Monday, May 15, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
May 16, Site Council meeting, 3:30 - 5:30pm, conference room, all are welcome
May 16- Election Day- Don’t forget to vote!
May 17- Norse Parade, Syttende Mai, Marching Band participating
May 18- Poetry Slam, da Vinci Auditorium, 4pm - 6:30pm
May 19 & 20- 8th Grade Trip, Great Wolf Lodge
May 23, PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm, da Vinci Library
May 25- Spring Music Concert, 7:00pm
May 31- Visual Art Capstone Reception, 3:30 - 4:30pm
June 1- Deadline for APEX assignments
June 2- Capstone A show (during school day)
June 7- Rose Festival Junior Parade, Marching Band participating
June 9- Capstone B show (during school day)
June 14- 8th Grade Promotion, Madison High School, 5:00pm with reception following
June 15- Last day of school

Don’t forget to Vote!
It is now too late to mail your ballot for the special May 16 election but you can still drop it off. This is an important election for the PPS School Board and the Health, Safety and Modernization Bond Measure. More information can also be found on the Portlanders for Safe Schools website.

Advocacy for Education Funding from the Oregon PTA
How can you help? Tell your legislators you prioritize funding schools and services for children and families. Oregon Rising's “Take Action” gives you an easy to use way to send a message to your legislators including suggested language and find your legislator tool. Go to their website today and take action for students in Oregon.

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. The final meeting of the year is May 23rd and the goal is to elect new officers at this time.

Attention Student Writers, from Ms. Lanigan
The annual school-wide literary magazine is now accepting submissions for publication in the 2016-17 edition. We are looking for poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction (essays, personal narratives) as well as very short (flash) fiction. To submit your work, email it to or share it via Google Docs with Ms. Lanigan.  The email is alanigan@pps.net.  For sharing, please use alanigan@apps4pps.net.

All work must include your full name and a title. All pieces must be the original work of the student writer. Each piece should be carefully proofread and have no or very few errors in sentence fluency and writing conventions. Finally (and most importantly, work must be engaging and interesting for a middle school audience. The deadline is Monday, May 15.

Poetry Slam Info from Shannon Wasson
All students are welcome to compete in da Vinci’s 12th annual Slam on May 18th. Students should have two original poems that are not longer than 3 minutes prepared. Spaces are limited and students need to sign up directly before the event starting at 3:30pm. The sign up closes at 3:50 and the event runs from 4:00 to 6:30pm. No props, costumes or musical accompaniment are permitted. Cash prizes for winners, thanks to our PTSA. The event is free and students may stay after school to watch and cheer on contestants.

APEX Reminder
All assignments are due by June 1 for students who are enrolled in APEX. All assignments and information are posted on Ms. Meiffren’s website.

Music Concert Volunteers Needed
The Spring Music Concert is coming up, May 25th at 7pm. Tickets will be $10 at the door. If you can help out with supervision or before the show, please sign up on Sign Up Genius.

The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert DVD pre-order
As announced at the concert, a DVD proceeds will go to the da Vinci Foundation. You can order online for $20 or a paper form is available in the office.

Order your Yearbook
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.

Forecasting for next year  
Please see the da Vinci website for the link to the forecasting site for next year for current 6th and 7th graders. If your student is not planning to return next year, please let us know.

More HELP WANTED:
As the year is rapidly coming to a close, there are several events we will need help with.
If you can take the lead on any of these events, let Sheli know.
  • Organize concessions for Poetry Slam (May 18 after school) and/or Music Concert (May 25).
  • Take a lead on organizing the reception for 8th grade promotion, June 14. A Sign Up Genius site will be publicized soon but it would be great to have a volunteer taking the lead.
  • Take charge of organizing activities and volunteers for the last day of school celebrations.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
May 9- Pizzicato Dough for Dollars, Laurelhurst store on 28th & Burnside
May 16, Site Council meeting, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, conference room, all are welcome
May 16- Election Day- Don’t forget to vote! Just 9 more days until the election
May 18- Poetry Slam, da Vinci Auditorium, 4pm - 6:30pm
May 19 & 20- 8th Grade Trip, Great Wolf Lodge
May 23, PTSA Meeting, 7:00 pm, da Vinci Library
May 25- Spring Music Concert, 7:00 pm
May 31- Visual Art Capstone Reception, 3:30 - 4:30pm
June 2- Capstone A show (during school day)
June 9- Capstone B show (during school day)
June 14- 8th Grade Promotion, Madison High School, 5:00 pm with reception following
June 15- Last day of school


Thank you to:
All the families who brought in treats for the teachers and helped with the luncheon on Wednesday, your kindness and generous contributions were greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Vicky Medley for taking the lead on daily duties and lunch order and the Revels family for above and beyond generosity.

The wonderful folks who signed up to help during the Dance Concerts, both downstairs with students and upstairs with house management. The wonderful show ran smoothly thanks to your help.

Tracey Dunlap and Kate English for volunteering at the PTA Clothing Center and Anastasia Wright for washing lost and found items to be donated.


