The Davis Download

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Principal's Post

Dear Davis Ducks,


I recently reread my first newsletter of the school year from August 19. In some ways it feels like years ago that we were organizing a bag distribution and sharing our distance learning schedule, and in others, like it was only yesterday. I went into this school year focusing on three big ideas:

  1. Communication

  2. Connections

  3. Consistency


I will be the first to admit that we experienced hiccups throughout the year, but I do believe we did our best to provide consistent communication, make positive connections, and create as much consistency as possible for our students and families, regardless of the learning model.


This school year presented us with my challenges and obstacles, yet I have witnessed incredible growth, resilience, and teamwork from our community that leaves me full of pride. Thank you for your support and collaboration. Our students’ successes would not have been possible without staff and families working together.


Although, I don’t know the details associated with this fall, but I do know that whatever our learning environment, we will be ready and our students will be supported. Be on the lookout for updates in August and until then, unplug, recharge and enjoy the summer months as a family.


Thank you for your support, trust, and commitment to our school community. I wish you all a fun and safe summer!


Sincerely,


Mrs. Flores

June 11 - Early Dismissal for All Students

June 11 is our last day of school. Students will be dismissed at the following times:

12:00 p.m.: ABA Preschool Students

12:45 p.m.: Ms. Diaz's Preschool Students

1:20 p.m.: K-5 Students


6th grade students will be dismissed with their families following the promotion ceremony. Siblings of 6th graders may also be dismissed following the ceremony, but must sign out with office staff.

Student Chromebooks

One of our district's responses to this pandemic was to provide each student with a district-issued Chromebook in order to support student learning. Like a textbook, these devices were checked out to each student via our inventory management system. Therefore, students are responsible for these devices just as they are with other instructional materials. Rather than store these devices on campus over summer where they will be inaccessible for student use, all students will take home their Chromebooks to be used over summer vacation, potentially for some of the below summer learning opportunities. These devices are obviously more expensive than a library book, so I ask that you work with your child regarding proper storage, appropriate use, and care so that they arrive back to school in the fall in proper working order.
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Summer Support for Families

This summer is an opportunity to refresh and recharge after a challenging school year. I hope your family is able to take full advantage of the summer months and enjoy the break from school schedules. While I think downtime is important for all of us, no matter our age, I also believe there is a balance and that students do best with some structure. Below are some ideas and resources to make this summer positive for your family.


  1. Create a balance with screen time.

  2. Continue to provide some structure to the day.

  3. READ, READ and READ some more!

  4. Encourage your child’s love of learning by making it fun, building upon their interests, developing their curiosity, and problem solving on their own.

  5. Provide opportunities for your child to follow multiple step directions.

  6. Support your child in their development of self-regulation.

  7. Practice resilience, empathy, and a growth mindset at home through reading, discussing, and modeling.

  8. Have fun! Find joy and focus on the positives.


NMUSD Summer Enrichment Session

The deadline to apply is TODAY. All details are available here and the application may be completed at this link.


Summer Reading Programs


Find exciting books to read with the Orange County Public Library Summer Reading Book Lists


Congratulations Davis Service Award Members!

Each year, Newport-Mesa recognizes employees who have provided years of service within our district. We are grateful for their dedication to students and to our district. Please join me in congratulating the following NMUSD employees.

Congratulations Shout Out Award Winners!

Please join us in congratulating the following students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade who were selected by their teachers as the recipients for final Shout Out Award of the school year. Every teacher has the difficult task to select one student each month who has gone above and beyond in demonstrating our Five Core Values, along with integrity, responsibility, and leadership. Congratulations to all "Shout Out" Award winners! We are proud of you!
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6th Grade Shout Out Award Winners

Congratulations to the 20-21 "Carrie Oliver Outstanding Volunteer" Award Recipients

Last year our school community bid farewell to parent volunteer extraordinaire, Carrie Oliver, who dedicated countless hours to our school during the 11 years her sons attended Davis. To honor Carrie's amazing dedication, the Davis staff created an award, in her name, to express our gratitude for parents who go above and beyond to support our community.


Even though parents weren't able to volunteer in the same manner as in years' past, many people helped our school in a variety of ways. This year there were two parents who found creative ways to bring our community together, despite the distance.


Becca Freeland and Taylor Uffleman were the masterminds behind four major events, including our InstaPot Cooking Class, Paint Night with Mrs. Danahy, the Davis Golf Event, and the Virtual Auction. Each of these events provided an opportunity for our families to connect, especially when everyone was feeling disconnected.


Thank you, Becca and Taylor, for your dedication, time, and love of our school community. You strengthened our community and you give us great #davisduckspride!

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Dismissal Procedures for Gates 1 and 2

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Stay Connected

Catch a glimpse of what's going on around campus by staying connected.


  • Daily flag deck videos accessible here.
  • Read Aloud videos with Mrs. Flores accessible here.


Follow us on social media:

Davis Magnet School Instagram

Davis Magnet School Facebook

Davis Magnet School Twitter

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Parent Organizations' Updates

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.


