DaVinci Connection – September 12, 2018

School Links

Important Dates

(subject to change – see online calendar)

9/12 Policy Committee Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

9/17  Finance Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

9/20  Extracurricular Session 2 – Registration Deadline

9/21  Retake Picture Day

9/24  School Board Committee, 6:00 p.m.

9/24  No School

9/28  Color Run Packet Pick Up, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

9/29  Color Run

Food Service Program

Current Lunch prices – including milk

Hot, Alt. or Emergency Lunch:

  • Full Pay = $3.50;
  • Free/Reduced = $0.00

Vegetarian Lunch:

  • Full-pay = $4.50;
  • Reduced-price = $0.40;
  • Free = $0.00

A La Carte Items -charged to ALL students:

  • Milk-only = $0.50;
  • Emergency meals = $3.50
  • Extra Entree (Grade 6-8 only) = $1.50

Current Breakfast Price:

  • Full-pay = $1.75
  • Kindergarten = $0.00
  • Reduced-price = $0.00
  • Free = $0.00

Go here to apply for free or reduced-price meals or to find out more about the food service program.


To the left, you will find helpful links to important pages on our website (School Links).


Color Run color celebration

Color Run – Early Registration Deadline is Friday!

DaVinci Academy welcomes you to join us as we run, walk, and jog while raising funds for our school! This fun run/walk is open to EVERYONE in the community, and we hope to see you there!
The Color Splash fun run is an un-timed fun run/walk featuring a 5K. Throughout the course participants will experience color splash zones where they’ll be doused in color and end with a final color toss celebration!
– Check in starts at 9:00 a.m.
– Race Starts at 10:00 a.m.
Registration includes a race bib, color packet, and t-shirt only if you sign up before 9/15/18. 
Early Packet Pick Up will be available on Friday, September 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at DaVinci Academy. Early packet pick up is strongly recommended.
You can pick up your items at the registration table the day of the event. Paper registration forms are available upon request.
Please be sure to register by 9/15/18, to guarantee that you’ll receive a race bib, color packet, and t-shirt!
At a glance
WHAT: Color Splash Run for DaVinci Academy 
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 
WHERE: National Sports Center 1700 105th Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55449 
REGISTER: Get Active Fundraising
CONTACT: Robyn Creary  763-754-6577

Session 2 Extracurricular Activities

Classes start October 22 and run through December 14 are now open for registrations on our website.  Please make your choices by Thursday, September 20 to ensure a place in the class. https://davincicharterschool.org/extra-curricular-signup/

School Starts at 8:00 a.m.

Students are on time for school when they are in their classrooms at 8:00 a.m. – not walking into the building at 8:00 a.m. Teachers are ready to start class at 8:00 a.m. so students need to be dropped off with enough time for them to get to their rooms and get settled. Regardless of whether a staff member lets your child in at the east door or not, if a child enters the school at 8:00 a.m. or later they will be asked to bring a tardy slip to their classroom teacher.
If your child(ren) plans to eat breakfast at school, please have them to school by 7:45 a.m. That will give them 10 minutes to eat and 5 minutes to get to class.
If your your child is arriving late, you need to sign them into the office. 

Uniform Reminder

The purpose of the Uniform Policy is to minimize distraction and focus students’ attention on their work at school rather than their attire, and to project a unified school image, which is proper and neat in appearance, reflecting the important work of the school. Please make sure your child(ren) is following the uniform policy.  Leggings/jeggings should not be worn unless it’s under a skirt, skort or jumper.

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Parent Communication through Bloomz

One of our goals at DaVinci Academy is to create a strong sense of community among our families and to use communication tools that support that sense of community.  Unfortunately, some of the applications we have used create a public forum which may put our school at risk of liability and also at risk of encroaching on the privacy of our parents and students.  As you know, we also face this challenge with our students as they learn to negotiate social media and are always looking for ways to keep our community safe.
Recognizing that Bloomz may result in that type of risk, we were recently advised by legal counsel to turn off settings that allow parents to post publicly.  We understand that this was a valuable tool to allow parents to connect with each other to build community, so we are looking at ways for parents to share information with one another in a safe way.
One idea is to appoint a room parent (or parents) for each classroom.&nbsp ; The room parent’s job would be to call all of the members of that classroom and get opt-in permission for contact information to be shared with the group.  They would then publish a class directory of families who opt in to the directory.
If you are interested in serving as the room parent for your class, please contact your child’s teacher so that we can put this system into place.

Thank you for your understanding.
Debra Lach
Executive Director

Nice to Know

Eagle Bluff

From August 27 through 29, the middle school students and teachers traveled to the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in southeastern Minnesota.  As always, students loved the hands-on learning experiences of the Eagle Bluff classes.  Some classes included “Pond Life,” “Wildlife Ecology,” “GPS,” and “Pioneer Life.” Adventure classes like canoeing and the “Treetops” rope course were especially big hits with the students.  While we ran into some rainy weather, the students took it in stride and smiled through the downpours!

MCA Results Distributed

On Friday, September 7, we received and mailed out all of the MCA results from the last school year.  If you have not received your child’s results by the end of this week, or if you have any questions regarding your child’s results, please contact Terry Moffatt.

Silent Dismissal – New, Earlier Deadline for Changes

To ensure that any middle school student transportation changes get to your child by the beginning of their last class, any same day changes must be made earlier than previous years. From either the Silent Dismissal site or the app, you may make changes to your child’s dismissal method for the current day until 1:30 p.m. After that time, changes will not be accepted into the system.  Please call the office with any changes after 1:30 p.m.

School Payment Portal

Please remember you can create a cafeteria account for your child by logging onto SchoolPaymentPortal.com. Here you will be able to add money to their account, see their transactions and set low balance reminders.
If you have any questions contact Cassandra Anderson Food Service Coordinator @ canderson1@davincicharterschool.org
Running out of ideas for snack time? Here are some healthy snack ideas. 

Picture Retake Day

Picture retakes are on Friday, September 21.  Students must wear their uniforms.

2018-19 Academic Calendar

The 2018-19 academic calendar is slightly different from previous years. Please take time to review our academic calendar for this year.  Click here to download the calendar.


Attendance Line

Parents should call the attendance line (763-252-6130), before 9:00 a.m. of the day a student will be absent. This phone number is available 24 hours a day to leave a message. Please leave the following information on the recording:
  • The date your student will be absent
  • The first and last name of your student
  • The reason for the absence
  • The name of the parent/guardian who is calling
If you know your child(ren) will be gone more than 3 consecutive days, you will need to fill out an extended absence form four to six weeks in advance.  Please send the extended absence form to Ms. Moffatt.

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