The Flores Flyer
January 12, 2023, Volume 5, Issue 6
Dear Davis Ducks,
Happy New Year! It has been wonderful to see our students and staff back on campus this week.
January is typically a month of reflection and planning with the start of a new calendar year. I have found myself falling in that category a little more at the start of 2023. I’m not sure if it’s because of recently celebrating my daughter’s birthday, watching my son grow taller every time I blink, grieving the loss of a beloved community member or realizing that January 2023 marks my tenth year as the leader of this amazing school community. It’s most likely a combination of all of the above. Regardless, I have found myself full of enormous gratitude, while doing my best to embrace each moment.
I am also full of hope and excitement as I watch our students learn and grow. We have spent significant time supporting our students in reading and they are showing tremendous growth. Students are working hard to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. The academic growth not only gives me so much pride, but their behavioral choices along with the progress demonstrated socially-emotionally. I am so proud of our students and appreciate the hard work of our teachers and staff. We are moving into a fun and busy time of year with family events, our gala, camps, field trips, and then the process of welcoming new families through the annual lottery.
The foundation of it all is the partnership between the Davis families and our staff. The relationships formed and support offered across the community is second to none.
Thank you for your continued collaboration, trust, and dedication to the Davis community. I wish all of our Davis families a happy and healthy 2023.
Kindergarten Round-Up is Wednesday, February 1
NMUSD parents, who are interested in sending their incoming kindergartener to Davis in the fall of 2023, are invited to our upcoming Kindergarten Round-Up. During this informational meeting, Mrs. Flores and the current Kindergarten Teachers will talk about the many wonderful educational opportunities offered at Davis, provide tips to best prepare their child for kindergarten, and share information about the application logistics.
Current Davis Ducks, please show your #davisduckspride and help us spread the word with friends, neighbors, and family members.
Guidelines for the 2023-24 Davis application will be posted on our website by the end of January. The application window for ALL new, incoming K-6 students will open in February. Current Davis preschool students must apply.
Davis Magnet School Kindergarten Round-Up
- Wednesday, February 1 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Davis Magnet School MPR
- Informational Meeting for any NMUSD parent interested in their child(ren) attending Davis in the fall of 2023.
Happy Librarian Appreciation Week!
We are fortunate to have the BEST Librarian, Ms. Sweet, which makes it easy to celebrate Librarian Appreciation Week. Ms. Sweet has been a school librarian for 17 years, all of those at Davis.
Learn more about our wonderful librarian with a quick Q&A:
What are some of your favorite children’s books and/or authors?
For beginning readers, I love Mo Willems. The Elephant and Piggie books are such a big hit as read alouds to our littles. I love their reactions, and really enjoy discussing the differences in their personalities - Elephant often being so serious and Piggie more light-hearted. I love to read any book that is funny, has a unique voice that I can "do", or in some way involves the students.
For the middle grades in our school, Gordan Korman has written quite a few books that grab students' attention, seem relevant to their age, and often have an interesting twist at the end. I have read several of his books to classes and really enjoyed doing so.
My favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne (with an E, like me!) is witty, funny, a scholar, and tries to do the right thing, but somehow seems to get herself into terrible predicaments. I find it very entertaining, with many valuable lessons intertwined. It's a very 'feel good' read. Those are usually my favorite; I like stories to end well.
What do you enjoy most about being a school librarian?
Sometimes I think I have the best job on campus. I get to see all of the students, we have fun when they come to visit, and they usually look forward to library time. I really enjoy reading to students and bringing the books to life. If there is a character that I can add a distinctive voice to, I do. I want them to realize that reading is exciting.
There is nothing like the look on a child's face when they really connect with a book. That special moment when a student finds an author or series that they love and discovers the joy of getting lost in a book, when they are completely unaware of what is going on around them. That is the ultimate goal.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at school being a librarian?
I love to travel. Outside of the US, I have been throughout Europe, to Australia, Panama, St John and Tahiti. Island destinations have been my favorite so far, but I enjoy going anywhere. I like to learn new things, and you learn a lot by going to different places. I enjoy the outdoors - mountains, desert, beach - hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and geocaching.
Anything else you want to share?
I am very thankful to work at Davis. I really appreciate the staff, students and parents we have here. There is something really special about our school community that feels safe and supportive.
Congratulations Head Custodian Mr. Marco Chirinos NMUSD Classified Employee of the Year!
It is with enormous #davisduckspride to share that Davis Custodian, Marco Chirinos, was recently named NMUSD Classified Employee of the Year. There are over 1,3000 Classified Employees in our district and Marco was one of two employees selected within nine possible categories. An award application was submitted on his behalf highlighting his work in the following areas: Work Performance, School and Community Involvement, Leadership and Commitment, Local Support and Enhancement which includes and employee image and contributions within the community. Marco has been a member of the Davis team for three years and has made a significant positive impact on our campus. We are thrilled for Marco to receive this well-deserved recognition and are grateful for his hard work and dedication to our school. When you see Marco, please join us in congratulating him and expressing gratitude for his efforts.
