February 4, 2018
Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal
Greetings Families,

We have lots of events coming up this spring, so be sure to check out each of the blurbs below. Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend weather.
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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
Popcorn with the Principal
Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 8, 3:15-4pm
Join Michelle with questions or just to chat. Please remember that children must be supervised while on campus.

2017-2018 Annual Notification
Please login to your SchoolMint account to review, sign, and submit the "2017-18 Annual Notification." This message include notices, educational codes, and changes to codes relevant to the education of our students. Your signature is required. A hard copy can be requested from the front office if you cannot access it online.

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!

Space and Science Day at ECC
Saturday, March 10
El Camino Community College is hosting a Space Science Day for 5th-12th grade students! There will be demonstrations, astronaut presentations, hands-on activities, and lots more! For more info, visit their website.

STEM Funshop at the Port of LA
Saturday, March 10
See flyer below for more information about this fun and educational activity!

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.
What's Happenin' in the Homeschool Kitchen!

Flora White, like many of DVIA's Hybrid middle school students, had a blast working on the Scientific Revolution project last semester. In addition to the creation of the amazing Rock Opera, one of the assignments was to write a story about an alchemist. Under the guidance of her teacher, Robin Brown, Flora worked hard on her story at school and at home and once completed, shared it with her writing coach at Writopia Los Angeles Lyndsay Hall. Lyndsay encouraged her to enter it into one of the nation's oldest writing competitions for students, the Scholastic Writing Awards. On Tuesday of this week, Flora learned that out of many entrants in the Western Region, her story, Alchemy, won top honors, a Gold Key, which qualifies it to move on to National judging.
Did You Know...
...the Parent Educator Resource website has a calendar with upcoming events. You can also find the calendar for the school year on the Da Vinci Schools website.
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team