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Da Vinci  

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

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. 
I wanted to comment briefly about the message I sent out on Friday about lice. 
Please make sure to follow the directions in that letter to determine whether your child has lice and to eliminate lice from your home.  In the past we have only had one episode of lice at DVIA and we were able to contain it immediately because our families and staff were diligent about finding and eliminating the pesky critters.  Please know that our staff will be taking necessary steps on campus by bagging up all pillows and cushions and storing them away from campus for three weeks.   
If you haven't read the lice message sent Friday, please do!  If you didn't receive it, please check your junk and spam mail boxes and make sure the DVIA newsletters go to your inbox. 
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Tyler's Two Cents

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I was recently reading about ways we can help our kids understand and develop empathy, and I came across a website with practical tips to help kids develop their sense of empathy:

First, if your child is scared, empathize with your child. Have a conversation like, "Are you feeling scared of that dog? He is a nice dog but he is barking really loudly. That can be scary. I will hold you/you can stand close to me until he walks by."

Second, talk about the feelings and perspectives of other people. "Todd is feeling sad because you took his robot. Please give Todd back his robot and then you can choose another one to play with."

Third, read stories about feelings and perspective.  Many books on your bookshelves at home contain great examples of characters showing empathy (or struggling to show empathy). Some other suggestions include:
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  • How Are You Peeling by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
  • Feelings by Aliki
  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
  • Baby Faces by DK Publishing
  • When I Am/Cuando Estoy by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza.
Another aspect of developing empathy is adults exercising patience. Empathy is a complex skill to learn and is sometimes easier said than done.  Persevering in this area will lead to stronger family and peer relationships and a better understanding of the world we live in.

What you need to know this week: 

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.  


Building Math Fluency:  Continuing the Conversation

Core 2 Focus | Thurs/Fri, 2/20 & 2/21 | 9 - 9:45 am

Core 3 Focus | Thurs/Fri, 2/27 & 2/28 | 9 - 9:45 am


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.


FANtastic Happenings:  Attention Patrick's Core 2 Families!


Pizza Day for February is right around the corner (next Thursday and Friday), and it's your turn to host. Please use this Sign-Up Genius link to volunteer supplies and/or your time.


Good To Know!


Enrichment Reminder


Please make sure to call or email Julie, Jay or Jennifer (contact info in the registration confirmation email you received) if your child will be absent from enrichment class. This will help them make sure your students are safe and accounted for. Also, please be on time to pick up your child.


Should a child be picked up late more than twice in the course of the semester, a late fee of $3 per minute will be assessed.


Virtual Field Trips, A Parent Educator Resource

Teachers are using Google+ and Google Hangouts to bring their classes behind the scenes at national laboratories, and to teach students about careers in STEM. Get more information here. 


Mark Your Calendars! Coming Up Soon:  


Pastries With The Principal
Tues, 2/25 & Thurs, 2/27 | After morning drop-off
Join Michelle and other home educators to discuss topics of interest.


FANtastic Happenings:  Pizza and Spirit Day!
Thurs, 2/27 & Fri, 2/28
Remember to wear your empathy-related Spirit Day clothes and if your child enjoys pizza, pack pizza money but don't forget a morning/afternoon snack and water bottle! Pizza is $3/slice or two for $5. Drinks are $1.
DVIA Application Deadline
Friday, 2/28

More details here.





FANtastic Happenings:  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 
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