April 30, 2017
Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal

Greetings Families!

I'm excited to see you at tomorrow's Talent Showcase! It's guaranteed to be a fun family evening. Be sure to read the blurb below and bring blankets to sit/lay on as well as jackets in case the evening gets chilly. This is an outdoor event!

I also want to acknowledge the awesome workshops and the enthusiasm all of you brought to last week's Parent Educator Conference. We developed PEC after so many of you requested events that allow you to "dive deep" with a theme that brings our community of parents together. We hope you enjoyed your time and learned something new from each other and from our amazing presenters.

Enjoy your week!
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From Our Dean of Students

Hello Families!

Can't wait to see what your kiddos wear to school for Matching Multiples Day on Thursday and Friday! It's also Pizza Day!

Kudos to you and your students for a succesful first week of testing! Continue supporting them in getting enough to sleep and eat, as well as letting them know that their best work is all that metters! They have engaged in some really "brain heavy" work this week, and we appreciate their perseverance! Also, a big Thank You to our Core 1 and 2 students for providing a quiet space on campus during body breaks so that our older students can have an optimal testing environment!

We are very excited for the annual DVIA Talent Showecase on Tuesday--see you there!

Enjoy your week!
What You Need to Know This Week

Pastries with the Principal

Monday, May 1, and Friday, May 5, 9:15-10:15 am
Bring your questions, thoughts, or ideas and come chat with Michelle!

Last Call, 7th Grade Families! We need your help!
It is tradition that our 7th graders host the reception at graduation as a gift and send-off for our 8th graders and their families! If you are interested in being part of the graduation reception committee, please e-mail Kaitlin ASAP!

The DVIA Annual Talent Showcase Is Here!
Tuesday, May 2, 4:30-7 pm
DVIA Campus Ampitheater
Join us for the biggest and brightest show yet!
FEATURING: Visual and Digital Art ~Culinary delights~ Singers~ Dancers ~Skits ~Student Fundraising and more! Avoid the lines & use this link to purchase your tickets ahead of time! (good for food, drinks and fundraiser purchases)
Parent volunteers much needed! Sign up here!
Need to Make up PEC or Just Want More Goodness!?!?
Tuesday, May 9th, 2:00pm
Did you miss PEC, or attend and miss Dr. Johanna Mytko's talk about Being Present and Deepening the Experience?! Great news! Johanna will be in the Makerspace on Tuesday 5/9 at 2:00pm giving her talk one more time for anyone interested! This was a great workshop, and is not one to be missed!

Pizza Day/Spirit Day!
Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5
Matching Multiples Day! See how many friends you can get to match outfits, and enjoy a yummy pizza lunch that benefits the art and Makerspace programs at our school!

Donate to Make a Difference
Now through May 10
The DVIA Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 7305 are making and bringing beds and toys to their local animal shelter. They could use your donations of the following items:
  • blankets, fabric, felt (The girls will be cutting and sewing dog beds from collected materials.)
  • cotton filling, or filling of any kind (i.e. old t-shirts, socks, cotton balls, anything that can be up-cycled to fill the dog beds)
  • small stuffed animals
Please look for the box and sign in the front of the school labeled "Junior Girl Scout Donations!" We will be collecting items at 2:30 on May 10th. Thank you!!

Save the Date

Physical Fitness Testing!
Our 5th and 7th grade students participate in the CA Physical Fitness Test each year as part of the California State Testing. Here is a link to more info from the state. (It should be noted that at DVIA, we participate in the PACER, Curl Up, Push Up, BMI, Trunk Lift, and Shoulder Stretch.)

We will be holding our Physical Fitness test the week of May 8th, from 2:00pm-3:00pm. On Monday/Tuesday, we will be participating in the PACER, and on Thursday/Friday we will complete the other exercises.

I am excited to share that Nick Parrino from Infinite Learning will be administering the test, which will be waaaay more fun than if I were to administer it. ;) Please make sure that your student has his/her water bottle and comfortable clothing during this week. Tennis shoes should be worn on Monday/Tuesday!

Reach out to me (Kaitlin) with any questions you might have. :)

Astro and Catalina Camp Info Meetings
May 15th and 16th @ 3:30 in the Makerspace
Attn: all next year's 5th-8th graders! Kaitlin will be holding info meetings about Astro Camp (offered to 5th-6th grade) and Catalina Camp (offered to 7th-8th grade) on Monday 5/15 and Tuesday 5/16 at 3:30 pm in the Makerspace!

If your child is interested in attending Astro Camp, it is crucial to attend an info meeting, as space is limited and sign ups are on a first come, first served basis!
Questions? E-mail Kaitlin!

Core 1-3 Ice Skating Fundraiser!
May 20th, 1:00-3:00
Join us at the Toyota Sports Center on May 20th from 1:00-3:00pm for ice skating fun! Tickets are $10 and will be available for pre-sale before and after school! Thank you to Core 3 student, Camilla Boston for organizing!

End-of-Year Culture Fair
Thursday, June 1
DVIA families are invited to our 4th Annual Cultural Fair! Please bring an international dish to share and enjoy delicious food from other parts of the globe! We are looking for volunteers to help plan & donate, please email Kaitlin if you can help!
What's Cookin' in the Homeschool Kitchen

Participating in LA county science fair was an amazing experience. There were 1044 kids in the fair and it was awesome meeting so many kids passionate about science. My project was how polyphenols' impact E. Coli growth. Polyphenols are found in natural products like green tea and pomegranate. I enjoyed interacting with the judges also. I was given a junior division microbiology honorable recognition award. I look forward to going again next year.
Compassionate Corner

EdNextGen Conference
May 4-8!

Want to develop more mindfulness, empathy or social intelligence in your family? Join Jason and Cecilia Hilkey as they talk to authors and parenting experts-including Dr. Daniel Siegel and Dr. Laura Markham-in Happily Family's online conference about the Heart and Science of Parenting.

Get details at: conference.happilyfamily.com

DVIA parents will have lifetime access to this amazing resource during and after the conference in case you want to review any of the talks or catch ones that you missed!
Did You Know...
...the parent educator resource website has a calendar with upcoming events. You can also find the calendar for the school year on the Da Vinci Schools website.
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team
Da Vinci Schools, 13500 Aviation Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250