DaVinci Connection-November 6, 2020Nicole Hartfield
(subject to change-see online calendar)
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
11/30 Board Meeting
12/2 Picture Retake Day + Distance Students
12/9 School Development Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm
12/9 Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm
12/14 Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
12/21-1/1 No School-Winter Break
1/5 School Resumes
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 this newsletter finds you and your family healthy! We are just two weeks away from the end of our first trimester. This has been a first trimester we will all remember, there have been moments that have brought so much joy and extremely challenging moments. As we continue to navigate this school year, we appreciate your partnership and support.
We announced yesterday that the number of COVID cases in our community and county have continued to rise dramatically in the last few weeks. We have already transitioned our students in grades 6-8 to distance learning and plan to transition our students in grades K-5 to distance learning after the November break based on the trajectory of the data. To learn more about this decision click here.
We continue to work to keep spirits high as our teachers and staff are spending these last few weeks in person with students to build support plans and ensure students have the tools they need to continue to be engaged when distance learning begins. We have seen so much creativity and care from families and staff to engage students in these new learning formats.
Most importantly we want to see our families and staff stay healthy. We are here to support you during this time, and ask that you don’t hesitate to reach out if you need support. More information will be shared in the coming week regarding food service, support for internet access, and improved schedules for distance learning trimester 2 as we input your feedback and staff feedback on lessons learned from trimester 1.
We will be sending another parent survey next week for you to more formally share how we can best set your child up for success with our return to distance learning. Following receipt of your feedback, we’ll host a family Q and A to answer any additional questions.
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to share questions, shoutouts for great moments happening in your child’s classroom, ideas, or concerns.
Need to Know
We have seen a major decrease in families applying for free or reduced meals due to the USDA free meal program for the 20-21 school year.
Students in households that meet the free or reduced-price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for our school. Schools must use this compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students who are behind their peers, such as remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides.
The household must complete and return the 2020-21 Application for Educational Benefits form, or complete the online form in Infinite Campus no later than December 15, so the school can calculate eligibility and report to MDE. This will not impact your students’ eligibility to receive free meals during the 2020-21 school year.
The school will only receive these compensatory funds if families qualify under the free and reduced price meal income guidelines; but, we encourage families to apply if you believe your income falls close to the maximum allowable income.
If you have any questions about this program, please reach out to Cassandra Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School Activities
We have decided not to offer after-school activities for the 2nd trimester (uncertainty regarding COVID cases, holiday season, inconsistent student activity attendance). We will make a decision whether or not to offer trimester 3 activities in early February.
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 email@example.com, if you are interested or would like more information.
If you place your Amazon orders through Smile.Amazon.Com and note DaVinci Academy as your charity, we will receive donations from Amazon with every eligible purchase made. Setting this up is as easy as 1,2,3:
- Visit smile.amazon.com. (Bookmark the site for easier access in the future.)
- Log in with your existing account. (You can create an account if you don’t have one.)
- Search for “Davinci Academy of Arts and Science” and select it as your charity.
Nice to Know
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