Da Vinci Innovation Academy

   September 26      



In This Issue
Updates From Your Principal
Important Information & News
Electives Update
School Events
Outside Learning Opportunities
Get Involved!
Stay Connected

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Updates From Your Principal


NicoleAssisi Hello Da Vinci Families,   


We hope this newsletter finds you well. It was lovely to see all of you at Back to School Night. We are embarking on our second Learning Plan. Since we are a learing organization, we are always eager to hear how we can make your experience at Da Vinci event better.  Please take a 2-minute survey about on-campus learning and at-home learning. Here is the link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DVIA2012fall   


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In this issue of our newsletter:

  • Important Information and News:
    • Illegal U-Turns In Front Of School 
    • Please Give Us Your Feedback
    • Help Needed With Movie Night
    • Annual Giving & Chevron Matching Challenge
  • Reminders
    • Core 4 & 5 Camp
    • Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • Electives Update 
  • School Events
    • Core 5 Camp Info Meeting (tomorrow) 
    • Pizza & Spirit Day (tomorrow & Friday) 
    • Scholastic Book Club
    • Ice Skating FUNraiser
    • Pastries With The Principal
    • Picture Day
    • Movie Night FUNraiser  
  • Outside Learning Opportunities
  • Get Involved!
  • Stay Connected! 




Dr. Nicole Tempel Assisi

Important Information & News


It's been brought to our attention that families are being cited for illegal u-turns in front of school. Please observe all local safety laws and be aware that local police are citing violators.


Movie night is right around the corner and we need your help! We need donations of packaged foods, beverages, candy bars, individual chip bags, cotton candy, popcorn and other movie goodies to sell as part of our FUNraiser. There will also be a bake sale and we need goodies for that, too.

For questions, please contact
Laura Moore at lawnmower59@gmail.com / 310.980.2489 or
Judith de Waart at dirkdew@verizon.net / 310.739.7400.

Annual Giving Campaign & Chevron Matching Challenge

Next month, we will formally kick off Da Vinci Schools' Annual Giving Campaign -- our top fundraising priority and the fundraiser we ask EVERY family to support.

This year, we are excited to announce that Chevron has generously donated $50,000 to Da Vinci Schools in the form of a matching challenge. Every donation and pledge to the Annual Giving Campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Chevron up to $50,000!!

Pledges must be made by Dec. 31 and paid by June 1, 2013 in order to be eligible for the Chevron match.

Gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign touch every K-12 student in the Da Vinci community and help bridge the gap between what the state provides and what it really costs to deliver an outstanding education.

By the second week of October, all currently enrolled K-12 families should receive an Annual Giving packet in the mail containing an appeal letter, pledge card and return envelope.

Please give what you can. Every gift makes a difference!  

Annual Gifts ~ Daily Impact

Share Your Time -- We need help folding and stuffing envelopes. If you can help, please contact Carla Levenson at clevenson@davincischools.org.



Core 4 & 5 Camp


Core 5 camp is just around the corner! Please visit
www.davincik8.org for the Camp RSVP Form and the Parent Informational Packet.

Any money you can pay now for CORE 4 or CORE 5 camp would be greatly appreciated!  Please see Brianne in the DVIA front office to pay with cash, check (made payable to Da Vinci Schools) or credit card (2.75% service fee applies when using a credit card). 


If you have any further questions about either of the MSA camping trips, please reach out to our science camp chairperson Kristie Wakefield at kristiewakefield@verizon.net


Pick up & Drop off

As a reminder, we are happy to offer our drop-off and pick-up valet service in front of the school in the mornings and afternoons.


For safety purposes, please don't park in the red zones and make sure that you only drive northbound between 8:45-9:15am and 3:00-3:30pm.


Please note that there is no adult

supervision available before 9am. 

Electives Update

Still haven't signed up for Electives?

There is still room in most classes! We'd love to have your student spend the day with us at AdventurePlex. Contact Nancy Rosenburg at nrosenburg@davincischools.org for details.

Open classes:
  • Multisport
  • Art (Comic Strip Design; Mask-Making)
  • Yoga
  • CPM 1, 2 & Algebra

Scholar Club


We hope your children are enjoying their electives at AdventurePlex and DVIA. Your feedback is much appreciated as we continue working to provide a high quality experience for all students. Please review the information below regarding the Scholar Club portion of the program.


Cores 1,2 & 3: Your children are encouraged to bring a book or independent work from home. The Scholar Club coach will also present mini-lessons and a variety of activities during this academic support time when the students have completed their independent work or reading.

Cores 4 & 5: All students are asked to bring independent work in any school subject area for the Scholar Club period. The coach is available for support and to provide assistance as needed.

Please feel free to contact Nancy Rosenburg at nrosenburg@davincischools.org with any questions regarding Scholar Club.  


Lunch is available!


Lunch can be ordered at the AdventurePlex campus. If you'd like your student to buy lunch, please check out the menu and send money (including tax). Kelly Ann will have forms at the door in the morning.


