February 19th
2017

Da Vinci  
Innovation  
Academy
  
13500 Aviation Blvd. 
Hawthorne, CA  90250 
Michelle Rainey, 
Principal 
Kaitlin O'Melveny
Toon, 
Dean of Students
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Greetings, DVIA Families!
A Few Words from Our Principal

Greetings Families! 

I hope you are enjoying this long weekend! 

I want to highlight an awesome resource available to DVIA families. This past week many of you got to connect at PEC with Cecilia and Jason Hilkey, DVIA parents and founders of Happily Family. They also released a really helpful email titled "How to Motivate Kids without Bribes and Threats." It included a link to this page on their website featuring 3 strategies you can try today!

They also just conducted a Facebook Live called "Math without Tears" that is an abbreviated version of their PEC presentation, in case you missed it. Even if you're like me and not a Facebooker, you can watch the post through this link. I just did!

If you aren't getting Cecilia and Jason's emails, you can sign up for the online Compassionate Communication class for free here or you can sign up for just the weekly emails here.

Please take advantage of this tremendous resource! 
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From Our Dean of Students 

Hi Families! Thank you to so many of you for attending and participating thoughtfully in our Math Mash PEC 3! I was particularly moved by how open you were with your experiences in homeschooling around math and in sharing your experiences in how you see yourselves as mathematicians! The work you do to support your learners at home is admirable, and we recognize that it's no easy task!

I hope you spent the long weekend enjoying the rain and doing something that brings you and your family joy. :)

Next week and beyond is jam-packed, so please read on carefully and thoroughly!
What You Need to Know This Week!
 
No School/No Homeschool/No Enrichment  
Monday, Feb 20
Happy President's Day!

An Evening With Dan Siegel!
Thursday, Feb 23, 7pm
The Willows School is hosting a free evening event with Dr. Dan Siegel, author of The Whole Brain Child (one of our faves)! Follow this link to register and for more info on this awesome event.

WJ #3 Ends 
Friday, Feb 24
Work Journal #3 is due on Tuesday, Feb 28 by 4:15 pm.

Pizza/Spirit Day   
Thursday, Feb 23, and Friday, Feb 24 
Celebrate Pizza and Spirit day with us by dressing as your favorite hero! Your favorite hero might be a fictional
superhero, a character from a book/TV, or someone you know in real life! We can't wait to see the creative ways in
which kiddos acknowledge those that inspire them!


Comedy and Magic Club Fundraiser 
Deadline for Purchase: THIS FRIDAY! 
Event Date: Tues, Mar 7th 6:30PM - 9:30PM 
FINAL CALL FOR COMEDY AND MAGIC CLUB TICKETS - Deadline Friday 2/24.  Tickets for Comedy and Magic Club Fundraiser will be sold before school Tuesday thru Friday.  In addition, at the front desk is an envelope for a self pay option.  Simply fill out the information requested on the small envelopes with payment and leave in the larger envelope - you will be emailed with "will call" information to pick up your tickets at the front desk the next day.  Thanks everyone!  This is sure to be a great event!  

Makeup PEC Workshops 
If you are in the hybrid program, missed PEC, and need  to make up, or if you just find yourself interested in learning more about ways to teach math with your student, the following PEC makeup workshops will be offered!  
  • Number Talks with Kelly Ann on Monday 2/27 @ 3:30pm in her classroom
  • Middle School Math Motivation with Dan and Nancy on Wednesday 2/22 @ 2:30pm in Nancy's room
The 2017 Annual Giving Challenge Is On!
 
The following companies are contributing $75,000 to Da Vinci Schools and are challenging Da Vinci families and friends to join them in supporting innovative, real-world education:
  • Belkin International
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Chevron
  • Gensler
  • 72andSunny
  • Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Your gift or pledge must be received by April 30, 2017 to count toward this year's challenge. Your contribution will provide immediate funds to support Da Vinci's top priorities. Every gift makes a difference. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge today by clicking here. We thank you! 

Da Vinci Schools Enrollment
DEADLINE to Apply: Tuesday, Feb 28 
If you have a child or know a friend who would like to attend one of the Da Vinci Schools, please click  here to apply. There is 1 more information meeting left before the deadline: Thursday, 2/23 at 6:00 PM  
**8th graders must also submit an application for the DV High Schools.**


Save the Date! 
 
Student-Led Conferences for the Hybrid Program 
Tuesday, Feb 28, and Thursday, March 2 
SLC days are homeschool days for everyone, and there will NOT be after-school enrichment. Please check in with your classroom teacher for sign ups and other SLC info!

FAN Breakfast and Meeting 
Wednesday, March 1, 9:30 - 11:00am 
Homeschool Collaborative Classroom 
It's time again to meet and talk about the FANtastic things happening in our community! We will be discussing upcoming events, reflecting on the year so far, and looking ahead into the future. Remember that every family is a member of FAN, and it's never too late to get involved! We hope to see you there. :) Please RVSP here
 
"Myths and Misconceptions: The Hidden Blessing of Raising Teenagers" - Free Evening with Dr. Wendy Mogel
Thursday, March 2, 7pm
Attend this free event in Rancho Palos Verdes to hear Dr. Mogel discuss ideas surrounding raising teens. For additional info including how to RSVP, see the flyer at right.
 



Curriculum Corner
Here is a great read for the week: "The One Choice That Changes Us All" from the blog of Joseph Lee, M.D. In this post, Dr. Lee focuses on the science and significance of feeling loved.
Did You Know...
...the Learning Goals listed on your child's work journal (AKA the Common Core State Standards) are explained on the  parent educator resource website? From the homepage, choose "Learning Goals" on the top menu, then click on the area you want to better understand and select your child's level. (If you're just getting started, choose your child's grade level but go up or down from there to find where your child really is.) 

Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team
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