May 7, 2017
Greetings, DVIA Families!
From Our Principal

Greetings Families!

I am very excited to share the news that our Collaborative Program teacher, Ethel, is a mom! She has beautiful twin daughters named Flynn Jane and Evan Bay! Born May 5th, mom and babies are doing well and Ethel and her husband are ecstatic!

I want to acknowledge all of the students and parents who worked so hard to make our Talent Showcase happen! We have an amazing group of kiddos and very supportive parents! A special thanks to the following parents who helped organize, set up, run and clean up: Lisa Aitken, Melanie Arvonio, Lorrie Boston, Lori Bowker, Tricia Carnival, Tanya Dalgaard, Valerie Hennessy, Stephanie and Karah Lee, Erin McDonough, Jennifer Racusin, Andrea and Jan Stolpe, Tasneem Sutarwala, Jennifer Vlasman and Kristie Zurek!

Lastly, please note the following about the first day of school next year: The first official day of school next fall is a homeschool day--Wednesday, August 16th. We have heard your feedback about trying to front load the year with a PEC-type experience before school starts with more work journal type meetings during the school year. Therefore, please save the date for August 14th and 15th--you will be asked to attend one of those dates with the option of attending the second date if you wish to attend additional workshops. Stay tuned for more details but please calendar the following:

Monday, August 14th: Jump start the new year with workshops and connecting activities! (You will attend either Monday or Tuesday)
Tuesday, August 15th: Same as Monday above
Wednesday, August 16th: First day of School: Homeschool day for all programs/cohorts
Thursday, August 17th: First day of on-campus school for M/Th cohort, homeschool for T/F and Collaborative* families
Friday, August 18th: First day of on-campus school for T/F cohort, homeschool for M/Th and Collaborative* families
*Collaborative class/workshop offerings and schedule will be determined in August

I hope you had a great weekend.
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From Our Dean of Students
Hi Families!

Thank you for another successful week of state testing! Next week, our 5th and 7th graders will participate in the Physical Fitness Test, and our Hybrid 5th and 8th graders will participate in the pilot test of the new version of the CA Science Test! Our collaborative 5th graders took the pilot test this week!

Also, I had an incredible time celebrating the talent and artistry showcased at the DVIA Talent Show last week! Thanks again to the many parent volunteers who made the event a success!

Finally, I am excited to share that 8th grade graduation will be held at the Del Aire Gym (right next to Da Vinci Design) on May 31st at 10:00 am! Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate our graduates!

What You Need to Know This Week
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!

CAASPP Make Up Testing
Wednesday, May 17th
If your 3rd-8th grade student was absent during state testing or needs additional time to complete his/her tests, I will be holding a testing make-up day on Wednesday, May 17th! There will be a morning session and an afternoon session. Please look for an e-mail from me individually if your kiddo falls into one of the above make up categories. :)
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!!
Parent Support Class
Did you enjoy Dr. Virginia Green's workshop at PEC? Want to learn more about the research of Brene Brown while taking care of yourself as a parent educator? Dr. Green has created a summer workshop for families and you're invited to participate! See THIS FLYER for more information!

Save the Date
Annual DVIA Poetry Jam
Wednesday, May 24, 1pm, DVIA Campus
There once was a kid with a poem
Who said, "I am ready to show 'em!
Haiku and Free Verse
Some fun and some terse
Will be heard at the Jam when we crow 'em!"

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
Attention 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!

Box Tops for Education
Did y
ou know that those box tops you send in really do help!?!? Last month we received $99.80! Please keep an eye out for the box tops logo on the products you purchase and drop them off in the front office or hand them to any of the staff members at drop off or pickup! Thank you!
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:
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!
Curriculum Corner

In support of our DVIA Poetry Jam on Wednesday, May 24th, here are some links to poetry resources:
Did You Know...
...the curriculum for both Reader's Workshop and Writer's Workshop is available on the parent educator resource website? From the home page, click on "Instructional Support" at the top of the page, then choose "Readers/Writer's Workshop Handbooks" from the drop-down menu.
Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team
Da Vinci Schools, 13500 Aviation Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250