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Exhibition Week Wrap Up and End Of Semester Schedules (Happy November Break!)

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

What a great week at Design! Congratulations to our 10th and 12th grade for a fantastic Fall Exhibition on Tuesday night. We are so proud of our students and teachers for displaying such amazing work. And thank you to all of our families, friends, alumni and community members for showing up in support – it is the presence of our school community members that make these Exhibitions so special! See below for pictures from Exhibition Night!

Friday 11/18 was packed full of fun activities before break! Shout out to our Alumni Coordinator Pam Baker for coordinating our first ever Alumni Sibling day. It was such a pleasure welcoming graduates back to be on campus and to share their post-secondary experiences with DVD students. Also, our 12th graders went on the annual Downtown LA field trip, and had a chance to bond as a class while getting to explore the culture of downtown. And finally, our 9th grade Fundamentals of Design honors students got a chance to go on a Real World Learning field trip to local architecture firm RIOS with their teacher Mrs. Ryan! See photos from the 9th grade field trip below!

Last but not certainly not least: I want extend a BIG THANK YOU to all of the DVD families who made contributions to our DVD staff gratitude baskets; thanks to all of you for donating time, treats, and messages of gratitude to our staff to help send them off on a much deserved break with a little something to let them know how appreciated they are. We love our DVD families! And, we wish all of you a restful, safe, and fun holiday break!

When we return from the November break, we will have three weeks left of the Fall 2022 semester. Please remember that POLs start on 12/8, and these are minimum days: students will be released early at 1:45pm on POL days. See the Week 15-17 schedules here:

Key Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • 11/21-11/25: Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, 11/28: School Resumes
  • 12/1 & 12/2: Last Days for Seminars
  • 12/8-12/15: Presentations of Learning (POLs) – Minimum Day Schedule
  • Friday, 12/15: Last Day of Semester One

Week 14 Highlights: Exhibition Fall 2022 (11/15)

Week 14 Highlights: 9th Grade Art Honors RIOS Field Trip (11/18)

Staff Appreciation

Dear DVD Students, Parents, and Guardians,

 As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we are all grateful for the tremendous work of our school staff – from our teachers to counselors to paraeducators to custodians to front office staff. To show our appreciation, we are organizing Thanksgiving baskets to deliver to our school staff on Thursday, November 17th. The idea is that each staff member will receive one basket containing treats and words of appreciation from students and parents/guardians.

 

Here is how you can contribute to the baskets of Thanksgiving:

  1. Items: If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider non-perishable items such as: individually wrapped : popcorn, gummies, trail mix, chips, hot chocolate, pretzels, candy, cookies, gift cards ($5) to target, Starbucks, coffee, sparkling water, tea, and any other non-perishable snacks. We need donated items collected by: Monday November 14th. All items can be left on the first-floor front office.

  1. Words of Appreciation: There is nothing that means more to school staff than words of appreciation or encouragement. Please consider handwriting a note of thanks or typing one digitally here: DVD Staff Appreciation Notes We will be printing these digital messages and including all words of appreciation in the baskets. Handwritten notes can be dropped off by Monday November 14th. 

With gratitude for your ongoing encouragement and support,

 

Russell Stoll and Kirk Takeyama

Principal and Assistant Principal

Week 14 Preview: Exhibition Night Nov. 15th!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Next week is our Fall Exhibition Night! Our Sophomores and Seniors have been hard at work preparing projects that demonstrate their skills and knowledge. We are excited to invite all parents, families, friends, and community members to DVD Exhibition Night Tues, Nov. 15th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

This week, a group of DVD students from all grade levels had the exciting opportunity to go the LAX Aviation Career Day fair. From piloting and TSA to fire department and construction trades, students had an opportunity to learn all about what careers look like in the setting of a huge and local economic driving force: LAX airport. The event was hosted on the LAX tarmac, where students not only engaged with employers in a range of fields, but got to tour different aircraft and even sit in first class. See photos from the event below!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, tomorrow (11/11) is a school and national holiday in recognition of those who dedicated their time and lives to military service. To our veterans and to our military families: thank you for your service.

