DCES Panther News

September 5, 2022

Dear Panther Families,

We had a wonderful first month of school. When I think of September, I automatically transition into the fall season. Pumpkins, and apple picking, the book fair, and Jog-a-thon! The fall is jam-packed full of fun. Please check out our calendar below for important school events.

Beginning this month, we will have character awards called Student of the Month. Each month, we are focusing on student behavior tied to one of our main school rule pillars or the Character Counts Traits. This month is Safety. As school rules are being taught, our staff are looking to nominate 1-2 students in each classroom for the Student of the Month Award. At the end of the month, we will invite those students and families to our Student of the Month Assembly. We are proud to be recognizing our students for their great behavior and character. If your child is nominated this month, you will receive an invitation to join us at our Student of the Month Assembly.

School Dress Code: The APS Board of Education has empowered each school to create and approve its own dress code. APS has a new dress code (click here) and each school is to change/edit/approve its own dress code. Please provide any feedback regarding APS's dress code in this google form. Your feedback will be reviewed with our Instructional Council (IC). Our IC will then discuss and create a dress code. Families will review and vote to approve the dress code based on feedback received from our community.

Have a great month!


Jessica Chavez



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Important Dates


9/5- Labor Day- No School

9/9- Fall Picture Day

9/10- Campus Clean Up- 7-11 am

9/14- PTA Meeting in the cafe, 6:30 pm

9/16- Spirit Day!!

9/16- End of 1st Midterm

9/21- Fall Festival 5:30-7:00 pm, more details to come

9/23- Midterm Progress Reports Sent Home

9/30- No School for preschool or prek- teacher training

9/30- Breakfast and Balloons!

9/30- Spirit Day


9/3-9/5- Family PE Week- more details to come

10/6-10/7- Fall Break, No School

10/10- Indigenous Peoples' Day, No School

10/14- Jog-a-thon

10/21- No School for preschool or prek- teacher training

10/24-10/28- Book Fair

10/26- Book Fair Family Night 5:30 pm

School Picture Day: Friday, Sept. 9th

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A Note from our PTA

Happy September, Panthers!!

We're beyond excited to be bringing to life so many great things for our Panther community.

REMINDER- Panther Wear orders are due TUES 9/6/22. Orders will be delivered the week of 9/16 through backpack mail. Shop at this link here: Dennis Chavez Elementary | Rowan Enterprises LLC | powered by OrderMyGear (itemorder.com)

The next PTA Meeting is 9/14/22 @ 630pm in the Cafe. We'd love for you to join us! You don't have to be a member to come hang out and see who we are and what we do! We hope you'll consider joining the PTA, though. Find all of our info, background clearance info, membership sign-up, and more on our website DennisChavezPTA.memberhub.com

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or ideas!

Nichol Horton

PTA President '22-'23


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Panther Patrol

The Panther Patrol is seeking males in our community to join the Panther Patrol!

We are looking for volunteers who can spend a day out of the month or school year to help keep our campus safe. During the day you would monitor the perimeter of the school, and connect with students in the cafe, at recess, or in your children's classrooms. Connect with other males in our school community

What do I need to do to sign up?

  1. Request an Unsupervised Background Check (Principal Chavez will send your information on to APS and they will be in touch with next steps.). Background checks are taking a little bit more time to process and complete. Sign up early to ensure you have your clearance and badge before your volunteer date.
  2. Sign up for a day at school! September sign ups are now open!

Volunteers who sign up in August will get 2 free tickets to a UNM Lobo Football game this fall!

For more information, please contact Mr. Jason Lenzmeier at jlenz75@hotmail.com.

Runner’s Club Starts September 15 after school!

Hello Families!

I am happy to announce that Runner’s Club will start on Thursday, September 15 after school until 2:50 pm.

Runners Club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The time will be from 2:05 to 2:50 PM. Runners will meet Ms. Johnna on the grass field after the 2:00 pm bell rings. We will stretch, run, and play a game before pick up at 2:50. Snack is OPTIONAL and must be brought from home. We will not have a designated snack time but I understand they may need something and will allow them to have something if they bring it from home.

Please fill out the attached permission slip and information sheet and have your child return it to the Health Office by Monday, September 12th.

If your child goes to REGC after school, I will check them into the program at 2:45 each day and everyone else will meet by the black gate closest to the map on the playground. (Front parking lot is the best place to park)

If you are available to help on any afternoon, I would greatly appreciate the extra eyes. You would need to have at least your basic background check with APS completed. I am looking forward to having your children join us. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at: johnna.mente@aps.edu OR 505-234-3031. Text preferred or will call back as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Johnna Mente-Runners Club Sponsor

Please review these two documents and print and sign the permission slip directly below.

Runner's Club Rules

Runner's Club Pick-up Information

Volunteer at Dennis Chavez!

We LOVE volunteers and there are many opportunities to get involved!

Before helping at our school, every volunteer must receive a background check with APS.

Unsupervised Volunteers (preferred):
Description: Volunteers with unsupervised access to students and/or who may conduct functions that lead them to have unsupervised access to students at any time for any length of time. This would include anyone volunteering for an Out of School (before or after school) club or program (including APS Employees).
What is required to obtain this clearance? A full FBI Fingerprint background clearance required costing $44, issued a district badge by APS Police, must have Principal approval from ALL schools your children attend.

What do I do now? To request an Unsupervised Volunteer clearance, please fill out this google form, and the principal will submit your information to APS. APS will follow up with next steps.

Supervised Volunteers:
Description: Volunteers must ALWAYS be within line of sight of a paid APS employee (not including APS Food Services Staff) while volunteering (including during field trips), Supervised Volunteers must sign in and out at the front desk and receive a volunteer/visitor sticker, and Supervised Volunteers are never issued, or able to use volunteer or non-APS badges
What is required to obtain this clearance? Online background clearance costing $12. Each time, volunteer must sign in and receive a volunteer/visitor sticker at the front office.

What do I do now? Start the process here: https://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps/volunteer-with-aps