Principal Dunn update - January21, 2024
Posted on 01/21/2024

CCE Community,

Our school is proudly participating in The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC), a week-long program dedicated to creating a culture of kindness and compassion in communities worldwide. To help our students practice kindness and put their compassion into action, they will receive a GKC checklist. [Insert Here] We will encourage all students to complete as many acts of kindness as possible at school and hope they feel inspired to continue them at home! Together, we will lift each other up, cheer each other on, and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!

In addition, we will have spirit days for this special week, Mon., January 22-Fri., January 26:

Monday/January 22: Wild about kindness-animal print/bring a stuffed animal to school

Tuesday/January 23: Team up for kindness-sports gear

Wednesday/January 24: Shine bright with kindness-bright/neon colors

Thursday/January 25: It’s your job to be kind-dress up as a career you’d like in the future

Friday/January 26: Dreaming of kindness-pajamas

Kind regards,

Sra. Dunn


Kindergarten Super Lobos

Kindergarten Super Lobos

January Super Lobo Kindergarten Students were recognized by their classroom teachers for demonstrating CARES. The following students were announced this past week, congratulations!

Salón 1: Evie Alkons, Dylan Boorman, Mika Broch, and Booker Wendlenner

Salón 7: Daniella Aguirre, Rosetta Block, Evan Fitch-Polse, Leah McLively, Penelope Medrano, and Malakai Moss

Salón 8: Nico Bistue, Camila Cisneros, Abby Krage, Henry Mendonca, and Jessica Rodriguez

2nd Grade Nimbus Fish Hatchery Field Trip

2nd Grade Nimbus Fish Hatchery Field Trip

Our second-grade students are learning about the salmon/steelhead trout life cycle, water systems, river habitats and human impact on the environment. Sra. Cain, Sra. Ramos, and Sra. Garibay classrooms have special fish tanks with chillers and will receive fish eggs soon. This amazing field trip gives our students a unique opportunity to learn more about a working hatchery along the American River. Many thanks to our teachers, and parents for supporting this field trip and project!

World Language & Immersion BOE Recognition

VAPA, World Language & Immersion BOE Recognition

Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA), World Language and Immersion Programs were recognized at the DJUSD Board of Education meeting on Thursday, January 18 meeting. All staff, students, and families who support our visual and performing arts, world language and Spanish immersion programs were highlighted.


CCE families, please read the updates below, the teachers, staff, and I need your help!

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 a few of 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.

Cell Phone/Smart Watch Use at School

Cell Phone/Smart Watch Use at School

Students are contacting caregivers during the school day using their personal cell phone or smart watch without permission from teacher or school staff. If your child is feeling unwell at school, the protocol for students is to report to their teacher immediately to visit the school nurse in the office. The school nurse will assess your child’s ailments or symptoms and will directly contact you by phone if your child needs to be picked up or will allow your child to call you directly from our school land line.

Please review the following guidelines regarding cell phone and smart watch use during the school day at CCE with your K-6th grade student.

  • CCE students are not allowed to call or text their parents and/or guardian using either a personal cell phone, and/or smart watch during the school day between 8:25 a.m. – 2:30p.m. / 3:00p.m.
  • These electronics must be shut off by parent controls, or turned on “silent” and stored in backpacks at arrival or 8:25 a.m.
  • Students may only contact parents/guardians via the CCE office phone by request during the school day.

If a student is observed by a staff member using their personal cell phone or smart watch to call, text, record videos, or take pictures without CCE staff permission during the school day: 1) first warning issued and email sent home to parent, 2) personal cell phone/smart watch will be confiscated and held in the office for parent to pick up, 3) principal meeting with parent/guardian and student.


CCE Orchestra Winter Concert

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.

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrollment

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.

Kindergarten information Night

Mark your calendars:

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

CCE Climate Committee Meeting: Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 p.m., Zoom

All CCE Community Members are welcome to attend our school Climate Committee where we will review our 2023 Youth Truth Data Results, learn more about our Great Kindness Challenge Week from our school counselor, and much more. We 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

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

Tuesday, January 23 – CCE Climate Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Zoom

Thursday, January 26 – CCE Orchestra Winter Performance, 6:30 p.m., Brunelle Theater

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, Vet’s Memorial Building