DCES Panther News

July 29, 2021

Dear Panther Families,

A very special welcome to our new families to Dennis Chavez Elementary! We are excited to welcome you to our Panther Family. Welcome back to all of our returning families. Dennis Chavez ES is a wonderful school and I am so proud to work for you again this year as your principal.

Office Hours: Our front office is open from 8-3 pm daily to support registration information or other questions you may have. Call us: (505) 821-1810. All staff, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask inside any APS building.

COVID Procedures:

I hope to share specific details about our COVID procedures and policies soon. The NM Public Education Department shared the COVID Toolkit for public schools on Monday afternoon. Our district has been busy working on our plan and will present it to our school board this evening. In the coming days, I will be sure to communicate any procedures you need to know.

Meet the Teacher- August 10th at 1 pm:

We will have our annual Meet the Teacher on Tuesday, August 10th. This will be an In-Person event!! Your child's teacher will email you on Tuesday, August 10th in the morning to let you know your child will be in their class.

3-Year-Old Preschool Students Needed:

We have openings for 3-year-olds to serve as peer models in our developmental preschool classrooms. This is only for 3-year-olds, and would be morning half-day sessions Monday-Friday. If interested, please call the school between 8-3 pm at (505) 821-1810.


Jessica Chavez



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Important Dates


8/10- Meet the Teacher, 1pm (In-person! More details soon.)

8/11- First Day of School for 1st-5th Grades

8/13- First Day of School for Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten

8/13- Boo Hoo Breakfast for Kinder families- after bell rings, Cafeteria

8/24- Curriculum Night (In-person! More details soon.)

5:30- 1st Grade

6:00- 2nd Grade

6:30- Kindergarten

8/25- Curriculum Night

5:30- 4th Grade

6:00- 5th Grade

6:30- 3rd Grade


9/6- Labor Day- No School

9/14- 6:30pm, PTA Meeting (In-person or virtual? More details soon!)

9/17- End of 1st Midterm

9/24- Midterm Progress Reports Sent Home

A Note from our PTA

Hello from your 2021-2022 PTA!

We’re excited for a new school year and hope it’s better than ever! We look forward to meeting all of our families and welcoming new families in. We will be at Meet the Teacher and Curriculum nights! We have a lot of great things planned for this year and truly look forward to coming together as a community to support our fantastic staff and amazing students!

Our first PTA meeting is Wednesday 8/18 @ 8am at Dennis Chavez ES in room 7&8. We highly encourage all families, relatives and neighbors to come and be apart of the PTA! A small membership fee goes directly back into our school and supports multiple aspects of what the PTA provides. We love parent/ family involvement- no matter how much or how little everyone’s busy schedules allow! Kids are welcome at all meetings. More details to come! If you have any questions feel free to reach out! dennischavezpta@gmail.com

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Your ’21-’22 PTA President

Nichol Horton

Welcome New Panther Staff!

Please join me in welcoming our new Panther Staff:

Kindergarten Teacher- Bronte Salgado

2nd Grade Teacher- Jessica Fate

3rd Grade Teacher- Mary Beth Whitaker

Special Education Teacher- Ty Faierman

Special Education Teacher- Leonard Casillas

Gifted Education Teacher- Allison Cito

PE Teacher- Caitlin Abraham

Art Teacher: Seth Goodman

PreK Educational Assistant- Kerry Gonzales

A special "Welcome Back" to:

Art Teacher- Vanessa Hoffman

Prek Teacher- Rita Gray

School Supply Lists

Metro Area Immunization Clinic