March 2011-June 2012 CCE News Archive

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June 5, 2012:

Box Top Winners

Thank you all for cutting (especially trimming) and bringing in Box Tops to school. We collected over 14,000 Box Tops this school year! If you want to turn in Box Tops, please place them in the blue Box Tops box in the office.

Congratulations to the following classrooms that turned in the most Box Tops during April-May, 2012:

  • K-Sra. Lara (85)
  • 1-Sra. Velásquez (>1300) 
  • 2-Sra. Ramos (445)
  • 3-Sra. Bugsch (268)
  • 4-Sr. Nieves (81)
  • 5-Sra. Echiburú (201)
  • 6-Sra. Sureda (263)

The top 3 classrooms for 2011-2012 are:

Kindergarten-2nd Grades

  • 1-Sra. Velásquez (>2500)
  • 2-Sra. Ramos (1430)
  • 3-Sra. Angelo (1161)

3rd-6th Grades

  • 1-Sra. Echiburú (1006)
  • 2-Srta. Gutirérrez (790)
  • 3-Sra. Garibay (591)

Congratulations everyone! I also want to thank Sra. Angelo for her help in creating the Certificates, as well as making sure all the classrooms received them during the school year. Have a great summer and keep collecting Box Tops!

- Alice Wong


June 4, 2012:

SIPAT Reimbursement Deadline

If you plan to request reimbursement for expenses associated with a recent SIPAT activity, please do so as soon as possible, and no later than June 22. The reimbursement request form can be found online here and delivered in person to the school office. In order to close out SIPAT financial records for the school year, any requests received after June 22 will not be paid. Please contact Laurie Carney at with any questions. Thank you!


June 2, 2012:

Rock-Paper-Scissors - THANK YOU!

Please join me in a hearty and fun-loving thanks to all the parents and teachers who made our first year of Playworks such a winning success!!

From our first annual all school Play Day to Everyone's It, Splat, Hungry Fox, Shipwrecked and Cookie Monster to good old wall ball, 4-Square, Steal the Bacon and more, we have had a lot of fun this year. Specific thanks to the teachers who have also brought the games into their PE time and to the small group of parents (Hilary Henricson, Maggie Meyers, John Gonzalez, Krista DeZerega, Jennifer Bercutt, Noriko Abenojar, and Raychel Kubby Adler) who made sure we had a regular weekly presence on the blacktop.

We are looking for more volunteers (one per class we hope!) for next year so that we can expand the program and have even more fun!  Please consider signing up for this fun volunteer position in your child's classroom next year! If you have any questions or comments about Playworks this year, please contact Raychel Kubby Adler at

Play On!


May 20, 2012:

Don't forget to Donate your Toys to the Dixon Migrant Camp Preschool!

Girl Scout Troop 2195 is soliciting donations of gently used books and toys for the Dixon Migrant Camp Preschool.  Of particular interest are items that could be used in a playhouse.  Including larger items such as:  toy stoves, refrigerators, kiddie tables and chairs, etc.  We are also looking for outdoor "ride on toys" appropriate for preschoolers that are in good condition - they love tricycles!

This is your chance to finally reclaim some square footage of your house and feel good knowing that your kids used toys will be well loved, cherished and utilized by oodles of little preschoolers.

A collection box for small items will be outside the CCE office May 21 thru 25. Please contact Lisa Baumeister to arrange pick-up of large items. If you can help by storing donated items and/or delivering them to the camp after school on Friday May 25th, please contact:  Lisa Baumeister at (530) 753-3735 or

May 19, 2012:

Attention Volunteers:

At this time of year when the school year is winding down, we notice that parents are at our school more often.  We want to ensure rules are followed.  For safety reasons, we ask that all visitors/volunteers sign in at the office and obtain a visitor’s badge before visiting the campus.

Thank you,
Denise Beck

May 10, 2012:

Thank You from the Climate Committee

The Climate Committee wishes to thank the parents and staff for all their support this year, particularly in helping us implement the climate survey. Thank you also to SIPAT and web master Jenna Makus for helping us create our web page. Here you will find our meeting notes for the year, annual reports, and other resources including the notes from the girl bullying workshop with Jann Murray-Garcia

We hope to continue our efforts next year and invite you to participate on this committee!

Anastasia Panagakos & Amy Duffy, 2011-2012 Climate Committee Co-Chairs 

May 7, 2012:

We found a tripod, for a camera, after Fiesta. Please email to identify and pick it up.

May 2, 2012:

Chavez CDC offering full- or part-day summer programs

Looking for some Serious Hands On Fun this summer? Come join CDC as we set the summer into motion. Chavez CDC offers full day (7am -6pm) or part day (9am-3pm) summer programs that explore, enrich and builds long lasting friendships. This summer we will offer five areas of fun. Come and explore with Crafts, Cooking, Sports, Drama and Science. To find the weeks you are looking for come on into the center and pick up a calendar and registration form. We are the gated-in building located near the "blue matted play structure". Call or email us at 530-753-3808 or

Mark Your Calendars & Support Our Schools This Weekend and Through June!

Professional Teeth Whitening @ Dr. Kennedy's Office - March Through June
Whiten your teeth at a reduced cost while supporting our schools. Call Dr. Kennedy's office at (530) 753-2053 to schedule an appointment. The discounted cost of the treatment is $200. For each bleaching scheduled between March and June, the Davis School Foundation will receive $100 to benefit our K-12 public school programs. More information is also available at

April 30, 2012:

May is Bike Month!

