Principal Dunn Update - January 14, 2024
Posted on 01/14/2024

Dear CCE Community,

During this 3-day, national holiday, Monday, January 15, we acknowledge the integrity of Martin Luther King, Jr. who dedicated his life to achieving equality and justice for Americans of all colors. He made brave sacrifices and inspired many with his activism for civil rights.


While Martin Luther King Jr. and César Chávez never met, I learned many years ago that they did communicate. During César Chávez’s 25-day fasting to affirm his commitment to nonviolence, he received a telegram from Dr. King that read “…My colleagues and I commend you for your bravery, salute you for your indefatigable work against poverty and injustice…

See you back at school on Tuesday, January 16,

Sra. Dunn


6th grade science projects

6th Grade Science Projects – Thermal Energy

Our sixth-grade science teacher, Sra. Bugni, facilitated a special thermal energy science unit for all 6th grade students this week. The students created hot air balloons and launched them from our playground! Many successful balloon launches travelled far and wide over our CCE neighbors’ yards LOL!


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 9/2/2018-9/1/2019
  • Birthdates for TK Eligibility 9/2/2019-6/2/202

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.

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

DJUSD Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) Talk: Wed., Jan 17

Helping Kids and Families with Loss & Grief - YoloCares for Kids Coordinator & Grief Specialist Elisa Stone will provide insight and practical ways to guide children and families through the experiences that surround the death of a loved one. Teaching your child how to cope with loss in a healthy way can ultimately provide resiliency and joy for living. Wednesday January 17, 2024, 6:00-7:30 pm via zoom

Register here:

The Great Kindness Challenge Week: January 22-26, 2024

The California Department of Education, in partnership with The Great Kindness Challenge® (GKC), encourages California’s school communities to participate in the GKC this week. The theme for this year is Create Kindness. Our school counselor, staff and Lobo Lieders are planning special activities and spirit wear ideas for each day. More information will be shared on our school website and Principal Sunday Updates.

CCE Orchestra Winter Concert

We have two performances this month. You may find Ms. Cooley’s parent letter Jan 25 Concert letter Chavez.docx

Monday, January 22, 10:45 a.m., MPR – Orchestra Students will perform at a school assembly for their peers and staff.

Thursday, January 25, 6:30 p.m., Brunelle Theater – The same week, our young musicians will perform for the community and families on this evening. While the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m., students will need to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for tuning and set up. The concert will be around 45 minutes long. Please have your child bring their instrument and music and something to contribute to the snack table (dessert, snack, fruit, or drink). There will be a short (15-20 min) celebration after.


School Site Council Meeting: Wednesday, January 17, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Rm 22

All families and staff are welcome to attend the School Site Council Meeting to learn more about our Comprehensive School Safety Plan and School Plan for Student Achievement, Youth Truth Student Survey Data, and to hear reports from our teachers, specialists, and principal about our program and supports for our students. Hope to see you there!

2024 CCE Annual Gala and Auction

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 9, 2024, for our CCE Annual Gala and Auction and tickets will be going on sale in January! SIPAT is still looking for volunteers of all kinds, so please contact Edgar Wong-Chen if you are interested in helping. For more information about the auction, please see the auction page on the SIPAT website.

Important Dates & Events

Monday, January 15
– NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 17 – CCE School Site Council Meeting, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Rm 22

Mon.-Fri., Jan. 22-26 – National Kindness Week Challenge

Monday, January 22 – CCE Orchestra Winter Performance, 10:45-11:15 a.m., MPR

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

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

Monday, February 26 - DJUSD Open Enrollment TK/K

Saturday, March 9 – CCE Gala and Auction, Vet’s Memorial Building