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Learning Director

My name is Laura Cardenas, and it is with immense joy and great pride that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Learning Director for Denair Elementary Charter Academy. I am excited to bring my 20 years of experience in education to Denair. Within those years, I have worked as a teacher from Preschool- 4th grade and as an English Learner coach (last 2 years). I feel like my time working within each of these positions will help me tremendously in my role as a Learning Director for DECA. I am truly honored to work alongside Mrs. Zamora and the rest of the staff to positively impact every student’s path for learning in the 21st century.

Along with the wonderful teachers, staff and administration, I will work diligently to build strong relationships with parents, students, staff and community leaders. I feel strongly that building relationships is the key to any school culture. In order to achieve this successfully, it is important that we develop a positive working relationship with open lines of communication. I welcome your phone calls or e-mails: to 209-632-8887 ext: 2250 or lcardenas@dusd.k12.ca.us from not only parents and staff, but community members as well.


Laura Cardenas











Character Counts

Throughout the school year, we are going to be learning about the Six Pillars of Character, listed below. We want all of our students to hear these important ideas on character and how they can be incorporated into their daily lives.

It would be great if you could also talk to your child about these ideas and discuss ways to show these values on a regular basis. You can use yourself as an example, times you have used these values, and times you haven't and how you wish you had done things differently. It is important to instill these values in our students and help them develop into successful, contributing citizens in our communities.
The 6 Pillars of Character:
DECA students are TRRFCC!!

Every month we will choose one Character Pillar to focus on.


At the end of the month, every teacher will choose one student who has done an outstanding job demonstrating the Character Pillar of the month. Chosen students will be awarded during Friday Assembly!

We want to do everythign in our power to PREVENT bullying from happening in the first place. However, if you feel that your child is being bullied, please let us know as soon as possible. Below are some common questions and tips that can be used to help you with this subject.
What is bullying?
1. There is a perceived imbalance of power - older, bigger, perceived as smarter or more popular
2. It happens more than one time
3. It is on purpose, meaning to be hurtful and not an accident
What to do if you are being bullied?
1. Try ignoring the words or action the first time. Kids acting like bullies are trying to get a reaction out of you. If you don't give it to them, they often will not repeat it.

2. Tell them to stop firmly. Do not be mean back or tease. Stand tall, make eye contact and use a firm, but not yelling, voice.
3. Tell an adult if it still continues. Always tell the nearest adult.
4. If it is still ongoing, talk to Miss Yakoub. At this point, parents could call in if your child is feeling nervous about talking to an adult.
*Usually, students act like bullies because they are having issues in their own lives. Keeping this in mind and knowing it's not about you helps.

What to do if you witness bullying?


1. If you feel safe doing so, tell the student acting like a bully to stop



2. If you do not feel safe, tell the nearest adult as soon as possible



3. Build up the victim as much as you can, such as refuting what was said or give him or her compliments


How NOT to be a bully


While we have become very good at spotting when we are being bullied or hurt by others, we often have a difficult time seeing when we can be hurting someone.

1. Include everyone at school, no exceptions

2. Let rumors stop with you or if they are very hurtful, tell the nearest adult

3. Use kind words all the time

4. Do not share information that would be embarrassing to someone

5. Keep hands and feet to self at all times

6. Do not laugh or make fun of in any way, including actions, at someone for making a mistake or being different

7. Online, only say things you are okay with your parents and the parents of the other person reading

8. If someone annoys or upsets you, let them know kindly. Say what you mean instead of being mean. Tell someone if they have hurt your feelings.

What is NOT bullying

1. Friends sometimes being mean and sometimes not. Elementary-age kids are just learning how to be friends. It's best to encourage talking it out and NOT ignoring the other child, if possible. If they need help from someone at the school, ask the teacher or me!

2. Being mean one time.

3. Kids not wanting to play with another child who is being unkind or won't take turns.