To help get those bicycle tires rolling, we are celebrating Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9th at Cesar Chavez with all the other schools in Davis.  If we get the highest biking percentage on May 9th, our school will win the GOLDEN BICYCLE TROPHY!  In addition, everyone that bikes on May 9th will be entered

into a raffle to win some cool prizes donated by City of Davis Street Smarts.  Also on Wednesday May 9th, we will have some special greeters to help welcome all our bikers. Look out because rumor has it that The Bicycling Gorilla will be a special visitor at our school that morning. So if you have not already done it, pump up those tires and give biking to school a try!  And remember to always practice safe biking by wearing a properly fitted helmet!

Questions?  Contact Jill Bonner at or (530) 330-4315.

April 27, 2012:

Second Annual "T(ea) is for Teachers" and Teacher Appreciation Day is fast approaching.
  • T(ea) is for Teachers
  • When: May 21st from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, Davis
  • $10 to invite a teacher(s!)
  • $30 to attend as a supporter
  • Donate online at
  • Contact us at: or phone (530) 753-8279.

Say “Thank You!” for all the hard work your amazing teachers do, and support AAUW’s Tech Trek camp at the same time

Lecture on Girl Bullying a Success!

The CCE Climate Committee would like to thank Jann Murray-Garcia for her thought provoking lecture on girl bullying. We had approximately ninety people in attendance and representatives from eight other Davis schools. We would also like to thank SIPAT for providing refreshments and Sra. Beck and Jann's daughter, Canela, for their assistance and support with the audio-visuals.

We will be making notes from the presentation available in the next week or so for parents who could not attend. In the meantime we've pasted below a number of resources that Jann referenced. In addition, we would like feedback from those in attendance regarding the event and we hope to continue the discussion on girl bullying in future workshops. Comments and suggestions are welcome at our next climate meeting - Thursday, May 3rd at 3:30 p.m. in Room 20 or via email to Anastasia Panagakos at The Climate Committee sends a heart-felt thank you to everyone who attended this event!

1. The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School - How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle (Updated Edition) by Barbara Coloroso

2. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross

3. Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

4. Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy by Rachel Simmons

5. My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig and Abigail Marble

6. Say Something by Peggy Moss and Lea Lyon

7. From The Community To The Classroom Riki Gonzales (Actor), Cliff Garibay (Director), Ryan Gonzales (Director) | Format: DVD.

8. Barbara Coloroso's web site:

April 23, 2012:

Please find information attached about Davis Adult School’s Summer Enrichment Classes: English | Spanish
Learn about Transitional Kindergarten Program at Information Night:

Davis Joint Unified School District will host a community Transitional Kindergarten Information Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23rd at Montgomery Elementary School located at 1441 Danbury Street. Children who turn 5 after Sept. 2 and before Dec. 2 are eligible for transitional kindergarten.

April 2, 2012:

Dear DJUSD Employees, Families and Partners,

California school districts are making major adjustments to continue educating their students in these tough economic times. The dedicated DJUSD teachers, support staff and administrators serving our children are also adjusting to this new economic reality. I would like to remind everyone that none of you are the blame for the reductions that must be made in DJUSD. We find ourselves in this current economic state because the California legislature has perpetually cut school funding.

Determining where to make reductions in the District’s budget is not an easy task since every position is vital to the smooth running of our District. Yes, Measure “C” provides funding that supports valuable program and positions in our District; however, it does not replace the money that we have been shorted by the state. Staff reductions are very serious to us; we do not take them and their impacts lightly. Congruently, district office staff and site principals will continually explore all available ways to mitigate the impacts that reductions have on the services we provide to students and families.

We are proud of our high academic achievement and we have retained fiscal solvency when many districts have not. We will fight hard to protect both of these valuable commodities that make Davis schools desirable. Looking forward, our goal is to be creative, remain professional and support each other as we navigate these difficult times.

My office is open if you would like to learn more about academic achievement in DJUSD or our budget.

Thanks for your support of Davis Schools.

Winfred B. Roberson, Jr.

March 30, 2012:

From Principal Denise Beck...A Busy Time of the Year!

We are now starting to prepare for next year. This week’s kindergarten registration was the first step in this process. Teachers will be next involved in preparing class lists for next year.

Teachers will work as grade level teams to organized students in balanced groups. During the process, teachers carefully consider academic performance, learning styles, peer relationships, gender, work habits, friendship relationships among students and other factors in making placement decisions.

If there are factors beyond those already known by the child current teacher, which a parent feels is essential to consider in making placement decisions, a César Chávez Student Placement form can be completed ONLY for students entering 1st through 6th  grade. The forms are available in the office April 2-20, 2012. Forms need to be returned to the school office and will be accepted only until April 20 at 3:30 pm.

March 29, 2012:

Lost and Found

Please take a look through the bin located in (or outside) the MPR and claim any lost article of clothing, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc. The bin is overflowing with some very nice coats, sweatshirts and sweaters. We will be donating any unclaimed items to a charity.

March 7, 2012:

Dear CCE families,

Measure C passed with 72.3 % of the vote! This is a huge win for Davis students. Congratulations to our entire community on a job well done!

Here is what we preserved by working together and supporting education:

  • Elementary science instruction programs
  • Elementary and secondary librarian services
  • Elementary music programs entirely and funding for secondary music programs
  • Availability of sufficient numbers of classes in secondary core subjects including science, math, English, and social sciences
  • Availability of multiple foreign language programs, advanced placement classes, secondary school physical education programs
  • Opportunities for all students to reach proficiency by supporting improved instruction in math and reading
  • Reduced class sizes for elementary grades
  • Availability of school counselor, school nurse, other student support staff positions
  • Athletics and co-curricular programs including drama, debate and journalism programs

Thank you to all the families that helped and voted!

- Barbara Archer,