The Davis Download
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Dear Davis Ducks,
We are one week into our full day instructional model and I couldn’t be happier about this past week. It has been a pleasure watching our students socialize, play, collaborate and thrive among their peers and with the support of our team.
Thank you for your help and continued cooperation with our new procedures. Remember that you may reference our dismissal procedures here. Your patience is greatly appreciated. We have six more weeks of the 20-21 school year. I’m confident our collaboration will continue and our students will be able to go into the summer on a positive note.
This upcoming week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. I am fortunate to work with 70 amazing and dedicated members on Team Davis. As a leader, I am proud and grateful for the selfless attitudes, innovative ideas, and “Kids First” mentality that each team member demonstrates, especially this year.
Thank you to PTA President, Andrea McGary, for organizing a fun week to honor and celebrate all of our staff members. A schedule is shown below and accessible here. If those days don’t work for you, or if you want me to simply know about the positive impact a staff member has made on your family, feel free to complete this Davis Staff Shout Out form. I’m happy to relay your kind words of gratitude to our staff. If you plan on dropping anything off for a teacher or staff member, I ask that you plan to do it at arrival, not dismissal.
Finally, if you haven’t looked into our upcoming Foundation sponsored Virtual Auction or Golf Day, I strongly encourage you to. This is a wonderful and easy way to give back to our school. The deadline for the virtual auction form is May 3. You may complete it here.
Thank you for your continued support. I’m looking forward to another great week ahead of us, while celebrating the work of the amazing adults on our campus.
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
Congratulations Davis Service Award Members!
Each year, Newport-Mesa recognizes employees who have provided years of service within our district. Since last year we did not have the opportunity to recognize these dedicated individuals, I’m sharing their accomplishments with you this week. Later in May, I will recognize the service award winners for the 20-21 school year. Please join me in congratulating the following NMUSD employees for their service to children and the community.
Ms. Kelli Adams, ABA Preschool Teacher
10 years of service in NMUSD
Mr. Tony Pham, Custodian
10 years of service in NMUSD
Mrs. Lisa Holman, 6th Grade Teacher
15 years of service in NMUSD
Mr. Michael Hurley, 6th Grade Teacher
15 years of service in NMUSD
Ms. Mindy Lemoine, 1st Grade Teacher
15 years of service in NMUSD
Ms. Daniela Ramos, Kindergarten Teacher
15 years of service in NMUSD
Mrs. Julpha Dormitorio, 1st Grade Teacher - 20 years of service in NMUSD
Congratulations April Shout Out Award Winners!
Please join us in congratulating the following students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade who were selected by their teachers as the recipients for this month's Shout Out Award. Every teacher has the difficult task to select one student each month who has gone above and beyond in demonstrating our Five Core Values, along with integrity, responsibility, and leadership. Congratulations to all "Shout Out" Award winners! We are proud of you!
6th Grade Shout Out Award Winners
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.
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.
- We have two great Foundation sponsored events coming up with our 1st ever Davis Golf Day and our online virtual auction. I hope you will get involved and show your support for our school. I encourage you to visit their website to learn how you can make a difference and get involved. Thank you for your continued support of our school.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or myself (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and our Health Assistant may be contacted at email@example.com. 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.
Adults are to stay in their car.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com). 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.