October 9th
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 everyone!

I want to thank you for all of your hard work documenting your homeschooling in this year's first work journal. The information you provide helps teachers better understand and support your child(ren)'s learning and ensures that we remain in compliance with our auditors and independent study laws. Thank you!

Did you know that October is one of the hardest months of the year for educators? This includes parent educators too! It's quite possible that just as you were starting to hit your stride, you (or your child) found yourself facing a slump. A lack of creativity or inspiration, a mounting sense of frustration and disillusionment are all quite common among students and educators at this point in the school year. Sometimes, just acknolwedging that this is a common experience can be a comfort. So if you're feeling like you're in a rut, that's okay. And if you're not, well that's okay too! This graphic illustrates a cycle that is typical for educators. As a staff, we sometimes refer to the cycle of "forming, norming, storming, performing" to gauge our feelings and reactions.
Here are a few ideas to try if you are feeling the October slump:
  • Hold a one-song dance party! That's right--each of your kiddos (and YOU!) choose your favorite blood-pumping song and celebrate a chunk of homeschool learning with your favorite dance song. EVERYONE gets up and dances like no one is watching :) Rotate through everyone's songs throughout the day, bust out your craziest moves, and enjoy each other's energy and enthusiasm! I was having a "what do I write in my newsletter blurb" slump and just did this with my girls...in my office...on a Sunday morning...and it inspired me to remember to include this blurb in my October newsletter!
  • Visit the Homeschool Adventures tab or the other postings found in the DVIA Resource Site.
  • Reflect on something that worked well earlier in the year (or in previous years) but that you stopped doing for some reason. Can you bring that back?
  • Try infusing a fun brain break such as GoNoodle into your daily routine (it's free!). And do it WITH your kids!
  • Use song lyrics to inspire close reading and inference skills while providing reading material (don't forget to sing along too) that the kids will enjoy! You could use the same tune to make up your own song lyrics, find literal and figurative language, discover a new topic for non-fiction research, find other songs or works of literature with similar themes and so much more! Also, youtube is fraught with videos of song lyrics that have been typed with mistakes in them--look for spelling, punctuation and other errors.
  • Make a plan to meet for coffee/tea with a homeschool buddy and share strategies.
  • Give yourself time each day to practice mindfulness or some other form of relaxation that grounds you. This can be done during homeschooling time as well! We use Inner Explorer at school (they have a home edition at the bottom of their site) and some free mindfulness clips can also be found here.
  • Do something unexpected like "Opposite Day," "Backwards Day" or even "Yes Day"!
  • Establish a period of time when the kids take over the homeschool time (or meal prep, or playdate planning, or...)
  • Spice up your homeschool environment a bit... rearrange things, look for lost or cast aside materials...even giving students a place to display their work (using painter's tape of course) that was previously off limits could inspire them.
  • Try using video writing prompts or exploring a new resource site.
I hope these ideas were helpful!
Thank you for your support and enjoy your week.
M_Rainey sig
From Our Dean of Students
Hi Families!

I hope you have all been enjoying the cooler weather...I know I have!

I want to thank you all for thoughtfully participating in Student Led Conferences - whether you are a Homeschool Collaborative family that engages in such conversations every work journal period, or a Homeschool Hybrid family that participates in them twice per year, these opportunities are essential to give students voice and ownership around their learning, and to give families/teachers a chance to truly listen to the needs and successes of our students. These conversations are also great opportunities to practice the type of public speaking necessary for our end of year Presentations of Learning! We love hearing about your SLC experiences!

Finally, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love, support, and generosity this community has showed as I prepare to become a mommy, and my little family grows by one little girl. :) We know that it takes a village to raise a child, and we are SO thankful that DVIA is part of our village. THANK YOU!
What You Need to Know This Week!
Work Journal #1 Due--Thank you!
Tuesday Oct 11
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.

