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Today: 4/26/17

Writing Buddies Article in Davis Enterprise Nov. 18th 2016

Mobile Dairy Classroom Articke in Davis Enterprise December 2nd 2016

New Raptor Visitor Screening for Davis Schools  


The Davis Joint Unified School District’s number one priority is the safety of students and staff. As a result the district is currently implementing a digital visitor and volunteer check in system.  When visitors or volunteers check-in they will be asked to present a valid state issued ID for entering into the check-in system.


The system will scan the ID and instantly screen for registered sex offenders in all 50 states. The system can also screen for individuals with restraining orders, custody issues, suspended or expelled students, or for any custom alert.


If a potential threat is identified the person at the front desk will contact an administrator.  Every match has to be manually confirmed to avoid false positives, and principals will have ultimate say over who is allowed to enter their campuses.  If a match is confirmed the system sends instant alerts to designated officials, including administrators and law enforcement, via email and text messaging.


When a visitor is cleared the system prints a badge featuring the visitor's name, photo, date and time, and destination. 


We are confident that this system will help us keep our students and staff safer and it will allow us to know who is on our campuses if an emergency situation were to take place. We ask for your cooperation in presenting your valid state issued ID when checking in at our campuses.


Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

Purple Power T shirts on Sale!

It's time to get the new Purple Power T shirt to wear on Fridays to show your school spirit. The order forms are in the office.


Counselor’s Corner, Melinda Coates


It was so great to see all the wonderful acts of kindness this month done by all of our Patwin Hawks! Here’s a little more about why it’s so important to teach kindness to our students.


6 Reasons Why Teaching Kindness is Important


1. Happy Children

There is a natural good feeling that results when we do an act of kindness. These good feelings are proven to be contagious, encouraging even more kind behavior (also known as altruism).


2. Greater Sense of Belonging and Improved Self-Esteem

Studies show that people experience a "helper's high" when they do a kind act. This rush of endorphins creates a lasting sense of pride, well-being, and an enriched sense of belonging.


3. Increased Peer Acceptance

Research on prosocial behavior among adolescents determined that being kind increases our ability to form meaningful connections with other people and greater peer acceptance was achieved through acts of kindness. 


4. Improved Health and Less Stress

There are a number of physical and mental health benefits that can be achieved by being kind. Altruistic actions trigger a release of the hormone oxytocin, which can significantly increase a person's level of happiness and reduce stress levels.


5. Better Concentration and Improved Results

Kindness is a key ingredient that enhances positivity and helps children feel good about themselves as it increases serotonin levels. This important chemical affects learning, memory, mood, sleep, health, and digestion. Children with a positive outlook have greater attention spans, more willingness to learn, and better creative thinking to improve results at school.


6. Less Bullying

When students are taught how to change their thoughts and actions by learning about kindness and compassion, it fosters the positive behavior that's expected and naturally rewarded with friendship. Promoting kindness and empathy is key in reducing bullying to create warm and inclusive school environments.


Adapted from Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying by Lisa Currie

Spelling Bee Results

Patwin’s Spelling Bee Results

There were 26 Patwin Hawks in grades 3 to 6 participated in our Spelling Bee in December. They all worked very hard. Congratulations to all!

  • Sixth grader Elliot DeJong is the winner and fourth grader Kailani Compton came in second place.
  • Elliot passed the written exam in January and is moving onto the oral competition in Sacramento on March 1 where students from throughout the region will compete to go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Harbor Maryland. 

We are rooting for you Elliot as move on to the competition in Sacramento!  Congratulations to all of the Patwin Hawks who participated in this very fun event.


Character Education Theme/Spirit Day for April

Character Education Theme for April

The April Character Education theme is Integrity.  Integrity is defined as being strong enough to do what you know is right. Integrity is also knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing to do the right thing, even when it is difficult.  Please support our theme at home by talking to your child about what it looks like to have integrity.


4/5 Spirit Day: ER Day

Wednesday April 5th is Spirit Day and the theme this month is ER Day.  All Patwin Hawks are encouraged to show their school spirit on ER Day by dressing as someone or something that ENDS with the letters ER.  Some suggestions:  hiker, biker, spider, flower, fearless leader, ruler, football player, swimmer, fairy godmother, cheerleader, runner, golfer

Save the date for Open House – April 12th 6:00-7:00

 Open House – April 12th 6:00-7:00  This is a fun evening to visit your student’s classroom and to see the work they have been doing.  Please visit our science fair and also take this opportunity to look at the different classrooms across the grade levels.  Put the date into your calendars now.  This is a great way for your son or daughter to see how much you value what they are learning.

2017 DJUSD Parent Engagement Night – Helping Our Children Thrive

2017 DJUSD Parent Engagement Night – Helping Our Children Thrive

Join other parents, community members, and DJUSD staff for a full and connecting evening about ways that together we can help our children.

