Friday, June 1, 2018

da Vinci Family Scroll 5/31/18

Calendar Highlights
May 31- Tech Rehearsal for Capstone A Show 3:30 - 7:30 pm
June 1- Rose Show- bring in entries before school to the front hall
June 1- Capstone A Show, 1:15 - 3:15 pm
June 2- Water Garden Clean Up, 9 am to 12 noon
June 4- Locker cleanout- 1st period, send bags to pack up belongings
June 4- Capstone B Tech Rehearsal, 3:30 - 7:30 pm
June 5- Capstone B Show, 1:15 - 3:15 pm
June 6- 8th Grade Trip, 9 am to 5 pm
June 7- 8th Grade Promotion at Madison High School 5 pm (note, 8th-grade students rehearse at da Vinci during the morning but are released at lunchtime, then report at 4:30 pm to Madison)
June 8- Last day of school, special schedule with Talent Show, yearbook distribution and extended lunch on the lawn.   


Rose Show is Friday, June 1- Tomorrow!
Students can bring a rose in the morning to the front hall to enter for judging. This annual event is led by our neighbor, Ruth, who cares for our rose beds. If you can help with judging or receiving roses before school, come on in. Ribbons will be awarded in color categories, most blooms on a stem, most creative vase, and best smell.


Capstone Shows, June 1st and 5th, 1:15 - 3:15 pm
Families of performers are invited to watch the Capstone Shows. The programs are still being finalized (and subject to change after the tech rehearsals) but the general order was sent to 8th-grade families yesterday. Please sign in in the office first. There will be a reserved seating area if you are staying for the entire program. If you are just dropping in, please quietly find a seat in the back. The auditorium is mostly full with the entire student body in attendance. If you need to pick up your student early on these days, please arrange this in advance as it is difficult to find students and disruptive to the show to pull students out of the audience.


HELP Needed for final events of the year
We still need a few volunteers to help with the 8th-grade promotion. Please sign up if you can help: Promotion Volunteer Signup. It’s great if families of current 6th and 7th-graders can help out so those with 8th graders are free to enjoy the ceremony. We are also recruiting some student ushers to help with programs at the doors.


Got Flowers?
Our tradition is to decorate the Promotion Reception with bouquets made from contributions of flowers from our gardens. If you have flowers blooming in your yards and garden, bring in cut stems on the morning of June 7th. You do not need to arrange them. We have a collection of vases and will make arrangements with the flowers that come in (this is a fun job and on the sign-up, by the way).


Water Garden Clean up on June 2- Come and bring garden tools and gloves if you have them. The garden will be open from 9 am to noon. We’ll have coffee and snacks. There is a student team that does regular work at lunch in the garden, led by Jason Hieggelke, but there are some blackberries and bigger jobs that require adult attention.


Important 8th Grade Information:
Field Trip Information and a permission form were handed out to all 8th graders last week for the annual 8th-grade trip. On June 6th, all 8th graders will have the opportunity to spend the day at Wings and Waves in McMinnville. Buses will depart about 9 am and return at approximately 5 pm. Please return the forms by Friday, June 1st so we can finalize the number of buses and chaperones needed. You can send in check, cash or pay on School Pay. You can pay next week, but we need to know how many kids are planning to go tomorrow. No student will be denied for lack ability to pay, so please let us know if the cost is an issue. Students can attend school as usual if they are not going.


Promotion will be held at Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave. at 5 pm. Tickets are not required. Students will rehearse at da Vinci during the morning and will be released at lunchtime. They should arrive at Madison by 4:30 and report to the cafeteria. Doors to the auditorium open at 4:30 pm. A brief reception will follow in the cafeteria.


LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOK PRE-ORDERS!
Order your 2017-2018 da Vinci Yearbook now on SchoolPay. Paper forms are also available in the office if you want to send cash or check for $20. Yearbooks are distributed on the last day of school. We have extended the deadline through the weekend but will pull the final list on Monday morning. We order a set number and label them for distribution in advance so please reserve your child’s copy by pre-paying. If there are remaining copies, they will be sold on a first come basis to students on the last day of school. If students do not pre-order by the deadline, they will need to wait until the afternoon on the last day when staff is available to sell them.


Dance Concert DVDs available.
We have a limited supply of DVDs available for $10 in the office.


