Principal Dunn Update - January 29, 2023
Posted on 01/29/2023

CCE Families,

How quickly the first month of 2023 has passed, and now the Winter Season is presenting with a milder climate…visions of tree buds and bulbs are just around the corner! There are many field trips ahead of us this month until the school year. If you would like to volunteer as a Parent Driver, we thank you in advance for submitting the following DJUSD Parent Driver form at your earliest convenience - Thank you!

Black history month

Celebrating History and Contributions

In February, CCE will be acknowledging National African American History Month. The CCE Library Team, Sra. Jonas and Srta. Yulieth, have been actively working to build and support the DJUSD Board of Education Resolution No. 39-23 and the district approved Ethnic Studies program recommendation at the elementary school level. They have been working with our teachers and librarians across the district to fill our library shelves and curriculum units with Children’s Literature written by Ethnic Studies authors. In addition, DJUSD School Board of Education voted unanimously December 17, 2021 to approve a resolution celebrating Juneteenth Independence Day as a local DJUSD holiday.

national school counseling week

National School Counselor Appreciation Week

National School Counselor Week is celebrated on February 6-10! Sra. Ortiz is our new school counselor this year, and our students and staff will be honoring her caring and positive contributions. In addition our CCE community values the DJUSD Resolution NO. 38-23 by recognizing the Prevention and Wellness Managers, and the DJUSD K-12 Comprehensive School Counseling Team with cards and gifts of gratitude.

Attendance Matters in February

The month of February at CCE presents with higher volumes of student absences due to illness, as well as Short-Term Independent Study (STIS). Therefore, we ask families to help out by contacting our front office staff and teachers each day your child will not be present at school due to illness or other reasons. In addition, our office staff and teachers respectfully ask that you provide us at least two weeks or more in advance when initiating the STIS Request form to provide the teachers ample time to create and organize materials for your child during their STIS. You may pick up a STIS form in the front office and you may access more DJUSD Attendance Initiative information on our district website.

Wishing you all well this month!

Sra. Dunn


Great Kindness Challenge Week

Great Kindness Challenge Week

Great Kindness Challenge Week

CCE students and staff celebrated each day showing their spirit wear and random acts of kindness last week of school. We are grateful to Sra. Ortiz for sharing wonderful classroom lessons with teachers, sharing the GKC Week Checklists, and for the 4th-6th grade Lobo Líederes for their help with making posters and signs with Kind Words to post throughout our campus. Our school ended the week with our monthly CARES assembly celebrating acts of kindness on campus and around the world.

super lobos

January Super Lobos

Last Friday, we held our January César CARES assembly to recognize our Super Lobos for demonstrating their CARES. Congratulations to the following students:

1st grade: Julian Rios, Lucas Terlecky, Bennett Do, Elodie Ojeda, Megan Avila, Minerva Brandenburg, and Rohan Beebee.

2nd grade: Leela Fitch-Polse, Marcus Taylor, Jacobo Heringer, Athena Santiago, Teddy Owens, Emma Gallardo, Zachary Elmanawy, and Lili Aguilar.

3rd grade: Emilia De La Fuente, Gabriel Canal Gomez, Mason Ore Cervantes, Kinga Parker, Angelica Rodriguez, Sam Posner, Sonia Whitby, and Solin Whiteman.

4th grade: George Cullison, Kailana Whyles Tamayo, Leo Santiago, Estrella Moreno, Livia Arriaga, and Atlas Yikilmaz

5th grade: Juliana Valle, Michael Ndah, Joaquin Dersch, Aiden Blatz, Zachary Han, Gianna Aboytes, Meredith Jakubek, Benjamin Leyson, and Jack Nitzkin.

6th grade: Izel Antunez Canova, Penny Stallard, Tai Tredennick, Claire Kim, Elsie Blankenship, Ben Yamamoto, Yocelyne Barajas, Olivia Richards, and Bryce Ocampo.

Lunar New Year

CCE students and teachers learned more about Lunar New Year, the rise of the second new moon after the winter solstice. Students decorated their classrooms and many parents presented in their student’s classroom to share the traditions of the celebration of the lunisolar calendar-year of the rabbit.

science class

Up, Up, and Away!

6th grade science and science teacher, Sra. Bugni, have been working on their Thermal Energy Unit and modeling hot air balloons this month. Last week, classes launched their hot air balloons on campus. It was a great sight to see!


