March 8

Da Vinci
Innovation Academy

13500 Aviation Blvd.
Michelle Rainey

Tyler Phipps
Dean of Students

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Greetings DVIA Families!

A Few Words From Our Director

Hello Everyone!

A friendly reminder to adjust your clocks so we see you on time this week :)

I am happy to announce that the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year has been approved so I can share the following dates with you:

* August 1st-14th: Professional Development for staff
* August 17th: First Day of School! (homeschool for full time independent study and T/F cohort, first day on campus for M/Th cohort)
* September 7th: Labor Day, no school
* October 6th and 7th: Student Led Conferences (homeschool day but no school/enrichment)
* October 8th and 9th: Fall Break, no school (This is new! We are going to try giving all of us a short break in October. Do you remember October!?!?!)
* November 11th: Veterans Day, no school
* November 23rd-27th: Thanksgiving, no school
* December 21st-January 8th: Winter break, no school (staff professional development January 4-8)
* January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr Day, no school
* February 12th and 15th: President's Day, no school
* March 1st and 2nd: Student Led Conferences (homeschool day but no school/enrichment)
* March 28th-April 1st: Spring Break, no school
* May 30th: Memorial Day, no school
* June 7th: Last day of school

Have a great week!
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Tyler's Two Cents

tyler two cents Families,

The Habit of Heart and Mind we will be focusing on in March is the Habit of Perseverance. For this month, we are asking families to send in examples of math problems that they are working on at home.

Math can be difficult for many students and often requires a lot of perseverance. Due to this, we are calling this month "Math Problem March," and are asking families to submit examples of math problems they have been working on at home that serve as an example of perseverance.

We also realize that math in Kindergarten looks different than math in Advanced Algebra, and we think that it would be awesome to have examples of math associated with perseverance throughout all of our grades.

Please email word documents, pdfs or jpgs reflecting math perseverance to me ( by Wednesday, March 18th and I will post them on our Habits wall. Thanks for being willing to share the great work you do at home!

Have a great week!

What you need to know this week:

Annual Giving Campaign: 37% Participation so far!
Matching Deadline Extended - March 31st
Can you pledge $20? $50? $100? No amount is too small!
We want to know that 100% of DVIA families support the auxiliary programs in our school. Your generous donations ensure that our teachers have project budgets, we have art and maker classes and teachers, and so much more!

It's not too late to donate and have your dollars doubled by our generous corporate sponsors! The matching deadline has been extended through the end of March and no amount is too small! For more information or to make a gift online, click here. Please donate by March 31st to help us take advantage of the matching program.

DVIA Talent Show & Art Walk 2015

Student sign-ups have started. The Talent Show Committee is looking for 5 committed adults to help coordinate the activities this year. If you would like to Volunteer please sign up here.

Veggie Grill Restaurant Fundraiser

March 17th, 11am-10pm

Gather your friends, tell your family, and come eat lunch or dinner (or a mid-afternoon snack!) at Veggie Grill at Plaza El Segundo. Sweet potato fries, Bombay Bowl, Santa Fe Crispy Chicken Sandwich, All Hail Kale Salad...what's your favorite? A flyer will be distributed this week...make sure to bring it and let them know that you are from DVIA!

Coming up soon! Mark your calendar

Parenting Workshop Series - The 7 Habits of
Highly Effective Families
Tues, 3/17 | 6 - 7:30pm @ DVIA
Please join Rita and Janette for the next workshop in this series based on the popular book by Stephen Covey. This month's topic is "Seek First To Understand ... Then To Be Understood." You do not need to have read the book or attended previous workshops to participate in this one.

State of Da Vinci Address
Tues, Mar 24th | 6 pm | DV Forum
Please mark your calendars for a State of the Schools Address with Da Vinci CEO Dr. Matthew Wunder. This is an all-schools event for any interested parents/guardians. We hope to see you there!

Sat, May 2nd, 9am-3pm
Details to come soon. We need volunteers to help us with some projects and do some spring cleaning.

DVIA Talent Show & Art Walk 2015

Wed. May 13th 3-6PM

Celebrating Student Achievements in the Arts: Performing, Visual, Digital, Culinary, & Creative Arts! More info coming soon!

FREE FOR PARENTS!!! Implementing Common Core Together - A Math Mini-Conference
Sat, Mar 14th | Whittier
The Greater Los Angeles Mathematics Council (GLAMC) invites you to attend a special session FOR PARENTS on understanding the Common Core State Standards in mathematics during the first session and then attend the workshop of your choice in the second session. Get more information here and/or email Janette with questions.

Have a great week!
Your DVIA Team
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