November 7, 2018
From Our Principal

Greetings Families,

We have some exciting events coming up in the next month, so be sure to read below, sync your device to the Da Vinci Connect calendar, and get involved! Events include Exhibition, PEC 2, ice skating fundraisers (if your child hasn't gone, check it out! These events are organized by kids, for kids!) and a middle school dance (also organized by and for students!).

I want to share some important information and a change regarding kindergarten hours (Hybrid program only). As many of you know, we shifted our kindergarten hours this fall to reflect a shorter day for our youngest learners. We have also heard your feedback about the difficulty that change poses, particularly for working families, those who drive long distances to join us, and those who have siblings in other grade levels. We have decided to honor your feedback and change back to a full-day kindergarten program starting when we return from winter break. Yes kindergarten families--you didn't misread. Beginning January 14th, kindergarten students are welcome to stay until 3:15. For those of you who have shared that your child has benefited from a shortened day, you are welcome to continue picking your child up earlier--just coordinate with Darlene or Kelly Ann regarding the best possible times. For those intending to stay the entire day, Kelly Ann and Darlene are excited to share that kindergarten is putting on a show! In the afternoons, students will be singing, dancing, and acting their way through the semester. At the end of the school year, we will invite the Da Vinci community to come and watch their performance on stage!

Lastly, I want to give a huge thank you to all of the FAN parents who supported our staff during our October and November Professional Development Days by providing a delicious snack bar in October and a fall harvest lunch last Friday. A particular thank you to Lacey and Amy for organizing! I want to also share what our staff accomplished on that day. We spent the day analyzing our "Multi-Tier Systems of Support," which is fancy eduspeak for the various and systematic ways we provide support to all students using universal, targeted and intensive strategies. We examined academics and behavior including the data we use to determine those supports. You can see evidence of some of our work that focused on supporting students' executive functioning skills hanging in the Collab Lab! Reaching consensus and representing all the ways we support students individually on one document took a lot of brain work, so thank you for brightening our day with a delicious and healthy feast! It was much, much appreciated!

Enjoy your week!
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Things You Need to Know This Week
Ice-Skating Socials/Fundraisers
Toyota Sports Center, 555 N Nash St, El Segundo
Friday, Nov 9, 7:15-9:45 pm - Middle School Social. Join us for a fun n
ight and to raise funds for the middle school dance.
Saturday, Nov 10, 1-3 pm - Cores 3-4 Social
Both events are open to all Connect families and friends--the age ranges are suggestions to foster connection but all ages are welcome at each event. $11 CASH ONLY per ticket (includes skate rental). Tickets will be sold at the event.

Donate your Halloween Candy!
Now until Nov 15
If your child has too much Halloween candy and you are ready to be done with all that sugar, one of our families is collecting candy for Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to our troops overseas! This year, volunteers are also collecting the following wish list items to include in our Care Packages: floss, travel size toothpaste, pens and mechanical pencils! Drop off candy and any other items you wish to donate in the bin in the front office.

DV Connect Cares!
Please join in our Soctober Gathering - flyer below and here.
Da Vinci Connect Cares Update
DV Connect Cares and the Kindness Movement have been in full effect over the last few weeks! We walked in the Skechers Pier-to-Pier Friendship Walk to support our friends with special needs on Sunday, October 28, and visited the seniors at the Anderson
Park Senior Center on Monday, October 29! The seniors were so very happy to see all of us in our Halloween costumes! We even sang them a sweet song, and they asked if we could come back for a return visit over the winter holidays!

The Kindness Movement was launched with great success at our school during the Fall Festival! Two Kindness Walls were set up (one right next to the sand box and the other across the quad next to the Core 4 and above classrooms) for friends to write notes to their friends at school who have shown kindness! Please keep those positive notes coming, and be on the look-out for Kindness Rocks placed around campus!

Also, During the course of the school year, our counselor, Kené will be visiting morning meetings to provide students with tips on successful habits using Steven Covey's The Leader in Me curriculum. Students have learned the importance of building a foundation by having strong principles and the value of carrying your own weather by shifting their mindset.
Thank you to everyone who participated, and please stay tuned for more exciting events and opportunities for the Kindness Movement and DV Connect Cares coming soon!

Coming Up...
Veterans Day, observed
Monday, Nov 12
No School/Homeschool

Da Vinci High School Exhibitions! (see further below for Connect Exhibition dates)
Want to know what the high school experience looks like at Da Vinci Schools? Want to support students showcasing their work in 9th-12th grade? Da Vinci High School Exhibitions are right around the corner, and we encourage our families to attend! All High School Exhibitions are from 6pm-7:30pm.
Da Vinci Science: Tuesday - 11/13
Da Vinci Design: Wednesday - 11/14
Da Vinci Communications: Thursday - 11/15

Attn: 8th Grade Families! Save the Date!
On December 13 the high schools will hold an 8th Grade Info Night for Dana and Connect families. January 23 and 30 are scheduled for high school tours. More info to come soon!

Middle School Dance: Save the Date!
November 30th 5pm-8pm. Theme is Neon/Glow in the Dark. More info to come soon. Join the planning committee on Mondays at 3:15 if you'd like to help plan this awesome event!

Parent Educator Conference (PEC) #2
December 5, all day
Exact times and workshop topics will be released soon but this is an event you won't want to miss. Our staff will be sharing a wide variety of workshops representing all grade levels, academic learning strategies, social emotional well-being topics and more! Kid care will be available with sign ups coming soon.

December 10 (M/Th), 11 (T/F), and 12 (Collaborative) from 5:00-6:30
Exhibition is an extremely exciting time for students and families. In addition to being a mandatory event, it is one of the many "show what you know" opportunities and signature practices offered by Da Vinci Schools. Can't wait to see you there!

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
Workshop: "Discovery Techbooks Virtual Training"
Join Theresa as she hosts our Discovery Education expert--virtually--in the Parent Center @ DV Connect. This one-hour virtual training will focus on how to use Discovery Techbooks to access Science (K-8) & Social Studies (6-8) content. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE AND YOUR LOGIN CREDENTIALS to maximize your learning. Sessions are being held on November 6, 7, and 8, from 9:30-10:30 am, in the Parent Center. Use this link to reserve your spot!

Parent Center Morning Mash-Up
*November 14/15/16
*December 12/13/14
*January 14/15/16
All Morning Mash-ups are 9:30-10:30 am. Everyone is welcome at this brand new series! For a few days each month, parent educators are invited to gather, network and collaborate on best practices. No sign-up needed--just show up, grab some coffee and a treat, and network with other parents about school topics of interest to you!

December 3 through December 14
Scholastic Book Fair is headed to DV Connect in December! Do your holiday shopping! Watch for a link to the online store... IT IS COMING SOON!
Have a great week!
~Your DV Connect Team