DaVinci Connection-December 19, 2019

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Important Dates

(subject to change-see online calendar)

12/19  Dance Recital, 6:00 pm

12/23-1/3  No School

1/8  School Development Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm

1/8  Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm

1/9  PTO Meeting, 6:00 pm

1/16  Battle of the Books Round One, 3:00 pm

1/17  No School

1/20  No School

1/23   Information Night, 6:00 pm

1/27  Board Meeting, 6:00 pm

1/30  Jazz Band & Show Choir Concert, 6:00 pm

2/7  Family Bingo Night, 6:00 pm

2/10  Enrollment Lottery, 5:00 pm


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.


Attendance Line: 763-252-6130

Parents should call the attendance line at 763-252-6130 before 9:00 a.m. of the day your child will be absent. This phone number is available 24 hours a day to leave a message. Please leave the following information on the recording:

  • Date your child will be absent
  • First and last name of your child
  • Reason for the absence
  • Name of the parent/guardian who is calling

If you know your child(ren) will be gone more than three 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.

Greetings!

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


NEED TO KNOW


Artist in Residence, Michael Jones

Mr. Michael Jones joined DaVinci Academy for a two week residency this December.  During that time many students and staff had the opportunity to work with him, learn new dance steps, and have a lot of fun.  So many students who were hesitant at first really stepped out of their comfort zone to try something new.  Some discovered hidden talent and others discovered that they might actually enjoy being a part of a musical theater production in the future.

Thank you Mr. Jones for sharing your talent, passion and enthusiasm.  We look forward to working with you again.


Winter Weather is Upon us!

See below for the Wind Chill Chart from the National Weather Service that we use to determine if students go outside at recess time in the winter and whether school is cancelled.  If the weather falls in the light blue shaded area we will likely still go out for recess so please assure your child is dressed for school. 
With regards to school closures, in accordance with twin cities area school guidelines, school will likely be closed due to cold weather if the expected forecast for 6:00 a.m. predicts:
  • A wind chill of 35 degrees below zero or air temperature of 25 degrees below zero
  • If heavy snow and/or icy conditions make it extremely hazardous or impossible for school buses to travel their routes and for employees to get to work safely

The decision will be made by 5:00 a.m. on the morning of a cancellation.


School Lunch Payment Change Coming Soon

In an effort to streamline processes for parents, we are moving to Infinite Campus Food Service after the holiday break.  All balances that are currently being housed in the School Payment portal will be transferred to Infinite Campus and parents will be able to make food service payments through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. (And, the crowd cheers for one less password to remember!)
Watch your email just before school gets back in session in January, for a step by step guide to paying lunch fees through Infinite Campus.  Until then, the School Payment Portal will not be accepting additional lunch payments.   Contact Cassandra Anderson if you have immediate questions about this change.

Bus Safety is for Everyone

All of our DaVinci students will ride the school buses at some point in the year for field trips or to  use bus transportation to get to and from school. Therefore, we did an additional bus safety training recently with all of our students. Students were reminded of the importance of being safe on the bus and making sure the bus driver can keep their attention on the road rather than on behaviors happening on the bus. Points of emphasis are below, and we would appreciate you reviewing these with your child. Riding the bus is a privilege, and we want to work together to keep our students safe on the bus.
  • Stay out of the bus danger zones or blind spots for the driver.
  • Remain seated and keep the aisles clear during the bus ride.
  • Keep the noise level at a 1 or 2 and only use appropriate language.
  • Do not eat or drink on the bus, as we want to be mindful of allergies of others.
  • While at the bus stop, practice good behavior that is safe for everyone.

Mr. ShieldsMr. Shields’ Corner- Students and Social Media

It seems stories about the negative effects of social media on both kids and adults are popping up all of the time. As a parent, it can be difficult to navigate all of the apps students use. Just when you thought you had Instagram and Snapchat figured out then TikTok happens. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests families consider both the time spent on screens as well as the content of the screen. They suggest developing a family agreement around media that takes into account a healthy balance for each child and the family as a whole.

