DaVinci Connection-May 20, 2022

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Important Dates

Subject to change-see online calendar

May 27, Annie Jr. Performance 6:00 PM

May 28, Annie Jr. Performance 12:00 PM

May 30, No School

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

June 3, No School

June 3, 8th Grade Send Off 5:00-7:00PM

June 10, No School

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

June 15, Last Day of School for 8th Grade

June 15, 8th Grade Celebration 6:00PM

June 16, Last Day of School K-7


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.


GREETINGS!

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


 

Please join us for the 10th Annual DaVinci Academy Golf Tournament

The Golf Tournament is a great day of community building for the DaVinci adults, and also serves as our end-of-year fundraiser.

This year’s golf event will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 at Majestic Oaks Golf Course.

  • Closest to the Pin, Straightest Drive, Putting Contests, and Longest Drive
  • Dinner and Award Ceremony
  • Silent Auction
  • Good times all-around

Register to Play Here!!!

The success of the DaVinci Academy Golf Tournament is in large part thanks to our generous sponsors.

Sponsorship Opportunities


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 


 

Silent Auction Donations Needed!

Please consider donating some silent auction items. 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


Notes from Nurse Julie

Student Illnesses:

COVID cases in the school have been increasing.  The symptoms are similar to cold and allergy symptoms (sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, and low-grade fevers.  We still have BinaxNOW rapid tests available for students to be tested.  Please continue to assess your child each day for symptoms and test them if you are at all uncertain.  In addition, if your child has a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, they will need to be free of these symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of medications before returning to school.  Let’s finish the year strong!

Borrowed Clothing:

 If your student has borrowed clothing from the nurse’s office, please wash what was borrowed and return so they are available for future use to other students in need.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

With the warmer temperatures, please send a water bottle to school each day with your student and encourage them to drink plenty of water to avoid the unpleasant effects of dehydration such as headaches, nausea, and passing out.

COVID Reporting

If your child tests positive, please fill out the COVID Reporting Form and Nurse Julie will get back to you as soon as she can with the details of your student’s return to school.

Link to Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZOfV_mBozzNrainbpQPZ61i-sGBPRbOOL-8WZ_YC4mpDM8w/viewform?usp=sf_link


Fall 2022 Athletics Update

 

DaVinci Academy added Cross Country and Volleyball to our sports offerings this school year. We are already planning the season for both sports, and we wanted to provide information for those families that may be interested. 

Cross Country

Cross Country is offered to our middle school students. Practices will begin the week of August 15. Families will have a chance to sign up to participate starting in August. Our practices are after school two days a week, and we run in 5-6 meets per year. We will have more information coming out as we get closer to the start of the school year. If your child is interested, we encourage students to stay active with other sports over the summer or run one to two miles three times a week to start building a fitness base.

Volleyball

Volleyball is offered to students in grades 3-8. We do this in partnership with Centennial Community Education. The third grade students have the opportunity to participate in an “Intro to Skills and Games” program so that they can develop the skills needed to be successful in a league. Students from DaVinci, Mounds View, and Centennial schools are mixed together on Thursdays from 6-8 pm. You can find out more information and register at this site.

Students in grades 4-8 will begin practice at DaVinci the week of September 20. DaVinci students practice at our school two times per week for the first two weeks and then one time per week through the season. Practices are held in our school gym based on the coaches availability for scheduling, and games are played on Monday evenings at Centennial Middle School. The 4th/5th grade students are placed on teams together, and our middle school students are placed on teams together. The number of teams is determined by the number of players from our school. Emphasis is placed upon learning the game and developing skills, and the season ends November 7. You may register for the grades 4-8 program here. If you are interested in coaching you may indicate so on the registration form.

If you have any questions about DaVinci Athletics please contact Mr. Shields jshields@davincicharterschool.org


Looking for Summer Camps?

STEM Builders

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


Lyric Arts

SUMMER @ AT LYRIC ARTS!

The Lyric Arts Education Department is a warm and supportive home for young artists to build self-confidence, develop skills, and make new friends—all in a positive, professional, and non-competitive environment. Whether a first-time student or a seasoned veteran, Lyric Arts Education hopes to inspire, nurture, and challenge participants.

K-12 Summer Workshops and Classes:  Multiple start dates.  Options for grades K–12. Click here: Summer @ Lyric Arts


UNLEASH YOUR INNER NINJA!

No more electronics! No more hearing “I’m Bored!” Keep everyone entertained and active this summer with Conquer Ninja Warrior Summer Camps. A positive and fun environment where we build strength and confidence while improving the health of your family.

For Ages 6-13, these 4 day camps are perfect for the Ninjas in your family to come and play around on obstacles, while learning technique and staying active!

Camps are Monday – Thursday, from 9:00am – 11:00am.  Select location also have afternoon summer camps available.

Camps run weekly all summer long!!

To learn more and register, click here: https://www.conquerninja.com/summercamp


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 Teacher (ABS, ASD, SLD)
  • Special Education Teacher (DCD and/or ASD)
  • Library Media Specialist
  • 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 Assistant

Licensed positions for 2021-2022 School Year

Vocal Music Teacher – Long Term Substitute

Non-Licensed Positions for the 2021-2022 School Year

Administrative Assistant/Parent Engagement Specialist – Part Time
Special Education Paraprofessional – On Call Substitute

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


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