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DaVinci Connection-May 1, 2020

School Links

Important Dates

(subject to change-see online calendar)

All in-person spring events at DaVinci Academy have been canceled. Select events have been moved to virtual platforms. Check the calendar for specific details on how to participate in those events remotely.

5/1  No School

5/4  No School

5/13  Locker/Desk Content Pickup, A-L

5/14  Locker/Desk Content Pickup, M-Z

5/14  Kindergarten Round Up, 6:00 pm

5/26  Board Meeting, 6:00 pm

5/29  Last Day of School

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.


Ending the Year With Distance Learning

With the Governor’s announcement of extended distance learning through the end of the school year, we wanted to send out a few updates, requests, and thoughts.

Recognizing that everyone is in a different place with this online learning format and that the Governor has created an opportunity for us to re-think the end of the school year, the Board debated the merits of condensing the rest of the school year and ending the year earlier than previously scheduled.  You can reference the conversation by clicking this Zoom recording of the meeting.  As DaVinci Academy has always offered more learning time than the minimum recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Education; and, we are not able to run our Intersession week at the end of May, the Board voted to make the following adjustments to the 19-20 school year:

  • Per the Governor’s order May 1 and May 4, will be professional development and planning days for staff. There will be no lessons on these days.
  • School will be in session May 18-22, which was previously an optional Intersession learning week.  By holding school during this week we will also be able to provide uninterrupted child-care coverage for children of emergency workers.
  • There will still be no school on Monday, May 25, to observe Memorial Day
  • The last day of school for students will be Friday, May 29.
  • With these changes, our total student instructional days will be reduced by 6 days from 175 days to 169 days.
  • June 1-5 will be used for teachers and staff to make plans for the start of the 20-21 school year.

We are still waiting for guidance regarding providing-child care for emergency workers and meals to our families after May 29.

Review the revised calendar with truncated 19-20 school year here. 

#DaVinciStrong T-Shirts Available

These teacher t-shirts are now being sold to the community as a fund raiser!  Get yours today.

Support Space

Hey families!

We know that the announcement of school closure for the rest of the year has brought up a lot of anxiety for kids, not to mention the anxiety they may have already been dealing with throughout this time. Because this is new for all of us and many families are learning how to navigate conversations with their children, we have a quick handout to help you deal with your child’s anxiety during this crisis. Please click here or check out the image to learn more.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns or need further support.

Ms. Rowe (School Social Worker)

Ms. Derby (School Counselor)

Courtney Rowe + Melissa Derby

Food Service During Distance Learning – Facebook Rumor Clarified

During our Distance Learning time, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is no longer being used to claim meals served. We are currently using a different “emergency” program that allows for better funding. Please be rest assured any information you may have read on social media about schools losing their funding if a certain number of meals are not being served, is FALSE. We remain fully funded and stable. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Cassandra Anderson
Food Service & Recess Coordinator

Procedure for Breakfast/Lunch Pickup  

DaVinci Grab and Go Meals

Included in the box is a five day breakfast and lunch frozen meal accommodations.  Here’s a sample of the Grab and Go Meals:

  • Froot Loops, graham crackers, applesauce cup & milk
  • Blueberry Muffin, Mozzarella cheese stick & blended fruit juice
  • Cinnamon Toast soft filled bar & diced pears
  • Pancakes & diced Peaches
  • Cinnamon Flakes, maple breakfast square & Pineapple tidbits
  • Mini corn dogs with potato rounds & diced peaches
  • Macaroni & Cheese, broccoli & orange juice
  • Pizza Dippers with marinara dipping sauce, corn & grape juice
  • Breaded Chicken tenders, potato wedges & applesauce cup
  • Spaghetti with meatballs, green beans & pear cup

Grab and Go Meal pickup is available on Mondays 10:30 am-12:30 pm.

So our food orders are accurate, please fill out this form.

YMCAs are now a food pickup site as well.  Click this link for more information.  Loaves and Fishes Food Distribution

Wednesday, May 6 Parking Lot Repairs

Food pick up and gift drop off will be re-routed to the FRONT door of the school so that the parking lot cracks in the east lot can be repaired.  Thank you for using the Bunker entrance on Wednesday.

Desk/Locker Contents Pick Up

Teachers will be packing up the contents of lockers and desks to be returned to families during the week of May 11.  Families will pull up to the east door and give their names to the staff stationed outside during specific times and items will be brought out to the sidewalk.  Any medication that is being returned will need a parent’s signature.

Wednesday, May 13 & Thursday, May 14, will be days parents can come to the school and pick materials up at the east door based on the first letter of your family’s last name.

Wednesday, May 13 Thursday, May 14
Letters A-C: 12:00-1:00 Letters M-O: 12:00-1:00
Letters D-F: 1:00-2:00 Letters P-R:1:00-2:00
Letters G-I: 2:00-3:00 Letters S-U: 2:00-3:00
Letters J-l: 3:00-4:00 Letters V-Z: 3:00-4:00

*Basketball uniforms and library books that you are finished with can be returned to the school at this time.  Chromebooks will not be due until the end of the school year.

**If your child has a lock on his or her locker it will need to be cut off unless the child can send the combination to their classroom teacher ASAP.


