February 27, 2018
Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal

Greetings Families,

It was really great to see so many of you at this year's Talent Showcase! Our students were awesome! We have such a diversely talented, courageous and spirited group of students. They cook, they design and create, they are makers, actors, singers, dancers, musicians and so much more! I also want to make a shout out to our parents. You supported your children's talents and allowed them to flourish. And together with your children, you created an event that was safe, special and truly captured what makes DVIA unique from other public schools. We celebrate and support each other, cheer each other on and value what makes us individuals. And to the FAN parents who helped make the event happen, you were incredibly mindful about creating this event to showcase the many, many ways our students are talented. I also want to celebrate and thank all of the committed FAN parents who helped organize, set up and clean up! There are too many of you to mention but together you supported rehearsals, arranged logistics, created flyers and signage, supported students, transformed the space, managed audio/visual, provided food, and even helped clean up afterwards! Thank you!

Also, I hope you are planning to attend our Adult Mixer and Auction, also a FANtastic event that our parents are working so hard to arrange! There are amazing auction items already and it's not too late to donate! This will be our first time holding this event and we really hope to see you there! See the blurb below for more information.
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From Our Dean of Students
The Talent Showcase was so much fun! Thank you to all of our students for sharing their gifts and talents, and thank you to our dedicated parents for making this awesome event so special for our community!

If you have friends or family interested in joining our incredible community, the deadline for priority applications is quickly approaching! If anyone you know is interested in applying to DVIA, you can direct them to www.davincischools.org > "apply"! The deadline for priority applications is February 28th--applications submitted thereafter will be added to our waitlist!
What You Need to Know This Week
Don't Forget

DVIA Re-enrollment Reminder
You should have received an email mid-February about re-enrollment for next year. If you did not, please contact Brianne. The re-enrollment deadline is Wednesday, February 28.

Family or Friends Who Want to Join DVIA?
The last day to apply as a new student at DVIA before the lottery is Wednesday, February 28. After that, all applications go to the bottom of the wait list. Send your family or friends here for more information on applying.

Parent Workshop: How to Incorporate Field Trips & Life into Your Homeschooling
RSVP by Thursday, March 1
Join DVIA Families on Wednesday, March 21st from 5 to 7 pm in the forum to learn how to integrate learning into the natural flow of your day and into your family's lifestyle. The workshop will be conducted by Tools for the Home Educator. We need to have at least 15 people RSVP here by March 1st or the event will be canceled.

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 budget for every teacher, and much more.
Every gift makes a difference! Give online or download a pledge card today! We thank you!
Save the Date

Da Vinci Mixer & Silent Auction (Adult-Only Event)
Monday, March 12, 5-9 pm
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. If you've already purchased a ticket, please try to get at least one more DVIA parent/family to attend! This will be as fun as we make it! Let's come together as a community and enjoy an evening with each other!

DVIA's Second Annual Science Fair
Saturday, March 17, 1-4 pm
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 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.

Musical Theater Family Work Day
Sunday, March 11th 10am-4pm
The Page to Stage Musical Theater Group invites you to join us for a Family Building Day on Sunday, March 11th from 10am-4pm. We will meet in front of the DVIA Forum area near the pick up parking lot. The Director, Valerie Hennessy, will be the main contact for any questions. Please send questions through the Sign Up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054fa5ac22a46-family
All volunteers, building/painting supplies, tall ladders, dollys, spare lumber, card board and wooden box crates that can be donated for this day for use in rehearsal and the final show will be very useful. Set building will be mainly outside so make sure to bring sun protection. An ice cooler to provide some snacks and waters will be provided. Please bring a water and snacks and/or some to share.

Middle School Dance!
Friday, April 27 (evening, time TBD)
Calling for volunteers! There will be a middle school dance on April 27 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 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 choose the area you want to better understand and then 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
Da Vinci Schools, 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245