DaVinci Connection – November 4, 2022

A Note from Nurse Cassie

portrait of Cassie JohnsonHi Parents,
As many of you are aware, we are entering the viral season, in which many students are falling ill with influenza-like illnesses (ILI). If your student does not appear well or develops any of the symptoms below, we urge you to keep them home and consult your clinician regarding treatment.
  • Fever (100 degrees or higher)
    • Your student must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication to return to school
  • New or changing headaches
  • New or changing fatigue
  • New or changing cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, but these are less common
    • Your student must be free of these for 24 hours before returning to school if applicable

When you are calling your student in absent, please also let us know if they have any of the listed symptoms.

During this season, it takes all of us working together to stop the spread of germs and keep all of us healthy. Some reminders on how to best protect yourself and your student:
  • Use tissues to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, or wear a mask if you are comfortable doing so.
  • Keep your hands clean! Wash with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels, or other personal items.
  • Wipe down frequently used surfaces with disinfectant.
  • Get extra rest and drink extra fluids!


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Health Office.
Thank you for your partnership to keep all of us healthy!
Nurse Cassie

Give to the Max 2022 is here! And DaVinci Academy needs your support.

We are excited to raise funds for items to improve the audio equipment in our Performing Arts Center! Please consider making a gift today to help us reach our goal of $12,000, which will help us make much-needed improvements to the audio equipment in the Performing Arts Center 🎭🎷🎻. This includes purchasing items such as:

  • Wireless microphones
  • Wired microphones
  • Audio transmitters and receivers
  • Protective cases

For only $13/student, we can purchase ALL the needed items. Please share with friends, relatives, and neighbors to help us reach our goal!

Are you interested in Giving to the Max by providing a matching donor gift? We are looking for families who are interested in generously matching either $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 fundraising thresholds.  Please reach out to Dan Rhinhart to learn more about this opportunity.

Click the button below to donate

Don't Forget to Vote!

Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day!

Why it matters: It’s not a presidential election year, but the winners of Minnesota’s midterm elections will shape policy that directly impacts residents’ lives at the local, state and federal level.

What’s on the Election Day ballot in 2022?

All voters will have these races on their general election ballot:

  • U.S. Representative
  • Governor & Lt. Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • State Auditor
  • Attorney General
  • State Senator
  • State Representative
  • Judicial seats

Voters may have one or more of these races on their ballot:

  • County Officials
  • City Officers
  • School Board Members
  • Township Officers
  • Local ballot questions

Learn more about your local ballot by visiting https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/whats-on-my-ballot

Session 2 after-school activities are posted on the school website and are open for registration now through November 15. 

Register for activities offered by DaVinci Academy staff using the Infinite Campus School Store. 

Activities offered by external vendors will need to be registered for and paid for through them. 

Register early if you can… activities fill up fast!

Ski/Snowboard Club for Grades 6-8

This year we are excited to announce our partnership with Centennial Community Education to offer our students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to join their ski/snowboard club this winter. Be sure to review the information here and register for this awesome opportunity by Monday, November 28!

Toys for Tots Drive

Our awesome Student Council Committee will be hosting its second Toys for Tots drive!

Every toy really does count, children of all ages need toys again this year. By donating a toy, you can bring the gift of joy to an underprivileged child. Please consider supporting our student council’s Toys for Tots drive to ensure no child goes without a present this Holiday Season.

How to participate:

Now through December 5, students, families, and visitors can drop off new and unwrapped toys in the designated Toys for Tots drop boxes located on each floor. The floor that collects the most toys will win a prize! (for example: non-uniform day, movie day, etc.)

Should you have any questions, please contact Mandy Paumen at mpaumen@davincicharterschool.org


DaVinci Academy Student Council Committee

DaVinci Academy 5-8 Students Present

"Game of Tiaras"

When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted
character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy. Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones, and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this
adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.

Show Times

  • Friday, November 11, 2022 – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 12, 2022 – 12:00 pm


  • Adults – $8.00
  • Students/Seniors – $6.00
  • *Children under 5 – Free

*This production is intended for audience members ages 8 and up* 

12 Tips for Raising Confident Kids

How to build self-worth in children and help them feel they can handle what comes their way.

Right from birth, kids learn new skills at a dizzying rate. And along with those new abilities, they also acquire the confidence to use them.

