March 26th

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Da Vinci
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Michelle Rainey,
Kaitlin O'Melveny
Dean of Students
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Greetings, DVIA Families!
A Few Words from Our Principal
The Cardboard Carnival this weekend was awesome! Our students are so creative and your support for your children and everyone else's makes our community so special. Thank you! Can't wait to see what your kiddos come up with for the Science Fair on April 22nd! Start planning now!

Three quick announcements this week:
1) Please please please take our survey! Only 30 of you have done it and we really want to hear from at least 150 of you! Your feedback is really important and helps us reflect on our program. Thank you! Survey link HERE.

2) I am so excited to announce that due to the hard work of our Collaborative teachers, Janette and Ethel, the dedication and inspiration of our Collaborative families (kiddos and parent educators!), and the interest expressed in our Collaborative program, we have been approved to expand! Next year we will be serving approximately 75-90 kiddos in the Collaborative program (this year we served ~60). That also means we are hiring a third teacher. The selection process is well underway and we look forward to introducing a new member of the team at the end of the year.

3) DVIA Summer Camp is here! We received input from students across all grade levels and are excited to announce the following themes: Minecraft Pokemon (because DVIA kids LOVE both of those so why not roll them into one!), Flight, Fright and Might (science madness and fun!) and Mythical Creatures (art, imagination and creation!). Led by our Hybrid Core 3 teachers, Darlene and Megan, we are offering three full weeks of all day fun for DVIA students and their school-age siblings in current grades Kindergarten through 8th (sorry but no incoming kinders during camp--the long and busy days are hard for kiddos who are new to school). Our camps fill up quickly so reserve your spot in our front office starting Monday, March 27th after 12pm. See our flyer for more info!
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From Our Dean of Students

Hello Families! We had such an incredible time at the Cardboard Challenge Carnival this weekend! A huge THANK YOU to Ambur, Lori, Lachmi and our FAN families for hosting such a great day! I enjoyed seeing students (and adults!) of all ages sharing in creative, imaginative play--all through cardboard games! There were toss games, claw games, bowling games, and more! We also had the Makerspace available for day-of building, which made for a busy afternoon of glue gunning, cardboard cutting, and duct-taping! These are the type of events that make my feel so proud and lucky to be part of the DVIA community. Thank you for sharing part of your weekend with us! I'm looking forward to the FAN Science Fair in April!

What You Need to Know This Week!

Survey Reminder
Complete by Friday, March 31
If you haven't already, please take the time to complete the spring survey. Your feedback helps DVIA staff reflect on what we've done well this year and what we can do better. Please remember to be kind, specific, and helpful in your comments. :)

Work Journal #4 Ends
Friday, March 31
Work Journal #4 is due to the front office by 4:15 pm on Tuesday, April 4.

Pastries with the Principal and Dean of Students
Monday, March 27 and Friday, March 31
9:15-10:00 in the Collab Lab
We will be focusing on state testing. Join us with any questions you might have!
Da Vinci Communications Senior Project: Does your child want to learn American Sign Language?
Wednesdays, March 29-May 31 2:45-3:45pm
ATTN 3rd-6th graders! Two seniors from Da Vinci Communications have chosen to focus their senior project on providing an opportunity for our students to learn American Sign Language! Classes will begin on Wednesday March 29th, and run every Wednesday from 2:45-3:45 until the end of May. Classes are completely free and will be held at DVIA.
Please RSVP to Kaitlin at by Friday 3/24 to reserve space for your student! See attached flyer for more information.

Curriculum Drop-In
Monday, March 27, 8:45-10am and 2:30-4pm
Tuesday, March 28, 8:45-10am and 2:30-4pm
Drop in with questions you have regarding the optional supplemental curriculum resources being offered for 2017-2018. Samples of hard copy resources and online programs will be available to view in the Collaborative classroom during drop-in hours. You should have received an email last week with detailed information about the offerings.

Movie Night
at Da Vinci Science - POSTPONED!
New Date TBA
Join DVS for their spring Movie Night! Movie snacks will be sold, as we enjoy Disney's Moana!

The 2017 Annual Giving Challenge Is On!
Donate or Pledge by April 30 and Your Gift Will Be Doubled!
There's never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Belkin, Northrop, Chevron, Gensler, 72andSunny, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, and Continental Development, all gifts to the Da Vinci Schools Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000. Make your donation or pledge by April 30 and your gift will be DOUBLED.

Every gift makes a difference. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge today by clicking here. We thank you!

Save the Date!

Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4

Spring Break
April 10-15

Upcoming Events at the Wiseburn Library!
The Wiseburn Library is hosting two upcoming events you may be interested in attending! See attached flyers for their teen series on Anti-Bullying and Adult 101!

The Art of Understanding and Repairing Our Differences: How to Have Difficult Conversations using Emotional Intelligence
Tuesday, April 18, 7pm
Marc Brackett, PhD, and Robin Stern, Associate Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will be speaking at The Willows Community School. Click here to see a flyer for the event. Register here.

DVIA FAN Science Fair!
Saturday, April 22, 1-3pm
Mark your calendars & start brainstorming for DVIA's first Science Fair! To participate, sign up here.
For resources and ideas, please visit this page:

Save the Date: DVIA Summer Camps!
We know that families begin planning for their summers very early on, so we want to put it on your radar that DVIA will be offering three weeks of full day (tentatively 9am-3pm) summer camps on June 12-16, June 19-23 and June 26-30th! We are collaborating with students to determine camp topics they will enjoy. More info coming!
Did You Know...
...that every teacher's digital portfolio (DP) is linked on the parent educator resource website? Click on "Instructional Support" on the top menu, then "Teacher DP Links" to find it!

Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team