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Greetings DVIA Families!
A Few Words From Our Principal
I hope you are enjoying the weekend.
I want to encourage each of you to attend the PBL @ Home (Project-Based Learning) workshop this Wednesday from 6-8pm in the Forum. We have a lineup of amazing parent educators who are each, in their own unique ways, using project-based learning in their homeschool teaching. You might be wondering why parents are choosing to explore this style of teaching and learning. The answers are numerous but most PBL-practicing families find that student engagement in learning increases, learning becomes more "fun" and integrated for the entire family, differentiation for students of different age/grade/learning levels increase, the options for exploring real-world application of learning are endless in Los Angeles, and so much more!
Thank you to all of you for attending workshops, presenting workshops, connecting us with workshop presenters and topics, and especially, a public shout out for Janette Kiso who has organized more than 150 workshops in the 2013-2014 school year and has presented a good number of those herself!
Tyler's Two Cents
This past Thursday and Friday, I had an opportunity to travel to San Diego with Brianne to attend a conference about our student informational system called Illuminate.
Not only did I get to spend time with Nicole (our former principal), but I also attended several workshops about the many features Illuminate has to offer. If you haven't heard of Illuminate, it is the computer-based platform we use to keep our student records, input student data, and store assessment information.
Illuminate also offers a "portal" from which schools can share information from the classroom to your home at anytime via a password encrypted log-in. The information could include anything from parent-teacher-student messaging, to pictures from the classroom and assessment/feedback information. Core 3 parents recently began using the portal and Cores 4 and 5 will be rolling out to their families this week.
Follow along as we investigate how this tool can serve our school by better connecting classroom and parent educators.
What you need to know this week:
Project-Based Learning At Home, A Parent Education Workshop
Wed, 2/12 | 6 - 8 pm
Join DVIA parents and staff as we explore homeschooling styles and how we can each incorporate project-based learning principles into home learning, regardless of style and level of experience. All parent educators are encouraged to attend!
Free & Reduced Price Educational AppsOffer ends 2/12
In support of Digital Learning Day, McGraw-Hill is offering some of their learning apps for free or reduced price. Offer available through Feb. 12th. Check out their offerings here
No School for President's Day
Fri, 2/14 & Mon, 2/17
Help Us Keep Campus Safe!
If you are on campus at a time or day other than your student's regular cohort day, please check-in with our front desk staff. It is really important that we have a record of all students and adults on campus at all times in case of an emergency, and as a best practice to ensure that our campus maintains the highest level of student safety. Additionally, please make sure that if your child visits campus for an event or on an "off-day," he or she is wearing school-appropriate clothing (especially length of skirts/shorts) and close-toed shoes (for safety).
Please Help Us Meet Our Annual Giving Goal
Did you know that many private educational funding sources consider the level of family funding participation in deciding whether to award grants to schools? Our goal is 100% family participation. Please give whatever you can.
All donations and pledges made before 2/28 will be generously matched by our corporate sponsors up to $45K. Your donations make a difference! Donate or pledge here.
Good to Know!!
Recycling On Campus
We're setting up recycle bins around campus. These bins are ONLY for recycling items such as plastic, paper or glass. You'll find bins at every corner. Please encourage students to put their recyclable items in these bins. When we recycle, we aren't just helping our school, we're helping our whole planet.
Need Help With Reading & Writing??
Need help with Writing? The Teachers College Reading & Writing Project has great video resources to help you! Find them here
. TCRWP is led by Lucy Calkins, and has helped hundreds of thousands of schools provide more rigorous and joyful reading and writing instruction.
Mark Your Calendars! Coming Up Soon:
Building Math Fluency: Continuing the Conversation
Core 2 Focus | Thursday/Friday, 2/20 & 2/21
Core 3 Focus | Thursdsay/Friday, 2/27 & 2/28
Join Janette in the Collab Lab as we continue our conversation about supporting our learners in developing a strong foundation as mathematicians. We will focus on asking thoughtful questions to inspire deeper thinking.
Intersections Between Art, Math & Science in Architecture
Sat, 2/22 | 9am - 3:30 pm | Skirball | $25
Discover the art and science of architec-ture through dynamic presentations led by a math specialist, an architect and classroom teachers. Invigorate your own interdisciplinary instruction using Common Core Standards by learning about the collaborative, project-based learning models designed by teachers at the Wildwood Outreach Center. Registration required. Get more information here.
DVIA Application Deadline
More details here.
DVIA Talent Show & Art Walk
Tues, 3/11 | 5-7 pm
Bring a picnic and join us on the grass for an evening showcasing our students' talents, including onstage performers, an art walk showcase (think legos, photography, jewelry, stop motion videos, air guitar, etc.) and talent exploration area. All current DVIA students, staff and families are invited to participate. Sign up here. Got questions? Email Laura Glasser.
Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team