The Flores Flyer

November 3, 2022 Volume 5, Issue 4

Principal's Post

Dear Davis Ducks,

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, I couldn’t let this month pass by without saying, “Thank you!” I feel so blessed to work with a team of dedicated professionals, a supportive community of parents and family members, and of course, amazing students who are full of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.

The Davis culture remains to be positive and supportive, which has created multiple opportunities for our students to THRIVE. Throughout this month’s newsletter I am highlighting various individuals and teams for the difference made on our campus. The list is never ending as I know parents are doing so much at home to support their families and our students. Thank you! Earlier this week our campus was buzzing with volunteers who provided joy and Halloween memories with the various class activities. Thank you! Parents and staff make enrichment opportunities come to life for our students through the Arts, athletics, sciences, engineering, philanthropy, music, and so much more. Thank you! The commitment demonstrated through our PTA Membership Drive is unreal. Thank you! The monetary donations to our Foundation and PTA are greatly appreciated and spent directly on our Davis students. Thank you!

Your involvement and continued support makes a difference. Thank you! I invite you to join me in expressing gratitude and to continue your involvement within our Davis community.

With enormous gratitude and appreciation,

Mrs. Flores,




Thank you for Supporting our Students by donating to our Foundation

Big Bucks For Ducks (BBFD) is one of two fundraisers led by the Davis Magnet School Education Foundation, which directly supports the students and staff of Davis. As of November 1, 2022 our Foundation has received over $30,000 of our $80,000 goal! Thank you to the many generous donors who have already shown their support to our foundation. Your contributions make a difference in every classroom. More information and opportunities to donate are available here. Please note, donors are listed in alphabetical order and the list is inclusive of all donations received as of November 1. It’s never too late to donate. Feel free to make your tax deductible donation today using the QR code included within the flyer.

The second event organized by the Foundation is the Spring Gala scheduled for April 22, 2023 at The American Legion. A Nautical Night with Davis is this year’s theme. Go ahead and book your babysitters and plan on joining other Davis parents for a fun evening out that supports our students and staff. More information will follow for the event which will also include opportunities to contribute leading up to the event.

The Foundation Board works tirelessly behind the scenes to raise money for our school in an effort to provide additional support for the Davis students and staff. We are fortunate to have such a thoughtful, dedicated, and collaborative Foundation Board.

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Thank you for supporting our students by donating and getting involved with our PTA

The Davis PTA makes a significant contribution to the culture of our Davis community. We are incredibly grateful for the multiple family events, fundraisers, and enrichment activities provided by the PTA. Additionally, the community support and involvement with our PTA is amazing. The collaboration, creativity, and dedication of our PTA and the community are greatly appreciated.

The goal for this year’s PTA Membership Drive was 1,040 PTA Memberships before the end of the 2022-23 school year. As of November 1, we have 1,291 PROUD Davis PTA Members! There is SO much #davisduckspride in our dedicated community.

The top 5 students who gathered the most PTA memberships are:

  1. 3rd Grader, Manny with over 50 memberships.

  2. 6th Grader, Declan with 30 memberships.

  3. 3rd Grader, Ryder with 30 memberships.

  4. Kindergartener, Mathis with 20 memberships.

  5. 5th Grader, Carl with 20 memberships.

Thank you to the many families who supported the PTA Charleston Wrap fundraiser. As of November 1, our PTA has received $9,682.00 in PROFIT with $25,716 in retail sales. The top 3 sales classrooms wereDiaz, Hartgraves, Holman. All three classrooms will celebrate with a popsicle party. Kindergartener, Jadiel, was the lucky winner of Mr. Googly!

Thanks to all the Davis families who participated in our FundPhotos fundraiser this past weekend. We raised a total of $2550 for field trips this year! If you'd still like to participate but were unable to make it this weekend, please email FundPhotos at They are still booking makeup sessions and can work with you to find an alternate date/location. Sitting fees for any make-up sessions booked will still go to Davis.

Thank you to all of our community members who supported our fall Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair had over $16,200 in pre tax sales. Scholastic gives our Library 50% of the profits to buy new books! Ms. Sweet is already shopping! There were 177 books purchased and donated to our classrooms from the Teacher Wish List Wall. This is the most books purchased from the Wish Lists and our 2nd highest profit in Davis Book Fair history.

Our Trunk or Treat had over 30 creative and absolutely spooktacular trunks! It was such a fun community night. Thank you to all who contributed and attended.

The Red Ribbon Week VIP Lunch was a huge success! Thank you for your efforts to attend!

