The Davis Download

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Principal's Post

Dear Davis Ducks,


As part of Newport-Mesa Unified School District, I invite you to join us in celebrating May’s Mental Health Awareness month. Mental Health and Wellness has been a priority for several years at Davis Magnet School, which has been demonstrated through multiple phases of professional development for teachers and staff, along with strategies and tools shared with parents and children.


If you haven’t already visited NMUSD’s Mental Health and Wellness website, I encourage you to check out the many available resources that are easily accessible to families. Additionally this Saturday, May 8, NMUSD is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Virtual Day of Wellness. Virtual workshops will be offered covering a variety of topics. Families also have the opportunity to participate in a free virtual 5K. All details and registration information is available here. I’m also including the latest issue of the NMUSD Monthly Mental Health & Wellness Digest. In this issue you will find several different resources with the monthly focus on Growth Mindset.


Finally, I want to invite you to a special Davis parent virtual presentation led by Dr. Jerry Weichman on June 1 at 7:00 p.m. He has worked with our parents and staff in the past and has provided excellent strategies and support. More information and details to follow, but please save the date.


We have a strong support system available to help your children and/or your family. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns and I hope you utilize the many resources listed above. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.


Take care,


Mrs. Flores

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Davis Magnet School Foundation Events Update

Virtual Auction:

Davis Magnet School's first ever Virtual Auction begins Monday, May 10th@ 8 am. Get excited to bid next week as we have over 20 baskets and many amazing individual items in the auction! Thank you so much to the many Davis families that donated for this fundraiser. As a reminder, all proceeds go directly back to the school to help support the amazing students and staff. Please register today @ http://bidpal.net/2021davisvirtualauction so that you are ready to start bidding on Monday morning. As a reminder, the auction ends Friday, May 14th @ 8 pm.


Davis Golf Day:

Davis Golf Day registration is closed, as we have reached capacity! Tee times will be emailed to all participants by Wednesday, May 12 and all tee times will be scheduled between 4:00 and 5:50 pm. Thank you to all participants and we look forward to a wonderful event.

Thank you again for your support and contributions to these exciting events!

Congratulations Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation Grant Recipients

Every year the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation provides grant opportunities for teachers within NMUSD. Thanks to generous donors, teachers are able to purchase technology, books, equipment, tools, and much more to support the learning of our students. Although this year looked different, the grant opportunities were, fortunately, still available.


This year N-MSF received 85 grant applications from teachers across NMUSD. I am excited and proud to share that 12 of those were written by Davis teachers and fully funded! Our team is thrilled at the opportunity and grateful for the support. Please join us in celebrating and congratulating the following Davis teachers as they give us great #davisduckspride!

Standardized Testing Update

Yesterday an email was sent out regarding NMUSD’s plan for standardized testing. As stated, students in grades 3-6 will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for Math only and then will take the Renaissance Learning STAR Reading Assessment in place of the SBA for English Language Arts. You may read more about the district’s assessment plan here.


The SBA Math is broken down into two parts. Each part is estimated to take about 45 minutes to an hour. All students in grades 3-6 will take these assessments in late May and early June, with specific dates and details to follow.


These assessments are just one snapshot. Our teaching staff uses formative and summative assessments throughout the year to gauge our students’ understanding. They use that data and respond appropriately to support students' learning. I’m not worried about these tests in the slightest. I’ve told my teachers not to stress and none of our students should be stressed either. My focus is on supporting students, staff, and families to make the final weeks of school positive and productive.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher.

Dismissal Procedures for Gates 1 and 2

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Upcoming NMUSD Summer Sessions

Updated information regarding the three different NMUSD Summer School options were emailed to all families on Friday, April 23. Feel free to reference the district's Summer Program website for details.


Additionally, the Special Education department offers an Extended School Year Program for qualified students For more information please visit the NMUSD Special Education page.

Stay Connected

Catch a glimpse of what's going on around campus by staying connected.


  • Daily flag deck videos accessible here.
  • Read Aloud videos with Mrs. Flores accessible here.


Follow us on social media:

Davis Magnet School Instagram

Davis Magnet School Facebook

Davis Magnet School Twitter

Parent Organizations' Updates

We are grateful for the strong, positive support from our parent community. If you are not already involved, I encourage you to find a way that meets your availability to connect with one, or all, of our parent organizations. Thank you SO much to the parent leaders who are already involved and contributing to our community.


Foundation:

Virtual Auction:

Davis Magnet School's first ever Virtual Auction begins Monday, May 10th@ 8 am. Get excited to bid next week as we have over 20 baskets and many amazing individual items in the auction! Thank you so much to the many Davis families that donated for this fundraiser. As a reminder, all proceeds go directly back to the school to help support the amazing students and staff. Please register today @ http://bidpal.net/2021davisvirtualauction so that you are ready to start bidding on Monday morning. As a reminder, the auction ends Friday, May 14th @ 8 pm.


Davis Golf Day:

Davis Golf Day registration is closed, as we have reached capacity! Tee times will be emailed to all participants by Wednesday, May 12 and all tee times will be scheduled between 4:00 and 5:50 pm. Thank you to all participants and we look forward to a wonderful event.


