DaVinci Connection-September 25, 2020Nicole Hartfield
(subject to change-see online calendar)
9/28 No School (or Childcare), Teacher Workshop Day
9/29 Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
10/7 School Development Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm
10/7 Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm
10/12-10/16 No School
10/12 Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
10/13 Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
10/15 Office Closed
10/16 Office Closed
10/26 Board Meeting, 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.
Dear DaVinci Families:
Congratulations on completing our second week of hybrid learning at DaVinci Academy! Students have been doing a great job navigating our COVID mitigation plan, and teachers and staff have been overjoyed to be able to connect in person with our onsite learners as well as maintain connection with our distance learners. As we continue to refine our hybrid program please continue to reach out and share your feedback and ideas. We appreciate your vigilance in helping support our hybrid model. The most important thing each and every community member can do to help us be able to continue to stay open is to practice social distancing, wear masks, and wash hands both at school and outside of school.
As we keep a close eye on the COVID case count for Anoka county, we will be revisiting our learning model prior to our fall break to determine whether we will be recommending any changes to our learning model prior to November 19.
The Department of Education (MDE) has come out with a very helpful guide for families regarding when to come to school and when to stay home. Click here to review the COVID Attendance Guide for Parents and Families. MDE has also developed a learning model portal for you to be able to look up the learning model of any school in the state by clicking here.
As always, please reach out to us if there is anything you’d like to address or any way in which we can better support you in navigating this challenging time.
DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science
Need to Know
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.
Community Seat Available on the DaVinci Academy Board of Directors
Our success hinges upon thoughtful, sustained leadership, which is provided by a dedicated administrative team and a committed school board of volunteer directors. Our bylaws call for a board of parents, teachers, and non-affiliated community members. Today, we have an opening for a community member, and I am reaching out to invite people who may want to volunteer their time, expertise, and energy to help DaVinci Academy maintain its success into the future. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to see the impact we are having on so many kids; and, it’s a great way to contribute to the community of Ham Lake and neighboring cities. If you’d like to learn more, please contact, Melanie Persellin, Board President, at mpersellin@
The deadline for nominations is Monday, October 5.
Student Technology Guidelines
During the 2020-2021 school year, students at DaVinci Academy will be using technology devices more than ever before. With this new learning model comes more responsibility for our students. Having an internet-connected device at their fingertips can be an amazing tool for learning, when used in appropriate ways.
Student computer use is monitored at school when they are using their school account and device. Our internet use policy states that students are not allowed to use their device or account in inappropriate ways. While we can monitor student computer usage at home, we rely on parents as partners to help monitor at home.
Parents can support their students by:
Setting Expectations: If you haven’t already, consider having a conversation with your child about what is and is not appropriate for them to do with their device. Ask them what sites they are visiting when they’re online or if they’ve seen things that are not okay. Keep an open dialogue and make sure your child knows what you believe is okay and not okay.
Monitor and Limit Screen Time: We know this one is tricky when we are doing distance and hybrid learning, but your student should not need to be online all day. While we definitely encourage your child to find a quiet, distraction free place to work when doing online class, some families might find it easier to supervise internet use if the student uses the computer in a more public part of the home, particularly after live instruction is completed.
Put the Device to Bed, Not in the Bedroom: Parenting experts suggest that technology devices (including cell phones, iPods/iPads, chromebooks, etc.) should not be kept in the child’s bedroom at night. Many times, the reports we get at school for inappropriate internet access happens later in the evening, often after parents believe their child has gone to sleep. Consider finding a spot outside of their bedroom for charging the device at night.
Here are some additional resources that may be helpful for parents as you begin to have conversations with your child about technology use:
At DaVinci Academy, the first time a student is found to be using the internet or their device inappropriately, we will call the family to inform the parents. For a second offense, parents and students will be required to have a conference with a member of the Student Support Team.
Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our kids safe online!
Is Your Child’s Mask Labeled?
If not, please use a fabric marker to write your child’s name on his/her mask. A label has been sewn into the gator masks for this purpose, but it’s a good idea to label any type of mask that your child will be wearing. For safety reasons we will not be saving unlabeled masks in the lost and found area. They will be thrown away. Thank you.
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
Available Now: The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents
The highly anticipated Distance Learning Playbook for Parents is finally here! Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie designed an intentional framework in their groundbreaking title The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12. Now, in partnership with New York Times bestselling author and parenting expert, Rosalind Wiseman, they have developed this consummate guide to support parents.
Let’s partner with parents and caregivers to give them the tools to create an environment at home that is conducive to learning and develop mindsets that will outlast the pandemic. Get started by sharing these free excerpts with parents in your school:
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