All grade levels will be going on field trips with the support of our PTA! Field trip costs and transportation have increased. Thank you, PTA Board for more than doubling the budget allotted to every grade level.

Thank you to the 4th and 3rd grade parents who have already spoiled our staff with monthly treats and snacks. Your generosity does not go unnoticed and fuels our staff throughout the day. Thank you!

Thanks to the organization of our PTA we have had 128 students enrolled in the following 7 afterschool enrichment classes:

  1. Skateboarding

  2. LEGO Harry Potter

  3. Chess

  4. Magic

  5. Sew-Fun

  6. Golf

  7. Basketball

Additional sessions will be offered in the winter session that is scheduled to begin on January 23. Registration information for winter enrichment will be available soon.

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Think ~ Feel ~ Thrive


Our students are continuing to learn more about the visual tools called Thinking Maps. Thinking Maps build critical thinking, problem solving, comprehension, and communication. Here is a one minute video that summarizes the potential use of Thinking Maps in the classroom. In the October issue of the The Flores Flyer, I shared home resources of our first two thinking maps, Circle and Bubble. This month, I am sharing home resources on two more of our Thinking Maps, Double Bubble and Tree.


All students have been learning about the Mood Meter and applying the skills included within our RULER Curriculum. Check out the RULER poster below or click here and practice these skills at home as a family. Recently we have spent time discussing our "Best Self," while also practicing the Meta Moment. The Meta Moment helps us react in an appropriate way when we might be feeling a variety of emotions. Pictures are included below that students have seen during Flag Deck video announcements and within their classrooms.


Our students are thriving in many ways. At the conclusion of the first trimester, students were encouraged by Mrs. Flores to celebrate their accomplishments from the first trimester and then to establish goals moving into the second trimester. We practice a growth mindset, by frequently using the word, "yet." "I can't do it yet." 'I don't know how to...yet."

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#TBT to one year ago at the National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C.

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It was a year ago today that I was in Washington D.C. with 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Holman, and NMUSD Superintendent, Dr. Smith, representing our school community at the National Blue Ribbon Ceremony. The experience was unforgettable as I had the distinct honor to represent the hard work and dedication of our staff, community, and students at the national level. As stated in my September 21, 2021 community letter, this national recognition of excellence is the result of years of hard work, collaboration, and dedicated relationships among staff, students, and families with the ultimate goal of empowering our students to thrive.

The Davis Parent Book Club is Back!

Our inaugural book club meeting was October 26. We had 24 parents present and participating in our introductory discussion. The meeting was positive and supportive, with all participants sharing ideas and making connections with fellow parents. Each month I will include a summary of the topics discussed, along with an RSVP form for the upcoming meeting.

Discussion Guide for Thrivers Introduction

Our November 30th meeting will focus on Self-Confidence, the first of seven teachable character traits that Dr. Borba's research attributes to support Strivers transitioning to THRIVERS.

I hope you are able to make arrangements to join our next meeting on November 30 from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. Thank you in advance for completing the RSVP form. Please don't let resources be an excuse not to attend. Books may be provided for anyone who needs assistance. Feel free to email me at with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your participation and support. I enjoyed collaborating with our Thrivers Parents and am looking forward to our next meeting.

November 30 RSVP Form

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Soctober Success!

A HUGE "Shout Out" to our PAL Student Leaders and the entire Davis community for collecting 1149 pairs of socks during our weeklong Socktober event. These socks were donated to Project Hope Alliance, which is a local organization that supports families experiencing homelessness. Thank you for your generosity and support.

PAL Student Leaders in costume and Proudly displaying the 1149 pairs of socks collected during Soctober!

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Safety Update

Safety is always our top priority at Davis Magnet School. Safety encompasses multiple components. This past month we have covered the following topics to teach and reinforce safe practices.

All teachers and staff participated in a districtwide safety training introducing Standard Response Protocols from an organization called This will be implemented across all NMUSD campuses. The common and direct language will be taught in an age-appropriate way to all students, along with new visible signage that will be posted in every classroom.

Changes to our facilities, including the entrance and access to our office are on the horizon. This is part of a master plan within NMUSD to modify the lobby access points and visibility. More details to follow in the coming months.

Davis will be one of two school campuses in NMUSD to pilot a crisis alerting system called Centegix. The study is scheduled for January through March of 2023. As we get closer to the exact dates of the study, more information will be shared with our community.

Safety Drills

Our school joined other schools across the State of California on October 20 for the Great Shakeout. This designated time allowed for staff to discuss and review emergency preparedness roles and responsibilities.

