DaVinci Connection-April 22, 2022

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Important Dates

Subject to change-see online calendar

May 2-6 Staff Appreciation Week & Literacy Week

May 5, Talent Show 6:00 PM

May 5, Literacy Community Night 5:00 PM

May 6, Talent Show 6:00 PM

May 9-12, Spring Intersession **No school unless you are enrolled in a class.

May 13, No School

May 27, Annie Jr. Performance 6:00 PM

May 28, Annie Jr. Performance 12:00 PM

May 30, No School

May 31st-June 2nd, Science Week, More details to come

June 3, No School

June 10, No School

June 10th, 10th Annual Golf Tournament, Majestic Oaks Golf Club

June 16, Last Day of School


Attendance

If your student will be late or absent please call the attendance line 763-252-6130 before 9:00 a.m. Please include:

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

An Extended Absence Form is needed for more than five consecutive absences and is due four to six weeks in advance of the absence.


Recess Attire

Temperatures are getting warmer, but please remember to send your children with their winter attire. Snow bibs are needed when there is snow on the ground and boots are needed for the mud. Please send your student with appropriate (clearly labeled) attire including hats and mittens. Students go outside daily unless either the real temperature or the wind chill temperature is below 0 degrees.

GREETINGS!

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


Golf Tournament

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for our 10th annual Golf Tournament & Dinner on June 10, 2022, at Majestic Oaks Golf Club! Register TODAY for early bird pricing!

https://davincicharterschool.org/news-events/golf-tournament-2022/

The Golf Tournament is our end of year fundraiser, and a fun community building event for the DaVinci adults.

Please consider donating to the Silent Auction.  Here are some ideas:

  • Gift cards to local stores, restaurants, attractions (example: Target, Pizza Ranch, Sky Zone, Fun Lab, etc.)
  • Merchandise and Products from businesses
  • Event Tickets (example: Wild’s tickets, Twins Tickets, MN Orchestra Tickets, etc.)
  • Services from businesses or companies (example: family photo shoot, lawn services, etc. )
  • Get together with other families and create a gift basket
Basket Ideas
Family Night Board games, movie tickets, fuzzy blankets, popcorn and treats
Minnesota Sports Hats, tickets to a game, sports memorabilia
The Baker’s Basket A wicker basket of baking mixes for cakes, brownies, pancakes, pie crust, pie fillings, rolling pin, glass pie pan, wax paper, cookie cutters, olive oil, cut cupcake liners, and a baking cookbook. Delicious motivation for getting original in the kitchen.
Barbeque Time Basket Use a barbecue as the actual basket and include tools, sauces, spices, tongs, recipe books, and vouchers for meats.
Gourmet Coffee lovers Basket A coffee machine, a variety of filter coffee packs, espresso coffee packs, milk frother, coffee plunger, and gourmet or rare coffees, as well as, gift certificates to Starbucks or a favorite local coffee shop.
Wine Lover’s Night Basket Choose a selection of red and white wines, wine glasses, plus snacks to go with the wines, like cheese and crackers, and meats.
Date Night Basket Gift cards for restaurants, movie tickets, popcorn, bowling, go-carts (or any activity that could be used for a date), and flowers, a babysitting service!
Weekend Getaway Basket Voucher for a hotel, or bed and breakfast. Includes champagne, wine, cheese, and other romantic snacks. Also, toss in some vouchers for activities near the hotel such as tour guides, spa treatments, and hiking/riding/cycling.

Thank you to those who have already donated to support our school and golf tournament! If you are able to donate or willing to volunteer time to collect donations, PLEASE reach out to school_development@davincicharterschool.org



Dollars for DaVinci

Dollars for DaVinci runs now until May 6, 2022. The DaVinci community raised over $20,000 in 2021!  Our goal this year is to surpass last year’s donations and raise $30,000. All grade levels K-8 have the opportunity to help raise money to improve our indoor/outdoor spaces and enhance learning experiences for our students. We encourage families to get kids involved and have kids help earn money to donate by doing extra chores, helping neighbors, and asking family and friends for donations. 

**Note** Each grade level has a target dollar amount to raise.  If all classes reach that goal, we will bring in a dunk tank and Ms. Zender and Mr. Shields will be dunked by the students who bring in the most money.

