Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
April 22- Happy Earth Day!
April 23- da Vinci Auction at BodyVox, Buy your tickets now!
April 23-29, Volunteer appreciation week- thank you to all our volunteers
April 26- All school field trip to White Bird show.
April 27- da Vinci’s volunteer day at PTA Clothing Center
April 27- Site Council, 3:30-5:30pm, starting in conference room, all welcome
May 1-5, Teacher appreciation week, stay tuned for a sign up to bring in treats for teachers
May 5 & 6- Spring Dance Concert, ticket and volunteer info below
May 9- Pizzicato Dough for Dollars, Laurelhurst store on 28th & Burnside
May 18- Poetry Slam, da Vinci Auditorium, 4pm - 6:30pm
May 19 & 20- 8th Grade Trip, Great Wolf Lodge
May 25- Spring Music Concert
June 2- Capstone A show (during school day)
June 9- Capstone B show (during school day)
June 14- 8th Grade Promotion, Madison High School, PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE.
June 15- Last day of school

Volunteers needed for the PTA Clothing Center on April 27 This is the second of two dates da Vinci is asked to send 4-6 volunteers to help staff the Clothing Center. Located at Marshall High School, the center serves kids in need from throughout PPS. It’s an important and rewarding gig. Let Sheli know if you can do this for any part of the 9:30am - 1:30pm day. More information on the Clothing Center is HERE.


The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert is May 5 at 7:00pm and May 6 at 3:00 and 7:00pm. Tickets are still available online and 100 will be held for sale at the box office starting one hour before each show. All seats will be general admission for $10.
A volunteer sign up is now available. Please save the dates on your calendar and find a way to volunteer and see the show. We also need a couple folks to take the lead in organizing concession and rose sales. Please let Sheli know if you can do some shopping and help with this.


2017-18 PTSA Officers Needed If you are interested in serving on the executive committee for next year, please contact Sheli. The co-presidents will be moving on and the current treasurer is going to move out of state as soon as the school year is finished so it is important to have a new crew with a transition plan. We need to have new officers elected and set up to sign checks before the end of the year.


White Bird Field Trip Coming April 26 If you have not yet, please make sure the permission form is in on Monday. On Wednesday we will have a special schedule with shortened classes and information sessions 2nd period for forecasting for 6th and 7th graders and end of year planning for 8th graders. We expect all students to attend the field trip, Che Malambo, an Argentine Dance Company. The trip is sponsored by White Bird and there is no cost for tickets or transportation.


Grant Theatre presents Chicago. Tickets are on sale now for shows starting April 27. Shows are at 7pm and tickets are general admission for $12/adult and $10/student. There are several da Vinci alumni in the cast and it’s going to be a great show. More information at http://www.granthighschooltheater.com.


8th Grade Field Trip to Great Wolf Lodge May 19 and 20 We are turning in final numbers and rooming lists for the 8th grade trip but still need a few chaperones and drivers. You must have a volunteer background check on file and complete the driver verification forms. We need to verify drivers and numbers by the end of April. Please respond on this google form if you are able to drive: https://goo.gl/forms/96ZEaizzX1N2kcKJ3.


Order your Yearbook The yearbook is now ready to send for printing and it is wonderful! Many thanks to Judy Holmes for capturing the magic of a da Vinci year in hundreds of photos. A limited number are ordered so get your name on one now for just $20. It will be printed in full color and in hardcover. Order online or send cash or check to the office. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
April 18- PTSA meeting at Buckman Elementary, 320 SE 16th Ave.,see below
April 18- Site Council meeting CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED, see below
April 23- da Vinci Auction at BodyVox, Buy your tickets now!
April 26- All school field trip to White Bird show.
April 27- da Vinci’s volunteer day at PTA Clothing Center
April 27- Site Council, 3:30-5:30pm, starting in conference room, all welcome
April May 5 & 6- Spring Dance Concert
May 9- Pizzicato Dough for Dollars, Laurelhurst store on 28th & Burnside
May 18- Poetry Slam, da Vinci Auditorium, 4pm - 6:30pm
May 19 & 20- 8th Grade Trip, Great Wolf Lodge
May 25- Spring Music Concert
May 29- No school, Memorial Day
June 2- Capstone A show (during school day)
June 9- Capstone B show (during school day)
June 14- 8th Grade Promotion, Madison High School, PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE.
June 15- Last day of school


Just ONE WEEK weeks until the AUCTION!
  • Buy your tickets HERE! Tickets are just $35 and cover dinner and drinks (beer and wine included). Seating is limited so reserve your spot.
  • This is our most important fundraiser for the year for both the PTSA and Foundation and we need your support!
  • It’s a super fun night out and you’ll be home early enough to get ready for the week.
  • We have wonderful items donated so far and something for every budget.  Check out the catalog of donated items and plan your shopping. You’ll come home with some great items and all the proceeds benefit da Vinci.
  • Want to join the Auction Team in putting on a great event? Take a look at the volunteer sign up and see where you can help out.


P:ear art supply drive 
For one more week, students will be collecting art supplies for P:ear. Please see website for more information. This is a service project led by our student LEO Leaders and Counselor Katie.


