December 7

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!

What a busy and awesome week we've had! Thank you to so many families who supported the various events last week! The Barnes & Noble event was a fun way to connect and see some of our DVIA grads reading to our kiddos! Rita and Janette delivered another inspiring 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families workshop, Cecilia and Jason Hilkey of Happily Family provided us with a webinar (archived version will be available soon) about helping our students manage their nervousness with POLs and the enrichment musical theater class delivered two performances of Frozen! Such great work by kids and support from families! Thank you for making our community so special.
I look forward to seeing you on campus in the coming weeks as we embark on another round of Presentations of Learning and supporting kids as they develop their confidence before an audience. Practice makes progress!

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

tyler two cents Families,

I hope you can join me for the workshop I am presenting this Wednesday about interpreting your child's MAP assessment. More details below. See you there!

Thanks and have a great week!

What you need to know this week:

Barnes & Noble FUNdraiser
Online Ordering Deadline is Mon, 12/8
It's not too late to join the Barnes & Noble FUNdraising fun! Order online at and use Bookfair ID #11508629 when you check out. Share this with friends and family, too! A portion of all proceeds benefit our school.

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.

FAN Says Thank You!!
A big FAN thank you to everybody who helped out and participated in the Barnes & Noble in-store FUNdraiser! And a second thank you to volunteers who raised money through concessions sold at the Frozen shows last week.

Independent Study Enrollment Agreements For 2nd Semester
Deadline to sign: 1/12/15
Independent Study Agreements for 2nd Semester were emailed last week. Please email Brianne if you didn't receive yours. 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
Happily Family held a special webinar for DVIA families this last week to help us support our nervous students through POLs. A recording can be found on their website here. Email with questions.

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.

Financial Literacy for Kids - A Webinar
Thurs, 12/11 | 1 pm
Despite kids' natural interest in money, few states require schools to teach financial literacy, and fewer than 20% of teachers say they feel competent teaching courses in it. This TIME For Kids webinar focuses on fun, engaging and effective ways to bring financial literacy to the classroom. Register for the webinar here.

Pizza Lunch Hosted This Month By Core 1
Thurs, 12/18 & Fri, 12/19
Core 1 families, we still need a couple of volunteers to make Pizza Day a big success this month! Please use this SignUp Genius link to volunteer. For everybody else, mark your calendar for everybody's favorite hot lunch day!

Please Help Us Help You Develop As Parent Educators! Quick Survey, please take!
We want to know how we can better serve you in developing as parent educators. Please take 5 minutes to respond to this survey which will aid in planning our family support program. Survey link here.

Janette's Website Pick:
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work-brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
For more information about mindsets and how to support your child (and yourself!) in developing growth mindsets, visit

Janette's Book Pick: How To Have Intelligent & Creative Conversations With Your Kids by Jane M. Healy, Ph.D
"As engaging and entertaining as it is practical and stimulating, this book offers a fun and easy way to inspire creativity, build thinking skills, and establish effective and meaningful communications - intelligent conversations - between adults and children." Appropriate for all ages. Preview the book in PERC!

Coming up soon! Mark your calendar!

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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