Foundation:

Our Golf Event and the Virtual Auction were both a huge success! Thank you so much to everyone who donated items, purchased auction items, or participated in our golf event. The money raised will greatly benefit our students and staff, along with bringing our community together. Thank you so much for your assistance and support!


PTA

2020/2021 Yearbooks are sold out. BUT the PTA is getting another shipment in 2-3 weeks. So if your student still wants a yearbook: yearbooks are $30 each and fill out the form in the front office by this Friday. OR email the PTA at DavisMagnetSchoolPTA@Gmail.com and they will email you the form and arrange payment. When the Yearbooks arrive, they will contact you to arrange pick up or delivery of the yearbook.


Thank you to our dedicated PTA President, Andrea McGary, along with this past year's PTA board. We are grateful for you and your continued support. The board for 2021-22 was recently voted in and it is going to be another wonderful group of volunteers working together to support our school!



PTA Fundraisers: The Davis PTA pays for Walkthroughs, Assemblies, Field Trips, Art Masters, classroom supplies and so much more! Help us raise monies for Davis so we can continue to provide these great resources for all our students!



  • Yogurtland Wednesday’s! Swing by Yogurtland at Harbor/Baker and get a cool treat! Tell the cashier you’re with Davis – and our school will receive a kickback. Promo is every Wednesday. Tell your friends and neighbors too, every cool treat for Davis helps Davis Magnet!
  • Amazon! Amazon shoppers – Go to Smile.Amazon.com and select “Davis PTA” as your Charity Group to support. Then shop like normal! Amazon will donate a 1% back to Davis on any items purchased through ‘Amazon Smile’ that are marked ‘eligible for donation’. Easy way to help support Davis while online shopping with Amazon! Know of an avid Amazon shopper? Let them know too, every penny raised supports Davis Magnet School.
  • Ralph’s: Register your Ralphs Reward Card # at Ralphs.com, under ‘Community Rewards’ and then select Davis PTA as your charity! Then grocery shop and ‘swipe your rewards card/enter your phone number for rewards’ like normal! You will still earn personal rewards from Ralphs, plus Davis will earn 1% back on all purchases!


School Site Council:

  • Our last meeting of the school year was on May 11. Thank you to our parents and staff for serving on this important committee.


English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC)

  • ELAC is an opportunity for parents of our English Language Learners to collaborate, advise, and learn about topics pertaining uniquely to the needs of parents of English Learners.
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Rainy Day Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Our procedures are slightly modified for our Kindergarten and Preschool students at GATE 3.


Your patience, cooperation, and preparation are all greatly appreciated to ensure we maintain our safe and efficient procedures.


IF it is raining during our arrival and dismissal, the following procedures will be implemented:


  • ALL procedures will remain the same for GATES 1 and 2.

  • GATE 3 will be unlocked and open during assigned arrival and dismissal times.

  • Kinder Parents/Guardians will walk their children directly to/from the Kindergarten gate. Parents/Guardians will NOT be allowed in the classrooms.

  • Preschool Parents/Guardians will walk their children directly to/from the preschool classroom doors. Parents/Guardians will NOT be allowed in the classrooms.

  • Masks are REQUIRED for anyone on our campus.

  • Social Distancing is REQUIRED.

  • Siblings will meet Kinder siblings and parents on the Kinder ramp.

  • Students walking or riding their bikes from Gate 3 will still be allowed to enter/exit on their own.

  • Preschool bus riders will continue to be escorted to and from the bus by classroom staff.


If a student is late to arrive or late to be picked up, please plan on using GATE 1.


We believe this is the safest and most efficient way to get our students to and from their classrooms when it is raining. We appreciate your help and cooperation with these procedures.


Please contact your child’s teacher or the front office with any questions.

Parent and Family Resources

Davis Family Resource Center

This month’s #BuildingResilience Social-Emotional Learning focus is Building Community, that highlights different ways to stay connected during these unique times. An additional section of the website is dedicated to Social-Emotional Resources that are organized by topic and range from Anxiety and Stress Management to Conflict Resolution to Social Skills and much more. Another available resource is the NMUSD SAIL (Social-Emotional Assistance, Intervention, and Learning) Newsletter.


COVID Family Resources

Recently I have received some questions from parents about how to talk to their children about COVID. It can be challenging navigating those conversations, no matter the child's age. I'm including a few resources that were provided by NMUSD Behavior Specialist, Amy Becker, to help guide those conversations.

Communicating with your Child about Coronavirus

Sesame Street - Caring for Each Other

Coronavirus Social Story

Return to School: Coronavirus


Care Solace Mental Health Services

NMUSD has partnered with Care Solace to support our community's mental health. NMUSD students, staff members, and their families can use Care Solace to quickly find verified mental health, behavioral health, and substance use treatment options matched to their needs regardless of circumstances or insurance coverage.


Care Solace's team is available 24/7 and can support you in any language. Information is attached or you may visit https://caresolace.com/site/nmusd/ for more details.


