Da Vinci Innovation Academy

   March 29      



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

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Social Emotional Learning 


Family Handbook 






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Innovation Academy



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Dr. Nicole Tempel Assisi








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Updates From Your Principal


NicoleAssisi Hello Da Vinci Families,   


March sure was exciting! I always love seeing all the great work our students create during class and then show off at Exhibition. It is such a joy to have all of our students share their learning with the community. 


I want to take a moment to welcome our new families who are joining us for 2013-2014.  We can't wait to see you in August and welcome you into our amazing DVIA community!  For returning families, please be sure to complete the continuing enrollment survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013Enrollment   


I am also excited to report that during our recent attendance audit we passed with flying colors! We only had a small "ding" for late parent signatures on paperwork, but nothing we can't fix for next year. We know the Independent Study paperwork can be a burden for all of you, but we appreciate your diligence. It really paid off!


Did you know 3 of our staff members recently presented at a state wide conference? I presented with Brianne about alternative independent study programs and Kelly Ann presented about maximizing classroom time. We had a blast and were lucky to be joined by 3 Da Vinci parents and our Assistant Principal, Michelle. Together the 7 of us proudly represented Da Vinci Innovation Academy at the California Charter Schools Conference.


We have been working with staff and our board to make it possible to offer free summer school for students who need a little more help with Reading and Math. Qualifying families will be contacted mid-April. We are incredibly thankful to our board for supporting our students and making summer learning a priority.


With much gratitude,



In this issue of our newsletter:

  • Important Information & News:
    • Continuing enrollment survey: Please respond!
    • Welcome to our lottery recipients!
    • STAR Test/CST (grades 2-8) - 4/22 - 5/3
    • 2013-2014 Application Information
  • Reminders
    • Attendance Paperwork Protocol
    • Car Safety Seat Requirements For Younger Kids
    • Wellness Workshop 4/9
      Spring Break, 4/1-4/5  
    • Pastries With The Principal, 4/9 & 4/11
    • Core 1 Math Workshop, 4/14
    • Learning To Read Workshop, 4/17
    • Pizza Lunch & Spirit Day, 4/25 & 4/26
  • FAN News
    • Wellness Workshop, 4/9 
    • DVIA Talent Show, 4/19 
    • Comedy Club Adult FUNdraising Event, 4/24
    • Six Behaviors of Creative People, 5/1 (details coming soon!)
  • Outside Learning Opportunities
    • Wondering what to do with your students over break?
  • Get Involved!
  • Stay Connected!



Continuing Enrollment for DVIA Families 2013-2014

Please fill out the brief survey below indicating your current enrollment preference for the 2013-2014 school year. You will need to fill out the survey for each student, if you have only one student you may close the window after it resets and your information will be saved.  Please use this link: 



Welcome To Our New Families For Next Year!!

We extend a hearty welcome to the families who received offers to join our student body through the lottery this month. We look forward to seeing you in August!


The STAR/CST Tests are coming soon: 

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! 
2013-2014 Application Information
The Priority Application Deadline has passed, but applications will still be accepted for our waitlist. If you know anyone interested in being added to the waitlist, direct them to the Da Vinci website and look under the enrollment section.



Attendance Paperwork Protocol

Please note the following critical information about Independent Study paperwork and participation in our program: 


In order to receive full attendance credit, complete Work Journals must be turned in by 3:00pm on the due date (the Friday immediately following the last date of the Learning Period).  For the current learning period that date is Friday, April 12th at 3:00pm. 


If a complete Work Journal is not received, a letter will be sent home and one day of attendance will be deducted for each day late.


If a family receives three (3) such letters, the third letter will inform them that the student is no longer enrolled in the DVIA program.


Please remember that to participate in DVIA's program, parents and students agree to the Independent Study Enrollment Agreement which states that "a pupil will miss no more than 3 assignments during any Learning Period of 20 days before an evaluation is conducted to determine whether it is in the best interest of the pupil to remain in Independent Study." 


Car Safety Seat Requirements For Younger Kids
It's come to our attention that some of our younger students are coming to school or being picked up without safety seats. The law requires all children under the age of 8 to ride with safety seats. We want your children to be safe and ask that you please observe these laws. 
Lost and Found Items
Please look through the lost and found. All items not claimed by Spring Break will be donated.


Spring Break (No School)
Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th
Health & Wellness Workshop
Tuesday, 4/9 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | The Forum

Join us in welcoming holistic wellness practitioner Allisson Griesedieck. She will share her knowledge about how "The Six Essentials for Health" support our minds, bodies and ability to learn.  An invitation to this event will be arriving in your inbox next week!

Pastries With The Principal
Tuesday, 4/9 & Thursday, 4/11 (right after drop off) 
Core 1 Math Workshop - Focusing On Place Value
Sunday, 4/14 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join Melissa Arias for a parent-led workshop sharing tips and tricks to support place value learning at home.
What Does "Learning To Read" Really Mean?
Wednesday, 4/17 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
As we read, our brain automatically engages in multiple strategies and rules. These are strategies and rules that new readers have to learn. Join Kelly Ann to find out how you can support this learning at home.


Pizza Lunch & Spirit Day
Thursday, 4/25 & Friday, 4/26
Eat pizza for a good cause! Pizza is $3/slice or 2 for $5 and drinks are $1. All profits support DVIA. Please help! We need 6 volunteers each day to support this event. We almost had to cancel a lunch recently due to lack of volunteers. 

Use SignUp Genius if you can help out with the Pizza Lunch. Due to overlap with Exhibition activities, there is no Spirit Celebration with this Pizza Lunch.


Family Action Network (FAN) News

iDa Vinci Team
Lights! Camera! Action! DVIA now has its own news source! Be sure to check out the Kid's Corner on the FAN website. The iDaVinci elective class will be covering the DVIA electives and many of the DVIA events happening throughout the semester! Our very own iDaVinci class has already uploaded their second video!

DVIA Talent Show
Friday, 4/19 | 6:00 pm | DV Forum
Calling All Performers!  Come showcase your talent in our first DVIA Talent Show! Manual signup sheets will be circulating through the classrooms.  If your child is interested, we also ask that you sign them up on Sign-Up Genius so that the organizers will be able to communicate further with you via email. All participants must participate in one rehearsal (either 4/8 or 4/12 at 4:15 pm).  Any questions can be directed to Allison Johnson at aj@music.org or Stephanie Swanberg at sswanberg@davincischools.org.

Comedy Club Adult FUNdraising Event
Wednesday, 4/24 | 6:30 pm
Comedy Club | 1018 Hermosa Ave | HB 90254
Break out your funny hat and join us at the Comedy Club in Hermosa Beach. Tickets are available at school for $20 before and after school. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO DVIA!!!

Attendees must be at least 18 years old and there is a two item purchase requirement. For tickets or more information, call, text or email Darci Horton (310.493.6668 or dolphindarci@verizon.net) or Shanelle Jordan (424.200.3650 or aj22_11@yahoo.com). Don't forget your funny hat!
Outside Learning Opportunities
Wondering What To Do With Your Kids Over Spring Break?
Check out this article on Huffington Post to find out why less is more.
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