Thank you again for your support and contributions to these exciting events!


PTA

The PTA is excited to announce the following candidates for next year’s PTA Board. Official voting will take place in May, date TBA.


2021-2022 Executive PTA Board

President - Andrea Furches

Vice President - Lexie Buttrey and Andrea McGary

Recording Secretary - Nathan Levoit

Treasurer - Rena Dear

Financial Secretary/ Auditor - Tracy Holton

Membership - Barbara Inman

Ways and Means - Sarah Orendorff and Brooke Reisenbigler

Programs - Melissa Lo and Megan Johnson

Parliamentarian - Erin Bernardi

Webmaster - Leslie Foss

Spirit Wear - Keri Jackson, Laura Cuneo, and Susan Broaddus

Historian - Keri Jackson and Andrea McGary


PTA Fundraisers: The Davis PTA pays for Walkthroughs, Assemblies, Field Trips, Art Masters, classroom supplies and so much more! Help us raise monies for Davis so we can continue to provide these great resources for all our students!



  • Yogurtland Wednesday’s! Swing by Yogurtland at Harbor/Baker and get a cool treat! Tell the cashier you’re with Davis – and our school will receive a kickback. Promo is every Wednesday. Tell your friends and neighbors too, every cool treat for Davis helps Davis Magnet!
  • Amazon! Amazon shoppers – Go to Smile.Amazon.com and select “Davis PTA” as your Charity Group to support. Then shop like normal! Amazon will donate a 1% back to Davis on any items purchased through ‘Amazon Smile’ that are marked ‘eligible for donation’. Easy way to help support Davis while online shopping with Amazon! Know of an avid Amazon shopper? Let them know too, every penny raised supports Davis Magnet School.
  • Ralph’s: Register your Ralphs Reward Card # at Ralphs.com, under ‘Community Rewards’ and then select Davis PTA as your charity! Then grocery shop and ‘swipe your rewards card/enter your phone number for rewards’ like normal! You will still earn personal rewards from Ralphs, plus Davis will earn 1% back on all purchases!




School Site Council:

  • We met as a committee on March 30 to review our school's Comprehensive School Safety Plan. Our next meeting is May 11. Thank you to our parents and staff for serving on this important committee.


English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC)

  • ELAC is an opportunity for parents of our English Language Learners to collaborate, advise, and learn about topics pertaining uniquely to the needs of parents of English Learners.
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Rainy Day Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Our procedures are slightly modified for our Kindergarten and Preschool students at GATE 3.


Your patience, cooperation, and preparation are all greatly appreciated to ensure we maintain our safe and efficient procedures.


IF it is raining during our arrival and dismissal, the following procedures will be implemented:


  • ALL procedures will remain the same for GATES 1 and 2.

  • GATE 3 will be unlocked and open during assigned arrival and dismissal times.

  • Kinder Parents/Guardians will walk their children directly to/from the Kindergarten gate. Parents/Guardians will NOT be allowed in the classrooms.

  • Preschool Parents/Guardians will walk their children directly to/from the preschool classroom doors. Parents/Guardians will NOT be allowed in the classrooms.

  • Masks are REQUIRED for anyone on our campus.

  • Social Distancing is REQUIRED.

  • Siblings will meet Kinder siblings and parents on the Kinder ramp.

  • Students walking or riding their bikes from Gate 3 will still be allowed to enter/exit on their own.

  • Preschool bus riders will continue to be escorted to and from the bus by classroom staff.


If a student is late to arrive or late to be picked up, please plan on using GATE 1.


We believe this is the safest and most efficient way to get our students to and from their classrooms when it is raining. We appreciate your help and cooperation with these procedures.


Please contact your child’s teacher or the front office with any questions.

Parent and Family Resources

Davis Family Resource Center

This month’s #BuildingResilience Social-Emotional Learning focus is Building Community, that highlights different ways to stay connected during these unique times. An additional section of the website is dedicated to Social-Emotional Resources that are organized by topic and range from Anxiety and Stress Management to Conflict Resolution to Social Skills and much more. Another available resource is the NMUSD SAIL (Social-Emotional Assistance, Intervention, and Learning) Newsletter.


COVID Family Resources

Recently I have received some questions from parents about how to talk to their children about COVID. It can be challenging navigating those conversations, no matter the child's age. I'm including a few resources that were provided by NMUSD Behavior Specialist, Amy Becker, to help guide those conversations.

Communicating with your Child about Coronavirus

Sesame Street - Caring for Each Other

Coronavirus Social Story

Return to School: Coronavirus


Care Solace Mental Health Services

NMUSD has partnered with Care Solace to support our community's mental health. NMUSD students, staff members, and their families can use Care Solace to quickly find verified mental health, behavioral health, and substance use treatment options matched to their needs regardless of circumstances or insurance coverage.


Care Solace's team is available 24/7 and can support you in any language. Information is attached or you may visit https://caresolace.com/site/nmusd/ for more details.


