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Da Vinci  

Innovation Academy



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


Hello everyone!


Friday's tragic events at LAX are a sad reminder that bad things happen in our world, and I want to take this opportunity to share with you all we've done and continue to do at school, just in case anything unexpected happens here.


Already this year we've held both a fire drill and an earthquake drill. Also, Tyler, Jose and I attended a Crisis Intervention professional development training recently. We also take every instance of suspicious local activities as an opportunity to practice our emergency procedures. With this practice, we are confident that in a true emergency, we have a coordinated response ready to go.


We thank you for trusting us with your children and we take that responsibility very seriously.


Have a great week!

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Tyler's Two Cents

tyler two cents Thank you for your support last month helping our students reflect (yes, pun intended) on their feelings about the Habit of Heart & Mind (HoHM) Reflection. For the next six weeks, we will be highlighting the habit of Perseverance.


We define perseverance as "working toward a goal and not giving up." Please help your children incorporate thsi habit by having conversations  at home with your child/children about perseverance and its importance. 


Please also submit photos of your students demonstrating perseverance by 11/15, so that I can add them to our monthly HoHM display.


To your unlimited perseverance!



What you need to know this week:


Astro Camp Share Time

November 4th | 4:30 - 5:30 pm | Kaitlin's Room

Monday is our first Astro Camp video share meeting. Bring pictures from camp, memories or just yourself and let's make a plan to create a video. If you can't make this meeting, there will be others.


Chat With Matt!
Mon, 11/4 & Tues, 11/5 | 9:15 am | Forum
Please join Da Vinci Schools' Executive Director, Dr. Matthew Wunder, to chat about the DV organization, the future high school, DVIA's future location and other topics of interest.
Is Your Family Using Lexia? Nuts & Bolts Class
Tues, 11/5 & Thurs, 11/7 | 9:15 - 9:35 am
Please join Janette to learn how to use your Lexia teacher tools, including reports, lessons and worksheets. Bring your laptop or use one of ours.
Back By Popular Demand - Writing Through the Lens of Science (A Parent Educator Workshop)
Wed, 11/6 | 6-8 pm
Appropriate for all Cores, this workshop is a hands-on lab and journal experience. A parent attendee from the last round said this workshop totally changed how she will approach working with her student at home.


School Closed - Veterans' Day
Friday, 11/8 | Monday, 11/11
In observance of Veterans' Day, school is closed on Friday and the following Monday - no classes or after school enrichment. Enjoy your long weekend!
Create & Connect Teacher Event At The Getty
Saturday, 11/9 | 9am to 3 pm | The Getty Center
Learn how to use art to inspire imaginative settings and stories. This workshop addresses Common Core ELA standards for K-12. Register by calling 310.440.7322. Space is limited.
Good To Know!! 
Pizza Lunch Was A Big Success
FAN says "thank you!" to the Core 4 families who volunteered to host pizza lunch last week! The next pizza lunch is December 19th & 20th and will be hosted by Core 5 families (SignUp Genius link coming soon).
November is National Novel Writing Month
Did you know that November is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is a fun, innovative creative writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. Last year over 80,000 young writers participated. There is an adult program, too, so make it a family affair! Read more about National Novel Writing Month and get resources here
DreamBox Math App for iPad
If your family has a DreamBox account, the iPad app is now available. Get your DVIA school code from your DreamBox website dashboard and then download the app via iTunes or the App Store.
Mark your calendars! Coming up soon: 
Deadline For Perseverance Photos
Friday, 11/15
Please submit photos demonstrating your student persevering for our HoHM display to Tyler on or before Friday, 11/15.
Have a great week!

Your DVIA Team

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