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DaVinci Connection-April 26, 2019

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Important Dates

(subject to change – see online calendar)

4/29  Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

5/2  School Development Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m.

5/2  Seussical Jr Performance, 6:00 p.m.

5/3  Seussical Jr Performance, 6:00 p.m.

5/9  6-8 Grade Choir Concert, 6:00 p.m.

5/10  Talent Show, 6:00 p.m.

5/13  Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m.

5/14  Spring Pictures

5/14  5/6 Band Concert, 5:30 p.m.

5/14  7/8 Band Concert,  6:30 p.m.

5/16  5/6 Orchestra Concert, 5:30 p.m.

5/16  7/8 Orchestra Concert, 6:30 p.m.

5/20  Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

5/20-5/23  Intersession

5/24-5/28  No School

6/6  School Development Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m.

6/7  Spring Carnival, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

6/10  Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m.

6/14  Golf Tournament

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 = $0.00;
  • 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).


Golf Tournament Registration is Now Open-Early Bird Registration Ends May 3!

Please consider joining us for a fun filled, community building experience while helping out DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science.
The golf tournament is for golfers and non-golfers alike supporting a great cause. Bring your family, and bring your friends.
The event is held at Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake on Friday, June 14. Early Bird pricing for individual golfers is $100 or a foursome is $380. The fee includes green fees and cart, access to the driving range, golfer goodie bag, dinner, program, and awards. Register on or before May 3, and save!
Not a golfer? No problem! Join us for a social hour, dinner, program, and a raffle. The social hour begins at 5:00 pm with dinner served at 6:30 pm followed by a program, awards and a raffle. The cost for the buffet dinner is $50 per guest.
Please register online HERE.
If you have any questions regarding the golf or the dinner only option, please contact Michelle Maciej, Golf Tournament Coordinator, at (763) 754-6577. Thank you for continually supporting DaVinci Academy!

Department of Education Recognizes DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science as a 2019 High Quality Charter School

DaVinci Academy has been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education as a High Quality Charter School for 2019. This is the sixth year that we have  been honored. The school has received the award every year since 2014, which was the first year that the honor was given. This designation was the qualification that allowed us to expand our school, purchase land, and build our new campus.  The High Quality Charter School designation factors in fiscal responsibility, quality of management, overall test scores, and closing the achievement gap. This year, DaVinci Academy is one of 29 schools to be recognized.

Mr. Shield’s Corner

Mr. Shields

Away for the Day

We just implemented a new cell phone practice in our middle school. We call it “Away for the Day”. Students put their phones in their backpacks in their lockers when they get to school. They may take them out of the locker when they leave at 2:55 pm. Our goal is to give freedom to the students. When we say freedom, we mean we want them to be free from the constant buzzing of notifications they receive from students at other schools and our own. Our previous practice was to allow the students to keep their phones on themselves, but they weren’t to look at them throughout the day. We decided on the change so that students and teachers would be able to focus and stay engaged in learning.

Now we would like to encourage our parents to consider putting their phones away when they are with their children. Students shared that they were annoyed when a parent was on their phone at the dinner table—I know I can be guilty of that one quite often. Also, we do see parents on phones during carpool line. That has become a safety issue, so we encourage you to put them away while driving in the school parking lot. Together, we can model the expectations we set for our children.

Classroom Placement Reminder

It is school policy that we do not accept parent requests for particular teachers or classmates. Teachers work very diligently to place all students in a classroom which will be beneficial to their needs and learning styles.

The staff regards the annual assignment of students to classrooms to be a very important process and task. Many hours are spent weighing and considering a number of factors
to create a classroom where each student can learn and thrive. Factors considered in recommending a classroom include:

  • a balance of boys and girls
  • a range of academic abilities
  • special needs
  • social and emotional development
  • learning styles

Final approval of class lists rests with the Academic Director. Parents/students are informed who their child(ren)’s new teacher(s) will be at the annual Open House on Thursday, August 8.

Children’s Book Week Event 

Thursday, May 2

Children's Book Week FlyerAs part of the longest-running national celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, over 1300 schools, libraries, and bookstores will celebrate Children’s Book Week from April 29 to May 5 from coast to coast in all 50 states.

This May marks the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week. The theme for this year’s celebration is Read Now ✦ Read Forever. All kids and teens at Book Week events will receive a free 2019 Children’s Book Week activity poster designed by Yuvi Morales.

We are proud to be hosting the following event:

Celebrate Reading Night

Thursday, May 2

DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science

5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Join us to celebrate reading.  Guest readers, crafts, games, books and Follett Book Fair!  Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided beginning at 5:00. To volunteer to provide healthy snacks, please sign up here.

Dr. Seuss play stage set

Don’t forget that Seussical the Musical is being performed that night at 6:00 as well.  You can join us for both events!


