January 28, 2018
Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal

Greetings Families,

I want to express my deep appreciation for our school community. Last week, I shared a reflection and plan for some big changes to our school. While I know that some of you are still working through exactly what those changes mean for your family, you were all so kind, generous and reflective in being able to hear the need for those changes. Our staff will continue to work to more clearly define next steps and specific aspects of some of those changes and I will also be reaching out for further feedback about a variety of topics. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work with each of you and all of your children.

During one of my meetings with parents, one of our moms mentioned how so many DVIA parents fall into the category of "Type R," based on the new book Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World. I picked up a copy this weekend and am offering a workshop to families where we explore the author's ideas together. No need to read or purchase the book, just come hang out with me and connect over some great ideas together :) See the blurb below for a sign up and more details!

We enjoyed our first day of spring enrichment classes last week and hope your children found their learning to be meaningful and engaging! We could tell that so many of you were very intentional about orienting your children to their schedules and showing them where classes would be. While it's still a busy, busy day for especially our younger students, your support and the revisions we made for this semester seem to be yielding positive outcomes. I also want to thank all of our parent and guest instructors who are sharing their time and expertise!

It was great to see so many of you at the Film Festival on Wednesday! We enjoyed 2 shorts and the movie My Neighbor Totoro. Thank you to our FANtastic families who attended and to those who donated snacks. I also want to show appreciation for parent Jennifer Racusin for organizing the event and to Julie Manz, Wendy Miller, Lachmi Malhotra and Martha Ramirez for their support with set up, clean up and managing the snack table. I'm looking forward to our next Film Festival in the spring--keep an eye out for the date! Students are encouraged to create films (stop motion, live action, you name it!) to contribute! Please read the blurb below that gives some follow-up information for those of you who attended.

Thank you and have a great weekend!
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From Our Dean of Students

Hello Families!

I hope that 2018 is treating you well and that your family is enjoying second semester! It has been so wonderful re-connecting with you as we dive into the last semester of this school year!

I know that the end of a school day can be chaotic, and your kiddos are eager to see you after a day of learning on campus! You have likely experienced our noticed our new pick-up system (exiting through the gate, sending students to families/cars through walkie-talkie system, etc.). We need your help to keep this new system running smoothly. If you are in the pick-up line, please DO NOT exit your vehicle. Kaitlin and Michelle will have your student escorted to your car. If you would like to park and walk in to greet your child, please park in the parking lot and walk in. Allowing the pick-up line to continue moving will greatly improve the speed and effectiveness of our pick-up system. THANK YOU!

I'd also like to request that you please email me AND the front office (DVIAoffice@davincischools.org) if your student has a different plan for afternoon pickup. This includes playdates, going home with grandparents or a sitter, etc. I also need that request to come from the parent of the child, not the parent or person doing the picking up. :) If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!

For Safety Purposes, Please Read Carefully!

Afternoon Pick-up Reminders

In order to help ensure our afternoon pick up system is smooth and safe, please review the following requests with all individuals (moms, dads, nannies, grandparents...) who pick up your children:
  • If your child is going on a playdate or being picked up by another parent, you MUST email the front office (dviaoffice@davincischools.org) before 2:45pm. We cannot release students to unplanned playdates. Please do not email your child's teacher. They are unlikely to see your email when they are teaching and they cannot relay that information to Michelle and Kailtin at the pick-up gate. Thank you!
  • You may park and walk to the gate by the flagpole or wait in our drive-through pick up line. Parking is available in front of DVIA, in front of DV Rise/DVX, in the neighborhood and at Dana Middle School.
  • Please DO NOT park at the curb in the drive through line. This significantly impedes our ability to keep the line moving swiftly and causes confusion for drivers and students. Also, the curb is red and is an emergency parking area.
  • Please do not park in a disabled person designated parking spot. We have families with needs for those spots.
  • If you park and walk, please seek out your children. Michelle and Kaitlin are focused on getting kids safely into cars and are not matching kids to parents waiting outside the gate. You may walk in and find your child(ren).
  • Please do not hang out in the pick up area, which includes the entire area in front of the Forum. When families are lingering and children are running around/playing, it creates a visual barrier for students trying to locate the DVIA staff who are helping them get to their car safely. You are welcome to walk to the grass in front of Rise/DVX or walk to the front of DVIA for run-around/play time. Thanks for helping us keep kids safe!
  • If you are the parent of a middle schooler (6th-8th grade) and you want him/her to walk out into the parking lot unattended to find you (or walk home/to the library, etc), please email the front office (dviaoffice@davincischools.org) giving on-going permission (not on a per-day basis). Your child will then exit campus through the main office and let the front desk know they are leaving (receptionist will verify your child is on the list). At the main gate, Michelle and Kaitlin cannot reference a list and don't have every child memorized who has or does not have such permission. Thanks for understanding!
What You Need to Know This Week
A Note from the Film Fest
Thank you so much for everyone that came out to the Film Fest on Wednesday. It was just wonderful sharing the magic of Totoro with you. I've put together a couple of suggestions (HERE) as to how you can bring what you saw at the film fest into your homeschooling. If you missed the festival, the films Piper and Hedgehog in the Fog can easily be found on YouTube. You can buy My Neighbor Totoro on DVD or Blu-ray to watch at home.

