DaVinci Connection-December 4, 2020Nicole Hartfield
(subject to change-see online calendar)
12/7 Material Pick Up Day
12/9 School Development Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm
12/9 Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm
12/14 Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
12/15 Heggies Pizza Pick Up 3:30-6:00
12/16 Student Care Package Pick Up – wave to your teachers!
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 am 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:
I hope you and your family had a restful, healthy, and happy November break!
Care Package Pick Up Days December 15 OR December 16
The DaVinci team, in partnership with PTO (and support from our generous community) will be providing care packages for all students. Pick up dates for care packages will be Tuesday, December 15, 3:30-6:30 pm and Wednesday, December 16, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm. Families picking up Heggie’s pizzas must pick up pizzas on Tuesday, December 15, and will be able to pick up care packages at that time. Please note: some students have curriculum items to be picked up on Monday, December 7. If that pick-up date applies to your child, your teacher will let you know. If not, you can pick up everything the following week. We know we have a lot of pick up days scheduled for this month, we appreciate your flexibility as we work to provide some additional cheer for students during distance learning.
As we move into the winter months, we would love to invite you to share with our DaVinci community about your family’s traditions. This is an opportunity to celebrate our diverse community and learn about all the traditions our families celebrate. Please make a short Flipgrid video describing one of your family’s traditions. It can be a holiday tradition, a fun family activity, a meaningful moment you share together, a celebration of your cultural heritage, or any family tradition that is special to you.
Follow this link and use your student’s DaVinci email address or the guest password below to join the group:
Guest password: Traditions
Time limit for each video is 1 minute.
Transition for Learning Model
As we begin trimester two in distance learning, we are all hopeful for the day in which we will be able to return to hybrid learning, and ultimately full in-person learning. As a school, we will continue to monitor the COVID case numbers closely for our area and make decisions according to the Safe Learning Plan. At the time in which the numbers allow us to transition back to hybrid learning, we will do our best to give students and staff two weeks notice as we did for this transition.
School Photos – Action Required for Distance Families
Thank you to the 50 families that submitted photos of their children for the yearbook. There are roughly 300 more photos that need to be sent. All students who did not get their photos taken on picture day should submit a photo to be included in the yearbook. Please note the following instructions:
* Photo submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include the child’s name, teacher, and grade.
*Deadline for submission is Today Friday, December 4,
Students who did get their pictures taken already should have received a communication from Scherling Photography in the envelope that included trimester 1 grades. If you did not receive that notice, or have misplaced it, please contact Scherling directly.
If you are not happy with your child’s photo, you can submit a different one for the yearbook using the instructions above.
Please contact Holly Fischer with any questions regarding photo options for the yearbook.
Support DaVinci Academy: Company Donations and Amazon Smile
- Visit smile.amazon.com. (Bookmark the site for easier access in the future.)
- Log in with your existing Amazon account. (You can create an account if you do not have one.)
- Search for “DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science” (Location: Andover, MN) and select it as your charity.
Every time you make a purchase through smile.amazon.com, DaVinci Academy will receive a donation from eligible purchases to put toward our school!
Vote once a day per email address, help us to win!
Need to Know
We have seen a major decrease in families applying for free and reduced meals due to the USDA free meal program for the 20-21 school year.
Students in households that meet the free and 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, email@example.com.
Food Service Update
We will be offering our five day frozen meal pack pick up over our Winter break Monday, December 21 and Monday, December 28, 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Meal pick up will be at the main entrance. If you would like to sign up for frozen meals, please contact canderson1@
Looking for a meal site? Use these resources to find an SFSP site near you:
- Download the Free Meals for Kids app provided by Hunger Impact Partners to your phone or device.
- Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 1-800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
- Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151, available from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Central Time.
- Text “Food” to 877-877. Spanish speakers, text “comida” to 877-877.
Pick-up Date: Tuesday, December 15
Pick-up Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Pick-up Location: DaVinci Academy
Pick-up details: Orders can be picked up by students (like in years past) to be delivered to friends and families that ordered from them. OR – individual parties can pick up their own orders.
Nice to Know
2021-22 Enrollment is Now Open
We are now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year for students who would like to attend DaVinci Academy for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. All new students who are interested and not currently enrolled at DaVinci Academy, including siblings, must complete an application. Applications are due by January 31, 2021 to be included in the enrollment lottery for the 2021-22 school year. To complete an application for the next school year click here. Sign up through our online enrollment system and then complete and submit the application.
Please feel free to share this information with your family or friends.
Hey DaVinci Community!
We have talked about how to support your children, but this week, we want to focus on you- the adults! We know you have been working so hard to manage everything and keep it together. Many of you work full-time or have very full plates all while also supporting your child’s education and well-being. Many parents are feeling quite overwhelmed and are not getting what they need in order for themselves to feel good, too. We always say, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”– if you’re not taking care of yourself, it is harder to care for your family and your work.
Want to fill your cup and take care of yourself? Below are some tips from Cincinnati Children’s on how to feel your best:
Identify what sets you off
Walk away from the trigger
Do something that calms you down
Call a friend or family member
Use positive self-talk
Spend quality time together
Consider professional help
You can find thees tips with more detail here.
Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. If your family is faced with new or ongoing needs and challenges throughout this time, please let us know by filling out this survey and someone from our team will reach out to further assist your family!
Phoenix Hathaway (K-4 School Counselor) www.calendly.com/mshathaway (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
Free Reading & Math Tutoring Available Online
Let’s face it. COVID-19 has made everything challenging this year, especially learning. Reading Corps and Math Corps have launched a new initiative to help! Scholar Squad offers free one-on-one, online tutoring for Minnesota students in grades PreK-8.
Visit ScholarSquad.org to request help for your child. A literacy or math coach will set up a time to learn more about your child and conduct a short screening. If the screening shows your child could use extra help to boost their skills, you’ll be matched with a tutor who will provide one-on-one practice and support.
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.