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Greetings DVIA Families!
A Few Words From Our Principal
I want to take a moment to introduce a new staff member, Theresa Leone, who will be joining the Da Vinci Innovation Academy staff as an academic coach supporting our kinder through second grade students. Theresa comes with 12 years of experience teaching K-5th grade and is passionate about innovative teaching and connecting with students. Theresa is replacing Jessica LeTarte, who supported DVIA students as an academic coach for the past two years. Jessica has taken a full-time position at Echo Parenting & Education and plans to remain connected to DVIA through her outreach to schools. Welcome Theresa! She is a fabulous addition to our staff!
Have a great week!
Tyler's Two Cents
Just a reminder that our next Pizza/Spirit Day is this Thursday and Friday, February 27th and 28th.
As you know, our school-wide Habits of Heart & Mind emphasis this past month has been empathy. We define empathy as having the ability to understand another person's experiences, perspective and emotions.
For this spirit day, we encourage your children to come to school dressed in a way shows what empathy means to them. For some, this might be difficult to conceptualize, so here are a few examples:
-a student in Core 1 has been wearing sunglasses without the lenses to support her brother who just got glasses
-students may choose to dress alike (Twin Day concept) to show that they are mirroring, connecting and empathizing with each other.
-students could dress like someone embodies the essence of being empathetic (a family member, fictional character, historical figure, etc.). Please note, we ask that students do not choose a someone from school to dress like because this unintentionally result in a parody.
We look forward to seeing what your kids come up with and, as always, we are grateful for your support in helping our kids understand and develop these non-cognitive traits that will benefit them throughout their lives.
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 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.
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.
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. In celebration of empathy, we're asking students to dress alike in groups. If your child enjoys pizza, pack pizza money. Don't forget a morning/ afternoon snack and water bottle! Pizza is $3/slice or two for $5. Drinks are $1.
Are You Juggling Homeschool and a Job?
We want to schedule a meet-up for families juggling homeschooling and employment. Please take a quick survey to give us your availability to attend a collaborative meet-up where we can brainstorm and share strategies. If you'd like to participate, the survey is here (no need to set up an account).
DVIA Application Deadline
More details here.
Help Us Help You (Next Year's Supplemental Curriculum)
Please take three minutes to participate in a quick survey here.
Mark Your Calendars! Coming Up Soon:
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