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 17- 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.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
April 17- Site Council meeting, 3:30 - 5:30 pm. All welcome. Starting in the conference room.
April 18- Late Opening, school starts at 10:45 am
April 25- All-school field trip, White Bird, please bring 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 7-11- 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- 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



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. Permission forms went home last week. If you did not get one, please download it from the website. Please sign and return the forms ASAP to 3rd period teachers.

Clothing Center Volunteers Needed for Thursday, 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.

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 house. Please check out the sign up and commit to taking a shift.

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.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
April 12- End of third quarter
April 13- Planning/grading day, no school for students
April 15- da Vinci Annual Auction- Get your tickets now!
April 18- Late Opening, school starts at 10:45 am
April 25- All-school field trip, White Bird
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 7-11- Teacher Appreciation Week
May 16- Late Opening, school starts at 10:45 am
May 16- Screenagers, 6:30 pm, PTSA event, Save the date.
May 17- 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 da Vinci Auction is next week - Get your tickets now!



Just one week until the da Vinci Auction - Get your tickets now!
Plan to come for a fun evening at the lovely BodyVox studio on NW 17th Ave. See the auction website to purchase tickets and preview the catalog. We’ve got some great stuff so preview the items and plan for strategic bidding! Ticket includes dinner, drinks, entertainment and enjoyable company of your da Vinci community. This event is the biggest fundraiser for both the PTSA and the Foundation and proceeds are split evenly. Space is limited so please reserve your tickets in advance!


Auction Volunteers- HELP!
There are still a few volunteer needs so that our Auction night will run smoothly. Take a look at the signup and take a job if you can help.


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. Permission forms will be sent home the week of April 9th. Please sign and return the forms ASAP to 3rd-period teachers. The trip is generously sponsored by White Bird.


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.


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 signup. 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 signup and commit to taking a shift.


Outdoor School Information for 6th-grade families
Paperwork for Outdoor School was distributed last week and is now due. Look for emails from Heather Stevens for more information. Counselor Katie’s website has extra copies of paperwork if you cannot find your packet. Students will leave mid-day on Sunday and return Friday afternoon. There is also general information on the  MESD website.

Teacher
Outdoor School Site
Period of Science
Lori Lieberman
Namanu
Period 1
Heather Stevens
Arrah Wanna
Period 3
Katie Loewen
Angelos Sandy River
Period 4
Julie Wright
Howard
Period 5
Lori Shumway
Canby Grove
Period 6


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.


Coding and Photography Club Reminders  
The parent volunteers running the Coding Club and the Photography Club each Monday after school is asking that students be actively engaged and responsible members. If students are not respectful of club rules, they will be asked to leave.


HEART of Portland Showcase
Congratulations to Celeste Johnson and Calub Washington, who will have visual art represented and our da Vinci Dance students in levels 3 and 4, who will be performing. The public is invited to this PPS arts education celebratory event to launch the fourth annual The HEART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase on Wednesday, April 11th at the Portland Art Museum. As a thank you to taxpayers for their support of the Arts Tax, this year’s event will open with a reception featuring a robust, district-wide visual arts exhibit and student performances. The event is free and open to the public.


The SafeOregon Tip Line Aims to Increase Student Safety
In keeping with our commitment to student safety, last October PPS joined school districts across the state in using the SafeOregon Tip Line. We want to remind you about this important resource.
SafeOregon was funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve school safety. It provides a secure means for anyone to anonymously report suspicious or imminently unsafe situations, such as threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation or self-harm.
Anyone, from students to parents to community members, can access the system in a variety of ways, including:

  • The “Report unsafe behavior” button found on every PPS school’s website
  • The SafeOregon website
  • A live call/text (844-472-3367)
  • An email to tip@safeoregon.com
  • The mobile app that can be downloaded from your Smart Phone via iTunes or Google Play
  • Trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond.

Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family. Remind your students: If you see or hear something, say something – immediately.  Let’s work together to keep our community safe.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
April 13- Planning day, no school
April 15- da Vinci Annual Auction- Get your tickets now!
April 16- Quarter four starts
April 18- Late Opening, school starts at 10:45 am
April 25- All-school field trip, White Bird
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 16- Late Opening, school starts at 10:45 am
May 6-11- Outdoor School for all 6th graders- paperwork coming home this week.
May 7-11- Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9-11- Ashland Trip with Shannon Wasson
May 28- Memorial Day Holiday
June 7- 8th Grade Promotion at Madison High School 5 pm
June 8- Last day of school


The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is having a conference in Portland April 6-8.  On the afternoon of Saturday, April 7th, there will be a Design Lab for Middle-School Girls. At the same time, there will be a program for parents and educators. See their program flyer

Coding Club Announcement
The parent volunteer running the Coding Club each Monday after school is asking that students are actively involved in a creative project and able to show progress on that project each week. He is eager to help kids with coding projects but cannot supervise a large group that is not interested in participating. The club is free and open to students who drop in, but if they are not following club guidelines, the parent volunteer has the discretion to ask them to leave. This coming Monday, 4-2, the club will end at 4:45 instead of 5:00 pm. More information about the Coding Club is on the website.


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 for Dance Families
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 the Arts People website. Tickets will be open to the general public on April 16th.


Volunteers Needed for the Dance Concert!
There are still many open spots on the volunteer signup. 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 signup and commit to taking a shift.


Get your Tickets to the Auction



Tickets are on sale for the April 15 da Vinci Auction
Plan to come for a fun evening at the lovely BodyVox on NW 17th Ave. See the auction website to purchase tickets and preview the list of items up for bid. We’ve got some great stuff! Ticket includes dinner, drinks, entertainment and enjoyable company of your da Vinci community. This event is the biggest fundraiser for both the PTSA and the Foundation and proceeds are split evenly.

New this year is an opportunity to buy a Golden Ticket in advance for one of five amazing items. For just $40, you get a shot at the item of your choice. One winner will be selected before the live auction.


Shibori Quilt, made by the Textiles class- check out the pictures- it's gorgeous!
Best Seats in the House, reserved balcony seats for all da Vinci shows next year.