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Celebration of Life – Oct. 20

Please note the correct date for the Celebration of Life for Mr. Steve Anderson is Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Da Vinci Schools, 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo.

All students, alumni, friends and families are invited to attend.

In loving memory


Dear Da Vincians,

Email would not have been my preferred way of sharing this sad news; however, due to the timing of when we received it, I felt that this was the best avenue available to reach everyone in our Da Vinci family in a timely manner.

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that Mr. Steve Anderson passed away unexpectedly last night. Mr. Anderson served as our 11th grade History teacher at Da Vinci Science since 2011 and was loved and revered by students, staff, and parents alike.

A Crisis Response Team will be on campus next week to assist and support students and staff for as long as it is needed.

We want you to know that we will do everything possible during this difficult time to support our Da Vinci family. We will provide you with an update as soon as more information becomes available.


Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer


Queridos Da Vincians,

El correo electrónico no habría sido mi forma preferida de compartir esta triste noticia; sin embargo, debido al momento en que lo recibimos, sentí que esta era la mejor vía disponible para llegar a todos en nuestra familia Da Vinci de manera oportuna.

Me da mucha pena informarles que el Sr. Steve Anderson falleció inesperadamente anoche. El Sr. Anderson se desempeñó como nuestro maestro de Historia del 11º grado en Da Vinci Science desde 2011 y fue amado y venerado por los estudiantes, el personal y los padres.

Un Equipo de Respuesta a Crisis estará disponible en el campus la próxima semana para ayudar y apoyar a los estudiantes y al personal durante el tiempo que sea necesario.

Queremos que sepan que haremos todo lo posible durante este momento difícil para apoyar a nuestra familia Da Vinci. Le proporcionaremos una actualización tan pronto como haya más información disponible.


Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
Director Ejecutivo

Free and Reduced Meal Applications Are Due Now

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Attn: Da Vinci Parents and Guardians,

Many of you have not completed a Meal Application. Our goal is for 100% of families to complete a Meal Application by Oct. 31. For each additional child who is eligible for free/reduced-price meals, Da Vinci receives close to $1,800 in additional funding per student per year. This increased funding supports all of our students!

Please complete a Meal Application today — apply online or download a print application. You will need your student’s ID to submit an online application; no ID is needed for the print application — just turn it into your school office.

If you qualify, the price for your meals will be FREE. **Beginning Oct. 15, Da Vinci will waive all meal costs for reduced students.**

Please note: Your qualification for free/reduced meals is NOT tied to your assets or overall annual income. Rather, it is based on your estimated income at the time that the application is submitted, so you may qualify if you are in between jobs, etc.

Meal applications submitted after the State deadline (early November) results in no additional funds for Da Vinci that could be used to support our academic programs.

 + Federal, local, and private grant funding is based on the number of eligible students who qualify.

+ Federal Law requires families to fill out a new application (one per household) every year. All information is strictly confidential. Applications are accepted all year long but Da Vinci does not receive additional funding after the beginning of November.

+ Da Vinci’s meal program is not associated with the Wiseburn Unified School District. You will need to fill out separate applications if you have students who attend schools in both organizations.

+ Grant and scholarship assistance (SAT/ACT and college applications fee waivers, etc.) may also be available for students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals.

+ If the student receives Medicaid benefits, he/she is eligible for free/reduced pricing.

+ For full price students, all meals must be paid in advance. Overdue balances must be paid immediately. As of this school year, a $30 negative balance will be the limit and your account may be interrupted. You can deposit money at any time at or go to any of our school offices and pay by credit card, check or cash.

For more information, please visit our Meals webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Deulofeu at 310-331-8099 or email at

Don’t Miss This Private Basketball Clinic for DV Students Tomorrow!!


Looking for something to do tomorrow during the PD day when school is not in session?

There is an exciting private Basketball Clinic for Da Vinci students scheduled for tomorrow in connection with the L.A. Street Festival hosted by the LA Times. Don’t miss this opportunity to play some ball with friends and develop your skills. The free clinic is for Da Vinci students in grades 6-12 of all skill levels.

- What: Free Private Basketball Clinic for Da Vinci Students in grades 6-12
When: Friday, Sept. 20 from 12:00-2:00 PM (arrive at 11:30 with your permission slip in hand)
Where: On Douglas Street between Imperial Highway and Atwood Way — meet in the white tented area at 11:30

There will be giveaways to make the day extra special. If we obtain 150 student participants, all students will be entered into a raffle for the following prizes:

* Prize 1: Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds
* Prize 2: $100 gift card to Amazon, Best Buy or Dick’s Sporting Goods
* Prize 3: $50 gift card to Amazon, Best Buy or Dick’s Sporting Goods

The private clinic is part of the first-ever L.A. Street Festival with 3×3 games, e-sports, live music, food and more!

Hope to see you there!

Explore, Design, Tinker, Create at Da Vinci Summer Camp 2019

Join us for fun, real-world learning at Da Vinci Summer Camp 2019. We offer a variety of activities to engage children in grade levels K-9 and of all interests!