End-of-Year Check List:
Locker Cleanout
On Monday, during the first-period class, all students will be asked to clean out their lockers of everything except what they absolutely need for the last few days. Please send in a bag or something to help them pack up.


Lost and Found is overflowing
Many thanks to Amy Gannon for regularly cleaning up and organizing our lost and found area in the cafeteria. There is a mountain of lunch boxes, coats, water bottles … There are also an astounding number of keys in the office and a few found wallets. If you are wondering where all your kids’ clothes went, please come in and take a look.


Overdue Lunch Accounts and Library Books
There is over $1000 in unpaid lunch money owed to Nutrition Services. If your student has an overdue account, please send in money or go online and get this taken care of before the end of the year. All library books are due by June 1. We will hold yearbooks until these things are taken care of.


Summer Dance Camp with Dancescape at da Vinci, June 11 - 15
JUNE 11-JUNE 15, 2018 10:00AM-3:00PM
(with add-on ballet as an option at 9 am)
The first week of summer vacation, there will be an all-day dance camp at da Vinci Arts Middle School. The week-long camp will be five full days of dance!
We have added an optional ballet class. I would encourage any of those dancers preparing to audition for high school programs to consider adding this class. Please also indicate on the form if you would like to continue with the after-school program next fall.
Space is limited and the camp always sells out. Registration forms will be processed on a first come, first served basis. This marks the 20th annual year of this incredible camp brought to you by Dancescape After School Dance Program.
We hope to see you there!
Éowyn
Dancescape After School Dance Program
dancescapepdx@gmail.com



Note to families headed to Cleveland High School next year
Attention 8th Grade Families - Cleveland High Volunteer Information Night
Thursday, May 31, 7:00 pm - 8:00 p.m. in Ladd's Addition Home
Whether you are a veteran volunteer or a novice, there are many ways to engage in the vibrant Cleveland High School community.  Please attend an informal gathering to learn about volunteer roles in the CHS PTA, CHS Foundation, Auction Committee, College and Career Center, support groups for athletics, band, drama, among many others.  Any way you can share your time and talents will benefit our school.
Please rsvp to: cleveland.enews@gmail.com for location and additional information.  




Monday, May 21, 2018

Calendar Highlights


May 23 - PTSA General Meeting, 7 pm in the Library, all welcome
May 24 - Music Concert, 7 pm, $5 at door, volunteer needs
May 28 - Memorial Day Holiday - no school
June 1 - Rose Show
June 2 - Water Garden Clean Up, 9 am to 12 noon
June 1 - Capstone A Show, 1:15 - 3:15 pm
June 5 - Capstone B Show, 1:15 - 3:15 pm
June 6 - 8th Grade Trip
June 7 - 8th Grade Promotion at Madison High School, 5 pm
June 8 - Last day of school, Talent Show


Thank You for the treats and notes of appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week!
Thanks to everyone who brought in treats for teachers during the last week. Special thanks to the Revels family all the lunch contributions on Tuesday and over the last three years. Also, to Vicky Medley for coordinating the lunch and special gifts for all staff. We will greatly miss both families when Vince and Gus move to high school next year.

HELP Needed for final events of the year
We have just a couple events left this school year and need volunteers. Please sign up if you can help out with the following:.

Music Concert Volunteer Sign up- Need help with the door, supervision of students, and concessions.

Promotion Volunteer Sign up- Need help with decorations, set up and clean up, and serving.

Rose Show on June 1 
Roses are brought in by community members in the morning and judged by a panel, including our neighbor, Ruth, who has cared for our roses for many years. Is anyone able to come help keep this tradition going? Need judges and help with set up. Reply if so.

Water Garden Clean up on June 2 
Come and bring garden tools and gloves if you have them. The garden will be open from 9 am to noon. We’ll have coffee and snacks.


PTSA Meeting May 23rd, 7 pm in the Library, All Welcome
Join the PTSA in the Library on Wednesday this week for their final meeting of the year. 
We need to elect officers and need to find at a minimum, a new treasurer, as Maggie Vera’s daughter will be moving to high school. If you have any interest in serving in this role or questions about the role, please let Sheli know.


