DaVinci Connection-June 26, 2020

School Links

Important Dates

(subject to change-see online calendar)

7/16  Annual Board Retreat, 4:00-7:00 pm

8/6  Back to School Open House

8/11  First Day of School, Grades 1-8

8/13  First Day of School, KG

9/4  No School

9/7  No School

9/25  Picture Day

9/28  No School, Teacher Workshop Day

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.

Need to Know

Planning for the 2020-21 School Year

Ms. Silkey-JonesDear DaVinci Community: 

I hope your summer is going well! We are busy planning at DaVinci for the start of school on August 11.  We are reaching out to share with you what our planning process looks like for this summer.

The Minnesota Department of Education has tasked us with developing three plans for the 20-21 school year, with the understanding that it’s possible we will be asked to utilize all three formats at different times throughout the year. 

  1. An In-Person Learning Model with limited social distancing
  2. A Hybrid Learning Model with strict social distancing (half our students would attend in person on Monday/Wednesday and half our students would attend in person on Tuesday/Thursday, the other days of the week they would participate in distance learning)
  3. A strictly Distance Learning Model

We will receive guidance from the Department of Education regarding which format we will start the year with no later than July 27, and then notify families immediately.  We are also waiting on guidance from the state about how busing transportation will be handled in each of the scenarios.  There is a potential that seats on the buses will be limited, so it will be important for families to consider whether busing will be used on a consistent basis or not. 

At the end of July, we will be asking you to let us know what your needs would be in each format with regards to transportation, technology, meals and other resources, as well as to find out whether you plan to have your child return to onsite learning during the 20-21 school year.  Families that choose not to send their children back to school for pandemic related concerns may choose to participate in a distance learning format. There will be more information to come as guidance is shared and plans are finalized, so watch your email.

Also, thank you for all of your well wishes as we welcomed a baby girl into our family, Aliyah Silkey Jones, on April 22. 

My best,


Parent Survey

Wow!  We had 67% of our families respond to the end of the year family survey.  That is a record for sure.   Thank you for your thoughtful feedback.   If you did not complete the survey yet, you still have 2 more days to do so.  Just follow this link to give us feedback on how distance learning went for your family this spring.  We are using this data to help inform planning for the 2020-21 school year, so your input is important.

School Supply Lists

We have posted our school supply lists for the 20-21 school year.   All grade levels have adjusted their plans so that there are no shared school supplies and students will all use their own materials. So, please label all supplies that you send to school with your child.  Note: a pencil box of some kind is requested in order to contain art supply materials.

Pandemic EBT Card

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is now offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5-18 who qualify for free and reduced-price meals.  This new program, called P-EBT, will provide $325 per child that families can use to purchase nutritious food for their household. The deadline for this program has been extended to July 31, 2020 and more information can be found here.

Free Meals For Students – Where Are They?

The Anoka-Hennepin School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided to all children under age 19 without charge regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis. (Español.)

Meals will be available at 15 district locations, as well as four other community locations. It is not necessary for the child to attend school at the host location, and sites will be offering different types of meal services.

Adults may purchase meals with correct cash/change. (No checks, credit, or debit cards.) Adult breakfast is $2.25 and adult lunch is $4.00.

All meals must be eaten at the site. For more information, visit ahschools.us/summermeals.

Students and families can find additional summer meal sites by using these resources:

To learn more, see the full press release and visit the Summer Food Service Program website or contact MDE Food and Nutrition Services (mde.fns@state.mn.us), or call at 651-582-8526 or 1-800-366-8922 (toll-free).

20-21 Bus Routes

Because there are still so many questions surrounding busing, and how this school year is going to go, we have made the decision to keep the routes and stops exactly the same as they were for the 2019-20 school year.  There are no final plans yet for parents to sign up for spaces on the bus because we are waiting for guidance from the state on how many students will be able to ride at a time.  So, this Interactive Bus Stop Map is provided to you just for your reference.  Additional information regarding busing will be forthcoming.

Nice to Know

Make a Plan MN

Developing an emergency plan can help you and your family be prepared for whatever comes your way. It is never too early to develop a plan for your family. It is also a good idea to revisit and update existing plans. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is requiring us to plan in different ways than other emergencies. One important plan to have in place is what to do if a parent or guardian becomes sick or hospitalized due to the virus.

We encourage you to develop a plan for how you, your family, and caregivers will respond to a potential illness or hospitalization. Having a plan can help reduce stress in the event of an emergency and help everyone transition. Start by having a conversation with everyone involved and use this as a guide.

Make a Plan Minnesota

Information and Planning Kit

Student Spotlight:

Throughout the remainder of June, Lake Area Dance Center features its Class of 2020 National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) Inductees. NHSDA is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in middle school, high school and college students studying dance.
Chloe Z , a veteran member of our Preteen Elite Company Team, is a middle school student at DaVinci Academy who earns stellar grades in all classes.  She loves performing as a soloist and a group dancer in small and large groups. She also assists young competitive dancers, making her dancing a six day per week gig!
Chloe is a focused dancer throughout all classes. She is respected for her versatility! 💃
Congratulations 🎉 Chloe as a Class of 2020 Inductee! 🎭 #liveloveladc
** If your child has accomplished something that you would like to showcase, please send us the information so we can share.
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