Da Vinci Innovation Academy

   April 23      



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

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Updates From Your Principal


NicoleAssisi Hello Da Vinci Families,   


I hope you are all having a fantastic week. CSTs are well on their way and I am excited to announce that thanks to the diligence of our families and students, we feel confident that we will meet our state-required attendance targets.  We are all working hard to show the state that homeschool-hybrid programs rock and successfully meet the needs of so many kids and families!


Speaking of something that rocks, we are excited to offer both academic and extra-curricular summer school programs! Your child should have come home with a packet of what is available. If you were unable to find it in the black-hole that can be a child's backpack, you can also find the info on the resource site:  www.davinciK8.org.  


Additionally, we are thrilled with the turnout at the Curriculum Fair! Many of you have shared your enthusiasm withCpicking curriculum and the possibility of receiving it early. Of course, there are still details to be worked out in regards to what we will do for our students who move faster and need mid-year shifts. While we have not worked out all the details for next year, we are excited to get the resources into your hands and to once again respond to your requests and needs in proactive ways.  Remember forms are due on Friday and you can check out www.davincik8.org for descriptions if you need to take another look. 


On that note, we would like to invite you once again to take our DVIA survey. As you may recall, we send out a survey every semester and based on your responses we do our best to continually improve our program to meet the needs of our families. Please take this opportunity to provide us with what is working or what else you need. Please click on this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/spring2013DVIA      



With much gratitude,



In this issue of our newsletter:

  • Important Information & News:
    • STAR Test/CST (grades 2-8) - 4/22 - 5/3
    • 2013-2014 Application Information
    • Poetry Jam 
  • Reminders
    • Core 3 Gold Rush Play - 4/26 6:00pm, Forum
    • Pizza Lunch & Spirit Day - POSTPONED to 5/9 & 5/10
    • 6 Behaviors of Creative People Workshop Wednesday, 5/1 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Health & Wellness Workshop - NEW DATE - 5/22
  • FAN News 
    • Comedy Club Adult FUNdraising Event, 4/24
    • Cores 4 & 5 Dance Parties Planning Meeting, 4/25
    • 6 Behaviors of Creative People, 5/1 
    • Scholastic Book Fair, last week of May
    • Year-End Social, 5/29
    • Cores 4 & 5 Dance Parties - 6/7
  • Outside Learning Opportunities
  • Get Involved!
  • Stay Connected!



STAR/CST Tests happening now! 

The STAR/CST Test (multiple choice) for 2nd through 8th grade students are taking place during normal at-school time from 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!  If your child is absent during testing, please contact Michelle Rainey (mrainey@davincischools.org) to arrange for make-up testing.   
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.

Poetry Jam 

Mark your calendars for our 2nd annual Poetry Jam! This year students will be reading original poems at DVIA on Wednesday, May 15. The event starts at 12:00, so don't forget to pack yourselves a picnic lunch! We will also be holding a silent auction and selling some goodies made in various classrooms on campus. This event is open to all DVIA students and families. If you have questions, please contact Kaitlin at komelveny@davincischools.org.




Last Day of Electives and Bring Socks!!! 

We have a special surprise for our friends in electives during next week's final classes (April 30th and May 2nd )!  Please, make sure that your child has socks on their feet the last day of electives so that they can participate in the awesome surprise!  Additionally, please note, next Tuesday and Thursday, April 30th and May 2nd are the last days of DVIA's elective program. 


Core 3 Gold Rush Play

Join us this Friday from 6:00-7:00pm in the Forum as Core 3 students perform their Gold Rush play.  The kids have been working hard so come on out and see their hard work! 


Pizza Lunch & Decades Dress Spirit Day
5/9 & 5/10
Encourage your student to dress from another decade and remember to send cash for the pizza lunch. Pizza is $3 per slice or 2 slices for $5, and drinks are $1. As always, we appreciate you supporting your students in selecting appropriate dress for the spirit day and normal dress code applies if your student decides not to participate. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please click here.

Health & Wellness Workshop - NEW DATE

Tuesday, 5/22 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | The Forum

Join us in welcoming holistic wellness practitioner Allisson Griesedieck. Allisson will share her knowledge about how "The Six Essentials for Health" support our minds, bodies and ability to learn. Click here for more information.


6 Behaviors of Creative People Workshop
Wednesday, 5/1 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Are some people naturally more creative than others or is creativity something that can be developed with practice? Join us as Dr. Claudia Bear leads us through a hands-on workshop to learn the six behaviors of highly creative people and how they can be applied to boost your own student's creativity.


Family Action Network (FAN) News

Comedy Club Adult FUNdraising Event
Wednesday, 4/24 | 6:30 pm
Comedy Club | 1018 Hermosa Ave | HB 90254
We hope you bought your tickets and plan on joining us for a night of laughs in support of DVIA. Please call ahead to confirm your reservation. If you have questions or still want to buy tickets, email Darci Horton or Shanelle JordanAttendees must be at least 18 years old and there is a two item purchase requirement.
Cores 4 & 5 Dance Party Planning Meeting
Thursday, 4/25 | 3:15 pm
Cores 4 & 5 are having a dance party in early June (separate times for each Core). If your Core 4 or 5 student would like to help plan the event, please have them join the planning meeting next week. Questions can be directed to Kristie Wakefield for Core 4 or Judith DeWaart for Core 5. Have your student(s) meet at the Gaga Pit at 3:15 pm.

Scholastic Book Fair
May 28 - May 31
We are once again hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on campus right after the Memorial Day holiday. More information to follow.

Year-End Social
Wednesday, 5/29
Please join us for our year-end social in the evening on May 29th. If you're interested in helping to plan or help with this event, please email Lisa Mathis.


Cores 4 & 5 Dance Parties

Friday, 6/7 - Details coming soon

Outside Learning Opportunities
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