Picture Day!
Thursday Oct 13 and Friday Oct 14
Picture Day for students and Parent Educators is this 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 7:15-9:45pm (cores 4-5) &
Sat Oct 15 1:00-3:30pm (cores 1-3)
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 this Friday!

And if you're in kindergarten through 4th grade, Camilla Boston has organized an Ice Skating event for you at the Toyota Sports Center this Saturday!

Check out these flyers for more info. Tickets are available for purchase Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri from 9:00-9:15 and 3:15-3:30 in front of the school. Proceeds go back to DVIA!

8th Graders! DV High School Student Tours!
Sign up now!
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!

Last Chance to "Play it Forward"
Deadline: purchase by Oct 9th! (there may be a few more available)
Does your family love cornhole? Are you looking for a fun, new family game? Da Vinci Design 9th grade students want to build some really fun structures for our kiddos to enjoy when we get there in a year or two and they need our help fundraising for the building materials. They thought what better fundraiser than to incorporate what we love--FAMILY FUN--and what they love--DESIGN--into one cool project! Please consider purchasing a custom made and artistically designed super durable cornhole game (set of two boards and bean bags). Students will be featuring the cornhole boards they made for YOU at their Exhibition night. Find the order form HERE.

Femineers: International Day of the Girl
Tues. Oct 11, 2016 4:30-6:00 @ DV Science
This blurb was sent to us by a DVS student:
Da Vinci Science has joined the Society of Women Engineers to offer an awesome program designed for girls of all ages! Their Femineers (female engineer students) have put together their first ever Girl Powered workshop in collaboration with VEX Robotics to celebration International Day of the Girl. Our students will have the opportunity to collaborate on fun, STEM-related activities, meet the Vitruvian Bot constructed by DVS's FRC robotics team and receive cool STEM-related SWAG bags. If your daughter hasn't attended Femineers at Da Vinci Science before, you've got to check it out! Please RSVP HERE.

Check Out This Event at Da Vinci Communications!
Wed Oct 12 1-3 or 6-7:30 @ DVC (12501 Isis Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250--at the back of campus)
This blurb was sent to us by a former DVIA student who now attends DVC:
Over the last few weeks, the students in the Computer Science Pathway at Da Vinci Communications have been hard at work creating Android apps. We are excited to invite the community to our upcoming events!

Event 1:
The App Fair, 1:30- 3:00 pm
Representatives from each group in the Computer Science Pathway will host a booth and will be available to present their apps to visitors.
Event 2: The App Showcase, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
During the culminating event, select groups in the Computer Science Pathway will present their apps to the audience. They will also take questions from the audience about the design, user experience and programming of their apps. After the presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to test drive the apps.
Save the Date!
Pastries with the Principal
Monday 10/17 and Friday 10/21 in the Collab Lab, 9:15-10:15
Come chat with Michelle!


Book Club #3 with Michelle
Thurs 10/27 and Friday 10/28, 9:15-10:15 am in the Collab Lab
We will be discussing chapters 6 and 7 of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. Hope to see you there!

FAN Spirit Day/Pizza Lunch FUNdraisers!
FAN is offering the opportunity to prepay for pizza lunch for the entire year at a discounted price! Take advantage of this opportunity by submitting your form and payment to the front office by Monday, October 24th!

HSC Families-feel free to indicate the day that works best for your student to participate in Pizza Lunch this semester--we realize that workshop/homeschooling schedules are subject to change and you may want to participate on a different day next semester.

You may also purchase items on pizza day at a la carte prices:
Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza $3 per slice
Lemonade or Chocolate Milk $1 per cup

Pizza days and Spirit Day themes for the year are already on the k8 website calendar, so check them out!

Pizza/Spirit Day #1
Mon 10/31 and Tues 11/1
The first Pizza/Spirit Day of the year is coming up! Wear your favorite costume, enjoy a yummy lunch, and support the Art and Maker Space programs at DVIA!
Did You Know...
...that every teacher's DP is linked on the parent resource website? Click on "Teacher's Corner" on the top menu, and choose your child's core to find it!

Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team