Duveneck Connections

Home of the Dragons, May 27, 2022

Duveneck Staff for the 22/23 School Year

What a school year it has been! This year started off with a closed campus, mandated masking indoors and providing weekly Covid testing to our students. Despite these challenges, our teachers and staff continued to teach high quality lessons and activities to our students. It was a heroic effort on their part and I want to thank my staff for all their care, commitment and love for our students.

For me, the best part of the school year happened after Spring Break when we were able to open up and allow parents and family members back onto campus. The last trimester of school felt like the rhythm of an elementary school experience was coming back to life. Because of this, we were were able to hold a Book Faire, the theatre production,The Jungle Book, a Talent Show, Field Day, Musical Performances and the upcoming 5th grade Promotion Ceremony on June 2.

Thank you Duveneck Dragons for an incredible 2021/22 school year. Your belief in our school community and your resiliency, dedication and commitment will never be forgotten.

As we begin to prepare for next year, I would like to share with you the staffing for the 2022/23 school year:

Transitional Kindergarten: Mrs. Grace Porras

Kindergarten: Mrs. Jen Tai/Mrs. Amy Hansen & Mrs. Kathy Thibault

First Grade: Mrs. Ching Wen Miron & Mrs. Lisa Schmidt

Second Grade: Mrs. Anne Gerfen, Ms. Krista Velasquez & Ms. Jennifer Rabanal

Third Grade: Ms. Kim Marrujo, Ms. Melissa Hauer & Mr. Jim Holbrook

Fourth Grade: Ms. Jodi Gutierrez & Mrs. Silvia Meinke

Fifth Grade: Ms. Sophie Ali, Ms. Judy Peng & Mr. Matthew Keith

TS 3-5: Mr. Steven Jue

Speech: Ms. Kara Brahana

Education Specialist: Ms. Erin Hurd

Occupational Therapist: TBD

We are also saying good-bye and thank you to the following faculty members that will be leaving us at the end of this school year:

Jessie Chen (current Speech Therapist) who is moving to Seattle, Washington to be closer to family.

Stacey Myers (current Education Specialist) who will be the new Reading Specialist at Walter Hays School next year.

Erin Finley (current Occupational Therapist) who is relocating to Idaho.

Finally, I want to let you know that Mrs. Therese Walls will be taking a leave of absence for the 22/23 school year to spend time with her new baby and family.

As the end of the school year comes to a close, the excitement for what is to come in the new school year begins to build. As Denise Witmer states, "A new school year means new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships, and new challenges. The slate is clean and anything can happen."

On behalf of the entire Duveneck Faculty, we wish you all a wonderful summer vacation! We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school, August 11th, at 8:05 AM.

With Gratitude and Love,

Leslie Crane


5th Grade Promotion - June 2

The 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 2, 9:15-10:00 AM, outside on our outdoor stage in front of rooms 5, 6 and 7. There are no restrictions on how many family members can attend the ceremony. Seating will happen on a first come, first serve basis.

We will have three entry points for your convenience, the 4/5 Gate facing Channing Ave, the K/1 Gate facing Alester Ave and the main hallway of the school in front of the office. At the end of the ceremony the 4th grade families and students will be hosting a cookie reception on the picnic tables by our Multi Purpose Room.

We are very proud of our 5th grade students and this celebration is not to be missed!!

The Jungle Book!

Duveneck Elementary School

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