December 11th

Da Vinci  
13500 Aviation Blvd. 
Hawthorne, CA  90250 
Michelle Rainey, 
Kaitlin O'Melveny
Dean of Students
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Greetings, DVIA Families!
A Few Words from Our Principal


Thank you to so many families for donating gaga balls! We should be set for the year and we REALLY appreciate your support! DVIA families give in so many ways...thank you, thank you, thank you!

Don't forget to celebrate your school spirit and the last two days of 2016 at DVIA with our Wacky Winter spirit and pizza day! 

Have a great week, 
M_Rainey sig
From Our Dean of Students 
I am on maternity leave until we return from Winter Break. I can't wait to hear about the incredible learning and growth  that's happening while I'm away!
What You Need to Know This Week!

Work Journal #2 Due!
Tuesday Dec 13 by 4:15 pm
Work Journal #2 is due in the front office by Tuesday, December 13, by 4:15 pm. Thank you for all your hard work!

Check the Lost and Found 
Before you leave school for Winter Break, please check the lost-and-found items inside the chalkboard door for your belongings!

Bake Sale   
Thursday Dec 15, 3:15 pm 
Students Stella Dommer, Luna Falcone, Emma Olson and
Tyler Giles from Core 4
M/TH cohort are taking action to stop child labor in the USA by fundraising. Please support their cause by purchasing baked goods on sale Thursday, December 15 at DVIA after school during pick-up in front of the school. All money raised will go to United Students Against Sweatshops. To learn more, visit their website at

Wacky Winter Day/Pizza Day 
Thursday, Dec 15, and Friday, Dec 16 
Wear your wackiest winter clothes and show your school spirit while enjoying yummy pizza. 
Book Club
Thursday, Dec 15, and Friday, Dec 16
We're continuing Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind. Last month, we discussed Part 1; this month, we'll read  chapters 4-6. Everyone is invited to join in! We chose this book as it will give you some ideas for inspiring right-brained thinking in your kiddo. The next two books club meetings will focus on three different strategies.

Save the Date!

Winter Break 

Dec 19 through Jan 6
We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a restful time off from school! DVIA staff will return January 3rd-6th to plan 2nd semester. 

Calling All Artists!
The LA County Science and Engineering Fair is looking for a student to design the cover artwork for the 2017 Science Fair printed program! If your child is interested in entering the contest, please see THIS FLYER for more information (including this year's theme) and make sure to submit your child's entry to Michelle by JanArt Supplies Clipartuary 13th, 2017. The artwork needs to be submitted by the school, not by the artist. Happy creating! 
Curriculum Corner

Explore The World of Copper with a "Dig Into Mining" Virtual Field Trip on Discovery Education TechBook
December 13, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

Register here for this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the copper recovery process. Starting at 11 am EST and continuing at the top of each hour until 2 pm EST, Discovery Techbook will highlight a different phase of the mining process each hour. Viewing is flexible, so you can tune-in for one segment or stay for the whole program!

Supporting resources can be found on the registration page. Students can also submit questions ahead of time.
Compassionate Corner 

DVIA is supporting our families and staff in their compassionate communication journey by providing you with access to each of the EdNextGen webinars that Jason and Cecilia Hilkey of Happily Family hosted. Check out the amazing speakers listed below from this fall's conference! Stop by the front office or email us for login information. (Please note the password changes frequently.)

Did You Know...

The Learning Goals listed on your child's work journal (AKA the Common Core State Standards) are explained on the Parent Educator Website? From the homepage, choose "Learning Goals" on the top menu, then choose the area you want to better understand and then your child's level. (If you're just getting started choose your child's grade level, but go up or down from there to find where your child really is.)

Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team
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