March 12, 2019
From Our Dean of Students
Hello Families!

Several weeks ago, I flew to Pittsburgh as part of Da Vinci Schools' participation in the Transforming Learning Collaborative (TLC) in partnership with Schools That Can and Next Gen Learning Challenges. Michelle recently traveled to Chicago for the same reason, and Education Week just posted a blog about our work! You can learn more here.

I am looking forward to our second Book Club meeting around Part II of Dan Siegel's book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain! No need to have read the book or even attended our previous meeting. ;) I'm looking forward to seeing you there and continuing our conversation around the adolescent mind! Sign up here to participate THIS THURSDAY!
Things You Need to Know This Week!
Mykie’s Coffee and Baked Goods Truck Coming to DV Connect!
Every Tuesday, 8:30-10:00 am
Leave your coffee and breakfast at home! Starting this Tuesday, March 12, Mykie’s Coffee and Baked Goods Truck will be stationed in front of our forum ready to supply you with their delicious coffee and yummy baked goods from 8:30 am until 10:00 am! Mykie’s Truck was at DV Connect during the last PEC, and now we will have the distinct pleasure of having them return every week! Mykie’s Coffee and Baked Goods Truck is part of Mychal’s Learning Center, a local program here in Hawthorne that provides job training and job placement for adults with special needs. We are so excited to be able to have them here at our school each Tuesday and to be able to support such an amazing local business and cause!
Parent Educator Spotlight: Project-Based Learning 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 project-based learning. 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.
Brainstorm Book Club #2
Thursday, March 14, 2-3 pm
We will be meeting for our second of a four-part series exploring the book Brainstorm by Dr. Dan Siegel! Please sign up here if you plan to attend. Some light snacks will be provided--feel free to bring any to add to our experience!
No School - Professional Development Day
Friday, March 15
No school or homeschool. Enjoy a long weekend!
The Kindness Movement: Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Parade
Saturday, March 16, 11 am
The Bader Family will be walking in the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Parade, and we wanted to invite other DV Connect families to join us in walking and celebrating kindness down Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach! Please contact Grace Bader at (805) 551-0054 or at, if you and your be family would like to walk in the parade with us! Sláinte!
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!
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.
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
Coming Up...
Parenting to Develop Autonomy Part II
Tuesday or Thursday, March 19 or 21, 9:30-11 am
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!
New DV Connect High School Information Meeting
Monday, March 25, 5-6 pm
Did you know that DV Connect is piloting a high school this fall? Michelle is holding an informational meeting so you can learn more about our model. All interested families are welcome!
Poetry Jam
Wednesday, March 27, 3:30 pm
Calling all poets and their parents! The annual Poetry Jam is coming up fast!

Does your learner like to read poems? Does your learner like to write poems? All are welcome! Even parents are invited to the podium to read with their kiddo or share their own favorites.

This has been a favorite event for kids and parents alike. There is little to no prep involved for your participation, and it is a Da Vinci "Connecting" event! If you would like to help with setup or breakdown or with any of the goodies, please click on this link. Please RSVP so we can plan better!
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.

Parent Educator Spotlight: Valerie Hennessy
Monday, March 18, or Wednesday, March 20, 9:30-11 am ** (Sign up here.)

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.
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Have a great week!
~ Your DV Connect Team