Communication and Technology during School Closure

During this time, our staff and teachers will be communicating with families more frequently via email. Please take a few moments to login to SchoolMint and review your account to ensure that we have the most current email address(es) and phone number(s) for your family. If you need help accessing your login info for SchoolMint, please contact Maria Beltran (mbeltran@davincischools.org) or Irma Rodriguez (irodriguez@davincischools.org).

For those who do not have a device at home for virtual learning, we will be open again this Wednesday (3/25) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to pick-up a school-issued Chromebook. Tech pick-up for all six Da Vinci Schools will take place at the 201 N. Douglas St. campus. (DVC, DVD, DVS students may pick up on their school floor; DV Connect, RISE and DVX, please pick-up in the multi-purpose room). If students need help accessing Google Classrooms and/or other programs on their school-issued Chromebooks, they may email our IT team at studentsupport@davincischools.org.

As we move forward with Virtual Instruction at DVD, it is important to remember that our goal is to continue providing high-quality instruction and new content that is meaningful and effective, while also addressing the need for asynchronous learning and flexibility. Students are expected to submit assignments and demonstrate mastery of the content. If you have questions regarding content and/or assignments, please contact your student’s teacher.

Again, thank you for your patience and cooperation,  and I wish you and yours health and safety.

Respectfully,

Veronica Rodriguez

Coronavirus Update: Campus Closures Extended Through at Least May 4, 2020, Virtual Instruction Continues

Dear Da Vinci Families and Staff,

As we begin our second week of virtual learning, we want to provide you with another update to ensure you have the latest information.

The closure of all Da Vinci campuses will extend through at least May 4, 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. As of now, we will plan to reopen on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, but an additional extension of the closure beyond that date is possible. Virtual instruction will continue at all Da Vinci Schools. Our amazing teachers, counselors and school leaders will continue to share curriculum and resources directly with students/families.

Da Vinci Schools leadership made the decision to extend the closure following CA Governor Newsom’s announcement on Thursday of a new public health order for people to stay at home to increase social distancing, and LA County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo’s recommendation to close all schools in Los Angeles County through May 4, 2020. This decision was made in consultation with school district superintendents from across the state.

We understand how challenging these times are and we appreciate your support. We are deeply proud of all of our teachers and staff who are working hard to support our students and families. The health and safety of our Da Vinci family and beyond is our highest priority.

Meal Pick-Up (NEW TIME and LOCATION)
As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020 ALL Da Vinci students from all our six sites can pick up breakfast to go and lunch to go at Dana Middle School in the Wiseburn USD. Students can pick up the two meals, breakfast and lunch, at the same time. It is expected that the student 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.

Dana Middle School
5504 W. 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90245

Monday through Friday
Between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Check out the Menus here. Please be aware that, due to the unusual circumstances, every meal item listed on the menu may not be available during the duration of the meal distribution. Thank you for your understanding.

Technology
For those who do not have a device at home for virtual learning, we will be open again this Wednesday (3/25) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to pick-up a school-issued Chromebook. Tech pick-up for all six Da Vinci Schools will take place at the 201 N. Douglas St. campus. (DVC, DVD, DVS students may pick up on their school floor; DV Connect, RISE and DVX, please pick-up in the multi-purpose room). If you need Internet/WiFi access at home, Charter is offering FREE access to Spectrum for 60 days. To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395 (English) or 855-765-6995 (Spanish). Installation fees will be waived for new student households. > MORE INFO

Please watch for updated information on the Da Vinci Schools website at www.davincischools.org. Find additional resources, including an archive of updates, on Da Vinci Schools’ Coronavirus Updates web page at https://www.davincischools.org/coronavirus-updates/. Communication also will continue via individual school websites, blogs, email, text, and social media in the coming days and weeks.

We are deeply grateful for all of the ways that our Da Vinci family is coming together to support one another. Our transition to virtual learning has been exemplary thanks to the enormous talent and commitment of our incredible team. Our school campuses may be closed, but we continue to be here for you.