During this drill, students were assigned the following "homework:"

  1. Memorize your parent(s) cell phone numbers.
  2. Memorize your home address.
  3. Memorize the grade level and/or teacher name of any sibling.

These basic facts can help during any kind of emergency.

Internet Safety

As a reminder, the following internet safety tips were shared and discussed with students in September.

  1. Morning chromebook use on the blacktop is limited to educational games. No youtube. No cell phones.

  2. T.H.I.N.K. Before You Post

  3. Never share your password or personal information.

  4. Do not download anything without permission.

  5. If you get an odd message/picture from someone, report it right away to your teacher or parent.

Digital Citizenship Parenting Resources from may be accessed here.

Congratulations October Shout Out Award Recipients!

The last Thursday of every month we will recognize one student from every Kindergarten through 6th grade class with school wide 'Shout Out' Awards. There are two different tiers to our school wide Shout Out Awards with students receiving awards from teachers and staff throughout the school day for following our Five Core Values. Then at the end of each month, teachers are asked to select one student from their class who has been consistently demonstrating the Davis Core Values, along with demonstrating integrity, responsibility, and leadership. Those students are recognized at flag deck with certificates.

We are proud of our students and the work they do in developing as positive contributing citizens to our community. Congratulations to our most recent recipients of 'Shout Out' Awards!

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Congratulations to our Students who were Reclassified-Fluent English Proficient!

Please join us in celebrating our outstanding group of scholars who have demonstrated significant growth in reading, writing, listening and speaking. As a result of their hard work, these students officially transitioned as English Language Learners to Reclassified-Fluent English Proficient!
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Positive Office Referrals

One of the many ways that we celebrate our students is through a Positive Office Referral. Any staff member may select student(s) to receive a Positive Office Referral and a "Great News Call Home." Mrs. Flores calls the student's parent/guardian and shares the many wonderful reasons as to why the student earned a Positive Office Referral. We are proud of our students and enjoy celebrating their efforts!
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Congratulations Mia!

Grade Level of the Month: Kindergarten

Each month this newsletter will feature a different grade level with a brief summary and a few pictures. We will start with preschool and work our way up through the grade levels. This month, we are excited to share about our kindergarten students!

October was a fun filled month for Kindergarten! The month started off with an ABC Kindergarten Fashion Show where we celebrated our students for learning all 26 letters of the alphabet. Each student decorated a vest with their assigned letter. Parents and teachers enjoyed watching our students strike a pose down the runway.

Here at Davis, we value our community and enjoy inviting families on campus to connect and make memories with their children. The first event of the year was pumpkin painting. Students and families were invited to come and paint a pumpkin to celebrate the season. Spooky smiles were seen all around, and the kindergarten team is looking forward to our next family event.

Kindergarten students have shown tremendous growth in reading. All kindergarten students are assigned a small group for reading and receive 30 minutes of small group instruction four days a week. This has really benefited all students on their journey to become fluent readers.

As we look towards November, the Davis Kindergarten team is thankful to have such positive and supportive parents to work alongside with this school year. Go Ducks!

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Upcoming Events

Visit our website for complete schedules and details. Make it easy on yourself by clicking on the big grey button on the bottom of the website calendar to "Add this calendar to your phone or tablet." Don't forget to add the NMUSD calendar and activities are a part of your family calendar.

  • November 2 - 4: Candy Buyback. Encourage your child(ren) to keep 10 pieces of candy and then donate the rest to Davis Magnet School. A generous donor is giving our PTA $1.50 for every pound of candy collected.
  • November 3 - Lunch Art.
  • November 4 - Flag Deck celebrating our PTA Reflections Artists.
  • November 4 - PTA Movie Night featuring "Bad Guys, the Movie" at Frainie Field.
  • November 6 - Daylight Savings Time ends. "Fall back" one hour.
  • November 8 - Election Day
  • November 9 - K-3rd Grades' Breakfast Club - Two students from every K-3 class will be invited to join their teacher for a special awards breakfast.
  • November 10 - 4th-6th Grades' Breakfast Club - Two students from every 4-6th grade class will be invited to join their teacher for a special awards breakfast.
  • November 10 - Flag Deck celebrating K-6 Breakfast Club Awardees and any Veterans in our community.
  • November 11 - No School in observance of Veteran's Day.
  • November 11-13 - Wizard of Oz School Play.
  • November 16 - PTA Family Ceramics Night.
  • November 18 - Flag Deck celebrating the November Shout Out Award Winners.
  • November 23 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break. No School. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • November 29 - PTA General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR.
  • November 30 - Thrivers Parent Book Club. RSVP here.
  • November 30 - Mesa Wonderland Band & Choir Performances.
  • December 1 - Lunch Art
  • December 3 - PTA Holiday Craft Day
  • December 5 - Harbor Council PTA Holiday Luncheon.
  • December 5 - School Site Council Meeting.
  • December 7 - Community Recycling.

