The Flores Flyer
June 2, 2022 Volume 5, Issue 10
Dear Davis Ducks,
Our campus was full of so much JOY during last night’s Open House event. It was wonderful to see our students showing off their work to loved ones. Feeling the excitement across our campus, I couldn’t help but to reflect on everything that we have endured just in this school year, let alone the previous year and a half. We have faced many challenges, but our students continued to thrive, even when presented with adversity and change. Thank YOU for serving as our partners. I am truly grateful for the commitment and collaboration among staff, families, and students.
I am looking forward to some downtime over the next couple of months and soaking up every minute with my family, as my kiddos, like yours, are growing up way too fast. Then August will be here and we will hit the ground running. I am hopeful that some of our fall events such as the in-person Meet-And-Greet and Playdates may return. Please be on the lookout for emails, website updates, and letters with much more information regarding events and school procedures. The school calendar is already posted for the 2022-23 school year, so please review the calendar and plan any vacations during the multiple designated breaks. Additionally, Davis will once again participate in the alternative fall conference period scheduled for the week of September 26, 2022.
In case I don’t get to see you before June 10, I wish you and your family a fun, healthy, and safe summer. Serving as the principal of this great community fills me with so much pride and joy. Thank you for all of your support and I’m looking forward to continuing to work together next school year.
The Final Week of School
I am grateful for the opportunity to host so many joyful events across our campus during the final days of school. Please reference the schedule provided by your child(ren)’s teacher(s). Below are school wide events, including some schedule modifications.
Monday, June 6
All graduating high school seniors who attended Davis are welcome to visit our campus on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At this time, seniors are welcome to wear their caps and gowns as they will introduce themselves, briefly share their plans for next year, answer questions about middle school and high school, and share lessons learned with the current 6th grade students. Seniors and family members may check-in at the front office between 9:45 to 10:00 a.m. and then will proceed to the MPR.
Wednesday, June 8
The tradition returns with the Staff vs. 6th Grade Kickball game! The fun and friendly competition begins around 9:00 a.m. out on Frainie Field. Parents and family members are welcome to attend, but will need to check-in at the front office as visitors for this special event.
Thursday, June 9 - Arlington Road Closure
The graduation ceremony for Costa Mesa High School is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. It will conclude around 2:30 p.m. In order to get the graduates to their family members, there will be a brief road closure along Arlington from about 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. Costa Mesa Police Department will be present managing the pedestrian traffic. This is the same procedure as in years’ past and it has worked very smoothly. There should not be a significant delay, but please be mindful and patient on June 9. It is a short delay on our part to provide support for our neighboring school and their families. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and cooperation.
Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School
The last day of school will follow a modified schedule.
8:15 a.m.: Flag Deck with our traditional human tunnel for 6th grade students.
9:00 a.m.: The 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be in the lunch table area with a reception immediately following in the MPR for 6th grade families. 6th grade students may leave with their families once they receive their envelope at checkout.
Modified Lunch Schedule
11:10 to 11:50 a.m.: Kinder
11:20 to 12:00 p.m.: Grades 1 & 2
11:50 to 12:30 p.m.: Grades 3 & 4
12:15 to 12:55 p.m.: Grade 5
Modified Dismissal Times for June 10
12:00 p.m.: SDC PreK
12:30 p.m.: Diaz PreK
1:00 p.m.: Grades K-5
Summer Technology Update
NMUSD follows a 1:1 chromebook instructional model providing a district-owned chromebook for every student in grades TK-12. Every single student has been assigned a chromebook and charger. This chromebook will remain theirs for four years before being traded for a new chromebook.
Every student will take their chromebook home for the summer and is expected to return to school on August 22 with their chromebook. Chromebooks will NOT be left in the classrooms or on campus during the summer. Please keep the chromebook in a safe place so that they may continue to be in proper working order as a learning tool in the fall.
Also, it is important to note that although it is a district-issued chromebook, it does not regulate or monitor the internet access at your home. I strongly encourage you to monitor your child’s chromebook usage and/or install appropriate internet safety measures while your child is at home. The NMUSD EdTech Department recommends the following apps, which are shown below. As a parent and educator, I frequently use commonsensemedia.org as a reliable resource to help me stay informed about all things media and technology related to children.
Summer Reading Programs
Every fall as students return to school we witness the “summer slide.” This is natural with more than two months away from school. Summer reading programs can assist the continued academic growth, but can also provide some structure to the summer months. Below are a few available resources to help keep our students reading with a friendly reminder to practice those math facts.
Orange County Public Library Summer Reading Program, “Beyond the Beaten Path.”
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program with a FREE book!
Keep practicing those math facts using flash cards, tens frames, cheerios, or any of the available countless apps. Gardening and cooking also provide real-life opportunities to apply the math skills learned.
Click on picture to access the NMUSD Monthly Mental Health & Wellness Digest
You are welcome to our Friday Flag Deck Events!
Our first community flag deck in almost two years was a huge success on February 4! Thank you to everyone who attended and for your cooperation.
For those of you who have attended flag deck in previous years, you will notice some similarities and some differences. Our students, from PreK to 6th grades, are prepared and have done an amazing job at demonstrating independence as Davis scholars. We ask that you help to continue to reinforce that independence by allowing them to keep their morning routine each Friday by allowing our students to walk to their classrooms on their own, and you, as our Very Important Parents (VIPs), enjoy your new Friday morning procedures socializing with fellow Davis VIPs.
Beginning Friday, February 4th, parents and family members are welcome to attend our morning flag deck by following these procedures.
7:50 a.m.: Students eating breakfast on campus enter Gate 1 and follow their typical procedures.
8:00 to 8:15 a.m.: Students enter Gates 1, 2, and 3 and will walk to their classrooms on their own. Students follow their typical morning procedures, which includes students in Kindergarten and Ms. Diaz’s room lining up in their normal lines.
Parents and family members may park in our front parking lot, TeWinkle Park baseball/softball parking lots, or in the Presidio neighborhood. NO blacktop parking will be available at this time.
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. parents may enter at Gate 3 or the YMCA gate at our front lot and walk to the VIP section of the black top.
Parents and family members will participate from the VIP section, while students will remain in their class lines on the black top.
At the conclusion of flag deck, students will return to their classrooms with their teachers and parents will exit at Gate 3 and the YMCA gate.
This is an outdoor event, so masks are optional for all attendees.
The map shown below outlines the location of each grade level. This way parents have an idea of where their child(ren) will be sitting, but also to give you an opportunity to connect with other parents in that grade level. We look forward to seeing you each Friday!
Congratulations to our May Shout Out Award Winners!
Resources for Families Regarding Recent Events
Resources from OCDE:
Resources from SDCOoE:
For All Ages
- Helping Your Students Cope With a Violent World: Edutopia article features strategies for helping children make sense with historical perspective, feel empowered, and inspire them to feel hopeful.
- How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War: Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.
- Talking to Your Kids About War: VeryWell Family explores ways families can speak with young people about war, including tips on sharing information and restricting media coverage.
For Elementary/Middle School Students
- Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children: This article from the American Psychological Association can help adults guide their young children beyond fear and to resilience.
- Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of middle school children: The American Psychological Association breaks out tips and strategies for parents and teachers of middle school-aged children.
For Military Families
The San Diego County Office of Education creates and curates resources to support military families and students and schools that serve military children.
Davis Band and Choir
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.