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 19 & 20- 8th Grade Trip, Great Wolf Lodge
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)
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 email@example.com. For sharing, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.