DaVinci Connection – September 26, 2018Nicole Hartfield
(subject to change – see online calendar)
9/28 Color Run Packet Pick Up, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
9/29 Color Run
10/3 School Development Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m.
10/4 PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
10/12 Last Day of Session Extracurricular Activities
10/15 – 10/19 No School
10/15 Parent Teachers Conferences, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
10/15 Curriculum/Technology Committee Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
10/16 Parent Teacher Conferences, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
10/27 Finance Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
10/29 Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Food Service Program
Current Lunch prices – including milk
Hot, Alt. or Emergency Lunch:
- Full Pay = $3.50;
- Free/Reduced = $0.00
- 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).
NEED TO KNOW
Color Run – Saturday, September 29! It’s not too late to join us!
Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: Saturday packet pick up is at 9:00 a.m., RACE STARTS AT 10:00 a.m.
Early Packet Pickup Info: Friday, September 28, 4:00–5:00 p.m. at DaVinci Academy in Cafeteria (We encourage you to pick up your packets early)
National Sports Center
1700 105th Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449
– Upon arrival, head to PAVILION E. This is where the registration table, music and concessions will be prior to starting the race. This is also where you will head after the race for a complimentary water and post-race snack.
– Each race participant wearing a My School Color Splash T-Shirt will receive their color packet upon finishing the race. You must be wearing your shirt to receive a color packet.
– IMPORTANT: The COLOR CELEBRATION will be at 11:00 a.m. SHARP. Please bring your color packet/packets to the celebration area where Ms. Lach will be. We will end with a countdown where everyone throws their packet of powder in the air simultaneously. This makes for a great video and photo opportunity.
*** Run behind sprayers if you would like to avoid being sprayed with color (the color being sprayed during the race is in liquid form)
***You may want to bring a spare change of clothes/towels for seats in car on your ride home!
Character Development at DaVinci Academy
We have four “School Pillars” at DaVinci Academy, and I would like to share some information about the Character Development pillar. As we consider character development in our school we believe emphasizing positive student behavior builds self-esteem and inspires confidence in our students. We use a model, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), that emphasizes good behavior in students. Students receive SPARK tickets from teachers and staff to reinforce positive behaviors. Students also receive positive referrals from teachers that are then presented to the student and sent home for the family to keep.
Each month we have a focused topic of character development teachers and staff introduce and model to students both in and out of class. In September our focus has been on Responsibility and in October we will focus on Kindness. As parents you can join us in helping students understand these ideas and how we live out these traits in our everyday lives. At our monthly assembly we will learn more about positive character traits as well as recognize students that have gone above and beyond to demonstrate these character traits while at school. We have created the DaVinci Character Quality Award to recognize these students. The DaVinci Character Quality Award replaces the former Student of the Month Award from previous years. We are excited that our school growth has provided new opportunities, and the DaVinci Character Quality Award allows us to recognize more students for the positive influence their character is showing in and out of the classroom. Teachers will nominate students for this award.
Our great hope at DaVinci Academy is that we can assist parents and the community in raising children to be confident, successful adults. This partnership means we will provide students enhanced learning experiences, differentiated instruction, as well as character development to help them in this growth.
Please contact Jack Shields, Dean of Students, if you have any questions.
Sweets are not allowed as birthday treats. Consider alternatives such as donating a book to your classroom, bringing in bookmarks for classmates, coming to read to the class, or joining your child for lunch.
If you’re considering a healthy snack, please contact your child’s teacher regarding food allergies in the classroom.
Conferences will be Monday, October 15 from 12:00-8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 16 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Kindergarten – 5th grade families will be able to sign up for a 15 minute conference time via Bloomz.
Middle School teachers will host drop-in conferences from Monday, 12:00-7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and will be contacting parents directly to schedule group conferences.
Mark Your Calendars!
The Book Fair will be here in a flutter of a fairy’s wings! It will be open during conferences on Monday, October 15 from 12:00-8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, October 16 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- 60 degrees or higher – short/long sleeve shirts
- 46 to 59 degrees – light jacket/hooded sweatshirts
- 45 degrees or lower – winter coat, hats and gloves
- Snow pants and boots required when there is snow
Please contact Holly Fischer ASAP if any of this is up your alley.
Landscaping – Going out for bids
Community Representative Wanted
DaVinci Academy is looking for a community representative, who is not a DaVinci employee, to serve on our Continuing Education Committee for teacher relicensure. This committee meets 2-3 times/year with minimal prep work. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please contact Jenelle Moehn by October 8, 2018.
Office Volunteers Needed
DaVinci Academy is looking for data entry volunteers. Please contact Jenelle Moehn if you’re interested in this opportunity.
NICE TO KNOW
Box Tops Contest
- label the bag/sheet with your teacher’s name
- check the expiration date
- place box tops in the box tops drawer in the mezzanine by the library drawer (do not turn them into the office)
The top 3 classes will receive a popcorn party courtesy of the PTO!
The PTO will be meeting Thursday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the mezzanine. We will discussing the following events:
- Family movie night
- Box tops drive
- Feed the teachers (during conferences)
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.
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.