The Flores Flyer
August 11, 2022 Volume 5, Issue 1
Dear Davis Ducks,
It is my pleasure to welcome our students, staff, and family members to the 2022-23 school year! I hope you had a wonderful summer and that you are looking at the upcoming school year with excitement and optimism. I am thrilled about our plan for the school year and the opportunity to continue the excellent work of supporting our students academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.
As I enter my ninth year as the Principal at Davis Magnet School, I can’t help but be full of pride and gratitude. The multiple state and national recognitions received over time is the direct result of our staff and families working together to support the continued growth of our students. I am confident that our partnership and dedicated spirit will continue.
As a parent, I understand the trust you ensure in us to take care of your child(ren). We don’t take that relationship for granted and appreciate the continued support and collaboration between our parent community and staff. Thank you!
Clear, consistent, and timely communication is important to me. I will do my best to keep our community informed and connected through various platforms. Periodic call-outs and/or emails may be sent out throughout the weeks. Social media is another way to stay informed and to celebrate all things “Davis!” If you don’t already follow us on social media, I encourage you to do so:
The Flores Flyer serves as one of my platforms. The format will be similar each month with a few small changes. This “Back-To-School” edition might be a little longer than future issues. Thank you for your attention to detail as you read through the information.
I can’t wait to connect with you and your children upon your return to school. I look forward to hearing about your summer adventures. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the time together and took advantage of the time to travel across our beautiful state. Now, I’m ready to get back to work and support each of our students as they THINK, FEEL, and THRIVE.
Thank you, again, for your trust, support, and continued collaboration.
A Snapshot of the Flores Family Summer Vacation
Think, Feel, Thrive
In years past we have adopted schoolwide themes focusing on the following big ideas:
Developing our Growth Mindset
This year our theme focuses on three big ideas, THINK, FEEL, and THRIVE. All K-6 teachers will be trained in a concept called Thinking Maps. Thinking Maps is a tool that any student may use, at any grade level and in any content area, to further develop their critical thinking skills. Additionally, we will build upon the work we have already done in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) using our district-adopted SEL curriculum, RULER. The third big idea is supporting each of our students to THRIVE in reaching their full potential academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.
by Dr. Michelle Borba. More information with an outline of dates will be shared in September.
Events, Procedures, and Schedules
Wednesday, August 17: Kinder Playdate
All incoming kindergarten students and family members are welcome to the Davis Kinder Playdate on Wednesday, August 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at TeWinkle Park. This is a wonderful opportunity for kindergarten students to meet one another, in addition to providing the opportunity for our newest parents to connect with one another, along with our PTA and Foundation Board Members. Schedules allow for the teachers and administration to stop by, but this is more of an opportunity for students and parents to connect before the school year begins.
Friday, August 19: Meet and Greet
Our annual Meet and Greet event is back! All students and family members are welcome to meet their teacher in person on Friday, August 19 between 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Teacher assignments will be viewable through the Aeries Parent Portal the morning of Friday, August 19. The Meet and Greet is an event intended for students and families to meet their teachers, see the location of their assigned line, and to connect with other Davis families before the first day of school. Access inside the classrooms will not be available during this event, but after meeting your teacher, you may walk to find the location of your room. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus.
Monday, August 22: First Day of School!!!
We are so excited to officially welcome all of our students and families to Davis to kick off the 2022-23 school year with an Opening Day Flag Deck. Parents and family members are invited to stay for the event. Your cooperation in following our flag deck procedures makes the event safe, positive, and productive for everyone.
We have about 600 students who will arrive on the first day with their excited family members. Please plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time, especially on the first day of school.
Carefully read through the procedures for Arrival and Dismissal prior to the first day of school. All morning and afternoon procedures are outlined, which includes flag deck mornings too. Thank you for demonstrating patience, kindness, and understanding with these procedures.
- School begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. Monday - Friday. Students who are not in their class lines at 8:15 a.m. will be marked tardy.
- Students are dismissed at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
- Students are dismissed at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 7: Back-To-School Night
Please plan on attending Back-To-School Night the evening of Wednesday, September 7. This is an adult-only event. Thank you for your cooperation in making childcare arrangements for this very important meeting. More details to follow.
Week of Monday, September 26: Goal Setting Conference Week, Early Dismissal, and Book Fair
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - Early Dismissal for all K-6 Students at 1:20 p.m.
- NO School for students on Wednesday, September 28.
Thursday, October 6: School Picture Day
The Davis Magnet School Five Core Values
At Davis Magnet School, we have Five Core Values while also expecting our students to demonstrate integrity, leadership, and responsibility. Every day students will be provided opportunities to learn and model these values. As adults, we frequently have conversations about modeling, teaching, and supporting the Core Values. Consistent and clear communication is important. Every classroom contains a Behavior Matrix that is regularly referenced. Set your child up for success by reviewing the matrix and brainstorm what these expectations look like and sound like on our campus.
We Love Our Volunteers!
We greatly depend on our volunteers and hope that you will consider volunteering on our campus. There are multiple opportunities to get involved and make a difference.
All volunteers must do the following:
All details involved in NMUSD’s volunteer process may be found on the District’s website.
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.
The Davis Magnet School Education Foundation provides important financial support for our students and staff. We are grateful for all of our donations as they have made a significant difference across our campus. Donations directly impacted our students with the following:
- Hourly Support Teacher
- Instructional Assistant
- Software utilized by all students in grades K-6
- New stage microphones in our MPR
- Murals across our campus
- STEM Bins
- STEAM Lab materials
- Field Trips
- Robotics equipment
- Guest Speakers such as University Professors who lead our 4th & 6th grade students in eyeball and heart dissections
- Science materials
- Art supplies for classroom projects
- Create-A-Skate Project Materials
- Book sets for novel studies and book clubs
- Library books
- Gardening supplies
- Playground games and equipment
Read more and donate today to the Davis Magnet School Education Foundation.
Davis PTA is run by volunteering parents and grandparents. We organize and host fundraiser events throughout the school year to raise monies for Davis Magnet School. Davis PTA uses those monies to help support, fund and host many programs & events like:
- Field Trips for all grade levels
- Classroom Supplies for all classes
- Art Masters for all grade levels
- Assemblies for all grade levels
- Band/Choir/Music Supports for all grades
- Walk-throughs - 4th, 5th & 6th Grade
- Library Needs & Support
- Campus Beautification
- Reflections Art Program
- Eco/Recycling Team
- School Garden
- Science Needs & support
- Technology support
- Enrichment programs
- Book Fairs (Fall & Spring)
- Halloween Trunk or Treat
- Roller Skating Nights
- Staff Appreciation Week
- Family Craft Night
- Family Movie Nights
- Family Spring Dance
- Family Dine-Outs
- 6th Grade Promotion
- Red Ribbon Week
- School Musical
- Talent Show
- And so much more!
If you’re interested in joining our PTA Board, or helping at events or programs next year, let us know! Flyers with volunteer opportunities and info will also be sent home the first week of school.
PTA’s Website: www.DavisMagnetPTA.com
PTA’s Email: DavisMagnetSchoolPTA@gmail.com
PTA’s Instagram: DavisMagnetPTA
The generous donations help to enrich and support the education of all of our students. Thank you for your continued support. You make a difference by supporting both our Foundation and PTA.
School Site Council:
We have a wonderful group of parents, teachers, and staff who serve on our School Site Council. I look forward to collaborating with them this year to support our community. Stay tuned for more information.
English Language Advisory Council (ELAC)
Our ELAC meets throughout the year to discuss supports and resources for our English Language Learners. More information will follow with exact meeting times.