I want to thank so many of you for spending time with me last week so
that I could better understand your perspectives about DVIA's
enrichment program. I was able to share out some information with you
as well and will follow up with further information in the next week
as I process, reflect and begin to plan next steps.
I also want to thank you for supporting our school by participating
in state testing (grades 3-8). As you know, us reaching a 95%
participation rate is crucial to us staying in compliance with state
mandates and maintaining our charter. Thank you for trusting us to
implement the tests in a way that works for kids. We have just a few
more makeup and unfinished tests to give and then we will be
Lastly, I will be sending a separate communication out to families
this week with some information about a few changes for next year,
including the configuration of DVIA's cores/grade levels and who is
teaching what in both our Collaborative and Hybrid programs. Many
schools avoid such communication at this time of year and plan to
share as little as possible with students and families. We know
change can be hard, but we embrace the conversations with students so
that they can process the changes before they are right before them
with the new year.
Please be sure to take some time to celebrate yourselves and your
children's POL successes during these final weeks. You've worked
I hope to see you at La Poém Café on Wednesday!
From Our Dean of Students
State testing is finally over! Thank you to everyone who participated
and prepared their kiddos for a smooth experience and to those who
were flexible in attending make up days! We appreciate your efforts
in helping us reach our 95% participation rate!
If you missed the camp meetings last week for 5th-8th graders, please
find a friend who attended to gather necessary information.
"Save the Date" info sheets are available here for core 4
and here for core 5, and
a commitment form for Astro Camp is available here. Commitment forms for Astro
Camp are due no later than Friday, May 26th!
We are looking forward to spending our last weeks together
celebrating POLS and enjoying our end of year events like the Poetry
Jam and the End-of-Year Cultural Fair and Social!
You Need to Know This Week
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.
Please remember to sign up for summer camp! We need to finalize
staffing based on numbers very soon!
If your kiddo would like to add another "Da-Vinci-approved"
shirt to his/her school wardrobe, check out our new athletic shirts here!
more outdoor space next year, we are looking to create a larger
basketball space for kids. We currently have one portable, adjustable
hoop but are looking for another. Do you have something like this collecting dust in your
yard or garage? If it's in good condition, we'll take it!
DVIA families are invited to our 4th annual Cultural Fair on June
1st! 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, and participate. Please click here to sign-up! Are you
looking for ideas on writing, art, or history for the cultural fair?
Check out this site.
What's Cookin' in the Homeschool Kitchen
Keaton Click, an 8th grader here at DVIA, has created a blog as part
of his final passion project! His blog, titled "The Impact of
Music," shares information about the effect music has on
society. It also explains how music has been used to benefit others
and bring people together. Go check it out here!
a great week!
~Your DVIA Team