May 12, 2019
From Our Principal
Greetings Families,

Mamas, I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Sunday surrounded by your favorite people! I spent a bit of my day reflecting on how my time at Connect has shaped me as a mom. I am forever grateful and humbled by all that I've learned from our students, our fellow parents and our staff. Parenting is hard, kids don't come with manuals and we all need a village. I'm so glad to have each of you in mine!

I'm excited to spend tomorrow evening with you for our Silent Auction and Mixer! A huge thank you to all of the families who helped organize the event, our hosts at Strand Brewing Co, everyone who donated auction items and to each of you who are attending! It will be a blast!

I would also like to invite you to please participate in our annual Spring survey! Each year, we ask families to give us feedback in the Fall and Spring. Please do so here! We would additionally like to ask that you take a few minutes to have your child(ren) respond to a student survey here. Students in grades k-2 will need support from parents but students in grades 3-8 should be able to navigate the survey independently. Your responses not only help us grow and improve, but I use data from the surveys in our annual LCAP report (which you can attend a meeting about to learn more and be involved--blurb below about the May 22 meeting). Thank you!

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Things You Need to Know This Week!
Connect Silent Auction FUNdraiser!
Monday, May 13, 5-9 pm
Strand Brewery, Torrance
What an amazing journey we’ve been on together. From the Fall Carnival to the Talent Showcase, to the day to day madness a classroom without walls brings - Da Vinci Connect is the heart and soul of our learning adventure.

We hope to see you on the evening of Monday, May 13 to give back to the institution that is giving our children memories, adventure, and a foundation for life-long learning.

FAN will be hosting our second annual fundraising event which includes friends, food, and drinks along with a silent auction and raffle. The auction includes homeschool support, weeks of summer camp, and other FUN! Go to the parent educator resource website for an updated list of items. Proceeds from the auction and raffle will be used to help support our school, and will play a part in ensuring families for years to come get to benefit from project-based learning.

The event is adults only and intended for Da Vinci parents, community members, and friends of Da Vinci Connect. Childcare is offered at Pump It Up, merely 1.3 miles from the event. 

To purchase tickets, please fill out this form and then make your payment. You can pay online via this Eventbrite link or at the Connect front office by cash, check (made out to Da Vinci Schools) or credit card. Please consider sponsoring admission for a teacher or staff member! Raffle tickets are available for presale, so you can participate even if you can't attend the event.
Middle School Dance Input Requested
Calling all middle school students! Please give us your input as we plan the Middle School Dance scheduled for Friday, May 30! We need all hands on deck to plan this awesome event! Click here by this Wednesday to answer a few quick questions and to sign up if you'd like to help.
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Physical Fitness Test
Mon/Th and Tues/Fri, May 13-17, 2-3 pm
Each year, 5th and 7th grade students participate in the CA Physical Fitness test. This year, students will take the test on Mon/Th and Tues/Fri the week of May 13-17, from 2-3 pm. It is recommended that students bring athletic clothes and shoes to change into for the test. Collaborative families with 5th/7th grade students should have received a SignUp Genius through email. Please email Kaitlin with any questions
Pizza/Spirit Days
Wednesday-Friday, May 15-17
Spirit Day Theme: Backwards Day - Wear your clothes inside out!
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.
Lemonade donations needed. Please sign up here to donate and volunteer.
Morning Mash-Up Collaboration for Parent Educators
Wednesday-Friday, May 15-17, 9:30-10:30 am in the Parent Center
Come to the Parent Center and mix and mingle with other parent educators.
Middle School Writing Contest Finalists!
As part of their spring project, Core 5 students were encouraged to enter the Legacy Project’s annual "Listen to a Life" Essay Contest. The contest is open to young people across the country who are 8-18 years old, with a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older. To enter, students have to write a 300-word story based off an interview with an older person. Da Vinci Connect is thrilled to congratulate the following students for being selected among only seven runner-up prize-winning intergenerational teams:

Flora White (interviewee Mae Bendit)
Matthew Markey (interviewee James Staton Jr.)
Daylin Enriquez (interviewee Robert Hect)

We are very proud of their accomplishment! To see the 2018-2019 winning stories, click here.
MakerSpace Time with Jim
Thursdays and Fridays in May
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Click here to find more information and sign up for this special opportunity to work with Jim in the Makerspace! This is a great time to work on different projects and allow your kiddo a chance to tinker and explore. Each workshop will be held on a Thursday and Friday afternoon from 1 to 2:30. There is a limit of 10 kids. This is not a drop-off event; parents must attend. Siblings may attend.
Coming Up...
Meet with Michelle to Discuss Da Vinci Connect's LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan)
Wednesday, May 22, 1:30-3pm (kid care provided)

Each year, public schools are required to create a 3-year plan that outlines the goals, actions, services, and expenditures to support positive student outcomes that address state and local priorities. Please join Michelle as she shares progress this year and hears input for next year! Sign up here to let us know you'll be attending.
Cultural Fair (and Related Homeschool Ideas!)
Thursday, May 30, evening event
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Have you ever wanted to learn about your heritages? Well, here's your chance! At the 2019 Cultural Fair/End-of-Year Social, families will learn about the unique traditions, arts, food and culture of their heritages and those of others. So join us for a fun-filled cultural potluck to wrap up the 2018-2019 school year on May 30!
If you need ideas for Work Journal #5, here is a guide to homeschool projects you can do related to and in preparation for the event! Please sign up here to bring food, share your heritage, and volunteer to make the event a success.

This event has been organized by 8th grader Flora for the past several years. Help her make this event an awesome culmination to her vision for an annual Connect Cultural Fair that celebrates the diversity of our community!
Attn Future 5th-8th Grade Families: Astro and Catalina Camp Commitments Requested
We are beginning to collect commitments for our annual trips to Astro and Catalina Camps! Please complete this form if your child plans to attend either Astro or Catalina camp in the fall.
The Parent Center @ DV Connect

May Office Hours Available!
Sign up here.

Morning Mash-Up Collaboration for Parent Educators
Wednesday-Friday, May 15-17, 9:30-10:30 am
Come to the Parent Center and mix and mingle with other parent educators.

Workshop: Parent Educator Spotlight--Create a Curriculum Map & Expand Your Resources with Jen Rutkowski
Wednesday, May 22, 9:30-11 am
Join Jennifer Rutkowski as she shares her vast knowledge of creating and using a curriculum map to keep her homeschool planning on track--for multiple students. She will also share a whole host of curriculum resources to support your plan. More details to come! Sign up here.
Have a great week!
~ Your DV Connect Team