December 21, 2018

Michelle and Kaitlin would like to thank each and every one of you for a wonderful first semester! As we head into Winter Break we are reflecting on the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year, are celebrating our successes and looking forward to re-connecting with each of you when we return in January.

Our staff will return from break on January 7th (one week earlier than students) to plan projects, workshops and enriching experiences for all students at DV Connect!

We hope your break is full of rest, reflection, connection, joy, and all things that fill your bucket and the buckets of those you love. You do hard work as educators and parents and siblings and children and employees and employers and friends and colleagues all the other hats you wear (phew, that was a long list that doesn't even begin to recognize all that you do)---and you deserve this break :)

See you in 2019!
Kaitlin and Michelle

Things You Need to Know This Week
School Photos Are In, and Makeups are Scheduled!
You should have received an email from Brianne with instructions on how to access your child's school photos. School pictures make great Christmas gifts! Please consider purchasing your child's school photo so that we can continue using our awesome photographer, Stacee Lianna! If you missed photo day, Stacee will be back on campus Wednesday, Jan 16, from 9:00-11:00 am for makeup photos!

Winter Break
Monday, Dec 24-Friday, Jan 11
Our staff will be taking a break from December 24 until January 4 and then are back for Professional Development January 7 through 11. We are looking forward to seeing you starting January 14.

Coming Up...
DVS Steminist Event
Saturday, Jan 12, 1-3:30 pm
DVS STEMinist are hosting another great SWEvent for 3rd through 5th grade girls and boys. The subject is engineering, and the event is free! Please use this link to sign-up.
FAN Film Festival
Friday, Jan 25
More details to come soon! Sponsored by the Kindness Movement, "A Day of Acceptance, Empowerment and Connecting" is coming up!

WHY: The Annual Talent Showcase - Art Walk and Stage Performances
WHEN: Saturday February 23, 4:30-7:30 pm
  1. Decide what you'd like to showcase in the Art Walk or during your 2-minute Stage Act.
  2. Sign up here so a coordinator can contact you.
  3. Complete form coordinator will send you with details of your talent.
  4. Attend rehearsal for stage talents on Wednesday, February 20, 3:30-5:30 pm.
  5. Celebrate all the amazing talents in our community by attending the Talent Showcase in its entirety!
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
January Office Hours Have Been Posted!
Sign up here!
Come Network with Other Parent Educators --"Morning Mash-up" in The Parent Center
Monday/Tues, Jan 14/15, 9:30-10:30 am
There will be coffee, donuts and other snacks. But even better, this is dedicated time and a space to connect with families just like yours.
ThinkCERCA Families: Best Practices
Wednesday, Jan 23, 9:30-11:30 am
Join Theresa & Dr. Mona Kiani for a mid-year check-in! Immediately following, the group will collaborate on a list of questions, wonderings, and a wish list for Theresa to take to ThinkCERCA at their annual Lead Teacher conference in January. Sign up here to attend the ThinkCERCA check-in.
Parent Educator Spotlight: A Three-Part Series on Cognitively Guided Instruction with Nick Johnson
Wednesdays, January 16/30 & February 13, 5-7 pm in the Forum
Please plan to attend all three sessions.

1/16/19 (Focus: Addition & Subtraction)
1/30/19 (Focus: Multiplication)
2/13/19 (Focus: Fractions)

Discussion will center on how children learn mathematics. Through this exploration, participants will:

  1. Learn about research on children's mathematical thinking (Cognitively Guided Instruction-CGI).
  2. Actively engage in math through hands-on activities and examples of children's work.

Da Vinci FAN will be hosting a pizza dinner fundraiser, and Kid Care will be offered. We hope you can attend this informative and exciting parent educator workshop series!

Have a great week!
~Your DV Connect Team