September 22, 2018
Greeting Families!
From Our Principal
Greetings Families,

I'm glad so many of our 5th and 6th graders attended and enjoyed camp this week! I'm looking forward to hearing about their adventures and seeing our 7th and 8th graders off on Monday as they head to Catalina Island! A special thank you to Kaitlin for a tremendous amount of time spent coordinating these events and supporting students and parents along the way.

I want to thank you for your patience as we plan this first Parent Educator Conference (coming up October 3rd--hope to see you there!). Pausing amidst the daily needs of our program to think forward about an entire day dedicated to supporting and connecting our families is something we enjoy doing! But as you can imagine, it's also tricky to find the right balance between supporting what new and veteran families need, fulfilling independent study state requirements, and infusing the day with genuine opportunities to learn from each other and enjoy each others' company.

While we are still fine-tuning workshop topics and some nuances of the day, I can share quite a bit that will help you make an informed decision about how you spend your time.

  • Please read this flyer (also below) for more information.
  • The event is open to both Hybrid and Collaborative families! Collaborative families, please know the workshops are primarily run by Hybrid staff while your teachers are with your children.
  • We have "kid care" available for DV Connect students by our academic coaches (apologies but we cannot offer care for non-Connect children or toddlers/pre-schoolers for liability reasons). More info and a sign up are available here.
  • We've heard many of you want to learn from each other about strategies for homeschooling multiple children so we are including a potluck lunch and parent panel! You can sign up for the potluck here!
  • There will be collaboration sessions ("Work Journal Jams") intended to encourage parents to inspire each other with a variety of topics: unpacking standards, field trip ideas, strategies, resources and more!
  • We arranged the day to maximize flexibility for families: Come for just a workshop to fulfill technical work journal check-in requirements or take full advantage of the day! It's up to you. Come in the morning or afternoon, or stay all day! Morning and afternoon time with teachers is repeated to accommodate families with multiple children.
  • We aligned our Career Speaker Series with this event to hopefully maximize your time. If your children are able to attend, RSVP here.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

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From Our Dean of Students

Hello Families!

Our Astro Campers returned from camp on Friday with many new friends and fond memories made! A huge Thank You to our teacher and parent chaperones for taking time away from their jobs and families to accompany our students on this amazing trip! Check out the photos below!

On Monday, our 7th and 8th grade students will meet in Long Beach and depart to Catalina for three days!

Things You Need to Know This Week

Pizza Lunch & Spirit Day
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 26-28
Spirit Day Theme: Silly Hair Day
Pizza Lunch: $3 per cheese slice and $1 per drink - CASH ONLY.
If you prepaid, please go to the prepaid line for your pizza and drink.

Work Journal #1 Ends
Friday, Sept 28
Work Journal #1, complete with work samples, is due Wednesday, Oct 3, by 4 pm to the front office. Please note, we designed the work journal deadline to give all families the opportunity to turn it in on your on-campus day. The work journal period is finished on Friday so since you are keeping up with entering information (Please do! It will make your life so much easier!), you can simply finalize and sign over the weekend and then turn it in when you come to campus on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Please don't miss the deadline or we have to issue a non-compliance letter. Letter #1 is a warning, letter #2 is a meeting with Michelle and letter #3 means your child must be removed from the program. We don't want this to happen but it is independent study policy!

Middle School Ice Skating Social/Fundraiser
Friday, Sept 28, 7:15 - 9:45 pm
Toyota Sports Center, 555 N Nash St, El Segundo
Join us for our first Middle School Social/Fundraiser of the year! $11 CASH ONLY per ticket (includes skate rental). Tickets will be sold during drop-off starting Monday, Sept 17. You can also purchase tickets at the event. Dress for cold weather including long pants, socks, gloves, and a jacket. Helmets are recommended. This is a student-organized event and all proceeds will go towards middle school events this year. While all agesare
welcome, this event is designed to provide an opportunity for
middle school students.

NOTE: This is a family-led event. Families are responsible for their kids during this event. DV Connect staff/adult supervision is not

FAN Opportunities and Newsletter
Thank you for all those that attended the FAN meeting. For more information about FAN events for this year and to find volunteer opportunities, click here. Are you curious about FAN? Check out this FAN newsletter to learn more!

DV Connect Cares!
Welcome back to school everyone! It's a new year with new school gear! Are you wondering what to do with those shoes that don't quite fit anymore? DV Connect Cares will be having a shoe drive starting Monday, September 17 and continuing through October! There will be a turquoise bin in the office to collect your gently worn adult and children's shoes! These shoes will then be donated to a school in Guatemala, where many children walk to school on unpaved roads without shoes! Time for some "fall cleaning" for an awesome cause! Thank you so much!

Can you help?
Can you help us assemble a podium? Up for a challenge? Do you enjoy it when furniture arrives in many pieces and must be assembled, presumably with complicated instructions? If so, email Kaitlin and thanks!

Coming Up...
Parent Educator Conference (PEC) #1
Wednesday, Oct 3
See here for a flyer with details about the event. A more detailed schedule will be available later this week. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Career Speaker Series for Students Begins
Wednesday, Oct 3, 3:15-4:15pm
This event is open to all students. Parents should supervise younger children to ensure they participate appropriately. Let us know your child or children will be there so we can plan accordingly by RSVPing here.

DV Connect Professional Development Day
Friday, Oct 5
No school or homeschool. Reminder: all dates are on the calendar and the calendar can be synced to your devices!

FAN Fall Carnival!
Wednesday, Oct 24, 4:00-6:30pm
The Fall Carnival is around the corner! Mark your calendar for this Da Vinci Connect party. Curious how you can participate? Visit this link to sign up and RSVP.

Stay Connected!
To maintain connection with our community, be sure to check out our private and official group on Facebook!
The Parent Center @ DV Connect

One-on-One educator support meetings are now available in the Parent Center!

* New to homeschooling?
* Want to collaborate on a lesson plan?
* Have questions about curriculum?

Follow this link to a schedule of Theresa's office hours!
Have a great week!
~Your DV Connect Team