Volume 3 | Edition 7 | 2020-2021
September 23, 2020
Dear Parents,
A sincere thank you to all families who attended Principal Chat #1 yesterday. The agenda included the “glows” and “grows” of elementary virtual classrooms, a short video clip of staff members in action, and open communication about the status of reopening in schools in LGUSD. If you were unable to attend, there will be additional opportunities in the future. I am pleased to share with you a "Parents Need SEL Too" upcoming presentation. Together, parents and guardians in LGUSD will continue to learn and grow.
I am looking forward to our first virtual community building event with “Sterling the Bubblesmith” this Friday, September 25 @ 4:00 P.M. A huge thank you to South Bay Kids Dentistry for sponsoring this event! Parents, if you happen to have bubbles on hand at home, please have them ready for the conclusion of the virtual event where students of all ages will be encouraged to join the interactive fun!

Kind regards, 
Principal, Daves Avenue Elementary School
Student Residency Questionnaire/Affidavit

We are conducting a residency census to ensure that all of our students have access to the services to which they are entitled. Please see this attached document. If your answer to the first question is "no", please complete the form and send it to the district office, care of Sarah Tellez, stellez@lgusd.org This will enable us to provide the appropriate support to you and your family. 
Join us for a LIVE Zoom event with Sterling the Bubblesmith
Friday, September 25, from 4-5 pm

Watch and learn how to blow amazing bubbles with your hands!
Q&A included to answer all your bubble-blowing questions.
All Cool Cats are invited to join!
Meeting ID: 946 086 2150
Passcode: PAWS
Keep Your Bucket Full Series from Parenting Continuum
The following is Part 1 of an article written by Parenting Continuum volunteer, Erin McAuley, to help parents "fill Their Buckets" during this time. Erin is a leadership expert and change coach trained in neuroscience and positive intelligence (PQ). She coaches working parents, leaders, and teams to thrive in the now and achieve their “what’s next”. She and her husband Jeff live in Monte Sereno with their 2nd and 3rd graders who are attending virtual school at home. “Our kids are constantly teaching us lessons in self-discovery and change agility.” www.bechange.coach.

Look for Parts 2 and 3 over the next two weeks.
“I used to be so resilient,” confides C-suite executive and mother of a 2nd grader. “All balance is gone. We’re just in survival mode” confesses project manager and father of 7th and 9th graders. “I’m exhausted. Now I am expected to be a teacher, executive assistant, IT support, chef, cleaner, friend, and mom” shares a mother of 4 school-aged kids spanning elementary, middle, and high school. Conversation after conversation with stellar leaders, role models, and parents all grappling with the same issue. 

Grace and grit alone are not cutting it.

In this series, we will explore how to keep your bucket full as a parent during unprecedented times. In the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Community, we are familiar with this concept of “being a bucket filler”. Every time you focus on positivity (empathy, gratitude, curiosity, joyful creativity, calm, etc.) you fill your bucket. And every time you focus on negativity (stress, anxiety, frustration, anger, disappointment, shame, guilt, etc.), the bucket is depleted. When you have a full bucket, you respond and make choices that feel more like “the real you”. You are being the best version of yourself even when times are hard. But when the bucket is low, you respond in ways that hurt yourself, hurt others, and often make the situation worse instead of better. If you have noticed that your bucket feels lower than usual, here’s why.
Your bucket may be drained more frequently. Consider where you spend your time, what you see, what you hear, and what you discuss. You may be spending more time worrying (and at times even obsessing) about topics like your children’s education, the pandemic, social issues, political differences, and difficulties with work or finances. This is a sign that your bucket is being depleted more quickly.

Your bucket may not be filled in the same ways. Think of those things that bring you joy like dinner with a friend, yoga class, browsing a bookstore, swimming, taking a hike, travel, etc. You may not be doing them as frequently or at all. If you are, you may have needed to modify them like wearing a mask on your hike, doing yoga over Zoom, or assessing the health-and-safety risks of a location before a social-distance visit. Chances are you may be doing less of them and when you are, they may not fill your bucket at the same rate.

