Third grade is having a blast earning money for Dollars for DaVinci!

DaVinci Connection-April 23, 2021

School Links


Important Dates

(subject to change-see online calendar)

4/26  Board Meeting, 6 p.m.

5/10-5/13  Intersession

5/12  Student Development Committee Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

5/14  No School

5/24  Board Meeting, 6 p.m.

5/31  No School, Memorial Day


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.

Attendance Update

Please review the latest Attendance Update along with the details outlined below for using the attendance line. This update is for both distance and in-person learners.

You may view your child’s attendance record in your Campus Parent account.

Greetings!

To the left, you will find helpful links to important pages on our website.

Ms. Silkey-JonesDear DaVinci Families,

I hope this message finds you well! 

Thank you so much for your continued support as we near the final stretch of the school year. I greatly appreciate the time you have taken over the last year to navigate all the information I’ve shared with you. One of our goals going into this school year was to prioritize information sharing with families, to ensure, even when we had to make hard decisions that you understood our decision-making process and had opportunities to share feedback. You have been extraordinary partners in this process and we are grateful to you!

On a personal note, we celebrated a milestone this week as my daughter who was along for the ride during my first year at DaVinci just turned one year old! I hope her smile brings you some joy on this Friday afternoon.

My best,


Nice to Know


cans of food stackedCEAP Food Drive Total

DaVinci Academy raised a total of 205 pounds of food during our CEAP food drive! Thank you to everyone who donated! Along with the non-perishable food items collected, the PTO is also donating $500 which will provide 10 pallets of fresh produce.


Fundraising


DaVinci Golf Day and Fundraiser Invitation

Join us for a golf event at Topgolf to support DaVinci Academy! Reserve your spot now for this fun twist on our traditional golf tournament. Teams can include up to 6 people and smaller groups will be combined with others so each of the 15 bays that we have reserved are full. Space is limited!

Click here to to learn more and to register!


Examples of wish list items for expanding and improving outdoor learning spaces, including a paved walking path, outside equipment, and canopies.

Update

After two weeks, our community has raised over $10,000! Thank you students and families for your excitement with raising funds! A reminder that we will be collecting donations through Monday, May 3.

Want to make your donation more impactful? Many employers will match charitable donations made by their employees. This means that your gift to DaVinci Academy could do even more to help raise funds for expanding and improving our outdoor spaces. Ask your employer if they have a charitable donation match program.

Thank you,

School Development Committee


Special Happenings


Book Fair—Onsite & Online! 

Our onsite book fair will be held at school April 26-30 and will be available for students only. Students will be able to bring money and shop the fair those days during regular school hours (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. & Friday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Cash should be brought in an envelope labeled with the child’s name. Please remember that all sales will include tax. 

Families can also shop the fair online by following this link. Items purchased online will be shipped to the school and passed out to students 7-10 days after Friday, April 30 when our onsite fair closes. Distance learning families should be able to pick up their items on Monday, May 24 which is our last scheduled packet pick up day. Check it out!


Clipart of a cat and shark dancingDaVinci Online Talent Show—There’s Still Time to Participate! 

Attention 4th-8th Grade Families!

The DaVinci Online Talent Show is back for one more year! As we continue to avoid meeting in large groups, we still want to see the amazing talent this school has to offer.

For those interested, please record yourself doing something amazing. These videos will be compiled into our Online Talent Show playlist and shared with the DaVinci community.

Please send your videos to Anders Lundahl at alundahl@davincicharterschool.org by Monday, April 26. Watch for future messages about how to watch the Talent Show premiere on May 6.

Reminders for submitting videos:

  • These will be shared with the DaVinci community, so please don’t submit anything you don’t want teachers/students/families to be able to see.
  • Make sure your clothing, background, and language are all appropriate for a school event.
  • If you are performing a song, dance, etc. – please include what the name of the song/artist/etc. is so we can give credit where credit is due.

Excited to see all of your amazingness! Get practicing!


Support Space


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

Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month

Hello DaVinci Community!