Date:  Tuesday, April 11, 2017  

Time:  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Place:  Harper JHS MPR

Free:  Light buffet and child care provided



5:45 – 6:15 Arrive at Harper MPR and sign-in at the registration table

6:00 – 6:15 Welcome and Overview

6:25 - 7:10 pm  Breakout Session 1

7:15 - 8:00 pm  Breakout Session 2


Register now at Registration for 2017 DJUSD Parent Engagement Night.


You can also visit 2017 DJUSD Parent Engagement Night to learn more about the evening’s presentations. At the April 11th event you will be free to follow your interests and explore aspects of Socio-Emotional Learning that catch your attention. Each participant will get to attend two presentations of their choice. The hardest part of the evening will be deciding which presentation to go to!

Patwin Climate Survey Open until Friday April 1st

Patwin’s Climate Committee is conducting a survey to better understand our families’ feeling of connectedness to the school. We believe that a strong school climate makes for a positive elementary school experience for all our children.

The information that we collect will tell us what is going well and what needs re-evaluation. Your family’s honest and thoughtful feedback is important and will guide the future focus of Patwin’s school climate committee. Please feel free to talk to your student during the process, and please only complete one survey per child. 

Please complete the survey by Friday, April 1st .

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey and help us improve!

– Patwin’s Climate Committee


Please take the survey for each of your children who attend Patwin.






Emerson Junior High PTA presents SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age - Monday, April 24th - 7:00-9:00pm

Emerson Junior High PTA presents SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age - Monday, April 24th - 7:00-9:00pm — Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

Reserve your seats now at https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-emerson-...

LCAP Survey

LCAP Survey — Each year, Davis Joint Unified School District captures community feedback about school performance in the priority areas of school climate, parent engagement, programs for students and employee professional development, all key elements of our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP describes our school district’s key goals for students and includes specific actions the district will take to meet these goal and the metrics used to measure progress. We hope you will take 5-10 minutes to participate in this important survey and share your insights and experiences. All survey responses are anonymous. http://survey.sogosurvey.com/k/RQsXSYSsUWsPsPsP

Great Kindness Challenge Month ~ Patwin Hawks ~


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School Board “We All Belong” Resolution - Implementation Begins


This month, the Davis School Board approved a resolution providing a clear and transparent statement that DJUSD shall be a place where all students, employees and families feel welcome and safe regardless of their immigration status, race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression. Specifically, the resolution addresses procedures for responding to federal immigration enforcement action as well as policy changes around data collection on student enrollment. For more information visit www.djusd.net/Belong or click on We All Belong Resolution. The resolution marked an important, first step to begin the process of examining current policies and procedures, educating school employees, and working closely with community partners to ensure that all students and families, including those that are undocumented or marginalized, are able to receive education in a safe and supportive environment.


Spirit Day: Crazy Hair and Hat Day - February


Mrs. Burau and her twin sister Teri both teach 3rd grade!

Mrs. Burau and her identical twin sister Teri are both 3rd grade teachers.  Teri teaches at Twin Rivers Unified and since they were not in school today, she decided to spend the day with her sister at Patwin.  We are lucky to have them both here today.

Robotics Club is up and running!


Dairy Mobile Classroom Assembly

This morning our students had an assembly learning about "Snickers" the cow who came to visit.  The Dairy Council provides assemblies that teach how milk and dairy foods are produced and how they contribute to healthy eating. Today our students learned about

  • The anatomy of a dairy cow 
  • How milk goes from a cow to their school/home 
  • The agricultural technology used on dairy farms 
  • The many different foods made from milk



What Is Mix It Up at Lunch Day?

A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance in 2002, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. For more information please visit: http://www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up/what-is-mix


On Tuesday, October 25th, 1st-6th grade students participated in Mix It Up at Lunch Day here at Patwin. The students randomly selected colored wristbands to determine where they would sit in the MPR. Tables were colorfully decorated in the MPR so that students knew where to sit. Essentially if a student selected a red wristband he/she would then sit at the red table. There were conversation starters and “getting to know you” questions at each of the tables to spark conversation. Some students are hesitant at first to try Mix It Up at Lunch but for just a day, we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. The feedback that I have received so far has been positive and we believe the students enjoyed Mix It Up at Lunch!


Take Care,

Melinda Coates

School Counselor 

Mix It Up Lunch Day

Mix It Up Lunch Day

Patwin teachers inspired by Jo Boaler at UCD, learning about a growth mindset in mathematics

Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset

Rainbow Day 2016


On Friday we unveiled our new Kelso's Choices Mural with Heidi Bekebrede.  This mural was created last spring by students and the artist.  Kelso's Choices is a social skills program we use to help students solve problems and make good decisions.  The mural has all 9 choices and it is installed on the wall facing the playground so students at recess or lunch can use it to support them making good decisions.

Kelso's Choices Mural Unveiled 8/26/16

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On Friday we unveiled our new Kelso's Choices Mural with Heidi Bekebrede.  This mural was created last spring by students and the artist.  Kelso's Choices is a social skills program we use to help students solve problems and make good decisions.  The mural has all 9 choices and it is installed on the wall facing the playground so students at recess or lunch can use it to support them making good decisions.