Wizard of Oz Ticket Information

Tickets are now available for our school musical, The Wizard of Oz on Nov 11, 12 & 13! Come support and cheer on our cast and crew of 75 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Join us on this fun adventure as we follow the yellow brick road to a wonderful land called Oz. The Show is 90 minutes plus intermission located at the Costa Mesa High School Theater.

Purchase your show tickets here

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Music Updates

Music Teacher, Mr. Hacker has created a helpful music website that houses the details for our band, choir, and instructional music program at Davis. Band and Choir families should reference this site for schedule information and updates.

The holidays will be here before you know it and you won't want to miss our fun and festive student holiday performances. Go ahead and add these dates to your calendars and plan to join us as we ring in the holidays together.

Thursday, December 15th - All performances will be in the MPR

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.: Grades K-1

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.: Grades 2-3

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Grades 4-6

Friday, December 16th

Flag Deck Performance – 8:15-8:40 a.m. – BLACKTOP

  • Band

Tuesday, December 20th

Flag Deck Performance – 8:15-8:30 a.m. – BLACKTOP

  • Choir

Get Ready to Run!

We're so excited to announce the return of our Davis Running Club! Fall practices have begun and are scheduled through December 9 on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:20-8:00 AM. Our Fall race is: Run for a Claus on Saturday, December 10. This is a really fun run with participants having the option to wear Holiday costumes. Please use this link and be sure to select Davis Magnet School team when registering: $5 off promo code: KROC5OFF

Save the dates for Spring:

  • March 12, 2023 - Newport Beach Spirit Run
  • May 6, 2023 - Kids Run the OC

For more information, please follow @davisrunclub on Instagram and check the Davis Parents Facebook page.

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:

  1. Read the Davis Magnet School Volunteer Orientation slide deck.

  2. Complete Davis Volunteer Agreement Form.

  3. Complete NMUSD’s Volunteer Approval Process

All details involved in NMUSD’s volunteer process may be found on the District’s website.

Parent Organizations Information

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
  • Assemblies
  • 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

If you have questions or want to learn more about how you can get involved by supporting our foundation, send an email to All donations may easily be made here.


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:

PTA’s Email:

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

School Site Council (SSC) is an important committee required of every public school. The committees' two priorities are reviewing and providing feedback on our School Plan Student Achievement and the Comprehensive Safety Plan. The committee consists of five parents, four teachers, one Classified Staff Member and the principal. The SSC meets five times throughout the school year to review data and provide feedback. Our SSC consists of Davis parents, Christine Reynolds Diaz, Despina Cressa, Iris Berkeley, Jeannie Kim, and Sara Mooney. The teacher representatives are Mrs. Steiner, Ms. Lemoine, and Mrs. Ivey. Yvette Miranda serves as the Classified Staff Member Representative.

Costa Mesa Elementary School Night at the CMHS Mustangs Football Game

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Parking Lot Reminders

When our campus was built, it was not designed to be a commuter school. Bussing was the primary mode of transportation. Fast forward to today where bussing is only available for the 38 students in our ABA preschool program, leaving 572 PreK to 6th grade students to their own transportation. We have a lot of students to keep safe and every adult who enters our parking lots contributes to the safety of our students. Thank you for your cooperation, mindfulness, patience, and modeling of responsible and respectful behavior in all three of our parking lots. We want everyone to arrive and leave safely. You can help us by cooperating with the follow guidelines.

  1. Do not call your child across the street/lot. Meet your child on the sidewalk of the school building and cross together using the crosswalk at Gates 1, 2, and 3.

  2. Names should be placed on the placards within the windshields of cars at Gates 1, 2, and 3.

  3. Continue to pull forward so that we may load as many children into their cars as quickly as possible. Students at Gate 3, should enter their cars once car is within the yellow painted curb. Stopping in the middle only slows the entire process for everyone else.

  4. During dismissal, enter Gate 2 from the middle turn lane on Arlington.

  5. When exiting Gate 1 at dismissal, turn right.

  6. Dogs are not allowed on all public school campuses. Please leave your furry family member home when picking up your Davis Duck.

Below are the slides that were sent to all parents/guardians in August.

2022-23 Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

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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.

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