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month! According to the Centers for Disease Control, Autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that each person with Autism has distinct strengths and challenges unique to them. 

Our team wanted to share some video clips provided by Joy Fehring, our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) specialist. The videos may help broaden our understanding and acceptance of ASD.  

For adults or older grades 6th-12th:

For middle grades 2nd-5th: 

For younger grades 1st-4th:

For younger grades preK-2nd: 

Happy Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month! -Joy Fehring, Licensed Autism Spectrum Disorders Teacher/Specialist

We hope you take some time this month to learn more about Autism and celebrate all of the unique and wonderful attributes of individuals in this community!

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


Nutritional Services


Sample of the Grab and Go Meals from Lancer Hospitality.

Frozen Meal Pick Up

Meal pick up days for the remainder of April and the month of May will be on the following days from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the main entrance:

  • Monday, April 26
  • Monday, May 3
  • No meal distribution the week of May 10
  • Monday, May 17
  • Monday, May 24

Curbside assistance will depend on staff availability.

If you have children in distance learning and 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.

P-EBT Hotline and Help Form for Families

The P-EBT Hotline is available for families Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., to answer questions about P-EBT benefits. Families may call 651-431-4608 or 1-833-454-0153, or submit questions through the P-EBT Help Form, which is available in multiple languages.


Ongoing


Please remember that if your child OR anyone in your household has one of the more common symptoms consistent with COVID, or two or more of the less common symptoms, all members of the household must remain at home until a negative COVID test or an alternate doctor’s diagnosis is received. This does not include baseline allergies but may include the same symptoms as a cold or other viruses. Please reach out to Nurse Julie if you have any questions or are unsure if your child(ren) should stay home.

More common symptoms: fever ≥ 100.4°F, new or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste and smell.

Less common symptoms: sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, extreme fatigue, new severe headache, or new congestion/runny nose.

Thanks for keeping our school safe!


Stay Safe MN

COVID-19 Updates:

Minnesota News and Outreach—April 22, 2021 Bulletin

Vaccine Provider Weekly Update

Community Testing

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.

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

Vaccine Tracking

Minnesota has launched a public vaccine data dashboard to detail the progress of COVID-19 vaccine allocation, distribution and administration across Minnesota. The dashboard provides a visual and user-friendly way to view key vaccination data. The dashboard includes information on the number of doses promised (allocated) to the state by the federal government; shipped to Minnesota providers; and administered to Minnesotans. Information is updated daily at 11 a.m.

View Minnesota’s dashboard for vaccine tracking

COVID-19 Testing Resource for Families

MDH recommends all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing. 

For more information, please visit COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Connector

The MN Department of Education has asked us once again to share this letter, outlining who is currently eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine as well as how to get registered using the Vaccine Connector. This letter is now available Hmong, Somali and Spanish, too. 

State Fair FEMA Site

Check out this State Fair FEMA vaccination site flyer to learn more about getting vaccinated through the Minnesota Community Vaccination Program.


Help Wanted


Wellness Policy Review

Every three years our wellness policy needs to be reviewed and assessed to make sure that we are in compliance with state requirements, and working towards completion of goals with regards to nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school based activities that promote student wellness. If you are interested in being a part of this process, please reach out to Cassandra Anderson at canderson1@davincicharterschool.org, and she will contact you with meeting information. Thank you for your interest.


Employment Needs at DaVinci Academy

Spread the word!

20-21 School Year:

  • On-call Substitute Teacher
  • Lunch Monitor, PT (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Food Service Assistant, PT (9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • On-call Educational Assistant

21-22 School Year:

  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 4th Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • 8th Grade/Middle School Science Teacher
  • Elementary Gifted Education Teacher (Renaissance)
  • Response to Intervention Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • On-Call Substitute Teacher
  • DaVinci Den After School Assistant, PT
  • Lunch/Recess Monitor, PT
  • Food Service Assistant, PT

For more information about these positions, please see the Employment page of our website.

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