Upcoming Calendar Highlights
Ongoing - Dragon Bench repair project, volunteers welcome, see sign up below
October 23 - Due date for Run for Arts forms, shirt orders, monies
October 23 - Spanish after school starts with Kids Like Languages, room 102, 3:20
October 24 - Pizzicato Dough for Dollars!, Laurelhurst, Dine out for Foundation
October 26 - QSA Meeting, 3:20 - 4:20 in cafeteria
November 3 - No school, Teacher planning day, end of quarter 1
November 7, 8, 9 - Family-Teacher Conferences
Note- Conferences are after school on the 7th and there is no school on November 8 and 9. November 10 - No school, Veteran’s Day
November 15, 16, 17, 18 (or 19, TBD )- da Vinci Drama and the Fall Festival of
Shakespeare present, Romeo and Juliet
November 22, 23, 24 - No school, Thanksgiving break
Important Safety and Security Reminders
With rainy weather and shorter days, traffic patterns are inevitably more challenging. In the last week, the office received several complaints and letters of concern about the student safety at drop off and pick up times. We need to remind everyone driving around the school to drive safely and courteously. We don’t want anyone to get hurt and we want to be good neighbors.
Our school rules of being Safe, Fair and Friendly apply to all of us. Thanks for your help.
- Drive slowly and yield to pedestrians.
- Pull up to the curb when dropping off students and have them exit car curbside.
- Don’t park in front of the fire hydrant zone and don’t block driveways.
- Be patient and don’t honk your horn- it’s driving neighbors crazy.
- Drive EAST in front of the school on Everett.
We also need family support in dealing with recent security issues. Many thanks to the students who have come forward with helpful information. We hope everyone will have a family conversation about the importance of care and respect for our collective community.
Eat Pizza at Pizzicato, Laurelhurst location, 28th & E. Burnside, Tuesday, October 24
Our wonderful neighbor and perennial supporter, Pizzicato, will once again donate 20% of the proceeds of the day to our da Vinci Foundation. Pick up lunch or dinner or purchase gift cards for another day. You can pre-order and take out, or even order par-baked pizzas to finish off later. They are open from 11 am to 9 pm and here’s the menu.
Run for the Arts, Funds Due Monday, October 23th
Thanks again to all the families who have used the online platform for fundraising. Our new online total is $9,232! Please turn in the paper pledge form with monies collected (make checks out to Young Audiences or Run for the Arts) to the office on Monday if your student wants a t-shirt ordered. You can still set up an online page to share with your friends and family. This is an easy and effective way to ask for contributions.
Dragon Bench Restoration
The Dragon Bench is really shaping up! Students are still working next week on cement. The weather should be better and having a few more adults on hand would be great. Here is the Signup if you can come in and help out.
We'd like to send a huge THANK YOU to the growing list of businesses who have enthusiastically donated materials for the dragon restoration project. These contributions have been essential to helping us stay within our budget.
NE Portland Tool Library
It's TAG nomination time!
If you would like to have your student tested for potential TAG identification, nomination forms are now available in the front hall (next to the auditorium doors) or online. Forms are due back by November 12th and can be turned in to the office. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Young.
Family-Teacher Conference times & Sign-Up update
Save the dates for fall conference times:
Tuesday evening, November 7th from 4:15pm – 8:15pm
Wednesday daytime, November 8th from 8:15am – 3:45pm
Thursday day/evening, November 9th from 8:15am – 8:15pm
Due to positive feedback over the last 2 years, da Vinci will again schedule Family-Teacher Conferences online. Like last year, the online Sign-Up is scheduled to open two weeks before conferences, on Tuesday October 24th at 5:30pm. On that Tuesday, we will supply detailed information as a post on our website and also send a separate email, via the usual daVinci-family-mailman-list-serv. If you’re seeing this, your email is on the list! A reminder that families must coordinate sign-ups with all parent/guardians as there is only ONE Conference spot per teacher for each student. Please also keep your eyes open for a Teacher nourishment SignUp to keep our teachers going during Conferences. We know we have such a giving and supportive family community and THANK YOU in advance for helping us give back to our teachers.
8th Grade Families - The PPS High School Lottery application window for Benson HS and Jefferson HS for this year is Nov.13 - Dec.1.
For information on info sessions/tours for all PPS high schools, please see Katie the Counselor's website (recently updated).
Spanish Class After School
Kids Like Languages will start with a weekly class on Monday and they still have spots open. Registration information was sent via PeachJar. Please reply if you need more information.
PIL Youth Sports
Some schools are starting to share flyers for winter sports (basketball and wrestling) and we put announcements in the student daily bulletin. For more comprehensive information on all schools and youth sports through PIL, visit their website.
13th Annual da Vinci Arts Fair
- 6 weeks to go — Dec 2nd. Save the date! Tell your friends!
- It’s time now for student and alumni student artists to register. Forms will be in the office on Monday.
- Musicians! Help us create some ambiance. Volunteer, acoustic performers wanted for 15-45 minute slots at the event. Students welcome. Email us at email@example.com.
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- Questions? Our Information Sheet is brimming with answers!