Week 1: June 17-21, 2019
Week 2: June 24-28, 2019

Camps offered:
Beginning Robotics 9:00-12:00 (entering grades 2-6)
Advanced Robotics 9:00-12:00 (entering grades 7-9)
Art Studio 9:00-12:00 (entering grades K-5)
Graphic Design 9:00-12:00 (entering grades 5-9)
Performing Arts 12:30-3:30 (entering grades K-5)
Board Games 12:30-3:30 (entering grades 1-5)
Coding & Game Design 12:30-3:30 (entering grades 5-9)
Journalism 12:30-3:30 (entering grades 5-9)
Speech & Debate 12:30-3:30 (entering grades 6-9)

COST: $160 per session (AM/PM)

>> Da Vinci Summer Camp is open to the general public. We offer early drop-off (8:00-9:00) at no extra charge. All campers must be picked up within 15 minutes of camp ending. Lunch supervision is free for students who attend both AM and PM sessions.


>>Please complete a separate registration for each child.

Questions? Email us at

DVX Info Meeting Tonight

Hello Da Vinci Seniors and Families,

A friendly reminder that we will be hosting an information meeting tonight, March 28th, at 6pm at the 201 campus in the Multi-Purpose Room. Come join us for an information presentation and Q & A time!

Can’t make it in tonight? Zoom into the meeting using the link below!

We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you have about our program.


DVX Team

Being Good Neighbors – One More Goal for our Students

As we begin this week, we wanted to take this time to thank all of you, the parents and guardians, who came out last week to participate in your children’s Student-Led Conferences (SLC). Our students shared their accomplishments and their goals for improvement along with an action plan to reach those goals. These are a very important part of the education of our students which help to ensure a high level of communication between them, the staff and you.

In light of recent events that occurred with some of our neighbors, in particular the Elevon Campus located on Douglas Street north of the Da Vinci schools, we are asking for your cooperation in adding one more goal for all of our students that includes you too: Being good neighbors.

Last week we were again notified by businesses in the area that some of the actions of our students have been anything but neighborly. Unfortunately, this is not something new, as this was addressed back in November 2018.

Several of our students have been ignoring posted signs (see below) and were caught trespassing in areas that are private property at the Elevon Campus, such as the second story which has no stores or locations open to the public. They were disruptive and rude to several of the employees that work there. We are all in agreement that these students do not represent all of the wonderful students we have attending our schools, but the very public actions of these students reflect poorly on us all. This has been a recurrent problem since late last school year, and the business owners have been extremely patient and cooperative, working with us as much as possible to address this matter. However, because of the level of disruption experienced last week, it has now reached a point where Elevon will be addressing future incidents of students trespassing on private property with us AND the El Segundo Police Department. Students are not allowed to loiter at the Elevon Campus and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

no-trespassingThe message to our students that they need to hear from you is this: Please respect our neighbors in the community and conduct yourselves accordingly; if certain behaviors are inappropriate at home or on campus, those behaviors are also inappropriate off-campus at neighboring businesses.

In addition, Elevon and other surrounding businesses have notified us that some families are still using their parking lots for drop off and pick up of students. As part of the action plan for accomplishing the goal of being a good neighbor, please do NOT use the Elevon Campus or other nearby business parking lots for dropping off or picking up your students and remind them to behave appropriately wherever they may be. This also applies to students using ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. These incidents are being reported to us and will be addressed with both you and your students as necessary.

We thank those of our students and families who have been respectful of our neighbors; we expect all our students and families to behave appropriately in our community, as we all represent Da Vinci Schools.

New High School Campus to Open on Nov. 8th, Grand Opening Celebration Dec. 9th

Science Family, we are thrilled to announce that we will be moving into the new building located at 201 N. Douglas St. in just a few short weeks! There will be more details in the coming weeks for drop-off, pick up, etc.

A message with details from our CEO, Dr. Matt Wunder, can be found at the Da Vinci Schools website, or you can access it directly by clicking HERE. It is available in both English and Spanish.

What do I need to know?

To ensure a smooth transition, the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees has approved a modification to the academic calendar to create a 5-day window for packing, moving, and reconfiguring technology. Details below:

  •  We will be adding two professional development days (Nov. 6 and 7) to our schedule. Nov. 3 was previously scheduled as a PD Day (no school for students).
  • The last day of classes at the current campuses for DVC, DVD and DVS will be Nov. 2.
  • Students will begin at the new campus on Wednesday, November 8th.

We ask that all students, families and community members please remain off of all campuses (old or new) during the transition unless specifically authorized to be there.

To celebrate our new beginning in this amazing new facility, there will be a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. Students, families and community members are invited to attend the opening celebration of Phase 1 of construction. (Phase 2: pool, gym and soccer field is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2018.)

Please reach out with any questions or concerns. We are so excited to get into our new home!

Thank you!


Police Activity near Campus – Update for Families

Dear parents & families, an incident involving police activity occurred on Aviation Blvd. between El Segundo Blvd. and Rosecrans Blvd. near the 360 housing development around 10:00 am this morning. Upon hearing this, we immediately went into a soft lock down and contacted the police.  They shared with us that the suspect was already in custody and that we were cleared from lock down.  We will ensure there is additional staff presence at the dismissal of summer school today at DVD/DVC at noon.