Principal Dunn Update - April 7, 2024
Posted on 04/07/2024
César Chávez Elementary,

We are in the last stretch of the school year! A busy month filled with schoolwide events such as our April 10th Open House, April 14th Bike Swap, including many 1st-6th grade spring field trips in the coming weeks. Our staff and I realize how quickly time passes after Spring break, only having nine more weeks to go before your student promotes to the next grade level.

Our school’s goal now is to enjoy every moment with your child and continue focusing on reinforcing their Spanish learning and skill foundation to mitigate the “summer slide”, an educational phenomenon, though naturally experienced in a Spanish Immersion program when there may be minimal exposure or practice in your student’s Spanish language development. So even if your child does not receive a DJUSD summer school invitation next week, do not worry. The staff and I will be posting Spanish learning ideas and resources your child can work on over the summer independently and, or with home-caregiver support on our website next month.

Until then, our staff appreciates your important help in encouraging your student in these next few months in demonstrating regular school day attendance, establishing consistent reading habits in Spanish (at least 20-minutes after school) to build fluency, and increasing their positive academic behaviors and efforts during class times with their teachers and classmates. These added efforts now will truly make a positive difference in your student’s academic and social-emotional “readiness” for the following grade-level next school year!

We look forward to finishing the school year strong!

In partnership,

Sra. Dunn


cesar chavez week

CCE Celebrates César Chávez Week

Students and staff at César Chávez Elementary (CCE) School engaged in school wide activities and assemblies in honor of César Chávez the week of Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5, as well as April 10th Dolores Huerta Day. The Spanish Immersion Program’s staff utilizes resources from the California Department of Education César E. Chávez Model Curriculum. School assemblies included a presentation from former CCE student now United Farmer Worker’s Communications Director, and performances from Davis Senior High Schools newest ensemble, Mariachi del Valle. ¡Sí se puede!

Acknowledging our Wonderful Paraeducators

Our students receive additional academic support and SEL encouragement from our amazing paraeducators each day at CCE! This week we recognize their care and commitment to our students and our Spanish Immersion program.

librarian day

National School Librarian Day

April 4th CCE recognizes the fun-loving and supportive team of school Librarians, Sra. Jonas and Sra. Haines. We are grateful for both who open their doors at recess times and welcome students, organize Pajama Reading Night, partner with SIPAT for a schoolwide Read-A-Thon, coordinate our Fall and Spring Book Fairs, established a CCE Book Club this year, and offer our students an end-of-year Book Challenge! Thank you, Sra. Jonas and Sra. Haines for everything you both do for our school library and program!


School Site Council Is Seeking Four Parents to Serve 2-Year Term for the 2024-26 Academic School Years

Please consider joining the César Chávez Elementary School Site Council, the insights of parents are critical to our work. The Site Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. This year we will vote to fill three parent representatives and one parent alternate. If you would like to be a candidate, please fill out the Google form and submit by April 17, 2024. Applicant Announcement and Ballot with Applicant Statements will be distributed to families on April 18, 2024. Voting will close on April 25 and elected members will be announced on Monday, April 29.

City of Davis César Chávez Celebration: Saturday, April 13

Our families and students are encouraged to attend the Annual City of Davis César Chávez Celebration next Saturday, April 13, at Central Park Near the Carousel. There will be performances, featuring our three 1st Grade classrooms, speakers and art activities. We hope to see you there!

May 8th Bike Rodeo at CCE

Davis Police Department is hosting a bike rodeo at our school as part of our school’s bicycle skills program. With the help of volunteers, they will be conducting a Bike Rodeo on Wednesday, May 8. The bike rodeo is a simple and fun activity to teach your child important bicycle safety skills. The event consists of a number of stations that allow your child to learn and practice proper bicycling skills. In order for your child to participate, the following is required:

-You must review, sign, and return the attached release waiver by May 8 Updated Davis Bicycle Education Waiver.DOC

-Children must bring their own bike, wear a bicycle helmet and shoes that fasten, no flip-flops allowed.


bike swap

11th Annual CCE Bike Swap: Sunday, April 14th

Buy a bike, donate a bike, or sell a bike! This is a great affordable way for our CCE students and our community to buy a bicycle this Spring! To learn more visit the SIPAT web page here. Are you interested in volunteering for this event?? Just go to the Bike Swap website to get to the sign-up link. Please spread the word that more help is needed! Website: Questions? Email Jill Bonner, [email protected]

DJUSD Introducing S.P.A.R.K

DJUSD has announced that their Expanded Learning program will be offering two Supportive Partnerships & Active Recreation for Kids (S.P.A.R.K) in the 2024-2025 school year: 1) Kinder S.P.A.R.K, and 2) After School S.P.A.R.K. Applications will be available on Tuesday, April 2 at you may find more information in the following documents here:

The Great Reading Challenge

This spring students in grades 4th-6th will have the opportunity to participate in our annual Great Reading Challenge event! Teams of 4-6 students will read six books and gather at the end of May in the MPR to demonstrate their knowledge of the books. The team that answers the most questions correctly will win a prize and be crowned the winners of the challenge! This is an exciting way to foster a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. Participation is optional. Students will learn about the Great Reading Challenge during their class library visit this week. More information will be sent home from your child’s teacher.

Important Dates & Events

Wednesday, April 10 – Open House, 6th grade Ice Cream Social, 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Specialists Doors Open, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Classroom Doors Open

Sun, April 14 – CCE Bike Swap, CCE Staff Parking Lot

Wednesday, April 17 – School Site Council Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Library

Monday, April 29 – CAASPP Testing Window Opens, 3rd-6th grades only

Friday, May 3 – Principal Dunn Coffee, 8:30 a.m., MPR

Wednesday May 8 – City of Davis Bike Rodeo, 1:30 p.m., CCE playground

Wednesday, May 15 – School Site Council Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Library

Thursday, May 16 – Spring Strings Music Concert, Brunelle Theater

Saturday, May 18 – Fiesta hosted by SIPAT, CCE, TBD

Wednesday, May 24 – City of Davis “Bike to School Day