Principal Dunn Update - January 29, 2024
Posted on 01/28/2024

Dear CCE Community,

Our school participated in the Great Kindness Challenge in multiple ways, not just by dressing up for themed spirit wear, but through simple acts of kindness such as making cards, baking treats, meeting a new student for the first time, or thanking a staff member. This week, Sra. Jonas, CCE Librarian, introduced three California Young Reader Medal books that highlighted “upstanders” and highlighted traits of kindness in each story. Check out her new CCE Library Newsletter here.

kindness matters

It’s never too late to focus on building empathy and kindness in ourselves and in our communities!

With kindness,

Sra. Dunn


winter orchestra

4th-6th Grade Orchestra Winter Concert

About 100 fourth to sixth graders performed for their peers last Monday to prepare for their joint concert with Patwin Elementary Orchestra on Thursday, January 25 at the Brunelle Theatre. Our CCE Choir Club also made an appearance. Congratulations to Sra. Cooley, and Sra. Turnbull, and all the parents who support their children’s participation in our string’s music program!

cares assembly

January CARES Assembly

Last Friday, we announced our January Super Lobes at our César CARES assembly. Congratulations to our 1st-6th grade students, ¡Sí se puede!

1st grade: Owen Carothers, Dylan Cienfuegos, Josephine Kaneshima, Norah Nickell, Leonel Perez Madera, and Camille Wada

2nd grade: Rhea Athalye, Lucinda Buchanan-Cello, Audrey Esseff, Avery Han, Briseida Landeros, Genevieve Peek, Denali Schoener, Matthew Silbaugh, and Brauden Vazquez-Avila,

3rd grade: Keaton Bettger, Elijah Canvasser, Everett Carothers, Aiden Cienfuegos-Najera, Erick Estrada Gasca, Kai Mitloehner, Sam Rivers, and Athena Santiago

4th grade: Gabriel Canel Gomez, Emmett Lynch, Genesis Pinkerton, Viviana Rosas, Aulani Shackelford, and Logan Young

5th grade: Everett Bettger, Adrian Germeshausen, Lyle Green, Anna Li, Norah Nguyen, Michelle Rios, Leo Santiago, and Aretha Tai

6th grade: Natalya Castro, Andrew Darnell, Lauren Hart, Ada Jacobs, Alyssa Lin, Wesley Manning, Marcella Ramirez, Maya Thomas, Walker Thompson, Bronwen Watts, and Taevyn Wendlandt


garden club

CCE Garden Club

Our CCE students have been interested in forming a Garden Club after school to help with beautification and seasonal garden projects. Julia Pollex, Garden Leader, and Srta. Monarrez, 5th grade teachers will be the advisors for the club. If your child is interested in joining the after-school Garden Club, please contact [email protected] and/or [email protected] for information. If your child is not able to participate after school, they may participate during lunch recess on Fridays only.

gala auction

Early-bird tickets to the 2024 Annual Gala

"Havin' a Ball in the Big Easy" (presented by SIPAT and The Fletchers Real Estate) tickets are on sale NOW! Get your tickets before prices go up on February 17. The Gala will be the event of the year, with dinner and dancing, a live band, live and silent auctions, games, and general merriment. Don't miss out! Buy tickets here.

DJUSD February PEP Talk: Wednesday February 21, 6:00-7:30pm via zoom

Presented by Communicare+OLE, this PEP talk is centered around learning parenting skills to help improve your relationship with your child. PRIDE skills (P-Praise, R-Reflect, I-Imitate, D-Describe, E-Enjoy) are helpful in teaching children which behaviors are desired through the use of selective attention.
Register here: For more information including recordings of past PEP Talks, please visit our PEP Talk webpage. PRIDE Parenting Skills PEP Talk 2-21-24.pdf


English Learner Advisory Committee Breakfast: Tu., January 30, 8:30a, MPR

CCE Parents and community are welcomed to join our ELAC Breakfast to learn more about school information, and how their multilingual students are progressing towards their language goals in our Spanish Immersion Program.

Special School Site Council Meeting: Th., February 1, 3:30 p.m., Zoom & In Person, Rm 22

CCE families, staff, and community members are welcome to attend our special school site council meeting. You may review both the Agenda 2-1-24 Agenda.docx and Comprehensive School Safety Plan 2023_Comprehensive_School_Safety_Plan_César_Chávez_Elementary_School_20240124 (1).pdf. This meeting will take place in person and virtually on Zoom.

Avoid Trading or Sharing Foods with Peers at Snack or Lunch at School

DJUSD and CCE are committed to the safety of our students. In order to reduce the risk that children with food allergies will have an allergy-related event at school, the following guidelines have been assembled. DJUSD and CCE cannot guarantee that a student will never experience an allergy-related event while at school. Nonetheless, we are diligent in the prevention, care, and management of food allergies and reactions. Please read the following points below and/or you may access our DJUSD Guide for Supporting Children with Life-Threatening Food Allergies for more detailed information.

Avoid trading or sharing foods with peers.

Wash hands before and after eating.

Learn to recognize symptoms of an allergic reaction and notify an adult immediately if a reaction is suspected.

Promptly inform an adult as soon as accidental exposure occurs or symptoms appear.

Do not eat anything with unknown ingredients or ingredients known to contain an allergen (as age-appropriate).

Eat only foods brought from home and/or parent-approved cafeteria menu items.


Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten registration is just around the corner, Monday, February 26, 2024! Younger siblings of CCE enrolled students, and any student eligible to attend DJUSD may register in our Kindergarten Spanish Language Immersion Program, regardless of language background. Students of varying abilities and needs contribute to the diversity of the community.
Parents should understand that becoming bilingual (exhibiting cognitive, academic, and linguistic benefits of immersion) takes approximately seven years in an intense learning environment. It is therefore desirable for students to participate through at least the sixth grade.

2024-2025 Birthdates

Birthdates for Kindergarten Eligibility


Birthdates for TK Eligibility


While universal TK expansion is currently underway in DJUSD – Birch Lane, Korematsu, Marguerite Montgomery, North Davis, Patwin, Pioneer and Willett – César Chávez Elementary is hoping to open our expansion programs within the next two years. Please visit our DJUSD website here to learn more about TK and Kinder enrollment in our District.

kinder info night

Mark your calendars:

  • Tuesday, February 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m., MPR - CCE Kindergarten information Night
  • Thursday, February 15, 9:00-10:00a.m. & 12:15-1:15 p.m. – Kinder-2nd Grade Tours
  • Friday, February 16, 9:00-10:00a.m. – Kinder-2nd Grade Tours
  • Monday, February 26 – 2024-25 Open Enrollment, DJUSD will begin accepting registration documents; emailed to [email protected]

Important Dates & Events

Tuesday, January 30
– CCE ELAC Parent Meeting, 8:30-9:00 a.m., MPR

Thursday, February 1 – African American History Month

M-F, February 5-9 – National School Counseling, Psychologist, and Speech Specialist Week

Tuesday, February 6 – CCE Kindergarten Information Night, 5:30-7:00 p.m., MPR

Monday, February 12 – NO SCHOOL K-12, Local Holiday

Monday, February 19 – NO SCHOOL K-12, President’s Day

Friday, February 23 – Elementary Last Day of Trimester 2

Saturday, March 9 – CCE Gala and Auction, 5:0-11:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial Center