February 2



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Hawthorne, CA  90250

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Michelle Rainey,



Tyler Phipps,
Dean of Students








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Greetings DVIA Families! 


A Few Words From Our Principal

Michelle Hello everyone!


February is here already and empathy is in the air! Some of you really enjoyed the videos linked in Tyler's blurb last week so here's a little video about Empathy vs. Sympathy.  Our staff engaged in a thoughtful dialogue after viewing it and I hope it sparks some conversation and connection in your home as well! 
I'd like to acknowledge the hard work and tremendous dedication of all the families who helped make the Jubilee happen last week.  You gave your time and care by decorating, running booths, taking amazing photos, and contributing potluck food.  Thank you, thank you!  An extra huge shout out to Lisa Mathis Allen who organized this event and spent countless hours making sure it was a success. 
I would also like to acknowledge the real world experts (several of whom are also DVIA parents) who served on the panel at Korey's Shark Tank event Friday evening.  Thank you for supporting our students!


Have a wonderful week everyone!  


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Tyler's Two Cents


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In addition to all the hard work that went into making the Little Libraries last weekend, I also want to acknowledge the tree donated by the Collaco family in connection with the project.  


This tree was donated to off-set the lumber purchased to build the Little Libraries. Our new tree represents an awesome opportunity to have in-depth and meaningful conversations with our kids about sustainability, carbon footprints and environmentalism. You can find the tree in our green space behind the chicken coop.


It is all too easy to take our environment for granted, and hopefully this tree can serve as a tangible way to help our kids think about their current and future role in helping to keep our wonderful planet going strong for many more generations to come. 


What you need to know this week:

Enrichment Classes Start This Week! 
On campus after school M, T, Th, F; at the Hawthorne Memorial Center on Wednesdays
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. 
Good To Know!!


We Need Play Dough! 

Back by popular demand (translation: many student inquiries and requests)!  If you'd like to volunteer to bring in a batch of play dough (approximately 4 small batches or tubs), please use this sign-up link.  Here is a recipe that Michelle and her mom have used for years.   


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. Email Stephanie Lee or Annette Owens with questions.


Little Free Libraries Come To DVIA

Three Little Free Libraries were built last weekend for our campus. Anybody at DVIA is welcome to "borrow" books from the libraries. Return books when you finish or pass them on to a friend. Book donations are also welcomed, but not required. We ask that you try to put your donated books in the library closest to the age-appropriate classroom. Here's a great two minute video explaining how these libraries work.


FAN Says "Thank You!!"

FAN says thank you to DVIA families for pitching in to make our community great - Jubilee, Pizza Lunch, Room Parents, Our Newsletter & Websites, and so much more. DVIA's Family Action Network ("FAN") is the best!! 



Not Too Late To Share Empathy Photos

Tyler is constructing our empathy display on Tuesday. If you still want to submit materials, please do so before Tuesday. A big thank you to everybody who has already submitted materials. Be sure and check out the Habits Wall on Thursday & Friday to see what Tyler has come up with.


Digital Learning Day
Wed, 2/5
Did you know that February 5th is Digital Learning Day?? Learn more (including some great digital project ideas) here.

Project-Based Learning At Home, A New Resource!

DVIA parent Claudia Bear is leading the charge to help families tackle Project-Based Learning at home. A new website is in development as a place that families can learn more about "PBL" and share their ideas with other families. 


Read more about Claudia's vision on the DVIA Parent Educator Resource website (next to the pink "new" post-it).


Mark your calendars! Coming up soon:


Project-Based Learning At Home, A Parent Education Workshop
Wed, 2/12 | 6 - 8 pm
Join DVIA parents and staff as we explore our homeschooling styles and how we can incorporate some project-based learning principles, regardless of style and level of experience. 
No School for President's Day
Friday, February 14th and Monday, February 17th
Please check the community calendar frequently!


DVIA Application Deadline
Friday, 2/28
Here is what you need to know: 
  • Students currently enrolled in grade K-7 DO NOT need to re-apply for next year. 
  • 8th graders interested in the DV high schools must apply.  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.
  • If you know a family who is interested in DVIA or if your child has a sibling, make sure an application is turned in by February 28th. 


Have a great week!

~Your DVIA Team

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