a substitute teacher shortage which is impacting our teachers and students. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher in our district, we encourage you to access information from this link and work with DJUSD Personnel services to find opportunities to work at your child’s/children’s schools.

Parent Expert Classroom or Grade-Level Lessons or Presentations

Parents who have special expertise , or talents and would like to offer a 30 to 45-minute lesson or presentation to their child’s classroom or grade-level would be greatly appreciated! Please reach out to a teacher for coordination.

Food For Healing

Our staff came together all week 8:10-10:45 a.m. for nutritious breakfasts, and catered or homemade luncheons during our 40-min lunch period in the Staff Room. We thank SIPAT, School Site Council and families for providing coffee, breakfast, lunch and fresh fruit baskets all week! It brought our staff together in community; we could gather and remind ourselves of whole-nourishment during these trying times. It was especially thoughtful to accommodate dietary needs and a vast assortment of food items.
If there is any way our parents can continue this support, our staff would greatly appreciate this to get us through the next two weeks and into the new year.
o Coffee and Tea 1-2 week
o Fresh Fruit from your trees; citrus is popular
o Luncheons 1-3 during these next two week, and only Wednesdays in 2020.
o All and anything helps!

Self-Care Resources & Support

School teachers and staff are trying to focus on doing their best to support their students, families and colleagues. The need to take care of ourselves and our own families is a focus, too, though many find themselves falling short of balancing life during this tragedy, or utilizing opportunities to find time or resources to practice self-care. If you think you can help in this department, please reach out to the members in our community to help bridge a connection with school staff. Any help with this is appreciated.

Important Updates

DJUSD Bond Program & CCE MPR Meeting Postponed for January 2020

During this time, you can still access the latest information regarding CCE MPR Design, placement and Bond Project Status and Timeline at this link on the DJUSD website. Parent feedback is welcomed and can be provided by either filling out a post card in our office, or send to You can also subscribe to the DJUSD Bond Program e-newsletter by visiting the website

Upcoming Events visit our online calendar for more details

December 10, 2019 – Climate Committee Meeting, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Rm 22, Library

December 23 – Jan 3 – Winter Break

*January 6, 2020 – School Resumes for ALL Elementary Schools
*Senior High School Teacher Work Day. No school for students at DSHS, Da Vinci High, King and DSIS.
January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No school and District Office closed.
January 7, 2020 – English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
January 15, 2020 – School Site Council Meeting, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Rm 22, Library
January 20, 2020 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No school and District Office closed.
*January 27, 2020 -
*Junior High Teacher Work Day. No school for all junior high students.
February 3 - 7 - Week of the Counselor.
February 10 - Lincoln’s Birthday. No school and District Office closed.
February 17 - President’s Day. No school and District Office closed.

Davis Parent University: Save the Date - January 8, 2020 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Reserve your FREE tickets now for renowned educator, Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD, author of Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach To Parenting In the Digital Age. To reserve free tickets and view past lectures, go to

Our Mission

To develop socially responsible lifelong learners who embrace multiculturalism, Spanish and English biliteracy and bilingualism.

Stay Updated

Keeping our community informed about happenings on our campus is a priority to our staff. Read my regular updates at “Principal News” and visit our online Chávez Calendar.

Share your Voice and Talents

At Chavez we are so fortunate to have such a loving and engaged community. Find out more about volunteering or what meetings and opportunities are happening by participating in one or more of our regular committee meetings. Learn more under “Committees” tab on our school website


Spanish Immersion Parents and Teachers (SIPAT) - our PTA - provides a forum for our entire school community to discuss school issues and priorities, plan school enrichment programs, and raise funds to support our school community. Visit them at