Achieve the Core Family Guide

Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student achievement. As mentioned on their website, “Our central priority is to significantly impact literacy and mathematics outcomes for K-12 students nationally, with a particular focus on accelerating academic progress for students who face barriers of racism or poverty. We serve as an advisor to educators around the nation as they align content and instruction to academic standards in literacy and mathematics.” Student Achievement Partners collaborated with Seek Common Ground to create grade level specific Family Guides. The purpose of the Family Guides is to help families prioritize their student’s learning with various activities and resources. The guides are currently available in both English and Spanish for grades K-5, with 6th grade coming soon. This is a wonderful resource to reference as a follow-up for our first trimester report cards.

Health and Safety Reminders

Your communication, questions, and erring on the side of caution, when in doubt have helped all of us. We have to remain vigilant and collaborative in our efforts. Please continue to reference the symptom decision tree if there are any questions about your child’s health or that of a family member. If there are any concerns about a possible exposure or you are awaiting COVID test results, please keep your child home and give us a call to walk through the process. We understand there is a lot of information and the process can be overwhelming. The health office and I are here to help answer questions. Give us a call or email Nurse Scott at ascott@nmusd.us or myself (cflores@nmusd.us) with questions or concerns.


Thank you for your help in consistently reviewing these procedures and expectations with your children. We are continuing to review as a staff, and with our students. Your support and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


  • Cloth masks are required to be worn by all children and adults while on campus. The mask should hook around the ears and must cover the nose and mouth.

  • Proper hygiene consists of washing our hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is available and utilized across our campus.

  • Practice social distancing in the hallways, classrooms, and bathrooms.

  • Stay home when feeling sick or displaying symptoms. Please continue to reference the Student Symptom Decision Tree.

  • Communicate with our health office with any questions or concerns. Nurse Audrey Scott may be reached at ascott@nmusd.us and our Health Assistant may be contacted at gcastillo@nmusd.us. Feel free to call our front office at 714-424-7930, in which they may transfer you to our health office. Don’t forget to call our attendance line at 714-424-4762 if your child is absent for any reason.

  • All details may be found on our website.


In addition to health and safety procedures, please remember the importance of parking lot safety procedures. Our new procedures have been running smoothly, while keeping everyone safe and distant. Please help us maintain our safe and efficient procedures by doing the following:

  • Hands-free phone use only.

  • Pay attention.

  • Move forward.

  • Adults are to stay in their car.

  • Drive slowly.

  • Be patient.


Our school operations have been smooth, successful, and safe. We appreciate your cooperation so that we can continue to operate in this same manner.

NMUSD COVID-19 Dashboard Information

Information will continued to be shared about the NMUSD COVID-19 Dashboard. The Dashboard lists all the school sites in NMUSD and shows the total school population (students + staff and teachers). In addition, it includes the number of COVID-19 positive cases identified in the past 14 days, as well as the percentage of the school population that the positive cases represent. The Dashboard is updated daily.


In the event of a positive case in our school, as appropriate and under the direction of the OCHCA, the school nurse, myself, or District staff will notify any staff or students who are considered to be a close contact (less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes) with a COVID-19 positive person.


Each case is unique and in some cases, while uncommon, notification to low risk contacts MAY be necessary, based on the direction from the OCHCA. If you do not receive notification regarding a COVID-19 case, we do not believe your child has been exposed. Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide names or any other information about the people who test positive or those who have been in close contact. Please see page 18-21 of the NMUSD School Reopening Plan for additional information.


I am including the information shared during last week's issue of the Davis Download as a reminder of our procedures.


  1. If there is a positive case with a Davis student or staff member, will we be notified? If the case involves your student, you will be notified. Our protocol does not include notifying the entire school community.
  2. How do you decide who to notify and when to do it? We work with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). When we receive notification of a positive result, we immediately provide OCHCA detailed information about the case. After we provide OCHCA with information, their experts determine who, if anyone, is considered to have been in close contact with the individual with the positive result. Anyone in close contact is considered high risk. Anyone not in close contact is considered low risk. The information an individual receives may be dependent on their risk level (high or low). Their experts provide us with letters, detailing the risk and next steps needed, to send to affected families and/or staff members.
  3. What determines close contact? Per the CDC, close contact is 15 or more minutes spent closer than 6' from the individual with a positive test result.
  4. If my student has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive OR I believe my student may have COVID-19, what is the protocol? Parents/Guardians need to immediately contact our School Nurse, Audrey Scott (ascott@nmusd.us) or me (cflores@nmusd.us). The student will need to stay home. I will notify the appropriate departments and agencies to determine next steps. Nurse Scott will connect with the family and be the main point of contact. Nurse Scott will also monitor the student until the student is able to return to school. ALL student information in this process is kept confidential.


Our ventilation systems, Plexiglas barriers, site cleaning procedures, and current practices around distancing, hand washing, and face coverings are all designed to create the safest learning environment possible. We are extremely grateful for our parent community who keep students home if they have a hint of possible COVID symptoms and who communicate if there's a potential for COVID in the home. Our teachers and staff members support our efforts by engaging in daily passive and active screenings and stay home if there’s any trace of a symptom that might be COVID-related. We are making this work because we are working together.


As we move through the next few months of colder weather, let’s continue to look out for one another by remaining both vigilant and communicative. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.