March 6, 2018
Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal

Greetings Families!

I first of all want to tell you that I am so excited to spend the evening with so many of you next Monday night for our Adult Mixer! We've got a great list of parents attending already along with students hanging out at Pump It Up. I hope to see you there! You can check out the blurb below and preview the auction items in the Forum tomorrow!

A few of you have asked me some logistical questions about next year so I thought I would share what I know now:

  • Some of you have asked if DVIA will be holding summer camp again this year! Our team is meeting this week to discuss in more detail but the answer is likely yes! Dates, times and themes to be determined! I will have more information in a week or two.

  • The 2018-2019 calendar must be board approved and synced with the other Da Vinci Schools. While it hasn't been board approved yet, I know that planning your summer is important, so here is what I can tell you with a relative degree of confidence: It is likely that homeschooling will begin around August 15th with classes on campus beginning approximately one week later. One change I am considering for next year is giving families a chance to ease into the school year with some homeschool planning and support from teachers. More info to come pending board approval but I hope this is helpful for now!

  • You've also asked whether we will be on our current campus or moving to the Del Aire Campus (former site of Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Communications) in the fall. The answer is that we don't know yet. These are decisions that are complex and involve many factors. As soon as I know a definite answer, I will be sure to share!
Thank you and enjoy your week!
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From Our Dean of Students

Hello Families! I am SO excited for the Adult Mixer and Auction coming up on the 12th! Everyone involved in planning has worked incredibly hard to put together an awesome party to celebrate the DVIA community! If you haven't yet been to Strand Brewery, it's a great place to be, and happens to be owned by one of our DVIA families! If beer isn't your thing, we will also have a wine bar available...and a taco truck! What could be better?!
If spending some fun adult time together isn't enough, we have also collected some incredible auction items for our silent auction! Anyone who wins an auction item will automatically have their donation matched by our Chevron matching program through the Annual Giving Campaign. Every penny counts, and Annual Giving donations go directly back in to our schools!

Pre-sale tickets to this event are available online now (see below for more info) and you can purchase tickets in person on Wednesday 3/7 from 12:15-2:30 in the Forum! There will also be sample auction items for your perusing ;)

Many staff members and I will be attending, and we hope to see you there!

What You Need to Know This Week

Da Vinci Mixer & Silent Auction (Adult-Only Event)
Monday, March 12, 5-9 pm
*** Tickets for the DVIA Mixer and Silent Auction event are for sale until Friday. Ticket includes appetizer, food, dessert and 1 beverage of choice. There will only be a LIMITED amount of tickets sold at the door.***

Come check out the Pre-bid & Raffle Preview this Wednesday, March 7th @ the FORUM at these times:

- 8:45-9:30AM
-11:45-12:30PM
- 1:45-2:30PM

1 Raffle ticket = $1.

So many amazing items up for silent auction and to raffle off. Take a look at some of the offerings listed on the Parent Education Resource Site: www.davincik8.org!

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!

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS
Bugs and Botany
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The La Brea Tar Pits & Museum is excited to announce our third Homeschool Day this school year: Bugs and Botany! What can insect fossils teach us about the Ice Age Environment? How do seeds get preserved in asphalt for thousands of years? Spend this Homeschool Day with two often under-appreciated groups of organisms-insects and plants! Join us in the hunt for bugs in our Pleistocene Garden. Meet some very special invertebrates in a live animal presentation. You can also get an up-close look at some of the smallest fossils from the tar pits!
Schedule of Programs:
Microfossil Identification: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Drop in, no tickets required
Bug Hunt: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Drop in, no tickets required
Observation Pit: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Drop in, no tickets required
Live Animal Presentation: 10:15 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am
Tickets required, pick up limited free tickets at check in-first come, first served.
Titans of the Ice Age 2D: 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm
No tickets required
Save the Date
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.

Middle School Dance!
DATE CHANGE!!! Saturday, April 28 (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...
...there is a DVIA glossary available on the Parent Educator Resource website? Choose "DVIA 101" from the homepage "Resources" menu to go find out what all that DVIA lingo means!
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team