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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Principal’s Message    

Dear Patwin Families,

I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year!  Whether you are a new Patwin family or a returning family, the year ahead will be a rewarding experience for your child. Patwin is committed to cultivating an environment where everyone learns and belongs. Our staff and parent community support that vision which is why Patwin Elementary is such a wonderful place for children to learn and grow.  In partnership with our parents, we work hard to create an exciting and engaging learning environment for our students.


Our Mission Statement was developed with input from staff, parents and other stakeholders.

Patwin Fosters a Learning Environment that Respects Diversity, Engages Students in Challenging, Creative and Collaborative Learning and Prepares Them to Thrive in the 21st Century.


This school year marks my fourth year as principal of Patwin, my 31st year in the field of education, and my 8th year in administration. I look forward to working with our Patwin parents and staff to continue working to make sure all of our children’s needs are met.

We give many thanks to our District staff and head custodians Feliks and Edit and the summer cleaning crew who have been very busy this summer making sure our campus is ready for the arrival of our students.  Our teachers have attended professional development trainings and have been working hard to prepare their classrooms for your student’s arrival.  Everything is progressing smoothly for the first day of school on Wed. August 29th – Dismissal for 1st – 6th at 1:30.


Staff Updates

Kate Bowen and Sarbjit Nahal announced their retirement at the end of the 2017-2018 school year once school was out.  Linda Biewer-Elstob is also moving on to a coaching position within the District. We are very sad to have these awesome team members leave us but they are moving on to continue their work as educator’s but in new and different capacities. 


This year we are having 3- 4th grades and 3- 5th grades as the enrollment bubble continues through the grade levels.  We are welcoming Mary Dailey and Nikola Davis as our new 5th grade teachers.  Mary has been teaching 5th grade at Montgomery and Nikola was team teaching with Mrs. Anderson in 4th grade.  Prior to coming to Patwin, Nikola had taught 5th grade in Vacaville and is excited to get back to 5th grade. Kris Weir will take Nikola’s place as the half time teacher in 4th grade with Laura Anderson and Kris Weir continue as our math coach for her other 50%.   Our 6th grade teacher will be Dominick Denardo.  He helped us out last year when Mrs. Wong was out on medical leave.  He then taught 6th grade at North Davis from December through June 2018.  All of these teachers, Nikola Davis and Dominick Denardo are products of the DJUSD school system.  It brings me great joy to know that we are hiring staff members who have benefitted from the excellent opportunities that Davis presents for its children and families.  We will have 2 science teachers this year to serve our growing intermediate classes.  Mrs. Wong will teach 4th and 5th grade science.  Dina Flamik will teach the 6th grade science classes.  Dina has been serving as our Math Paraeducator and will continue in that role when she’s not teaching science.


The Paperless Parade is on August 24th from 3:00-5:00. This is an important day to come to Patwin to make sure you are fully registered and to find out who your child's teacher will be.  We will have tables of information regarding childcare, our lunch program, PTA, volunteering, as well as other opportunities offered at our school. 

In order to streamline the process and make it more parent-guardian friendly we are staggering times for you and your child(ren) to come.  Times are assigned by last name and parents will receive each of their children’s placement cards at that time.


A-D arrive at  3:00

H-K arrive at  3:45

Q-T arrive at  4:15

E-G arrive at  3:15

L-P arrive at  4:00

U-Z arrive at  4:30


We look forward to a strong partnership between home and school to ensure our children will achieve their highest potential.  While our hallways and classrooms are currently quiet, it will not be long before the sounds of fun and learning take over once again. I hope you are enjoying the summer and we look forward to seeing you and your children on the first day of student attendance, Wed. August 29th. Remember, dismissal is at 1:30 that day.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for these upcoming important events:


I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and working with you this coming year.



Gay Bourguignon, Principal