January 20



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Da Vinci  

Innovation Academy



13500 Aviation Blvd.

Hawthorne, CA  90250

(310) 725-5800 




Michelle Rainey,



Tyler Phipps,
Dean of Students








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Greetings DVIA Families! 


A Few Words From Our Principal

Michelle Hello everyone!



My apologies for breaking the Sunday morning ritual of our newsletter.  I've been fighting the cold that many of you and your children have been wresting with.  On a health-related note and as we enter flu season, please remind your kiddos to wash their hands frequently (especially after using the restroom, blowing or wiping their nose, etc) and if your child has signs of an active cold, please refrain from sending them to school.  The most concise advice I've found is here.  I know it's hard to keep your child home with school only being 2 days and work schedules!  We want to keep as many kiddos healthy as possible! 


I hope all of you are enjoying a reflective day off today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.  We live in an amazingly diverse society and in my humble opinion, DVIA provides yet another layer to that diversity.  Families from over 40 zip codes, scattered across Los Angeles County, push through traffic every week to bring their children to Da Vinci Innovation Academy.  We arrive with a variety of needs, desires and philosophies, and we come together to form a cohesive, respectful and empathetic community.  Thank you for choosing to join us on this journey!  


Thank you!   

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Tyler's Two Cents

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Through the end of February we will be focusing school-wide on the Habit of Empathy. We define empathy as having the ability to understand another person's experiences, perspectives and emotions. 


Of all the DVIA habits, empathy is the one that can lead to some really in-depth conversations with your children about how they view the world and their everyday lives. Please look for opportunities at home to have conversations about and model what empathy looks like and how each of us can actively work to empathize with others. This can be done through reading stories, watching movies, examining historical events, etc. 


Please email me with pictures to serve as visual documentation, along with a short description, which we can post with our Habits display to serve as a tangible example to kids of what empathy looks like. Please email me your pictures and blurbs by Friday, January 31st





What you need to know this week:


Don't Forget The LACMA Event TODAY

Mon, 1/20 | 10:00 - 4:30 pm | LACMA | FREE!  

More information can be found here.  A huge thank you to Dulce Stein and Marina Wallis for organizing this event! 


Help Your Students Develop Computation Skills,
A Parent Education Workshop
Thurs, 1/23 & Fri, 1/24 - Core 2 Focus | 9am
Thurs, 1/30 & Fri, 1/31 - Core 3 Focus | 9am
Join Janette for 45 minutes of strategies to help your students with computation fluency.
Campus Work Day - Help Us Build Little Libraries!
Sat, Jan 25th | 9 am to 3 pm
Come help us build our "little libraries" funded by a grant won by Core 2 student Eden Grace. We need help constructing the "houses," painting and organizing books. We can also use your gently loved K-8 books to help stock our little libraries. Please leave them at the front office.
Attention 8th Grade Families!!  Please read ALL FOUR announcements below: 

1) The group 8th grade photo
and a meeting with the Da Vinci high school principals will take place on February 5th.  Photo at 3:45 (gather on the grass) and meeting at 4:15 in the Forum
2)  Is your student planning on attending a DV High School? Attending an Information Meeting is highly encouraged. The next Information Meeting is Saturday 1/25 at 6 pm. Get more information here
3)  A limited number of "Shadow Days" are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Visiting students are paired with a freshman who serves as a personal guide for a day. RSVPs are required (more info here). 

Priority enrollment applications are due Fri, 2/28. 
4)  Get more info on the application process here.  Even if you are unsure about whether your child plans to attend Da Vinci Science, Design of Communications, please submit an application so that s/he doesn't lose the opportunity! Applications are required for DVIA 8th graders. 

Good To Know!!


Collab Lab

Have you noticed our "new" space on campus? Our new Collab Lab is located outside the Core 1 classroom door. This space is intended to extend both the classroom learning space and the home learning space. On-campus students (individually and in groups) can work there independently or seek out a staff member for extra support in project or other class work. Parents are also invited to use this space to work with their students. 


In conjunction with the new Lab, Janette is available (by appointment) to meet with parent/student pairs to help parents learn new teaching strategies and approaches or get past "stuck points." We are in the process of stocking the Lab with resources and supplies, including iPads and laptops.  

Mark your calendars! Coming up soon:


FAN Needs You!! Save the Date! Winter Jubilee 
Tues, 1/28, 6-8pm
FAN needs help making this event a success. Use this Sign-Up Genius Link to volunteer your time and talent. Use this Sign-Up Genius Link to RSVP and tell us what potluck item you'll bring. This event could still use a Co-Chair. :-)
January Pizza Lunch Coming Up
Thurs, 1/30 & Fri, 1/31
FAN's monthly Pizza Lunch FUNdraiser is right around the corner. This month, FAN is asking Core 1 families to host. Core 1 families can use this Sign-Up Genius Link to volunteer time and supplies.


Enrichment Classes Start!
Week of February 3rd 
Writing Through The Lens of Science
A Parent Education Workshop with Chris Miko
Wed, 2/5 | 6 pm - 7:30 pm
While the content targets Cores 3-5, everyone is welcome.
8th Grade Photos
Wed, 2/5 | 3:45 | Yard/grass area
Priority Application Deadline For DV High Schools
Fri, 2/28
Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team

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