Duveneck Connections

Home of the Dragons, August 20, 2021

Dear Duveneck Families,

Thank you for a wonderful start of the school year! The teachers did a fabulous job getting their classrooms ready for learning. Thank you to our custodians, Heavenly Vauss, Tom Munson and Junior (Pampilo) Bayquen, for making the classrooms and campus so clean and spotless for the start of school. Our instructional aides and support staff for coming back to work so happy and with a 'can do' attitude. Finally, a special thank you to our office team - Beth Hedge, Cecelia Perez and Dr. Erika Gardiner, who helped me with all the preparations and management pieces that needed to be in place so your children could have the best first day of school ever!

I am also happy to report that the first seven days of school have gone well. Teachers and students have established positive routines and ways to connect with each other to build safe learning environments. The teachers are using formative assessments to gauge where their students are at with regard to reading, writing and math. A formative assessment is not a graded assessment. It is meant to inform the teacher about what a student already knows and what they need to learn. This data is extremely helpful in order to create targeted lessons to meet the academic needs of each individual student. We look forward to sharing more with you about what is happening in your child's classroom at our Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 31.

A Change in COVID Protocols, Effective Monday, August 23


Outdoor masking will be required at the elementary and middle school levels beginning on August 23.

Santa Clara County uses a modified quarantine protocol found HERE. Tracking unmasked and unvaccinated students is problematic and challenging. After consulting with other school districts, PAUSD made the decision to add outdoor masking as an additional layer of protection.

Students who need a break from masking outdoors may remove their mask if they are not within six feet of another person. This common-sense approach will allow students to get fresh air without creating health concerns for others.

High school students will have the option of masking outdoors. This is consistent with other school districts in our region. Vaccinations remain an additional layer of mitigation available to students 12 and older. Revisions will be reflected on PAUSD websites later today.

PAUSD Air Quality Protocols

Air quality at this time of year is a big concern for all of us. To keep up to date with the District's protocols regarding what we will do, please refer to this link, https://www.pausd.org/return-to-campus/air-quality-protocols.

Finally, Positive connections between parents and teachers have been shown to improve children’s academic achievement and social/emotional well-being. When parents and teachers work as partners, children do better in school and at home. I know that this is a challenge this year since parents and guardians are not allowed on campus, but I encourage you to reach out to your teacher to begin this relationship. Our teachers already love your children and we look forward to establishing this partnership with your family.

Yours in Partnership,

Leslie Crane



Back to School Night, Tuesday August 31

Mark your calendars! Duveneck School will hold its Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 31. Our program will take place virtually and the schedule is as follows:

General Meeting: 5:00-5:25 PM, https://pausd.zoom.us/j/92135457676

Grades TK-2 Presentations: 5:30-6:15 PM

Grades 3-5 Presentations: 6:30-7:15 PM

This is a very important event and should not be missed! On this night, your child’s teacher will explain their goals for the class and for your child. They will share information about their curriculum, instructional program, and how to communicate with them. This is the first opportunity to see and bond with your child's teacher.

Classroom teachers will send you a Zoom invite for their classroom presentations soon.

Attention: Minimum Day on September 3-Mark your Calendars!!

All elementary schools will have an early release on Friday, September 3rd. This is the Friday before Labor Day. Kindergarten will still end school at 11:45 AM and TK will end school at 11:15 AM. Grades 1-5 will end school at 1:05 PM.

Meet our 5 Day a Week CASSY Counselor!

Katie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working for Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY). She is a school based Therapist supporting Duveneck School 5 days/week this school year. She partners and collaborates with teachers, parents and students to provide unique and tailored support at school, taking into account that student's needs and strengths. She is driven to create a positive and impactful support for students and families at school. Her goal is to support students to flourish and grow while feeling connected and safe at school. Depending on a student's needs, Katie and CASSY can offer a number of options around mental health support. For example, students can be seen individually or in groups outside of the classroom, as well as providing students and teacher support within the classroom and school. Katie may work directly with the teacher in providing more whole class support too. She can also provide more direct support to parents and families in order to help parents navigate school and support school aged children. Again her goal is to support students based on what is best for that student and what is going to support students learning, and growth while at school.

We are so happy to have Katie with us at Duveneck School!

On-Site Day Care

Duveneck School offers two on-site day care options. To learn more about these options, please read below:

Kids' Club

Kids' Club.

Right At School


The Importance of Regular & On Time Attendance

The connection between student attendance and learning is being studied more than ever before. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels, connect more deeply with their peers and teachers, and have a more positive attitude about school and learning than students who do not have regular attendance. Good attendance habits begin as early as preschool and Kindergarten and affect a student's overall success.

We understand, especially as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and its variants, that there will be times when students will not be able to attend school. The important idea is to make sure your child attends every day when they are not ill or abiding by county health and safety regulations. This includes scheduling appointments before or after school whenever possible, taking family vacations during school vacations, and letting your child know that you believe school is important.

If your child needs to miss school, please contact the office at 650-322-5946, or email us at dunveneckattendance@pausd.org as soon as you know about the absence.

We are here to help! If you are experiencing challenges with timely attendance, your child's teacher and I will be reaching out to brainstorm solutions with you. Our goal is to reduce chronic absenteeism in order to ensure the social, emotional, and academic success of each of our students.

Thank you for helping us to help your Duveneck Dragon thrive!

Palo Alto Partners in Education

THANK YOU for your generous donations to PiE!

Donations of any amount to our education foundation, Partners in Education, or PiE, are also vital ways to support every student at Duveneck School. We simply could not continue to provide the level quality classroom, art, and music programs without the classroom aides and instructors that PiE funds! Please be on the lookout for PiE donation day events, or you can send a check to the office any day!

Donations to PiE in any amount count! THANK YOU!

Duveneck Elementary School

At Duveneck, we work together as an inclusive community to inspire a passion for learning. We commit to the academic success of each student and to the emotional well-being of all our students, families and staff.