September 4th
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
Greetings Families!

I hope you are doing something fun this long holiday weekend!

I enjoyed seeing so many of you at our first Parent Educator Conference! Thanks for bringing such a positive, productive energy to our events. With so many independent study options available to families wishing to homeschool, it's our sense of community for kiddos and adults (as well as our "signature practices") that families often seek. Your participation and positive vibes are essential to building our awesome community. I'm glad you're here! And good news! We have even more connecting events coming up:
  • Make-up/Repeat PEC workshops
  • The Opening Social Film Festival
  • Our first Scooter's Jungle FUNdraiser
  • Book Club with Michelle
There's more information below about each of these events. Hope to see you there!
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From Our Dean of Students

Wow! A huge thank you goes out to Janette and Ethel for coordinating PEC 1, and to all our workshop presenters who planned thoughtfully in order to support your transition into the school year! Also, thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to meaningful conversations throughout the day! While trying something new can feel scary, I really appreciate everyone that dove in to the "unconference" in the afternoon! You rock. :) If you missed PEC 1, or hoped to attend more workshops than you were able, see below for additional workshop offerings!

As an appreciation for your hard work so far this year, please feel free to take Monday off. ;) Monday, September 5th, is Labor Day, and there will be no school!

If you have a 3rd-8th grader, your student has been given a @davincischools.org email account so s/he has access to e-mail and google docs while working on school work. Please review the "Respectable User (Technology) Policy" on pg. 29 of our handbook with your student. Students should use their @davincischools.org accounts solely for school work, and personal accounts should be saved for personal use at home.

Finally, our FAN Opening Social/Film Festival is this Saturday! I can't wait to see you there. :) See below for information on how you can help make this a successful event!

More Information:
No School Monday!
Tomorrow! 9/5
Just a reminder that Monday, September 5th, is Labor Day! School will be closed and it is a non-homeschool day. Enjoy your holiday!

FAN Opening Social/Film Festival
Saturday, September 10, 12pm-3pm
Join us for a relaxed potluck lunch followed by the screening of several enjoyable and family-friendly short films. This is "screen time" with a purpose! Let's show our kids that big ideas can be expressed in short bursts of creativity that can be fun and inspire deeper thinking. Use this experience to fuel your education at home: see what ideas your own kiddos have and want to express.
Help us make this event a success! New families (and old!) are welcome and encouraged to volunteer. Sign up here.

PEC Make-up Workshops!
See dates/times/locations below
Did you miss PEC 1? Did you attend but weren't able to make it to all the workshops you wanted to attend? Good news! We are offering three PEC 1 make-up workshops! For Hybrid Program families, PEC attendance is mandatory to fulfill your work journal meeting requirement. Collaborative Program families are invited to attend but fulfill their requirement with Student Led Conferences for each work journal.
  • "Making the Most of Field Trips" on Wednesday 9/7 in Darlene's room
  • "Executive Functioning" on Thursday 9/8 @ 3:30pm in Megan's room
  • "Launching Writer's Workshop" on Friday 9/9 @ 3:30 pm in Patrick's room OR Monday 9/12 @ 3:30 pm in Patrick's room
Mark Your Calendar!
Book Club with Michelle
First meeting is this Thursday and Friday, September 8th and 9th, 9:15-10:15 am in the Collab Lab. Look here for more info and to RSVP.
Scooter's Jungle Fundraiser
September 13th, 5-8pm (must pre-pay for tickets!)
Buy your tickets in the front office ASAP! Children's tickets are $12 each and adults' are $5. Pizza and bake sale goodies will be available for purchase. If you can donate water or bake sale items, please sign up here. Don't forget to bring your socks! This is not a drop-off event...please supervise your children! Proceeds from this event will help us pay for the space rental and lunch for PEC 1! Plus it's an awesome opportunity to hang out with your DVIA friends!

DVIA Apparel Online
Now until 9/17 only!
The online store will be open until 9/17 so place your orders today! Apparel will be delivered to DVIA approximately 2 weeks after the store closes. We will re-open the store once more in January. Please use the access code "davinci" to enter the store here. Happy shopping!
Picture Day
October 13th and 14th
DVIA Picture Day for kiddos and parent educators is
October 13 and 14
for both Hybrid and Collaborative families. Parent Educator photos will take place in front of school from 8:45-9:15am. Find this and more on the
calendar page of the Parent Educator Resource Site!
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" on the "Resources" menu, then scroll down to find "Handbooks" on the right-side menus. You might have heard of Writer's Workshop if you've ever talked to Patrick or gone to a PEC. :)
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team
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