DaVinci Connection-October 9, 2020

School Links

Important Dates

(subject to change-see online calendar)

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

11/3  Picture Day, Cohort A

11/5  Picture Day, Cohort B

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.

Ms. Silkey-Jones

Dear DaVinci Families:

I hope you have a great fall break!

Please click here to ready an update we shared via Bloomz this week. Click here to watch a video version of this update.

My best,

Ahava Silkey-Jones
Executive Director

Important Reminders

Hello! It’s hard to believe we are done with two months of school already! It’s been great getting to see so many of your students in person the past few weeks!


Conferences are coming up next week. Though they may look different than past years, we are excited to get to connect with you about your child and the progress they’re making. If you haven’t already, be sure to contact your child’s teacher about setting up a time. If you have any questions that I can answer next week, please feel free to reach out to me as well.


School attendance is incredibly important, even during distance and hybrid learning. Studies have proven that regular attendance increases student achievement and improves their chances of graduating from high school. It’s important for students to participate in school every day, whether it’s in person or from home. 

Students who don’t participate on their at home days risk missing 60% of their educational time this year. On the distance learning days, students are still required to check in every day. Not doing so results in an unexcused absence, which can lead to a truancy report, not to mention struggles in learning. Helping your child complete their at home lessons ensures their learning stays on track and prepares them for the next lesson.

We’re In This Together!

We understand learning from home can be challenging at times, and every family’s situation is unique. If your family is struggling with at home learning, we would love to help support you. Please let us know if there are specific things we can help you with, such as internet issues, device problems, schedules and routines, understanding your child’s assignments, and so on.

Thank you for your continued partnership with us at DaVinci Academy! We are so glad to get to work with your children every day. If you have questions or concerns about the elementary school program, please feel free to reach out to me.

Have a great day!

Andrea Halverson 

Mask Up, DaVinci Academy!

Wearing a mask all day may get uncomfortable at times, but wearing a proper mask will help stop the spread of infection and keep our school open! Please make sure your family is following the DaVinci mask requirements:

  • Acceptable masks include paper or disposable masks, cloth masks, neck gaiter, scarves, bandanas, or religious face coverings.
  • Unacceptable masks include any mask that incorporates a valve or vents, mesh masks, or masks with gaps, holes, or openings. These masks allow droplets to be released from the mask and are not sufficient barriers to infection.
  • Masks must cover both the mouth and nose completely without being overly tight or restrictive.
  • Masks need to be worn at all times in the building with the exception of snack, lunch, recess, and possibly gym class.
  • With the exception of disposable masks, all masks should be washed regularly to help prevent the spread of infection.

Please help us by following these protocols and making DaVinci Academy a healthy place to be!

Tech Tips

Technology glitches are a frequent occurrence in a time when we are all relying on the internet for learning.  Here are some tips and things to try that may help you if you are struggling with Google Meet.

Language Survey

Minnesota is home to speakers of more than 100 different languages. The ability to speak and understand multiple languages is valued. The information you provide will be used by the school district to see if your student is multilingual.
In Minnesota, students who are multilingual may qualify for a Multilingual Seal upon further assessment. Additionally, the information you provide will determine if your student should take an English proficiency test. Based upon the results of the test, your student may be entitled to English language development instruction. Access to instruction is required by federal and state law.
As a parent or guardian, you have the right to decline English Learner instruction at any time. Every enrolling student must be provided with the Minnesota Language Survey during enrollment. Information requested on this form is important to us to be able to serve your student. Your assistance in completing the Minnesota Language Survey is greatly appreciated.

20-21 Free Meal Program Overview

When your student is onsite for their Hybrid learning days, they can eat school meals for free until 12/31 OR until USDA funding is exhausted. Breakfast is offered as they are entering the building. During morning attendance teachers ask students for their lunch choices.

For full distance learners a 5 day frozen meal pack is available after you complete this Form. Hybrid learners are able to purchase a 3 day frozen meal pack after completing this Form.

 Our Monday/Tuesday students will receive their meal pack at the end of the day on Tuesday to take home. Our Thursday/Friday students will receive their meal packs at the end of the day on Friday to take home.  Please note:  Our distance learners meal pick up day is on Mondays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. (When there is no school on Monday’s meal pick up moves to Tuesday 10:30 am-1230 pm)

Per USDA meals are only provided on instructional school days.  The week of 10/12-10/16 there will be NO meals services provided. We will resume meals on Monday, October 19, 2020.


Drop and Go Reminder

For those of you who have been dropping off your children this year – hasn’t the parking lot been quiet?  Yes, morning drop off is considerably changed with the elimination of more than half of the families waiting in line.  However, it is still important for your child to be ready to hop out of the car when you get to the curb.  Parents, please help by:

  • making sure your child’s mask is secured before you get to the drop off zone
  • saying your good byes quickly, and
  • remaining in your vehicle in order to keep cars moving.

If you must get out of your car to help your child for any reason, please use one of the parking spot indicated in pink on the diagram to reduce stops along the curb.

This will help to ensure that all children are on time for school and that our parking lot is safe.  Don’t forget that school starts at 8:00 am, which means that students are in their seats ready to learn by 8:00 am, not screaming in the door at 7:59:30 am.  Thank you.

Silent Dismissal – Are Your Settings Accurate?

Please check your Silent Dismissal settings.  Here is a how to video for changing settings in Silent Dismissal.  Remember these settings will need to be accurate in order for dismissal to run smoothly and safely.  **NOTE If your child is a Monday Tuesday student please only assign them for the bus on Monday and Tuesday.  If you check the other days, they will continue to show up on the check lists for the bus each day and staff have to search for students who aren’t here.  Thank you.

