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Solar Eclipse Information

for Monday, August 21, 2017


Good afternoon families.  On Monday August 21, there will be a solar eclipse.  The 75% partial solar eclipse will begin in Denair at approximately 9:00 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11:40 a.m.  The maximum eclipse is scheduled to occur at 10:17 a.m.  As a precaution we will minimize outdoor activities on Monday.  Recess and physical education will take place in doors.    

Some teachers will be providing a formalized lesson on the solar eclipse.  Teachers will advise students to refrain from looking directly at the sun, including during the eclipse.  Classes with scheduled science lessons on the eclipse will provide students with pin hole viewers for observing the eclipse.   Please support your student by reminding him/her to refrain from looking directly at the sun without the proper equipment.

Parents may opt their children out of this experience by contacting the classroom teacher via email or class dojo.  Students who opt out will be directed to the office for an alternate activity while their class is outside.

Buenas tardes familias. El lunes 21 de agosto, habrá un eclipse solar. Será un eclipse solar parcial de 75% y comenzará en Denair aproximadamente a las 9:00 am y concluirá aproximadamente a las 11:40 am. El eclipse ocurirá a su máximo a las 10:17 a.m. Como medida de precaución,  minimizaremos las actividades afuera el lunes. El recreo y la clase de educación física tomarán lugar adentro.

Algunos maestros enseñarán una lección formalizada sobre los eclipses solares. Los maestros les recomendarán a los estudiantes que no miren directamente al sol, incluso durante el eclipse. Las clases con lecciones programadas sobre el eclipse les darán a los estudiantes una tarjeta con una pequeňa abertura para observar el eclipse. Por favor, apoye a su estudiante recordándole que no debe mirar directamente al sol sin el equipo adecuado.

Los padres pueden optar a sus hijos de esta experiencia poniéndose en contacto con el maestro de su hijo o hija, a través del correo electrónico o clase dojo. Los estudiantes que optan por no salir afuera serán dirigidos a la oficina para una actividad alternativa mientras su clase esté fuera.

Please help your student memorize our DECA creed. We recite it school wide on a daily basis.


I am a DECA coyote, so I keep in mind…
I am safe, responsible, respectful and kind. Go DECA!




For safety purposes ALL visitors, including parents, must immediately proceed to the office to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass before entering campus. Classroom visits must be prearranged with the classroom teacher prior to arrival. All visitors must sign out in the office upon departure. The visitor policy has been established to protect students and staff from the danger of an unauthorized person on campus.
Students are to refrain from communicating with, and are required to report, any person who attempts to communicate with them if they do not have a visitor’s badge. When arriving on campus all visitors should immediately report to the office to sign in a receive a visitor's badge. When signing in you are required to write your name, date, time in and destination. When leaving you are required to report to the office to sign out and record the time out. Any visit to campus during the school day requires a visitor's badge. Events include but are not limited to weekly classroom helpers, classroom and/playground observers, field trip chaperones, class presentations, and assemblies. Thank you for helping keep our students safe!



The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There may be times the office needs to close during these hours. In the event the office will be closed during normal hours, a note will be posted on the door. Please call the office at 209-632-8887 if you have any questions.




Parent volunteers and chaperones are sometimes needed to accompany students on field trips and to assist in classrooms. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to be a classroom volunteer and/or field trip chaperone. All parent volunteers/chaperones must be cleared through the volunteer application process. Volunteer applications can be picked up in the office. The application and all necessary accompanying documents must be turned in two weeks prior to volunteering/chaperoning in order for the application to be processed and applicant cleared.

Beard Takes Over as Denair Elementary Principal; LaFountain Temporarily Moves to Middle School Campus

Kelly Beard, who began this school year as the first-time principal at Denair Middle School, will finish out the year as principal at Denair Elementary Charter Academy.

Beard spent 13 years as a first-grade teacher on the elementary campus before moving into an administrative role last summer. She replaces Lucy Zamora, who resigned to care for a family member facing a health crisis.

Beard’s appointment is permanent, Denair UnifiedSuperintendent Aaron Rosander said Friday afternoon after a joint meeting with the staffs from the elementary and middle schools.

“We wish Ms. Zamora the very best as she navigates the challenges ahead,” Rosander said.

Brian LaFountain, the principal at Denair Charter Academy, will temporarily fill Beard’s position at the middle school for the final month of classes. Recruitment to hire a full-time principal already has begun, Rosander said. He hopes to have a new leader hired by early June.

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