October 6, 2019
Posted on 10/07/2019
Sra. DunnOctober 6, 2019

Dear César Chávez Families,

Every day I am thankful for the opportunity to lead this amazing school and for the smiles and energy your children bring to our lives. We are so proud of the wonderful things happening in our classrooms and on our campus and it is my intention to begin providing regular updates to our community so you can stay informed on topics of interest. I appreciate all the individual emails and feedback, and I hope these regular updates will help provide much of the information you seek about our school and program. Of course, you can always make an appointment at my office or with your child’s teacher if you have issues of concern to discuss about your child.

Thanks for the well-wishes!
I want to especially thank all of the parents who have sent their support and well-wishes. As many of you know, I was in a recent running accident that left me with a fractured rib and black eye. I can’t tell you how much the smiles, hugs and support from staff and families have improved my recovery time. I feel so lucky.
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Here is a brief update on what’s happening on campus and watch for these regular updates in your email box.

Recent Highlights
Clima Strike
CCE Student’s Civic & Cultural Awareness – It was so exciting to see CCE students on September 20 at 1:30p, lead a peaceful and engaging assembly on campus to build student awareness of Global Climate Change. This was a wonderful opportunity to empower our students and support their Civic & Cultural Awareness, which is an important learning outcome in our DJUSD Graduate Profile. Students and staff who wish to lead an organized activity on campus are encouraged to speak with me so I can help coordinate and facilitate a safe space for student voice and voluntary activity during school hours.

Safety Week Recap
Over the course of the week 9/23-9/27, students and staff participated in a series of emergency drills to practice procedures that we would use in an actual urgent situation. Each drill was performed successfully by all the students with their classroom teachers. We will continue practicing evacuation/fire drills each month. You may refer to our DJUSD or CCE websites to access the Emergency Information Sheet for Families.

MTSS in our School
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework that builds the capacity to support ALL students in being successful. MTSS is a comprehensive framework that addresses the academic, behavioral (PBIS), & social-emotional learning (SEL) in a fully integrated system of support. Our goal at CCE is to build a universal design for learning, provide targeted instruction, intervention and supports for classroom and school-wide PBIS and SEL in a bilingual program. To learn more about MTSS, all parents are invited to attend our Parent Engagement Night this Thursday, October 10, 6:30-7:30pm.
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PBIS Assemblies
We strive to improve our safety measures and overall school climate by teaching students the importance of safety and inclusivity during our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) assemblies each Friday. We focus on the PBIS 5-Core Values of Cesar Chavez Elementary, CARES. At CCE we practice Cooperation, Adaptability, Responsibility, Empathy and Safety. While we are only in our second year of developing our PBIS framework, and adapting our CCE Student and Family Handbook to reflect our 5-Core Values, CARES, which we hope to publish at the end of this month.
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School Custodian Day
On Wednesday we celebrated our fabulous school custodians, Mirna “Bea” Olvera and Emma Villagomez. We can’t thank Emma enough for what she does every day for our campus, classrooms, students and staff. Please show her your appreciation when you see her at school!

Important Updates
Attendance and Tardiness – The importance of Attendance cannot be overstated! It is the #1 predictor of student’s academic success. You may learn more about Truancy Levels on our district’s Attendance Matters website.
Short Term Independent Study (STIS) – Minimum enrollment is 5 school days – Maximum is 10 consecutive school days. Any parent or guardian may enroll by requesting and signing the STIS form at the office. Please give your child’s classroom teacher at least 1 weeks’ notice or more so that the teacher can prepare a sufficient study plan for the days the student will be out on STIS.
Using school telephones and cell phone use – Students may receive permission from the teacher to use the school office phone for valid reasons. We ask that students with cell phones or smart watches refrain from using their phones/watches during the school day. They may keep their cell phones in their backpacks on mute so that classroom lessons flow in an uninterrupted manner and students reap the full benefit of instruction.

5th grade teacher     5th grade teacher
We are thrilled to introduce to you, our newly hired César Chávez Teachers who will join our 5th grade team for the 2019-2020 school year! iBienvenidos, Sra. Anderson y Sr. Ibarra Salas! Their first day will be this Monday, October 7, 2019, and they will partner teach together this school year. Sra. Anderson has 14 years as a bilingual educator and has worked in a variety of bilingual settings. She recently moved to Davis this past summer with her family. Sr. Ibarra Salas, completed his UC Davis credential program this June, after completing his undergraduate degrees at UC Davis. He was born in Teocaltiche, Jalisco, Mexico and is very excited to fulfill his goal of teaching in a bilingual elementary program.
Chavez Facility Upgrades
This week CCE underwent a lighting retrofit to bring the current lighting system up-to-date with new LED technologies. All classrooms, classroom wing hallways and lighting fixtures on campus have been installed and the upgrade is positively noticeable with energy efficient light sensors, too.
Multipurpose Room
The latest schematic drawings for the NEW Multipurpose Rooms at Birch Lane and CCE are now available on line. We hope parents in our community will be able to attend future meetings during the project phases this month. The Measure M Bond CCE project timeline and meeting dates will be out soon. Please visit the district and CCE website for more information www.djusd.net/bondprogram

Upcoming Events- visit our online calendar for more details
October 8- SIPAT meeting
October 10- Parent MTSS Information Night
October 12- Progressive Dinner
October 15 Climate Committee
October 16- School Site Council meeting
October 16- DPU Parent lecture event at Brunelle Theatre, Davis Senior High (see below)
October 23 – Dia de los muertos event at Redwood Park 1:30-3:30p

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.


• Make-up picture day for Chávez will be October 22. f 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/