Ceramic Showcase 
25 of our wonderful 3D clay artists will have their work shown at the Oregon Potters Association's 35th Annual Ceramic Showcase. It’s the nation’s largest show and sale of handmade pottery, sculpture, garden art, home accessories and other creative clay work! Admission is FREE! The show is April 21-23, 2017, at the Oregon Convention Center. The hours are as follows:
Friday, April 21, 10–7
Saturday, April 22, 10–5
Sunday, April 23, 10–4
Also, a special thank you to Alison Hardin and Jeff Pettit, our generous clay club parents/clay artists, both of whom are helping to make this possible.
Hope you can make it to the Ceramic Showcase!


Volunteers needed for the PTA Clothing Center on April 27 
This is the second of two dates da Vinci is asked to send 4-6 volunteers to help staff the Clothing Center. Located at Marshall High School, the center serves kids in need from throughout PPS. It’s an important and rewarding gig. Let Sheli know if you can do this for any part of the 9:30am - 1:30pm day. More information on the Clothing Center is HERE.


Message about 3rd Quarter Grading from Antonio Lopez:
We wanted to remind families that as part of the terms with Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) to turn a planning day into an instructional day to make up for school closures this winter, the district agreed that third quarter report cards/progress reports will only be mandatory for students that meet the following criteria:
  • Seniors
  • Students who otherwise need a grade (i.e. eligibility for athletics or college applications)
  • Students in quarter classes
  • Students in danger of failing or whose behavior or achievement shows a significant decline
  • Special education students

Please know that at any time you can communicate directly with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress and understand how your child is performing in school.
Also, know that end of year report cards/progress reports will be delivered to all families upon completion of the school year in accordance with the regular schedule.
If you have any questions about the original announcement, please go to: http://www.pps.net/quarter3


The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert is May 5 at 7:00pm and May 6 at 3:00 and 7:00pm. A link to purchase tickets online will be on the website on Monday. All seats will be general admission for $10. A volunteer sign up is now available. Please save the dates on your calendar and find a way to volunteer and see the show.


da Vinci PTSA April Meeting, April 18th, 6:30pm-8:00pm The April general meeting will be held at Buckman Elementary, 320 SE 16th Ave. as we jointly host a presentation with Mercy Corps on earthquake preparedness. All are welcome. There will not be a general business meeting this month. Please do contact our officers at davinciptsa@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns, or agenda items for the final meeting.


2017-18 PTSA Officers Needed 
If you are interested in serving on the executive committee for next year, please contact Sheli. The co-presidents will be moving on and the current treasurer is going to move out of state as soon as the school year is finished so it is important to have a new crew with a transition plan. We need to have new officers elected and set up to sign checks before the end of the year.


White Bird Field Trip Coming April 26 
Please sign and return permission forms ASAP. The goal is to have them all in by Friday this week. All students will see Che Malambo, an Argentine Dance Company. The trip is sponsored by White Bird and there is no cost for tickets or transportation.


8th Grade Field Trip to Great Wolf Lodge May 19 and 20 
All 8th grade students are invited to the overnight trip to the water park in Centralia, WA as an end of year celebration. The cost is $60 which includes lodging, a breakfast and access to the water park. Forms and information are going out this week through math teachers. Please return to office as soon as possible. parent/guardians are needed to drive and help chaperone. You must have a volunteer background check on file and complete the driver verification forms. We need to verify drivers and numbers by the end of April so please let us know if you/your student are planning to come. Please respond on this google form if you are able to drive: https://goo.gl/forms/96ZEaizzX1N2kcKJ3.


Order your Yearbook 
The yearbook is now ready to send for printing and it is wonderful! Many thanks to Judy Holmes for capturing the magic of a da Vinci year in hundreds of photos. A limited number are ordered so get your name on one now for just $20. It will be printed in full color and in hard cover. Order online or send cash or check to the office.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
April 10 - Quarter 4 term classes start
April 12- BSU meeting 3-4pm, cafeteria
April 18- Site Council, 3:30-5:30pm, starting in conference room, all welcome
April 18- PTSA meeting at Buckman Elementary, 320 SE 16th Ave.,see below
April 23- da Vinci Auction at BodyVox, Buy your tickets now!
April 26- All-school field trip to White Bird show.
April 27- da Vinci’s volunteer day at PTA Clothing Center
May 5 & 6- Spring Dance Concert
May 9- Pizzicato Dough for Dollars, Laurelhurst store on 28th & Burnside
May 19 & 20- 8th Grade Trip, Great Wolf Lodge
May 25- Spring Music Concert
June 2- Capstone A show (during school day)
June 9- Capstone B show (during school day)
June 14- 8th Grade Promotion, Madison High School, PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE.
June 15- Last day of school

Just two weeks until the Auction- buy your tickets now! 
There are not many social events for adults in our community to get together, so here’s your best chance. It’s an early evening out for a great cause. Tickets are just $35 and include dinner and drinks. We have wonderful items donated so far and something for every budget. Buy your tickets HERE! While you’re at it, check out the catalog of items donated already. We’ve tickets to shows, Pickathon, Timbers, certificates for many restaurants and more. Hope to see you there!