Stay safe and be well,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer

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Actualización del coronavirus ((23 de marzo de 2020): cierres escolares extendidos al menos el 4 de mayo de 2020, continúa la instrucción virtual en las escuelas de Da Vinci

Estimadas familias y personal de Da Vinci:

Al comenzar nuestra segunda semana de aprendizaje virtual, queremos darles otra actualización para asegurarnos de que tenga la información más reciente.

El cierre de todas las escuelas de Da Vinci se extenderá al menos hasta el 4 de mayo de 2020 debido a la situación actual de coronavirus. A partir de ahora, planearemos reabrir el martes 5 de mayo de 2020, pero es posible que haiga una extensión adicional del cierre más allá de esa fecha. La instrucción virtual continuará en todas las escuelas de Da Vinci. Nuestros maestros asombrosos, consejeros y líderes escolares continuarán compartiendo el plan de estudios y los recursos directamente con los estudiantes / familias.

El liderazgo de las Escuelas Da Vinci tomó la decisión de extender el cierre después del anuncio del gobernador de California Newsom el jueves de una nueva orden de salud pública para que las personas se queden en sus hogares para aumentar el distanciamiento social, y la recomendación de la Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado de Los Ángeles, Debra Duardo, de cerrar todas las escuelas en el Condado de Los Ángeles. hasta el 4 de mayo de 2020. Esta decisión se tomó en consulta con los superintendentes del distrito escolar de todo el estado.

Entendemos que desafiantes son estos tiempos y apreciamos su apoyo. Estamos profundamente orgullosos de todos nuestros maestros y personal que están trabajando arduamente para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y familias. La salud y la seguridad de nuestra familia Da Vinci es nuestra máxima prioridad.

Recogida de comidas (NUEVO TIEMPO y UBICACIÓN)

A partir del lunes 23 de marzo de 2020, TODOS los estudiantes de Da Vinci de nuestros seis sitios pueden recoger y llevarse el desayuno y el almuerzo para en la segundaria Dana. Los estudiantes pueden recoger las dos comidas, desayuno y almuerzo, al mismo tiempo. 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.

Dana Middle School
5504 W. 135th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90245

de lunes a viernes
Entre las 10:30 a.m. y las 12:30 p.m.

Haga clic aquí para ver el menú. Tenga en cuenta que, debido a las circunstancias inusuales, es posible que todos los artículos de comida que figuran en el menú no estén disponibles durante la distribución de la comida. Gracias por su comprensión.

Tecnología

Para aquellos que no tienen un dispositivo en casa para el aprendizaje virtual, estaremos abiertos nuevamente este miércoles (25 de marzo) de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m. para recoger un Chromebook emitido por la escuela. La recolección de tecnología para las seis escuelas Da Vinci se llevará a cabo en el campus 201 N. Douglas St. (Los estudiantes de DVC, DVD, DVS pueden recoger en el piso de su escuela; DV Connect, RISE y DVX, por favor recoja en el salón de usos múltiples). Si necesita acceso a Internet / WiFi en casa, Charter ofrece acceso GRATUITO a Spectrum durante 60 días. Para inscribirse en el programa, llame al 1-844-488-8395 (inglés) o al 855-765-6995 (español). Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes. > MÁS INFORMACIÓN

Esté atento a la información actualizada en el sitio web de las Escuelas Da Vinci en www.davincischools.org. Encuentre recursos adicionales, incluido un archivo de actualizaciones, en la página web de actualizaciones de coronavirus de las escuelas de Da Vinci en https://www.davincischools.org/coronavirus-updates/. La comunicación también continuará a través de sitios web de escuelas individuales, blogs, correo electrónico, mensajes de texto y redes sociales en los próximos días y semanas.

Estamos profundamente agradecidos por todas las formas en que nuestra familia Da Vinci se une para apoyarse mutuamente. Nuestra transición al aprendizaje virtual ha sido ejemplar gracias al enorme talento y compromiso de nuestro increíble equipo. Nuestros sitios escolares pueden estar cerrados, pero seguimos estando aquí para usted.

