March 1, 2020
Posted on 03/01/2020

Dear CCE Community,

I wanted to let you all know that I will be away the week of March 9-March 13. I have arranged to have Administrator Designee, Kerin Kelleher, to serve as Principal of César Chávez Elementary this week while I am away. Ms. Kelleher has worked for DJUSD for over 25 years and retired as the Harper Junior High Principal in 2019. Please welcome Ms. Kelleher to CCE, and see you all when I get back on March 16!

The next Principal Dunn Update will be submitted on March 15.
Querida comunidad de CCE,

Quería hacerles saber a todos que estaré fuera la semana del 9 al 13 de marzo. He arreglado que la Administradora Designee, Kerin Kelleher, sirva como Directora de la Primaria César Chávez esta semana mientras estoy fuera. La Sra. Kelleher ha trabajado para DJUSD durante más de 25 años y se ha retirado como directora de secundaria Harper en 2019. ¡Por favor denle la bienvenida a Sra. Kelleher, y nos vemos a todos cuando regrese el 16 de marzo!

La próxima actualización de Principal Dunn se enviará el 15 de marzo.


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5th Grade Field Trip to the California State Museum and State Capital

About 90, 5th grade students visited the California State Museum and the State Capital last Thursday. At the state museum the students participated in the, Time of Remembrance Tour, where they learned through first-hand accounts of Japanese American docents who experience life behind barbed wire during WWII. In the afternoon the students enjoyed a visit to the historic State Capital where they actually sat in the seats where assembly women and assembly men sit in the legislature!

Important Updates

CCE Parent Engagement Survey – School Site Council NEEDS Your Support

The CCE School Site Council appreciates and values your feedback. The results of this survey will assist in the design of programs and services for the current and following school years.

Each parent can take the survey for each of his/her children. E.g., for a family with two parents/legal guardians and 2 children at CCE, 4 surveys can be submitted.

CCE Move-A-Thon Next week, March 4 (Kindergarten) and March 6 (1st-6th)

Our annual Move-A-Thon school wide event is approaching fast…next week! 6th grade students will be collaborating to make posters and visit classrooms to advertise and support this super fun event. We hope that our CCE community and families can help in many ways to either volunteer at the Move-A-Thon and/or support this important fundraising event. Funds from our CCE Move-A-Thon directly support our school programs and student learning. Please see our weekly Highlights mentioned above about last week’s 4th grade Wintun presentation and 6th grade Science Digital Microscopes. We are so grateful for SIPAT for organizing this event for our students!

Foss Science Obsolete Materials

As teachers clean out Foss adopted science unused consumable materials, anything left over will then be offered to parents; we are following district protocol. The materials will be first offered to staff March 3-5 in the library. Parents can look through and select materials in the MPR during school hours March 11-18. After March 18th, materials will be boxed up and sent to the district office.

2020 UC Davis Picnic Day Parade on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

This is our second time participating in the parade. Please join our school's walking delegation as we celebrate the enriched experience our bilingual and multicultural education program offers to our families. Last year, more than 70 CCE students and parents represented our school community. If our delegation gets a similar spot in the parade lineup as last year (14 out of approximately 80), this is what it would be like:

  1. All CCE family participants must arrive to UCD by 9:15 am. You are welcome to arrive earlier since we will have activities for children (e.g. flag making). We would ask some parent volunteers to arrive at 8:30 am to secure our spot,
  2. The parade officially starts at 10:00 am,
  3.  The parade’s walking distance is approximately 1.6 miles.
  4. Our delegation would reach the finish line around 10:40 am.
  5. After 10:40 am, you and your family can watch the rest of the parade or head to some of the activities on campus.

Bikes, skates, rollerblades, and electric scooters are not allowed; however, strollers, pull-along wagons, and non-electric shooters are allowed.

If you and your family are planning to join us, please fill out your participation form and sign a waiver (available in the main office) by March 11, 2020 at 3:00pm. For more information please contact Agustin Antunez, SIPAT, CCE Picnic Day Parade coordinator at or visit our website.

Upcoming Events visit our online calendar for more details

March 4 – Kindergarten Move-A-Thon, 11:00-11:30 a.m. in the Kinder Playground, Sponsored by SIPAT

March 6 – Move-A-Thon, 1st-6th grades, on the CCE Playground

March 9 – Kindergarten Enrollment, 8:00-2:00 p.m., MPR

March 16-March 20 – Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Week, 1st-6th grade dismissal 1:30 p.m. all
week, Kindergarten schedule remains the same.

March 19 – Principal Presentation: Safe & Inclusive Environments, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., MPR

March 24 – CCE Climate Committee Meeting, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Rm 22, Library

March 25 – School Site Council Meeting, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Rm 22, Library

March 31 – CCE Open House, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Classroom Open

April 1 – César Chávez Day School wide Collaborative, Project-Based & Community Service Learning Day

DJUSD Coronavirus Update

Information about the Coronavirus/COVID-19 is being regularly updated on the CDC and Yolo County websites as well as on our DJUSD Health Services website.

General Reminders for staying healthy during the cold and flu season

If your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including Coronavirus and Flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Additional information about student illness and when to keep students home can be found at the DJUSD Illness webpage.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated every year

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

Davis Joint Unified School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have questions about these topics, please contact or your school office.

-DJUSD Public Information Office

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