October 05
2014




Da Vinci
Innovation Academy


13500 Aviation Blvd.
Michelle Rainey
Principal


Tyler Phipps
Dean of Students




Email the office!
ia@davincischools.org





Greetings DVIA Families!

A Few Words From Our Director
(please note that the title of "Principal" was changed to "School Director" for all of the Da Vinci Schools)

Greetings Families!

I'd like to take a moment to address a topic that Tyler and I are aware of and are developing an action plan to address. During lunchtime play, students have been engaging in more and more "unsafe play." Whether it's due to the hot weather or students settling in and feeling more comfortable with each other, we have noticed an increase in unsafe play. Games of "cops vs. robbers" have morphed into "boys vs. girls," play equipment have been used for riskier-type uses and many many conversations have taken place around not using toys as weapons (swords, fake guns, etc).

Tyler and I want you to know that student safety and well-being (physical, emotional and academic) is our number one priority. We take this topic seriously and are addressing unsafe play as it happens, as are classroom teachers and other staff on duty during playtime. We are also looking at limiting some play spaces and types of games and creating/providing alternative activities.

I would also like to share that every day we see amazing examples of students helping, encouraging and cheering each other on, checking in after accidental bumps and acknowledging each other's efforts. During gaga ball last week, I saw a student immediately pause the game, check a student's hand, escort her outside the game, and then call the game back into action. Amazing! We love this about our students and our school and will continue to work towards fostering more and more of these habits!

If you have thoughts on various play activities or alternatives or wish to donate additional equipment, make playdough, host a craft station, etc. during outside playtime, please contact Tyler.

Thank you for your support and enjoy your week!

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Tyler's Two Cents

tyler two cents Families,

It's that time again. For the month of October, we will be focusing on the Habit of Exploration. We are asking families to submit student work samples related to the Habit of Exploration and what it means to them. We are titling this month "Open October" since we will be accepting any type of work sample that is related to the Habit of Exploration. This could range from a narrative story, to a picture, to a poem, to an essay, etc. Please email me with submissions of your student's work by October 15th.

Have a great week!





What you need to know this week:

Work Journal #1 Is Due This Week!
Mon-Wed, 10/6-8
Because the first work journal due dates coincide with Student Led Conferences, we are extending families the option to turn them in between Monday, 10/6 and Wednesday, 10/8 at 4:15pm. Work journals received after 4:15 on 10/8 will be considered late and a warning letter will be sent home. State law requires us to take a firm stance on work journal submission dates.

FREE Admission To STEAM Carnival
Event is 10/24 | Free ticket deadline is 10/8
Read all about the event at the bottom of this newsletter. If your student is aged 8-13, the sponsor is extending an invitation for 40 DVIA students to attend free of charge on Friday, the day before the event opens to the public. This opportunity comes with some caveats: Families attending for free on Friday need to arrive at 4:30am and agree to be on camera for KTLA. Interested? Sign up here.

Enrichment Cancelled
Tues, 10/7 and Wed, 10/8
Due to Student Led Conferences this week, Enrichment Classes are cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Understanding Anxiety: A Workshop For Parents
Thurs, 10/9 | 6 - 8 pm
Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in children and adolescents, affecting up to 25% of youths. Drs. Michelle Rozenman, Ph.D. and Araceli Gonzalez, Ph.D. will present information on how to assess and identify excessive feelings of fear, nervousness, and worry and discuss evidence-based therapies for pediatric anxiety disorders. Specific tips and strategies for helping kids and teens manage stress will also be discussed.

DVIA's Global Cardboard Challenge
Sat., 10/11 | 1 - 4 pm
A few changes have been made to the Cardboard Challenge video. See the new video here. If your family is planning on attending the event, please use this link to RSVP. We need volunteers! Please use this link to let us know you can help.

Order 2014-2015 Yearbooks!
Early bird pricing ends 12/19
Our enrichment students are busy creating their 2014/15 yearbook masterpiece and it's not too early to order to show your support. Use this link to get to the order form.

Parents, We Need Your Expertise!
Da Vinci schools are always looking to expand our database of real-world connections for our teachers to draw from as they design their projects. If you are willing to be available as a resource in any area in which you have experience/expertise, please use this link to add your name to our experts database so that our teachers may contact you. Requests might come in the form of guest speakers, a connection for a field trip opportunity or to answer questions and point to resources about the field so that our projects and information are current, relevant and engaging. We thank you!!

Calling All Sand Toys!
Do you have summer sand toys that you'd love to purge from your garage? Other fun containers that our students would enjoy in our sand box? If you have any fun supplies that we could use in our sand box, we'd love to give them a happy and much used home!

Cores 4/5 Ball Pit Project
Date and time TBA
This semester, our Core 4 and 5 students are facilitating a project based upon Human Rights violations and defenders. Our students have been inspired by human rights defenders to inform the community about violations of human rights. In order to bring awareness and spark conversations, we will have two or more participants sit in a ball pit and discuss human rights using the questions provided. They will be printed on some of the balls inside. We invite you to participate in this event for eye-opening discussions and experiences. The date, time and location will be announced once it is available. Stay tuned for more info on this great project!

Coming up soon! Mark your calendar:

Rubio's FAN FUNdraiser
Fri, 10/17 | 2 - 9 pm | Manhattan Beach Store
The only thing better than a good cause? A good cause with a side of fish tacos. And we got both! Pop into Rubio's on Friday, Oct. 17th and enjoy fish tacos (and lots of other goodies) and DVIA gets 20%. Click the photo to download the flyer or pick one up in the office.

STEAM Carnival
10/25 & 10/26 | 11 am - 7 pm | Port of LA
Billed as a unique, high-energy event featuring tech-infused game attractions and carnival-inspired entertainment to thrill, amuse and reimagine the way we learn. More information here.

SoCalMakerCon
Sat., 11/8 | 9 am - 5 pm | LA Fairplex
Calling all tinkerers! We have a convention for you! Called the largest event celebrating inventiveness, innovation and ideas in Southern California, SoCalMakerCon is coming the LA Fairplex. Get more information here and ticket information here.

Have a great week!
Your DVIA Team
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