DaVinci Academy Color Fun Run

DaVinci Connection-August 28, 2020

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Important Dates

(subject to change-see online calendar)

8/31  Color Fun Run Registration Deadline

8/31  Board Meeting, 6:00 pm

9/4  No School

9/7  No School, School Office Closed

9/8 Supply Pick Up Day

9/9  School Development Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm

9/9  Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm

9/14  First Day of Hybrid Learning Format

9/19  Color Fun Run, 10:00 am

9/28  No School, Teacher Workshop Day

10/7  School Development Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm

10/7  Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm

10/12  Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:00 pm-8:00 pm

10/13  Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:00 pm-8:00 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.

Need to Know

Ms. Silkey-Jones

Dear DaVinci Families:

I hope this message finds you well!  Thank you for all of your hard work as we are entering our third week of distance learning. A reminder that next week we have a board meeting on Monday, August 31 at 6 pm. Families can attend this open meeting using this link Meeting ID: 847 4341 2829 & Password: 92tL68. Following the board meeting on Tuesday, September 1, we will share updated guidance with you regarding our hybrid re-opening plans. 

Also, per our DaVinci Academy school calendar, next Friday (September 4) and the following Monday (September 7) are non-school days, meaning there will be no live classes or assignments on those days.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me or any of our team below.

Technology: Brandee Palmer bpalmer@davincicharterschool.org

Child Care: Julie Kresh jkresh@davincicharterschool.org

Busing and Transportation: Holly Fischer hfischer@davincicharterschool.org

Grades K-5: Andrea Halverson ahalverson@davincicharterschool.org

Grades 6-8: Jack Shields jshields@davincicharterschool.org

Academic Program: Terry Moffatt tmoffatt@davincicharterschool.org

Thank you,

Ms. Silkey-Jones' signature

Ahava Silkey-Jones
Executive Director 
DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science

Peanut Free School DaVinci Academy is Now a Peanut Free School

As we prepare for students to eat in their classroom, we want to be mindful of our students with severe peanut allergies.  DaVinci Academy is now a peanut free school. This means no sandwiches, granola bars, treats or other food that contain peanuts.We understand that this change may be hard on some, but know that we will come together as a community to help keep all students safe.

20-21 Bus Routes

Please check your Parent Campus account to make sure the bus choice you have made for the year is accurate.  If it does not reflect the choice you made, please call or email the office 763.754.6577.

Final bus routes and times will be published on September 1, based on the information that parents submitted previously.  There are a few bus stops that have been eliminated and many routes that have been combined, so you will want to check to make sure that you know your child’s new bus color before school starts.  Please note that we will not be allowing families to choose more than 1 bus stop as we have in the past.   We will need to be mindful of limiting student exposure to different cohorts of children.  If you have specific concerns about this, please contact Holly Fischer.  Thank you.

**Update Sept 3** Bus routes are now listed on the password protected bus stop page of our website. Please call the office if you need the password.

Optional Chromebook Protection Plan

Did you indicate on the technology form you are interested in the Chromebook Protection Plan? If yes, please read and take the steps below to activate the plan.

The participation cost for those enrolling in the Chromebook Protection Plan is $35 per Chromebook. There is a family maximum cap based on the enrollment of two students for families with multiple students. When you purchase the plan for two of your students, all your students will be covered.

The Plan becomes active when you choose to purchase it from the School Store in your Infinite Campus parent portal.  This program will also be available for the 3-8 students who will be receiving one to one Chromebooks in the next month.  It will be free for those families that qualify for free and reduced lunch prices, however, you still need to “purchase” the plan from the school store and your fee will automatically be adjusted to 0.00 in your cart.

The Chromebook Protection Plan provides coverage for non-warranty repair, accidental damage (drops/spills), cracked screens, power surges, theft (with filed police report), vandalism by others, fire, flood, and other natural disasters. The $35 fee payment is non-refundable. This annual coverage begins upon receipt of the payment and ends at the conclusion of the regular school year. The plan does not cover lost Chromebooks, intentional damage or stolen, lost or damaged charging cords.