Important 8th Grade Information
Information and a permission form will be handed out to all 8th graders next week for the annual 8th-grade trip. On June 6th, all 8th graders will have the opportunity to spend the day at Wings and Waves in McMinnville. Buses will depart about 9 am and return at approximately 5 pm.
The promotion will be held at Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave. at 5 pm. Tickets are not required. Students will rehearse at da Vinci during the morning and will be released at lunchtime. They should arrive at Madison by 4:30 and report to the cafeteria. Doors to the auditorium open at 4:30 pm. A brief reception will follow in the cafeteria.


Lost and Found is Overflowing
Many thanks to Amy Gannon for regularly cleaning up and organizing our lost and found area in the cafeteria. There is a mountain of lunch boxes, coats, water bottles… There are also an astounding number of keys in the office and a few found wallets. If you are wondering where all your kids’ clothes went, please come in and take a look.


Overdue Lunch Accounts and Library Books
There is over $1000 in unpaid lunch money owed to Nutrition Services. If your student has an overdue account, please send in money or go online and get this taken care of before the end of the year. All library books are due by June 1. We will hold yearbooks until these things are taken care of.


Forecasting Time!
The forecasting paper worksheets and link to the online form are on the website. If you have a rising 7th or 8th grader or a new student to da Vinci next year, please do both as soon as possible. Paper forms should be turned into the office.

Instructions from Counselor Katie:

  1. As a family, discuss and fill out the paper forecasting worksheet (this will assist you as you fill out the online form). Please keep in mind that we are not always able to give students their top preferences, so it's important that students are comfortable with all choices listed in their forecasting.
  2. Next, fill out the ONLINE FORECASTING FORM. If you run into trouble with the online form, please contact Katie.
  3. Have your student turn in their paper forecasting worksheet to the main office.

About Dance/PE for 2018-19
New PPS 2018-19 PE requirements are such that ALL PPS middle school students, including da Vinci students, will be expected to take a minimum of one-quarter of dance during each of their three middle school years. As we meet our PE requirements through dance, all our students will either take, 1) One-quarter of dance; or 2) Year-long dance as an art class.


Yearbook Now on Sale on Schoolpay
Order your 2017-2018 da Vinci Yearbook now on SchoolPay. Paper forms are also available in the office if you want to send cash or check for $20. Yearbooks are distributed on the last day of school. The last day to pre-order your copy is May 31st. We order a set number and label them for distribution in advance so please reserve your child’s copy by pre-paying. If there are remaining copies, they will be sold on a first come basis to students on the last day of school. If students do not pre-order by the deadline, they will need to wait until the afternoon on the last day when staff is available to sell them.


Summer Dance Camp with Dancescape at da Vinci, June 11 - 15
JUNE 11-JUNE 15, 2018  10:00AM-3:00PM  (with add-on ballet as an option at 9 am)
The first week of summer vacation, there will be an all-day dance camp at da Vinci Arts Middle School. The week-long camp will be five full days of dance!


We have added an optional ballet class. I would encourage any of those dancers preparing to audition for high school programs to consider adding this class. Please also indicate on the form if you would like to continue with the after-school program next fall.

Space is limited and the camp always sells out. Registration forms will be processed on a first come, first served basis. This marks the 20th annual year of this incredible camp brought to you by Dancescape After School Dance Program.

We hope to see you there!
Éowyn
Dancescape After School Dance Program
dancescapepdx@gmail.com


Note to families headed to Cleveland High School next year
Attention 8th Grade Families - Cleveland High Volunteer Information Night
Thursday, May 31, 7:00 pm - 8:00 p.m. in Ladd's Addition Home
Whether you are a veteran volunteer or a novice, there are many ways to engage in the vibrant Cleveland High School community.  Please attend an informal gathering to learn about volunteer roles in the CHS PTA, CHS Foundation, Auction Committee, College and Career Center, support groups for athletics, band, drama, among many others.  Any way you can share your time and talents will benefit our school.

Please rsvp: cleveland.enews@gmail.com for location and additional information.  


