October 13, 2019
Dear CCE Families,
We have completed the first 6-weeks of the 2019-2020 school year, well done!
Many César Chávez teachers cleverly integrate Math (number sense) into their daily calendar activities with their students either using the 100s grid, Base 10 blocks, money, or simply counting up or counting down the number of school days that we have completed or still need to complete in our 180-day academic school calendar. One class counted “32 days complete!”, another “68 more days to celebrate the 100th day!”, and finally an intermediate class “148 more days until the last day of school” – ha, that made me laugh.
Count up or down
Count Up or Count Down?
Teachers and I can all agree there is never enough time in a day to complete all the tasks we hope to accomplish to make the learning and teaching experience both joyful and productive. The work will always be there, and we watch the clock and count our days until our 1st trimester ends and Parent-Teacher Conferences begin--Wow, that means 23 days to Conference Week!
Recent Highlights
bike campaign
2nd Grade partnered with The Bike Campaign
Second grade classes in the Fall (Oct-Ramos & Chavez) and Spring (April-Cain & Dopico) are working with The Bike Campaign’s PE Biking Skills Curriculum. Last week 2nd graders were taught bike riding skills (with no training wheels), proper bike and helmet fitting, maintaining a working bike, rules of the road and how to ride with a group. The Bike Campaign organization utilizes their very own PE curriculum to teach these skills. In addition, they provide enough bikes and helmets for the students. This is a new experience to our school and students, and we are having fun working with our local partners to promote bicycle riding in our Davis community.

String class
Strings! We are off and running!
We would like to welcome Strings Teacher, Lydia Cooley, new to our school though not to the district, this school year! She has a passion for teaching beginning to advanced 4th, 5th, and 6th graders the violin, the viola, the cello and has extensive training in Education Through Music (ETM). The students are doing a wonderful job learning new skills and remembering to bring and to pick up their instruments and folders. Thank you parents and school staff for your support and extra reminders regarding Strings Classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons! J Please save the date: Our winter concert will take place on February 4th at 6:30 PM, at Brunelle Theater, Performance Hall at Davis High School.

mindfulness workshop
Mindfulness Workshop
CCE Students in 1st-3rd grades have been participating each Thursday afterschool in Mindfulness sessions facilitated by a Mindfulness trainer in partnership with Davis High School students. CCE students are learning how to practice Mindfulness by managing one’s attention, focus, time, stress and emotions in a positive and productive way.

Tourette Syndrome Educator Training
Last Tuesday, eight CCE educators participated in this remarkable training with a Tourette Association of America Representative. Teachers received a toolkit with additional resources to help us understand how to better support students with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders to thrive both socially and academically in the classroom and at school.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Parent Education Night
Thank you to the 10 parents who attended last Thursday’s Parent Education Night regarding our DJUSD and CCE MTSS school-wide initiative. MTSS is a systems approach that will help us better understand problems and establish better use of our current resources. MTSS eliminates the “wait to fail” situation and provides a proactive, supportive and preventative academic, behavior and social-emotional framework. To learn more about MTSS please visit djusd.net About/Initiatives MTSS webpage.

Important Updates
Share your voice and ideas! View the current schematic design for the future CCE Multipurpose room. Two opportunities next week:
1. Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the CCE MPR-Architects and District staff will lead an open public meeting for the CCE community to discuss the future CCE MPR. All staff, parents and community members are invited to attend. (note this meeting follows an already scheduled CCE Climate Committee meeting (6:00 to 7:00 pm that same evening.)
2. Wednesday, October 16, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., in the CCE MPR. District Staff and Architects will again be available for another opportunity to learn about the project, view schematic designs, and share your feedback.

For background information about the DJUSD Bond Program including the current schematic design for the future CCE multipurpose room, please visit www.djusd.net/bondprogram. Parents, staff or members of the public who cannot attend or would like to provide feedback on this project or other efforts of the Bond Program can email facilityplanning@djusd.net.