Staff Shout Out
Our Staff Shout Out form is back! The Davis Team is full of many amazing staff members who do a lot to help our students #ThinkFeelThrive. This quick and easy form is one way to express gratitude for Davis team members. Mrs. Flores will monitor the form and relay the message of appreciation via email. Thank you, in advance, for completing this form and showing your appreciation by giving a “Staff Shout Out.”
First Annual Davis Duck Dash is Friday, February 3
The day is here! You can now register for our 1st Annual Davis Ducks Dash! Our goal is to raise $30,000 for school field trips, supplies, and family events. Registering is easy and free!
Be sure to check out the easy sharing functions on MYBOOSTER.COM to let others know how they can help support our school. There's no pressure to give, but we invite you to help by registering and sharing our fundraiser with your family and friends!
We're 2 weeks out from the main event -- save these dates!
- Davis Ducks Dash Kick Off - 01/26/2023
- Event Day - 02/03/2023
Thank you for supporting Davis Magnet School through the Davis Ducks Dash. We're grateful for your support!
Family members are welcome onto campus to cheer on our Davis Ducks as they participate in the 1st Annual Davis Ducks Dash on Friday, February 3, 2023.
Running Schedule for Friday, February 3, 2023:
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: 3rd and 4th Grades
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: 5th and 6th Grades
10:30 to 11:00 a.m.: Preschool and Kindergarten
11:00 to 12:00 p.m.: 1st and 2nd Grades
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.
- January 9 - Welcome Back! Happy New Year!
- January 9 - 13 - School Librarian Appreciation Week - Thank you, Ms. Sweet, for supporting all of our growing readers!
- January 11 - International "Thank You" Day. Say "Thank You" to a staff member by completing a Staff Shout Out form.
- January 12 - Lunch Art for students in grades 1-6.
- January 13 - General PTA Meeting in the MPR immediately following Flag Deck.
- January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ~ No School
- January 17 - 5th Grade Walk Through American Revolution Programs (Keller & Dormitorio/Steiner).
- January 18 - Thrivers Parent Book Club from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. RSVP here.
- January 18 - NMUSD Virtual Parent Education from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. ~ Topic: Fentanyl Awareness. Event details and registration link.
- January 19 - 5th Grade Walk Through American Revolution Program (Ivey).
- January 23 - January 27 - Great Kindness Challenge
- January 24 - 6th Grade Walk Through Ancient Civilization Programs (Hurley & Matthews).
- January 24 - 5:30 p.m. Gala Planning Meeting in Room 3.
- January 26 - 1st Annual Davis Ducks Dash Jog-a-thon Kickoff
- January 27 - Shout Out Awards
- January 26 - 6th Grade Walk Through Ancient Civilization Program (Holman).
- January 30 - 100th Day of School!
- February 1 - Kindergarten Round-Up for new and interested incoming parents of Kindergarteners for the '23-24 school year.
- February 1 - PTA Skate Night at Fountain Valley Skate Rink. 6- 8 p.m. $9 admission and be sure to tell the cashier that you're with Davis.
- February 2 - Lunch Art
- February 3 - 1st Annual Davis Ducks Dash Jog-a-thon
- February 10 - Save the Date for our Davis Family BINGO Night
All Aboard!!!! It's Time for the Davis Gala Committee 2023
Join us Tuesday January 24th at 5:30 in room 3 for our first meeting of 2023 to discuss all things "A Nautical Night for Davis." From decor to donations, to day of help, we need it all!
Registration Closes January 18 for Winter Session of the Afterschool Enrichment Classes
We are excited to offer another round of afterschool enrichment classes that begin on January 23. There is some limited space still available in the following classes:
Monday: Robot Building
Wednesday: Sew Fun! and Basketball
Thursday: LEGO Robotics
Friday: Robot Building and Golf
All other sessions are filled up. Class details and registration information are available here.
Think ~ Feel ~ Thrive
THINKOur 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. This month's Thinking Map is a Flow Map designed to support sequencing.
In the December issue of The Flores Flyer, our featured tool was the Mood Meter. Another tool is the Meta Moment. As described by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, "The Meta-Moment is a tool for building the space between stimulus and response—from when we experience an emotion to how we respond to that emotion, so that we make better choices when we express and manage our emotions.”
Our school counselor, Heather Ozgur, presented at a recent PTA meeting. She shared valuable resources that parents may use at home with their families.
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."
Thrivers Parent Book Club
Thanks to our amazing parent community, our Thrivers Book Club is Thriving! Each month I will include a summary of the topics discussed, along with an RSVP form for the upcoming meeting.
Our January 18th meeting will focus on Self-Control, the third of seven teachable character traits that Dr. Borba's research attributes to support Strivers transitioning to THRIVERS.
