Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal
I want to start by acknowledging the tremendous success of last week's Mixer and Auction! Too many people to name contributed to the success of the evening! From the hospitality of Strand Brewing to the vast array of auction items (donated and bid on), to those of you who attended and of course to the team who organized the event--thank you, thank you! You helped raise nearly $9,000! Kaitlin and I are carefully considering needs for next year including a dedicated Parent Educator Resource Center, a Speaker Series for parents and a Career Speaker Series for students, to name a few. Thank you for supporting this truly special community!
I need to share with you that unfortunately, DVIA is losing a loved staff member, Jennifer Francy, who is moving quite suddenly out of state with her family. If your children have Jennifer's Breakout Edu (escape room) enrichment class, this will be their last Wednesday with her. Jennifer's Core 2 families have received the news and Jennifer and I are meeting with her class to help them process this difficult transition. While we are so sad to see Jennifer go, our community grows with every student, family and staff that spends time with us, and we are grateful for that time with her. Additionally, Jennifer's students will be in really great hands for the remainder of the year with our own Megan Breitschwerdt (formerly Megan Moore-Mayes), who is already a staff member and knows all of the students.
Lastly, I am excited and grateful to share that once again, we passed our Spring audit, thanks to the truly exceptional work of our families and staff. Each year, our auditor arrives to meticulously (and I mean meticulously) comb through documents, agreements, work journals, student work samples, attendance records and various other documentation required by public schools. The auditor pulled 12 random names of students and then inspected the attendance record, accompanying work journals, independent study enrollment agreement and work samples. They verify that dates are correct, signatures are acquired for all staff, parents and students, and that the work matches the work journal and the precise number of attendance days granted is justified in the work journal and documented properly in our attendance system. Wheww! As you can imagine, room for error exists and thanks to the diligence of our families, our teachers and particularly, Lynne Yoon, our Office Manager, we passed!
And on that final note, please be sure to turn in this next work journal on time! The state has very strict deadlines for when our attendance records are due. This deadline, called "P2," is our chance to declare the official attendance for every student. If your work journal isn't turned in on time and the teacher (and office) are unable to process it before winter break, our school cannot collect attendance for those 4 weeks. Thank you for helping us!
Enjoy your week,
From Our Dean of Students
We had such an incredible time at the Mixer and Silent Auction last night! Another huge Thank You to DVIA parents Rich and Jenni for sharing your space with us, and to the many DVIA parents who planned, organized, and donated auction items! The event was a big success! Thank you, thank you. :)
Separately, some large tires have been donated to our community, and we would love to add some additional creative spaces in our new-ish outdoor area! If your family is interested in "sponsoring" a tire and creating something like this, e-mail Kaitlin!
What You Need to Know This Week
Reminder: This Work Journal Is Short!
DUE Tuesday, March 27th by 4:15pm
Work Journal #4 ends this coming Friday, March 23 - it's a short one! It is absolutely crucial that you turn in this work journal on time! Our attendance is due to the state and our funding for the year is significantly impacted if we have to turn it in without your child's attendance accounted for. Thank you for helping us!
Parent Workshop: How to Incorporate
Field Trips & Life into Your Homeschooling
Wednesday, March 21, 5-7pm
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 have "kid care" for up to 25 students--our academic coaches will show a G rated movie such as Up in one of our classrooms.We want to offer more events like this but we have to get good attendance so please come! It's this week!
Middle School Health Education Workshop
Wednesday, March 21, 2:30-3:30 in the Forum--for parents
Wednesday, March 28, 2:30-3:30 in the Forum--for 6th-8th grade students
The California Healthy Youth Act requires school districts to provide students with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased comprehensive sexual health and HIV-prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school. Parents may choose to opt out of providing this instruction but we still have to offer it.
Our nurse has prepared curriculum for you to use during home instruction, if you choose. She will distribute it this month to all parents of students in grades 6, 7 and 8. We are hosting a parent info session March 21, 2:30-3:30 in the forum to hear more about the curriculum and answer any questions. We will be offering a student presentation that introduces many of these topics March 28, 2:30-3:30 in the forum. A private sign-up will go out for the student portion to ensure we have materials for all who wish to attend.
Core 5- Maya Temple Museum!
March 26th and 27th, 3:15-2:30
Core 5 has been studying the Maya civilization of Mesoamerica and would love to invite any interested DVIA family to stop by and visit our Maya Temple Museum located in Robin's classroom on Monday and Tuesday March 26th and 27th after school (3:15-4:30pm).
We are streamlining the way in which our community communicates online, specifically with respect to social media and community forums. As of June 8th, we will be dismantling and shutting down our various Facebook/Yahoo/etc. community forums and will solely operate a new, private DVIA Facebook group. Request to join here. We already have 112 members!! Woohoo!
New Official DVIA Facebook Group for Families!
We realize that you may have found traction and value in using the other forums. However, we have also realized that managing so many different spaces to connect makes it much trickier for families to actually feel connected, especially when many members of these forums are no longer members of that specific group, core, or even our school. The DVIA team's goals are to make community communication easier to access for new and veteran families and to create an online community where we are all truly connected and learning from each other. If you'd like to transfer any resources/files to the new Facebook group, be sure to do so before we shut down the other sites on June 8th. Once you join the new group, please review the guidelines! This will help us all be on the same page about expectations and will give you tips on how to post with tags specific to group/core/purpose that will be easily searchable within the group. Please reach out to Kaitlin with any questions. Thanks!
Before Spring Break
Please visit the lost and found to collect jackets, water bottles, lunch boxes and any other lost and lonely items! During Spring Break they will be cleaned and donated to local charities. Thank you!
Annual Giving Campaign - Matching Challenge - Donate Today!
Please consider donating now! Matching ends April 30th!
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!
Needs to be done before spring break
Are you available to help relocate our colorful tire planters by the chicken coop?! If you can help, send Kaitlin an email! Thanks. :)
Scientific Study in Collaboration w/ UCLA
Are you interested in a free mental health evaluation for your child or in helping him or her learn more about what it's like to be involved in scientific research? Researchers at UCLA are looking for kids ages 9-13 to participate in a landmark study on how brain development is linked to anxiety during adolescence. Qualified participants can earn up to $100 and get a free picture of their brain! For more information, go to: https://ucladays.wixsite.com/website
Save the Date
Middle School Dance!
April 27, 7pm
Please reference Kaitlin's email (sent 3/9) for more information. Meeting this week cancelled due to Middle School Health Education Workshop (see above for more info)Chumash Village Family Field Trip
Join DaVinci families on a parent-led field trip to Wishtoyo's Chumash Village - a unique and authentic re-creation of a working Native American village! Visit this link
to get more information. We hope you will join us on May 10-12
Did You Know...
...if you're looking for some new field trip ideas, the Parent Educator Resource website can help! Choose "Resources" from the top menu, then click on "Field Trip Ideas."
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team