DaVinci Connection-January 31, 2020

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Important Dates

(subject to change-see online calendar)

2/3  School Board Election Voting Begins

2/3-2/13  Read-a-thon hosted by the PTO

2/7  Family Bingo Night, 6:00 pm

2/10  Enrollment Lottery, 5:00 pm

2/11  Enrollment Lottery Notifications will be sent out

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

2/25  PTO Meeting, 6:30 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.


2020-21 Enrollment

Today, January 31, is the last day to submit applications for the enrollment lottery, for the 2020-21 school year for new students who would like to attend DaVinci Academy in grades Kindergarten through eight. 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 the end of the day today, to be included in the enrollment lottery taking place Monday, February 10, 2020.  Notifications will be sent out on Tuesday, February 11.

2020 Board Election

To All DaVinci Academy Stakeholders:

The February 2020 DaVinci Academy school board election is approaching.  This is your opportunity to select board members who will represent and serve the school over the next three years.  We have four seats up for election this year:  two parent seats, one community member seat, and one at-large seat.

Please click here for the Voting Guide.  It provides information on this year’s candidates, the election timeline, and how the election process works.

You are also invited to the Annual Meeting on Monday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m., when the election results will be announced and other updates on the status of our school will be presented.

Key Election Dates:

  • Monday, February 3 – Polls open for voting
    • Ballots will be e-mailed to eligible stakeholders, or sent via mail to stakeholders for whom we have no e-mail address.  Paper ballots are also available at the school front desk.  All votes must be submitted on paper.
  • Monday, February 24 – poll closes at 5:00 p.m.
    • 5:00 p.m. – Votes counted
    • 6:00 p.m. – Annual Meeting at the school; election results announced

Your involvement in our school is critical to the continued growth and success of DaVinci Academy.  We look forward to your participation in the election and seeing you at our Annual Meeting.

Again please click here, to review the 2020 Voting Guide.

Thank you,

Melanie P. Persellin
President, DaVinci Academy Board of Directors

Lost and Found

Once again the lost and found has exploded.  Please remind your children to look for any missing belongings, especially winter gear.  Parents are welcome to search through the lost and found as well.  As it is the end of the month, the lost and found will be donated the end of next week.  We go through the lost items before donating to Samuel’s Closet and take out any items that are labeled.  Please label your child’s belongings.

Handicap parking signHandicapped Parking Spaces

Only vehicles with a visible handicapped placard or handicapped symbol on the vehicle’s license plate are legally allowed to use the spaces set aside for those vehicles.   We have seen an alarming rise in cars that are popping in and out of those spots to drop or pick up children, and it is creating a hardship for the families who need to have that access.   Please refrain from using those handicapped spaces (or the lined access aisles adjacent to them) for any reason unless you have a clearly visible parking permit.  Thank you.

Another Awesome Weekend for Dynamite Basketball.  cartoon basketball and basketball hoop

Thank you to the parents and teachers that have been out supporting our teams! It means a lot to the kids, even if they don’t say it!
Save the Date:  March Madness- Saturday, March 28, 2020
Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable item for the CEAP Food Drive.


Geography Bee Winners

  • Congratulations to Brandt B., Aiden N., and Sophia M for winning the Geography Bee.   Brandt will move on to the next round, which is an online test that could qualify him for the State competition held in March.

Student Opportunities

Mind Your Health – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body at the MOA

Teens and their parents can learn how to have healthy minds and bodies on Saturday, February 15, at the Mall of America. This event features free activities from mental health organizations from across Minnesota with lots of games and activities for children and teens.
Check out the stage in the TCF Rotunda for a full lineup of entertainment. The stage show includes:
  • Fidgety Fairy Tales
  • The Minnesota Vikings Skol Line
  • Katy Vernon
  • Solid Gold
Classes covering mental health, suicide prevention, anxiety, and basic mental health awareness will be held at the Parkview Meeting & Event Center, located in Nickelodeon Universe. These classes have a minimal cost if you choose to attend.
More information and registration can be found here.


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.

Help Wanted

Employment Opportunities

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

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)

Looking for Bids

This spring DaVinci Academy will be going out for bids for the following services:
* Janitorial/Cleaning
* Transportation
* Copiers
If you know a business who may be interested in providing pricing for these services, please have them contact Holly Fischer.

PTO News

Family Bingo Night   clipart: students and books

Bingo night has been cancelled due to lack of volunteers.  The PTO enjoys hosting fun family nights, but we need the help of parents and teachers to make the family events happen. Thank you to the volunteers who signed up and thank you to the families who donated books.  We will offer the books to the library and classroom teachers.  Any left over books will be saved for future events.


The PTO is hosting their annual fundraiser February 3-13.  Flyers should be sent home today with students.  We will donate 25% of the proceeds to the school library.

PTO Meeting

Join us for our February meeting on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 in the mezzanine.  We will be discussing and planning:

  • CEAP Food Drive – March
  • Spring Carnival- June 5, 2020
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