Principal Dunn Update - September 17, 2023
Posted on 09/18/2023

CCE Family,

This week is La semana de Empatía, Empathy Week, and our students and staff will continue to practice this core-value in class and in our school campus zones. The definition of empathy we use with our students is the following: Empatía is the ability to understand and share someone’s feelings; it is being emotionally connected to how others feel.
Heritage Month

At CCE students and staff also celebrate and recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept 15-October 15. Seven Latin American countries celebrate their independence: September 15th – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, September 16th – Mexico, and September 18th – Chile. Also, Día de la Raza occurs on October 12 within this 30-day period. You may hear about your student’s teacher introducing many multicultural projects and songs from these countries which they highlight over the next four weeks.

I apologize for the increase in announcements published below, and I appreciate you taking the time to read and learn about these exciting and upcoming events.

Warm regards,

Sra. Dunn


Kelso's choice

Kelso’s Choices with School Counselor, Sra. Ortiz

Our school is so lucky to have, Sra. Ortiz, as our school counselor who comes with over 17 years of counseling experience. In her second year at CCE, she delivers K-3 social-emotional learning lessons utilizing the Kelso’s Choices curriculum to help students peacefully resolve small conflicts among themselves in social settings at school. She cleverly modifies Kelso’s Choices in 4th-6th grades by adapting the lessons with same messages and methods that are developmentally appropriate at each grade-level and calling them “conflict resolution strategies.” You can learn more about Ways to Reinforce Kelso’s Choices at home by visiting our DJUSD website here.

You Are Invited to the CCE Climate Committee this Tuesday!

Who is the Climate Committee?

The CCE Climate Committee consists of key campus climate stakeholders including our principal, counselor, teacher representative, DJUSD Climate coordinator, CCE Parent Chair and Co-Chair and invested parents like YOU!

When does the Climate Committee Meet?

We meet monthly, every 3rd or 4th Tuesday. First Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2:45p-4:00p, Rm 35

What is the Climate Committee Responsible for?

We are an important governing group that helps develop CCE’s core values, CARES for student connectedness, and respect and positive learning environment for all.

CCE School Site Council Invites the CCE Community this Wednesday, 9/20!

Calling all CCE Community members to join our first School Site Council meeting of the school year, Wednesday, September 20 at 3:30-5:00 p.m. in our school Library, Room 22. Our parent council members have been voted to council by you! This is an opportunity to meet both the parent and teacher representatives responsible for the review of the Comprehensive School Safety Plan and School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and many other important tasks. The council meets on the third Wednesday of the month, and we hope to see you this Wednesday. Alas, childcare is not available for attendees unless your child attends Catalyst Kids or Davis Kids Klub after school.


CCE Spanish Book Fair & Pajama Reading Night

Mark your calendars for these special school events!

Spanish Book Fair

Our school Library has organized a Spanish book fair with Lucia Rocha’s I Love To Read In Spanish company. This fair will be held as an opportunity for our school community to gain more access to high interest and quality Spanish books, therefore this is not a fundraiser, we will still hold our regular Scholastic book fairs in November for fundraising purposes. This event coincides with our annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser to support the Library, Circulo and SIPAT programs. We are supporting our love for reading in Spanish, and we welcome our community to join our passion with these October events!

Shopping hours

  • K Adults/K Students – Wed: 11:45-12:30 p.m.
  • 1st-6th Students only – M, T, Th, F; Lunch Time
  • K-6th Adults - M: 2:30-3:30 p.m., T: 3:00-3:30 p.m. W: & 6:00-7:30 p.m., Th: 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Pajama Reading Night: Wednesday, October 4, 6:00-700 p.m.

Respective CCE Teachers will be opening their classrooms Wednesday night, and a rotation system will provide the opportunity for the community to visit three different teacher classrooms. So come in your pajamas as your CCE teachers hosts a special Spanish read aloud to kids and families! The Spanish Book Fair will also be open in our Library for shopping 6:00-7:30 p.m. Pajama Reading Night Flyer.docx.pdf

CCE Read-A-Thon Fundraiser is Coming!

Mark your calendars for October 2nd – October 6th for our annual fundraiser to support the CCE Library, Círculo and SIPAT programs. CCE K-6th grade students…

  • Promise to ready daily,
  • Request pledges from family and friends,
  • Submit reading log by October 11th
  • Prizes for participation by turning in your reading log by 10/11

CCE Lobos Activos: 1st-6th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed

Lobos Activos is a CCE school day enrichment program offered to all 1st - 6th graders with three rotations, 1) Visual and Performing Arts with Cassie, 2) Garden/nature exploration with Julia P., 3) Social emotional learning (SEL) with Senora Ortiz. Every grade receives seven Lobos Activos days throughout the school year. This enrichment program is only possible with the support of our parent volunteers along with CCE staff and the financial contributions from SIPAT and CCE. This is a great way to help support school day enrichment activities that promote student engagement in their school community. Pick your day(s) for the year through our easy sign-up genius.

Only 1.5 hrs / pick your day(s) below:

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is a time when we join those around the world to build suicide prevention and to remember loved ones lost to suicide. More information to learn more about support resources are located on the DJUSD Mental Health Resources webpage.


Choir Club

CCE Choir Club

Spanish Immersion Parent and Teacher (SIPAT) association and César Chávez Elementary School will continue to offer registration for our 4th – 6th grade Choir Club which will meet after school 3:00-4:00 p.m. every Tuesday in the new CCE Music room, starting Tuesday, September 19.

CCE Parent, Emma Turnbull, will serve as our Choir instructor. 4th-6th grade student participants will be selected via a lottery with waitlist. There will be up to 20 spots for 4th graders and 15 spots for 5th-6th graders. If your child is interested in joining, please fill out this form for pre-registration.

Registration closes September 25, 8:00 p.m. All late registrations will be placed on a waitlist.

Participants will be notified on Monday, September 18 via email and will receive a permission slip to be returned September 19-26. Muchas Gracias :)

SIPAT Progressive Dinner: Saturday, October 7

Progressive Dinner is a traditional event for CCE families to meet other families in the same cohort. This is an adults-only night of conversation and food. To learn more and sign up, please visit this SIPAT website here.

Important Dates & Events

Tuesday, September 19 – CCE Climate Committee Meeting, 2:45p-4:00 p.m., Rm., 35

Wednesday, September 20 – School Site Council Meeting, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Library

Monday/Tuesday, September 25/26 – Strings/Band 4th-6th Grades Music Program Begins

M-F, Oct. 2-Oct. 6 – CCE Spanish Book Fair
-Read-a-Thon Week (sponsored by SIPAT)

Tuesday, October 3
– CCE English Language Advisory Committee Meeting, Music Room
Friday, October 6 – Principal’s Coffee, 8:30 a.m., MPR

Saturday, October 7 – SIPAT Progressive Dinner (sponsored by SIPAT)

Monday, October 9 – NO SCHOOL, DJUSD Observed Holiday