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3/15/17

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Davis’ Holmes Junior High School! Holmes was founded in 1966, and has been one of Davis’ Junior High schools, teaching thousands of children and contributing to our community. Its mascot is the Patriot. The namesake of the school is Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., a well-known American poet and author.

 

To celebrate, Holmes is holding our 50th Anniversary Open House on April 27th, 2017. We are also collecting artifacts to be placed in a time capsule that will be buried in the grounds of Holmes. If you have any items that you feel could be put in it, bring them to the front office of Holmes. We are also creating a Display Case in the library. The theme of this is “50 years of faces”. Feel free to bring anything that you feel will represent this subject, prior to the event. The deadline for these items is April 21st.

 

The Open House Celebration begins at 6:00pm, and ends at 8pm. It will be at Holmes. The address is 1220 Drexel Drive, Davis CA. All families are welcome! We would especially like to invite any Holmes alumni from years past or former Holmes students currently attending district schools. Wear any Holmes memorabilia that you own and come ready to have a good time! There will be food vendors, music performances, and activities around campus, so bring your family and get food and sit in the grass to watch students perform. We hope to see you soon!

 

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Announcments

Enrollment for 2017-2018 will begin on April 25th, 2017 and continue until we are fully enrolled. We will be excepting packets for both state preschool and full day fee based programs.  If you have any questions regarding our programs please call 530-757-5340 ext 102. 

 

If your child is turning 5 before September 1st 2017 they are eligible for kindergarten, if they turn 5 between September 2nd 2017 and December 1st 2017 they are eligible for TK. If they turn 5 after December 2nd 2017 they are eligible for preschool for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Director's Corner

WELCOME to our DJUSD Preschool Family!

 

We are thrilled that you have chosen our preschool program for your child! We know it is an important step in your life as well as your child’s life to find a preschool that makes you feel comfortable – one that is warm, loving, nurturing, safe and educational. We look forward to partnering with you in the beginning stages of your child’s education.  I have confidence that every staff member on this campus will do everything they can to make this transition an easy and enjoyable one for you and your child.  Preschool is an exciting time filled with wonder and exploration.  Here at DJUSD, our preschool programs are committed to providing a quality, developmentally appropriate learning experience for each child.  Our staff is highly qualified and bring years of experience to the classroom.  Each day will be filled with fun and exciting opportunities to help your child grow.  I look forward to all that we will accomplish this year as we work together in building a foundation for your child’s future.

As the Director of the Children’s Center, here are my goals:

  1. To build positive relationships with staff and families
  2. To build partnerships with the community
  3. To build and implement a strong recruitment system

I would like you to know that I have an open door policy.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to stop by my office located in the administrative office or to contact me at my direct line at (530)757-5340.  Again, I am looking forward to the positive partnerships we will all build!  Thank you so much for your time and for choosing Valley Oak Preschool!

Sincerely,

 

Jenna Gonzalez

Director of Children’s Center

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Children learn best through hands-on activities and experiences.  It is important that children be allowed to explore their environment.  Learning is not just following what others do; it is successfully doing it yourself.  This requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn first hand about the world we live in.  For children to learn, the activity must have meaning for the child.  Young children learn best in a child-initiated and child-centered environment.  Within this classroom we will incorporate the developmental appropriate principles and practices that support these philosophies and were established by the Department of Education, Child Development Division (Title 5).

Program Types

 

State Preschool Fee-Based Preschool

Offers subsidized preschool to children based on criteria established by

California Department of Education

Offers Preschool to children who pay a monthly tuition

 

Curriculum




Child Development Programs incorporate research based developmentally appropriate curriculum and frameworks to meet the need of every child enrolled in the program. Our  program puts an emphasis on project work. Projects are based on the interests of the children. For this reason, the subject of study will vary from classroom to classroom.

 

Anti-bias Curriculum: The focus of anti-bias curriculum is to create an environment in which we can celebrate the differences found in our classrooms. Our curriculum is designed to challenge biases and stereotypes that children encounter in their everyday lives.

 

Every child in our classroom is viewed as a unique individual.

The core components of our curriculum areas are aligned with the California Department of Education Child Development Desired Results for Families and Children (DRDP):

  • Helping each child develop a positive sense of self (self-esteem)
  • Fostering initiative; helping children to become inquisitive learners
  • Guiding social development; we help children develop the idea that school is a positive environment.  Children learn that they can make friends and be part of a group.
  • Fostering internal control within children; we will be emphasizing social values in our classroom.
  • Guiding emotional development

Environment is a large part of children’s learning.  Every session will have table toys for learning, a detailed schedule, and the following core components:

  • Outside area: Large motor skills & social skills developed through running, climbing, balancing, and organized games.
  • Art area: Creativity is fostered through using all sorts of materials. Fine motor skills, visual perception, and social skills are developed in the art area.
  • Reading area: Literacy and language arts are developed by reading. Illustrated stories are developed dictation.
  • Dramatic Play area:  Children practice verbal and social skills through imitation and play
  • Block area:  Children discover spatial relationships, size, shape,  balance and practice problem solving and decision making
  • Science area:  Children observe and experience science
  • Manipulative area: Manipulatives encourage hand-eye, fine motor control, size, shape, and relationship properties.

These areas stimulate the child’s natural curiosity.  The environment will be arranged so that optimal learning can occur.

Jenna Gonzalez

Director of the Children's Center

jgonzalez@djusd.net

(530)757-5340 ext 104

 

Angie De Leon

Administrative Secretary

ADeLeon@djusd.net

(530)757-5340 ext 102

 

DJUSD Preschool Office

1400 E. 8th Street

Davis, CA 95616

STAFF

Our DJUSD Preschool Programs are staffed with a teacher and a paraeducator. All of our teachers are required to be certificated by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and hold a Child Development permit of one of the following:

 

  • Child Development Associate Teacher Permit
  • Child Development Teacher Permit
  • Child Development Master Teacher Permit
  • Child Development Site Supervisor Permit
  • Child Development Program Director Permit


All staff meets the state of California licensing requirements.

Why choose to send your child to preschool?