January 27



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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!


I hope to see all of you at the Jubilee potluck this Tuesday from 6:00-8:00pm.  There are a lot of fun activities and good eating in store, so I really hope you can be there!  The sign-up to help set up, clean up and bring food as well as the RSVP links are in the "Need to know this week" section below.   



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Tyler's Two Cents


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DVIA Families,  

Thank you so much to all who spent their day with us yesterday.  We created 4 Little Libraries for the entire DVIA family to enjoy!  We can't wait for you to see them and of course USE THEM next week.    


Don't forget to focus on empathy for the next month.  If you are interested in some resources that cross over into English Language Arts activities or are just inspirational, check out Teaching Tolerance, this SoulPancake video or this Kindness Boomerang video.




What you need to know this week:


Eat Your Heart Out Jubilee! It's Time To Celebrate!

Tues, 1/28 | 6-8 pm | Da Vinci Forum

FAN's Winter Jubilee is this week. 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.


Girls In Gear, Part I
Tues, 1/28 | 6:30 pm | Geissert Civic Center Lib
Panel of young STEM women will describe their careers, why they chose their careers and obstacles they may have had to overcome to get to where they are. More information here. Part II is Tues, 2/4 (described below).


UCLA Cub Tour

Wed, 1/29 | 12pm - 1:30 pm | Bruin Bear

UCLA Cub Tours is a volunteer student organization that provides UCLA tours to elementary and middle school students. DVIA parent Johanna Mytko has arranged a tour for Core 4-5 DVIA families. Email her with questions.


Help Your Students Develop Computation Skills,
A Parent Education Workshop
Thurs, 1/30 & Fri, 1/31 - Core 3 Focus | 9am
Join Janette for 45 minutes of strategies to help your students with computation fluency.
Pizza & Pajama Spirit Days
Thurs, 1/30 & Fri, 1/31
Break out your favorite and coziest school-friendly PJ's! It's Pizza & Pajama Spirit Days this week. Dress up and have some fun! Pizza will be available during lunch to purchase.

A big shout out to Core 1 families - hosts for this month's Pizza Lunch. Nearly all the volunteer time & supplies slots have been filled, but it's not too late to join in the fun. Use this Sign Up Genius Link.

What Does Empathy Look Like?
Please email by Fri, 1/31
Tyler is looking for submissions from families that show what empathy looks like for them and their students. He is asking for photos, along with a short description, to post on our Habits display. Email Tyler with your submissions.

Core 5 Advanced Algebra Shark Tank Event
Fri 1/31 4:30-5:30
Join the after-school algebra class in a Shark Tank style event in Room 7 (Kaitlin and Korey's room). 

Good To Know!!


Scholastic Book Club

Did you know you can order great books and resources and support DVIA at the same time? Use this link and activation code MPBKY.

Mark your calendars! Coming up soon:


Enrichment Classes Start!
Week of February 3rd 


Girls In Gear, Part II
Tues, 2/4 | 6:30 pm | Geissert Civic Center Lib
Panel of representatives from local colleges and universities will describe their programs with particular focus on the careers presented in Girls In Gear, Part I. More information here.


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 Photo & Meeting
Wed, 2/5 | 3:45 pm | Yard/Grass Area
The 8th grade group 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) with the meeting following at 4:15 in the Forum. 


Priority Application Deadline For DV High Schools
Fri, 2/28
Get more info on the application process here. Even if you are unsure about whether your child plans to attend Da Vinci Science, Design or Communications, please submit an application so that s/he doesn't lose the opportunity! Applications are required for DVIA 8th graders. Attending an Information Meeting is encouraged. Find the schedule here.


Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team

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