February 9, 2020
Posted on 02/09/2020

Dear CCE Families,

No school tomorrow: Monday, February 10 – Local Holiday, Lincoln’s Birthday Observed

Damaged, Lost or Stolen Items

As a K-6 elementary school with large enrollment, we do our best to find or recover students’ lost or stolen belongings. Though, César Chávez Elementary shall not be liable for any damaged, lost or stolen personal items. Please check the school’s lost and found located near the MPR during school hours. Furthermore, school policy does not allow the school’s custodian, office staff or teachers to open the MPR or classrooms, especially if the teacher is not present in their classroom.


Last week, there were two reports of theft from intermediate (4th-6th grade) students’ backpacks where lunch or backpack keychains were taken during the school day in the intermediate wing. Please encourage your child to report theft immediately to their teacher and office staff if they suspect something has been taken from their backpack.

bike tide to a tree


In addition, it is important that CCE students and parents who bike to school park and lock their bicycles in the bike racks on Anderson Road or at the back of the school. Please do not lock your bikes along the Kindergarten Fence or on poles or trees around school campus. We are in the process of securing more bike racks for our campus to ensure there are enough spaces for students and visitors. In 2019, there were three CCE student bicycles stolen during the school day on Anderson Road.

Personal Cell Phones and Smart Watches

Students may use technology for educational purposes using District Technology assigned to César Chávez Elementary School. However, students who bring their personal cell phones or wear “Smart” watches to school are responsible for the devices they bring to school and if they are damaged, lost or stolen.
Once school begins, we ask that all personal electronics be turned off during school hours. If phones or other devices are used at any time during the school day, staff may confiscate the device. We want students to be engaged in learning. Texting, messaging, social media, photo messaging and other uses can cause a variety of disruption and distraction in a classroom and on campus.

  • Should parents and guardians need to communicate with their student, they may contact the front office OR a student may come to the front office to use their device or the office phone to communicate.
  • If a student violates the policy:
  1.  First offense, the device will be returned to the student at the end of the school day.
  2. Second offense, the parent must come and pick up the device.
  3. Third offense, the parent must come and pick up the device and meet with administration to develop a plan moving forward.
  4. All other violations will be addressed by the district policy for progressive discipline.

Musical Instruments

School staff does their best to store musical instruments that students have left behind either in a classroom or in the school office. Again, the school is not liable for the instrument and once staff or teacher is gone for the school day, student must wait the next day to pick up their instrument.


orchestrakids playing violin

Tuesday Night Strings Concert at Brunelle

Over 80 students performed at our CCE Strings Concert lead by Strings Music teacher and maestro, Lydia Cooley. Sra. Cooley praised the students for all their hard work as well as the parents for encouraging their child to practice each week!

students in robotics students in robotics in library

CCE Robotics Club – 6th grade

Last week, César Chávez Elementary teacher, Katie Williams, two Davis High School/Citrus Circuits student volunteers and about twelve 6th grade students met for the first time to build and program VEX-IQ Robots to prepare for the DJUSD Spring Elementary Robotics Club. The CCE Robotics Club is multi-funded by DJUSD and SIPAT. The club meets once a week in the CCE library.

group of students in recess
4th grade student leaders support PBIS

There are more student leadership opportunities for CCE students now that we are in our second year of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). These 4th grade students have been helping our lunch supervisor, Pete, with helping 1st graders practice the expected “Lobo Listo” behaviors when walking down hallways and out to lunch recess…these hall monitors, Grace, Bradley, Trina, Ellie Kiera, Willa, Elise and Julia are SUPER LOBOS!

the climate reality project logo
Climate Reality Project visits our school UC Davis

Members of the UC Davis Climate Reality Project lead a variety of interactive environmental education activities in 1st through 6th grade classrooms. The UCD student group aspire to connect with local youth audiences and provide them with a unique educational experience relating to climate change and broader environmental issues. They presented climate change related issues in an exciting and interactive way, by making connections between the climate crisis and the student’s own lives. Their goal was to empower our students to believe in the importance of their own actions and understand that they can have a significant positive impact on the environment.

drum circle event
Drum Circle with Mamadou

Many parents and students came out on Friday after school to enjoy the African rhythm of drums and dancing with Mamadou Traore (CCE Parent Alum). Thank you to the César Chávez Elementary School Climate Committee for coordinating this school wide event.

Important Updates

Parent Engagement Night 2020

DJUSD invites all parents and family members, Davis community members and DJUSD staff to attend Parent Engagement Night. This is an opportunity for all to learn more about the student experience and what is happening in Davis Joint Unified. For more information and to RSVP for this exciting event, please visit the Parent Engagement Night website.

DJUSD is Assembling an Ethnic Studies Task Force

Learning experiences in Ethnic Studies can foster self love, empowerment, community, solidarity, and hope in a way that is responsive to ALL of OUR students. DJUSD is currently looking for students, family members, staff and community members to participate in an Ethnic Studies Task Force. This Task Force will meet four times throughout Spring of 2020 to research the following driving question: How can Ethnic Studies best meet the needs of our students? Task Force findings will be presented to the Board of Education in June 2020. For more information about the Ethnic Studies Task Force, including how to sign-up, please visit our Ethnic Studies website.

Upcoming Events visit our online calendar for more details
February 10 - Lincoln’s Birthday. No school and District Office closed.
February 13 – Kindergarten Information Night, 6:00-7:30 p.m., MPR
February 14 – Kindergarten Tours for Prospective Kinder Families, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
February 17 - President’s Day. No school and District Office closed.
February 21 – Kindergarten Tours for Prospective Kinder Families, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
February 17 - President’s Day. No school and District Office closed.
February 25 – Parent Engagement Night, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the All Student Center, DHS

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 www.cesarchavez.djusd.net.


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 http://www.ccesipat.com/