Da Vinci Innovation Academy

   November 13      



In This Issue
Updates From Your Principal
Important Information & News
FAN News
Outside Learning Opportunities
Get Involved!
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Updates From Your Principal


NicoleAssisi Hello Da Vinci Families,   


Wow! What an exciting time at Da Vinci. Exhibition was wonderful and it was great to see all of you here. As many of you pointed out during the night, our students have come quite far since our first Exhibition last year. It is so exciting to see students taking ownership of learning and sharing their enthusiasm with visitors. We are currently working on putting a video of sample presentations together, so if you are a video-savvy person and want to help put this 10 minute video together, please contact me!  Also, Da Vinci Science and Da Vinci Design are having their Exhibitions this week so please stop by and check out the high schoolers' work.  Da Vinci Science Exhibition is Wednesday, November 14th 6-8pm and Da Vinci Design Exhibition is Thursday, November 15th, 6-8pm. 

     On another exciting front, we are really excited about the new outdoor equipment we have been able to purchase over the past months since the Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) kicked off. As you know, AGC money directly impacts all students and in November and December, all the money pledged gets doubled by Chevron. So far we have added a dress up and fashion area (which can use more fabric and excessories if you have any!) a playdough area (we are looking for playdough making volunteers and we have inexpensive and easy recipes to follow!) new immaginative play toys, sand toys, gardening tools and much more.  In addition to the play tools,   is also funding classroom budgets for project supplies, classroom libraries and much more. The money you give will create a more enriching learning opportunity for your children. Thank you for being our partner in the education of your learners.  


With much gratitude,


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In this issue of our newsletter:

  • Important Information and News:
    • Annual Giving & Chevron Matching Challenge
    • 2013-14 Enrollment Information Is Available  
  • Reminders
    • November FUNraiser today at Ruby's
    • School Photos Update - Special Discount Expires 11/15
    • Order Da Vinci Apparel by 11/16
    • PWJ/DEF's Due 11/15 & 11/16 
    • Thanksgiving Break, 11/19 - 11/23 
  • FAN News
    • Core-Specific Yahoo Groups Are Forming
    • Next FAN Meeting: January
    • Volunteers Needed
  • School Events
    • Melanie West Right Brain Thinking Workshop 
    • December FUNraiser
    • Family Jubilee
  • Outside Learning Opportunities 
  • Get Involved!
  • Stay Connected!
Important Information & News


2013-2014 Enrollment Information Is Available

Do you know a family that would like to join us at DVIA?
Admission information for the 2013-14 school year is now available. Information meetings for new families are mandatory and will be held on:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 6-7:30 pm
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 6-7:30 pm

Saturday, February 9, 2013 | 10-11:30 am

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 6-7:30 pm


Find a downloadable application on the Da Vinci website. The Priority Application Deadline is March 1, 2013.

Please check the website for all details.



OUR ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY and Chevron is Matching your donations!

Prop 30 has passed and we are not looking at major mid-year cuts. Yay! Unfortunately, we are still up against a $1000 per student burden that has accrued over the last four years.

We need your help! Da Vinci Schools' Annual Giving Campaign is our top fundraising priority and the fundraiser we ask EVERY family to support. This year our goal is to raise $175K.

We are excited to announce that Chevron is helping YOUR contribution go a long way. 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.

Please give what you can. Sometimes grants and foundation donations depend on 100% participation, even if individual donations are modest. Every gift makes a difference! 




November FUNraiser
Please join us at Ruby's Diner today, 11/13, 11 am to 9 pm, for a DVIA FUNraiser!
245 N. Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310.376.RUBY (7829)

Flyers are required (available in the office on the front table) and will be accepted on to-go orders and gift card sales.

School Photos
By now you should have received your student's school picture proofs and order forms. Ask your teacher, if you haven't. Orders will be accepted by JW after 11/15, but for discounted pricing, orders are due by 11/15. Please see the order form for details. 

We will not be having a photo makeup day on campus, but if you missed picture day or want a retake, please contact JW directly at 310.640.7212.

Order Da Vinci Apparel For The Holidays!
Show your school spirit, get ready for winter weather and do a little holiday shopping all at the same time! Orders placed in the office by November 16th will be available the week of December 17th. Pick up an order form in the office or download one hereEmail Brianne in the office with questions.

Parent Work Journals Due -- 11/15
Work Journals & Daily Engagement Forms are due on Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th.

Thanksgiving Break - No School
We are closed from Monday, November 19th through Friday, November 23rd.
Family Action Network (FAN) News

Core-Specific Yahoo Groups Are Forming
FAN is 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.
Winter Jubilee & Spring Talent Show Volunteers Needed
Our FAN Events Chair is looking for volunteers to lead the charge for our Winter Jubilee (12/19) and our Spring Talent Show (tentatively in March). Please contact Lisa Mathis at mathis1986@yahoo.com if you can help.
Scholastic Books Volunteers Needed
Our Scholastic Book Clubs needs you! If you can give ongoing support to the Book Clubs or chair our Spring Book Fair (week of 3/18), please contact Nancy Slukski at slupskyfamily@gmail.com.
School Events

Family Workshop Series Presents
Thursday, November 15th | 6 pm
Da Vinci Innovation Academy Forum
Melanie West, America's Leading Authority on Right Brain
Learning, Author & TED-x Speaker
Learning Styles & Reading: What Neuroscience is Revealing & What Strategies You Can Use To Support Your Student
For more details on Melanie and her work, please visit her website.

Rubios FunRaiser
Monday, December 10th | 2 pm to close
2000 South Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
Flyer required

Family Jubilee
Wednesday, December 19th | 6-8 pm
Volunteers needed! Please email Lisa Mathis
at if you can help out.
Outside Learning Opportunities
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.

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.



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