Principal Dunn Update - March 10, 2024
Posted on 03/10/2024

CCE Families,

Hopefully we have all changed our clocks 1-hour forward today! Spring is near, and we realize many families may be traveling before, during and after Spring Break and we wish you healthy and safe travels. DJUSD will be providing Covid-19 home antigen test kits to every student, and your child’s homeroom teacher will be passing one kit to each student on Wednesday, March 20.

This week, Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15, César Chávez Elementary will hold our Spring Safety Week. Over the course of the week, students and staff will participate in a series of emergency drills to practice procedures that we would use in an actual urgent situation. We respectfully ask our parent volunteers who happen to be on campus during our drills to participate with students and staff.

Teachers and staff will prepare and work with the students in advance before each safety drill to ensure our students and staff on campus are safe. If parents need to dismiss their child off campus on either of these dates, please sign them out at the office before 10:30 a.m. and, or after 11:00 a.m.

You may refer to our DJUSD website to access the Emergency Information Sheet for Families. Here are the dates when CCE has scheduled our drills:

  • Monday, March 11: Lockdown Drill: Ordered when there is a potential threat on campus, disorderly conduct, or when there is police activity in the area, students and staff will locate to the nearest room. Teachers will lock doors and close the blinds.
  • Tuesday, March 12: Earthquake Drill: Ordered when there is an earthquake or a tornado approaching. Students should get under/desk/table and away from anything that could fall over.
  • Wednesday, March 13: Fire Drill: Ordered when there is a fire, gas leak, etc. After the fire alarm sounds, students will exit the building to a designated evacuation site.
  • Thursday, March 14: Shelter In Place Drill: Ordered when there is an issue on or off campus or a non-threat on campus, for example swarm of bees, or a loose dog on campus. Teachers have lock blocks on classroom doors but business will continue on as usual in the classrooms.
  • Friday, March 15: Staff Down Drill: Ordered when a staff member is down or there is a situation in the classroom and first responders arrive on campus to attend to the situation. Students stay in the classroom but continue business as usual while support staff assist.

Emergency Communication Test Monday, March 11 @ 10:00 a.m.
Each year, DJUSD performs a test of the Emergency Communication System. The school district will send out a TEST of our Emergency Communication System to the phone numbers, emails, and mobile numbers (via text) for parent/guardian contacts for each of our students. The purpose of that “Test Message” is to ensure our parent community understands how, and in what form, they will receive messages in the event of a real emergency and to identify potential gaps in emergency data that can then be addressed in advance of a possible urgent event.

Opt in to Text Messages for Text Messaging from DJUSD
If you are new to our school or the school district, or you haven’t already opted in to receive District text alerts, please consider doing so by texting Y or Yes 67587 from a mobile phone number on record with your student information (on record with our office/included in your online re-enrollment). Learn more about District Emergency Text Alerts and Text Messaging at

Save the DJUSD Auto-Call System Number to Your Favorites
As a reminder, all important automated school communications and emergency alerts sent through our SchoolMessenger system will be sent from the number 1-877-539-7855. If you call this number back, you are able to access any recent messages sent to you.

We encourage you to save this number in your Contacts or Caller ID as DJUSD Info/Alert. By doing this, you will recognize a DJUSD emergency alert or important message being sent to your phone from our school or school district.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Veronica L Dunn, Principal


CCE SIPAT General Association meeting: Tuesday, March 12, 7:00-8:15 p.m., Zoom

CCE Families and community members are encouraged to attend our annual SIPAT General Association meeting this Tuesday on Zoom. At this meeting you will learn more about SIPAT’s events, updates from Sra. Dunn, and about our upcoming SIPAT Executive Committee positions open for the 2024-25 school year.

CCE School Site Council Meeting: Wednesday, March 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Room 22

Please join us for our monthly School Site Council Meeting to learn more about our 2024-25 new Strategic Plan Goals and our local control funding budget supports.

CCE Spring Scholastic Book Fair: Mon., March 18 – Thur., March 21

The best way for students to shop the Book Fair is via a Scholastic e-wallet. Kinder through 6th grade classes will have the opportunity to preview the Scholastic book spring selection on Monday, March 18.

Daily Shopping Monday, 3/18 – Thursday, 3/21 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Caregivers must accompany their student(s) during this shopping time.
Students can shop during their scheduled classroom reservation between Tuesday, March 19-Thursday, March 21, though there is no shopping during recess breaks.

DJUSD Intent to Return Form Online

To complete this form, log into the DJUSD Parent Portal ( Please click here for detailed instructions on how to complete the Intent to Return Form. If you forgot your pin and password, you may select “Forgot your PIN?” or “Forgot Your Password?” links on the Parent Portal login page. We ask that you complete this process for each child currently enrolled in TK-5th grades no later than Friday, March 22, 2024.

If you have any questions about the Intent to Return Form Online, please contact our school office at (530) 757-5490.

March PEP Talk: Self-Care for Parents & Caregivers

It is easy to lose sight of your own well-being with all the responsibilities that come with parenting. In this month’s virtual PEP talk, we will talk about the importance of self-care for parents and caregivers, discuss effective evidence-based strategies for self-care and learn how to create a life enhancing self-care plan you can use right away without letting it become a burden.

Wednesday, March 20


via Zoom

Register here:

Important Dates & Events

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

Tuesday, March 12 – SIPAT General Association Meeting, 7:00-8:15, p.m., Zoom

Wednesday, March 13 – School Site Council Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Room 22

M-F, March 11-15 – Spring Safety Week

M-F, March 18-22 – Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1st-6th Early Dismissal, 1:30 p.m.

M-F, March 25-29 – NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

M-F, April 1-5 – César Chávez Week

Sat-Sun, April 12-13 – CCE Bike Swap, CCE Staff Parking Lot