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Traffic & Parking challenges on rainy days

Good Morning Parents,

First of all we would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation this week as you encountered drop-off and pick-up traffic that was much heavier than usual. This was due to several factors, the most significant one being the simple fact that we had a considerable increase in the number of students – that is, those who normally walk, ride their bikes and skateboards, take the Metro, and any other means of transportation – being dropped off at school.  In order to continue to promote the safety of our students, staff, and all of you braving the weather to ensure that they get to school in a timely manner, below are a few tips and reminders:

  • Never drop off or pick up students on any sidewalk, especially Douglas Avenue
  • Avoid making illegal U-turns
  • Please follow the instructions of the staff assisting with traffic control
  • Stay within the lanes indicated by the cones set out on Douglas Avenue and in the parking lot
  • Avoid dropping your students off or picking them up in the parking lots of our neighboring businesses, such as Millennium Space Systems
  • Plan for additional time to get in and out of the parking lot
  • Carpool
  • If you have to wait for your student, park instead of waiting and delaying the pick-up and drop-off lanes

Again, thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all continue to work together to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students.  Have a safe day!

Da Vinci After School Theater Program

Interested in learning more about the theater? The DV Theater program will focus on performance, culminating in a fully staged production at the end of the semester. Any and all students are welcome. If you’re passionate about performance, or just looking to learn something new and challenge yourself, this is a program for you! Da Vinci Theater will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 starting Tuesday, January 22nd.

Welcome back for 2nd semester!

We are excited to welcome your students back on Monday for 2nd semester! Students will begin the day in their advisory classes, where they will receive their 2nd semester class schedules. (There will be no office hours on Monday or Tuesday.)
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 We are excited to be offering several new seminars this semester, including basketball and futsal (in the new gym!), swimming (in the new pool!), SAT prep, and science fiction literature. (Students will be able to make seminar change requests by using the yellow forms at the front office beginning Monday.)

To help you keep current on DVS school events, the DVS front office has created an Instagram account where we will post important news, updates, celebrations and much more. You can find us by searching for “dvs_frontoffice” to add!

Another exciting development for second semester is that Da Vinci Schools/Chartwells will start serving breakfast starting on Tuesday, January 15th from 7:30 to 8:30 in the morning in the cafeteria. Price is $3.50 for paid students, .30 cents for reduced students and those students that are free for lunch are also free for breakfast. No reapplying is needed. Information about the program can be found here: https://www.davincischools.org/meals/
The menu for the week can be found here: https://davincischools.nutrislice.com/menu/menus-eula
 
Finally, we would like to remind our students and families that our business neighbors’ campuses are private property. Parents should not drop students off in their parking lots and students should not cross through their parking lots or use any of their spaces or seating areas. Students who are found trespassing on neighbors’ private property may face disciplinary consequences and potentially face trespassing charges by the business owners.
 
Thank you!

Upcoming SAT & ACT Prep Courses at DVS

DVS is offering students 3 more great opportunities to take SAT & ACT preparation courses on campus!
 
During POL week, students in 10th and 11th grade will be taking a 3-hour course on one of the days that they are not presenting their pol. This course is FREE and will be taught by Ivy Prep, which you can learn more about at http://www.ivyprepeducation.com/ .
 
During the third week of winter break (January 7-11), DVS is offering an ACT Prep course to its students through PJ Test Prep (http://www.pjtestprep.com), a small Test Prep and Tutoring company based in the south bay. The course, open to students from all DV high schools, will be 5 days over winter break from Monday January 7th to Friday January 11th, 2.5 hours per day. Students can sign up for either the AM session (10:00-12:30) or the PM session (1:15-3:45) and are expected to attend the same session for all 5 days. The course, normally valued at $500, costs only $50 per student! Partial scholarships are available, so please don’t let the cost stop you from signing up!
After signing up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45afaf28a64-winter2 , students pay the $50 course fee to their school’s office. Please make checks out to “Da Vinci Schools” and write “ACT Test Prep” on the memo line. Space is limited, so sign up soon!
 
Finally, DVS plans to offer an SAT Prep seminar open to all students on Mondays & Wednesdays. Students can request this seminar by taking the seminar survey that will be going out to them next week.
 
Please feel free to contact me at swallis@davincischools.org if you have any questions. We are proud to be preparing our students for college!

Feedback Requested from Gensler Architects

The architects of our beautiful school building at Gensler are asking for our feedback about our experience with our building. If you have about 5 minutes, would you mind reading the message below and taking the survey?
 
” Greetings from Gensler architecture and design! We hope you’re enjoying your new school building. We worked long and hard with DaVinci management team to designed the new facility that you moved into last year!
 
We are proud to have worked with DaVinci as a progressive school and we’re looking to learn more about modern education. We’re conducting a post-occupancy research survey to gather insights about how you are using the different spaces in DaVinci and what you think about them.
 
Thank you for your time!”
 
https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4615545/DaVinci-School-Post-Occupancy-Survey

You’re Invited: Sports Complex Ribbon Cutting & Open House – December 20

We’re excited to announce that there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House Celebration at the new Wiseburn Sports Complex on Thursday, December 20.

Ribbon Cutting & Open House Celebration

Thursday, December 20, 2018
5:30-6:00PM – Speeches & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
6:00-7:00PM – Open House

201 N. Douglas Street
El Segundo, CA

Stop by for a walk-through and take a look at the new facilities! All families, staff and community members are welcome to attend. > READ MORE

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Week 17 Schedule & Information

Here’s the schedule for next week! Click here for details: DVS week 17 schedule (S10)

It’s the last week before Presentations of Learning, and Friday 12/14 is the last day for students to submit work for 1st semester.
I have also created a survey to ask your opinion about some of the changes we made from last year to this year and how they have impacted your student’s experience at DVS. I would appreciate it if you would spend a couple minutes taking the survey to give me your feedback: https://goo.gl/forms/qVTz7tK2e1CxlgCQ2
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ACT Test Prep offered to DV students over winter break

Da Vinci is once again offering a winter ACT Prep course to its students through PJ Test Prep, a small Test Prep and Tutoring company based in the south bay. The course, open to students from all DV high schools, will be 5 days over winter break from Monday January 7th to Friday January 11th, 2.5 hours per day. Students can sign up for either the AM session (10:00-12:30) or the PM session (1:15-3:45) and are expected to attend the same session for all 5 days. The cost is only $50 per student (partial scholarships are available, so please don’t let the cost stop you from signing up!)

After signing up here, students pay the $50 course fee to their school’s office. Please make checks out to “Da Vinci Schools” and write “Winter ACT Test Prep” on the memo line.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F45AFAF28A64-winter2

Happy Thanksgiving Break!

I hope you all have a happy and restful Thanksgiving break and have the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends! We are proud of the work our students have done this semester, and thankful for the support they have received from their families. Here are the schedules and due dates for the week we come back… just 3 more weeks until Presentations of Learning!

Here is the detailed week 15 schedule: DVS week 15 schedule (S10)

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