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March 23
2014
 
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Da Vinci  
Innovation
Academy



 
13500 Aviation Blvd.  
Hawthorne, CA  90250 
(310) 725-5800


 
 
Michelle Rainey, 
Principal

Tyler Phipps, 
Dean of Students






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Greetings DVIA Families!

A Few Words From Our Principal
 
Hello Everyone! 
 

 

First and foremost, thank you to each of you for making Student-Led Conferences a priority!  We could not hold this awesome event for 270 students if it wasn't for your commitment to your child's education and your flexibility in supporting the extra day to make this happen.  Thank you, thank you!  Your children did an amazing job of leading you through their routines and explaining their learning. 

 

I'd also like to take a moment to welcome the 70 students who were accepted to DVIA for 2014-2015 in the lottery on March 13th.  The majority of those students were siblings of our current students.  We are excited to welcome you to the DVIA family!  I also want to acknowledge the unfortunate reality that as a small school and a charter school, over 400 waitlisted students are anxiously waiting for a spot. 

 
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Tyler's Two Cents

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Our next Pizza/Spirit Day is this Thursday/Friday, March 27th and 28th. As you know, our school-wide emphasis this past month for has been on the habit of collaboration. 

  

We define collaboration as the ability to work effectively with others, providing support, and accepting that someone else may have an idea that better serves the project or group.

  

As always, we encourage your kids to dress up as a representation of what collaboration means to them. We understand that this might be a little difficult for kids to conceptualize, so an option is to come to school dressed in the clothing they would wear to any group activities they participate in. Examples range from Girl Scout to soccer uniforms.
We look forward to seeing what your kids come up with and, as always, we are grateful for your support in helping our kids develop these traits that will benefit them throughout their lives.
 
Thank you!!
 
What You Need To Know This Week:
 
Please Help Us Make DVIA The Best It Can Be!
If you didn't have a chance to fill out our 2nd semester parent survey providing feedback about our programs, please spend a few minutes to fill it out right now at this linkWe need your feedback make our program the best it can be. 
 
 
Hair Cut-a-thon to Support DVIA!  
TODAY Sun, 3/23 | 10am-2pm @ True Beauty Parlor in Redondo Beach | 1503 Aviation Blvd.
True Beauty Parlor is generously donating 100% of all proceeds from this event to DVIA! Cuts or Blowdries: $20 (or $30 for a cut & dry). Kids cuts are $15. Make an appointment on Sign-Up Genius or just walk in. Please share this information with everybody you know! 
 
FAN still needs parent volunteers to support Pizza Day (especially Friday). See below!
 
Pastries With The Principal
Tues, 3/25 & Thurs, 3/27 | After Drop-Off q
Come hang out with Michelle and other parents to discuss topics of interest. Bring questions and ideas!
 
Math Chat With Helen Chan - Core 3
Tues, 3/25 | 10:15 am (after Pastries With The Principal)
Drop in at the Collab Lab for a conversation about supporting Core 3 students with Math, led by Helen Chan.
 
Spirit Day & Pizza Lunch
Thurs, 3/27 & Fri, 3/28
It's time again for Spirit & Pizza Day!
Each month we've been rotating to a different core for help and supplies. This month, it's Melissa's Core 3 families. Please use this SignUp Genius link to sign up. Next month is Robin's Core 2 families.
 
Good To Know!!
 
DVIA Students Help Design Endeavour Home
DVIA 8th graders Isaiah and Guillermo are members of the Youth Advisory Committee, tasked with developing an exhibit concept for the space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center. The committee is made up of students from the Da Vinci Schools and Dana Middle School (pictured right). 
 
Science Center staff members were very impressed by our students' ideas. At the next meeting, students will be testing prototype exhibits based on feedback and design suggestions they provided. Isaiah and Guillermo are a testament to the innovation, problem-solving, communication and presentation skills all our students learn and practice every day at school.

For more information on the Endeavour exhibit, click here. 
 
Chat With Matt Program Slides
Last Wednesday, Da Vinci Schools Executive Director, Matt Wunder, held a joint Da Vinci Family Association Meeting where he shared important information about Da Vinci Schools, the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control & Accountability Plan. The slides from Matt's program are here. Spoiler alert! The slides have some really cool renderings of the new high school campus.
 
Coming Up Soon! Mark Your Calendar! 
 
Earth Day Coming Soon! Start Collecting Your Cans & Bottles
March 31st through April 30th
To promote awareness of Earth Day and to help fund eco-friendly activities on campus, we are collecting used bottles and cans during the month of April. Please bring your plastic bottles, glass bottles, and tin cans with a California Redemption Value symbol (5; CA CRV; and/or initials such as ME) to the designated collection site on the front lawn at drop off and pick up. We appreciate your support helping us raise awareness about the detrimental effects our waste has on our planet. 
  
Workshop:  Working It Out!
Wed, 4/2 12:30-2:00 
A panel and group discussion about the relationship challenges that we encounter in homeschooling and ideas for smoothing them out. You are not alone! Everyone has difficult moments. Let's talk about it and support each other.
 
Scholastic Book Fair
Mon, 4/7 through Fri, 4/11
Get books for Spring Break!
 
Spring Break!
Mon, 4/14 through Fri, 4/18 

  
  
  
Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team 
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