Chromebook Protection Plan Repair/Replacement Fee Deductible Schedule:

  • 1s t damage /repair claim: $0.00
  • 2nd damage/repair claim: $150.00
  • Additional damage/repair claims: full cost of Chromebook or replacement cord up to $300.00. All claims must be reported to the DaVinci Academy school office.

Extra Curriculars Registration Ends Soon

The last day to register for trimester 1 activities is Thursday, September 3. Please tell your DaVinci Academy friends! We have some activities that only have a few students registered and are at risk of being cancelled.

  • Books and Cooks
  • Boot Camp Workout
  • Clay Club
  • Crafternoons
  • Dance
  • Future City
  • Nerd Club

Technology Note

There has been a nation wide issue with Google these past couple of weeks and your student has likely felt the frustration of being kicked off a Google Meet session.  Although this may have seemed like a technical issue with a school issued Chromebook, we have found that, more likely than not, the problems are occurring because of Google.  Please believe that the teachers and staff are doing everything that they can to support a successful learning experience for all.

Also, students should be powering down their Chromebooks every time that they are through with it.  Just closing the lid of the computer is not sufficient, and we are finding that many issues can be avoided by regularly powering down the system.

If you continue to have technology concerns, please contact Brandee Palmer for support.

Family Resources

These are some great articles about how parents can support student success this year.  We encourage you to review them.



Notes from Nurse Julie Ms. Ganion

The state of Minnesota requires children enrolled in school to be immunized against certain diseases depending
on age OR to provide documentation of conscientious objection or medical exemption.  Here are the
Age 5-11 years (Entering grades K-6):
DTaP/DT:  5 doses
Polio (IPV/OPV):  4 doses
Hep B:  3 doses
MMR:  2 doses
Varicella (Chicken Pox):  2 doses
Age 12+ (Entering 7 th and 8 th grade):
All of the above vaccinations
Immunization/Exemption forms can be found on the school website under the health forms tab in the Students
& Parents section.
Please make sure your student is current on immunizations and that the updated immunization record or
exemption form is given to the school as soon as possible so that enrollment status is not affected.

If your child will need to take any medications while at school, please fill out the proper form(s) for the
medication required.  The forms can be found on the DaVinci website as you follow the Student/Parents
tab>>Forms and Information tab>>Health Forms.
Medications must be brought to the school by a parent and delivered to the nurse. Only medications with the
proper forms and signatures will be accepted.
*Over-the-counter medication forms need only a parent/guardian date and signature.
*Prescription medication forms must have BOTH a doctor's date and signature and a parent/guardian date and
For any child with asthma or anaphylaxis, the action plan forms can be used in lieu of the prescription
medication forms if all the necessary medications can be listed on the plans.
Medication brought to the school must be in its original container and not expired.  Medication will not be
accepted if it is expired, not in its original packaging, or is not accompanied with the correct forms.
If you have any questions, you may contact Nurse Julie at the school.

Nice to Know

Attendance information

Support Space Ms. Hathaway Ms. RoweMs. Derby

Hey DaVinci Academy Community!

We have heard many students are experiencing anxiety with distance learning, specifically about being on video. If your child is having anxiety with video calls, let’s talk about ways to help them manage, rather than avoid their camera all together.

  • Try to identify where the anxiety is coming from

    • Is your child concerned about their appearance or background?

    • Do they dislike seeing themselves on the screen?

