The Flores Flyer
November 4, 2021 Volume 5, Issue 3
Dear Davis Ducks,
As you receive this monthly newsletter, I am with 6th grade teacher Mrs. Holman and NMUSD Superintendent, Dr. Smith, representing our community at the National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. I am truly honored and filled with incredible #davisduckspride at the opportunity to represent our wonderful school at this distinguished event. As stated in my September 21 community letter, this national recognition of excellence is the result of years of hard work, collaboration, and dedicated relationships among staff, students, and families with the ultimate goal of empowering our students to thrive. This is a community accomplishment and I hope your family will join us in our community celebrations. There will be many opportunities to participate, share JOY, and show your #davisduckspride
Blue Ribbon Celebratory Week: November 15 through November 19
Join us for one or all of the events scheduled throughout the week. Surprises are planned throughout the week in addition to the events shown below.
Monday, November 15: “Best Dressed” Start the week off right, in your best dressed.
Tuesday, November 16: “Future Professionals Day” What do you want to be when you grow up? Dress like that professional.
6:00 p.m.: Davis Magnet School recognized at the NMUSD School Board Meeting, Board Room.
Wednesday, November 17: “Decades Day” Davis Magnet School has been around for longer than a decade. Dress in your favorite decade.
4:00 to ? p.m.: PTA Dine-Out Night at The Crack Shack. Enjoy a night out and celebrate with other families by eating dinner together at The Crack Shack! Let’s paint the restaurant in blue by wearing blue.
Thursday, November 18: Share Joy Wear your school or grade level “Share Joy” shirt and help us spread positivity across our campus.
Special "Joyous" Performance by CMHS Band for Davis students at CMHS. K-6 students will walk with their classes right next door to CMHS football field for a special performance by the CMHS band. We are SO excited to provide our students this opportunity and for us to see many of our former Davis students perform. Thank you to CMHS Band Director, Mrs. Gilboe, and CMHS Principal, Dr. Haley, for making this possible.
Thankful Thursday: All students, families, and teachers/staff are invited to write a thank you note to a Davis staff member OR write about what they are most thankful for as a part of the Davis community.
Friday, November 19: Wear Blue! Students will participate in a flag deck assembly. Unfortunately, parents are unable to attend on campus. Videos and pictures will be shared following the event.
Our foundation has also organized a Coin Drive asking families to "Bring Your Change to Make a Change." The donations towards our foundation have made significant positive impacts across our campus for years. The change will go towards supporting our library and music programs with new books and equipment. Details are available here. Thank you, in advance, for your support and participation.
Finally, I want to extend my greatest appreciation for the thoughtful cards, emails, letters, texts, posters, flowers, balloons, gift baskets, etc. that I have received since the news was shared regarding the Terrel H. Bell Outstanding Leadership Award. I have been overwhelmed with gratitude from your kind words of support and a little uncomfortable with the spotlight of being selected as 1 of 8 principals to receive this national award. I am blessed to have the most amazing team that begins at home with my husband and family, to my dedicated staff, supportive community members, and the most wonderful students. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished TOGETHER to support our Davis students. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. I’m looking forward to celebrating alongside our community.
Get Involved and Show Your Support through our Foundation and PTA!
Foundation Change Drive: "Bring Your Change to Make a Change"
Monday, Nov. 15th, 8:15am to Friday, Nov. 19th, 3pm
1050 Arlington Drive
Costa Mesa, CA
Read all about how you can easily "Make a Change" here.
Volunteer Clearance Process
If you are interested in volunteering on the Davis Magnet School campus during the school day, NMUSD requires all volunteers to participate in an application process through the online Raptor system.If you have been approved as a volunteer in the past, you will need to reapply through the Raptor system. All levels of volunteers will be required to provide proof of vaccination in addition to the other requirements such as a TB-test** within the last 60 days. Volunteers on campuses are expected to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols, which includes wearing masks while indoors. Once an application has been approved, volunteers will receive an email indicating they have been approved.
Before coming on campus we will ask volunteers/visitors to agree to the following:
“I am not experiencing any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19: temperature of 100.4 (feeling feverish) or with chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.”
“In the past two weeks, I have not had close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? This could include a person that has been tested for COVID-19 (because of possible infection) and is waiting for test results.”
Our goal is to keep our students and staff in school. Thank you for your continued patience, grace, and understanding as we work through this next transition.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please go to the following link to apply:
No School on November 11. Thank you, Veterans, for your service!
