DaVinci Connection – September 26, 2018

School Links

Important Dates

(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

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 – Saturday, September 29!  It’s not too late to join us!

Hello Runners!
As the Color Run approaches, here are some of the details you will need to know:
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)
Race Location:
National Sports Center
1700 105th Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449
– Event parking will be in lot E, overflow parking will be in lot D.
– 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.
– Extra Color Packets purchased will be given at packet pick up. You can either run with this packet or leave it with someone to hold on to until the Color Celebration at 11:00 a.m.
– 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.
*** Wearing layers while running is a good idea. Shirts ARE white
*** 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!
CONTACT: Robyn Creary  (763) 754-6577

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.

Birthday TreatsNo sweets for snacks

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.

Parent-Teacher ConferencesParent Teacher conferences

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!Book Fair

(Rachel Brown)
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.

There will be a very special offer this year.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown will be available for pre-order for $8.99 plus tax with free shipping to the school. The book will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
The Book Fair is an important fundraiser for DaVinci’s Library, allowing us to update books for our students. There is nothing more wonderful than when a student asks for a book, and I can say “YES we have it”!
Teachers have wish lists for their classrooms as well. There will be a “wish table” set up for children to use magic wands and grant a wish for their classroom by purchasing a book.

Outdoor Attire

At this time of year, the temperature outside can really fluctuate making dressing appropriately for recess challenging.  Please check the weather before sending your child(ren) to school.
  • 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


Skilled Laborers

Pavilion planning and outdoor space designs are underway and we are looking for DaVinci  Academy parents who may have expertise in certain areas.   If you are interested in helping with some outdoor projects and have any of these skills we would love to talk with you.
* Cement experience (pouring footings, or concrete slabs)
* Construction experience (framing)
* landscaping experience (we need bobcat work done on our playground to help with drainage issues)
* Access to materials like pea gravel and mulch
* A vehicle to carry pea gravel or mulch
* Electrician experience (license required)
* Project manager type experience in this field
* access to a company that makes or sells school quality picnic tables

Please contact Holly Fischer ASAP if any of this is up your alley.

Landscaping – Going out for bids landscaping guy

If you have a landscaping company and would be interested in maintaining our grounds we are looking for interested vendors.  Please email or call Holly Fischer for more details.

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.


Box Tops Contestbox tops label

PTO is hosting their annual box top contest Monday, October 1-Friday, October 12.
When you turn in your box tops, please remember the following:
  • 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!

PTO Meeting

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)


Do you have a child on an IEP or a child getting evaluated for special education services? If so, we would love for you to attend our semi-annual SEAC meeting for parents.
SEAC (pronounced seek) is an acronym for Special Education Advisory Council, which is a group that provides input on special education issues to its local school district. Its purpose is to advise and advocate, not to decide policy.
DaVinci Academy will hold its first SEAC meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, Nov. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The discussion topic at the SEAC this time will be “How to support your child with their executive functioning”. There will be light refreshments served.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing your child’s case manager and letting them know. Feel free to direct any questions about this or future SEAC meetings to your child’s case manager.


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.

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. 

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