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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!
A huge thank you and acknowledgement to our kiddos and families who really hung in there with the wet weather and the large puddles and small lakes that formed all over campus!  I'm continually amazed by how flexible all of you are.  Thank you! 
Our Executive Director and Board of Trustees have approved DVIA's 2014-2015 calendar and here are some dates you are likely to want to know: 
  • 8/18 First Day of School (on-campus for M/Th and homeschool day for T/F)
  • 8/18 and 8/19 Parent Educator Conference #1(formerly called "Jumpstart").  Parents, please plan to attend on your child's DVIA day...you are welcome to attend both days as well! 
  • 9/1 Labor Day Holiday
  • 9/24 Parent Eductor Conference #2
  • 10/7 & 8 Student Led Conferences (no students on 10/7)
  • 11/10-11 Veteran's Day Holiday and PD Day (no school for students)
  • 11/12 Parent Educator Conference #3
  • 11/24-28 Thanksgiving Holiday
  • 12/22-1/2 Winter Break
  • 1/19 MLK Holiday
  • 2/13 & 16 President's Day Holiday
  • 3/10 & 11 Student Led Conferences (no students on 3/10)
  • 4/6-10 Spring Break
  • 5/25 Memorial Day Holiday
  • 6/5 Last Day of School
Please note these dates in your calendars so that we can count on your child's attendance during the crucial first days of school and so that you can attend our Parent Educator Conferences.  Thank you! 
Have a great week!
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Tyler's Two Cents

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This year California, along with 22 other states, will pilot a new Federal test that replaces the STAR (Standardized Testing And Reporting) assessment from the No Child Left Behind initiative. The only remnants from STAR are the 5th & 8th grade science test (which will be administered sometime in April) and the 5th and 7th grade Physical Fitness test.  Note that the 4th & 7th grade writing test will not occur. 
These new Federal assessments will be known as the Smarter Balance Assessments. In California, these assessments will be known specifically as the CAASP (California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance). Assessments are conducted online.  
Makers of the assessments say they will take anywhere from 3-4 hours to complete. Since this is a pilot year, schools and students will not receive any data related to the assessments. This year is simply "to test the test."  Many of the details are yet to be worked out, and we will update you as details are released from the state. As always, we will strive to conduct these tests in a manner that least impacts the classroom. More information is available here.
What you need to know this week: 

Are You Juggling Homeschool and a Job? There's a Meet-Up for That!  
Wed, 3/5 | 12:30 to 1:30, Collab Lab
Join us for a collaborative meet-up where we can brainstorm and share strategies. 
Homeschooling More Than One Child? There's a Meet-Up for That, too! 
 Thurs & Frid, 3/6 and 3/7, 9:15-10:15, Collab Lab
Join the conversation as we discuss tips and tools for working with more than one child.


Help Us Help You (Next Year's Supplemental Curriculum)

Please take three minutes to participate in a quick survey



DVIA Talent Show Community Work Day

Saturday 3/08 | 9am - 1pm


Tech Rehearsal

MC's Prep and Practice

Roving Reporters Prep and Practice

Paint Scenery (any age is welcome to help)

Open Stage for anyone needing to rehearse


Free Yoga Class for DVIA Parents! 
Every Wednesday, 9am @ DVIA
DVIA mom and certified yoga teacher, Carolina Paredes, is offering a free yoga class for DVIA parents!
All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Come sweat and de-stress with fellow parents. All you need is a mat (if you don't have one please let Carolina know), bottle of water, a towel and YOU.
Please remember that children must be supervised at all times while on campus.


Mark Your Calendars! Coming Up Soon:


FANtastic Happenings: DVIA Show Day Set Up

Tuesday 3/11 | 3pm - 5pm

 FAN Needs You!!

Please join us show day as we only  have 2 hoursto set up for the Talent Show!  We need volunteers to help: decorate, hang the lights, set up the bake sale, etc.

Students, Staff, and Families are welcome to help! 


FANtastic Happenings:  DVIA Talent Show

Tues, 3/11 | 5-7 pm


Just 10 days until the DVIA Talent Show, Art Walk, & Exploration!


Talent Show - Sign ups have closed, please submit your music by Saturday March 8th.

Art Walk Videos - Please send your videos by Saturday, March 8th.

Art Walk Art, Photography, & Sculptures - Please bring on Show Day. 

Got questions? 

Email Laura Glasser.
Understanding Your Adolescent Child: A Workshop for Parents with Karen D'Emilia
Wednesday, March 12 12:30-2:00
Join DVIA parent and pediatric nurse Karen D'Emilia as she helps us to understand the changes that arise as our children move into and through adolescence. We will discuss the physiological and emotional shifts that occur, as well as the parent/child relationship aspect and how to support our children in this developmental phase.

No School - Student-Led Conferences
Tues, 3/18 & Wed, 3/19
FANtastic Happenings:  Save the Date! 
Hait Cut-a-thon to Support DVIA!  
Sunday, March 23rd, 10am-2pm @ True Beauty Parlor in Redondo Beach
More details coming soon!    
Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team 
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