December 22nd

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

Greetings Families! 

I hope you are enjoying your time together with family and friends. There are a few time-sensitive items I want to put on your radar before we embark on a few weeks off. Our next newsletter will arrive in your inbox on January 8th.  

Please be sure to calendar our Winter Jubilee event on January 24th (details below)! Thank you to Lachmi Malhotra for her hard work making this event happen! If you'd like to help, contact her (info below). Thanks! 

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks! 

With gratitude, 
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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

FAN Event: Winter Social
January 24th 5:00-7:00
Let's kick start 2017 with the DVIA Winter Social! DVIA families can mingle with friends, new and old. We are trying to put together a chili bar, hot cocoa & cookie station, winter craft table, and a board game room! Can you help!? We are looking for volunteers to help plan this event by donating supplies and your time. Sign up HEREIf you have any ideas or questions, feel free to contact Lachmi (event chair) HERE
Pinworm Alert 
We've had a few reported cases of pinworm. Because these are easily spread, please do some online research and if you or your child has symptoms, know there is a fairly easy treatment. One good source of information is the Mayo Clinic's website.  

Winter Break  
Dec 19 through Jan 6
We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a restful time off from school! We look forward to seeing you the week of January 9th. (DVIA staff will return January 3rd-6th to plan 2nd semester.)

Free Society of Women Engineer Field Trip Opportunity!
January 10th, 8am-2pm
Da Vinci Science's Society of Women Engineers (SWE) club is securing a bus and joining Girls Build LA to attend a screening of the film Hidden Figures, about women in STEM in the US, and they are inviting 10 DVIA 7th and 8th graders to join them for free! There will be 9,000 girls from Los Angeles middle and high schools attending the event. If your daughter would like to attend, please email Michelle to RSVP and attach this permission slip. Please note that this is a student-only event and students must join the bus ride, not drive separately.

Calling All Artists!
The LA County Science and Engineering Fair is looking for a student to design the cover artwork for the 2017 Art Supplies ClipartScience 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 January 13th, 2017. The artwork needs to be submitted by the school, not by the artist. Happy creating! 

Kleenex/ tissue donation
The cold season is upon us and our classrooms and offices are going through a lot of tissues! Can you donate a box? We'd surely appreciate it!
Compassionate Corner 

Check out this great article on "How to Help Kids Learn to Love Giving" from Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center!
Did You Know...

...taking care of yourself helps you take better care of your children? Relax, rest, and recuperate over the break!

Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team
Da Vinci Schools, 13500 Aviation Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250
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