Duveneck Connections

Home of the Dragons, December 10, 2021

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Duveneck Dragon Families,

I cannot believe that this year is coming to an end. With one week left before vacation, this will be my last edition of the Duveneck Connections for 2021.This school year has been an incredible journey so far! Having all our students back in classrooms in front of teachers has warmed my heart to no end. Re-building our Duveneck community and Dragon Pride has been a work in progress, but each and everyday our connections and "can-do" attitudes are laying a strong foundation. I have high hopes that in 2022, we will be able to have more of a parent presence on campus and bring back some beloved PTA and school events that we all cherish and adore.

On a personal note, I often find myself getting so busy with all of my "to-do's" that have to get done that I overlook the excitement this time of year holds for my kids and family. With everything to do, it's easy to get caught up in "getting it all done" instead of taking the time to slow things down and intentionally connect with my kids and family. Ensuring that our kids feel safe, connected, loved and supported in positive ways not only helps them within the family unit but also helps them to continue doing well in school. Intentional connection is my personal goal for the Winter Break and I hope you are encouraged to do the same with your children and family.

Reading is also an important activity to focus on during the Winter Break. Besides the books your children are currently reading or any Raz-Kids or Lexia work they may do, did you know that there is a Latinx KidLit Book Festival? This is a free virtual event, so please check it out!


On behalf of the entire staff, I wish you and your family a wonderful Winter Break and a happy and healthy 2022! School resumes on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Warmest Regards,

Leslie Crane


Holiday Toy Drive December 13th-17th

Our annual holiday toy drive is approaching! We would love your help by shopping for new, unwrapped toys and bringing them to school during the week of December 13th-17th. Toys will be collected in bins in front of the school. All donations will go to the East Palo Alto Police Department, which distributes toys to needy families and their children every Christmas. Your toy donations will make a huge difference to these families. Gifts for children of all ages, from infants to teenagers, are needed. Gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, Kohls, etc. are also appreciated. Please bring gift cards into the office so that they can be collected separately.

We'll also need several volunteers to help load the toys into the police truck after school on Friday, December 17th (around 1:05pm since it's a minimum day). Please sign up here.

Contact Lanelle Neumann (lanelleneumann@gmail.com) with any questions. Thanks!

Pajama & Stuffies Spirit Day - Friday, 12/17!!

The Student Council would like to announce that next Friday, December 17, Duveneck School will have a Pajama & Stuffies Spirit Day. Wear your favorite pajamas and bring your favorite stuffy to school!! Pajamas need to be appropriate for school and stuffies need to be small enough to fit in your backpack.

Let's all show our spirit next Friday by wearing our pajamas and bringing a stuffy to school!!


Duveneck Elementary School

At Duveneck, we work together as an inclusive community to inspire a passion for learning. We commit to the academic success of each student and to the emotional well-being of all our students, families and staff.