Chess Club at CCE in partnership with Davis Kids Klub (DKK) and DJUSD

We are all working together to offer interesting after-school opportunities as a part of a new enrichments pilot this school year. These opportunities are generously funded by our District through the DJUSD-DKK enrichments collaboration. CCE Chess Club: is a 5-week course (5 lessons) offered by John Langreck, US Chess Federation Master, member of 5 US amateur championship teams. Enrollment requests are open to any 3rd - 6th grade Chavez students. Enrollment is limited and requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Who: 3rd – 6th grade Chavez students
  • When: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
    • February 14, 21, 28
    • March 14, 21
  • Please Note: For the continuity of lessons and student skill advancement, we ask that every chess participant commit to the entire series of lessons. If DKK determines that a student is not diligently attending lessons, DKK reserves the right to unenroll the student at DKK's discretion.
  • Where: most likely the new MPR Music Room
  • Cost: Free. Lessons will be provided at no cost.
  • Equipment: The chess provider will bring all necessary supplies. Your 3-6th graders just need to bring their adventurous spirit to try something fun and new!
  • Enrollment Request Due Date: Families must request to enroll their 3-6th graders. All requests to enroll must be received no later than Friday, February 3 at 8:00 p.m. Requesting enrollment by this date and time does not guarantee a space in the class since enrollment is limited. Families will be notified separately to confirm their enrollment request(s). Please find the enrollment request here.

2023-24 Intent to Return Form – TK-5th grade

The DJUSD Intent to Return for students currently enrolled in TK-5th Grade will open on Monday, February 6th, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. and close Friday, March 24th, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. The DJUSD District Office will email parents/legal guardians next week with instructions to complete and submit the form.

DJUSD Junior High Orchestra Elementary Outreach Events

1)Holmes Junior High Orchestra Program Elementary School Strings Workshop

This FREE workshop will give our returning elementary strings students an introduction to the orchestras and the excitement that awaits you at the junior high level, as you work with the Holmes 8th and 9th-grades Orchestra students and Director, Angelo Moreno. Director Angelo Moreno will be available to answer parent and student questions after the concert. Come and have a great time taking your music-making to the next level!

Workshop details:

Saturday, March 4th, 2023, 1:00 – 4:00 pm; Concert at 4 PM at Holmes Junior High School Multipurpose Room.

Please sign up online by Wednesday, February 15th at:

2)Holmes Side by Side Concert - Conducted by Angelo Moreno.

Concert details: Wednesday, March 22nd, at 7:00 pm at Holmes Jr. High gymnasium. Please arrive at 6:30 P.M. for tuning and set up. Required rehearsal will be on Wednesday, March 22nd at Holmes gym from 7:30 AM-9:00 AM. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early for tuning. Students will be excused from school until 9:30 AM. They are responsible for their own transportation to the rehearsal and back to school. You may want to arrange a carpool. WHAT TO BRING: Instrument, music, pencil, folding music stand (if possible) with first and last name labeled on all parts. CONCERT DRESS: Nice school clothes

*** These events have been favored by all who attend them, and it is our hope that ALL Intermediate and Advanced players will participate. Make plans now to attend these exciting events.


Support & Volunteers needed for:






Mon./Wed./Fri. – 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

CARES Center Recess Games & Activities

CARES Center (old MPR)

Volunteers Sign-Up Here

Students and staff have been requesting alternative recess crafts/games for years, and now we have space to do this!

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Lobos Activos Volunteers

CCE Campus

Volunteers Sign-Up Here

1st-6th graders participate in three rotations: Visual and Performing Arts, Garden and Counselor Lessons. Volunteers needed for the garden rotation.

Any time

School Donations

CCE Webstore


More Campus Radios needed.

Any time

Counseling Program Donations

CCE Webstore


CCE School Counselor now has her own classroom and is need of supplies and additional resources to support our counseling curriculum, and GKC activities.

Now-until February 24

Classroom Art Project

Volunteers and Donations

Your child’s classroom

Contact Qian (Chen) Mitloehner and Neyireth Cuesta

Classrooms will participate in an art project that will be auctioned off at our SIPAT, March 4 Gala Dinner & Auction.

Materials, artistic skills, and/or expertise needed for art projects.

Now-until March

SIPAT Gala Dinner & Auction Donations

March 4, Veteran’s Memorial Center


SIPAT is looking for donations for shared experiences, or professional donations from your business for our Auction.

Sunday, April 23

10th Annual Bike Swap

CCE Campus


Volunteers needed with the intake of donated bikes, bike sales, cashiering, bike mechanics, and monitoring the “test track”.

Saturday, May 6

CCE Fiesta

CCE Campus

Contact Greg Francis, [email protected]

Like all of our great events, we need volunteers to make Fiesta work.

Important Dates & Events

Monday, February 6 – The 100th Day of School, CCE Celebration
-CCE Strings Concert, 6:00 p.m., MPR
-DJUSD 2023-24 Intent to Return Form Open, DJUSD Parent Portal

M-F, Feb. 6 - Feb. 10 – National School Counselor’s Week

Tuesday, February 7 – CCE Kindergarten Info Night, Incoming Kinder Families, 6:00-7:30 p.m., MPR

Wednesday, February 22DJUSD Parent Engagement Night

Friday, February 24 – Principal’s coffee, MPR