September 2, 2018
Greeting Families!
From Our Principal
Greetings Connect Families!

We had such a great first week with students on campus! Kaitlin and I are really enjoying getting to know our new families and welcoming back our returning families. Thank you for choosing to partner with DV Connect for your child's educational journey!

Whether you are new or a veteran family, one great way to get involved and stay connected with other families is to join our Famiy Action Network (FAN)! Our FANtastic families are holding their first meeting of the new year this coming Wednesday at 10am and I hope you can be there! See the blurb below for details.

Also, I'll be at next week's Comedy and Magic Club fundraiser and I hope you can too! This adult-only evening is always a blast--come join us for food, drinks and laughter! Did you know a good dose of laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, improves heart health, boosts T-cells, releases endorphins, improves your sense of well-being and even provides an ab workout. I don't know about you but I need all of those things!!! I hope to see you there--tickets can be purchased in the front office this week only!

Enjoy the long weekend!
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From Our Dean of Students
Hello Families!

I enjoyed re-connecting with our returning families and getting to know our new families during this first week of school! Please be gentle with me as I continue to ask you (and maybe your student!) to remind me of your name... It may take a while, but I promise that I'll get them all eventually!

If you'd like an opportunity to get to know other DV Connect parents a little better, the upcoming Comedy and Magic Club fundraiser is a great opportunity to do so! I will be there, and hope to see you, too!

Enjoy the long weekend!

Things You Need to Know This Week

Morning Connection Time Clarification
In last week's newsletter, we mentioned that campus would be open starting at 8:45 am for connecting time on campus before the school day. Students k-5 MUST be supervised by a parent/guardian until 9:00 am, when classroom doors open. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please walk with your child through the front office (glass door). The chalkboard door will open for unsupervised entrance and morning drop off services beginning at 9:00 am. Thank you!
Dress Code Reminder (explanation of why we have a dress code is in the handbook--please check it out!)
Taken from our Family Handbook:
  • Shirt Options: Polo shirt of any color/pattern, with or without the Da Vinci logo. Button-down shirts of any kind may be worn but must remain buttoned. Official Da Vinci Schools t-shirts (from any of our schools or programs). Other shirts may not be worn over the polo, button-down or t-shirt unless for warmth (sweatshirt, jacket).
  • Pants/Shorts/Skirts: Pants and jeans may be worn but may not be ripped/frayed above the knee. Skirts and shorts may not be shorter than 2 inches above the knee. Leggings are permitted.
  • Jackets/Sweaters/Sweatshirts: May be worn over, but not in place of the above-mentioned acceptable shirt options. We recommend writing your child's name on all outerwear and please visit the lost and found often!
  • Shoes: Must be close-toed and have a back. Shoes with wheels are not permitted on campus.
  • Head Covers: Other than religious head covers, all other forms of hats or headdress may not be worn indoors or during class time.
Please review the student dress code on pg. 36 of our Family Handbook for additional information.
FAN Kick-Off Meeting
Wednesday, Sept 5, 10 am
Come join us for the first meeting of the year of our Family Action Network (FAN)! We will be discussing events for the whole year, so come see how you can get involved and build our community. For more info about FAN, visit the Parent Educator Resource Website and choose FAN from the "Family Connections" drop-down menu.

5th-8th Graders: Astro and Catalina Camps
Payment and medical form due Friday, Sept 7.
If your child plans on attending either Astro Camp or Catalina Camp and you did not attend one of the mandatory meetings on campus last week, please contact Kaitlin right away. Camp payments and medical forms are due no later than September 7th! Use this link to pay online (a convenience fee will be added to your payment by Event Brite). You may also pay in the front office by cash, credit card, or check.

Care and Comfort Packages Due
Friday, September 7
Please place your child's emergency package in the bins outside your child's classroom during drop off by Friday, September 7. The package form with instructions can be found here.
Coming Up...

Next Math Workshop with Helen!
Wednesday, September 12, 9-10:30 kinder-2nd grade, 11-12:30 3rd-5th grade
Join Helen for her next math workshop by signing up here (K-2) and here (3-5).

Prepay for Pizza/Spirit Days!
Deadline to pre-pay: Friday, Sept. 14th.
DV Connect's Pizza and Spirit Days are organized by FAN (Family Action Network) and are a great way to increase school spirit and all proceeds are used for FAN-sponsored community-building events throughout the year (come to the FAN meeting to give input on the type of events sponsored this year!).

3 Reasons to prepay for the year:
  1. Leave behind the hassle of remembering to send money every pizza day!
  2. Gluten-free option only available through prepay!
  3. Save money!
Take advantage of this opportunity by submitting your online order form and payment by Friday, September 14th. Deadline to prepay for pizza days is Friday, September 14!

Comedy & Magic Club FAN FUNdraiser
Thursday, September 13, 6 pm (tickets must be purchased by 9/7!)
Join fellow parents and staff as we laugh and dine together! This is a fun night with limited tickets so read more here and buy your tickets before they sell out!
Stay Connected!
To maintain connection with our community, be sure to check out our private and official group on Facebook!
The Parent Center @ Da Vinci Connect

Hello Families! Welcome (or welcome back) to the DV Connect community! Here are a few things you might want to know.

Curriculum Reminder
All hard copy curriculum is available for pick-up in the Parent Center, at these times:
Monday: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm
Tuesday: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm
Wednesday: 10:30am-12pm and 1-4pm
Thursday: 10am-12pm and 1-5pm
Friday: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm
If you don't remember what you requested, check your email for the confirmation you received after submitting your request form. All digital curriculum is being distributed via individual emails. The following login credentials have been sent: curriculum for all families, Studies Weekly, Lexia, and ThinkCERCA. If you are think you are missing any curriculum, please email Theresa at curriculum@davincischools.org. Here's to a great 2018-19 school year!
ThinkCERCA Training
Did you choose ThinkCERCA for your supplemental curriculum? Parent educators who chose ThinkCERCA are invited to a virtual training hosted by Theresa and Dr. Mona Kiani, our School Success Manager from ThinkCERCA. Sign up here to reserve your spot!
When: Wednesday, September 5th from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Where: The Parent Center @ DV Connect
Bring: Your laptop and food to eat during this working meeting

How to Prepare for the meeting:
  1. Click on this link to watch a video from Dr. Kiani.
  2. Set up your account. Login instructions have been sent via email for families who selected ThinkCERCA.
  3. Watch these Online Onboarding videos. (It should take 30 minutes total.)
  4. Collect your pre-training certificate before our virtual training.
See you there!
Have a great week!
~Your DV Connect Team