DaVinci Connection-March 12, 2020Holly Fischer
(subject to change-see online calendar)
3/12 Last Day of Tri 2
3/13-20 No School
3/13 Policy Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm
3/23-30 CEAP Food Drive
3/24 Talent Show Auditions, 3:00-4:30 pm
3/26 PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm
3/28 March Madness, 11:00 am
4/7 3rd Grade Music Concert, 5:30 pm
4/7 4th Grade Music Concert, 6:45 pm
4/9-13 No School
4/9 Parent Teacher Conferences and Spring Pictures
4/30 Talent Show, 6:00 pm
Food Service Program
Current Lunch prices – including milk
Hot, Alt. or Emergency Lunch:
- Full Pay = $3.50;
- Free/Reduced = $0.00
- 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.
NEED TO KNOW
Coronavirus Message from Our Executive Director
Dear DaVinci Academy Staff, Students, and Families:
As the world is experiencing the impact of the rapidly spreading coronavirus respiratory illness known as COVID-19, we wanted to share an update on how DaVinci Academy is responding. This is an evolving situation, and DaVinci Academy is following the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the Department of Education regarding precautions and response.
We have no plans at this time to close or cancel DaVinci Academy or corresponding extracurricular activities. If this recommendation changes, we will notify you. We are taking precautions to sanitize surfaces, and encourage students and staff members to thoroughly wash hands, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. We have provided additional access to hand sanitizer at the front of the serving lines for breakfast and lunch, and continue to sanitize surfaces and serving utensils between lunch periods.
If your child is sick, we encourage you to keep them at home. If you are concerned about excessive absences related to illness please reach out to us, our priority is the health and wellness of all students. If you feel your child is sick enough to need to wear a mask to school, then they are probably too ill to be at school and should instead stay home.
If you are traveling over spring break to impacted regions please be sure to take special precautions upon your return as outlined here. Resources to learn more information from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH):
It’s extremely important that we not stigmatize or isolate any populations of students and families as we navigate the impact of COVID-19. COVID-19 is not connected to any race, ethnicity or nationality.
National Public Radio has published a child-friendly comic that answers what experts believe children may want to know about the new coronavirus and COVID-19. You may want to review with your child in an effort to help decrease students’ concerns and worries about the virus.
We will continue to share updates in our bi-weekly newsletter or more frequently as needed.
Executive Director, DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science
2020-21 Academic Calendar
The Board of Directors has approved the calendar for next year. Please note the first day of school is August 11, for grades first through eighth, and August 13 for Kindergarten.
NICE TO KNOW
Music in our Schools Month
March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. For more information, check out nafme.org/programs/miosm/
To celebrate, DaVinci will be holding various events throughout the next few months to celebrate music in our schools month.
Upcoming Music Events:
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.
- Long-Term Substitute-coverage periods:
- On-Call Substitute Teacher
- On Call Substitute-Special Education Paraprofessional
- Lunch/Recess Monitor (substitute)
The next public meeting is the April 30. Key items for discussion will be:
- Teacher Appreciation week – May 4-8
- Elections – May
- Carnival – June 5
Third Annual March Food Drive
We have once again partnered with CEAP, our local food shelf as a collection site for non-perishable goods to help our community. March is Minnesota Food Share month.
Last year, we were able to collect 454 pounds of food. That’s 378 dinner plates of food! This year, we will be trying to fill 2 pallets and are hoping to reach 750 lbs of food!
Send your non-perishables March 23-30 and help us serve our community!
Top Needed Items:
Flour & Sugar
Oil (vegetable, olive, etc.)
Pasta & Rice
Macaroni & Cheese
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Baby Food & Formula