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Hello DVD Parents and Students,
The Johnstone Scholarship application deadline has now been extended to April 13th!
The Johnstone Scholarship was created in 2018 in honor of Tom Johnstone, retiring Superintendent of Wiseburn Unified School District. Tom and his wife Terry, a retired WUSD teacher from Anza Elementary, dedicated their careers to delivering quality public education.
Three $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to graduating Seniors from Da Vinci Schools. All applicants must be currently enrolled at Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci RISE, or Da Vinci Science.
The online application cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting. Please prepare and save your question responses and essays in a word document for your records.
Dear Da Vincians,
First and foremost, we want to acknowledge what an incredible community we have at Da Vinci Schools! Our campuses may be closed, but our schools are open with caring and compassionate educators delivering high quality virtual learning. We are here for you.
As we are in our third week of virtual instruction, we have some important updates to share with you about scheduling, health guidance, meal service and Spring Break. Please read this announcement in its entirety.
We want to remind everyone that virtual learning will continue through at least May 4, 2020. However, we will be on Spring Break from April 6-10 and have PD days on April 13-14 (more info below). On-campus instruction at all Da Vinci Schools is tentatively scheduled to resume on May 5, 2020. Please check our Coronavirus Updates webpage for the latest information.
According to new state and federal guidelines, we are now able to offer FREE grab-and-go meals for ALL Da Vinci students during the coronavirus-related campus closures, regardless of whether your child/ren qualify for free and reduced-price meals.
It is expected that the student will be present to pick up the meals. However, in the event that the student is unavailable, a parent/guardian may pick up the meals on behalf of the student. Please try to have your student’s ID number available.
Students/families may pick up both breakfast and lunch M-F from 10:30am-12:30pm at:
Dana Middle School
5504 W. 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90250
We will NOT be providing meals during Spring Break (April 6-10). Instead, Da Vinci students/families may pick up meals from Hawthorne, Lawndale or Leuzinger High Schools in the Centinela Valley Union High School District on M-F from 10:30am – 1:00pm. For more information, please visit https://www.centinela.k12.ca.us/.
Spring Break Schedule & PD Days
We want to remind all of our students, families and staff that we will be observing Spring Break (April 6-10). There will be no virtual instruction during this time. We ask everyone to take a well-needed break from school.
In addition, in order to provide our staff an opportunity to collaborate on best practices for virtual instruction and plan for the next few weeks, we have decided to make Monday, April 13th and Tuesday, April 14th Professional Development days. This means that students would not have any scheduled classes meeting during these first two days following Spring Break. This would also ensure that all students could take a full week off from school if they wish, using Monday and Tuesday after the break to catch up on school work if needed, as assignments would not be due until Wednesday, April 15th at the earliest.
The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance.
At Da Vinci, we want to continue to provide health care updates as they become available through our local public health agencies. Please adhere to the following guidelines recommended by the Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control.
The COVID-19 virus has an incubation period of 2-14 days which means that anyone in close contact (close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of distance to another person for 10 minutes or longer) with an individual who has tested positive or has symptoms would need to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you are not feeling well (symptoms of COVID-19 include fever above 100.4, cough and shortness of breath), contact your physician to evaluate your symptoms and determine next steps. If you need assistance finding a medical provider or mental health services, please call 2-1-1. If your symptoms get worse (breathing, dehydration, confusion), seek prompt medical care in an emergency room. Otherwise, the treatment advice is to stay home and take self-care measures such as rest and increasing fluids.
We are deeply grateful for all of the ways that our Da Vinci family is coming together to support one another.
Stay safe and be well,
Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Actualización de Coronavirus: Servicio de comidas, vacaciones de primavera y orientación sobre salud (31 de marzo de 2020)
Estimadas familias y personal de Da Vinci:
Primero y ante todo, ¡queremos reconocer la increíble comunidad que tenemos en las Escuelas Da Vinci! Nuestros campus pueden estar cerrados, pero nuestras escuelas están abiertas con educadores solidarios y compasivos que ofrecen un aprendizaje virtual de alta calidad. Estamos aquí para ustedes.
