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
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!
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!
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!
You Need to Know This Week
Monday and Tuesday, May 15th
and 16th @ 3:30 in the Makerspace
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!
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!
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. :)
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!
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
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.
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!
Aquarium Teaching Center is holding its annual "Roundhouse Fun
Run for the Oceans" on 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
A special discount is
available for students when registering
online using code EXTRACREDIT. See the flyer at right for
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
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.
a great week!
~Your DVIA Team