February 7th
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!

Greetings and I hope you are enjoying this warm weather! I am super excited by the program we've developed for our third Parent Educator Conference (PEC) on Wednesday. You are going to be wowed by all the math support we are going to give you! We know it takes some coordinating to arrange to be there and we thank you for taking the time to learn new strategies to support your learner(s)!
Also, with the end of Work Journal #3 looming, I want to take a moment to remind you about a very important section of our DVIA Family Handbook. Page 19 outlines DVIA's Independent Study Attendance Policy and Agreement and clarifies our requirements about missing work journal information and missed meetings. We have these rules in place to comply with state laws for independent study programs and in order to ensure we are continually monitoring student success in our program. We must enforce these rules to keep our charter.
When infractions occur, families receive a notice of non-compliance (a letter emailed with your electronic signature requested). Further incidents result in a second notice of non-compliance, which includes a mandatory meeting with an administrator to discuss supports and appropriate placement in our program. If a third non-compliance notice is necessary, this is sufficient indication that our program may not be a right fit for the family, and an evaluation will occur which could result in a notice of removal from our program.
We hope this will never apply to your family, but we have really noticed an increase in late or insufficient work journals and missed meetings. Please help us stay in compliance and thank you for reading this explanation of how our program works.

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

Hi Families! As I mentioned last week, staff is getting ready for PEC 3, and it's going to be great! I've seen some of the prizes set to be raffled, and they are INCREDIBLE! Please remember to pack your own brown bag lunch and water bottle, and if you plan to take advantage of the childcare option, there are still a few spaces available! See more information below. We are excited to learn and think deeply about math with you this week!
On another note, large amounts of trash have been bubbling up on campus lately. Of course, the blustery winds don't help, but you can! Packing lunches with re-usable containers and aiming for trash-free lunches is always something we strive for at DVIA. Please help us keep our campus clean with trash-free lunches!

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

Parent Educator Conference (PEC) #3 Please read carefully!
Weds, Feb 10th | 9:15-2:15 | Hawthorne Mem Center

PEC #3 is this week! Click this link to see the schedule.

Please note: bring a brown bag lunch and re-usable water bottle. Thank you!

If you're interested in kid care for PEC #3, reservations are first-come, first-served and required by Monday, 2/7 through this link. Kids are asked to bring quiet, independent assignments/activities to work on. We will have staff available to support kiddos but they must have homeschool work to complete during this time.

Curriculum & Clothing Exchange!
During PEC #3
Do you have Curriculum Resources sitting around your house that you no longer need? Are your closets overflowing with gently-used outgrown clothing (polo shirts, Exhibition-wear, etc.)? Bring it all to PEC 3 this Wednesday for other DVIA families (clothing can be dropped off in a bin in the DVIA Lost & Found area on Monday and Tuesday). And stop by the exchange tables to see if there is something you could use.

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!!!

Managing Student Stress
We are partnering with UCLA scientists to test whether a new computer program can help kids and teens better manage stress. This program has previously been tested with youth experiencing high levels of stress, and they now want to see whether it might also be helpful in building resilience and managing stress for ALL kids and teens.

Researchers hope that once this research is completed, the findings will benefit families, schools and the community. We are looking for kids and teens ages 10 to 17 to participate. All research activities occur at DVIA. If you are interested in learning more, please email Michelle Rozenman, Ph.D. or call (310) 794-2215.

Curriculum Corner:
Discovery Techbooks Streaming Plus Access
We are excited to share that we have a one month trial of Streaming Plus on Discovery Techbooks! Streaming Plus offers language arts, math and health content in addition to the science and social studies Techbooks provides. Access this resource by logging into your Discovery Techbook account and clicking the "My DE" drop-down tab to access Streaming Plus. Check out all of the robust content on the Chinese New Year! For questions about Techbooks, email Janette or Ethel. More information on Streaming Plus can be found here.

Mark your calendar! Coming up soon:

Work Journal Deadline
Deadline: 4:15 pm on Thursday, Feb. 18th

No School!!
Mon, Feb 15th & Fri, Feb 12th
In honor of Presidents' Day, school will be closed on Monday, February 15th. Please note: We previously reported that Friday is a homeschool day, but it's not. Both days are treated as a holiday. Enjoy your long weekend!

DVIA Returning Family Enrollment Deadline
Deadline is 2/29/16 * 11:59 pm
Returning families please be on the lookout for an "Intent to Return" form coming your way in the next couple of weeks. Use this form to let us know that your family is returning next year.

For newly enrolling siblings and new families, use this link to apply. Applications received after the deadline will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist following the lottery on March 10th.

Apply Now For High School!
Deadline is 2/29/16 * 11:59 pm

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.

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.

8th Grade Photos At The Beach
Wed, March 23rd | 3 pm
Attention 8th grade families! Our photographer, Stacee Lianna, is offering an 8th grade photo day under the Manhattan Beach Pier! Individual photos will take place on a drop in basis from 2:30-4:00pm. A group photo will be taken promptly at 3:00pm. Contact Kaitlin with questions.


Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team

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