A medida que ingresamos a nuestra tercera semana de instrucción virtual, tenemos algunas actualizaciones importantes para compartir con ustedes sobre la programación, orientación de salud, servicio de comidas y vacaciones de primavera. Por favor lea este anuncio en su totalidad.
Queremos recordarles a todos que el aprendizaje virtual continuará al menos hasta el 4 de mayo de 2020. Sin embargo, estaremos en vacaciones de primavera del 6 al 10 de abril (más información a continuación). La instrucción en el campus de todas las escuelas de Da Vinci está programada tentativamente para reanudarse el 5 de mayo de 2020. Consulte nuestra página web de actualizaciones de Coronavirus para obtener la información más reciente.
Servicio de comidas
De acuerdo con las nuevas pautas estatales y federales, ahora podemos ofrecer comidas GRATUITAS para TODOS los estudiantes de Da Vinci durante el cierre del campus relacionado con el coronavirus, sin importar si su hijo / a reúne los requisitos para recibir comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido.
Se espera que el estudiante esté presente para recoger las comidas. Sin embargo, en el caso de que el estudiante no esté disponible, un padre / tutor puede recoger las comidas en nombre del estudiante. Intente tener el número de identificación de su estudiante disponible.
Los estudiantes / familias pueden recoger el desayuno y el almuerzo de lunes a viernes de 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en:
Dana Middle School
5504 W. 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90250
NO proporcionaremos comidas durante las vacaciones de primavera (del 6 al 10 de abril). En cambio, los estudiantes / familias de Da Vinci pueden recoger comidas de las escuelas secundarias Hawthorne, Lawndale o Leuzinger en el Distrito Escolar Centinela Valley Union High School de lunes a viernes de 10:30 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. Para mas información por favor visite https://www.centinela.k12.ca.us/.
Horario de vacaciones de primavera y días de Desarrollo Profesional (PD)
Queremos recordar a todos nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal que nos adheriremos a las vacaciones de primavera (6-10 de abril). No habrá instrucciones virtuales durante este tiempo. Les pedimos a todos que tomen un merecido descanso de la escuela.
Además, con el fin de proporcionar a nuestro personal la oportunidad de colaborar en las mejores prácticas para la instrucción virtual y el plan para las próximas semanas, hemos decidido hacer los días de Desarrollo Profesional el lunes 13 de abril y el martes 14 de abril. Esto significa que los estudiantes no tendrían clases programadas durante los primeros dos días después de las vacaciones de primavera. Esto también aseguraría que todos los estudiantes puedan tomarse una semana libre de la escuela si lo desean, utilizando los lunes y martes después del receso para ponerse al día con el trabajo escolar si es necesario, ya que las tareas no se entregarán hasta el miércoles 15 de abril a más tardar.
Orientación de salud
El Oficial de Salud Pública del Estado de California y Director del Departamento de Salud Pública de California está ordenando a todas las personas que viven en el Estado de California que permanezcan en sus hogares, excepto para obtener alimentos, cuidar a un pariente o amigo, obtener atención médica necesaria o ir a un trabajo esencial. Si sale, mantenga al menos 6 pies de distancia.
En Da Vinci, queremos continuar brindando actualizaciones de atención médica a medida que estén disponibles a través de nuestras agencias locales de salud pública. Siga las siguientes pautas recomendadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública y los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades.
El virus COVID-19 tiene un período de incubación de 2 a 14 días, lo que significa que cualquier persona que esté en contacto cercano (el contacto cercano se define como estar a 6 pies de distancia de otra persona durante 10 minutos o más) con una persona que haya dado positivo o tenga síntomas necesitará auto-cuarentena durante 14 días. Si no se siente bien (los síntomas de COVID-19 incluyen fiebre por encima de 100.4, tos y falta de aire), comuníquese con su médico para evaluar sus síntomas y determinar los próximos pasos. Si necesita ayuda para encontrar un proveedor médico o servicios de salud mental, llame al 2-1-1. Si sus síntomas empeoran (respiración, deshidratación, confusión), busque atención médica inmediata en una sala de emergencias. De otra manera, el consejo del tratamiento es quedarse en casa y tomar medidas de autocuidado, como descansar y aumentar los líquidos.