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 email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your participation and support. I enjoy collaborating with our Thrivers Parents and am looking forward to our next meeting.
The Great Kindness Challenge
"Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James.
Davis Magnet School will participate alongside thousands of other schools around the world in the Great Kindness Challenge. This challenge is an opportunity to share Acts of Kindness. Our PAL led Kindness Week will be in February and will be another opportunity to spread kindness and make a difference. Details about our PAL Kindness Week will be published in February. Until then, feel free to join us during the week of January 23 and accept the Great Kindness Challenge.
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 iloveyouguys.org. 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.
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:"
- Memorize your parent(s) cell phone numbers.
- Memorize your home address.
- Memorize the grade level and/or teacher name of any sibling.
These basic facts can help during any kind of emergency.
As a reminder, the following internet safety tips were shared and discussed with students in September.
Morning chromebook use on the blacktop is limited to educational games. No youtube. No cell phones.
Never share your password or personal information.
Do not download anything without permission.
If you get an odd message/picture from someone, report it right away to your teacher or parent.
GoGuardian Parent App
GoGuardian is a tool used within classrooms across NMUSD to monitor students' online activity during class when using their district-issued chromebook. This tool is very helpful to teachers during the school day and for the first time this feature will be offered to parents.
Davis Magnet School is the first school in NMUSD to pilot the GoGuardian Parent app. We are thrilled at the opportunity to offer this to our parent community and appreciate your feedback over the next couple of months.
GoGuardian Parent is a mobile app designed to provide parents/guardians insight and control over their student's online activity when on school-managed devices and accounts.
The GoGuardian Parent app provides an overview of your children's online activity on NMUSD Chromebooks - including apps, extensions, docs, and sites your student visited. It also provides you with an additional set of internet controls that you can set for out-of-school hours.
There is a lot of information to ensure proper set-up. Please spend time reading through this document to access this app on your child's school-issued chromebook.
December 12th – GoGuardian Parent App will be enabled for Davis parents.
December 12-23 – NMUSD Ed Tech supports parents to ensure they have successfully logged into the App
December 23rd – January 8 – disable in school hours for GoGuardian so parents have control over Chromebooks
January – Ed Tech and Davis Staff monitors the pilot.
Congratulations December Shout Out Award Recipients!
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!
Grade Level of the Month: 2nd Grade
2nd grade is full of surprises! We are excited to see what 2023 will bring our second-graders here at Davis Magnet School. We had a strong start, and are ready to fly! Our focus is on social and emotional development, with an emphasis on our “Best Selves.” In language arts, we are working on reading comprehension and writing strategies using Thinking Maps. In mathematics, we are utilizing various mathematical strategies. We are also making connections to our school wide theme; Think, Feel, and Thrive and how to incorporate that into our growth mindset.
Second Grade Learning Highlights:
- ELA: Phonics, Reading Fluency, Reading comprehension strategies for different genre texts (such as making connections, mental imaging, making inferences, and asking/answering questions), and writing various genres with a focus on forming complete sentences, paragraph structures, and capitalization/punctuation.
- MATH: Using various strategies and/or tools to make sense of math and “show what we know”. Sums and differences to 10, place value, addition and subtraction within 20.
- SOCIAL STUDIES: Comparison of long ago and today, communities, and our government
- SCIENCE: states of matter, living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water, and changing states of land.
- MUSIC: Patriotic songs, winter songs and performances, and our end of year musical.
- STEAM: art, project based learning, and robotics are a large part of our 2nd grade experience here at Davis!
We are also proud of our second-graders participating in an end of the year musical play about grammar. We look forward to you seeing your second-graders thrive in their experience of “The Pirates of Grammar Island” musical in the spring!
Davis Music Program
Congratulations to Mr. Hacker and our many talented student musicians for the fabulous holiday music performances in December. Mr. Hacker spread JOY throughout our community as he led nine different holiday music programs. Thank you, Mr. Hacker, for your efforts to support our students as they thrived on stage.
For any questions regarding the Davis Music Program, please visit the 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.
Get Ready to Run!
Congratulations to our Davis Ducks who participated in December's Run For a Clause! Thank you to the coaches who continue to dedicate their time and efforts to support our student-athletes. We have two fun races coming up this spring including the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run that financially supports schools in our district, including Davis. The final race of the school year is the Kids Run the OC on May 6.
Race details and registration links for the Spirit Run may be found here.
Save the dates for Spring:
- March 12, 2023 - NMUSD 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:
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: www.DavisMagnetPTA.com
PTA’s Email: DavisMagnetSchoolPTA@gmail.com
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.
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.
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.
Names should be placed on the placards within the windshields of cars at Gates 1, 2, and 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.
During dismissal, enter Gate 2 from the middle turn lane on Arlington.
When exiting Gate 1 at dismissal, turn right.
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.
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.