March 13th
2016




Da Vinci
Innovation Academy


13500 Aviation Blvd.
Michelle Rainey,
Principal


Kaitlin O'Melveny Toon,
Dean of Students




Email the office!
ia@davincischools.org





Greetings DVIA Families!

A Few Words From Our Principal

Hello Everyone!

Recently a few of you have wondered how the Annual Giving Donations are used at DVIA. Thank you for asking! I would love to take a moment to tell you how important your donation is to our school, no matter the size! We use your Annual Giving dollars to do so many things! You have probably noticed that while many schools have phased out or significantly reduced their art program, DVIA has done just the opposite. We have a dedicated classroom space (once upon a time art happened in a tent at DVIA!), lots of great supplies for both art and "making"/makerspace and three inspiring and dedicated staff members, Cordula, Mr. Mason and Jim. We couldn't have this space without your donations! Our teachers also receive project and classroom budgets so that they can buy the supplies needed to stock their classrooms full of great learning materials and project supplies. And even though our class size is only 20 students per class, we also have amazing academic coaches who support students while they learn and play!

There is a $500 per student gap between state dollars and what we need to operate the high quality program that we provide. Your donations ensure that programs like art/maker, campus equipment and supplies, Parent Educator Conferences, academic coach support in classes, and teacher budgets are all possible. Thank you for any donation you can make and as a reminder, your donation will be matched (that means doubled!!!) before March 31st.

I hope you will join my family in donating. Our current family participation rate is 24%. No matter the size of your donation, knowing that 100% of families want all of our programs to continue and therefore donate to keep them in place means a lot!

Thank you for being part of our DVIA family and enjoy your week!
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From Our Dean of Students

Hello Families!

We are so excited that Exhibition is right around the corner! Spring Exhibition will be held on Monday 3/21 and Tuesday 3/22 from 5:00-6:30pm. Please note your student's presentation times, and check in with your classroom teacher if you have any questions about the evening. Please remember that student presenters must be in Exhibition attire (professional business clothing from head to toe), unless otherwise specified by their classroom teacher. Also, we need any name tags that accidentally made it home in the fall to make their way back to their classrooms ASAP. We look forward to seeing you and sharing the successes of our students at this incredible event!

Have a great week!
What you need to know this week:

Pastries With The Principal
Mon, 3/14 & Fri, 3/18 | 9:15 - 10:30 am
Come join Michelle, Kaitlin and other parents to discuss our school's Local Control & Accountability Plan ("LCAP") and State Testing.

Lottery Update
The lottery was held this past Thursday, March 10th. Results of the lottery will be sent via e-mail, text or phone from SchoolMint on March 16th. Families may log in to their SchoolMint account starting March 16th to check their waitlist status HERE. Currently enrolled families who have requested a transfer of cohorts or programs will also be notified on March 16th.

Can you help us?
Do you own or have access to a torch? Do you also have
some free time and want to help Kaitlin play with fire? We are needing to melt some sharp edges of plastic on some toys that have been created for us before we use them with students. If you can help with this (during a non-student time), please reach out to Kaitlin ASAP! Thanks!

Annual Giving Campaign--Double Your Donation Now Through 3/31
Time is running out to double your donation! We are so grateful to those families who have already donated,
yet our DVIA giving participation stands at 24% to date. We are seeking 100% family participation. Your contribution provides immediate support to Da Vinci's top priorities. This year we have a $500 per student gap between what the state provides and what it really costs to deliver an outstanding Da Vinci education.
Every gift matters! Make a tax-deductible gift or pledge today by using this link.

Thank you Core 4/5 Families!
You filled all of the slots to make sure Pizza Day happens this month! Thank you for signing up!

Pizza & Spirit Day
Thurs, 3/17 & Fri, 3/18
This month our Spirit Day will be Green Day! We can't wait to see the fun and creative ways that students show their spirit this month! Please note: we are going back to old system of paying for pizza on Pizza Day (bring money on the day of). Pricing reminder: 1 slice for $3 or 2 slices for $5. $1 for drinks.

Free AND INSPIRING event!
Thursday, March 17, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: The Willows Gymnasium, 8509 Higuera Street
Frank Bruni will be hosting a free event where he will be speaking about his book "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania"!
For more information and registration info HERE.

Extra Compassionate Communication Support
Want more support with Compassionate Communication in your family? Cecilia and Jason Hilkey from Happily Family have lots of resources to share with you online. All you have to do is REGISTER on the website they set up just for DVIA families. There you will find parenting videos, handouts, and support where you can get your parenting questions answered. Email Jason & Cecilia with questions about the site or materials.

Beach Clean Up!! (date correction!!!)
Sat, 3/19 | 10am-noon | Toes Beach In Playa del Rey
Core 5 students Carissa Cheng and Sawyer Stein are organizing a beach clean-up! If you would like to join them to help protect sea animals and clean our beaches, please have everybody in your group sign a Safety Waiver, which can be obtained from Carissa, Sawyer or from Kaitlin. Please also sign a registration sheet which can be found in their teachers' classrooms. Additional waivers will also be available on location. Email Carissa with questions.

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Curriculum Corner:
Are you looking for some fresh and innovative tools students can use to showcase their knowledge? Check out these free resources:
* www.prezi.com
* https://padlet.com/
* http://explaineverything.com/
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Mark your calendar! Coming up soon:

8th Grade Photos At The Beach
Wed, March 23rd | 3 pm
Attention 8th grade families! Our photographer, Stacee Lianna, is offering an 8th grade photo day under the Manhattan Beach Pier! Individual photos will take place on a drop in basis from 2:30-4:00pm. A group photo will be taken promptly at 3:00pm. Contact Kaitlin with questions.

Student-Sponsored Movie Night!
April 8, 5:30-7:15
Attention Core 4 and 5! Take a break from state testing and attend a free screening of the award winning documentary, He Named Me Malala (learn more about the movie HERE). The movie, which is rated PG-13, will be shown in the Core 4/5 Science classroom. Because of the rating, permission slips MUST be signed for each student attendee. Pizza and lemonade will be available for purchase, please sign up below so we know how much to order. Free popcorn will be provided, and friends and family are welcome to attend!

Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team

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