Estamos profundamente agradecidos por todas las formas en que nuestra familia Da Vinci se une para apoyarse mutuamente.
Manténgase seguro y esté bien,
Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
We encourage all students and families to regularly check PowerSchool and Google Classroom. You can log into Google Classroom to determine which assignments have been submitted and then view on PowerSchool, which assignments have been graded.
If you cannot access PowerSchool, the counseling team can resend you log in instructions for both you and your student. Please fill out this survey and we will be in touch with you by the end of this week with your PowerSchool log in instructions.
If you need access to Google Classroom, please contact your student’s teachers.
For those who have completed the FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to your institution’s financial aid office. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgment under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your counseling team.
Below is a list of sites that offer FREE activities for parents and students from toddler age to high school. Explore museums, cook with your kids, learn about personal finance, take Ivy League courses, participate in interactive arts/crafts and games, learn to sing and other fun adventures. We want to support our parents/families with suggestions, as it is most important during this time of “shelter in place”, to keep your students active, engaged, and having some fun!
✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/
✅Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects
✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library
✅For students to practice and master whatever they are learning. https://quizlet.com/
✅ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. https://www.readworks.org/
✅Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises. https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/
✅Music practice transformed https://www.smartmusic.com/
✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
✅Keyboarding practice https://www.typingclub.com/ or https://www.typing.com/
✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. http://wonderopolis.org/
✅450 Ivy League courses that you can take https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/?fbclid=IwAR0tbYeSJTzmrzgs1z1Brpoh-Lg8zoqnThQAUTFqR-bBX9O6AEh2_lnLhTs
✅2,500+ online courses from top institutions https://www.edx.org/
✅22 languages to learn https://www.memrise.com/
✅Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/
✅Free stories online ages 3-12 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/
✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html
✅Guide to gardening for kids https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/
✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/
✅News and more for kids https://www.youngzine.org/
✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home
✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. https://thehappyscientist.com/
✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard
✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.
✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids
✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. https://bensguide.gpo.gov/
✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids
✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/
✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. https://www.brainscape.com/
✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.
Hello DVD families and students,
We know that during this time SAT plans may have changed but Kaplan is offering students full access to SAT prep for 1 month, for free! This free trial includes:
- Instructional videos on test content, strategy, and more
- Practice questions and explanations
- Quizzes throughout each lesson
- Full access for one month
We encourage students to utilize this opportunity to prepare for future SAT tests. You can start your prep trial here!
In addition to Da Vinci Schools Grab-N-Go pickup breakfast from 8 am – 9am and one lunch meal between 12 pm – 1:30 pm at Da Vinci Schools Multipurpose Room, below is the link to a list of Los Angeles County Charter Schools who are distributing free food to students via Grab-N-Go:
As many of you have received college acceptances and are awaiting to hear from the remainder colleges, we have received notices that most colleges have decided to cancel on-campus visits and admitted student activities which are typically done during this time. COVID19 is changing the way things are normally done on a daily basis and we will do our best to keep you informed.
Historically, all acceptances should be released no later than April 1st and that has not changed. Additionally, commitment day is May 1st (the day you commit to attending a college by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) deposit). However, because of COVID19 your commitment date may change from May 1st to June 1st. We will let you know just as soon as we know.
In the meantime, colleges have begun announcing optional opportunities that students can take advantage of in lieu of visiting college campuses. Below are a few suggestions you can find simply by checking on the colleges website:
- Live Chats
- Live Stream Sessions
- Parent FaceBook Groups
- Admitted Student Networks
- Virtual Campus Tours
- College Instagram Accounts
Lastly, make sure to check out acceptance letters for additional information and updates on admissions websites. If all else fails….. let good instinct and your heart lead the way!
