May 1st

Da Vinci
Innovation Academy

13500 Aviation Blvd.
Michelle Rainey,

Kaitlin O'Melveny Toon,
Dean of Students

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Greetings DVIA Families!

A Few Words From Our Principal

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for attending PEC 4 last week and for bringing such a productive, collaborative and reflective atmosphere to all of our events! We are working on a schedule to re-present a few of the workshops so that if you missed one you wanted to catch you can! Also, here is the link to the Inside Mathematics site regarding social and emotional learning that I referenced in my keynote. Additionally, here is an explanation of the social and emotional learning core competencies often called upon when kiddos are learning. It was a pleasure to share a bit of my story with you and lend insight into why social emotional learning is so crucial to what and how we teach at DVIA! Handouts from workshops will be available on the davinciK8 site soon!

I'd like to make a request regarding this week's talent show. Last year, I recall many, many students running around and playing a game of tag during student performances. I'm going to ask that parents keep their children with them and focused on the performances so that every student has an optimal audience for his/her talent. If your child needs to run off some energy, please escort him/her to the front of campus to run around in the grass area between DVIA and the district office. Thank you!

I hope you join me for a chat about our LCAP during this month's Pastries with the Principal. We will meet tomorrow and Friday from 9:15-10:15 in the Collab Lab just outside Core 1.

Lastly, I want to appreciate all of the fabulous performers during last week's enrichment play! You all worked so hard, the costumes and backdrops were amazing and best of all, it was clear kiddos were having so much fun. Congrats to all of you! Well done!

Thank you for being part of our DVIA family and enjoy your week!
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From Our Dean of Students

Hello Families!

First I'd like to thank you for sharing in the happy news that my husband and I are expecting a little one in October! I am so grateful for the many congratulations, well wishes, hugs, and kind words. Thank you! I am fortunate to belong to such a beautiful community--Baby Toon is so loved already!
Also, our SBAC make up testing day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4. If you recieved an email from me, please RSVP for your student so we can meet our 95% participation rate!
Finally, we have many exciting events coming up! We can't wait to see you at the annual DVIA Talent Showcase THIS Tuesday at 5pm! This is definitely the most popular FAN event of the year :) The Core 4/5 Skate Night is THIS Friday night! This event is open to ALL of our DVIA 5th-8th graders, and this will be a great opportunity for our older students from both cohorts and the full-time independent study program to spend time together! Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase before and after school this week :)
Looking forward to spending extra time with you and your families as we inch closer to the end of the year!

Have a great week!
What you need to know this week:

Pastries With The Principal--LCAP Info!
Mon, 5/2 and Fri, 5/6
Join Michelle and other parents for coffee and conversation at 9:15am in the Collab Lab.
We had a great discussion last month!

Student Talent Showcase--Creative, Visual, Digital, Culinary & Performing Arts!
Tues, May 3 | 5:00-7:30pm
Come enjoy our kids' talents. Besides culinary masterpieces by the kids, we will also have pizza for sale. If your student is showcasing a talent at our Talent Showcase, they are welcome to create a sign/flyer/poster to promote the talent they will be demonstrating, and can hang it on the blue banner with stars and dots near the entrance of campus!

We can still use volunteers for the event! Please use this link: Talent Show Parent Volunteer Signup

Can You Donate Items For Shelter Animals?
Tues, May 3 | Talent Showcase
Core 5 students Zoe Conyers and Isabel Yu are collecting blankets, sheets, towels and pet food for the West LA Animal Shelter. Please bring donations to their culinary arts table at the Talent Showcase. Look for the Yrekab Bakery table. While you're there, enjoy a cupcake for a cause! To arrange a special donation pick-up, email Tracy Conyers at

Core 4/5 Skate Night
Fri, May 6 | 7:15-9:15 pm | Toyota Sports Center
Core 4 and 5 Skate Night is this Friday! Flyers were passed out in classrooms last week, and you are able to purchase pre-sale tickets from Kaitlin at drop off or by checking in with her between 3:00- 3:15 this week! The more presale tickets we sell, the more money we will raise for DVIA! Email Kaitlin with questions.

Want more support with Compassionate Communication in your family?
Cecilia and Jason Hilkey from Happily Family have lots of resources to share with you online through the Happily Family @ DVIA site.

Module 4 is available! This video series is about Compassionate Conflict Resolution. You'll learn the two reasons why we experience anger and you'll create a plan with your children to calm themselves when they are having big feelings. You'll learn what to do when kids hurt each other, and 4 things to do to solve any conflict in your family.

It only takes a moment to register HERE.

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Curriculum Corner:

How much fun would it be for your student to create their own books? Writing A-Z has a tool to help students create their own full-color, online books. Using Writing A-Z's Build-A-Book functionality, your student can choose from thousands of images to spark ideas and help illustrate their books. Learn more here. Check in with your teacher if you need help logging in.

Mark your calendars! Coming up soon:

Femineers Meeting @ Da Vinci Science!
Sat, May 14th | 3-5 pm
The Society of Women Engineers and Da Vinci Science students and teachers are celebrating its 1st birthday with an Environmental Engineering event. This fun and free event is open to girls aged 5-14. Click here for a flyer with more information, including RSVP information. Femineers meets monthly and many DVIA students attend and love it! It is a drop-off event.

Roundhouse Run for the Oceans
Sat, May 14th | 9:30 am | MB Pier
Interested in supporting our ocean while getting some exercise? Sign up for the Roundhouse Family 5K in Manhattan Beach on May 14th! Use this link or click on the flyer thumbnail on the right.

Poetry Slam @ Barnes & Noble in Torrance
May 25th from 12:00-6:00pm
Our graduating 8th graders, as a farewell to DVIA, will be hosting a Poetry Slam at Barnes & Noble in Torrance! The event will take place on Wednesday, May 25th from 12:00pm-6:00pm at the Del Amo Barnes & Noble in Torrance. Students of all grade levels are encouraged to participate and attend! See this flyer for more details, or email Dan at

Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team

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