The Flores Flyer
January 6, 2022 Volume 5, Issue 5
Dear Davis Ducks,
Happy New Year! I've been very impressed with our students as they have done an amazing job adjusting back to their school routines. Our front office and health office have been extremely busy while working with families regarding absences. We are a very large school community with 76 staff members and 589 students. Thank you for your continued patience, cooperation, grace, and communication while our team is doing the best we can to support our community with so many moving pieces.
A message from the NMUSD District Office was sent out to all staff and families last night regarding the temporary suspension of visitors and volunteers during school hours through January 24. We will continue to monitor our own numbers and await any new guidance, but as of right now we will not have any volunteers or visitors on campus.
We want our students and staff learning and working in the classrooms, as there is no doubt that being on campus is the absolute best for students. We also want our students and staff to remain healthy. We are obligated to follow certain guidelines that seem to be constantly evolving. As a parent and educator, I hear and understand the frustrations. I will be the first to admit that we are not perfect, but we will continue to do our best, under challenging circumstances, at communicating and supporting our large community, while also providing a high quality education and support for our students and families. I can’t say it enough, thank you for continuing to work with us.
All my best to you and your family.
Fall 2022 Davis Lottery Information
It is hard to believe that it is that time of year, but the online application window for the Fall 2022 lottery is about to open on February 9. The application window will extend to March 15, 2022.
ALL new, incoming Davis siblings must apply for the lottery. ALL interested Davis preschool students must also apply for the lottery. The application guidelines will be posted on our Davis Magnet School website. The application link will also appear on our website on February 9. Parents will receive an email notifying them of their child’s attendance status on April 4. Please do not hesitate to contact the front office with any questions.
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One Word Project 2022
Grade Level of the Month: Third Grade
Our 3rd grade scholars have been hard at work this past semester. Third grade is a pivotal year for a number of concepts and skills and our students have shown that they are up for the challenge. Each class has been focusing on strategies for our social and emotional well-being as well as reinforcing Davis’s Five Core Values. We have been working really hard on mastering our multiplication and division math facts, exploring fractions, learning several efficient strategies for addition and subtraction, and understanding how to take apart and solve word problems. Our third graders have also been doing a lot of great reading of rich, high interest expository text and learning how to respond to that text through writing prompts and journal writing. We have already seen tremendous growth so far this year and are looking forward to helping your 3rd grader be the best scholar they can be!
Join Us in the Great Kindness Challenge
We are excited to join thousands of other schools in over 100 countries to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge from January 24 through January 28. Additional details to follow, but students will be encouraged and provided multiple opportunities to do acts of kindness for others. This is a perfect opportunity to #ShareJoy and spread kindness throughout our community. Three different "kindness checklists" are linked below. Don't just leave the kindness at school, join us by participating in the family edition and spread kindness in your home and neighborhood.
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!
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.
- Amazon! Amazon will let you choose a charity group to support –select “Davis PTA”. Then shop like normal! Amazon will donate a % 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!
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.