March 3, 2019
From Our Principal and Dean of Students
Greetings Families!

We want to share a tremendous THANK YOU to the many FAN families who gave their time and talents to help us with the Talent Showcase last weekend! SO many of you spent time (that you could have been spending with your families!) organizing the event, running rehearsals, decorating spaces (our Forum has never looked better!), making plans, feeding people and supervising spaces to ensure the event was a success--and it sure was! Another Thank You to all of the students who shared their talents with us through performing, culinary, visual, and digital arts! We enjoyed celebrating the evening with you!

Our Talent Showcase truly embodies who we are and what we do for kids and families. We celebrate courage, encourage diverse interests and thinking, support each other and create space for kids to thrive! Parents--thank you for the energy you bring to each of our events and staff, thank you for creating a safe space where kids feel known, heard and seen.

Much appreciation,
Michelle and Kaitlin
Things You Need to Know This Week!
Workshop: Creating a Robust Social-Emotional Learning Toolkit
Part 1: Monday, March 4, 9:30-11 am
Janette will facilitate these informative discussions focused on content from the most recent Happily Family Virtual Conference offered by Jason and Cecilia Hilkey. Participants will have the opportunity to view presentations on a variety of important social-emotional learning topics and then spend some time discussing and sharing with fellow parent educators.

March 4th Workshop:
Cecilia and Jason Hilkey of Happily Family interview Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child. (Sign up here)

After watching the interview, we will touch on: 
* How what we think about our child impacts our interactions. 
* How flexibility and openness keep the lines of communication open. 
*How to recognize the positive aspects and strengths of our spirited children.
*How we can help them to develop the skills they need to use those strengths in ways that serve them well.

A word about Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka and context for the interview you will watch: Dr. Kurcinka has worked for decades with children and families, so her wisdom and experience shines through. In this interview we challenged her with three real life situations to see what she would do… We asked her about how to help the spirited child who has big feelings, how to help the highly distracted child get out the door in the morning, and how to help the child who likes a lot of routine and gets thrown off if things are changed.
Parent Workshop on Adolescent Anxiety and Depression
When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:00 pm
Where: Black Box Theater at Da Vinci High Schools, 201 N. Douglas St, El Segundo 
For more information and to sign up, look here.
For parents of middle and high school students, Da Vinci Schools is offering an informational workshop on adolescent depression and anxiety for Da Vinci Schools parents. Attendees will learn strategies to identify depression and anxiety in their child, as well as coping skills to address these challenges.
Workshop: EDUCATION/JR. NBA VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
Monday, March 11, 9:30-10 am
Streamed in the Parent Center
*** THIS IS NOT A DROP-OFF EVENT; PARENTS WILL NEED TO STAY TO SUPERVISE THEIR STUDENTS ***

There’s nothing more exciting than going to an NBA game… but have you ever considered what it takes to bring that experience to life? Join Discovery Education and the NBA for a Virtual Field Trip to the All-Star Game. This exciting 30-minute program will give students a glimpse behind the scenes and help them learn how NBA staff use STEM skills in their work each and every day! Please sign up here if you will be attending.
FAN Needs You!!
FAN Volunteers Needed!
The FAN Calendar has been updated and we are looking for volunteers. Please let us know if you can help with the 2019 events at this link.
Coming Up...
The 2019 Annual Fund Matching Challenge Is On!

Make your donation or pledge by April 30, 2019 and your gift will be doubled!!

Missed #GivingTuesday? We have another amazing opportunity to make a gift in support of Da Vinci Schools. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our industry and philanthropic partners (Chevron, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Pipkin Charitable Foundation, and The John H. and Cynthia Lee Smet Foundation), all donations to the Da Vinci Schools Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000!!

This matching challenge is only available for a limited time. Make your donation or pledge by April 30, 2019, and your gift will be doubled! All pledge payments must be received by June 30, 2019 to be eligible for the match.
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Make an impact. Give now. With your support, we will continue to provide an exceptional college and career-ready education for the next generation of innovators and creative problem solvers.

(P.S. There are many ways to support Da Vinci Schools. If you are interested in volunteering for the Annual Giving Campaign, please email our team at giving@davincischools.org). 
Student Science Museum - DATE CHANGE
Wednesday, April 24, 4-6 pm
Join Da Vinci families for an engaging night of science! In the Forum, we will have student work on display detailing experiments, scientists, and more. From 4 pm on, we will also have outside vendors or fun makerspace activities for all ages. Please sign up here to let us know you're taking part!
No School - Professional Development Day
Friday, March 15
No school or homeschool. Enjoy a long weekend!
The Kindness Movement: Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
Saturday, March 16, 11:00 am
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My family and I will be walking in the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, March 16th at 11:00 am, and we would like to invite DV Connect families to join us. We will be walking, singing and dancing down Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach spreading kindness! This will not be a school event, but will be a wonderful opportunity to bring awareness and spread kindness as families! Please contact Grace Bader at (805) 551-0054 or write2gracie@aol.com if your family would like to join us!