Achieve the Core Family Guide

Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student achievement. As mentioned on their website, “Our central priority is to significantly impact literacy and mathematics outcomes for K-12 students nationally, with a particular focus on accelerating academic progress for students who face barriers of racism or poverty. We serve as an advisor to educators around the nation as they align content and instruction to academic standards in literacy and mathematics.” Student Achievement Partners collaborated with Seek Common Ground to create grade level specific Family Guides. The purpose of the Family Guides is to help families prioritize their student’s learning with various activities and resources. The guides are currently available in both English and Spanish for grades K-5, with 6th grade coming soon. This is a wonderful resource to reference as a follow-up for our first trimester report cards.

Health and Safety Reminders

Your communication, questions, and erring on the side of caution, when in doubt have helped all of us. We have to remain vigilant and collaborative in our efforts. Please continue to reference the symptom decision tree if there are any questions about your child’s health or that of a family member. If there are any concerns about a possible exposure or you are awaiting COVID test results, please keep your child home and give us a call to walk through the process. We understand there is a lot of information and the process can be overwhelming. The health office and I are here to help answer questions. Give us a call or email Nurse Scott at ascott@nmusd.us or myself (cflores@nmusd.us) with questions or concerns.


Thank you for your help in consistently reviewing these procedures and expectations with your children. We are continuing to review as a staff, and with our students. Your support and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


  • Cloth masks are required to be worn by all children and adults while on campus. The mask should hook around the ears and must cover the nose and mouth.

  • Proper hygiene consists of washing our hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is available and utilized across our campus.

  • Practice social distancing in the hallways, classrooms, and bathrooms.

  • Stay home when feeling sick or displaying symptoms. Please continue to reference the Student Symptom Decision Tree.

  • Communicate with our health office with any questions or concerns. Nurse Audrey Scott may be reached at ascott@nmusd.us and our Health Assistant may be contacted at gcastillo@nmusd.us. Feel free to call our front office at 714-424-7930, in which they may transfer you to our health office. Don’t forget to call our attendance line at 714-424-4762 if your child is absent for any reason.

  • All details may be found on our website.


In addition to health and safety procedures, please remember the importance of parking lot safety procedures. Our new procedures have been running smoothly, while keeping everyone safe and distant. Please help us maintain our safe and efficient procedures by doing the following:

  • Hands-free phone use only.

  • Pay attention.

  • Move forward.

  • Adults are to stay in their car.

  • Drive slowly.

  • Be patient.


Our school operations have been smooth, successful, and safe. We appreciate your cooperation so that we can continue to operate in this same manner.

NMUSD COVID-19 Dashboard Information

Information will continued to be shared about the NMUSD COVID-19 Dashboard. The Dashboard lists all the school sites in NMUSD and shows the total school population (students + staff and teachers). In addition, it includes the number of COVID-19 positive cases identified in the past 14 days, as well as the percentage of the school population that the positive cases represent. The Dashboard is updated daily.


In the event of a positive case in our school, as appropriate and under the direction of the OCHCA, the school nurse, myself, or District staff will notify any staff or students who are considered to be a close contact (less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes) with a COVID-19 positive person.


Each case is unique and in some cases, while uncommon, notification to low risk contacts MAY be necessary, based on the direction from the OCHCA. If you do not receive notification regarding a COVID-19 case, we do not believe your child has been exposed. Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide names or any other information about the people who test positive or those who have been in close contact. Please see page 18-21 of the NMUSD School Reopening Plan for additional information.


I am including the information shared during last week's issue of the Davis Download as a reminder of our procedures.


  1. If there is a positive case with a Davis student or staff member, will we be notified? If the case involves your student, you will be notified. Our protocol does not include notifying the entire school community.
  2. How do you decide who to notify and when to do it? We work with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). When we receive notification of a positive result, we immediately provide OCHCA detailed information about the case. After we provide OCHCA with information, their experts determine who, if anyone, is considered to have been in close contact with the individual with the positive result. Anyone in close contact is considered high risk. Anyone not in close contact is considered low risk. The information an individual receives may be dependent on their risk level (high or low). Their experts provide us with letters, detailing the risk and next steps needed, to send to affected families and/or staff members.
  3. What determines close contact? Per the CDC, close contact is 15 or more minutes spent closer than 6' from the individual with a positive test result.
  4. If my student has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive OR I believe my student may have COVID-19, what is the protocol? Parents/Guardians need to immediately contact our School Nurse, Audrey Scott (ascott@nmusd.us) or me (cflores@nmusd.us). The student will need to stay home. I will notify the appropriate departments and agencies to determine next steps. Nurse Scott will connect with the family and be the main point of contact. Nurse Scott will also monitor the student until the student is able to return to school. ALL student information in this process is kept confidential.


Our ventilation systems, Plexiglas barriers, site cleaning procedures, and current practices around distancing, hand washing, and face coverings are all designed to create the safest learning environment possible. We are extremely grateful for our parent community who keep students home if they have a hint of possible COVID symptoms and who communicate if there's a potential for COVID in the home. Our teachers and staff members support our efforts by engaging in daily passive and active screenings and stay home if there’s any trace of a symptom that might be COVID-related. We are making this work because we are working together.


As we move through the next few months of colder weather, let’s continue to look out for one another by remaining both vigilant and communicative. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.