October 20



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Da Vinci  

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13500 Aviation Blvd.

Hawthorne, CA  90250

(310) 725-5800 




Michelle Rainey,



Tyler Phipps,
Dean of Students








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 Greetings DVIA Families! 


A Few Words From Our Principal


Greetings everyone!

The first item in this week's newsletter is a survey that each of the Da Vinci Schools is giving its parents this month.  I would truly appreciate it if you could take 10 minutes to complete the survey.  Your input is extremely valuable to us and we are aiming for 100% participation rate. 

Have a wonderful week and I hope to see your family at Movie Night this Friday! 




Tyler's Two Cents 

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Check out our new Habits of Heart and Mind display!!! 


Our Habits of Heart and Mind wall is officially complete!! A very special thanks to PeQue Brown (parent) and Cordula Allen (parent and staff member) for their help designing and creating the wall. I added the pictures I received from families about how your kids practice the Habit of Reflection. Next time you are on campus, be sure to come by and check it out! Also please add a word, phrase, or picture to the chalkboards below the display case indicating what the Habit of Reflection means to you. 


Here's what you need to know this week:


Please Take A Minute To Give Us Feedback 
Da Vinci Schools wants to know how you feel about DVIA. Please take a minute to provide feedback through this quick survey. 100% participation is our aim because we want everybody's feedback. Please click through now, if you can (the survey is phone friendly!). Please also keep an eye out for other survey invitations if you have students in Da Vinci's other programs.
We Need More Playdough!
We set up a playdough center outside for students to use during breaksm and they love it! We need community help to keep us stocked up on fresh playdough. Please sign up on Sign-Up Genius if you can contribute supplies. We prefer homemade playdough, which is inexpensive to make and can double as a homeschool learning lesson. You can find the recipe here.
PERC Needs You!
PERC is our new Parent Educator Resource Center located in the lobby behind the Welcome Desk.  Many of you have already been meeting there to discuss lesson ideas. Yay! We have space, a great table and our first supplies, but we need your help to make it even more useful for our Parent Educators. Please contact Janette to join the team and share your ideas. No team tryouts - everybody plays! Also, check out our PERC logo  created by parent and artist, PeQue Brown!  


Workshops THIS WEEK! 
Cursive Writing Strategies
Wednesday, 10/23 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Join Aishah Muhammad-Flissinger as she shares the importance of cursive writing and you can support your  
student in learning this style. The material is targeted for Cores 3-5, but everybody is welcome. Contact Janette with questions.
Teaching Information & Opinion Reading/Writing
Saturday, October 26th | 8:30 - 11:30 am | $25
This non-DVIA event is offered by Growing Educators at Harry Bridges Span School. Click here for more info.
Local Event (Cores 1-2)
Wednesday, 10/23 | 6:15 - 8:00 pm
Juan Cabrillo Elementary has invited our students and families to participate in their Family Literacy Night. More details can be found here
DVIA FAN Movie Night This Week!
Friday, October 25th | 5 pm | Forum Area
Please join us movie night! Bring your blankets and/or beach chairs to enjoy the animated movie Monsters Inc. The fun starts at 5:00 and the movie begins around 6:30. The movie is free. FAN is selling pizza and concessions to raise money for DVIA. RSVPs requested for food counts. Halloween costumes encouraged, but not too scary for our younger kiddos please!
If you can help out to make this event even more FANtastic, please sign up to volunteer time and/or supplies.
Mark your calendars! Coming up soon:


DVIA Pre-Application/Enrollment Mandatory Mtg for interested new families for 2014-2015
Tuesday, October 29th | 6:00 to 7:30 pm | Forum
If you know a family that might want to attend DVIA, the first step is to for them to attend an information meeting. The first meeting is coming up soon. Refer families to the Da Vinci Schools website for more information about our program and enrollment, including future meeting dates.


One Day Only Change Of Location For Enrichment
Wednesday, October 30th
Due to a previously scheduled event at the Hawthorne Memorial Center, Enrichment will take place on the DVIA campus on October 30th.  The schedule will remain the same, but please remember to drop your kids at school and not at the Hawthorne Memorial Center. 
Pizza Lunch & Spirit Days
Thursday, October 31st & Friday, November 1
Core 4 families are asked to host this month. Supplies and volunteers are still needed. Sign up here.
The Spirit Days for October will focus on the "Reflection" Habit of Heart & Mind. Students are encouraged to dress up in a costume that symbolizes how they reflect on their school work, themselves and/or their world. One example is a student wearing her Brownie uniform because she has reflected that Brownies make the world a better place. Another might be a student who dresses as Leonardo Da Vinci because he reflected that his Da Vinci report didn't capture his best work. Students will have an opportunity to share their costume at Community Dialogue meetings. 
Astro Camp Video Night
A special time to meet and tell stories and share experiences from Astro Camp is being planned. In the meantime, please have your students put camp pictures on a flash drive and get them ready to share!


Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team



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