A friendly reminder about appropriate dress


School dress code is not required for Electives, but please make sure your student is making clothing choices that support their activities and learning for the day. Older students are asked to remember that Electives are a school event with students and friends of all ages attending. Please keep your clothing choices modest. 

School Events

Core 5 Camp Information Meeting  
Thursday, September 27th | 5:30 pm in Rita's room
RSVPs for camp were due Friday, September 21st
Pizza & Spirit Day
Thursday, September 27th | Friday, September 28th
Our first Spirit Day will be Red, White & Blue Day in celebration of voter registration and awareness! Please help your student show their patriotic pride by dressing in red, white and/or blue and don't forget to send money for a hot pizza lunch. Pizza slices are $3 and drinks are $1.  A second slice of pizza is available for $5 (for twice slices).  All profits support DVIA! If you can help out, please sign up on Sign Up Genius at this link.

Scholastic Book Clubs
Saturday, September 29th
In addition to our annual Scholastic Book Fair in the Spring, FAN is rolling out Scholastic Book Clubs to provide families and teachers even more opportunities to acquire great books at value prices (starting at $1!). Teachers have the fliers and initial orders are due by September 29th, with additional ordering opportunities throughout the year.

Looking Ahead...

Ice Skating "FUN"raiser
Wednesday, October 3rd | 3-5 pm
Please join us at the Toyota Center for fun on the ice! Tickets are $10 and will help support DVIA.

Pastries with the Principal
Tuesday, October 9th & Thursday, October 11th | 9-10 am

Picture Day
Thursday, October 11th & Friday, October 12th
Please note the date changes from those listed on the DRAFT calendar

Movie Night "FUN"raiser
Friday, October 12th | 5 pm
Catch a wave at our first Movie Night! Bring your family and friends to watch Surf's Up on the big screen. Dinner and activities start at 5 pm and the movie starts at 6:30 pm. There will be food, drinks, treats and bake sale items to purchase. We need lots of help! Please contact Laura Moore (lawnmower59@gmail.com ) or Judith deWaart (dirkdew@verizon.net ) if you can help out.

First Exhibition
Tuesday, November 6th & Thursday, November 8th | 5-7 pm

Book Club #2
Tuesday, November 13th | 10-11 am   
The Whole Brain Child
- Daniel J. Siegel, MD & Tine Payne Bryson, Ph.D
Copies are available for purchase in the office!    

Family Jubilee  
Wednesday, December 19th | 6-8 pm

Upcoming Workshops

Bring Your Back Back to School:
Managing your Backpack and your Back
Thursday, October 11th | 3:30-5 pm
Mindfulness Workshop for Parents & Educators
Thursday, October 25th | 6-8 pm
Outside Learning Opportunities
Special Concert
Friday, November 9th | 12 pm | El Camino College

We have been invited to a special free student concert with the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and special guest piano soloist Dave Grusin. Students will be introduced to the families of the orchestra and learn about jazz and classical music. The central theme of the concert is "What is improvisation" and the program is geared toward 4th-8th grade students. More information to follow.

Do You Have Great Outside Learning Resources To Share?

Some terrific learning resources have been shared on our Yahoo Group Listserv. In addition to posting your resources to the group, please send them to Lisa Grady at lisa.grady7@gmail.com so that she can add them to our Parent Resource Website and make your hard work available to families for years to come.

Please also be aware that we are in the process of establishing Core-specific Yahoo Groups to support discussion and resource sharing within individual Cores. As discussions on resource sharing migrate from the main group to individual Listservs, it will become even more important to get your suggestions shared in one place that everybody can access, as many resources will apply across multiple Cores.

Get Involved! 


As we kick off this new school year, we again want to thank you for all the ways you partner with us to make DVIA a truly wonderful learning community! At the end of May, some of you signed up for various volunteer opportunities for this school year - thank you! FAN council members will contact you in the coming weeks to engage you in the various opportunities.  


For anyone who missed the signups, the initial signup links are listed below. We will continue to use Signup Genius to post new opportunities. Please note that volunteer opportunities may shift as we gain greater clarity on actual needs, so thanks in advance your flexibility. There are plenty of service opportunities, so find the one that calls to you! :)  


If you have any questions about volunteering for events, feel free to reach out to Nancy Slupski at nancy.slupski@gmail.com.


If you have interest in helping out regularly on campus, please contact Laura Glasser in the DVIA office at lglasser@davincischools.org.


For Family Support Sign-Ups, please use this link on Sign Up Genius 


To lead a Book Club, please use this link on Sign Up Genius  


To support Events, please use this link on Sign Up Genius 


To help with FUNdraising, please use this link on Sign Up Genius 


For School Spirit Sign-Ups (whole year involvement), please use this link on Sign Up Genius 


For School Spirit Sign-Ups (date specific), please use this link on Sign Up Genius  


For Staff Support Sign-Ups, please use this link on Sign Up Genius 

Stay Connected!

To make sure you don't miss any news or opportunities, please join us through these following social media avenues:


DVIA's Yahoo Group 

 DVIA on Facebook