May 20, 2018
Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal
Greetings Families,

I have a lot of information to share in this newsletter so thank you for reading carefully!

If you've visited campus in the past week, you may have noticed some changes to our campus lately, specifically in the front office and on our classroom doors. We know that school safety is an important issue, and that when you come to us, you are dropping off the most precious people in your lives. We believe that our school culture is what keeps us most safe. Our presence at drop off and pick up each day, knowing each family by name, and maintaining a close knit, small school community are the best ways to protect our students when they're on campus. With that being said, in an abundance of caution, we have installed a buzzer system on the door leading from the front office to the "Collab Lab" (the space right outside Core 1 within the office building area). This door is the gateway to the rest of campus, and having a system where visitors are granted entry inside gives that extra safety feature that makes us all feel a little more safe. Additionally, each classroom door has been equipped with a specially designed "lockdown lock" that allows the door to remain locked from the outside while preventing the door from closing all the way so that entrance and exist throughout the day isn't interrupted. In case of an emergency, the latch can be flipped and instantaneously the door is locked from the outside. Please note that there have been no safety incidences at DVIA prompting these changes. They are simply preventative measures as schools change to adapt to our times. Thank you for your patience with any additional office traffic the new system may cause!

I wanted to give a shout out to all of you who participated in this year's Poetry Jam. The Collaborative Classroom was transformed into a beautiful French Cafe where poets took the stage to read their own work or that published by others. The energy was fun and supportive and adults and students alike had a great time. Thank you parents for supporting your children's writing (and reading!) and for helping to transform the space. A huge thank you to Janette and Jennifer for their hard work organizing the event and creating the ambiance. Well done everyone!

This weekend, former DVIA student James Johnson returned to DVIA with some of his troop-mates to work towards his Eagle Scout rank on a campus service project. James and his friends and family re-finished and re-stained many of the benches on campus. I hope you notice and enjoy this change! Thank you James for wanting to give to DVIA with this tremendous gift of time and congratulations on your Eagle Scout project. Only 4% of Boy Scouts reach this rank, which takes years of dedication to achieve.

On Friday, May 25th and Monday, May 28th, I'm going to be sharing DVIA's LCAP outcomes from 2017-2018 and our goals for 2018-2019. Please join me from 9:00-10:15 (location TBD)! The Friday meeting will take the place of this coming week's Pastries with the Principal. The LCAP is a 3-day plan that is updated each year and it reflects the goals, actions, services, and expenditures to support positive student outcomes that address state and local priorities.

Have a great week everyone!
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From Our Dean of Students
Hello Families,

Thank you to everyone for your participation in state testing! We barely reached our participation requirement of 95% with a 95.8% participation rate. It is crucial that we remain in good standing with the state! Thanks to everyone who helped us reach this requirement!

There are so many exciting things coming as we head into the end of the year! Students are working hard to prepare for POLs, our annual Cultural Fair is on the 31st along with the Book Fair, and 8th grade graduation is quickly approaching! While the end of the year is jam-packed and we've got summer on our minds, remember to slow down and breath it all in--our students are giving us multiple opportunities to listen to their thoughts, ideas, and passions, and it is such a gift to have the opportunity to really listen and soak it up!

Speaking of summer, this is your LAST CALL to sign up for DVIA's summer camp!! Please see below for registration details. We will need to close registration soon in order to plan for the appropriate number of staff members necessary and students who will attend! Don't miss out on an opportunity to spend more time with our incredible DVIA community!
What You Need to Know This Week

Pastries with the Principal
Monday, May 21, and Friday, May 25 (Friday will focus on DVIA's LCAP)
Come share ideas and feedback with Michelle, bring your questions, or just come listen and join the conversation.

LCAP Meetings with Michelle
Friday, May 25 and Monday, May 28, 9am-10:15am
Come join Michelle and talk about outcomes from 2017-2018 and give input to the plan for 2018-2019!

