May 19, 2019
From Our Principal
A Message from our Principal

Greetings Families,

In case you didn't notice the LCAP workshop below, I will be hosting a meeting this week to review DV Connect's Local Control and Accountability Plan. You can join me by signing up here.

Please, please, please take our spring survey and set aside 10 minutes with your children to do so as well! I use this data to reflect on our program and it is also part of our LCAP. The student survey is here and the parent survey is here.

I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude for all of you who organized, attended and in any way participated in our 2nd Annual Silent Auction and Mixer! We had a great turnout and I know I speak for us all when I say we were in great company together :) Thank you to Rich and Jenni for hosting us at Strand Brewing Company! Thank you to Lachmi and Tasneem for organizing the event! Thank you to so many parents who secured donations and run the event: Julie G., Tanya, Lisa, Sahala, Mardi, Brandy, Noopur, Genevieve, Tricia, Cordula, Maureen, Sarah, Amy, Jody, Pooja, Alice, Anil, Rachel, Samantha, Saba, Holly, Julie M., Julie H., Amy, Nicole, Rochelle, Hana, Shane, Heidi, and to anyone I missed, I apologize and thank you! And thank you to each of you who attended and purchased items! I am excited to share that our event raised $10,000 that Connect will use towards the renovations of our future campus (move date TBD but sometime next year).
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Things You Need to Know This Week!
Free Happily Family Online Conference THIS WEEKEND ONLY
Please sign up to participate in the FREE Happily Family online conference! Thereís an awesome lineup, including some of our own DV Connect parent experts! The webinars are only available for 24 hours so be sure to carve out an hour each day to listen to at least one! Click here for more information about the conference.
Feedback Request - Link Included!
Please participate in our semiannual 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 Michelle uses data from the surveys in our annual LCAP report (see blurb below). Thank you!
LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) Meeting with Michelle
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.
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. Sign up 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.
Kindness Movement's Zones of Harmony Project
Hey DV Connect! Something amazing is emerging and growing just outside of the Core 3 classroom! The Core 3 kiddos, who created the kindness benches that youíve seen around campus, and the Kindness Movement have started planning and planting a tranquility garden! Welcome to the Zones of Harmony Project! This project stemmed from Core 3 and the Kindness Movementís vision of having a place on campus where individuals can go to de-stress, feel calmness and inclusion, and connect with each other and with nature..., and they would like to invite you and your family to be a part of it! A solar fountain, Zen garden with kindness rocks, and a mural that the entire DV Connect campus will be a part of are all in the works! Please sign up here if you would like to help. (This signup genius will be updated each week.)

More updates and and information about this exciting project to come, so please stay tuned! Thank you!
Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 27
No school or homeschool!
Coming Up...
Cultural Fair (and Related Homeschool Ideas!)
Thursday, May 30, 4:30-6:30
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Join us for our 5th annual Cultural Fair, a fun-filled potluck event where Connect families can wrap up the 2018-2019 school year together! Watch this video to see student organizer, Flora, share about her heritage and why she started this event.

Look here for 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. You can submit your own videos about your culture here!
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.

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. Sign up here.
Have a great week!
~ Your DV Connect Team