Donations can be made electronically here: Dollars for DaVinci



Yearbook Pre-Orders

Yearbooks will arrive the last few weeks of school. Orders can be placed in your Infinite Campus account starting today! Ordering will close on Sunday, April 24. Don’t miss the opportunity to treasure the names, faces, and events that made this year so special for your child.


Upcoming Events at DaVinci

The week of May 2-6 is going to be a big week at DaVinci Academy.

We are celebrating Children’s Book Week with a Book Fair and a Literacy Night that is open to families on Thursday May 5 at 5:00 PM., the DaVinci Student Talent Show is on Thursday, May 5 at 6:00 PM, and we are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by showing gratitude to THE ENTIRE DAVINCI STAFF.

We are looking for parent participation in the following ways to make this week special.

1. Food items and volunteers for a whole staff breakfast on Tuesday, May 3.
2. Food items and volunteers for a whole staff lunch on Friday, May 6.
3. Donation items for Staff Relaxation Space Updates.
In addition to these school sponsored events, the PTO will be planning some staff surprises for that week as well. There are many ways for families to participate in these fun community building opportunities. Sign up here to help out!


Book Fair

DaVinci Academy has an exciting new opportunity for our spring book fair! This year, we are partnering with the Red Balloon Bookshop. Red Balloon has been providing books for children in the St. Paul community since 1984. Red Balloon will give a portion of the proceeds from the book fair back to DaVinci to purchase books for our school library. We can earn up to 25% of our sales back for our library!

We will be hosting an in-person fair May 2-May 6 as well as an online fair. This book fair is unique in that our students will get to pick books that they’d like to see sold at the book fair! Teachers will also have the opportunity to make an online wish list for their classroom.

May 2-May 6 is also teacher & staff appreciation week, and books make great gifts!

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to May 2nd.


Annie Jr. 

Come support DaVinci Academy 5th-8th grade students as they perform Annie Jr.

Performances

Friday, May 27 @ 6:00PM

Saturday, May 28 @ 12:00PM

Admission

$8 Adults

$6 Students/Seniors

FREE children under age 5


Support Space

Hello DaVinci Community!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Like most parents, you may know it’s important to talk with your child about how to stay safe, but may not be sure how to approach the topic of abuse. Here’s a really helpful site to equip you for these conversations,

https://www.cfchildren.org/resources/child-abuse-prevention/. This Committee for Children resource includes a how-to guide of helpful language to use in conversations around this topic, including “what to say at every age” and “know the signs”.

Talking about child abuse is the best way to prevent it. You can build these conversations into everyday moments to create trust, warmth and comfort around a serious topic. Just like any safety topic you discuss at home, you can teach your child age-appropriate body safety rules.

Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns or are in need of additional support. 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!

Mindfully Yours,

DaVinci Academy Mental Health Team
Phoenix Hathaway (K-4 Counselor) www.calendly.com/mshathaway (763)-754-6577 ext. 1204
Jaclyn MacDonald (5-8 School Counselor, Long-Term Sub) (763)-754-6577 ext.1310
Courtney Rowe (K-8 School Social Worker) www.calendly.com/msrowe (763)-754-6577 ext. 1215



Butter Braids

Thank you to those that supported our school through the selling and buying of Butter Braids! We raised over $4,000!


In Search of…

We are currently in need of a conference table. If you or someone you know has one they could donate we would be grateful. Please reach out to hfischer@davincicharterschool.org.


STEM Builders

Summer camp:  June 15- August 29.  Options for grades K-8. Click here: Summer Camp Information


Community Events

Lee Carlson Center

Lee Carlson is excited to offer weekly virtual parenting groups at no charge to anyone who is interested! Each week we’ll explore a new topic around parenting and you’ll learn new skills that you can apply right away to make things a little less chaotic at home. Each Thursday, we will offer three different sessions and everyone is welcome — you don’t need to have attended a previous session to join us.

No need to sign up, just click the link and join in: https://leecarlsoncenter.org/virtual-parenting-groups/


COVID-19 Updates

The school moved into Phase 1 in the new mitigation matrix. Please follow our dashboard here.

Minnesotans who get their COVID-19 vaccine (first, second or booster) at the Mall of America between now and May 31, 2022 are eligible to receive a Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Points Ticket.

