May 14, 2017



Greetings, DVIA Families!




From Our Principal

Greetings families! 

On behalf of the entire DVIA staff, I want to send a heartfelt THANK YOU for spoiling us with cards, compliments, gifts and a beautiful and special breakfast last week. We appreciate all that you do and how careful you are to ensure every DVIA staff member was acknowledged! 

Do you have input about DVIA's enrichment program? I would like to invite you to attend one of four sessions I will hold this week in order to overview DVIA's enrichment program and hear your feedback. Please sign up here

Lastly, please see the "Courts for Kids" blurb below and if your kiddo can attend the lesson or help paint our future gaga ball court, then please come by! 


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From Our Dean of Students 


On behalf of the entire DVIA staff, we would like to thank you for the innumerable ways you and your kiddos showed us appreciation last week! From wearing our teacher's favorite colors, to beautiful bouquets of flowers and an INCREDIBLE breakfast (complete with songs and games!), we feel SO loved! We appreciate each and every one of you and the love and support you bring to our community--thank you for celebrating each and every one of us! We love you!

On a different note, families of soon-to-be 5th-8th graders, don't forget about the camp meetings being held on Monday and Tuesday! See below for more info!




What You Need to Know This Week

Astro and Catalina Camp Info Meetings

Monday and Tuesday, May 15th and 16th @ 3:30 in the Makerspace

Attention all next year's 5th-8th graders! Kaitlin will be holding info meetings about AstroCamp (offered to 5th-6th grade) and Catalina Camp (offered to 7th-8th grade) this week! If your child is interested in attending AstroCamp, it is crucial to attend an info meeting, as space is limited and sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis! See the flyers below for more information. Questions? E-mail Kaitlin!



Courts 4 Kids Senior Project

Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16 from 3:15- 4:15pm at DVIA
Wednesday, May 17 from 2-3pm at Da Vinci Design (12501 Isis Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250)

Attention 3rd-6th graders: "Courts for Kids" is a senior project at Da Vinci Design. Our mission is to address childhood obesity by teaching kids the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. We will be providing your kids with two 60-minute interactive lessons, the first on portion control and what goes into a healthy meal and the second on exercise and the importance of ex


ercising every day. For the Wednesday session, kids will decorate a gaga ball pit we have built alongside "Venice Metal Worx."  This gaga ball pit will be donated to DVIA as thanks for allowing us to have our lessons and as an incentive to stay active during school hours. RSVP here. Parents are welcome to join in on any of our sessions as well! We hope to see you and your kids at our first lesson!



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. :)  


Core 1-3 Ice Skating Fundraiser! 

Saturday, May 20th, 1-3pm

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! 


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 


La Poém Café 

Wednesday., May 24th at 1pm

Join us for our annual Poetry Jam! We are transforming the Collaborative classroom into La Poém Café (The Poetry Cafe), a café overflowing with ambiance, stocked with delicious drinks and tasty treats and flanked by fun photo booths. Students are invited to read/perform their own original poetry or to recite a favorite poem. The café will open at 1:00 and our first poet will take the stage at 1:10. Poets, please RSVP here. Families, we need you to help us to create this magical space and experience for our student poets. To volunteer or donate, please click here.


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!

Roundhouse 5k

The Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center is holding its annual "Roundhouse Fun Run for the Oceans" on Saturday, June 3, at 9:30AM on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. This is a timed (RaceWire) run/walk on the beach at low tide, and the proceeds benefit the Roundhouse Aquarium's Ocean Education Programs. The Fun Run will feature music and announcements by a DJ and touch tanks staffed by Roundhouse Volunteers. Refreshments and energy bars will be provided, as well as awesome awards and raffle prizes from local merchants!

A special discount is available for students when registering online using code EXTRACREDIT. See the flyer at right for more info.

Mathematical Mindset Webinar with Jo Boaler

You are invited to take a free webinar highlighting a recent course on Mathematical Mindset with Jo Boaler! Sign up by scrolling to the bottom of the following link. 






Did You Know...

...the parent educator resource website

can help you incorporate project-based learning at home? From the homepage "Resources" menu, choose "Project-Based Learning." You'll find a wealth of ideas to help you "do things differently" at home!
If you're running out of steam as a parent educator, consider using a mini-project to get you through the end of the year. Here is an inspiring video link from the "Project-Based Learning" page. 



Have a great week!
~Your DVIA Team