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Week 13 Preview & Parent Survey

Greetings Designers & Design Families,

Happy November! We are heading quickly toward our first holiday break of the year, and the year is just flying by. See the bell schedule for Week 13 below.

Fall 2021 Da Vinci Parent/Guardian Survey:

Dear Design Parents and Families: It is time for us to do our bi-annual parent survey – and we need your feedback! We ask families and students to complete a survey twice each year about how things are going at DVD. Please use the link above or click here to share your experience and thoughts with us. We continually look for ways to improve, and value your assessment of how things are going so far this year. The data collected from parent surveys like this one determines our school goals for this year, and for years to come.
Week 13 Bell Schedule:
Veteran’s Day Holiday: Thursday, 11/11
weekly schedule

Note: After next week, Fall Holiday / Thanksgiving Break is from 11/19-11/28.

Campus Highlight Week 12: Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda (1st Floor Display Case)


Celebrations are in order for everyone, staff and students, who worked so hard on the ofrenda in the display case on the first floor. Thank you Mr. Villanueva, Ms. Simon, Ms. Santana, the DVD Latinx Student Union, the DVD architecture students, the DVD ethnic studies students, and everyone who contributed to this beautiful display honoring our loved ones with such reverence.

Care Solace

Hello Design Families,

Da Vinci Schools has partnered with Care Solace, a Therapist Matching Service for students, families, and staff members–If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided to students, staff, and their families by Da Vinci Schools. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
• Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your counselors.

Da Vinci Design Counseling Team

FAFSA Workshop Recorded

Thank you to all Da Vincians who joined us on Wednesday 10/28 for our Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Families. In this workshop, we provided a step-by-step explanation of the federal student financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was explained along with grants, federal loans and scholarships. The session was recorded and can be found HERE.

Important Reminders and Resources on Financial Aid:
• The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and California Community Colleges. The FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. Please check their respective websites for financial aid deadlines We encourage you to apply early!
• To complete and sign a FAFSA electronically, both the student and the parent need an FSA ID. You can create your FSA ID here and here is a video on creating an FSA ID
• If you are applying to a private college, you many need to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is used to assess the student for institutional aid, which may include merit-based aid. Here is a list of colleges that requires the CSS Profile.
• If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for the state aid and institutional aid. Please complete the DREAM Act Application to apply for these funds. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.
• If you are or were a foster youth, you may qualify for the CHAFEE Grant. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

As always, please reach out to your respective counselor if you have any questions.

Thank you!

The DV Counseling Team

UC Application Webinars

Hello Seniors!

The University of California, Merced is offering several webinars for prospective first year and transfer students this week to help make sure they have information and resources about how to apply at their fingertips.

Tonight Nov.1: About You/ Campus Choice and Majors
Students can register here to join us online tonight, Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. PDT for the first in a series of Discover workshops that are designed to offer them live support while they work on different sections of their application. Tonight’s session will focus on the “About You” and “Campus Choice and Majors” portions of the application.

Tuesday, Nov. 2 | 4 to 6 p.m. PDT : UC Application Advising Session Online (via Zoom) Register here.
Prospective applicants are invited to join a group advising session and meet one-on-one with an Admissions Advisor. They can ask questions about admission requirements, the UC application and more!

Wednesday, Nov. 3 | 7 to 8 p.m. PDT : Navigating the Personal Insight Questions
Online (via Zoom) Register here.
The UC Merced Admissions team will offer tips for students on how to best present themselves while completing the required Personal Insight Questions on the University of California application.

Spirit Week Wrap-Up & Week 12 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Our Spirit Week is a wrap! We got “far out” and “totally rad” on Decades Day, flexed our creativity with “Anything But A Backpack Day”, and we closed out the week with a frighteningly fun Community Dialogue in our costumes today. A special congratulations goes out to our 11th grade (aka: the Junior Jack-O-Lanterns) for winning our grade-level hub design contest. See some of the photo highlights below from our spooky CD, and a photo of the winning hub design, too.

The bell schedule for Week 12 is here, with key dates and announcements below:

Key Dates & Events

  • College Visit: College for Creative Studies – Tuesday, Nov. 2nd @ 12:15pm
  • Senior Art Portfolio Review: Wednesday, Nov. 3rd
  • Veteran’s Day Holiday (No School): Thursday, Nov. 11th


Supporting Your Children During an Uncertain School Year: Tips for Managing Anxiety Parent Webinar

On Tuesday November 2 @ 6 pm The California Department of Education, San Diego Office of Education and Project Cal-Well have partnered up to provide a parent webinar to address anxiety. This webinar will offer coping strategies, tools and resources to support your children/teens who might be feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.

Additional details attached. Register here.

Parent-Supporting Child Anxiety Flyer 11-2-21

Girls Soccer Parent Meeting – Thurs. Nov. 4 @ 7:15pm

Girls soccer will have a parent meeting on Thursday Nov. 4th starting at 7:15pm. It will be held in the west plaza of 201 N. Douglas St.  This is for the varsity and jv teams. Coach Justiniano will cover the expectations of the program along with other important information. This will also be your chance to ask questions.


Hello Seniors and Families,

TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 27th, 5pm – 6pm the Da Vinci Counselors from Communications, Design, and Science and Connect will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop Night. All College applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships). The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California. FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. So please check those school’s financial aid websites and apply early!

This ZOOM webinar event will allow counselors to present the application step by step on how to fill out the FAFSA application. There will be a Q&A in the chat feature on ZOOM. Please click on the link below to join the webinar:

To fully sign and submit the FAFSA during the webinar, student and parent(s) must apply for their FSA ID and have it verified.  CLICK ON THIS LINK for a helpful video that will walk you through the steps to apply for your FSA ID.

We will be recording this webinar. Hope to see you there!

The DV Counseling Team

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