Manténgase seguro y esté bien,

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
CEO

Yearbook Update and Request

Hello!

I hope this email finds you well.  This is Mr. White, the Da Vinci Design Yearbook adviser, and I’m sending this to make a special request.
Obviously, there have been a lot of changes going on in our lives over the past few weeks due to our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  One direct impact is that teachers have now had to move learning online, and students have had to turn spaces at home into their classrooms.
Rest assured that the 2019-2020 DVD yearbook will still be published; we are almost finished with it, in fact, and would like to add one more page that features the online / virtual / distance learning that is going on in your homes.
If you would like to share a picture with us of your student’s home learning environment , whether it’s at a kitchen table or in front of a computer, that picture could be featured in this year’s yearbook.
If you’re interested in helping us with this page, just go to this website:  hjeshare.com
Once there, you will be asked for a school code; our code is HJ17693 (the HJ must be capitalized.  Once you’re logged in, just follow the prompts for submitting a picture.  Ask your student for help with this; you can even do it on your phone!
There’s one catch:  we need these pictures TODAY (or really yesterday, if not sooner)!  Or As Soon As Possible!  This page is a last minute addition to the yearbook, so if it’s going to happen we need pictures to flood in as soon as you read this email.
If you’re interested, there are still yearbooks available for pre-order.  Just go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter our school code (17693) and you can pre-order your copy today.  The yearbooks will be delivered in May, before the end of the school year.
Thanks for your help, and if you have any questions, just email me at jwhite@davincischools.org ; I look forward to seeing those pictures of your school at home!
Jason White, Yearbook Adviser
Da Vinci Design High School

¡Hola!
Espero que se encuentre bien. Este es el Sr. White, y lo envío para hacer una solicitud especial.
Obviamente, ha habido muchos cambios en nuestras vidas en las últimas semanas debido a la respuesta de nuestra nación a la pandemia de COVID-19. Un impacto directo es que los maestros ahora han tenido que cambiar el aprendizaje en línea, y los estudiantes han tenido que convertir los espacios en casa en sus aulas.
Tenga la seguridad de que el anuario de DVD 2019-2020 aún se publicará; casi hemos terminado con él, de hecho, y nos gustaría agregar una página más que muestre el aprendizaje en línea / virtual / a distancia que se está llevando a cabo en sus hogares.
Si desea compartir con nosotros una imagen del entorno de aprendizaje en el hogar de su hijo, ya sea en la mesa de la cocina, o frente a una computadora, esa imagen podría aparecer en el anuario de este año.
Si está interesado en ayudarnos con esta página, simplemente vaya a este sitio web: hjeshare.com
Una vez allí, se le pedirá un código escolar; nuestro código es HJ17693 (el HJ debe estar en mayúscula. Una vez que haya iniciado sesión, simplemente siga las instrucciones para enviar una imagen. Pídale ayuda a su estudiante con esto; ¡incluso puede hacerlo en su teléfono!
Desafortunadaments,  ¡necesitamos estas imágenes HOY (o realmente ayer, si no antes)! O tan pronto como sea posible! Esta página es una adición de último minuto al anuario, por lo que si va a suceder, necesitamos fotos para inundarse tan pronto como lea este correo electrónico.
Si está interesado, todavía hay anuarios disponibles para pre-pedido. Simplemente vaya a yearbookordercenter.com e ingrese nuestro código escolar (17693) y puede pre-ordenar su copia hoy. Los anuarios se entregarán en mayo, antes del final del año escolar.
Gracias por su ayuda, y si tiene alguna pregunta, envíeme un correo electrónico a jwhite@davincischools.org; ¡Espero ver esas fotos de tu escuela en casa!

Fun and Engaging Activities at Home

Hello Designers,

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!

Enjoy!

 

✅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
https://www.izzit.org/index.php

✅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
https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

✅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.
http://www.preschoolexpress.com/

✅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.
https://trainer.thetamusic.com/en

Kaplan Offering Full Access to SAT Prep On Demand for 1 Month, For Free!

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!