Want to join the Auction Team in putting on a great event? 
Take a look at the volunteer sign up and see where you can help out.


P:ear art supply drive 
For the next two weeks, students will be collecting art supplies for P:ear. Please see website for more information. This is a service project led by our student LEO Leaders and Counselor Katie.


Volunteers needed for the PTA Clothing Center on April 27 
This is the second of two dates da Vinci is asked to send 4-6 volunteers to help staff the Clothing Center. Located at Marshall High School, the center serves kids in need from throughout PPS. It’s an important and rewarding gig. Let Sheli know if you can do this for any part of the 9:30am - 1:30pm day. More information on the Clothing Center is HERE.


Lost and found 
The lost and found is still overflowing. If you can help wash clothing to be donated to the clothing center, please let Sheli know. In the office we have several pairs of eye glasses, a Fitbit, an iPod and an assortment of keys. Come take a look if you are missing any of these items.  


The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert is May 5 at 7:00pm and May 6 at 3:00 and 7:00pm. A link for dance families to purchase tickets online was sent by Claire last week and will be open to the public next week. All seats will be general admission for $10. A volunteer sign up is now available. Please save the dates on your calendar and find a way to volunteer and see the show.


da Vinci PTSA April Meeting, April 18th, 6:30pm-8:00pm 
The April general meeting will be held at Buckman Elementary, 320 SE 16th Ave. as we jointly host a presentation with Mercy Corps on earthquake preparedness. All are welcome. There will not be a general business meeting this month. Please do contact our officers at davinciptsa@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns, or agenda items for the final meeting.


2017-18 PTSA Officers Needed 
If you are interested in serving on the executive committee for next year, please contact Sheli. The co-presidents will be moving on and the current treasurer is going to move out of state as soon as the school year is finished so it is important to have a new crew with a transition plan. We need to have new officers elected and set up to sign checks before the end of the year.


White Bird Field Trip Coming April 26 
Permission forms are going home this week. Please sign and include an emergency contact number. Forms should be returned to your child’s 3rd period teacher. All students will see Che Malambo, an Argentine Dance Company. The trip is sponsored by White Bird and there is no cost for tickets or transportation.


8th Grade Field Trip to Great Wolf Lodge May 19 and 20 
All 8th grade students are invited to the overnight trip to the water park in Centralia, WA as an end of year celebration. The cost is $60 which includes lodging, a breakfast and access to the water park. Forms and information are going out this week through math teachers. Please return to office as soon as possible. parent/guardians are needed to drive and help chaperone. You must have a volunteer background check on file and complete the driver verification forms. Please respond on this google form if you are able to drive: https://goo.gl/forms/96ZEaizzX1N2kcKJ3.  


Advocacy news from Oregon PTA Newsletter
PTA Advocacy

The Oregon legislature started its work in February and they have slogged through many hours in the Ways and Means Committee hearing about the current budget crisis and harm to schools and other programs which are the result of $1.5 billion shortfalls in revenue to pay for current services.
Local school districts are now crafting their budgets for the next two years based on the state budget proposals. Most districts will be facing cuts of teachers, other staff and some will need to cut programs and even days of instruction. Our partners at COSA, OEA and OSBA have created an easy to use reference for local budgets.


We are most effective in our advocacy work when there are a wide variety of participants. Portland Council PTA President, Lisa Kensel, submitted testimony to the Ways and Means Committee, sharing her personal perspective on the fundraising being done in schools, just to meet basic needs. You can read her testimony here.

Please join us in telling the Ways and Means Committee (budget writers from House and Senate) what is happening in your schools and also share this information with your own legislators- see contact information here . When we share our stories, we can make a difference.

Read the latest news about how the Ways and Means Committee is proposing to address the budget shortfall. They propose to both raise taxes and cut spending to address the shortage.


4th Quarter Expectation Reset/Request 
Now that spring has sprung and we are in the final quarter, we are reminding students about some basic safety expectations which some kids seem to have forgotten. Your cooperation is appreciated, especially with supporting before and after school plans. Thank you!
  • Before school- The front doors are locked until 8:15. If students arrive before then, they need to wait downstairs in the cafeteria, or outside. The doors are open in back on SE corner and the access doors inside courtyard.
  • After school- unless students are in a supervised rehearsal or activity, they should be leaving the building by 3:30. We do not have staff to supervise kids waiting for rides. If they must wait, they should wait on the front steps.
  • During the school day, phones and other electronic devices should be off and away and only used with permission for academic purposes. Please do not text or call your student during the day. Call the office and we will get a message to them if needed. Students are welcome to come use the phone in the office at lunch or during class with teacher permission.

Cleveland High School Cheer Tryouts 
Tryouts are coming up soon, May 1 - May 6. You can download the application and tryout information from our cheer website chscheerpdx.weebly.com or you can pick up an application from the athletic office at Cleveland High School! If you or your parent/guardian have any questions or concerns regarding the program, please contact Coach Shelby at clevelandhscheer@gmail.com. We can't wait to see you at tryouts!