It’s easy and convenient to get the shots your family needs through the community vaccination site at Bloomington’s Mall of America. It is open weekly, Wednesday through Friday 1–8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This location has Pfizer vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds; Pfizer vaccines for people 12 and older; and Pfizer boosters for people 12 and older. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Go to Community Vaccination Program–Mall of America sign-up to make an appointment for yourself or someone else in your household. On-line sign-up is available in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Call 855-612-0677 to make your appointment over the phone.

Mystery Points Tickets will be distributed following vaccination while supplies lasts beginning April 13, 2022 till May 30, 2022.

For updated vaccination stats for students and staff at DaVinci Academy click HERE

‘Kids Deserve a Shot’ Vaccine Incentive Program for Minnesotans 5-11 Years Old

Vaccines are the strongest tool we have to prevent serious disease and death from COVID-19. Vaccines are now available for Minnesotans ages 5 and older at no cost. On January 11, Governor Tim Walz announced the launch of the next phase of the ‘Kids Deserve a Shot’ vaccine incentive program to encourage Minnesota families to get their kids 5- to 11-years-old fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

$100,000 Minnesota College Scholarship Drawings

Later this spring, there will be drawings for five $100,000 Minnesota college scholarship drawings for all Minnesotans 5-11 years old who are fully vaccinated. All Minnesotans 5-11 years old who completed their first and second doses at any point up to the registration deadline will be eligible to be entered for a chance to win a $100,000 college scholarship. Details on the drawings will be announced in the coming months.

How families can find a shot for their child:

  • Visit gov/vaxforkids to find clinic locations near you.
  • Check with their pediatrician, family medicine clinic, or local pharmacy about appointments.
  • Watch for vaccination clinics being offered at schools or other community locations around Minnesota.

Boosters Recommended for People Aged 12 and Older

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced  now recommend booster shots for those aged 12 and older five months after the completion of the primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, for some immunocompromised children aged 5-11 years old, CDC also recommends an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to complete the primary series – a total of three doses.

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

CovidTests

How Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test:

Find a COVID Vaccine: The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available. There are many options for places to get a vaccine. Here are some different
ways to find a COVID-19 vaccine:

For more on the COVID Vaccine click here:

Families must fill out this form regardless of their or their students’ vaccination status if one of more of the following is true:

1. Student or household member has tested positive for COVID-19
2. Student or household member has symptoms related to COVID-19
3. Student or household member has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for or has symptoms relating to COVID-19

Covid-19 Reporting Form

MDH Decision Tree Update

Find out more about vaccine availability in Anoka County by visiting the county website: https://www.anokacounty.us/4047/COVID-19-Vaccination

Minnesotans with questions about the COVID vaccine can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053. The hotline is available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For unique ways of talking to your kids visit The ABC’s of the Covid-19 Vaccine hosted by Sesame Street

All Minnesotans age 12 -17 are recommended to get a booster shot at least 5 months after their primary series of vaccine.  To find where to get your booster shot, refer to Find Vaccine Locations.

Minnesotans looking to start the vaccination series their child can:

  • Visit mn.gov/vaxforkids to find clinic locations near you.
  • Check with their pediatrician, family medicine clinic or pharmacy about appointments.
  • Go to a community vaccination clinic at Mall of America. For more details and to register click here: Mall of America Community Vaccination

Minnesotans with questions about the vaccine can also call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053. The hotline is available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Employment

Licensed positions for 2022-2023 School Year

Special Education Director
Special Education Coordinator
Special Education Teacher (ABS, ASD, SLD)
Special Education Teacher (DCD and/or ASD)
First Grade Teacher
Third Grade Teacher
Fifth Grade Teacher
ELL Teacher
K-5 STEM Teacher
Response to Intervention Teacher – Middle School
Health Education Teacher – Middle School (.4 FTE)

Non-Licensed positions for 2022-2023 School Year

DaVinci Den After School Program Assistant

Licensed positions for 2021-2022 School Year

Long Term Substitute – Vocal Music Teacher – Middle School
Speech Language Pathologist (.7-1.0 FTE)
Special Education Teacher (ABS, ASD, SLD)
Special Education Teacher (DCD and/or ASD)
On Call Substitute Teacher

Non-Licensed Positions for the 2021-2022 School Year

On Call Substitute Special Education Paraprofessional

Visit DaVinci Academy’s Employment Portal to learn more about open positions and apply online.


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