December 14

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!

Thank you for supporting your learners during their POLs! Such hard work and great demonstrations of learning have been shown all over campus!

There are so many great and important things happening this week, as described below. I'd like to highlight that Independent Study Enrollment Agreements are due before we return from break, so please do that this week! Also, Happily Family is leading an in-person workshop focusing on Compassionate Communication strategies and Janette is leading parent support discussion groups (more details below).

I'd like to remind you to please check the lost and found for jackets, lunch boxes and water bottles! We've accumulated quite a stash and will need to donate unclaimed items over the break. Thank you!

Have a great week and a peaceful winter break!
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Tyler's Two Cents

tyler two cents Families,

The holidays are almost upon us!! With this in mind, I'd like to invite your child(ren) to participate in our last Spirit Day of this semester which we are calling Wacky Winter Day.

We are asking students who would like to participate to dress up in their favorite winter gear when they come to school on Thursday, December 18th or Friday, December 19th. The sky is the limit in terms of what this will look like for your son or daughter, but the more creative, the better!! So spread the word and help your children think about what Wacky Winter attire will look like. We look forward to having some fun celebrating the last two days of the semester with you all.

Pizza will be sold at lunch during these two days, so send your kids with money if you would like them to participate.

Thanks and have a great week!

What you need to know this week:

Need One Last Charitable Donation for 2014?
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.

Parent Support Discussion Group
Mon, 12/15 and Tues, 12/16 | 2:30 pm | Inno Lab
Please join Janette in the Innovation Lab as we discuss parent support needs and brainstorm ideas for next steps. Everyone is welcome and your voice is needed!

Compassionate Communication Practice Session With Happily Family
Wed, 12/17 | 9:15 am to 10:30 am
Compassionate Communication is something we all want to practice, but it can be a challenge implementing it in the heat of the moment. Join Happily Family on campus this Wednesday to practice your Compassionate Communication skills and to get all your questions answered about using this with your family. Don't miss it! To access previous modules, set up an account and/or login here.

An Opportunity To Smile - Infinitely!
Thurs, 12/18 | 3 - 3:30 pm | Front Lawn
One of our parents has arranged for an opportunity for our community to participate in the Infinite Smile project. Students and parents will have the opportunity to be briefly interviewed and share what kindness means to them. For more details on the Infinite Smile Project check out their Kickstarter page.

Pizza Lunch Hosted This Month By Core 1
Thurs, 12/18 & Fri, 12/19
Pizza Day! $3 per slice or 2 slices for $5. Drinks are $1. Thank you in advance to Core 1 families for hosting this event. And don't forget to come in your Wacky Winter attire.

Order Your Student Photos
A link and password to access student photos was emailed Wednesday. If you did not receive your email, please email Brianne.

NWEA Testing Update
NWEA is our system of internal testing to follow our students' academic progress. Testing for the Fall term is now complete. Some students missed portions of the test and we are offering an optional make-up session on Wednesday, 12/17 from 8 am to 9:30 am. Email Tyler to reserve a spot.

Special Opportunity With Box Tops 4 Education
From now through 12/25, please take a second to fill out the sweepstakes form on this page. 50 schools will win 1,000 bonus box tops. Get your kids to help DVIA! Here is the info you'll need to fill out the form:

DaVinci Innovation Academy
13500 Aviation Blvd
Hawthorne, CALIFORNIA, 90250
Box Tops ID #9676838

Coming up soon! Mark your calendar!

Save the Date! Community FUNdraiser at PumpIt Up in Torrance
January 16, 5:00pm
Join DVIA families as we continue our jumping, community-building fun! This time we're meeting at Pump It Up in Torrance. Tickets will go on sale in the front office on January 12th.

Independent Study Enrollment Agreements For 2nd Semester
Deadline to sign: 1/12/15
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. Email Brianne Allen if you did not receive your agreement by email.

Da Vinci High School Mentoring Club Event
Wed, Jan 14 | 3 pm
Students from the Da Vinci high schools have formed a mentoring group. They are calling themselves the "Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club" and their mission is to provide mentorship to DVIA students to help them prepare for high school academics and activities. The group will kick off with a get-to-know you and Movie Night. All Core 4/5 students are invited to attend.

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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