Da Vinci Innovation Academy

   January 18      



In This Issue
Updates From Your Principal
Important Info & News
FAN News
Outside Learning Opportunities
Get Involved!
Stay Connected

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Social Emotional Learning 


Family Handbook 






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Updates From Your Principal


NicoleAssisi Hello Da Vinci Families,   


We hope you have enjoyed a great week back to school! We have been having a blast on campus! Core 1 is exploring how to be an expert and among other things, how to train like an astronaut. Core 2 is working on motion, toys and carnivals. In Core 3, students are learing about who has the right over California and discovering the Bill of Rights. Core 4 and 5 are both exploring foreign lands, as well as botany and landmasses. This will surely be a great semester and remember that you can see these and other projects during Exhibition on March 19th and/or 21st. 


However, we hope you won't wait that long to come to campus. Please join us on January 23rd for our Family Jubilee. Here is a link to sign-up to bring a dish to share: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CAFAF2DAA8-newyears.


We truly hope you can join us because there is much to celebrate. In addition to the great student work being done, we also need to celebrate our huge success with the Annual Giving Campaign. As previously mentioned in last week's email, because of your donations we were able to add art back into our days at school, were able to buy more curriculum for school and home and bought more toys and sports equipment.  


If you have not yet donated, it is not yet too late and our wishlist still has outstanding items that have not been funded. Please take a minute to donate today. Remember, our goal is 100% participation! 


With much gratitude,



In this issue of our newsletter:

  • Important Information and News:
    • 2013-14 Enrollment Information Is Available  
    • STAR/CST Writing Test (4th and 7th grade) - March 5th
    • STAR Test/CST (grades 2-8) - April 22-May 3
  • Reminders
    • No School Monday, January 21st (MLK Jr. Day)
    • Electives begin January 29th and 31st
    • Dinner Out FUNdraising Series
    • Jubilee Celebration Potluck - January 23
    • Pizza Lunch & Pajama Day - January 24 & 25
  • FAN News
    • Next FAN Meeting - January 29th
    • Jubilee Volunteers Needed
  • School Events
    • 8th grade Da Vinci Science and Design visit - February 6
    • 8th grade group photo - February 6
  • Outside Learning Opportunities
    • Dr. Laura Markham at The Knowing Garden
    • Heal-the-Bay Beach Cleanup - January 19, 9am-11am @ Dockweiler Beach, Marina Del Rey
  • Get Involved!
  • Stay Connected!



2013-2014 Enrollment Information Is Available

Do you know a family that would like to join us at DVIA? Admission information for the 2013-14 school year is now available. 


Information meetings for new families are mandatory and will be held on:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 6-7:30 pm
Saturday, February 9, 2013 | 10-11:30 am

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 6-7:30 pm  

Information, including a downloadable application, can be found on the Da Vinci website


The Priority Application Deadline is March 1, 2013.


The STAR/CST Tests are coming soon: 

The STAR/CST Writing Test for 4th and 7th grade students will take place on Tuesday, March 5th.  The state does not offer flexibility on these test dates so please mark your calendars and plan to bring your 4th and 7th grade students to school from 9:00-12:00 on March 5th, even if your normal school days are Monday/Thursday.  Thank you! 


The STAR/CST Test (multiple choice) for 2nd through 8th grade students will take place during normal at-school time during the weeks of April 22-May 3.  While we do not emphasize these tests throughout the school year, it is important to our charter that students take the tests and that students arrive at school well-rested and fed.  Thank you! 



No School Monday, January 21st (MLK Jr. Day)

This is an observed holiday so no home-school is required that day. 

Electives will start on January 29th and 31st. If you signed up for extra blocks, please submit payment to the office this week so that we can finalize and confirm classes. If you haven't signed up yet, the links are on on the Resource Website Homepage in the right sidebar at the top.

Dinner Out FUNdraising Series
January 14th - January 25th
The Spot - LA's Oldest Natural Health Food Restaurant
110 2nd St. | Hermosa Beach | 310.276.2355
Owned by one of our Da Vinci families, the "World Famous Spot" in Hermosa Beach is once again donating 20% of monies spent by Da Vinci friends and families to our schools.
Click here to see the menu and tell your friends! No flyer necessary. Just tell the server or cashier that you're from Da Vinci.

Jubilee Celebration Potluck
Wednesday, January 23rd | 6:00-8:00 pm
Please join us to celebrate the beginning of our second semester and to share our collective resolutions for the New Year. Please RSVP and sign up to bring party food using SignUp Genius. Please also bring some sparkling juice to toast the New Year at 7:45 pm.

Pizza Lunch & Spirit Day (Pajama Day)
January 24th & 25th
Wear your cozy pajamas and eat pizza for a good cause! Pizza is $3/slice or 2 for $5 and drinks are $1. All profits support DVIA. As always, modest dress is required and the usual dress code applies for students not participating. Please use SignUp Genius if you can help out with the Pizza Lunch.
Family Action Network (FAN) News

Jubilee Volunteers Needed
Many families have already volunteered to help with our Jubilee Potluck, and we thank you! We still need more help! This is a great opportunity to support our community and to meet other parents! Check out SignUp Genius to see how you can help!

January FAN Meeting
Tuesday, January 29th | 6:30 - 8:00 pm
School Events 

8th grade Da Vinci Science and Design Visit - February 6

DVIA 8th graders are invited to tour Da Vinci Science and Da Vinci Design on Wednesday, February 6th.  Students will spend half a day at each site and shadow a high school to a variety of classes.  Approximate times are 8:45am-4pm and details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.  Please note that students MUST follow the DVIA dress code and demonstrate professional and appropriate behavior on these tours. 


8th grade group photo - February 6

We invite all DVIA 8th graders to come together before the Da Vinci high school visit to participate in an 8th grade group photo.  The photo will take place at approximately 8:45am.  Exact times and location will be finalized soon.  The plan is to make this convenient with the all-8th-grade-gathering for the high school tour. 

Outside Learning Opportunities
Dr. Laura Markham at The Knowing Garden
Tuesday, January 22nd | 7:00 pm | $20
Raise An Emotionally Intelligent Child
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) may be more important to your child's success in life than IQ. Dr.Laura Markham of AhaParenting.com translates the research on EQ into practical everyday routines and strategies to help you raise a high EQ child. Check TKG's website for more information.

Heal-the-Bay Beach Cleanup - January 19, 9am-11am @ Dockweiler Beach, Marina Del Rey

Join DVIA middle school students as they participate in Heal The Bay's beach cleanup at Dockweiler State Beach! 

Student Work Examples Linked To Common Core
Gathered and vetted through a collaboration between Expeditionary Learning and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this very cool site posts exemplary student work samples searchable by grade level and subject.
Do You Have Great Outside Learning Resources To Share?
Some terrific learning resources have been shared on our Yahoo Group Listserv. In addition to posting your resources to the group, please send them to Lisa Grady at lisa.grady7@gmail.com so that she can add them to our Parent Resource Website and make your hard work available to families for years to come.

Get Involved! 


If you have any questions about volunteering for events, reach out to Nancy Slupski.


If you would like to help out regularly on campus, please email Laura Glasser in the DVIA office. 

Stay Connected!

To make sure you don't miss any news or opportunities, please join us through these following social media avenues:


DVIA's Yahoo Group 

 DVIA on Facebook