Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal
I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to give us some feedback on our Enrichment Program (see link in blurb below) and for reading the updated information I've provided in the blurb below. The entire DVIA staff is working really hard to make Enrichment a success, but it has been an extremely challenging and time-consuming part of our year. We are still working out the kinks and there will be some revisions next semester in order to make it a better and more sustainable program. Your feedback will help inform many of those revisions. Please remember to give kind, specific and helpful feedback (our mantra!) when filling out the survey. Thank you!
I also want to share that Kaitlin and I have made a few decisions in an effort to better support student behavior on campus. During enrichment, I am no longer able to offer a parent workshop and will be spending my time rotating through classes and supporting students. I had a great time meeting with those of you who attended and hope to connect with you in other ways! We are also working on freeing up Kaitlin to do the same. I also want to share that Kaitlin and I made the decision that I will not attend Catalina Camp this week in order to stay on campus and support student behaviors. Our team is working very hard to ensure our entire student body is engaged, learning and making learning possible for others. My absence from campus is unfortunately not an option at this time. I am very confident that our lead chaperone, Sascha, is the just right fit and she is joined by DVIA staff and parent volunteers who are excited to make the trip an excellent one for students.
Lastly, I am saddened to share that two of our staff members will not be finishing the year with us. Ethel Brown, Collaborative 6th-8th grade teacher, is a new mom to twin girls and although she hoped to return to us this fall, she has made the very difficult decision that at home with her daughters is where she needs to be this year. I will be working this week on next steps and will share out news soon! I am also saddened to announce that this will be the last week for Dorothy Kim, one of our Front Office Clerks. Dorothy has supported our students, families and staff for the past two years and she will be missed! Thank you to both Ethel and Dorothy for their dedication!
I hope you have a great week!
From Our Dean of Students
Our 5th and 6th graders had an awesome time at Astro Camp this week! Thank you to our teachers Sascha, Rita, Katie, as well as our parents, Nathan, Dave, and Andrew, for spending time away from their families to chaperone the trip!
On Monday morning, our 7th and 8th graders will embark on their adventure to Catalina Camp! We can't wait to hear about their experience :) We appreciate all that families do to arrange for their kiddos to attend these camp experiences--they are truly unique experiences that we hope our campers remember as fond memories at DVIA :)
What You Need to Know This Week
Catalina Camp for 7th and 8th Graders
Monday, Sept. 25 - Wednesday, Sept. 27
Have so much fun! Parents, don't forget that if your child takes medication, it must be given to Sascha (lead chaperone, see Michelle's blurb above) upon drop off at the dock. All medications must be in their packaging and clearly marked with the students' names, dosage and administration information. Please see the camp email Kaitlin sent last week for more information.
ThinkCERCA Support Session
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1:30-3:00 am in the Innovation Station (art/makerspace)
Having trouble creating your ThinkCERCA accounts or getting started in the program? Or maybe you're new to DVIA and have recently requested ThinkCERCA as a resource. Join us to watch a recording of the training session held on August 28 with a ThinkCERCA trainer, and get the information and support you need to begin using the program. Please RSVP.
Last Week for DVIA Apparel
Available Online Until Sept. 30!
Is your child outgrowing their polo shirts and DVIA t-shirts? Want to show some school spirit? Visit our Webstore today to check out the new colors and make your purchases; use the access code "davinci" to enter. Apparel will be delivered to DVIA approximately 2 weeks after the store closes. Happy shopping!
Pizza Day/Spirit Day
Thursday, Sept. 28 & Friday, Sept. 29
Our first Pizza/Spirit Day of the year is upon us! This month's spirit theme is Silly Hair Day
! Bust out the dye, gel, wigs, clips, etc. to show your school spirit! (Spirit Day themes for the year will soon be posted on the calendar
Enrichment Survey and Announcements
Please take a few minutes to give us feedback about enrichment using THIS SURVEY
. Additionally, please note the following for the remaining Wednesdays this semester:
1) In order for staff to be ready in classes when your child arrives, please note that the chalkboard door will open between 9:05 and 9:10am. Thank you for your patience.
2) DVIA staff will facilitate drop off and pick up curbside in the morning (9:05-9:15) and afternoon (2:35-2:50) ONLY. For all other drop offs and pick ups, please park and retrieve your child in the front office. Students will be asked to wait in the Collab Lab (the space just inside the office, outside of Core 1). We know this may feel inconvenient, but we are fine-tuning to make enrichment a hopefully sustainable service we continue to offer families. We do not have excess personnel available to stand outside campus every hour on Wednesdays. Thank you for understanding.
3) We will continue to have students go directly to class for the rest of the semester. We had mostly successful transitions to class this week. We truly appreciate all you are doing at home to support your children in knowing their schedules!
Updated DVIA Calendar
With the roll-out of the new Da Vinci Schools website
, hosting a separate DVIA calendar both there and on our Parent Educator Resource Site
is not a great use of everyone's time. Therefore, you will notice that the calendars are now one and the same. Please be sure to subscribe to the calendar so that all dates sync and update when events change. Thanks!
Wednesday, Sept. 4
Work Journal #1 is due the following Tuesday, Oct. 10 by 4:15 pm. Work Journal deadlines are not flexible and non-compliance letters are issued when the deadline is not met. Thank you.
Thursday, Oct. 5 & Friday, Oct. 6
No school and no homeschool. Catch your breath and celebrate the end of the first work journal!
FAN Autumn Festival
Friday, Oct. 13, 4:30-7 pm
Join DVIA families for an evening of cardboard carnival games, hot dogs and chili, desserts, and friends! Please consider donating and/or volunteering to help make this event a success.
Hybrid Program Student Led Conferences
Monday and Tuesday, October 17 and 18. Campus closed, no Hybrid classes or Afternoon Enrichment Club!
Please note that in order for Hybrid teachers to meet with families for Student Led Conferences, there are NO Hybrid classes on these days. Your teachers will send a sign-up soon! Collaborative classes still meet.
Ice Skating FUNdrasier!
October 21, 1:00-3:00 @ Toyota Sports Center
Join Core 3-5 families (all DVIA families and friends welcome!) for an afternoon of ice skating and connecting on and off the ice! Organized by Core 4 student, Camilla B! See you there!
What's Cookin' in the Homeschool Kitchen?
When Core 5 student Flora visited the LA County Fair this week, she received a pleasant surprise: She discovered that she had won the Sweepstakes Prize (the winner from all the first place winners in a category) for her creative prose entry entitled Dark Days, a novella she wrote during last school year! Flora was inspired to write this piece as a result of her Fall 2016 Humanities project about child labor during the Industrial Revolution. At school, Flora's teacher asked them write a diary entry from the perspective of a child laborer. Flora took this prompt and continued writing in her homeschool hours. The result was a book of diary entries chronicling a harrowing chapter in the life of Jane, a spirited child who struggles to survive along with her siblings in the brutal early days of the American manufacturing industry. Congratulations, Flora, on your hard work and your recognition!
Did You Know...
...you can go to the Parent Educator Resource website to find out who to contact for what at DVIA? Use the "Contact Us" drop-down menu on the home page, and choose "Who to Contact for What."
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team