Responsive Classroom
In March 2019, SIPAT and two amazing parent CCE Auction Coordinators, helped raise $21,000 to support Teacher Professional Development for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) from Responsive Classroom (RC). The RC curriculum has arrived and our librarian is helping to build our SEL teacher resources. The next phase is to schedule a series of weekend trainings this winter, or a 4-day training in late Spring/early Summer with RC trainers skilled in this research-based teaching approach that gives teachers practical tools and strategies in four areas—engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness— that are interrelated and are all crucial to student success. Learn more about the Responsive Classroom and PBIS approaches that will help support our MTSS framework during our three to six-year implementation process.

The Great California Shakeout
CCE and all DJUSD schools will be participating in The Great CA Shakeout Earthquake Drill this Thursday, October 17.
Trick or treat
Trick or Treat for UNICEF Campaign
K-6th teachers will be participating in fun Math Activities to promote our 2019 Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Be on the lookout for UNICEF boxes that will be distributed in the upcoming weeks. We’re so proud that last year César Chávez students raised a record-breaking $3150, a 35% increase over the prior year. This was matched by anonymous donors for a total of over $9,450! In total, Davis kids raised over $48,000 last year. UNICEF tells us that the Davis campaign is one of the strongest in the U.S.!

Upcoming Events visit our online calendar for more details
October 15 Climate Committee, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Rm 22 (Library)
October 15 Future MPR Parent Outreach Meeting 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m., MPR
October 16 Future MPR Parent Outreach Meeting 2, 1:30-3:00 p.m., MPR
October 16- School Site Council meeting, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Rm 22 (Library)
October 16- DPU Parent lecture event at Brunelle Theatre, Davis Senior High (see below)
October 17- SIPAT meeting
October 23 – Dia de los muertos event at Redwood Park 1:30-4:00p
Davis Parent University - Katherine Reynolds Lewis, October 16th, 7-9pm. Davis Parent University (DPU) is a free lecture series with nationally renowned authors that provides tips & tools for raising healthy, well-balanced children and teens. Why attend DPU? Watch this one minute video - you may see some familiar faces! https://youtu.be/MWIo3jMXr2Y On October 16th, don’t miss Katherine Reynolds Lewis, award winning independent journalist, speaker and author. Go to www.davisparentuniversity.com to learn more and to reserve your FREE tickets. Space is limited.
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Arrival to School
o Please do not send your children to school or drop them off before 8:10 a.m.
o Parents are responsible for the safety of their children prior to 8:10 a.m.
o There is no supervision on campus for students prior to 8:10 a.m.
o Any unsupervised students who arrive prior to 8:10 a.m. will be directed to the school office until the 8:10 a.m. bell rings.
o Any unsupervised students who arrive prior to 8:10 a.m. will be directed to the school office until the 8:10 a.m. bell rings. Otherwise, parents are responsible for the safety of their children prior to 8:10 a.m.
o School begins promptly at 8:10 a.m. where playground and parking lot supervision is provided by CCE staff.
o Kindergarten students may report directly to their classrooms with parent or guardian supervision (there is no supervision in the Kindergarten Playground).
o All other students in grades 1st-6th may report to the playground between 8:10-8:25 a.m. where CCE teachers help supervise safe arrival.
o NEW this school year is the 8:23 a.m. “2-minute bell” which is a series of repeated bell tones indicating that 2 minutes remain before the 8:25 a.m. commencement bell rings.
o We respectfully ask parents to allow for their child to transition independently during this 2-minute period as many teachers are trying to foster both self-reliance and classroom interdependence.
o Parent Volunteers or Visitors must check into the office to register your ID with our Raptor System to receive a campus pass on every visit.
o If your child arrives after the 8:25 a.m. bell, they must check into the office to receive a late pass.
o After 8:25 a.m., we encourage parents to walk their child to the office. Parents who want to walk their child to their classroom after 8:25 a.m. ¬¬still need to check into our Raptor System to accompany their child.
o Our Campus Safety Supervisor is available at the morning start to help assist and ensure your child safely arrives to school and class.
No personal balls, toys, games/cards from home are allowed at school. The school is in the process of purchasing new recess equipment, an art cart with art supplies, and various board/card games as alternative play options for students during recess times.
Make-up picture day for Chávez will be October 22. If your student did not get a chance to have their photos taken, or wish to re-take due to a missed day, please have them drop by the front office to pick up a picture day form. You can also order from mylifetouch.com.

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/