March 30



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Michelle Rainey,



Tyler Phipps,
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Greetings DVIA Families! 


A Few Words From Our Principal

Michelle Hello everyone!


I want to give a huge thank you to Maryah and her colleagues at True Beauty Parlor, all of the families who participated in last week's Cut-a-Thon and two FAN parents, Laura Glasser and Nancy Slupski, for spending last Sunday making sure participating DVIA families were taken care of and able to use their credit cards at the event. 


I also want to give a shout out to the DVIA kiddos who participated in the Kings and Queens of Chess tournament this past Friday evening.  I've seen pictures of our kiddos concentrating hard and being amazing sports as they competed with 120 colleagues from 10 local schools.  Our kids do amazing things! 


Have an excellent week leading up to Exhibition.  Can't wait to see you on April 8th and 10th from 5-7pm!    



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Tyler's Two Cents


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We had a great time collaborating last month, and always, and for the month of April, we will be focusing on the habit of flexibility


Thankfully, being "flexible" at DVIA is much more than being able to touch our toes. At DVIA, we define flexibility as being willing to change our attitude or thinking based on different situations, problems, or settings.


As a child my mother would always tell me the phrase, "life's not fair." Although I don't think that she was actively trying to help me grow in my concept of being flexible in the situations that life presents, those words have had a big impact on my worldview. 


While we can't always control what comes our way, we can contol how we perceive a situation and importnatly, how we respond.  Please support your child's development around flexibility this month by highlighting the different ways we can view situations and options for problem-solving. 


What you need to know this week:


Summer Camp and Summer School! 

Be on the lookout for information coming home this week  about DVIA's summer camp opportunities June 16-July 11, M-Th, from 12:00-3:00.  We have four exciting afternoon camps lined up and can't wait to see you there!  Limited spaces available so please register early!


We will also be running summer school for students who need  extra reinforcement over the summer.  Letters will be sent home late this week. Summer school will take place June 16-July 11, M-Th, 9:00-12:00.


We Need Your Cans & Bottles!

Collecting from March 31st to April 30th

To promote awareness of Earth Day and to help fund eco-friendly activities on campus, we are collecting your empty bottles and cans during the month of April. 


Please bring your plastic bottles, glass bottles, and tin cans with a California Redemption Value symbol (5; CA CRV; and/or initials such as ME) to the designated collection site on the front lawn at drop off and pick up. We appreciate your support helping us raise awareness about the detrimental effects our waste has on our planet.


Book Fair Time Is Coming! Can You Help Out?

FAN is excited to host our Scholastic Book Fair on campus the week of April 7th (note below)! We need your help with setup, selling and take down of the fair. Please use this Sign Up Genius link to volunteer. 


Workshop: Working It Out!

Wed, 4/2 12:30-2:00
A panel and group discussion about the relationship challenges that we encounter in homeschooling and ideas for smoothing them out. You are not alone! Everyone has difficult moments. Let's talk about it and support each other.
Attention Core 5 Families! Questions About High School?

Thurs, 4/3 | 7 pm to 8 pm

Are you and your Core 5 student(s) wondering what to expect in high school? Do you want to feel more prepared for the experience? Join some DVIA graduates and parents as they share their high school transition experience. Get a feel for what to expect and what they think it is helpful to know. 

Good To Know!!
A Big FAN Thank You!!
THANK YOU Maryah Lilly, True Beauty Parlor and all who participated in the cut-a-thon! The Family Action Network and our DVIA students appreciate your generosity and support! 
Got Grit? 

Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught? Find out! Read the full story here.


Mark Your Calendars! Coming Soon!


Scholastic Book Fair

Mon, 4/7 thru Fri, 4/11

Take advantage of this great opportunity to stock up on value-priced reading material for Spring & Summer breaks!


Exhibition Is Coming Up!

Tues, 4/8 and Thurs, 4/10 | 5 pm to 7 pm 


Workshop: Experiencing Joy & Lessening Strife In Your Homeschool Experience

Weds, 4/9 | 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

With Cecilia Hilkey from Happily Family.


Home Education Curriculum Fair

Weds, 4/9 | 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Thurs, 4/10 | 7:00 am to 10:00 am

Thurs, 4/10 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Fri, 4/11 | 7:00 am to 10:00 am

Fri, 4/11 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

DVIA provides families with home education support materials for the subject areas taught at home (math, reading & writing). We've heard your feedback!  Come check out your curriculum options for the 2014-15 school year. More details to follow.


Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team

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