PARENTS WITH THE APP:  At the end of the day, you will not be able to dismiss your child from the app. This is so we may carefully control the flow of students on the sidewalk. However, you may change your child’s settings in the app.  Please note, in order for the app to work, you need to inform the school of your interest in using the app and the type of phone that you have (Apple or Android) so that we can enable the app for you.

Interactive Bus Stop Map

Bus Riders

Beginning Thursday, October 8, all students who ride the bus will be assigned seats.  Seat assignments are required as it will help in the event that we need to do contact tracing due to a COVID exposure.   At this time siblings will be required to sit together to leave seats open for additional single students.  However, if numbers on buses are lower, there can be some flexibility with those assignments.  Our student success team will be working with the students on those assignments.  If you have any questions about that you can contact Abi Dix at adix@davincicharterschool.org.
Also, we understand that there has been time fluctuations at bus stops this year.  This has everything to do with the hybrid schedule and the fact that not all stops are used every day.  We are working with Kottkes’ to find a solutions to this, but it is increasingly challenging as students move off and on the bus. Thank you for being patient as we continue to adjust to the challenges of busing during a pandemic.

Need to Know

Hoodies Are Not Part of the Uniform

We are seeing an increased number of hoodie sweatshirts being worn during the school day.  Please reference the uniform policy for appropriate long sleeved options for your child.

School Photos

Mark your calendars for school photos. Please remember that students must be in their uniform.

Group A Students : Tuesday, November 3

Group B Students: Thursday, November 5

Retakes and Distance Learning Students Who Are Interested:  Wednesday, December 2

How to Use Infinite Campus Tools

There is a lot of great information that you can get from logging in to your Parent Portal.  Here is a comprehensive cheat sheet for your reference.


Anoka County Library Resources For Students

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.

Nice to Know

Recess Attire

clipart of a moose wearing a red coat and gray stocking cap with ice and snow on it's antlersIt is that time of the year where temperatures outside can really fluctuate.  Please see the list below for clothing recommendations. There will be outdoor recess on all weather permitted days. We will have indoor recess on days when it’s raining or below zero degrees. 

  • 60 degrees or higher- short/long sleeve shirts
  • 45-60 degrees- light jacked/hooded sweatshirts
  • 44 degrees or lower-winter coat, hats, and gloves
  • Snow pants and boots are required when there is snow

Kicking off Farm to School Month

Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed October as Minnesota Farm to School Month. During the month, Minnesotans are encouraged to celebrate connections between students and local food, share our state’s farm to school stories and express gratitude for school nutrition professionals and farmers providing essential services to feed our kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As students across the state participate in a variety of in-person, distance learning and hybrid school settings, school nutrition professionals continue to provide students with fresh, nutritious food while supporting Minnesota farmers, which lifts the local economy. Read the full press release and learn more about Farm to School Month.

Support Space Ms. Hathaway Ms. RoweMs. Derby

Hey DaVinci Community!

This week is “Mental Illness Awareness Week”! Although there are MANY different mental illnesses, some of the most common disorders at school are related to depression and anxiety.

Please check out these kid-friendly info sheets about anxiety and depression. If you notice signs of these disorders or have other concerns about your child’s mental health, make sure you discuss promptly with your child’s pediatrician. Our team serves as a resource to help you navigate the mental health systems and support your child. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

To learn more about other Mental Illnesses, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm

Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. You can also set up a meeting with any member of our team for further resources and support!

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


Is your family or someone you know in quarantine? Have you had a positive COVID test in your family or close relationships? Here are some resources to help you discuss with your child. You can also reach out to your child’s counselor or social worker for more information and support.

7 tips on how to talk with your children/teens during coronavirus quarantine: https://www.childrensdayton.org/the-hub/7-tips-how-talk-your-childrenteens-during-coronavirus-quarantine

How to discuss quarantine with your children: https://www.massgeneral.org/children/coronavirus/how-to-discuss-quarantine-with-your-children

If a parent or sole caregiver has Covid-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/parents-caregivers.html

October Character Corner: Courage & Bullying Prevention

We are excited to announce once again our Everyday Heroes Campaign for Bullying Prevention Month this October! Students will be encouraged to be everyday heroes by standing up, being a buddy, being kind, and using positive speech in difficult situations. Help us build a culture of kindness and courage (our character trait of the month!), by talking to your child about what it means to be a hero every day, to be brave, and to do small things that help other students stay safe and feel welcome.

Because we believe that explicitly teaching students how to positively interact with other students is an essential step in preventing bullying and other unwanted, unkind behaviors, we want to celebrate our everyday heroes. Our staff are looking to catch our students standing up, being a buddy, being kind, and using positive speech and will have Everyday Hero tickets much like our SPARK tickets. We’ll be drawing Heroes of the Week through the month of October who will receive an Everyday Hero shirt they can wear at school (or at home!) throughout the month of October.


Internet Essentials Program Comcast logo

Do you need assistance with affordable internet service? Comcast has a program for low-income families. Click here for more information.

Please send a reusable bottle, labelled with your child’s name, to school so that they can have easy access to water during the day. We are going through cups like crazy, so please make sure your child had a water bottle that they can refill through the day.
The water fountains are turned off to slow the spread of germs. The refill stations are on. If you need a cup please see your teacher or go to the office.


Employment Needs at DaVinci Academy

 Spread the word!

  • Paraprofessional – Special Education (FT and Sub positions) 
  • Long-Term Substitute Teacher 
  • On-Call Substitute Teacher
  • Child Care Assistant (FT or PT)
  • Educational Assistant (support with distance learning in child care)

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 Kottkes’ Bus Services Inc. 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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