April 6



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Hawthorne, CA  90250

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Michelle Rainey,



Tyler Phipps,
Dean of Students








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Greetings DVIA Families! 


A Few Words From Our Principal

Hello everyone!


The countdown to Exhibition is on! Campus is abuzz with the excitement (and chaos!) of Exhibition preparation. There are amazing projects happening in every classroom so next Tuesday, April 8th (T/F cohort) and Thursday, April 10th (M/Th cohort), please make sure to arrive by 5:00, have your learner ready to go and dressed in Exhibition appropriate attire, and plan to visit all cores to truly experience all that Exhibition has to offer.  


We also encourage you to check out Exhibition at the Da Vinci High Schools at the following times: 


Da Vinci Science:  Wed, 4/9, 6:00-8:00 pm

Da Vinci Design and Communications: Thurs, 4/10, 6:00-8:00 pm  



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Tyler's Two Cents


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I, too, am looking forward to having conversations with your kids at Exhibition about all they have learned this semester. 


In addition to Exhibition next week, we are also conducting the 5th and 7th grade Physical Fitness Test.  As a public school in California we are required to give this assessment, but even more than this, we at DVIA support this test as it teaches students movements that will help them lead healthy lives. This test involves students running, stretching, and doing several movements such as jumping jacks, push-ups, and leg raises. 


If you are a parent of a current 5th or 7th grader, please make sure that your student comes to school all next week (April 7th-11th) with a water bottle, shorts, and a pair of shoes conducive to physical activites. Students will have time to change into their active clothing before the test begins and these assessments will take place during their seminar periods so they will not be missing their Core class time. If you have questions about these assessments, please email me. 


What you need to know this week:


We Did It!!

Northrop, Belkin and Chevron challenged Da Vinci Schools to raise $45,000 -- and WE DID IT!

Thanks to your amazing support, we raised more than double our goal -- $106,340 in donations and pledges in addition to the $45,000 match. We are humbled that more than 325 families joined together toward a common goal. Your donations are being used for project based learning materials, technology, college visits and more.

The match has ended, but you can still make a gift. We are optimistic that donors will fulfill their pledges by June 1. To make a gift or complete your pledge, click here.


No After-School Enrichment This Week

Tues, 4/8 and Thurs, 4/10

Due to Exhibition, after school enrichment is cancelled this week.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday Enrichment will proceed as usual. 


Scholastic Book Fair On Campus

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! Can you help with setup, selling or take down? Please use this Sign Up Genius link to volunteer.


Exhibition Is Here!

Tues, 4/8 and Thurs, 4/10 | 5 pm to 6:30 pm 


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 to the front lawn at drop off and pick up.  


T-Shirts For Sale At Exhibition

Our T/F Core 5 after-school math students have created a small business to learn more about making money. After a lot of hard work, including a Shark Tank-style event, the group has created DVTEES, a t-shirt that conforms to DVIA's dress code policy. Shirts will be on sale at Exhibition for $15.


And Bags, Too!

The same group is selling jute bags. Jute is a 100% natural bio-degradable fiber similar to burlap; it is sturdier and more
durable compared to other bags. Bags will be sold during both Exhibitions for $5.00. The 
MatterBags booth will be located on the grass near the Wiseburn offices on campus. Every choice matters, so buy Matterbags!


MAP Testing Make-Up Session

Wed, 4/9 | Afternoon

Our second round of MAP testing is complete and results have been sent out to families. If your student missed a reading or math assessment and you would like him or her to complete it, please email Tyler to arrange a make-up session. Make-ups will occur during the afternoon of Wed, 4/9. 


Workshop: Experiencing Joy & Lessening Strife In Your Homeschool Experience

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

With Cecilia Hilkey from Happily Family. Many DVIA families have reported enjoying online workshops with Cecilia and Jason from Happily Family. Don't miss this opportunity.


Home Education Curriculum Fair

Wed, 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

In PERC and the Collab Lab. Check out your curriculum resource options for the 2014-2015 school year and place your requests. Requests will be accepted for all continuing students and new students of continuing families. Requests are due by Friday 4/11 at 4:30pm. Details will be distributed via email. Email Janette with questions.


Good To Know!!


New Online Math Resource

Join Stanford University math specialist Jo Boaler and Math Revolution as they develop youcubed.org! YouCubed is a nonprofit providing free and affordable K-12 math resources and professional development for teachers and parents. When fully operational, the site will provide tools to teach math in a more engaging way with Common Core examples. Register on the site now to follow along as the project launches.


Summer Camp and Summer School! 

DVIA's summer camp opportunities this summer are 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! Find a copy of the flyer here.


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


Mark Your Calendars! Coming Soon!
Pastries With The Principal
Tues, 4/22 & Thurs, 4/24 | After Drop Off


Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team

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