DaVinci Connection-October 23, 2020Holly Fischer
(subject to change-see online calendar)
10/26 Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
10/27 Picture Day, Cohort A *NOTE NEW DAY
10/29 Picture Day, Cohort B *NOTE NEW DAY
11/11 School Development Meeting, 3:30 pm
11/11 Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30
11/19 Last Day of Tri 1
11/20-11/30 No School
12/2 Picture Retake Day + Distance Students
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 Community:
We hope you had a great fall break!
We are gearing up for our final four weeks of the first trimester at DaVinci Academy. Thank you for your continued support of our students and community as we navigate this school year together.
As Anoka County is experiencing a rise in COVID cases our middle school students will be transitioning back to distance learning effective November 2. If you missed the communication we sent out on October 22, 2020 please click here to review all pertinent information.
As always, please reach out if you have any questions.
Need to Know
Picture Day- Updated Information
We have moved up the date for school photos to be taken in order to include the middle school students while they are still at school. Please remember that students must be in their uniform.
Group A Students : Tuesday, October 27
Group B Students: Thursday, October 29
Families with children who are distance learning are invited to come in to the school on Wednesday, December 2 to have their photos taken. If you do not feel comfortable coming in to the school to participate in school photos we have another option for you. You can submit a photo your child to be included in the yearbook. Please note the following instructions:
- Students must be in uniform
- Students must be photographed inside, in front of a solid colored background. A light colored wall is preferred over a brick or wallpapered wall.
- Students should be facing the camera straight on or angled slightly to their right.
- Cell phone photos will have sufficient resolution for submission (minimum 300 DPI) BUT Snapchat photos, or screen shots of photos will not work – original photos with no filters only.
- Photo submissions should be emailed to email@example.com and should include the child’s name, teacher, and grade.
Please contact Holly Fischer with any questions or concerns.
If you are a parent of child that receives Special Education services, consider attending our DaVinci Academy Special Education Advisory Council on Tuesday, November 10, from 5:00-6:00 pm, virtually. Please contact Kari Peterson, Special Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested or would like more information.
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.
Media Opt Out
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.
We are encouraging everyone in your home who has an online device to take a simple, 1 minute internet speed test. This test will determine the level of our broadband connectivity in an effort to expand broadband access in our district. An average speed will be calculated if multiple tests are taken from the same address.
Click on the link: http://mnruralbroadbandcoalition.com/speedtest Let the test run and you are finished.
About the initiative:
MRBC (MN Rural Broadband Coalition), is pleased to announce the kickoff of an historic event for broadband expansion. GEO Partners, LLC will be conducting a statewide crowdsourcing broadband speed test over the next several months. At a time when students are required to learn from home via the internet—when parents are being asked to stay home and, in many cases, work from home requiring broadband connectivity—there is no better time to conduct this statewide speed test. This initiative will provide statistically valid data that can be used for FCC, USDA, or MN State Border-to-Border grants. This information will give Minnesota a leg up on other regions of the country that rely on inadequate FCC mapping and speed data for grant applications.
Nice to Know
It 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