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   February 17       



In This Issue
Updates From Your Principal
Important Info & News
FAN News
Outside Learning Opportunities
Get Involved!
Stay Connected

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Updates From Your Principal


NicoleAssisi Hello Da Vinci Families,   


We hope you are enjoying the long weekend and taking the opportunity to share with your kids a little about our previous presidents. Only 4 short months until the end of the school year! Wow!


Before summer we have Student Parent Teacher Conferences, Exhibition, Presentations of Learning and much more, so make sure to read all the exciting news below!  


With much gratitude,



In this issue of our newsletter:

  • Important Information and News:
    • 2013-14 Enrollment Information Is Available  
    • STAR/CST Writing Test (grades 4 & 7) - 3/5
    • STAR Test/CST (grades 2-8) - 4/22 - 5/3
  • Reminders
    • Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL, 2/15 & 2/18
    • Pizza & Spirit Day (Crazy Hat/Hair Day) 2/21 & 2/22
    • Family Work Day 3/9
    • DVIA Exhibition 3/19 and 3/21
    • High School Exhibition 3/19 (Science) and 3/28 (Design) 
  • FAN News
    • Movie Night coming soon -- date TBD 
  • Outside Learning Opportunities
    • Writing Center Classes Offered
    • Screening of Girl Rising
  • Get Involved!
  • Stay Connected!



2013-2014 Enrollment Information Is Available

Do you know a family that would like to join us at DVIA? Admission information for the 2013-14 school year is now available. 


Information meetings for new families are mandatory
The final info meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 6-7:30 pm  

Information, including a downloadable application, can be found on the Da Vinci website


The Priority Application Deadline is March 1, 2013.


The STAR/CST Tests are coming soon: 

The STAR/CST Writing Test for 4th and 7th grade students will take place on Tuesday, March 5th.  The state does not offer flexibility on these test dates so please mark your calendars and plan to bring your 4th and 7th grade students to school from 9:00-12:00 on March 5th, even if your normal school days are Monday/Thursday.  Thank you! 


The STAR/CST Test (multiple choice) for 2nd through 8th grade students will take place during normal at-school time during the weeks of April 22-May 3.  While we do not emphasize these tests throughout the school year, it is important to our charter that students take the tests and that students arrive at school well-rested and fed.  Thank you! 



Presidents' Day Holiday - No School
Friday, 2/15 & Monday, 2/18

Pizza Lunch & Spirit Day (Crazy Hat & Hair Day)
Thursday, 2/21 & Friday, 2/22
Eat pizza for a good cause! Pizza is $3/slice or 2 for $5 and drinks are $1. All profits support DVIA. Please use SignUp Genius if you can help out with the Pizza Lunch.
As always, modest dress is required and the usual dress code applies for students not participating.
Family Work Day! 
Saturday, 3/9 9:00am-4:00pm 
Come help us beautify campus and prepare for the spring.  There will be lots to do!  A list of supplies needed and donation items will come out soon.  Family work day may have "work" in its title but it's also a really fun way to gather see friends and connect with fellow Da Vincians.  Hope to see you there! 

DVIA Exhibition 3/19 and 3/21 5:00-7:00pm

Come see all the hard work and learning DVIA students have been doing!  Please plan to walk through multiple (or all!) classrooms so students have a varied audience.  Thank you!


Da Vinci Science and Design Exhibitions

Da Vinci Science 3/19 6:00-8:00pm

Da Vinci Design 3/28 6:00-8:00pm


Come out to support all of the Da Vinci schools and see what students are learning!

Family Action Network (FAN) News

FUNdraising Event
Movie Night - Coming Soon!
Outside Learning Opportunities
Core 4 & 5 Writing Center Classes
Wednesday mornings
The Writing Center is offering its second session of classes for Core 4 and Core 5. Taught on campus on Wednesday mornings, the Writing Intensive and the Literature Circle/Book Club courses may be taken individually or bundled. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Register at www.thewritingcenter.us.
Screening of Girl Rising
Monday, 3/11 | 7:30 pm
The Da Vinci Science Society of Women Engineers is hosting a screening of the the documentary "Girl Rising" at the El Segundo Arclight Theatre. This powerful documentary chronicles the stories of 10 girls around the world and their quest to receive an education in countries where girls face significant education obstacles. To reserve tickets, go to http://gathr.us/screening/809.
Student Work Examples Linked To Common Core 
Gathered and vetted through a collaboration between Expeditionary Learning and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this very cool site posts exemplary student work samples searchable by grade level and subject.
Do You Have Great Outside Learning Resources To Share?
Some terrific learning resources have been shared on our Yahoo Group Listserv. In addition to posting your resources to the group, please send them to Lisa Grady at lisa.grady7@gmail.com so that she can add them to our Parent Resource Website and make your hard work available to families for years to come.

Get Involved! 


If you have any questions about volunteering for events, reach out to Nancy Slupski.


If you would like to help out regularly on campus, please email Laura Glasser in the DVIA office. 

Stay Connected!

To make sure you don't miss any news or opportunities, please join us through these following social media avenues:


DVIA's Yahoo Group 

 DVIA on Facebook