The Kindness Movement would also like to give a very special thanks to all of the amazing Kindness Ambassadors who performed the song, “Brave” during this year’s DV Connect Talent Showcase! Thank you so much for sharing your voices so bravely for everyone to hear, and for helping to bring awareness to The Kindness Movement!
Hygiene Kits for the Homeless!
Homelessness is a big problem in Los Angeles. With 1 in 78 people struggling with homelessness, the DV Collaborative (grades 5-8) program has decided to make a difference. We are donating to an organization called MEND (Meeting Every Need with Dignity). MEND supports the homeless of Los Angeles and gets them the help they need, and MEND helps people who are homeless get back on their feet so they can live a whole happy life. The DV Collaborative program is now collecting hygiene items for hygiene kits for the homeless. You can donate an entire kit which must include a one quart zip lock bag, travel size tooth brush and tooth paste, dental floss, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, bar of soap, body lotion, large comb or small hairbrush, washcloth, chapstick, pack of cotton swabs, and hand sanitizer; or you can donate individual items. Please bring in your kits/items to the collection box in the office by March 19. Thank you!
Parenting to Develop Autonomy Part II
Tuesday or Thursday, March 19 or 21, 9:30-11 am
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If you missed Michelle's PEC 3 workshop, or attended and are craving more, look no further! She will be offering a "Parenting to Develop Autonomy 2.0" workshop. Sign up here if you plan to attend!
SAVE THE DATE for the Upcoming FAN Events of 2019
Student Science Museum - DATE CHANGE
Wednesday, April 24, 4-6 pm
Students can bring in a tri-fold and share science wisdom with the school! We are working on putting together a fun, family-friendly science event for all ages.

Wednesday, March 27, 3:30-5:30 pm
All families are invited to the forum, where poets and poetry lovers can recite their favorite pieces to a friendly audience in a space with a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

6th Annual Cultural Fair- DATE CORRECTION
Thursday, May 30, 4-6 pm

DV Connect Fundraiser
Monday, May 13, 5-9 pm
Join us for an adults-only evening as we raise money to support our school. Let's come together as a community and enjoy an evening with each other!
The Parent Center @ DV Connect

March Office Hours Now Available!
Sign up here!


Workshop: Creating a Robust Social-Emotional Learning Toolkit
A Three-Part Series: 3/4, 3/19 & 4/3 (Sign up here)

Janette will facilitate these informative discussions focused on content from the most recent Happily Family Virtual Conference offered by Jason and Cecilia Hilkey. Participants will have the opportunity to view presentations on a variety of important social-emotional learning topics and then spend some time discussing and sharing with fellow parent educators.

March 4th Workshop:
Cecilia and Jason Hilkey of Happily Family interview Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child.

After watching the interview, we will touch on: 
* How what we think about our child impacts our interactions. 
* How flexibility and openness keep the lines of communication open. 
*How to recognize the positive aspects and strengths of our spirited children.
*How we can help them to develop the skills they need to use those strengths in ways that serve them well.

A word about Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka and context for the interview you will watch: Dr. Kurcinka has worked for decades with children and families, so her wisdom and experience shines through. In this interview we challenged her with three real life situations to see what she would do… We asked her about how to help the spirited child who has big feelings, how to help the highly distracted child get out the door in the morning, and how to help the child who likes a lot of routine and gets thrown off if things are changed.


Workshop: DISCOVERY EDUCATION/JR. NBA VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
Streamed in the Parent Center
Bring your child to watch on MONDAY, 3/11 @ 9:30-10AM.

*** THIS IS NOT A DROP-OFF EVENT; PARENTS WILL NEED TO STAY TO SUPERVISE THEIR STUDENTS ***

There’s nothing more exciting than going to an NBA game… but have you ever considered what it takes to bring that experience to life? Join Discovery Education and the NBA for a Virtual Field Trip to the All-Star Game. This exciting 30-minute program will give students a glimpse behind the scenes and help them learn how NBA staff use STEM skills in their work each and every day! Please sign up here if you will be attending.


Parent Educator Spotlight: Project-Based Learning (PBL) Reflection & Planning Circle with Jennifer Racusin (Part 2 of Jennifer's PBL Series)
Tuesday, March 12, 10:30-Noon

Okay, so now you've gotten started with PBL. Bravo! You and your child have created a mind map based on his/her passions--and you've gone down the rabbit hole! ;) Lots of great discussions happened, and you found some books... But now what???

The discussion in this workshop will center first on taking what you have already tried and reflecting on what worked and what needs tweaking. Then you'll have some guided planning time to outline next steps and share possible resources to support you in guiding your child in finishing a robust and engaging project!

*** Bring the work you and your child have already created to use as a springboard for your reflecting and planning!***

Sign up here.


Parent Educator Spotlight: Valerie Hennessy
Monday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 20, 9:30-11 am **

Join Valerie to learn about the production company she and her family have created! She will also share what you can do--from beginning to end--to work together as a family and take a creative spark and transform it into a movie!

Specific topics will include:

  • How to create a writer's room 
  • How to pick a genre
  • How to create scenes and dialogue
  • How to create a storyboard
  • How to write a script 
  • How to use any camera to capture a scene
  • How to choose video editing software
  • How to share your movie

**This is NOT a series. There are two opportunities to participate in this amazing workshop on how to create your own family production company.
Have a great week!
~ Your DV Connect Team