Congratulations October Shout Out Award Winners!
Health and Safety
We are grateful that our students and staff are on campus following the typical school day schedule. Our goal is to keep students and staff in school, while maintaining a safe learning and working environment. You may learn more about NMUSD’s response to COVID-19 through the district’s website.
While social-distancing is no longer a requirement under the CDC K-12 School Guidance, it is still relevant when conducting close-contact tracing. A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 infected individual for a period of 15 minutes or more during a 24 hour period. In the event a student or staff member tests positive, our health office staff will conduct close-contact tracing and notify those affected.
Click on the Picture Below for Resources
Davis Band and Choir
PAL Student Leadership
Thank you, Davis Ducks, for your involvement and support with our PAL Student Leader's first event of the year. Thanks to you, we donated 1,681 pairs of socks to Project Hope Alliance. PHA assists people experiencing homelessness and this is by far the most socks we have ever collected during our annual "Socktober" event. Thank you for supporting our efforts to help our community. Your thoughtfulness gives us great #davisduckspride!
Any updates specific for PAL students may be found within the PAL Google Classroom. Any questions may be directed towards Mrs. Holman, Mrs. Danahy, or Mrs. Galen.
Recycling has returned to Davis. Yay! Thank you Ms. Keller and Mrs. Gordon for leading the charge! You may learn more about our current programs by watching this short video.
If you recycle at home and take the recyclable materials to the OCC recycling center please consider donating the proceeds to Davis by telling a worker that you are Davis family.
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District Alkaline Battery Recycling contest is ongoing through March 18th. Please send used batteries to school with your child to be deposited into our collection bins. This is a great way to earn money for our school while helping the environment. We have been the top collecting school for several years running!
Grade Level of the Month: First Grade
First grade has gotten off to a fantastic start! The children are excited to be in school learning, sharing ideas, and connecting with old and new friends. During our first few weeks together, we’ve been focusing on developing a positive self-concept and building character. Through lessons in language arts, social studies, and social-emotional learning (SEL), we’ve explored identity, culture, and kindness.
Our students have also been sharing their joy. During our “Tell Me Something Good” class meeting on Tuesdays, students are encouraged to describe something “good” that they’ve experienced. Another way we can share joy is by expressing our gratitude. Our first graders have the opportunity to send well wishes to loved ones during our “Wishful Wednesdays”, and express what they are thankful for during “Thankful Thursdays”. Lastly, first graders have been learning about the importance of empathy: our literature studies have focused on trying to understand others’ perspectives and seeing the world through their eyes. We’ve read and re-read books centering on this topic, namely “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts, “Be Kind” by Pat Zietlow Miller, and “Maddi’s Fridge” by Lois Brandt.
Some exciting upcoming events in first grade include: our Thanksgiving “Book-Tasting” (also known as “Booksgiving”), activities with our Big Buddies and Little Buddies, Gingerbread Man projects, and our annual Holiday Book Exchange. It’s going to be a memorable year for these first graders, one filled with opportunities to learn, grow, and share joy!
We Need Your Help!
Parent Organizations Update
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.
Our PTA brings us SO much JOY in everything that they do to support our students, teachers, and community.
Thank you to everyone that donated candy, hosted a Trunk or came to our Trunk or Treat event last Friday. It was a JOYFUL and Spooktacular event with our Davis families.
Save the date for our next dine-out at Crack Shack on Wed Nov 17. Help celebrate our National Blue Ribbon Award with our Davis community at Crack Shack! Wear your Davis spirit wear or Blue!
We hope you will join us for our 1st general meeting of the year at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Specific zoom details will be sent closer to the event.
The Davis Magnet School Education Foundation provides important financial support for our students and staff. We have lofty goals for the 2021-22 school year. If you are in a position to contribute to their efforts, please visit their website to learn how you can make a difference or donate through the QR code found on this flyer.
School Site Council:
We have a wonderful group of parents, teachers, and staff who serve on our School Site Council. We recently had our first meeting that included a long list of updates on how we are supporting our students. I appreciate our SSC members' time and ongoing support. I look forward to collaborating with them this year.
English Language Advisory Council (ELAC)
Our ELAC meets throughout the year to discuss supports and resources for our English Language Learners. Meeting dates for the year are scheduled for:
Meetings will be 8:30 a.m. via Zoom.
Daily Flag Deck Videos are available here.