It is time for our second SEAC meeting of the year. 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. Parents of students on IEPs or students going through the evaluation process are welcome to attend.
DaVinci Academy will hold its second SEAC meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, May 9, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The discussion topic is “Tips, Tricks, and Techniques: Practical Ways to Support Positive Child Behavior.” We will be exploring tips and strategies parents can use with their children at home to support positive behaviors and children’s emotional development.
Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact your child’s case manager.

Teacher Appreciation Week is Coming Soon, May 6-10

Please join us as we celebrate our exceptional educators. During the week of May 6-10, our community will be joining together to show our teachers how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication toward our students. We invite all families to participate in creatively showing appreciation toward our DaVinci teachers. Teachers love to receive notes of gratitude from students. Below is a template, if your family is interested in sending your teacher a letter. Thanks for making this an enjoyable week for our teachers!

Book Fairtables and shelves set up for a book fair

The 2019 Children’s Book Week would not be complete without a book fair. If you are interested in helping, volunteers will receive 20% off any book purchases. Click HERE to volunteer.
  • April 29 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • April 30 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • May 1 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • May 2 5:00-7:30 p.m.
  • May 3 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Yearbook Order Forms

Today is the last day to order yearbooks.  Please return order forms to the front office.

Nurse’s Desk

As we approach the last couple months of school year, I want to communicate two important health offices reminders:

  • Summer is a great time for youth check-ups/sport physicals but make your appointments soon. It’s not uncommon for some practitioners to be booked out weeks to months  Remember students that will be starting Kindergarten and 7th grade in the 2019-2020 school year have immunizations to be updated. Here are the links to information regarding immunization schedule and immunization forms:

  • Student’s with medication in the nurse’s office will be returned or disposed of at the end of school year. Parent’s please look for communication regarding end of year medication pick-up in early June.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brunette


Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for people interested in doing some sidewalk painting to improve the safety of our parking lot. It’s an easy job that doesn’t require a lot of skill, just patience.   Contact Kathy Falkowski, for details.


Do You Like Gardening?

children planting in a raised garden bedThe science that is going to happen on this property is going to be amazing to experience!  The Maker Space students will be constructing 2 container gardens for the school, and Ms. Arboleda’s class is planting a pollinator garden.   Although it’s a short summer we can’t expect that a new garden will survive through July without some tending.  So, we will be looking for families who live in the area to sign up to water and weed, so that classes coming back in August have something to study when they return.  If you are interested in signing, up watch your future newsletters for more information from Profe Lenny.
Also, as you are spring cleaning, if you run across some extra rakes, gardening shovels, or watering cans that you think would be a benefit to our new projects please feel free to bring them in.


AM Drop Off – How To Video

How To Do AM Drop Off at DaVinci

The next video I hope to make will highlight bus stop procedures.  If you and the families at your bus stop would be wiling to star in a video to improve bus safety, please contact Holly Fischer.  Additionally, if you are a budding movie maker and would like to help improve the product, I would love to hear from you as well.

ISO Piano

Our upright piano has outlived its usefulness with us, and we are seeking a replacement.  If you know someone who is looking for a place to donate a piano, please have them contact Ben Hanson.  Ideally, we’d like an upright that has a shorter upper panel, so that teachers can see their class as they are playing.

Picture of a black piano

Shout out to the families who brought in food for our wonderful teachers! Thank you to the PTO for organizing this event.  The teachers and staff really appreciate it.

Please pick up your dishes as soon as you can.

Blaine Sports and Summer Opportunities

Are you ready for some Football?
Register your player at April 8-June 21
Players MUST LIVE within the Blaine High School Attendance Area.
Flag Football Fee (Grades K−1): $80
Tackle Football Fee: (Grades 2-6) 4/8-5/13 cost is: $225, 5/14-6/21 cost is: $250
Tackle Football Fee: (Grades 7-8) 4/8-5/13 cost is: $255, 5/14-6/21 cost is: $280
Games start after Labor Day.
Scholarships are available please contact for more info
Also accepting coaching applications (Head and Assistant). Must apply and register on-line, become Heads Up Certified, pass a background check, and attend mandatory coaching clinics. Visit the coaches tab on the website for application and more information.


Busing Feedback Requested 

If you have taken advantage of the busing system this year please take some time to share feedback on what your experience has been with our shorter routes and new bus stops.  We use this feedback to make sure we are optimizing our program for the coming school year so we appreciate your information.  Thank you.
Parent Survey – Transportation 2019

Lunch Account Balances

Want to stay up to date on what your child is purchasing in the cafeteria?  Log onto to create an account. There you can view all transactions and add money into your child’s lunch account.  Please check your child’s account weekly to ensure your child has a positive balance.  If you have any questions, please contact Cassandra Anderson.

DVA Spirit Wear-Available Now

DaVinci Academy spirit wear is available in a variety of sizes in the ticket room, see the front desk for help with purchasing.

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