See the Week 14 bell schedule here:

Key Upcoming Dates & Events:

  • Friday, 11/11: Veteran’s Holiday – NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 11/15: Exhibition Night (10th & 12th grades)
    • All families, friends, alumni, and community members welcome!
    • Location: Da Vinci Design, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday, 11/18: Alumni Sibling Day
    Are you a DVD graduate? Come visit us! Contact Pam Baker at pbaker@davincischools.org for more details.
  • 11/21-11/25: Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
  • 12/8-12/15: Presentations of Learning (POLs) – Minimum Day Schedule

Week 13 Highlight: LAX Aviation Career Day Field Trip

Staff Appreciation

Dear DVD Students, Parents, and Guardians,

 As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we are all grateful for the tremendous work of our school staff – from our teachers to counselors to paraeducators to custodians to front office staff. To show our appreciation, we are organizing Thanksgiving baskets to deliver to our school staff on Thursday, November 17th. The idea is that each staff member will receive one basket containing treats and words of appreciation from students and parents/guardians.

 

Here is how you can contribute to the baskets of Thanksgiving:

  1. Items: If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider non-perishable items such as: individually wrapped : popcorn, gummies, trail mix, chips, hot chocolate, pretzels, candy, cookies, gift cards ($5) to target, Starbucks, coffee, sparkling water, tea, and any other non-perishable snacks. We need donated items collected by: Monday November 14th. All items can be left on the first-floor front office.

  1. Words of Appreciation: There is nothing that means more to school staff than words of appreciation or encouragement. Please consider handwriting a note of thanks or typing one digitally here: DVD Staff Appreciation Notes We will be printing these digital messages and including all words of appreciation in the baskets. Handwritten notes can be dropped off by Monday November 14th

With gratitude for your ongoing encouragement and support,

 

Russell Stoll and Kirk Takeyama

Principal and Assistant Principal

Let’s Get Social – Stay connected, engaged and informed

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LAX Aviation Career Day – Fill out your permission slip today!

 

Pick up your field trip slip at your school site front office. Wednesday, November 9th

Are you interested in the aviation industry and want to learn more about it? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore various careers within the industry and what you can do to get there!

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is hosting the Annual LAX Aviation Career Day next Wednesday, November 9. This event will bring awareness of careers in the aviation industry as well as specialized curriculums at local colleges. Students can explore aviation career opportunities, speak with, and discuss career paths with more than 30 companies, federal agencies and other airport employers.

Students can pick up a field trip slip from their Office Manager at the school site’s front desk. Spots are limited so we encourage students to turn in their slips no later than Monday, November 7.

Students will be leaving to LAX at 8:30 am and returning at 1 pm.

 

Week 12 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

So many exciting things to look forward to in the next week! DVD’s annual costume contest in honor of Halloween, a whole week full of spirit, our second Coffee with Admin Zoom session for parents/guardians, and our first school dance of the school year!

A big shout out goes to our 10th grade students and teachers today for the amazing cardboard boat races that happened today! It was SO much fun to watch students find out if their boats would sink or swim. Thank you to our friends at the El Segundo Aquatics Center for all of your help and coordination with this activity! We can’t wait to share all of the fun and photos from this exciting event during Exhibition Night on November 15th!

See the Week 12 bell schedule below:

Upcoming Events and Key Updates

  • 10/31-11/4: Spirit Week! See flier below.
    • Please remind students that full-face masks and fake weapons will not be allowed in classrooms on Halloween, 10/31
  • Monday, October 31st: Deadline to complete federal meal application:
    We need every family to complete a federal Meal Application by October 31st to maximize funding for ALL Da Vinci students.
  • Blood Drive on Monday, 10/31: Our National Honor Society has partnered with the Red Cross to host a blood drive at Da Vinci Schools on Halloween! Please sign up here: Da Vinci Blood Drive Sign Up (Red Cross)
  • Wednesday, November 2nd: Coffee w/ Admin (Two Sessions: 8am & 5pm)
    • All parents/guardians are welcome!
    • Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94873043049
    • Agenda: 1) School Updates, 2) Fentanyl/Drug Crisis and Student Health, 3) Q&A
  • Wednesday, November 2nd @4:30pm: School Site Council Meeting #2
  • Saturday, November 5th: Semi-Formal Dance!
    • 6pm – 9pm @ the DV Schools Campus (201 N. Douglas)
  • Friday, 11/11: Veteran’s Holiday – NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 11/15: Exhibition Night (10th & 12th grades)
    • All families, friends, alumni, and community members welcome!
    • Location: Da Vinci Design, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

College Visits (Week 12): (Seniors can sign up via Naviance)

  • UCLA – Tues November 1, 2022
  • Scripps College – Thurs November 3, 2022
  • Hawaii Pacific University – Fri November 4, 2022

More Than a Meal Application…We Need Your Help by Oct. 31st!

don't leave money on the table. Complete a meal application by oct. 31

Da Vinci Families – We need your help!

Both the state and federal government require Da Vinci to report the number of students each year who qualify for free and reduced meals. Although meals are currently being provided to all students free of charge, Da Vinci’s percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced meals greatly impacts the amount of additional funding Da Vinci can receive.

Da Vinci is so close to qualifying for additional funding… Even a small increase in eligible forms collected results in significantly more money for ALL students.

We need every family to complete a federal Meal Application by October 31st to maximize funding for ALL Da Vinci students.

Please fill out the application online at MySchoolApps.com. Only complete one application per family. This information will not be shared or utilized for any other purpose.

Based on your circumstances, your family may qualify for P-EBT food benefits, low-cost internet access, utilities assistance, fee waivers for college applications, SAT/ACT and Subject Test fee waivers, scholarships, and more!

Don’t delay — you may be eligible for significant savings while helping Da Vinci maximize funding for ALL students.

Please complete a meal application no later than Oct. 31st at MySchoolApps.com. We thank you!

If you need assistance, please contact Sara at meals@davincischools.org or visit www.davincischools.org/meals.

Week 11 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

It was so wonderful meeting you, parents and families, this week for Student Led Conferences! We appreciate your time and investment in the learning success of your children. We are here to support your students aspirations and goals – and expect each and every one of our students to do and be their best!

Next week, we will resume full days including seminars – and we will end the week with a spooky / spirit week themed Community Dialogue! See the Week 11 schedule AND a flier for spirit week (10/31-11/4) below!

It is time for us to do our bi-annual parent/guardian survey! Your positive feedback and participation is important to us. Please help us learn about our successes and about where we need to grow. If you did not get a chance to participate during SLCs, please do so today!

Upcoming Dates and Events:

  • Friday, 10/28: Community Dialogue Assembly
  • 10/31-11/4: Spirit Week!
  • Friday, 11/11: Veteran’s Holiday – NO SCHOOL

College Visits (Week 11 & 12): Seniors can sign up via Naviance

  • Loyola Marymount University – Mon October 24, 2022
  • UCLA – Tues November 1, 2022
  • Scripps College – Thurs November 3, 2022
  • Hawaii Pacific University – Fri November 4, 2022

Week 10: Student Led Conferences This Week

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Happy Monday! This week, we have SLCs starting today. Please use the links below to access resources for each grade level.

Reminder: We have minimum days Mon-Thurs (10/17-10/20) this week. Students will be released at 1:45pm. Friday (10/21) will have normal start and end times.

The Week 10 DVD bell schedule is here:

Student Led Conferences (SLCs): Grade Level Resources

Click links below to access SLC materials!

It is time for us to do our bi-annual parent/guardian survey! Your positive feedback and participation is important to us. Please help us learn about our successes and about where we need to grow.

Upcoming Dates and Events:

  • 10/17-10/21*: Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)
        *SLC days are early release days: classes end at 1:45pm
  • Friday, 10/28: Community Dialogue Assembly
  • 10/31-11/4: Spirit Week!
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