Work Journal Jam

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5-8pm
A note from some FANtastic families wanting to collaborate with YOU! Grab your work journals and join the parents of DVIA for a collaborative night out at the Loft in El Segundo! Mingle with other DVIA parents as we brainstorm and share ideas! We will have some snacks and beverages. Please feel free to bring your work journal to share, resource ideas, and projects that you and your kids have most enjoyed.

We ask for this to be a kid-free night, but we know that is not possible for many. There will be a movie playing in another room for kids 5 and older. For more information and to RSVP, click here!

DVIA Cares: Happy-New-Year Shoe Drive
Clear out your closets for the new year and donate your gently used shoes! All shoes will donated to a school in Guatemala. Turquoise bin will be located at the DVIA front office.
DVIA Cares: Donate for Homeless Kits!
Can you help Girl Scout Troop 2245 collect items to make homeless kits? Please see the flyer HERE for more information! Thank you!
Attention 8th Graders!
New date for DVIA fams only added!
If your 8th grade student plans to apply to one of the Da Vinci High Schools, it is recommended that you attend an info meeting. High School Information Meeting Dates:
  • Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 9:00AM
  • Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 2:30PM (THIS DATE IS FOR DVIA 8TH GRADERS ONLY)
  • Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 6:00PM
All information meetings will take place at the new campus located at 201 N. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245. The high schools also offer a limited number of tours for 8th grade students and families.

Workshop with Michelle
February 12th and 13th, 3:30-4:30pm
Join Michelle and explore the book Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World. We will meet in Rita's room and Patrick is offering to watch up to 20 school-age students (sorry no toddlers or infants--Patrick could handle it but our insurance company can't!) in his classroom while you attend. Sign up here if you want to attend the workshop (so Michelle knows how many materials to prepare). Sign up here if you want your child/ren to hang out with Patrick (please remember that students can't roam campus unattended while you are in a meeting--safety first!). If there's a demand, Michelle will offer additional workshops in the future.

Free Environmental Conservancy Program Launch

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2:30-4:30pm
Please see flyer at right to learn more about the launching event for this new organization, Everwild, located in Venice. More information and a registration link can be found on their website.

Free Braces
Please see this flyer to see if your child qualifies to receive free braces!

Save the Date
Saturday, Feb. 24
Get ready to share your talent with our DV community! Deadline to sign up is February 18th. FEATURING: Visual & Digital arts ~Culinary delights~ Singers~ Dancers ~Comedy ~Magic~Student Fundraising and more! Sign up HERE before 2/18!

Da Vinci Mixer & Silent Auction (Adult-Only Event)
Monday, March 12, 6-9pm
FAN is putting together a fundraising effort for DVIA complete with a silent auction & raffle. This will be an adults-only event. At this time, we are looking for donations and help.

Did You Know...
...if you're looking for some new field trip ideas, the Parent Educator Resource website can help! Choose "Resources" from the top menu, then click on "Field Trip Ideas."
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team