October 1st
2016

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Da Vinci
Innovation
Academy
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Michelle Rainey,
Principal
Kaitlin O'Melveny
Toon,
Dean of Students
Email the office: ia@davincischools.org


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Greetings, DVIA Families!
A Few Words from Our Principal

Greetings Families!

I had such a great time with our 7th and 8th graders at Catalina camp last week! We went hiking, rock wall climbing, snorkeling, kayaking, had a campfire talent show and an astronomy lesson under the beautiful Catalina night sky and much more! Your kiddos were great to hang out with :)

There are quite a few things in this newsletter! Thanks for reading.

Please take 5-10 minutes to give us some feedback in our Fall Parent Survey. Your input helps us know how we are doing and how to improve! There's also important information below about SLCs and Fall Break this week, 8th grade student tours at the DV high schools, a student-led Skate Night FUNdraiser and more so please read carefully!

Lastly, we are so excited to announce that the 9th grade class at Da Vinci Design is focusing their year-long project on us! To be more specific, they are determining some structures we would enjoy having at our next campus (their current campus) when we move in a year or two. They visited us last week and interviewed students and staff to find out more about our needs. Our students gave them lots of ideas like a chicken coop, read and relax zone, tortoise habitat, greenhouse, garden, play structures, and more! The students will design and build with us in mind. So thoughtful!

In order to raise money for the structures, the 9th graders thought of a cool fundraiser project called Play it Forward that we think your family might want to be part of! The students are building extremely durable cornhole games and will design artwork that is personalized to you! Please visit their website (http://dvdgrade9.weebly.com) and click on the cornhole purchase form. You can submit info to have a corn hole board made for your family. The Play it Forward cornhole project needs to be complete by Exhibition in November so please contact them ASAP!

We hope you enjoy your week!
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From Our Dean of Students

Last week was very busy and we did our best to stay cool in the heat! Many classrooms participated in our first round of MAP testing and we had special visitors from Da Vinci Design who showed our students how to play "Cornhole" and interviewed them about ideas/needs for our future site!

I loved hearing the stories from our 7th and 8th graders who attended Catalina Camp! Hopefully the time spent in the ocean kept our kiddos cool and served them in making memories to last a lifetime. I can't wait to join our students at camp next year! A HUGE Thank You to DVIA staff Michelle, Sascha, and Kene, and DVIA Parent Dan Aitken for taking time away from their work and families to accompany our students on this trip!

Finally, I want to celebrate our Homeschool Collaborative families for working out in the heat to create a beautiful mural in their space! It was so fun to see kids and adults collaborating on painting fairies, woodland creatures, and other wonderful artistic creations! Check out their mural in person next time you're on campus! Until then, here's a sneak peek:


What You Need to Know This Week!

Homeschool Hybrid SLCs
Tuesday Oct 4 and Thursday Oct 6
While our Homeschool Collaborative families participate in student-led conferences (SLCs) each learning period, our Homeschool Hybrid students participate in formal SLCs twice per year. No matter how or when they are held, SLCs are a time to honor student autonomy in sharing what they're learning, how they learn, and what they feel proud of, and in setting goals for areas of growth with support from the adults around them.

SLCs for our Homeschool Hybrid students are THIS Tuesday and Thursday. These days will be homeschool days for everyone, which means regular classes will not take place, and there will be NO enrichment on these days. Wednesday 10/5 is a regular enrichment schedule. For more information on your student's SLC, please contact his/her teacher.

Fall Break
Friday Oct 7
To celebrate fall and the hard work you've all done so far this year, we have a Fall Break this Friday! No school, homeschool or
enrichment will take place on this day. Enjoy a well-deserved break :)

Work Journal #1 Due
Tuesday Oct 11
The first work journal period ends Friday, October 7. Work Journal #1 is due Tuesday, October 11, by 4:15 pm (NOT 4:30!). If your child has after-school enrichment that day, please still make sure to turn in your work journal on time.