DaVinci’s Got Talent

DaVinci Academy is proud to present the 2020 Online Talent Show! Thursday was supposed to be the day of our Spring Talent Show, but obviously that was unable to happen this year. However, I’m hoping this online version still brings your family joy today. Below is a link to an unlisted (and therefore unsearchable) YouTube playlist featuring all the acts (4th-8th grade) that submitted to this year’s talent show. You can click “play” to watch the show in its entirety, or click on individual videos if you’d prefer.
I hope you enjoy it, and I can’t wait to have next year’s show back in our beautiful auditorium. #davincistrong
-Anders Lundahl

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8Image of books, an apple, a notebook and a pen with "Dear teacher you're awesome Happy Teacher Appreciation Week"

Many families have expressed the desire to show teachers how much their work to engage and educate the students during this unique school year has been appreciated.  So, we would like to extend an invitation to you.  If you have a gift or note that you would like delivered to your teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week next week, staff members will deliver them for you on Friday, May 8.  Please clearly label the item with your teacher’s name, and bring it to the school Monday, May 4, through Wednesday, May 6, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Items can be dropped off at the front door and we will make sure that the teachers receive your gift.

We are reinventing Kindergarten Round Up this year as students are still not allowed into the building during the pandemic.  Kindergarten Round Up will take place on the platform Zoom.  Incoming Kindergarten students are invited with their parents to join us on Thursday, May 14, at 6:00 pm.  An invitation email was sent directly to all incoming Kindergarten families.  If you did not receive that email, please contact Nicole Hartfield.

Students will get to see the Kindergarten teachers, learn about the typical Kindergarten day, take a virtual tour of the school, and get questions answered. Please note, we are making plans for the school year to start in a variety of different ways depending on the state of the world in August.  Because we don’t have the answers to all of those concerns yet, we will address the questions that regard a typical Kindergarten experience at DaVinci Academy.

We hope to see you there; but, if you won’t be able to make it live, the evening will be recorded.

Boom Appetit  DaVinci Academy's school mascot Sparky in the kitchen on the set of Boom Appetit.

Episode 3 is here!  As we recognize our friends who are fasting for Ramadan right now, we have taken a new approach to the show for this episode! Instead of cooking, we will be doing a taste test challenge in our kitchen. Check it out and see who wins!

DaVinci Dynamite Wins Youth 1st Team Award

Congratulations to the DaVinci Dynamite 5th grade girl and 6th grade girl basketball teams on receiving the Youth 1st Team Award!  This is the second consecutive year these two teams have received this award!
The Youth 1st Team Award emphasizes positive conduct and good sportsmanship throughout the state tournament.  The Youth 1st Team Award selections are based on votes and comments from the officials9 referees and input from the MYAS tournament directors.  We would like to recognize your team (players, coaches, parents and fans) for exhibiting good sportsmanship and positive conduct during the 2020 Grade State Tournament. You played the game the right way, great job!
We should be receiving a digital collage with our team presented on it.  We hope that it will hang in the gym as a symbol of our students that showed SPARK in competition outside of the classroom! We are so proud!

Help Wanted

The Bowser family could really use some love and support right now. Carmen passed away on March 17, after a six year battle with cancer. A meal train has been set up for the family.  Please do what you can to help the family and share the link with family and friends. Thank you in advance. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Employment Opportunities  2020-21 Employment Opportunities join our team at DaVinci Academy

If you know someone who might be interested, please ask them to check out our employment page.
Licensed Positions:
  • Physical Education Teacher (K-3)
  • Elementary Teacher (K-5)
  • Elementary Gifted and Talented Teacher
  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Middle School Math Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher

Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a social distancing project that gets your family outside?  The school needs to update mulch this year, and we are looking for help digging out the old mulch to make way for a fresh batch.  Because of the amount of mulch beds we have on site, we could use quite a bit of help.  It also could be done at your convenience instead of as a weekend project (which would, of course, be much more fun but less pandemic approved).  So, if you would be interested in helping out, please let me know and I will contact you once restrictions get lifted and the world feels a bit more normal.
Thank you, Holly Fischer

PTO News

PTO Meeting

Thursday, May 26, at 6:30 pm is our next PTO meeting.  Please join us via Zoom.  New families for the 2020-21 school year are welcome to join us as well.

  • Board elections – Vice President and Treasurer seats are open
  • Meeting and event dates for next year
  • Finance update
  • Teacher fund requests

PTO Board Elections

The Executive Board shall consist of the DVA PTO Officers. The duties of the Executive Board shall be to transact necessary business between DVA PTO meetings, to approve the plans of work of the standing committees, appoint appropriate committees and to conduct such other business as may be referred to it. Meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President or a majority of the Board.
The Executive Board, by the beginning of the school year, shall establish a list of goals to be accomplished during the school year, in conjunction with a budget, and present it at the first DVA PTO public meeting for approval.

The Executive Board shall meet monthly to review financials per insurance guidelines.


Vice President – Duties

a. Aid the president.
b. Perform the duties of the president in the event of that officer's absence or inability to serve.
c. Act as liaison between committee and project chairs with the Executive Board.
d. Deliver to the successor in office, all records in his/her possession by fiscal year end.
e. Submit a written report detailing responsibility and recommendations to the future board by fiscal year end.

Treasurer – Duties
a. Be custodian of all organization funds, and shall be authorized to disburse funds on behalf of the DVA PTO.
b. Give written monthly financial reports for approval at General Membership meetings.
c. Provide a monthly cash-flow report at Executive Board Meetings.
d. Prepare a year-end financial report by fiscal year end.
e. Deliver to the successor in office, all records in his/her possession by fiscal year end.
f. Submit a written report detailing responsibility and recommendations to the future board by fiscal year end.

Contact the current board at for more information.  Check out the PTO website.

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