Your bucket may not be getting from or giving to your network in the same way. Consider a time in your life when you were having a tough time coping — moving, job loss, new baby, ended relationship, death in the family. Your friends and family leaned in to boost you up and add to your bucket. And you do the same for them. They may not be adding to your bucket and you might not be adding to theirs at the same rate. We are in this together.

Discover how full your bucket is with the Positive Intelligence (PQ) assessment. In our next segment, we will share strategies to “Drain Less” and “Fill More”.
The H&SC Board is looking for a new member ASAP to serve in the position of President-Elect. The President-Elect will be an invaluable member of the Board this year who will transition to H&SC President for the 2021-2022 school year, and then to Parliamentarian for the 2022-2023 school year. The ideal candidate will be a parent with children in the 3rd grade or younger, who wants to take on a leadership role at Daves Avenue supported by a great team! The role is absolutely open to working parents. Interested? Have more questions? Or know someone who may be a great candidate?
In addition, the Room Parent Coordinator position is now OPEN.
If any of the roles interests you, please email our Board Vice-President, Emma Garner.
This has been an interesting year for all of us, and we know that our local business community has been affected by the COVID shutdown and subsequent regulations. Because of this, we have modified our sponsorship program this year. Instead of asking for donations, we have chosen to honor and support these incredible businesses by spotlighting them here and on our website. These local businesses have always supported us and now it's our turn to support them: www.davesavehsc.org/sponsors
Now offering @home online learning program! Mathnasium is a specialized math only Learning Center where students can go year-round to boost their math skills. It is effective, affordable, and highly specialized. Our goal is to teach math in a way that makes sense to kids; develop their number sense and mathematical thinking. All Mathnasium students receive one-on-one instruction using a customized learning plan based on the unique needs and goals of each child. We focus on filling in the gaps in your child's mathematical foundations while providing him or her with the help, guidance, and encouragement necessary to tackle what's being taught in school. The results are measurable progress, a renewed sense of confidence, and a positive attitude towards math and learning.

With our new @home online learning program, our focus to offer customized programs to help kids with their math needs has not changed from before. We just celebrated 11 years of serving the community on September 1st. For information about our Mathnasium @home online program: https://www.mathnasium.com/athome/campbell
Ken's Top Notch Produce has agreed to donate some leftover organic fruits and vegetables at the end of the Los Gatos Farmers Market to LGUSD. Through the help of our wellness committee and food service staff we are able to preserve, clean and package this fruit on Sundays and Mondays. This allows us to provide a package of free organic fruits and vegetables to those who participate in our food programs. For those interested they will be available, while supplies last, with our meals on Mondays. Come participate at the Fisher drive through meal pickup.

Pickup at Fisher Middle School Monday - Friday
Breakfast 8am
Lunch 12pm
Meals are free to those 18 and under regardless of income.
The Silicon Valley chapter of The American Institute of Architects is thrilled to present the Third Annual Kids Draw Architecture program on Saturday, September 26th. This program has been created to encourage drawing and inspire the next generation of architects. This year we’re presenting the program virtually with selected videos and offering the opportunity for kids to talk to an architect online to receive tips on improving their drawings.
To register, please click on the following LINK
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Friday, September 25th - 4pm to 5pm
Sterling the Bubblesmith Zoom Event

Tuesday, September 29th
"Parents Need SEL Too" Virtual Presentations
9:00am - Grades TK/K - 2 Parents
10:30am - Grades 3-5 Parents
12:30pm - Grade 6 Parents
2:00pm - Grades 7-8 Parents
Zoom Links to Follow

Monday, October 5th
Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, October 8th - 2:30pm
H&SC Meeting #2
Zoom Link to Follow
Daves Avenue Elementary School
17770 Daves Avenue, Monte Sereno, CA 95030
Jenna Mittleman, Principal | jmittleman@lgusd.org
Phone: 408-335-2200 | Fax: 408-395-6314 | Attendance Line: 408-335-2245
Daves Avenue Home & School Club
Becky Tanner, President | president@davesavehsc.org