January 31st
2016




Da Vinci
Innovation Academy


13500 Aviation Blvd.
Michelle Rainey,
Principal


Kaitlin O'Melveny Toon,
Dean of Students




Email the office!
ia@davincischools.org





Greetings DVIA Families!

A Few Words From Our Principal

Hello Everyone!

I want to take a moment to highlight an aspect of our program that we are very proud of. Even during the toughest of financial times for schools, DVIA remained committed to having an art and then a makerspace program! While schools around the state were cutting back on their art programs, DVIA was finding ways to grow ours! Currently, in our 2-day program, students spend a semester taking art once a week with Mr. Mason (Mondays) and Cordula (Tuesdays) and a semester "making and tinkering" with Jim. Our Full-time Independent Study students also use this space, which we call the Innovation Station, for classes and family gatherings, like last week's Family Night. We are so fortunate to have such creative and dedicated professionals teaching our students. Thanks Mr. Mason, Jim and Cordula. And THANK YOU families for your generosity with the Annual Giving Campaign. Your donations ensure that this program and so many other aspects of our program continue to have an important place at DVIA.

Thank you for being part of our DVIA family and enjoy your week!
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A Message From Our Dean of Students

Hi Families!
I hope you enjoyed a rainy Sunday--I definitely did! I want to remind you that while we love rainy days at DVIA, our campus sure doesn't. On a rainy day, please be sure to pack your student with rainboots, if possible, and other rainy day gear!
Also, we look forward to seeing you at PEC 3 next week! I have a feeling this will be our best PEC yet :) A huge thank you to everyone that is working hard already to make it a successful event!

Have a great week!
What you need to know this week:

Curriculum Corner:
Take A Journey To Space!
Are your students interested in studying space? We have gathered a number of resources to satisfy every curiosity. Your Discovery TechBook account provides access to a wide assortment of primary source videos, images and documents related to space exploration and the space shuttle program. Brainpop also has a number of space-related offerings. You can expand your studies with a visit to the Journey to Space Exhibit at the California Science Center (which includes admission to the Space Shuttle Endeavor) and a viewing of Journey to Space 3-D. For TechBook or Brainpop login information, email Janette or Ethel.

Annual Giving Campaign--Double Your
Impact
Please join other Da Vinci families and staff in pledging your support to Da Vinci Schools by joining our Annual Giving Campaign!

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Chevron, Belkin, Northrop, and Kinecta Federal Credit Union, all donations to Da Vinci's Annual Giving Campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000. This matching challenge is only available for a limited time. Make your donation or pledge by March 31 and your gift will be doubled! All pledge payments must be received by June 1, 2016 to be eligible for the match.

Make an online tax-deductible gift right now by clicking the photo. Thank you!!!

Mark your calendar! Coming up soon:
Work Journal Deadline
WJ #3 is due by 4:15 pm on Thursday, Feb. 18th.

Apply Now For High School!
Deadline is 2/29/16
Attention 8th grade families! If you plan on applying to one of our Da Vinci High Schools, the priority application deadline is coming up on 2/29/2016. Apply online using this link.
Please note that you must make a formal application for priority enrollment.
Not sure which program is right for your student? Shadow Days are still available. for more information.

Parent Educator Conference (PEC #3)
Weds, Feb 10th | 9:15-2:15 | Hawthorne Mem Ctr

We have a number of changes planned for PEC 3 that we think you'll find interesting:
  • Math focus!
    • Morning Keynote Speaker: Carolee Koehn Hurtado, Ph.D., Director of Mathematics Programs, Director of UCLA Parent Project
  • Supervision will be available for DVIA students and DVIA-aged siblings (must sign up using link below)
  • Raffle prizes from local vendors, including:
      • Experium
      • STEM Sailing
      • Fresh Brothers
      • Speakers League and Debate League
      • Check back next week to find out more...
If you're interested in kid care, reservations are required for morning and/or afternoon sessions ($5/session). Kid care is first come, first served through this link . Kids are asked to bring quiet, independent assignments/activities to work on.
More PEC surprises will be announced in next week's newsletter. Stay tuned! As a reminder PEC 3 is the mandatory work journal meeting for all 2-day families.

No School On Monday; Homeschool On Friday
Mon, Feb 15th & Fri, Feb 12th
In honor of Presidents' Day, school will be closed on Monday, February 15th. Please note: campus is also closed on Friday, February 12th. Friday is a home school day for everybody.

Stargazing Event
Fri, Feb 19th | 6-9 pm
You are invited to the Wiseburn Ed Foundation's Stargazing Night at Dana Middle School (behind DVIA). There will be stargazing, episodes of the hit show COSMOS, food trucks, and more for the whole family. Click the flyer for more details.

Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team

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