Remember to contact your counselor with questions!
As we slowly move into virtual territory, we want to make sure to equip our families with helpful tools that you can use in your daily life that may help manage stress and reduce anxiety. Practicing mindfulness can increase relaxation and improve self-esteem. Below are 9 mindfulness exercises you can do in a minute or under.
By Leonie Stewart-Weeks
- Yawn and stretch for 10 seconds every hour – Do a fake yawn if you have to. That will trigger real ones. Say “ahh” as you exhale. Notice how a yawn interrupts your thoughts and feelings. This brings you into the present. Then stretch really, really slowly for at least 10 seconds. Notice any tightness and say “ease” or just say hello to that place (being mindful — noticing without judgment). Take another 20 seconds to notice and then get back to what you were doing.]
- Three hugs, three big breaths exercise – Hug someone tight and take 3 big breaths together. Even if they don’t breathe with you, your breathing will ground them.
- Stroke your hands – Lower or close your eyes. Take the index finger of your right hand and slowly move it up and down on the outside of your fingers. Once you have mindfully stroked your left hand, swap and let your left hand stroke the fingers of your right hand.
- Mindfully eat a raisin – Take a raisin or a piece of chocolate and mindfully eat it. Slow down, sense it, savor it and smile between bites. Purposefully slow down. Use all your senses to see it, touch it, smell it, and sense it. Then gently pop it into your mouth and really savor it. Savor its texture, its taste, how it feels in your mouth. Let it linger and then swallow it. After you have swallowed it, let your lips turn up slightly and smile. Do the same thing for each raisin you eat or bite you take.
- Clench your fist and breathe into your fingers – Position your fingers and thumbs facing down. Now clench your fist tightly. Turn your hand over so your fingers and thumbs are facing up and breathe into your fist. Notice what happens.
- STOP – Stand up and breathe – Feel your connection to the earth. Tune in to your body. Lower your gaze. Scan your body and notice physical sensations or emotions. Discharge any unpleasant sensations, emotions or feelings on the out breath. Notice any pleasant ones and let them fill you up on the in breath. Observe. Lift your eyes and take in your surroundings. Observe something in your environment that is pleasant and be grateful for it and its beauty. Possibility. Ask yourself what is possible or what is new or what is a forward step. If you find yourself being reactive, try the following steps: Pause and take one to three big breaths.
- Say “step back” ( You don’t have to physically step back, you can just do it in your mind.)
Say “clear head.”
Say “calm body.”
Breathe again. Say “relax,” “melt” or “ease.”
- Mindful breathing for one minute – Lower your eyes and notice where you feel your breath. That might be the air going in and out at your nostrils or the rise and fall of your chest or stomach. If you can’t feel anything, place your hand on your stomach and notice how your hand gently rises and falls with your breath. If you like, you can just lengthen the in breath and the out breath or just breathe naturally. Your body knows how to breathe. Focus on your breath. When your mind wanders, as it will do, just bring your attention back to your breath. You might like to say ‘thinking’ when you notice your thoughts and just gently shepherd your attention back to your breath.This can be done for longer than one minute. However, even for one minute it will allow you to pause and be in the moment. Or you might just like to breathe out stress on the out breath and breathe in peace on the in breath.
- Loving-kindness meditation – For one minute, repeat ‘May I be happy, may I be well, may I be filled with kindness and peace.’ You can substitute “you” for “I” and think of someone you know and like, or just send love to all people.
- An aspiration – Decide on an aspiration. Just ask yourself this question: What is my heart’s aspiration? Pause for about 20 seconds. Do this a second or third time and write down what comes. Perhaps it is to come from love, or to be kind to yourself or others or to be patient. Once you decide which aspiration you like best, say that at the beginning of the day. This will set you up for your day and your interactions with others (and even with yourself).