Work Journal #5 Ends
Friday, May 25
Work Journal #5 is due Thursday, May 31, by 4:15 pm.

No School - Memorial Day
Monday, May 28

Come Support Da Vinci Design Students!
Wednesday, May 30th at 1pm in the Forum
Come watch DVD seniors perform a play that speaks out against bullying. They've been working hard and want an audience! Can you spare a bit of time to give them the audience they deserve? They have written the play intended for elementary and middle school aged students. See flyer for more info!

Save the Date

"The Amazing Food Detective: Game On"
A Play by Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre
Tuesday, May 29, 9:30 am
All 3rd through 5th graders are invited to come enjoy this performance, which aims to educate children about the benefits of good nutrition and an active lifestyle. Click here for more information.
Book Fair
Tuesday, May 29 to Tuesday, June 5
The Book Fair is coming, presented by Barefoot Books! Get ready to find some awesome summer reading to prevent that "summer slide!" The Book Fair will be open during lunch time, after school, and at the Cultural Fair!

DVIA Cultural Fair
Thursday, May 31, 4:30-7pm
Calling all parents and students! We need your help to make this event a success! In addition to sharing your wonderful culture with everyone, assist with planning, setting and cleaning up, and marketing! Join us on Tuesdays at 3:30 outside the maker space. Mark your calendars and plan to join us! Get more information, sign up to help, and RSVP here!

Summer Camp--Please sign up NOW so that we can secure staffing!
Online Registration is Open!
We are excited to announce DVIA's Summer Camp and hope your child(ren) will join us! Keep the learning and fun going even after school is out. We've created 8 different themes--a little something for everyone! A special note about the musical theater camp in July: the final performance will be on the morning of August 1st and students in both camps will perform for their own families, any other DVIA friends and families who want to attend, and it will be a "welcome back" performance for the staff, who will begin their professional development for the 2018-2019 school year that day! So much fun! Also, to make the registration process easy and convenient, we've created an Eventbrite for online sign up and payment! Thanks for joining us!
8th Grade Graduation!
Wednesday, June 6, 10:00 am
201 N. Douglas St, El Segundo
Tickets limited to five guests per graduate. More details from Kaitlin to come!
What's Cookin' in the Homeschool Kitchen

Engineers, designers, rocket scientists, fire, flying shrapnel, flame throwing drones OH MY! A few weeks back, Core 2 student Atlas, and his younger brother Eames, were fortunate to spend an entire week of homeschooling on set at the TV filming of BattleBots for this new current season, located in an old airplane hanger near Long Beach. As Atlas & Eames' Auntie Jackie is one of the producers on the show, Atlas & Eames were very lucky to have scored the special 'golden ticket' backstage pass to The Pit- a type of BattleBots rehab & hospital, with Robot bits strewn across work benches, sparks flying, and crews feverishly prepping for the next battle, replacing destroyed parts with new and testing their systems- reserved only for Bot teams and those working on the show, as liability can be a huge deal since these bots are extremely dangerous and max out in weight at 220 pounds of pure metal. Atlas & Eames definitely got more then they bargained for with their daily visits to The Pit for an entire week, they couldn't contain themselves- up close & personal visits with the BattleBots themselves, chatting it up with the Bot teams, photo-ops, video how-to's and take home BattleBot parts that came flying off during the battles, yeeeeeee! To see what all the buzz is about, catch BattleBots on the Discovery Channel, Fridays and the Science Channel, Wednesdays. Atlas & Eames will surely be watching and, simultaneously building their own mini BattleBots with anything and everything they can get their hands on around the house. It's Robot Fighting Time!!!

Did You Know...
...the curriculum for both Reader's Workshop and Writer's Workshop is available on the Parent Educator Resource website? From the home page, click on "Instructional Support" at the top of the page, then choose "Readers/Writer's Workshop Handbooks" from the drop-down menu.
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team