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
May 6-11 - Outdoor School for all 6th graders, see below and website for more information
May 11-13 - Ashland Trip with Shannon Wasson
May 14-18 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 15 - Site Council meeting, 3:30 - 5:30 pm. All welcome. Starting in the conference room.
May 16 - Late Opening, school starts at 10:45 am
May 16 - Visual Art and Creative Writing Capstone Reception, 4:00 - 5:00 pm- please note time and dates correction
May 16 - Screenagers, 6:30 pm, PTSA event, Buy tickets online now.
May 23 - PTSA General Meeting, 7 pm in the Library, all welcome
May 24 - Music Concert, 7 pm, $5 at door
May 28 - Memorial Day Holiday
June 1 - Rose Show
June 1 - Capstone A Show
June 2 - Water Garden Clean Up, 12 am to noon
June 5 - Capstone B Show
June 6 - 8th Grade Trip
June 7 - 8th Grade Promotion at Madison High School 5 pm
June 8 - Last day of school, Talent Show


Outdoor School Reminders for 6th Grade Families
  • Arrive at da Vinci by 2:50 pm on Sunday, May 6th to prepare to load buses and depart by 3:00 pm. Parking will be available on the blacktop east of the school and behind the school. The front of the school on Everett St. is for bus loading only.
  • The packing list, reminder sheet and links to med forms, etc. are on the website.
  • Students should not pack more than they can carry themselves.
  • Meds MUST be in original containers. You will hand them to the teacher, who will give them to the nurse at the ODS site.
  • Don’t forget to bring a book for quiet time and a cup of soil from your home.

Forecasting Time!
The forecasting paper worksheets and link to the online form are on the website. If you have a rising 7th or 8th grader or a new student to da Vinci next year, please do both as soon as possible. Paper forms should be turned into the office.
Instructions for Counselor Katie:
  1. As a family, discuss and fill out the paper forecasting worksheet (this will assist you as you fill out the online form). Please keep in mind that we are not always able to give students their top preferences, so it's important that students are comfortable with all choices listed on their forecasting.
  2. Next, fill out the online forecasting form.  If you run into trouble with the online form, please contact Katie at kloewen@pps.net.
  3. Have your student turn in their paper forecasting worksheet to the main office.

Reminder about Dance/PE for 2018-19 
New PPS 2018-19 PE requirements are such that ALL PPS middle school students, including da Vinci students, will be expected to take a minimum of one-quarter of dance during each of their three middle school years. As we meet our PE requirements through dance, all our students will either take, 1) One-quarter of dance; or 2) Year-long dance as an art class.


The Visual Arts & Creative Writing Capstone reception is Wednesday, May 16, 4-5 pm. 
Traditionally da Vinci parents help us host the Capstone Reception by bringing refreshments and goodies, and helping out with set up and clean up. If you can help please sign up on this form. We will need lots of volunteers to make this happen.


Screenagers Showing, Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 pm, da Vinci’s Auditorium.
da Vinci’s PTSA is thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time;

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.
SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

WHEN: May 16th, 2018  Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WHERE: da Vinci Arts Middle School, 2508 NE Everett St.
TICKETS: $10 adults; $5 students
Purchase tickets ONLINE 

Snacks will be available for purchase. All are welcome.



impactflow.com
We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance. SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of ou



Oregon Health Plan Available
The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is available to children and teens younger than 19, regardless of immigration status. OHP is free health coverage for Oregonians who meet income and other criteria. It covers many health care services such as check-ups, tooth fillings, glasses, and prescriptions. It also covers labs, x-rays and hospital care. It even pays for rides to and from the doctor’s office. Apply to see if you qualify. Help is free. A trusted and OHP-certified community partner nearby can help you apply. You can find one by calling 1-800-699-9075 or 711 (TTY). You can find information on The Oregon Health Plan website.  


Yearbook Now on Sale on Schoolpay

Order your 2017-2018 da Vinci Yearbook now on SchoolPay. Paper forms are also available in the office if you want to send cash or check for $20. Yearbooks are distributed on the last day of school. The Yearbook now completed, thanks to Judy Holmes, and at the printer. We order a set number and label them for distribution in advance so please reserve your child’s copy in advance.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
April 25- All-school field trip, White Bird, PLEASE SEND IN permission forms!  
April 26- da Vinci day at the PPS/PTA Clothing Center 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, volunteers needed
April 27 & 28- Spring Dance Showcase- Get your tickets now!
May 6-11- Outdoor School for all 6th graders
May 3, Ashland Meeting, 6:00 pm - 7:30, room 309
May 7-11- Teacher Appreciation Week- sign up coming soon to help out with treats
May 15- Site Council meeting, 3:30 - 5:30 pm. All welcome. Starting in the conference room.
May 16- Late Opening, school starts at 10:45 am
May 16- Screenagers, 6:30 pm, PTSA event, Save the date.
May 16- Visual Art Capstone Reception, 3:30 - 4:30 pm  
May 24- Music Concert, 7 pm
May 28- Memorial Day Holiday
June 1- Rose Show
June 1- Capstone A Show
June 5- Capstone B Show
June 7- 8th Grade Promotion at Madison High School 5 pm
June 8- Last day of school, Talent Show

