October 4th
2015




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 Director

Hello Everyone!

I hope your family is as excited as we are about the opportunity to sit down together and talk about your child's learning during Student Led Conferences (SLCs) this week. I want to take a moment to ask families to please make sure your children stay with you during SLCs. There is no outdoor supervision during SLCs and outside voices can become disruptive. If you are bringing children with who are not having a SLC, please bring a quiet activity for them to do indoors. Thank you for helping us keep campus safe.

I am excited to offer your family an opportunity (described in the last blurb of this newsletter) to get your family portrait taken by DVIA parent and professional photographer, Tina Brogi! To make this convenient for your family, we are partnering with Family Game Night on 10/13 and the cost for 2 poses and multiple high-resolution photos is only $40 pre-paid, $50 at the door. All proceeds go to DVIA (thank you Tina!). Our fall welcome back social, Family Game Night, is going to be an awesome celebration of what DVIA families do best--connecting and making learning FUN! A shout out and THANK YOU to parents Tasneem Sutarwala and Lorrie Boston for coordinating the event! Can't wait to see you there!

This year we are trying something new--Fall Break (10/8 & 9)! With DVIA's school year starting in mid-August, families, students and staff typically experience a dip in energy, focus, productivity and creativity in October. We decided to try giving us all an extra-long weekend following SLCs. We hope this time gives your family an opportunity for some rest & relaxation and connecting time mid-semester.

Thank you and enjoy your week!
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A Message From Our Dean of Students

Hi Families!

After Astro Camp, we adventured off to Catalina's CIMI Fox Landing camp with our 7th and 8th graders! While at camp, we snorkeled with Leopard Sharks, completed team challenges on our kayaks, found an Octopus while tidepooling, dissected squid, looking for zooplankton under a microscope, went on a 6:30 am sunrise hike, put on our own DVIA talent show around a campfire, and created everlasting memories with friends new and old. Thank you to all the teachers and chaperones who made this trip possible, and to our awesome Core 5 students for making the trip so enjoyable :)

Have a great week!

What you need to know this week:


Our First Parent Work Journal Is Due!

The end of the reporting period for WJ #1 is Wednesday, October 7th. Completed work journals and student work samples are due in the office no later than Tuesday, October 13th before 4:15 pm. Check with your student's teacher if you have questions about completing your journal.

Student-Led Conferences
Tues, 10/6 & Wed, 10/7
Student-led conferences are being held on Tuesday, 10/6 and Wednesday, 10/7. There will be no on-campus classes or enrichment on those days. Please treat
them as homeschool days. If you have not yet signed up for a time slot for your student's SLC, contact your teacher.

Fall Break
Thurs, 10/8 & Fri, 10/9
No school on Thursday or Friday. Enjoy a long weekend! What to do with the time? How about a virtual field trip. See below.


Virtual Fieldtrip - Kilimanjaro Expedition
Thurs, 10/8 | 10 am
Follow an international team of students, educators and scientists as they embark on an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Join them as they return from the summit for a virtual field trip exploring Mount Kilimanjaro and the scientific research involved in this expedition. If you haven't seen an email from Discovery about this, just log in to your TechBook teacher account.

CAASPP Results Coming Soon
If your student took the California Assessment of Student Progress (CAASP) last spring, you will be receiving your student's results in the mail next week! Contact Kaitlin if you have questions.

Coming Up! Mark your calendar

Family Game Night
Tues, Oct 13th | 5pm to 7 pm
FAN (our Family Action Network) is hosting a Family Game Night. Details will be shared soon. Mark your c
alendars!

Family Photo Time!
Tues, Oct 13th | 5pm @ Family Game Night
We have a family photo session for your family just in time for holiday cards! DVIA parent and photographer Tina Brogi is offering your family and DVIA an amazing opportunity! Just bring your family to Family Game Night and have a professional photo taken! Photos are $40 prepaid (cash, check or cc in the DVIA front office) and $50 on the night of the event. You will receive digital copies of your photos with two family poses. Tina is generously giving all profits from this event to DVIA!

Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team

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