Principal Dunn Update 8-30-2020
Posted on 08/30/2020

Dear César Chávez Community,

What an unbelievable start to CCE’s Distance Learning Trimester! I am so proud of our staff, parents and caregivers for the enormous effort in preparation and setting up supports for each student’s Distance Learning success this past week. Your flexibility and patience is commendable, and we thank you! I am grateful for our school’s PTA, SIPAT, and harmonize with the Los Lobos News Publication on August 26 that highlighted our incredible school community of families that “thrives on generosity and caring for our school community. Los Lobos, we believe in you!”

Our CCE staff and I are here to help field your inquiries and needs that you may have as we encounter hiccups with Canvas, Zoom Links and Technology along the way. We also appreciate the kind assistance that our CCE parents offer to one another and their child’s teacher, too. As we do our best to adjust to an ever-changing educational shift, our “new normal” is still an indefinite situation. We need our school’s cooperation now more than ever, as we continue to adapt our Distance Learning Schedules to accommodate additional student interventions, services and enrichment activities.

This week, August 31- September 4, is our PBIS – CARES “Cooperation Week”! Please take the time to read more about CARES below. You will also find our CCE School Site Council, Online voting Form, as voting will close on September 4 and elected members will be announced on September 6. In addition, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers will be hosting their Back to School Nights on Tuesday, September 1. While 6th grade will be hosting their Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 2. NOTE: CCE Curbside Curriculum & Materials Pickup Event is this Wednesday, September2. Please read below for more details and instructions.

Your CARES is appreciated!

Sra. Dunn


School Site Council Online Voting Form

All Parent Representative Candidate Statements for the 2020-21 CCE School Site Council are presented in this Form. Please review each statement carefully in Sections 2 – 7 first before making your vote. Voting will close on September 4 and elected members will be announced on September 6.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

At César Chávez Elementary, our goal is to create a school culture that encourages positive behaviors and discourages problematic behaviors so that our school is a safe place where students can learn and build trusting relationships with CCE students and adults alike. To accomplish this, we use a school-wide, evidence based framework called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Teachers model and teach all students the behaviors we expect, recognize students for the helpful choices they make, and provide appropriate and timely reminders and/or consequences if needed.

Additionally, we request that our parents help convey to their child the importance of our school’s core-values: Cooperation, Adaptability, Responsibility, Empathy and Safety; CARES. CARES describes how we intend to operate, on a day-to-day basis, as we pursue our vision...these values are best expressed in terms of behavior.

School-Wide Behavior Expectations

CÉSAR CARES. We Cooperate, Adapt, we are Responsible, Empathetic and Safe.

César Chávez Elementary Code of Conduct

César Chávez Elementary is a school community where everyone CARES. We cooperate, we adapt, we are responsible, we practice empathy, and we make sure our school is emotionally and physically safe.
¡Sí se puede!

CARES: Cooperation Week - August 31-Sept 4
If we act as we should, what would an observer see us doing?


Common Language for Cooperation

Definition: cooperation is people working together to achieve results or people helping each other out to achieve a common goal.
Our focus this month is maintaining and strengthening our relationships with our students and families. It is important that our parents establish a cooperative and positive relationship with their child’s teacher during Distance Learning. I encourage you to communicate and work with your child’s teacher(s) to share your concerns or feedback as any information you can share with your child’s teacher(s) will all you to create a positive partnership to support your child.


CCE Curbside Curriculum and Materials Pickup Event
pick up materials schedule

In preparation for pick-up:

  • Make and post a sign in your car window with your children’s last name(s), grade(s) and teacher(s) name clearly written on it. Place this sign on the front passenger dashboard or window of your car so our staff can easily read it.

All items assembled will have been quarantined for up to 72 hours. You will receive these items in a DJUSD/SIPAT bag labeled with student’s last name, first name:

  • Essential materials and curriculum for your child/children to support Distance Learning
  • A SIPAT care package

If you are unable to come to campus during this time, please contact Lynn Alvarez ( to arrange an alternate time to pick up materials/curriculum and SIPAT care package.
We encourage you to arrive by vehicle, as you may have a sizable amount of materials assigned to your child/children.


  • Drive Southbound on Anderson Road to César Chávez 3-minute Loading Zone.
  • Have your sign with the student's Last Name ready to present to a staff member on the curbside of the 3-min Loading Zone.
  • When directed, open the trunk or door of your car for a staff member to deliver a bag that contains your child’s curriculum/materials.

If you arrive at school on foot or bike, please form a line (maintaining six-feet of distance from other families) at the designated spots for pick up or drop off.

We ask that everyone:

  • Please wear a face covering as you arrive on campus. Staff will be wearing face coverings, as well.
  • Please pay careful attention to the social distancing protocols we have put in place to ensure a safe and pleasant pick-up of materials.

Technical Problems during Distance Learning

  1. Start with the Tech Tools and Info page on the Restart DJUSD Website. This page can be found under the “Student”,” Family” and “Staff” Quick Links on all school websites. It also can be found directly at the URL: The Tech Tools and Info page includes helpful resources and tutorials and is easy to navigate..
  2. If additional support is needed, please send an email to The Technology Department is responding to requests as quickly as possible, and is prioritizing students unable to access and participate in live instruction.

Virtual Community Outreach – New MPR at César Chávez Elementary School on Northside of Campus

Over the last year, the DJUSD staff and community have focused a great deal of time working to determine the best placement for the new multipurpose room (MPR) at César Chávez Elementary School (CCE). A decision has been made to locate the MPR on the north side of campus.

The new multipurpose facility will include open space to accommodate assembly seating for the entire school (up to 650 students). This new and improved space will include a stage, music room, warming kitchen, staff, student and all-gender restrooms, as well as utility infrastructure improvements. The building design will be identical to that designed for Birch Lane, North Davis, and Willett Elementary Schools. We invite you to join a Virtual Outreach meeting to learn more.

Virtual Community Outreach Invitation

To protect the health, well-being, and public safety of students, employees and community members and consistent with the current shelter-in-place orders from the State of California and guidelines from Yolo County, DJUSD Bond Program Community Outreach meetings cannot be held in person. To share information about the facility improvements at César Chávez Elementary a pre-recorded presentation has been posted on the Bond website at Public comment, questions or concerns about this project are welcome and encouraged. We will be reviewing feedback emailed to until the end of the public comment period, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


Meeting Link:
Please send public comments, questions, or concerns to

Find out more about the details, timeline and opportunities for feedback on the Bond project website. Here you can also view our Bond calendar and sign up for the monthly DJUSD Bond e-newsletter, Building Our Future.

Upcoming Events

September 1, 2020 – 2nd & 3rd Grade Back to School Nights, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

September 2, 2020 – 8:00 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. Curbside Curriculum & Materials Pickup
September 2, 2020 – Last day to provide comments, questions, concerns about the facility
improvements at CCE, to by 5:00 p.m.
September 2, 2020 - 6th Grade Back to School Nights, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
September 4, 2020 – School Site Council Voting Closes
September 6, 2020 - School Site Council Elected Parent Representatives Announced
September 7, 2020 – Labor Day, School Holiday – No Classes in Session.
September 8, 2020 – SIPAT General Meeting at 7 p.m., via Zoom.
September 9, 2020 – 5th Grade Back to School Night, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
4th Grade Back to School Night, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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