Pizzicato Dough for Dollars is this coming Tuesday, May 9 at the Laurelhurst location!
Enjoy lunch or dinner from the 28th and E. Burnside location and the da Vinci Foundation will get back 20% of the proceeds. Take out also counts, so order ahead and pick up dinner on the way home. Here is the menu to make it easy. Pizzicato is a great neighborhood supporter. Be sure to thank them when you stop in.  



The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert DVD pre-order
As announced at the concert, a DVD proceeds will go to the da Vinci Foundation. You can order online for $20 or a paper form is available in the office.


Order your Yearbook
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.


Da Vinci Auction items still up for bid online through May 10th at 5pm.
Bid now and sign up for a spot at Margarita Mamas (only 3 spots left!) or the Cerulean Wine Tasting event. Check it out!


Forecasting for next year  
Please see the da Vinci website for the link to the forecasting site for next year for current 6th and 7th graders. If your student is not planning to return next year, please let us know.


Attention Student Writers, from Ms. Lanigan
The annual schoolwide literary magazine is now accepting submissions for publication in the 2016-17 edition. We are looking for poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction (essays, personal narratives) as well as very short (flash) fiction. To submit your work, email it to or share it via Google Docs with Ms. Lanigan.  The email is alanigan@pps.net.  For sharing, please use alanigan@apps4pps.net.
All work must include your full name and a title. All pieces must be the original work of the student writer. Each piece should be carefully proofread and have no or very few errors in sentence fluency and writing conventions. Finally (and most importantly, work must be engaging and interesting for a middle school audience. The deadline is Monday, May 15.


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.


8th Grade Field Trip to Great Wolf Lodge May 19 and 20
There are 120 students attending and we STILL NEED DRIVERS! If you are able to transport students there (11:00 am on Friday) or do the return trip (check out is 11 am on Saturday), please let Sheli know. You would not need to spend the night. There is still some room availability if you are able to stay, though. You would still need to have a background check on file and complete the driver verification paperwork. Please respond to this google form if you are able to drive,


More HELP WANTED:
As the year is rapidly coming to a close, there are several events we will need help with.
If you can take the lead on any of these events, let Sheli know.

  • Organize concessions for Poetry Slam (May 18 after school) and/or Music Concert (May 25).
  • Be the “House Manager” for the Music Concert.
  • Take a lead on organizing the reception for 8th grade promotion, June 14. A Sign Up Genius site will be publicized soon but it would be great to have a volunteer taking the lead.
  • Take charge of organizing activities and volunteers for the last day of school celebrations. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
May 1-5, Teacher appreciation week, see below for a sign up to bring in treats for teachers
May 2- DC/NYC 2017 Trip Meeting, 6:00 pm, Library
May 5 & 6- Spring Dance Concert, ticket link and volunteer sign up below
May 9- Pizzicato Dough for Dollars, Laurelhurst store on 28th & Burnside
May 16- Election Day- Don’t forget to vote! You should have received your ballot in the mail.
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 5:00 pm, Madison High School
June 15- Last day of school


Teacher Appreciation Week May 1-5
This coming week is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to recognize and celebrate all our dedicated and talented teachers and staff. Please sign up on the Sign-Up Genius site if you can bring in morning treats or help out with the lunch on Wednesday. Counselor Katie and the LEO Leader students have organized the week of celebrating our teachers with the following activities:
Memory Monday - Students can share their favorite school memories with their teachers.
Treat Tuesday - Perhaps the best treat of all would be EVERYONE ON TIME to class for once!
Wordy Wednesday - Write a note, a poem, a haiku???
Thankful Thursday - Say it-  THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
Freaky Friday - Dress like a teacher day...imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert
The da Vinci Spring Dance Concert is May 5 at 7:00 pm and May 6 at 3:00 and 7:00 pm. 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.

Forecasting for next year  
Please see the da Vinci website for the link to the forecasting site for next year for current 6th and 7th graders. If your student is not planning to return next year, please let us know. Please take some time this weekend to get this done!


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.


Grant Theatre presents Chicago.
Tickets are on sale now for shows starting April 27. Shows are at 7 pm 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
There are 120 students attending and we still need a few drivers! If you are able to transport students there (11:00 am on Friday) or do the return trip (check out is 11 am on Saturday), please let Sheli know. You would not need to spend the night. There is still some room availability if you are able to stay, though. You would still need to have a background check on file and complete the driver verification paperwork. Please respond on this google form if you are able to drive: https://goo.gl/forms/96ZEaizzX1N2kcKJ3.


Grieg Lodge of the Sons of Norway, a longtime sponsor of da Vinci Arts Middle School, is offering the following cultural workshops to members of the da Vinci community.  RSVPs are required.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact David Champion at 971-284-4175 or norseherodotus@hotmail.com.  All events are at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Avenue and there is no cost.   Space is limited.

Rosemaling workshop-Sunday, April 30th  3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Rosemaling is a beautiful form of painting that is one of the quintessential Norwegian forms.  Celebrated rosemaling artist Sydney Bush will teach this class.  

Dinner & Scandinavian Folk Dancing Class--Tuesday, May 2nd   6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

Enjoy dinner and learn the traditional folk dances of Norway and other Scandinavian countries.  Participants will also have the opportunity to learn Norwegian songs, too.
Syngestund (Norwegian songs) & Bulla bread making --Sunday, May 7th 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.   

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 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.