March 19th
2017

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Da Vinci
Innovation
Academy
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Michelle Rainey,
Principal
Kaitlin O'Melveny
Toon,
Dean of Students
Email the office: ia@davincischools.org


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Greetings, DVIA Families!
A Few Words from Our Principal
Greetings Families!

Can you believe it's already mid-March!? That means lots of things around here. It means Exhibition is near (we love Exhibition!). We can't wait to see your kiddos show what they know on April 3rd or 4th. March also means that we begin the process of reflecting on what we've done well this year and what we need to improve for next year. With that in mind, I am asking that you please take 10-15 minutes to give us some feedback on our program. Please use
this survey link and it would be much appreciated if you keep in mind the mantra we try to live by withfeedback: be kind, specific and helpful. Thank you! I need your feedback by March 31st so please don't forget.

I'm excited to announce that DVIA will be offering 3 weeks of full-day camp in June! We will be getting feedback from students this week about the type of camps they want us to offer and we will have flyers and sign ups ready very soon. Please save the date for June 12-16, 19-23 and 26-30 from 9:00am-3:00pm, M-F (camps are for DVIA students and school-age siblings only; you may choose 1, 2 or 3 weeks). Please feel free to tell your children to start brainstorming summer camp themes to share with their teachers this week! More details soon!

Enjoy your week!
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From Our Dean of Students

Hi Families!

Spring is in the air! Which also means that State Testing is around the corner ;) As you may know, 3rd-8th grade students at DVIA participate in the state CAASPP tests in ELA and Math, our 5th and 8th graders participate in a NEW version of the CA Science test (now called the CAST), and our 5th and 7th graders participate in the Physical Fitness Test. While we don't hold much value in these state tests, we want you to have as much information as you need to feel comfortable in knowing that we will create a testing environment that feels safe, comfortable, and least impactful for your students. With that being said, the next "Pastries with the Principal" (on Monday 3/27 and Friday 3/31) will be focused on discussing the state tests with me. I look forward to seeing you there if you're interested in chatting more about these tests!

In the meantime, feel free to read the attached letter
from the state that shares more information and provides some helpful links. :) Please note that as a state and federally-funded school, we are required to reach the state testing participation rate in order to receive funds and have the leeway to run the kind of program we do. We ask that you do not opt out of state testing as that puts us in jeopardy of being categorized as a "program improvement" school, which would mandate curriculum and programmatic changes we do not want to see. Thank you!
What You Need to Know This Week!

DVIA FAN Event: Cardboard Carnival Challenge!
Saturday, March 25, 12:30-4pm
Join the DVIA family at the Cardboard Challenge! This event promotes creativity and imagination among everyone involved--bring your pre-made cardboard arcade game or come ready to build. To volunteer and/or donate, sign up here. Check out this site for math & writing worksheets to incorporate this challenge into your homeschool day.

LA County Science Fair
Thursday, March 23 - Saturday, March 25
Visit the many interactive exhibits and student-submitted projects!
Don't forget to look for a project submitted by DVIA's 7th grader, Kabir Kapadia! See flyers for more info.


Last Week to Order DVIA yearbooks!
Deadline: March 24th
Did you know that DVIA's yearbook is made during enrichment (yearbook class) by a group of 22 DVIA students representing cores 3-5!?!? Although it is created through our enrichment program, it represents all DVIA students, not just those who participate in enrichment! Pre-order a DVIA yearbook for your student(s)! See the attached flyer for more info. The order deadline is March 24th! A very small number of yearbooks will be available during the week of distribution and they will definitely sell out! Order yours this week!

Da Vinci Communications Senior Project: Does your child want to learn American Sign Language?
Wednesdays, March 29-May 31 2:45-3:45pm
ATTN 3rd-6th graders! Two seniors from Da Vinci Communications have chosen to focus their senior project on providing an opportunity for our students to learn American Sign Language! Classes will begin on Wednesday March 29th, and run every Wednesday from 2:45-3:45 until the end of May. Classes are completely free and will be held at DVIA.
Please RSVP to Kaitlin at ktoon@davincischools.org by Friday 3/24 to reserve space for your student! See attached flyer for more information.

Curriculum Drop-In
Saturday, March 25, 1-3pm (while you are here for the Cardboard Carnival!)
Monday, March 27, 8:45-10am and 2:30-4pm
Tuesday, March 28, 8:45-10am and 2:30-4pm
Drop in with questions you have regarding the optional supplemental curriculum resources being offered for 2017-2018. Samples of hard copy resources and online programs will be available to view in the Collaborative classroom during drop-in hours. You will receive an email this week with detailed information about the offerings.




Movie Night
at Da Vinci Science!
Friday, March 31, 6 to 9pm
Join DVS for their spring Movie Night! Movie snacks will be sold, as we enjoy Disney's Moana!




Reminder: Handicapped Parking Spots
Families, please be mindful of where you park when you arrive to drop off or pick up your child. We have several parents with physical needs who rely on those spaces for themselves or their children. If you do not require a handicap parking spot, please do not park there. Drop off and pick up are the times when those spots are needed most! Thank you.

The 2017 Annual Giving Challenge Is On!
Donate or Pledge by April 30 and Your Gift Will Be Doubled!
There's never been a better time to support Da Vinci Schools! Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Belkin, Northrop, Chevron, Gensler, 72andSunny, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, and Continental Development, all gifts to the Da Vinci Schools Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000. Make your donation or pledge by April 30 and your gift will be DOUBLED.

Every gift makes a difference. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge today by clicking here. We thank you!

Save the Date!

Pastries with the Principal and Dean of Students
Monday, March 27 and Friday, March 31
We will be focusing on state testing. Join us with any questions you might have!

Exhibition
Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4

Spring Break
April 10-15


Upcoming Events at the Wiseburn Library!
The Wiseburn Library is hosting two upcoming events you may be interested in attending! See attached flyers for their teen series on Anti-Bullying and Adult 101!













The Art of Understanding and Repairing Our Differences: How to Have Difficult Conversations using Emotional Intelligence
Tuesday, April 18, 7pm
Marc Brackett, PhD, and Robin Stern, Associate Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will be speaking at The Willows Community School. Click here to see a flyer for the event. Register here.

DVIA FAN Science Fair!
Saturday, April 22, 1-3pm
Mark your calendars & start brainstorming for DVIA's first Science Fair! To participate, sign up here.

Save the Date: DVIA Summer Camps!
We know that families begin planning for their summers very early on, so we want to put it on your radar that DVIA will be offering three weeks of full day (tentatively 9am-3pm) summer camps on June 12-16, June 19-23 and June 26-30th! We are collaborating with students to determine camp topics they will enjoy. More info coming next week!
What's Cookin' in the Homeschool Kitchen
This week we are featuring DVIA students who are helping to rescue sea lions! Sea lion pup Pikachu is on the road to recovery and a release back to her ocean home thanks in part to Sophie, Mei, Savannah, Maya and Peyton and other dedicated kids and parents who raised $500 for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center! This is the second sea lion rescue by DVIA kids and we will be working on
a third soon. Visit this website to schedule a field trip to the rescue center or contact brittandsophie@gmail.com if you're interested in joining efforts towards the next rescue.
Did You Know...
...the home page of the parent educator resource website includes information about non-DVIA community events? Go check out some great ideas!

Have a great week!
~ Your DVIA Team