November 30

Da Vinci
Innovation Academy

13500 Aviation Blvd.
Michelle Rainey

Tyler Phipps
Dean of Students

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Greetings DVIA Families!

A Few Words From Our Director

Hello Everyone!

I hope you've enjoyed a week of relaxing, spending time with loved ones and perhaps over-eating. I have certainly done my fair share of each!

We are looking forward to seeing your kiddos this week. Presentations of Learning are right around the corner so you will be receiving information and sign-ups from your child(ren)'s teacher(s) soon.

We have some fun community-building events this week like the Barnes & Noble event (Monday and Tuesday) and the Frozen performance on Thursday and Friday (details below). Don't forget work journals and if you are cyber-shopping this season, use Da Vinci's Amazon Smile link (more info on both below).

Thank you and have a great week!
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Tyler's Two Cents

tyler two cents Families,

I'd like to thank all the students and families who came to our fall Exhibition and voted on a new DVIA shirt designed by one of our teachers, Cordula Allen. With over 300 votes on the six different color options for the new shirt design, two colors emerged as the voting favorites. Since Sapphire and Lime received the most votes, we decided that we will print the new design on both colors! So start saving your spare change as we will have TWO new shirts available for purchase when everyone returns for the start of 2nd semester.

Thanks and have a great week!

What you need to know this week:

Work Journals Due This Week
Fri, 12/5 | 4:15 pm
Teachers must have all Work Journals no later than Friday at 4:15pm. Please observe this deadline and have your work turned in before 4:15. Thank you.

Did You Get Your Beach Towels?
Order by Mon, 12/1
Did you see the beach towels offered by our Young Entrepreneurs Class at Exhibition? They sold out, but one last order is being placed tomorrow (Monday). Email Jennifer at Infinite Learning to place your order and thank you for supporting our students!

Annual Giving Campaign
Please join Da Vinci families and staff in pledging their support to Da Vinci Schools by joining our Annual Giving Campaign!

A $50,000 matching has been sponsored by Chevron, Belkin, Northrop Grumman, DirecTV and Gensler. This generous corporate sponsorship means any amount you contribute will be doubled! For more information or to make a gift online, click here.

Barnes & Noble FUNdraiser
Mon, 12/1 & Tues, 12/2 & Online
Dinner, family entertainment, Christmas shopping and supporting DVIA at the same time? That's multi-tasking! Do it all this week at Barnes & Noble. Click the flyer for more details, including a special code for online ordering, or pick one up in the front office.

Other Holiday Shopping Ideas To Support DVIA
Are you planning to do any online shopping this season? Please sign up for Amazon Smile and select Wiseburn 21st Century Charter Schools as your non-profit. 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to Da Vinci Schools.

Scholastic Book Club is another great gifting idea that supports our school. Order before Wednesday, 12/3 to make sure your order arrives before Winter Break (orders are delivered to school). Order here and use code MPBKY.

Parenting Workshop Series - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
Wed, 12/3 | 6 - 7:30 pm
Join Rita and Janette on a journey of exploration based on Stephen Covey's book of the same name. This series of workshops will focus on supporting parents in developing a thriving family culture.

On tap for this session - progress on Family Mission Statements and Habit #1: Be Proactive. This is the 2nd session in the series, but you do not need to have attended the 1st to join us!

Frozen Comes To DVIA
Thurs, 12/4 & Fri, 12/5 | 6 pm | Forum
Join us for the DVIA musical theatre performance of Frozen! Help us celebrate all the work our students have put into this production. Two nights to choose from!

Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase from 5 to 6pm, before the show begins. Please rsvp here for pizza so we know how much to order and contact Tasneem Sutarwala if you would like to help out at concessions.

FAN Says Thank You!!
A big FAN thank you to Aishah Muhammad-Flissinger and Bethany Hunter for Co-Chairing our recent Fall Movie Night and to all the FAN-tastic families who supported and attended the event. What a fun night!

Independent Study Enrollment Agreements For 2nd Semester
Deadline to sign: 1/12/15
Independent Study Agreements for 2nd Semester will hit your email inbox this week. Please look for an email from through the website Sign Now. Agreements must be signed by parents AND students no later than January 12th. Opening and signing on laptop and desktop computers is recommended, as problems are being reported related to mobile devices.

Happily Family @ DVIA
Did you miss the Compassionate Communication class presented to DVIA families by Happily Family? A recording and supporting handouts can be found on their website here. Parents report liking the Sentence Starter handout for dealing with challenging parenting moments. Module 1 of their handling conflict series is also up. Email with questions.

Coming up soon! Mark your calendar!

Interpreting MAP Assessments
Wed, 12/10 | 9 - 10 am
Are you wondering what our MAP Assessments are and what they mean? Join Tyler to learn about MAP Assessments and how to use them to inform your homeschool instruction. You can also read more about these assessments here.

Pizza Lunch Hosted This Month By Core 1
Thurs, 12/18 & Fri, 12/19
Core 1 families, please be on the lookout for a SignUp Genius link in your email to volunteer time and/or supplies for Pizza Day. For everybody else, mark your calendar for everybody's favorite hot lunch day!

Parent Educator Conference #3
Wed, 2/11 | 9 am - 2:30 pm | Hawthorne Mem Ctr
See you there!

Have a great week!
Your DVIA Team
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