A teacher at morning cross walk duty and another staff member dressed up in a unicorn costume waving to families.

DaVinci Connection-December 4, 2020

School Links

Important Dates

(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.

Ms. Silkey-Jones

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 weekWe 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. 

Traditions Flipgrid

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. 

My very best,



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:

* 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 kori@scherlingphotography.com 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.

Attn: Carol

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

Company Matching
Thousands of companies, both large and small, love to support employee giving by offering company matching to maximize employee giving while promoting corporate social responsibility. So far this year, DaVinci Academy is down 34% compared to last year. Is your employer one of them? If you are not sure, find out today and start maximizing those dollars you already work so hard for!
With so much of our shopping done online this year, did you know you can support DaVinci Academy along with your kids or loved ones?  It is as easy as 1 … 2 … 3!
  1. Visit smile.amazon.com. (Bookmark the site for easier access in the future.)
  2. Log in with your existing Amazon account. (You can create an account if you do not have one.)
  3. 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

Free and Reduced ProgramWe Need Your Help written on a chalkboard in white chalk underlined with yellow chalk

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.

Household income chart for Educational BenefitsIf you have any questions about this program, please reach out to Cassandra Anderson, canderson1@davincicharterschool.org.

Sample of the Grab and Go Meals from Lancer Hospitality.

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@davincicharterschool.org 

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.


Heggies Pizza LogoHeggies Fundraiser

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.

Give To The Max DayGive To The Max Day 2020 Logo

Give to the Max raised $1,825 this year!  We would like to thank everyone who donated to the school for outdoor space enhancements.

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.

Support Space  DVA Mental Health; Ms. Derby, Ms. Rowe, Ms. Hathaway

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:

  1. Identify what sets you off

  2. Walk away from the trigger

  3. Do something that calms you down

  4. Call a friend or family member

  5. Use positive self-talk

  6. Spend quality time together

  7. 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

scholar squad

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.

Anoka High School STEAM LogoDeadline Approaching

The priority lottery deadline to apply for the STEAM program at Anoka High closes on Dec. 31, it’s not too late!  You can APPLY HEREIf you have questions, want materials mailed out or wish to take a tour, please email Rana Nestrud; STEAM coordinator at rana.nestrud@ahschools.us today. View more about STEAM here: STEAM website

COVID-19-Community Testing

MDH bulletin 11/18/2020Stay Safe MN

All community testing sites will be closed:

  • Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25, for Christmas
What you need to know:
  • Testing is free, you do not need insurance or identification
  • You can get tested even if you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • To avoid long lines, people are encouraged to pre-register for a time slot, using the registration link listed for each location.
For more information and to register for an appointment, visit the COVID-19 Community Testing web page. Those who are unable to sign up online or need interpretation can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

All Minnesotans are now able to order an at-home saliva test at no cost.  For more information, visit COVID-19 Test at Home.

Thank You Dan Rhinhart!

Our teacher’s lounges look amazing with new tiled backsplashes.  Your hard work on making our teacher spaces at school feel special makes a difference and we are so thankful.


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.

Energy Assistance Program

As the weather is getting colder, we are again reaching out to community leaders and networks to share information about the federally funded Energy Assistance Program (EAP), which helps lower-income Minnesotans keep warm during the winter months by helping them pay their energy and heating bills. The Energy Assistance Program can help by providing financial assistance:

  • To pay past due energy bills to avoid disconnection
  • To purchase fuel for delivery in emergencies
  • To repair or replace homeowners old or malfunctioning furnaces

The application period is currently open.  Attached please find flyers in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.  Additionally, here are links to flyers in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.


MN Energy Assistance Flyer – English

MN Energy Assistance Flyer – Spanish

MN Energy Assistance Flyer – Somali

MN Energy Assistance Flyer – Hmong

You can find more information at the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.


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.

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