  • Make any changes to increase comfort

    • Find a good background in your house such as a blank wall behind them or use Background Blur for Google Meet Extension which allows you to blur out your background as long as it’s not a distraction in class. You may want to allow them some time to play around with it before they are on an important call- we tried it, it’s fun! 🙂

    • Have your child choose an outfit that makes them feel confident

    • If you are using google meet grid view and your child does not want to see themselves on screen, there is an option to uncheck “Include yourself in grid view” Often people are more engaged and less anxious if they don’t see themselves as prominently

  • Make small goals to build up video time slowly

    • Start with a length of time on video that they’re comfortable with and slowly increase the on-video time with the goal of staying on video for the entirety of classes.

  • Make sure to communicate with the teacher about video expectations such as when is a good time to be off video for a break

  • Before the video call, do some deep breathing exercises

  • Practice doing calls with someone they’re comfortable speaking to

    • Ask your child’s teacher if they will do a one-on-one or reach out to one of us to try a low stress call

  • Help your child understand why being on video is important

    • It’s respectful to the teacher and other students

    • It will help you stay focused and engaged

    • It keeps students accountable to attendance

    • Teachers can see facial expressions and better gauge understanding

  • Use Positive Rehearsal

    • Have your child imagine a video call going well prior to the call. Use all their senses to walk through the imagination- what does sound, smell, feel like, etc.

Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. You can also set up a meeting with a member of our team to brainstorm more ideas!

Phoenix Hathaway (K-4 School Counselor) www.calendly.com/phathaway (763) 200-1338

Melissa Derby (5-8 School Counselor) www.calendly.com/msderby (763) 200-1281

Courtney Rowe (K-8 School Social Worker) www.calendly.com/msrowe (763) 200- 6081

Counselor’s Corner

Hello DaVinci Academy Families!

As we start a new school year, we want to continuously improve our school counseling services to our school community. We are curious to hear of topics you believe are the most important to address with your child(ren). Please fill out the form linked below to help us learn more. https://forms.gle/DmZom9eJEntV681AA

Thank you for completing this assessment. We value your input!


Phoenix Hathaway, K-4 School Counselor
Melissa Derby, 5-8 School Counselor

DaVinci Color Fun Run Registration Ends August 31

DaVinci Academy Color Fun Run

When: September 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Where: Virtual
You determine your own course (park, lake, neighborhood, treadmill) and who walks next to you! We will all run/walk at the same time. Although we will be walking and running separately we will be ‘together’ as a community virtually! We encourage you to identify a course that is approximately 5K (3.1 miles).
 Registration Fee: $15.00 per participant
With your registration fee you will receive a fun run t-shirt, color packet, as well as join in supporting the DaVinci Academy fall fundraiser!
Registration Ends August 31
 Join us in this long standing tradition at DaVinci Academy! You can run, walk, scooter, bike or dance to your finish line! Our director Ahava Silkey-Jones will live stream the start of the race at 10:00 am. We encourage participants to take pictures and short videos of your family and friends along your course. If you would like your pictures and videos shared through DaVinci platform, you can email them to school_development@davincicharterschool.org or you can post them on your own social media pages and use the hashtag #davincistrong!


School Supplies

A number of generous families have donated school supplies for DaVinci families in need.  Some items include crayons, markers, glue sticks, scissors, and folders.

Please reach out to the office if you would benefit from that gift.

COVID-19-Community Testing Stay Safe MN

The Minnesota Department of Health works in partnership with communities to provide safe and free on-site COVID-19 testing in areas with outbreaks, increasing cases, or other barriers to access existing test sites.

Visit COVID-19 Community Testing to sign up for an appointment or learn more.

Save Receipts for School Supplies!

Minnesota Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students, the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes. Visit the Minnesota Revenue website for details.


Essential Workers Child Care & Lunch/Recess Monitors Needed

We are looking for people to join the team who will be working with our day care kids and people to monitor our students in the lunch room and on the playground.   For more information about these positions, please see the Employment page of our website.

Bus Drivers Needed

There is a state wide bus driver shortage and Kottke’s is looking for people who are interested in transporting our students.   Please call 763-755-3100 if you are interested in learning more about a bus driver position.

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