Greetings, DVIA Families!
I want to first express my appreciation for your patience as the DVIA staff spends time carefully thinking through next steps for our school. I know you might be thinking something like, "We know there won't be enrichment...we know what there won't be...now we want to know what there will be!" We want to be thoughtful and reflective about why DVIA exists, the mission of our program (to serve homeschool families through a school-based community that values experiential [project-based] and social emotional learning) and how to best move forward in a thoughtful way that addresses current and future needs. Please look out for a survey coming your way next week that seeks your input. Teachers may also be surveying students for their ideas as well during their at-school time.
I also want to share that last week, our students experienced a few disruptions to the cohesive, positive community that we've built. Namely, an unfortunate Instagram incident caused some negativity among our middle schoolers and repeated graffiti in the form of obscene and offensive drawings and words appeared in our bathrooms multiple times. Kaitlin spent much of last week working with students and families to uncover and understand the social media incident. We will continue to work together as well as with teachers and our counselor, Kene, to support students in making good choices both at school and elsewhere via social media. Regarding the bathroom incident, on Friday students experienced the girls and boys bathrooms being shut during lunch because despite going around to classes to ask students to make good choices and take care of our campus, individuals responded by going into the bathrooms once again to add unfortunate words to the bathroom stalls. In order to protect students from seeing those vulgar messages, we shut the bathrooms until the walls could be scrubbed. This resulted in students needing to use the adult bathroom, which we supervised since it is a shared adult and visitor bathroom. After the bathrooms were re-opened, and particularly because both male and female students decided to vandalize the bathrooms after Kaitlin went around to discuss this with them, teachers were asked to make sure students didn't leave for the restroom with pens/pencils in their pockets and let me and logged who went to the bathroom and at what time.
It's possible that your child came home last week with big feelings about either of the incidents mentioned above. I want you to know that the DVIA staff does not want our school community to experience the negative behaviors that often occur in more traditional school settings. However, occasionally they do. We also don't want to resort to more traditional measures (such as hall monitors, sign-in and sign-on processes, bathroom passes). However, occasionally we do. We will also pull together as a team to develop next steps that support students in making good choices. While it is never our intention to put limits on students that do not make sense, on occasion we must set limits in order to keep people safe (safe does mean not exposing students to offensive images and vocabulary). Thank you for supporting your children with their feelings, their wonderings and their feelings. There were many, many positive instances during both of these events where students make great choices, reached out to an adult for support or to report a concern and even took ownership for negative choices. We believe in mistakes and we believe in repair.
Lastly, I want to share that unfortunately, one of DVIA's very loved and valued staff members, Katie Steele, will be spending her final week with us this week. Katie joined our staff this year as the 3rd through 5th grade Collaborative Program teacher and her students and families will miss her following her departure. Our staff very much appreciates their time with Katie and will miss her as well! I will be reaching out to Katie's families next week with a plan for next steps but wanted to give our entire community this information as Katie has supported students, families and colleagues across our campus.
What You Need to Know This Week
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.
Final DVIA Info Meeting for New/Prospective Families
Tuesday, February 13th, 6pm in the Forum
If you know a family interested in homeschooling, please make sure they know that our last informational meeting for prospective families is this Tuesday! Applications are due by February 28th in order to be considered in the March 8th lottery.
DVIA (and Sand Tots) Cares Valentine's Edition:
Show you care, share the love and write a digital Valentine's card to a kid at Children's Hospital Los Angeles this Valentine's Day! Click HERE and send a digital card to brighten a child's day! For each digital card sent Party City will donate $1 to CHLA up to $25,000!
Work Journal #3 Ends
Thursday, Feb. 15
Work Journal #3 is due on Tuesday, Feb. 20 by 4:15 pm.
Friday, Feb. 16 and Monday, Feb. 19
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. There is one High School Information Meeting left on 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.
DVIA Book Donation Service Project!
I am a delegate for the Torrance-South Bay Model United Nations, and we recently started a service project to collect book donations for schools and libraries in the South Bay. We have decided to donate books to DVIA, so each delegate in my Model U.N. group will set up a bin to collect donations. My bin will be located in the DVIA front office, and I will gladly accept donations from February 12 to March 5
. All books in fair to excellent condition will be accepted. This is a great opportunity to clear out your bookshelves and give to our school. It's a win-win situation!
Noah Chan (7th grade DVIA student)FAN Magazine
Looking for ideas or ways to incorporate FAN events into your homeschooling? View the new FAN magazine
Save the Date
2017-18 ANNUAL TALENT SHOWCASE!
Saturday, Feb. 24
CALLING ALL ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, CHEFS, PERFORMERS & ENTERTAINERS!
Get ready to share your talent with our DVcommunity! FEATURING: Visual & Digital arts ~Culinary delights~ Singers~ Dancers ~Comedy ~Magic~Student Fundraising and more!
Sign up HERE
before Sunday, Feb. 18
Space and Science Day at ECCSaturday, 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 LASaturday, 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
Ticket sales are live!!! Join us for an adults-only evening
as we raise money to support our school. To RSVP & to buy tickets, click here
.DVIA's Second Annual Science Fair
Saturday, March 17, 1-4pm
This year, we are combining the Science Fair with the Day of the Steminists at DVS. The Day of the Steminists is a
day filled with science and engineering challenges, hosted by the Da Vinci Science Society of Women Engineers club and the Vitruvian Bots (FIRST Team 4201). This FREE event is open to boys and girls ages K-8th. Follow this link for more information and to sign up.
Did You Know...
...the Parent Educator Resource website shares a wealth of resources for language arts and math, linked from the "Instructional Support" menu? Check them out, or share one of your own favorite resources by following the link at the top of the related page!
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team