As children get older, that confidence can be as important as the skills themselves. To thrive, kids need to trust in their capabilities while, at the same time, knowing that they can handle it if they aren’t successful at something. It’s by experiencing mastery and rebounding from failure that they develop healthy self-confidence.

Here are 12 ways you can set kids up to feel capable and get the most mileage out of their skills and talents.

1. Model confidence in yourself

Even if you’re not quite feeling it! Seeing you tackle new tasks with optimism and lots of preparation sets a good example for kids. That doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be perfect. Do acknowledge your anxiety, but don’t focus on it—focus on the positive things you are doing to get ready.

2. Don’t get upset about mistakes

Help kids see that everyone makes mistakes and the important thing is to learn from them, not dwell on them. Confident people don’t let fear of failure get in their way—not because they’re sure they won’t ever fail, but because they know how to take setbacks in stride.

3. Encourage them to try new things

Instead of focusing all their energy on what they already excel at, it’s good for kids to diversify. Attaining new skills makes kids feel capable and confident that they can tackle whatever comes their way.

4. Allow kids to fail

It’s natural to want to protect your child from failure, but trial and error is how kids learn, and falling short on a goal helps kids find out that it’s not fatal. It can also spur kids to greater effort, which will serve them well as adults.

5. Praise perseverance

Learning not to give up at the first frustration or bail after one setback is an important life skill. Confidence and self-esteem are not about succeeding at everything all the time, they’re about being resilient enough to keep trying, and not be distressed if you’re not the best.

6. Help kids find their passion

Exploring their interests can help kids develop a sense of identity, which is essential to building confidence. Of course, seeing their talents grow will also give a huge boost to their self-esteem.

7. Set goals

Articulating goals, large and small, and achieving them makes kids feel strong. Help your child turn desires and dreams into actionable goals by encouraging them to make a list of things they’d like to accomplish. Then, practice breaking down longer-term goals into realistic benchmarks. You’ll be validating their interests and helping them learn the skills they’ll need to attain their goals throughout life.

8. Celebrate effort

Praising kids for their accomplishments is great, but it’s also important to let them know you’re proud of their efforts regardless of the outcome. It takes hard work to develop new skills, and results aren’t always immediate. Let kids know you value the work they’re doing, whether they’re toddlers building with blocks or teenagers teaching themselves to play the guitar.

9. Expect them to pitch in

They might complain, but kids feel more connected and valued when they’re counted on to do age-appropriate jobs, from picking up toys to doing dishes to picking up younger siblings from a play date. Homework and after-school activities are great, but being needed by your family is invaluable.

10. Embrace imperfection

As grown-ups, we know perfection is unrealistic, and it’s important for kids to get that message as early as possible. Help kids see that whether it’s on TV, in a magazine, or on a friend’s social media feed, the idea that others are always happy, successful, and perfectly dressed is a fantasy and a destructive one. Instead, remind them that being less than perfect is human and okay.

11. Set them up for success

Challenges are good for kids, but they should also have opportunities where they can be sure to find success. Help your child get involved with activities that make him feel comfortable and confident enough to tackle a bigger challenge.

12. Show your love

Let your child know you love him no matter what. Win or lose the big game, good grades or bad. Even when you’re mad at him. Making sure your child knows that you think they’re great — and not just when they do great things — will bolster their self-worth even when they’re not feeling good about themselves.

Mindfully Yours,

DaVinci Academy’s Mental Health Team

Phoenix Hathaway (K-4 Counselor) www.calendly.com/mshathaway (763)-754-6577 ext. 1204

Diana Muske (5-8 School Counselor) (763) 754-6577 ext. 1310

Courtney Ferderer (K-8 School Social Worker) www.calendly.com/mrsferderer (763)-754-6577 ext. 1215

Cross Country Team Completes Season

The DaVinci cross country team completed their season at the conference championship at Como Park in St. Paul on October 14. The team had a very successful season with each member improving race times as the season progressed. Races varied from 1 mile to 2 miles depending on the venue. The conference championship consisted of a 1 mile race for our 6th grade students and a 2 mile race for our 7th and 8th grade students. Special recognition goes to Brynlee W who won the 6th grade girls individual championship and Macy W who won the 7th/8th grade girls individual championship. Congratulation to the team and to coach Retterath.

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