Thank you, thank you to all of you who contributed notes and goodies to our staff!! We are grateful for the support from our wonderful DVS students and families!
When we come back, the week 15 and 16 schedules will be as shown. Your child’s progress reports have been mailed to your home, and we encourage you to continue to review their grades and assignments with them as we near the finish line of first semester! The last day for students to turn in any late work is Friday, December 10th.
We hope you have a restful, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving break!
Da Vinci Schools acknowledge that parents/guardians are the primary sexuality educators for their child/children and we are committed to partnering with you to provide supplementary resources to support you in this role. California requires school districts to provide students with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school. Da Vinci Schools has adopted the “Teen Talk” curriculum which includes the below core components:
Covers topics of sexual and reproductive anatomy, conception and fetal development, birth control, pregnancy options, STIs and HIV, gender and sexual orientation, media analysis, relationships, sexual crimes, consent, communication and decision-making
Establishes a foundation for understanding sexual health and common language for communicating respectfully
Helps students identify resources (e.g., parents/trusted adults, school personnel, healthcare providers)
Encourages communication with parents/trusted adults, including an interview assignment
DVS will be presenting our Sexual Health Education series for our students the weeks of Dec 6 through the 17th. Hybrid instruction utilizing both webinar and in-person presentations will be followed by question and answer sessions. The large group webinars will be interactive (polls, check-in questions) and will take advantage of Zoom’s integrated Q&A function. Questions submitted during the webinars may be answered at the end of the session, or at the following week’s in-person presentation.
Parents/guardians have the option of excluding their child from sexuality education instruction. If you do not want your child to participate in comprehensive sexual health/HIV prevention education, please do so in writing to the Principal. Students who are excused will be assigned alternate activities for the period.
Have you been wanting to capture your family members (and pets, too!) for your annual holiday greeting cards? If so, here’s your chance to do that AND support our FRC Team 4201 at the same time thanks to our very own Da Vinci parent and an entertainment industry award-winning photographer Matt Beard (https://www.mattbeard.com/)!
For a donation of only $249 you will be able to bring between 1-10 members of your family or closest friends (pets welcome too) for a photo shoot. Proceeds will go toward supporting our FRC team!
You will receive all of the photos from your shoot, as a web-gallery with the full resolution digital downloads so you can easily save them, share them, or print them at home. You can also order a wide variety of different prints from the website itself (Canvas, Fine-Art Paper, Ornaments, Holiday Cards, Coffee Mugs, etc.) at a discounted price.
It’s not too late to contribute to the Thanksgiving baskets we are giving to the DVS teachers, counselors, and academic coaches to say THANK YOU for all they do to teach and support our kids! There are baskets in our office, one for each staff member, and students can come drop off notes and items in their baskets tomorrow, Wednesday, or Thursday morning.
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: DVS Staff Appreciation NotesWe will be printing these digital messages and including all words of appreciation in the baskets.
If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider using this list of the DVS staff’s favorite things for ideas. If you’d like to make a general contribution to be shared amongst the whole staff, you can send an e-gift card to email@example.com. Your gift will be used to purchase items for the baskets and your name will be included with the basket.
Thank you for all of the support and encouragement you give to our staff as they support your kids on their journey!
Next week is our last week before Thanksgiving break! Students only have classes on Monday through Thursday. We will not be holding our regularly scheduled parent office hours on Monday, but our girls’ basketball and boys soccer teams have games after school throughout the week!
Next week, we are continuing our tradition of organizing Thanksgiving baskets to deliver to our school staff on Thursday, November 18th. The idea is that each staff member will receive one basket containing things they like and words of appreciation from students and parents/guardians. If you wish to contribute to the baskets of Thanksgiving, here are some ways you can do that!
Items: If you are interested and able to purchase something to show your appreciation, please consider using this list of the DVS staff’s favorite things for ideas. Students can drop off any items for staff baskets in Steve & Grace’s office. We will begin collecting items for the Thanksgiving baskets on Monday, November 8th! If you’d like to make a general contribution to be shared amongst the whole staff, you can send an e-gift card to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your gift will be used to purchase items for the baskets and your name will be included with the basket.
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: DVS Staff Appreciation NotesWe will be printing these digital messages and including all words of appreciation in the baskets. Handwritten notes for staff baskets can also be dropped off with Steve & Grace!
Finally, one of Da Vinci’s Signature Practices is Exhibition Night, an evening event for our community to come together to witness and celebrate how much our students have learned and grown in the project-based environment. Though we originally planned to hold an Exhibition Night this semester, we have decided to allow our teachers and students additional time to prepare for this important showcase. As a result, we will be rescheduling our Exhibition Night for second semester (January – June). We look forward to showcasing our students’ terrific projects in the new year, and we will let you know as soon as we decide on our new dates.
With gratitude for your ongoing encouragement and support,
On behalf of the entire DVS family, THANK YOU to all the Veterans in our community who are currently serving and who have served in our armed forces. We are grateful for your service and the sacrifice you and your loved ones have made for our country and for protecting the freedoms we enjoy. As we take today to honor you as we rest from our work, we remember you and appreciate you!
The November “Counseling Corner”, full of resources for college counseling and socioemotional wellness put together for you by the DVS counselors, is now here! You can access it by clicking on this link: DVS November Counseling Corner Newsletter
Today, we will be holding our weekly Zoom parent office hours from 4:30pm-5:30pm at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/SteveGraceOfficeHours – all are welcome to drop in and say hello and share ideas, feedback, and questions with us!
The calendar for the remainder of first semester is shown here – please note that we have moved our Exhibition Night to next spring and that the final date for students to turn in any late work for their classes is Friday, December 10th. Presentations of Learning, or “POLs”, will begin on Monday, December 13th. More information about POLs will be coming next week.
Finally, we are writing the draft of our self-study for our WASC accreditation this month, and we invite all of our stakeholders to take a look at the document here or in the “resources” section and provide us with your input and feedback.
Wednesday, October 27th, 5pm – 6pm the Da Vinci Counselors from Communications, Design, and Science and Connect will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop Night. For those unable to attend, the webinar and the presentation slides will be available this week.
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!
Here is the link to the FAFSA. The FAFSA requires an FSA ID, which is the electronic signature needed from both student and parent. Here is a helpful video that will walk you through the steps to apply for your FSA ID
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 join the webinar here: