February 20, 2018
Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal

Greetings Families,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend! The DVIA staff had a chance to connect on Friday for some professional development and my kids and I spent this weekend with DVIA's founding principal, Nicole Tempel Assisi and her son (who is now 4, for those of you who knew Nicole).

As our staff spends some time reflecting on next year and ways to improve and grow, we also need your ideas. We requested your thoughts last semester in the fall survey and we will request similar input again this spring. This is something all of the Da Vinci Schools do each year. I am asking for your time once again in considering the questions found HERE as they specifically relate to our program next year. Thank you for giving us insight into your experiences, wants and needs. We truly value your ideas!

I want to share with you that while I don't comment frequently on happenings in the news, I think it's important that I share some of the many ways that DVIA and the Da Vinci Schools address school safety. Schools, whether elementary, middle or high schools, are often places where literally thousands of students gather and often navigate the day feeling quite anonymous. When a large school has one administrator or perhaps one principal and a few assistant principals for two to three thousand students and teachers have large class sizes, it's even easier for students to feel isolated and anonymous. At all of the Da Vinci Schools, we focus on community and intentionally build a culture where students feel known. We staff our schools so that administrators know every child and even most parents. Teachers know not just their own students but others' as well. Support staff interact with students in meaningful ways, not just as "supervisors," on "yard duty" and as "classroom aids." We also have emergency procedures in place, conduct drills multiple times each year and respond to accidental alarm triggers and local disturbances as opportunities to practice our systems. But our most pervasive and systematic safety measure is that we create a place where students are known, where children and young adults feel comfortable telling an adult if something is amiss, and where students simply aren't isolated and anonymous. As a staff, we talk about valuing our intuition and going with our gut. As a society, we often suppress our gut responses out of concern that we are making a judgement or being "paranoid." While it's important to balance knee-jerk responses with being thoughtful and reflective, it's still important to honor our intuition and share when something seems off. DVIA staff try to take the shame and "tattling" out of reporting information. We carefully guide students in knowing how to share what is important for others to know without developing a culture of "tattling." This is also why we continually emphasize that if something happens at school that doesn't feel right, students should come to an adult (their teacher, a support staff, Kaitlin or myself). This is also why staff at DVIA are intentionally approachable. We go by our first names, we stop to talk to students, we have "open door" policies (even when doors are closed to spare our air conditioning units). It's a culture, a mindset and a very intentional social design process that creates a space where everyone is cared about and most importantly, where everyone is known. This means feeling isolated is less likely but it also means that suspicious behaviors are seen and reported before they escalate. Lastly, please know that your child's safety is extremely important to me. I'm not just "the principal of DVIA"--I am also a mother with two daughters at our school. This allows me to think about what we do with a mother's lens. While that may not mean I'm more effective at everything I do, it does mean that I'm careful, reflective and see your children as the most important person in someone's life. Thank you for being part of our community and trusting us with your children.

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What You Need to Know This Week

Work Journal #3 Due
Tuesday, Feb. 20 by 4:15 pm.

Pizza Day/Spirit Day: Creative Sock Day!

Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb 23
Enjoy pizza for lunch and show off some creative socks!

Saturday, Feb. 24
Come celebrate our students' talents and hard work and enjoy spending time with our DVIA community! FEATURING: Visual & Digital arts ~Culinary delights~ Singers~ Dancers ~Comedy ~Magic~Student Fundraising and more!
Sign up HERE before Sunday, Feb. 18!

DVIA Book Donation Service Project!
Dear Families,
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!
Thank you,
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 for ideas!

Annual Giving Campaign - Matching Challenge - Donate Today!
There has never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Donate or pledge by April 30, 2018 and your contribution will be doubled by our generous industry partners, up to $75,000. All pledge payments must be received by June 30, 2018 to be eligible for the match.
Annual Giving dollars provide unrestricted funds and flexibility that allow us to address urgent needs and take advantage of special opportunities as they arise. They also provide funding for hands-on curriculum, a materials/project budget for every teacher, and much more.
Donate today and DOUBLE your impact. Every gift makes a difference!
Give online at https://davincischools.networkforgood.com or download a pledge card today!

Save the Date
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
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.

Middle School Dance!
April 27th (evening, time TBD)
Calling for Middle School Volunteers! There will be a middle school dance on April 27th and we are looking for student and parent volunteers to help make this event happen, click here to sign up. The dance is for Collaborative and Hybrid students in grades 6-8.

Did You Know...
...the Parent Educator Resource website has some great ways you can support our school while you do your shopping? For example, do you know about Amazon Smile? Do all of your Amazon shopping through the Smile platform (smile.amazon.com), and a portion of each purchase will be donated to DVIA. When you first use Smile, you'll be asked to choose your charity. DVIA is listed as "Da Vinci Schools, Hawthorne CA." Easy peasy!
For more ways to support our school, go to the Parent Educator Resource website, and choose "FAN" from the "Family Connections" drop-down menu.
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team