DaVinci Connection-January 10, 2020

School Links

Important Dates

(subject to change-see online calendar)

1/10  School Board Nomination Deadline

1/13  Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm

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

1/17  No School

1/20  No School-Office Closed

1/23   Information Night, 6:00 pm

1/27  Board Meeting, 6:00 pm

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

2/3  School Board Election Voting Begins

2/7  Family Bingo Night, 6:00 pm

2/10  Enrollment Lottery, 5:00 pm

2/14  No School

2/17   No School- Office Closed

2/18  No School- Teacher Workshop Day

2/24  School Board Election Polls Close, 3:00 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.


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


Ms. Silkey-JonesDear DaVinci Academy Families:

Happy New Year! Welcome back for our second half of the 2019-2020 school year. We hope you had a rejuvenating break. We are excited to jump back into learning and growing with our young people. It has been such a pleasure to know them and you over the last few months. I have received such a warm welcome by the DaVinci Academy community and am in awe daily of the joy, learning, growth, and passion that is characteristic of our unique school environment. Just a few things I’ve enjoyed in our first year together thus far: 

  • The pursuit of academic excellence across grade levels by our students
  • Rigorous engaging instruction by our dedicated teachers and staff 
  • Extraordinarily positive relationships between our students and staff
  • Experiential learning opportunities including Middle School Environmental Learning Trips to Wolf Ridge, Eagle Bluff, and the Audubon Center
  • Multiple in and out of school student showcases and performances
  • Dance Residency with Michael Jones (wow, can our DaVinci students dance!)
  • Excellence on the basketball court

I look forward to sharing many more highlights as we continue throughout the year!

One of our initiatives this year is to ensure that we have as many of our students in attendance every day as possible. We know how impactful attendance is on learning and growth for students. We know this is tricky as we are in the midst of flu season but knowing that whenever students are able to be in attendance it’s important to our entire school community that they’re here.  You should have received a letter and an infographic over break with your current attendance record to date. All families received this letter to assist you with a mid-year check-in of how your child is doing this year with attendance, you can also check this at your convenience through Infinite Campus. Studies show that awareness of attendance status makes a significant difference in attendance outcomes. So far this year we are doing great as a community with an average daily attendance rate of 97%, keep up the great work! If you’re struggling with attendance on an individual level please reach out to our staff for support. 

I look forward to seeing you in 2020!

My best,

Ahava Silkey-Jones
Executive Director

Stay Happy and Healthy This Winter

With the cold and flu season in full swing, here are a few tips to help keep you and your family healthy:
  1. Wash your hand with soap and water before and after eating and after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose
  2. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow
  3. Don’t share food, beverages or food utensils
  4. Drink water
  5. Get plenty of rest
  6. If you’re sick stay home- children should not return to school until they are free for 24 hours without medication of:
    1. Fever
    2. Vomiting
    3.  Diarrhea

Why is hand washing so important.

Mr. ShieldsMr. Shields’ Corner

As parents/guardians our job is to prepare our children to be productive citizens of the world. Helping our children develop perseverance and grit is an important step in this preparation. The Love and Logic Institute sent out this infographic that I’d like to share with you as a resource to help you in helping your child develop grit.


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.


Little Mermaid, Jr. Auditions 5th-8th Grade


Monday, January 13, & Tuesday, January 14, from 3:15-4:30 pm

*Potential callbacks on Wednesday, January 15.

We will be teaching you a song to sing and will give you a side to practice for Tuesday.


Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 pm

Tech Week: April 20-22, from 3:15-4:40 pm


Friday, April 24, 2020, at 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 6:00 pm

Jazz Band and Show Choir Concert

New to our curricular ensembles, Jazz Band and Show Choir will have a performance on Thursday, January 30, at 6:00 p.m. in the PAC.  Students should arrive by 5:30 p.m. in the band/choir rooms. The students are excited to perform for you!

For jazz band: Colorful dress tops and black pants
For show choir: Tie dye shirts and black pants

Cookie Decorating Class 2020-January202 Images of gingerbread houses from Chef Tiffany's class.

Spend a fun day learning royal icing decorating techniques using scrolls, snowflakes, and mandalas.  These are just a few things we are going to learn during this educational full-day class for the MLK holiday when there’s no school, but most parents have to work.

Students will use gingerbread house kits and cookies to learn all of the tricks for decorating beautiful designs using royal icing.  Each student will have their own gingerbread house kit to decorate (various designs and sizes available) along with practice sheets and piping bags/tips.  Students will bring home their own decorating kit, recipes, and practice sheets with ideas to decorate cookies and gingerbread/sugar cookie houses for every season.

***REGISTER HERE: https://kidscookingschool.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9c3fa80fd45df3502724151a6&id=f8e316883f&e=4e9b7c3a8d   ***

Ages: 5th grade and up.

Date: January 20th from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

Cost: $60

Location: Marshan Park classroom
7204 Lake Drive
Lino Lakes, MN 55014

What To Bring:Bring lunch and a water bottle
long hair should be tied back away from their faces
dress in layers…. this is our first time in this classroom so I’m not sure whether it runs hot or cold

Since we do not have classes very often, we do not have online billing in our registration system.  Once you register, you will receive an invoice via the email address you used to register your student.  Your invoice will have a link to pay by credit card.  All payments must be made within 48 hours of receiving your invoice to keep your spot.

If your 5th grader is still 10 years old, please contact Chef Tiffany at tiffany@kidscookingschool.org to make arrangements to register.

***REGISTER HERE: https://kidscookingschool.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9c3fa80fd45df3502724151a6&id=1f62143639&e=4e9b7c3a8d  *******

Flyer from the Johnsville Library


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.

Help Wanted

Employment Opportunities

If you know someone who might be interested, please ask them to check out our employment page.
Licensed Positions:
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Long-Term Substitute-coverage periods:
    • February-April
    • April-June
  • On-Call Substitute Teacher

Non-Licensed Positions:

  • Facilities Maintenance/Custodian (5:00 am-8:00 am on school days)
  • On Call Substitute-Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Lunch/Recess Monitor (substitute)

PTO News

Family Bingo Night

The PTO is hosting a Family Bingo Night Friday, February 7.  We are looking for volunteers to help make the Bingo Night a success.
  • Doors Open at 6:00 pm (east doors only)
  • Bingo starts at 6:30-7:30 pm
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.
**All children must have an adult present to be allowed into the bingo night.
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