The Online Auction is Now Open
Many thanks to our auction planning team, volunteers and everyone who attended the event at BodyVox last weekend. We had a great time! There were so many donations that they could not all fit in the time and space at BodyVox, so now here’s another chance to BID, BUY, and continue to support da Vinci. There are some great deals, so check out the auction website and register to be an online bidder.

White Bird 18th Annual Free Field Trip
On April 25th, all students will be attending the Alvin Ailey dance performance at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. We must have permission forms for every student. Please make sure you sign the form and that students bring these to the office first thing on Monday if they have not yet. We will start pulling kids from class and having them call their families during the day if we don’t have the form. If you didn’t get one, you can download it from the website. If your student is missing that day, be sure to report the absence as soon as possible. We will be loading buses starting at 9:50 am. In the morning, we will be reviewing forecasting for current 6th and 7th graders and end of year procedures for 8th graders. This is a day not to miss!

Clothing Center Volunteers Needed for April 26
It’s true- we have a lot of volunteer needs in April. Just twice a year we are asked to send 4-6 volunteers to staff the PTA Clothing Center, located at the Grant (Marshall) HS Campus. The Clothing Center provides assistance to thousands of PPS students each year through this resource. It is entirely run by volunteers and donations from the community. They are open each Monday and Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm. It is a truly rewarding volunteer experience. Let Sheli know if you can help out. More information about the center is on their website. We have one person committed and really need a few more.

The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert is April 27 at 7 pm and April 28, 3 pm and 7 pm Tickets are on Sale now
All seats for the three shows are general admission, $10 and pre-purchase is recommended as these shows do sell out. Please print and save your receipt to serve as your ticket at the door. Purchase now on Arts People.

Volunteers Needed for the Dance Concert!
There are still many open spots on the volunteer sign up. This show requires a lot of family support to supervise the large group of students and run the front of the house. Please check out the sign-up and commit to taking a shift.

Screenagers Showing
da Vinci’s PTSA is thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time, Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 pm, da Vinci’s Auditorium.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.
SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games, and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

WHEN: May 16th, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WHERE: da Vinci Arts Middle School, 2508 NE Everett St.
TICKETS: $10 ADULTS; $5 STUDENTS
impactflow.com
We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance. SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of ou

SNACKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE - ALL ARE WELCOME

Writing Workshops recommended by Shannon Wasson
Writing Your Way! is now open for middle school registrations for one-week sessions June 18-22 and June 25-29, 2018. In these workshops, students will turn their notebooks to a new page. They will locate the stories they carry, take risks in writing, learn to turn memory into fiction, fiction into poetry.

Sessions at BEAUMONT SCHOOL, 4043 NE Fremont St., Portland
Incoming Fall 2018 GRADES 6&7
June 18-22, 9 a.m.–noon
June 25-29, 9 a.m.–noon
Incoming Fall 2018 GRADES 8&9
June 18-22, 9 a.m.–noon
June 25-29, 9 a.m.–noon

Sessions at BRIDGER SCHOOL, 7910 SE Market St., Portland
Incoming Fall 2018 GRADES 7, 8 & 9
June 18-22, 9 a.m.–noon
See the attached registration sheet for more information.

Writing the College Essay is also open for registrations from current high school juniors for one-week sessions June 18-22 and June 25-29, 2018. Do you know juniors interested in developing the skills needed to write a college essay that stands out from the crowd? They can get a head start and sign up for Writing the College Essay, a week-long summer workshop. At the end of the week, they will have revised drafts of two college essays.
Session 1:  June 18-22, 9 a.m.–noon
Session 2:  June 25-29, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration forms will be available in the office.

Yearbook Now on Sale on Schoolpay
Order your 2017-2018 da Vinci Yearbook now on SchoolPay. Paper forms are also available in the office if you want to send cash or check for $20. Yearbooks are distributed on the last day of school.