This time of year there are many sales on phones, tablets, and computers. Whether you are considering a device for your child, or if your child already has a device, I have some resources below that I have used as a parent to guide my own children in navigating the world of technology.

Here is the link to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.
http://www.daveeisenmann.com/tips Dave Eisenmann is a local educator that speaks nationally on the topics of technology and kids. He has great resources on this site.
https://www.bark.us/ is a good resource to monitor your child’s phone apps, text messages, Youtube and email for signs of cyberbullying, depression, online predators, adult content and more.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/family-media-agreement has a sample contract to go over with your child(ren) that covers what your child does online, how much they do it, and age-appropriate content.

children sledding- clip artWinter Break

Reminder, there is no school December 23 through January 3.  School will resume Monday, January 6, 2020.
Have a safe and joyful winter break.

Need Ideas for the Kids Over Winter Break?

Check out Jam Hops, Camptastic. They have camps at both campuses during school release days and during summer break.

Open gym at Conquer Ninja Warrior in Blaine.


NICE TO KNOW


RECESS TIME REMINDERS

We will be going outside each day for recess if the windchill factor is at 0 or above. If your child is not dressed appropriately, they may not be able to fully participate in the snow fun.

EVERY DAY YOUR CHILD SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING (PREFERABLY LABELED):

  • Snow Pants
  • Boots
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Hat

DVA playground covered in snow.


Indoor Recess Movie Options  Freezing weather

As we approach the coldest time of the season, we are preparing for more indoor recess.  It is always our main goal to let the students play outside as that helps to get the wiggles and giggles out.  With indoor recess, the students will have options.  They can use classrooms and pod areas for board games and other activities, or, we will have the PAC open for a movie.  Our January-February movies are all rated G. (K-5):

  • Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Disney’s The Jungle Book 
  • Disney’s Aladdin

After School Reminder

All extracurricular activities end at 4:30 pm.   Only students enrolled for an extracurricular activity can stay after school.  Unattended siblings are not permitted to remain at school and wait until 4:30 pm to be picked up. Teachers, Coaches and Activity Teachers are not available to supervise non-participating siblings.  Please do not request that they do so.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the office.


ONGOING


2020-21 Enrollment is Now Open

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year for new students who would like to attend DaVinci Academy in grades Kindergarten through 8. To complete an application for the next school year click here.  Sign up through our online enrollment system and then complete and submit the application.
All new students who are interested and not currently enrolled at DaVinci Academy, including siblings, must complete an application. Applications are due by January 31, to be included in the enrollment lottery taking place Monday, February 10, 2020.
Our next Information Session for prospective families is Thursday, January 23, at 6:00 pm.  Information Sessions are for those who may be interested in attending DaVinci Academy.  Please feel free to share this information with your family or friends.

High School Planning

As we are nearing the end of the first trimester, we know that a lot of parents of our eighth graders are starting to think about high school.  Very few school districts offer open enrollment, but for those that do, the deadline to submit applications is between December 1 and January 31.  This includes the application process for the CEMS program at Blaine High School.  If you are interested in continuing at a charter school, there are a few options but most involve some travel time.
If you would like to know more about specific programs or schools or just want to discuss what might be best for your child, please feel free to contact either Terry Moffatt or Melissa Derby.

Help Wanted


Full or Part time School Nurse Needed – IMMEDIATE OPENING

We are in need of a school nurse.   This has previously been a full time position, but it could be shared with another person as a part time position.  If you know of any nurses who would be a good fit for our students, please ask them to check out our employment page.

Part time Morning Maintenance Custodian Needed

We are looking for a handy man or woman who would be interested in opening up the school in the mornings.   Responsibilities would include inspecting the school grounds to ensure it is ready for teachers and students, and preventative maintenance and general upkeep on the building.  If you know someone who might be interested, please ask them to check out our employment page.

PTO News


Book Donations Needed

The PTO is hosting a Family Bingo Night Friday, February 7.  Since February is love to read month, we thought it would be a great idea for books to be part of the bingo prizes.  If you would like to donate new or gently used books, please make arrangements with Nicole Hartfield to drop them off at school by Friday, January 24.
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