Da Vinci Innovation Academy

   December 10      



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

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Social Emotional Learning 


Family Handbook 






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Dr. Nicole Tempel Assisi








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Updates From Your Principal


NicoleAssisi Hello Da Vinci Families,   


There are less than 2 weeks left before winter break and many of our students have shared stories about what the winter holidays will look like for their family. For many of us, the winter means stories, celebrations and great food, but the end of the semester also means time for Presentations of Learning and reflections on what the year has been like thus far. While the POLs in June will be panel presentations for all Cores, at the semester our POLs will look a little different for each level. Make sure to check in with your teachers to see how your learner will end the semester with a bang!

We have grown tremendously this semester as a community.

Starting this year, students in Cores 1, 2 and 3 receive an extra workshop block of Literacy each regular cohort day to further support their reading and writing skills. Students in Cores 4 and 5 receive an extra workshop block of Mathematics to make sure they are adequately prepared for higher level math.

We launched a new community website, www.davincik8.org, to support our family collaborative education. It is a place for inspiration, educational support, and collaboration!  Please check it out!

We are enormously proud of our students, families, faculty and staff. On behalf of all of us at the Da Vinci Innovation Academy, have a wonderful and restful holiday season.

While the work is far from over, we are excited about how far our community has come and are thrilled about the opportunity to reflect over the break to make the necesary changes for next semester.  


With much gratitude,



In this issue of our newsletter:

  • Important Information and News:
    • 2013-14 Enrollment Information Is Available  
  • Reminders
    • Class Picture Discount Extended - 2 Days Only
    • Ten Frames Math Workshop on Wed, 12/12
    • Parent Work Journals due 12/20 & 12/21
    • Winter Break, 12/24-1/11 - No School
  • FAN News
    • Next FAN Meeting: January
    • Volunteers Needed
  • School Events
    • TODAY: December FUNraiser at Rubio's
    • Pastries With The Principal, 12/11 & 12/13
    • Ten Frames & Subitizing Math Workshop, 12/12
    • Jungle Book Musical Theater, 12/18 & 12/20
    • Gingerbread House Building Workshop, 12/19
    • Parent Work Journals due 12/20 & 12/21
    • Winter Break, 12/24-1/11
    • January Book Club
    • Family Jubilee - RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY
    • January Book Club
  • Outside Learning Opportunities
    • Sample student work examples available
    • Teaching & Learning At Home & School Workgroup
  • Get Involved!
  • Stay Connected!



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  

Information, including a downloadable application, can be found on the Da Vinci website


The Priority Application Deadline is March 1, 2013.





Picture Discount Extended - 2 Days Only!
JW has kindly extended the 20% discount on photo orders until this Wednesday, 12/12. Photos make great holiday gifts! For questions, contact JW at 310.640.7212 or email karen@jwpartypictures.com.
Ten Frames & Subitizing Workshop
Wednesday, 12/12, 6-8 pm
Details below under School Events

Parent Work Journals Due -- 12/20 & 12/21
Work Journals & Daily Engagement Forms are due on Thursday, 12/20 and Friday, 12/21.

Winter Break - No School
We are closed from Monday, 12/24 through Friday, 1/11.
Family Action Network (FAN) News

Winter Jubilee & Spring Talent Show Volunteers Needed
Our FAN Events Chair is looking for volunteers to lead the charge for our Winter Jubilee (January) 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 Slupski at slupskifamily@gmail.com.
School Events 
Pastries With The Principal
Tuesday, 12/11 & Thursday, 12/13
Ten Frames & Subitizing Workshop
Wednesday, 12/12, 6-8 pm
Ten Frames & Subitizing are revolutionizing primary class-rooms by using games and play to build the strong sense of numbers needed to fully and conceptually understand more complex math concepts. Learn the theory behind these tools and take games home just in time for winter break! RSVP on SignUp Genius.


Jungle Book Musical Theater Event
Tuesday, 12/18 & Thursday, 12/20 | 5:00 and 6:30pm

Coming soon! DVIA's first ever Musical Theatre production, Disney's The Jungle Book.  Our students have been working very hard on all aspects of the show from singing and acting, to creating their own choreography and taking on roles behind the scenes. Please come support these amazing and hard-working students in DVIA's debut show! 


5:00 show:  M/Th cohort as principals, T/F cohort as chorus

6:30 show:  T/F cohort as principals, M/Th cohort as chorus


5:00 show:  T/F cohort as principals, M/Th cohort as chorus

6:30 show:  M/Th cohort as principals, T/F cohort as chorus  


Gingerbread House Workshop
Wednesday, 12/19 | 12:00-1:30 pm | Classrooms TBD
Be the designer and architect of your very own gingerbread house with guidance from Art to Grow On, Inc. RSVPs required by Monday, 12/17. Get more information about the event and RSVP using SignUp Genius. We're also offering a hot chocolate stand and bake sale with this event. If you can donate or volunteer, click here to tell us.

Family Jubilee  
RESCHEDULED: January 23 | 6-8 pm
The Family Jubilee is scheduled for Wednesday, 1/23. Let's start off our 2nd semester with a blast! Volunteers needed! Get more information on SignUp Genius.


Next Book Club
Thursday, January 17th | 9:15-10:15 am
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Dweck's book shows how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that can impact every aspect of life. This book is a great read for your holiday downtime, but you are invited to join us for our discussion, whether you've read the book or not.
Outside Learning Opportunities
Student Work Examples Linked To Common Core
Gathered and vetted through a collaboration between Expeditionary Learning and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this very cool site posts exemplary student work samples searchable by grade level and subject.
Teaching & Learning At Home & At School Conference
More than 600 educators and parents/guardians, representing 125 private and public schools joined nine education leaders at a conference last month to examine educating children in a changing world. Video presentations from the conference can be found here.
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! 


If you have any questions about volunteering for events, reach out to Nancy Slupski.


If you would like to help out regularly on campus, please email Laura Glasser in the DVIA office. 

Stay Connected!

To make sure you don't miss any news or opportunities, please join us through these following social media avenues:


DVIA's Yahoo Group 

 DVIA on Facebook