Volume 1 | Edition 3 | 2018-2019
September 5th, 2018
Dear Daves Avenue Families, 

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with those you care about most. Today was a special day on campus as we had our first Wednesday Wave Assembly of the 2018-19 school year. To maximize instructional minutes for core academic areas, the staff at Daves has committed to focus on providing a quality assembly on the first Wednesday of every month. The theme this month is confidence and we would love for you to reinforce concepts at home in the month of September. Remember, self confidence comes from a sense of competence. Please consider celebrating achievements, both small and large. While encouraging words from trusted adults on campus are valuable, the praise provided to a child by a parent helps students thrive across settings. Here are some suggestions and conversation starters for you at home: 

  1. Love your child. Of course, this might not always look perfect and that’s understandable. If a child feels loved and accepted at home, research states that children will be better equipped to extend to other groups during unstructured time at school and during athletic activities. 
  2. Praise. Positive feedback and reinforcement goes a long way in the classroom and at home. Failure is inevitable, and students need to know that it is acceptable to not be perfect. 
  3. Model self-love and positive talk.  Take the time to celebrate your successes with your children. If your child hears you talking about your skills and talents, they will likely follow in your footsteps. 
  4. Help your child set realistic goals. While we all want our children to succeed academically, be cautious of time and pressures that are often presented as a result of extra-curricular activities. If students feel like they need to become an Olympic athlete to please you, it is likely time to have a family discussion about reasonable goals to avoid feelings of failure. 
  5. Teach Resilience! Failures, setbacks, and criticism are a natural part of the learning process. These occurrences are simply hurdles and you can help your child by encouraging them to “try again”. Validating a child’s feelings is important, and you can help teach that setbacks are a normal part of life. 

Next week I will provide additional strategies on how to help bolster your child’s self-confidence. 

In education together, 
Principal, Daves Avenue Elementary School
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September 6
Project Cornerstone/FunVisors Orientation Meeting
8:30 am, MPR
September 7
HSC Meeting
8:30 am, MPR
September 11
Daves Green Team First Meeting
After School in the Garden of Wisdom
Are you or your child interested in joining the Daves Ave Green Team?  

The student Green Team meets Tuesdays in the Daves Avenue Garden of Wisdom immediately after school until 3:30 pm. Students get a t-shirt and build friendships while learning to become stewards of the environment. Activities include maintaining the native & sensory garden, conducting science experiments, activism and learning about eco issues in our immediate world, and doing “green” projects around the school. We have had outside speakers, we might get a worm bin, we are building things - it is great! This year we will focus on the impact of plastics in the ocean.   Click here to learn more and join us!
September 18
Chat with the Principal
8:30 am, MPR
September 21
5:30 pm, Daves Field and Blacktop
Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy this family fun-filled night under the stars... Admission is free! Concessions, fun, and sparkle tattoos start at 5:30pm. The movie begins at 7:30pm. Enjoy pizza from Oak & Rye and Kona Shave Ice for purchase. Popcorn is free!
Or - pack your own picnic.

Adults and Fisher Students, please consider helping with this event...
Adult volunteer sign-up: http://signup.com/go/idKkVJb

Fisher Students get community service hours! http://signup.com/go/nwWZqXN

Thank you Hall & Burnett Orthodontics for sponsoring this event!
September 22
Men's Poker Party (Auction Party)
Daves Ave Dads  don’t miss out on this great opportunity to support Daves Avenue while having an amazing evening player poker, catching up with the guys and enjoying delicious food and drinks!  Click here to learn more and sign-up today!
September 24-28
Walk & Roll Week!
See Your DOLLARS FOR DAVES Donations at Work!

Did you know that the Home & School Club provides emergency kits for every child and staff member on campus? Our emergency kits are stored on campus and will provide each child with emergency food (vegetarian and nut-free), water, blanket, waterproof poncho and a dust mask. We also have a large supply of batteries, flashlights, first aid kits and tarps in the event of an emergency. These essential items wouldn’t be possible without your generous donations to DOLLARS FOR DAVES . Thank you for your continued support!!
Double your DOLLARS FOR DAVES? Yes please! Did you know many organizations match their employees’ donations to 501(c)3 donations? Please check if your employer does, and make your DOLLARS FOR DAVES donation grow! See more information  here  or contact Karin Luton , the Corporate Matching Chairperson. If you have already made a donation through your company, please let Lani Harr know so you have HSC membership. THANK YOU!
Get Involved!
Carnival Chair Needed

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

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.
Free2Me features OhmConnect!

The Free2Me program keeps you informed on businesses that offer FREE money that comes right back to Daves Avenue Elementary! Each month we will feature a participating business and have some special contests and prizes.

This month we are featuring OhmConnect . Click on the image to the right to see how you can win a new Smart thermostat or a $50 Main Street Burger gift card!
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 .


Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation contracts with multiple vendors throughout the Bay Area to provide a variety of After School Enrichment classes like Art, Cooking, Chess and more. Many of these classes are offered at the Daves Avenue campus and begin the first week of September. Click on the flyer for more information or here to register.
Please click on the graphic to learn how the Daves Avenue HSC and the LGEF work
Together for Student Success!
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