If you have questions about the work journal, work samples, or work sample reflections, please reach out to your student's teacher this week. Don't wait until the last minute. :)

8th Graders! DV High School Student Tours!
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Please visit THIS LINK to learn about 8th grade tour opportunities at the three DV high schools. There are 8 dates available and you could schedule your visits on different days or visit all three schools in one day. Please note that there are some differences in how visits will work this year--rather than shadowing, 8th graders are invited to join a student-led tour and then participate in a Q&A session. Please prep your student for his/her visit by brainstorming some key questions that will help him/her learn more about each school. Don't forget to RSVP to the Office Manager at each site using the email links below the tour dates!
Save the Date!

Picture Day!
Thursday Oct 13 and Friday Oct 14
Picture Day for students and Parent Educators is next week! All teachers, including Hybrid and Collaborative classes, will take their students for individual photos and a class photo. Please make sure your kiddo(s) attend on those days. Parent educators, please take your Educator ID photo in front of the school from 8:40-9:10. We promise you will get your ID cards much sooner this year!

Ice Skating Fundraisers!
Friday Oct 14 7:15-9:45 & Sat Oct 15 1:00-3:30
What better way to welcome the fall than with ice skating! Student Derrick Boston III has organized an Ice Skating Night for 5th-8th graders at the Toyota Sports Center on the evening of Friday 10/14!

Even Better News! Student Camilla Boston has organized an Ice Skating event for K-4th grade at the Toyota Sports Center on the afternoon of Saturday 10/15!

Check out these flyers for more info. Tickets will be available for purchase during SLCs this week as well as next week M,T,Th and F from 9:00-9:15 and 3:15-3:30. Proceeds go back to DVIA!

Scholastic Book Orders!
(Ongoing, Next Order Placed Oct 10)
Scholastic is a great way to order inexpensive books for your child, and it helps provide free books for our school, too. Orders that are placed through our DVIA account will be filled about once per month - we will place the next order on Oct 10. Flyers and ordering instructions are available in the front office, or go online and follow the instructions below.
To order: Go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. If you do not already have an account with DVIA, click on the "Parents: Connect to Your Teacher" link and enter DVIA's activation code MPBKY. Stephanie Lee, one of our FAN volunteers, will be listed as the teacher. You can search for books by grade, reading level, title, interest or book flyer. Please enter your child's full name when ordering items. You will be notified by the school when your order arrives! If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Lee (stephmlee2000@yahoo.com) or Diana Nelson (ddjrnelson@gmail.com).
Curriculum Corner

Are you sometimes unsure of how to support your child when they are using ST Math? Making sense of ST Math puzzles starts with analyzing the visual feedback provided within each game. Parents should help students, not by providing answers, but by using the "Think Before You Click" process to analyze unfamiliar or difficult games.
This process encourages independent problem solving among students and helps parents see how the games connect to homeschool curricula. This means that ST Math games are powerful not only for independent student learning, but as instructional tools as well.

  • Where is the path? Look at the visuals in the puzzle. How will JiJi get off the screen? What obstacles are in the way?
  • How can you help JiJi cross? Move the cursor to see what moves. Make a prediction about how the game works and a possible solution.
  • Visualize your answer. Create a mental "movie" of how the prediction will look in the puzzle. Select a solution.
  • Analyze what happens. Watch the animation VERY carefully. What does the feedback tell you about how the puzzle works? How does the feedback match the prediction? Describe the animation. What changes (if any) need to be made in order to understand how the game works?
Print out this "Think Before You Click" poster to have on-hand for reference!
Did You Know...
...work journal due dates can feel very stressful? I bet you did. Take a deep breath, leave yourself time, and ask for help if you need it. When you finish, pause to reflect on how things went and whether you'd like to make some changes for the next work journal period. Habits of Heart and Mind (Handbook, p 8) aren't just for our kiddos!

Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team