Volume 1 | Edition 1 | 2018-2019
August 22, 2018
Greetings Families!

The first few days of school were filled with great enthusiasm and smiling faces. The New Family Picnic, New Parent Orientation, Ice Cream Social, and Parent Coffee, were all successful events due to the wonderful Home & School Club and parent volunteers at Daves Avenue. For those of you who helped to make these events a success, thank you!

The Cool Cat staff are committed to nurturing and supporting the social and emotional well-being and academic excellence for all students. The faculty’s commitment to create this caring climate will require your support. Communication between parents and staff is paramount. If you ever have a question or concern you need to share about your child, please contact your child’s teacher. Additionally, I take great pride in supporting healthy relationships on campus and would be happy to speak with you as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email, phone, or a handwritten note. Direct and open communication are key elements to building trust and enhancing the Daves Avenue community. 

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday for our Back-to-School Night . Please reference the schedule below. Have a terrific week!

Kind regards, 
Principal, Daves Avenue Elementary School
Thursday, August 23rd, 6:00 pm

Don't forget...Thursday is a MINIMUM DAY because of Back to School night. Students are dismissed at 12:10pm

6:00-6:40  Classroom Presentations for Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grades

6:45-7:15  Parents and Staff Meet in the Multi Purpose Room
  • Principal’s Welcome
  • Staff Introductions
  • Home & School Club Welcome
  • Los Gatos Education Foundation Welcome
  • Safe Routes to School Initiative Highlights

7:20-8:00 Classroom Presentations for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades
Never Miss an Important Date! 🗓
View and subscribe to the HSC Google Calendar
August 23
MINIMUM DAY!! Students are dismissed at 12:10pm

Back-to-School Night
6:00 pm, Classrooms and MPR 
This is your chance to meet your child's teacher and hear about his/her plan for the school year. Also hear from school leadership, the HSC, and the LGEF about how these organizations support our school and students.
8:00 - 9:00 pm, Enoteca La Storia
August 27
Ryland's Restaurant
7:30 am, On the corner of Bruce & Poppy

First sale of the school year! Starbucks will be donating coffee this year and there will be all the traditional goodies (Oreo balls, muffins, cookies, biscotti & hot chocolate). 50% of proceeds go directly to Daves Avenue!
August 30
Room Parent & Chair Meeting
8:30 am, MPR
September 3
September 6
Project Cornerstone/Fun Visors Meeting
8:30 am, MPR
September 7
H&SC Meeting
8:30 am, MPR
DOLLARS FOR DAVES is the Home & School Club's annual fundraising campaign to support critical programs at Daves Avenue.
The HSC plans to spend $400 per student this year in areas like Academics, Technology, Student Enrichment, and Community-Building Events. Please click on the flyer for a more complete explanation of these programs, a breakdown of how dollars are spent, and levels of membership.
ALL students benefit from DOLLARS FOR DAVES, and every dollar counts! Thank you!
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Your DOLLARS FOR DAVES donations at work!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Rance Hodge Jr. , our onsite One Yard Coach. Rance will be on site every day encouraging our kids to have positive, inclusive interactions at recess and lunch. Next time you’re on campus please take a moment to say hi to the newest member of our Daves Avenue community. Thank your for making this amazing program possible through your generous donations to  DOLLARS FOR DAVES! 

Hi Daves Family,

My name is Rance Hodge Jr. I will be helping lead the One Yard Recess program at Daves Avenue Elementary. 

My experience working with youth and sports has spanned the course of 10 years. One Yard is a K-8 youth and recess development program geared toward helping youth in school communities find their inner leadership qualities through sports and physical education. 

I have coached a multitude of sports ranging from lacrosse, rugby, basketball, football, hockey, soccer etc. I am here this year to, not only ensure our students a fun and safe recess experience, but also work with them to be leaders at home and in their communities. I am committed to sacrificing all I can to make this program a success not only this year but for years to come. 

I look forward to meeting everyone and making an impact with the students and staff here in Los Gatos. 

Thank you,
Rance Hodge Jr. 
Traffic & Safety Upgrades in and around Daves Avenue

We encourage Daves families to look over our new Arrival and Dismissal information, click on the image for more information.

We are undertaking a multi-year effort to make walking, riding, driving and entering/exiting campus safer. More information to come at Back-to-School Night and the school website.
Get involved!
Auction and Carnival Chairs Needed

If you would like more information, please email vp@davesavehsc.org . Thank you!

Cool Cat Auction Chair
This is our annual, adult-only spring fundraiser. With a solid team of volunteers, you can make this fundraiser a huge success! This involves all aspects of a big event – marketing, auction solicitation and management, volunteer recruitment, music, venue procurement, food selection, and decorating. This is a fun event – not to be missed.

Carnival & Talent Show Chair
The end of the year just wouldn't be the same without the Carnival or the Talent Show! You'll line up the volunteers, games, food, and logistics with the help of a committee. Most games and food have been booked already. Everyone looks forward to this wonderful event.
Orange the Official Color of Fun!
Join the  FunVisors  and you can be fun and orange too!

Hi, my name is  Neha Chugh  and together with Michéle Pullens we will be coordinating the FunVisor Program this year at Daves.

FunVisors is a lunchtime program that is open to ALL kids from 1st to 5th grade. We offer a variety of activities such as bottom scooters, jump ropes, ball games, carnival games , clay days, scavenger hunts, painting, arts and crafts, Legos and MORE! The purpose of the FunVisor program is that ALL kids have an activity to enjoy during lunch.

We are a part of Project Cornerstone and will have activities that bring the ABC lessons from the classroom to the playground.

The FunVisor program is offered everyday except Wednesday.

Volunteer time: 11:45 am – 1 pm
Volunteer schedule: Super flexible. You can participate as much or as little as you’d like. You can volunteer on the playground weekly, share an alternative schedule, participate on special event days or help out on rainy days... whatever fits your schedule best. Younger siblings are welcome!

Kids really enjoy the FunVisors program and to begin the year off strong, we need YOU! 
If you can dedicate some of your time to help us enhance the caring environment at school please join the FunVisor team. Please consider signing up by clicking here.

Also, save the date for FunVisor Orientation/Training on Sep 6, 8:30 am in the MPR .

Please email us if you have any questions or would like more information about the program. Your time makes a meaningful impact on the positive culture of our school and the development, safety and happiness of our children! 

FunVisor Co-Chairs

Creation Station needs supplies so our children can make many amazing art projects!

We are accepting: 

  • Paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls                    
  • Egg cartons and bottle tops                     
  • Buttons, pipe cleaners and craft sticks                
  • Tape and GlueSticks
  • Pom - poms, Pool Noodles, stickers, ribbons, and cotton balls   
Please donate to the Creation Station collection bin located in the front office, across from Sue's desk. 
Do you have or know of a business that would like to support the Daves Avenue Home & School Club? Our Annual Community Sponsorship Program allows local businesses to help support critical programs at Daves Avenue while having a positive presence in our community throughout the year . Click here to learn more .
The Los Gatos Education Foundation (LGEF) is recruiting volunteers to help our schools! Please click on the flyer to see how you can help in as little as a few hours a month!

If interested, please contact Deborah Weinstein or call (510) 882-3170
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
Jennifer Lambert, President | president@davesavehsc.org