October 3



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Hawthorne, CA  90250

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Michelle Rainey,



Tyler Phipps,
Dean of Students








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 Greetings DVIA Families! 


A Few Words From Our Principal


A few days ago I was visiting classrooms and stumbled upon an amazing moment that I hope to describe with adequate words. The core teacher was leading a math lesson in which students were exploring different ways to determine the perimeter of a shape she drew on over-sized graph paper. Students approached the board and used the document camera to share how they determined the perimeter.  There were varying answers. There were varying justifications. And yet, despite the variety of ways students solved the problem and answers given, students patiently listened to each other's ideas, helped each other, re-explained their thinking behind the math, and supported each other. A second teacher who was there to provide additional math support began asking probing questions about how answers and methods of determining answers were different from each other.  Throughout the entire process, which took a solid 15 minutes, not a single student was chastised or questioned in a negative way. No one expressed boredom or exasperation at the time dedicated to uncovering the answer. It was truly a beautiful collaborative learning moment...an experience so rare in public schools today. 


I also lso want to share that YAY, Nicole (founding principal of DVIA) had her baby this week!  David Tempel Assisi was born on Monday and mommy, daddy and baby are all doing well. I'll let you know when she plans to visit us...she promised she would so I'll hold her to that.


Lastly, congratulations to Core 3 students as they shared their "Hidden Links" project with classmates and families in a mini-Exhibition in Darlene and Melissa's classrooms.  Your hard work showed! 


Tyler's Two Cents! 

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As I write this, I am still recovering from a very long, but extremely enjoyable week at AstroCamp. Our time at camp included: flying down ziplines, crawling through mazes, receiving instruction from experts in astronomy and physics, eating delicious food, bonding with kids, and lots of fun.  I am very appreciative to the families that contributed financially to make camp a reality for our kids and for our Core 4 and 5 parents entrusting us with them.


I really do love spending time with our DVIA students; they are funny, creative, smart, and I almost always walk away from my interactions with your kids just beaming with excitement thinking about their futures.


In other news, Jumpstart II was a huge success!

I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to facilitate the parent panel on curriculum. It was a privilege to not only listen to the great activities going on at home from several of our families, but also to help families demystify the seemingly overwhelming task of educating their children. If you are a family that feels like you still need some "demystifying" about educating your kids, stay connected and reach out as we are making a very concerted effort to offer workshops, meetings, and resources to support you. 


That's it for now, happy October!!


Shout out: 


We want to make a special shout out to Diana, the grandmother of one of our students, and an amazing DVIA supporter. Diana spends a part of each Friday cleaning our chicken coop! Yep, you read that right. For the love of our school and our feathered friends, Diana brings her own coop cleanin' gear and then scrapes and scrubs to the tune of our chicken ladies clucking in happiness. Thanks Diana for all of your help!


Here's what you need to know this week: 


Picture Day is Coming Up!

Picture Day is next week on Oct. 10th & 11th. Pictures are for students and parent educator ID's. Details will come soon. 


Student-Led Conferences - NO ON-SITE SCHOOL

SLCs will take place on Wednesday, October 16th and Thursday, October 17th.  Your teachers will provide specific details about your family's participation.  There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday the 17th so that teachers have time to meet with all families (next semester SLCs take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday).  Both the 16th and 17th are considered homeschool days and Enrichment classes will still take place on both of those days. 


Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 5 pm to 7 pm

How to Facilitate A CPM Lesson with Korey Hlaudy


Thursday, Oct. 10 | 9:15 am to 10:45 am &

Friday, Oct. 11 | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Support Your Child Becoming A Comfortable, Confident Presenter with Heather Dommer


For future workshops, please consult the Resource Website's Calendar.
Parent Educator Resource Center (PERC) Resource Highlight
The Writer's Jungle - A Survivor's Guide to Writing With Kids by Julie Bogart
The Writer's Jungle is more than daily lesson plans or writing ideas. It takes you inside the writer's world. Step by step, the book teaches you how to help your child discover his/her voice. what your role is in the revision process, what to do with resistant writers and more. This valuable resource is available to use in the PERC.
Homeschooling In The Media
The Daily Breeze recently ran a couple of articles favorable to the concept of homeschooling - here and here. The first one mentions DVIA and the second one prominently features the Biner Family from our DVIA community!
The Teaching Channel
Have you checked out The Teaching Channel? Three videos on Perseverance & Problem solving to get you started are here, here and here.
News From Our Family Action Network ("FAN"):

Pizza Lunch Fundraisers
A big thank you to Darlene's Core 3 families who hosted September's Pizza Lunches! We raised over $300!
The next lunches are scheduled for:
  • 10/31 & 11/1 (Core 4 families to host - Sign-Up Genius link coming soon)
  • November (no lunch due to holidays)
  • 12/19 & 12/20 (Core 5 families to host)

Habits of Heart and Mind Focus:  Reflection

Starting this month, Pizza Lunch days will also be Spirit Days in which students have the option of dressing to show their school spirit in a way that reflects a particular theme.  In an attempt to make the Habits of Heart and Mind more of a "habit" for DVIA kids, we are going to focus as a school on a particular habit for each period before a Spirit Day.  For the month of October, DVIA is going to focus on the Habit of Reflection (our Spirit Day will be October 31st and November 1st).  The upcoming Student-Led Conferences are a great opporunity to help students consciously reflect on how they are growing academically, socially, and emotionally.  Please support this focus on the habit of Reflection at home by actively asking your kids questions about their work, themselves, and our school to help them grow in this habit. 


Core-Specific Yahoo Groups

In response to parent educator requests, Core Yahoo Groups are returning this year.  This will help DVIA families share ideas and resources around specific projects and subjects explored in core classes.  The Core Yahoo Groups are the perfect place to:  share resources, project ideas, information about field trips or other community programs that relate to DVIA projects, request help and support, form study groups, you name it.  


Note:  You can also find links to the Core Moderators here.  If you have any feedback regarding the Core Yahoo Groups, please feel free to contact Lisa Grady or Tasneem Sutarwala through the Contact Us page on the Resource site.


Hold The Date!
Movie Night is coming up on October 25th. Details coming soon!

FAN Needs You!!

A big thank you to the families who filled out the FAN survey to let us know how they can support FAN! If you haven't filled out the survey yet, we can still use lots of help. Here is the link to a quick survey to tell us how you'd like to help.


Help Keep DVIA Clean and Safe! 

Please help us keep our campus clean and safe by making sure your child(ren) and younger siblings clean up following their after-school playtime.  We have noticed an increase in the amount of equipment left on the field, imagination playground (large blue blocks) left scattered and piles of sand dumped on the walkway during after-school play.  We want campus to be available to you during this time.  Please make sure all equipment is taken care of and walkways are safe from obstructions and slippery sand.  We also prefer not to spend each morning restoring campus.  Thank you for helping! 


Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team

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