Week 28: New Virtual Instruction Schedule

Hello DVD families,

Thank you to our parents, students, and staff for completing our survey and providing feedback. Based on this, we have made some adjustments to our schedule for the upcoming week. Please make note of the following changes:

  • School goes from 9:30am until 1:30pm (Monday through Thursday).
  • On Friday, students are expected to do a virtual check-in with their advisory teacher at 10am. The rest of the day is available for independent student work time.
  • Office hours will occur at the time of the regularly scheduled class, so there is no separate time for office hours.

Below is the revised schedule and guidelines for students as we continue with Virtual Instruction. Please click here to watch a video (English and Spanish version available) that provides more information about the new schedule, Google Classroom, and where to find important announcements on our website.

VI Schedule 2

 

Student Expectations

We are grateful to our DVD community for your patience and understanding as we navigate this Virtual Instruction journey together. As we have mentioned, the health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our first priority. Please click here for a list of resources from LA County that may be helpful during this time. We miss seeing our students!

Be safe and take care,

Veronica Rodriguez

DVD Virtual Instruction Parent/Guardian Survey

Dear DVD families,

First off, we want you to know we are wishing all families health, wellness, and safety during this time. We are grateful for our Da Vinci families and our intent is to continue to be of service in the best way possible for our students and families.

We are on Day 4 of Virtual Instruction, and we acknowledge that it has been an adjustment for everyone, including students, staff, and parents. Thank you for your patience as we continue to learn and figure this out together. Please know that staff has been in communication and working hard to ensure our students are still receiving quality education at this time and that their learning and overall well-being are being considered in every discussion and decision. With that said, we would appreciate your feedback on how virtual instruction has been going for your student. If you could please fill out this Virtual Instruction Parent Survey linked here, we would greatly value your feedback and thoughts. (We are also gathering students’ feedback via a survey that is being posted to their class Google Classrooms.)

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at vrodriguez@davincischools.org or Russell Stoll at rstoll@davincischools.org

 

Take care,

Veronica Rodriguez

Amazon Future Engineer is offering FREE online computer science classes

Many schools in the US have had to close temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak, or may be in planning stages to do so.

Recognizing the enormous impact of COVID-19 on our school communities, Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online computer science classes for any student or teacher affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US.

The courses provided will be:
• Explorations in Coding (Middle School)
• Introduction to CS – Python (High School)
• AP Computer Science Principles
• AP Computer Science A – Java
• Professional development aligned to each course above

These courses will be available until August 31, 2020. Amazon will continue to closely monitor the needs of students and teachers over the coming months to best provide support.

At this time an internet connected device with an internet browser and keyboard is required (Chromebook or similar; connection recommended at 2mpbs / 800 total mb of data per course).

These courses are appropriate for any independent learners from 6th to 12th grade, or teachers who are teaching remotely to this age group. Through this free Amazon Future Engineer access, teachers will also have access to online professional development to support their work – we want all interested students and teachers to be able to use this content.

Amazon is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in our school communities. In addition to the thousands who are affected by the illness, we understand thousands more are indirectly dealing with changes in their work, school, and community environments.

Now and always, the Amazon Future Engineer program is focused on increasing access to computer science education for hundreds of thousands of students and teachers. During these troubling times, as students and community members across the US experience educational disruption during the pandemic, Amazon Future Engineer will continue to identify opportunities to support students or teachers affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US.

https://edhesive.com/amazon/free_access?utm_source=Bridges+5&utm_campaign=01f2e3c503-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_18_07_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_01fc9d5585-01f2e3c503-326570735

 

Additional Grab-N-Go Food options

Hello Designers!

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:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RjJXZWZVgg7hT-qkUEaAdsm5MXQJYFterKupZrxugOM/htmlview#gid=0

 

What can Srs do in lieu of college campus visits?

Hello Srs,

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:

  1. Live Chats
  2. Webinars
  3. Live Stream Sessions
  4. Parent FaceBook Groups
  5. Admitted Student Networks
  6. Virtual Campus Tours
  7. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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