Monday, March 20, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
March 21 - Site Council meeting, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, all welcome
March 22 - 24, Ashland Trip
March 24 - All-school field trip to see “Hidden Figures”
March 24 - Spring Talent Show, 2 - 3:00pm
March 27 - 31- Spring Break, no school
April 23 - da Vinci Auction at BodyVox
May 5 & 6 - Spring Dance Concert
June 15 - Last day of school


Congratulations to the Shrek the Musical Jr. cast, crew and directors! 
It was a wonderful show! Many thanks go to the parent volunteers who signed up to help out with supervision backstage, running house management and selling concessions and roses.


Special thank you goes to Lara Raban who cleaned up and organized the lost and found area last week.


Lost and found and locker clean out this week. 
There are many nice coats, water bottles, lunch boxes and assorted dance clothes in the lost and found, located in the cafeteria. Please encourage your student to go look and claim any items belonging to them. Adults are also more than welcome to come in and help retrieve items. Before the end of the week, it would be ideal to have all items claimed. Encourage your student to clean out their locker of any clothing, food/food containers, garbage or recycling before the break. Parents/guardians are also encouraged to come in and help with locker clean out at the end of any day this week.


And more special thanks 
Thank you to the textiles families (parents and students) who came out on Saturday afternoon, March 18th, to help Kelda and Jessica organize and clean the textiles studio. We could not have done it without you!! So grateful to have such a supportive community.


“Hidden Figures” Field Trip 
On March 24, all students will walk to the Lloyd Center for a special viewing of “Hidden Figures”, departing at 8:35 am. Please ensure your child will arrive ON TIME for school on Friday, the 24th. At 8:30 am, attendance will be taken and then we will start lining up and preparing to leave for the walking trip. If your child will not be at school, let us know before 8:30 am so groups are not held up. Students will have lunch upon return. From 2:00 - 3:00 pm, students will be in the talent show assembly. If you need to pick up your student early, please make prior arrangements. We cannot easily find them and pull them out of the assembly for early dismissal.


Before/After school reminder 
Before school, until 8:15 am, students can wait outside or in the cafeteria. After school ends at 3:00 pm, students need to be in a scheduled and supervised activity or they need to leave the campus. The library is usually open until 4:00 pm and there is a homework space in the lower level computer lab supervised by a paraeducator Monday - Thursdays until 4:00 pm but increasingly we have a large number of kids wandering the halls and hanging out after school. Please help by arranging transportation for your student promptly after the school day ends.

Join the Auction volunteer team
Helping with the auction is a fantastic way to meet fellow da Vinci parents, support the school and have fun doing it! Visit the SignUp Genius to see how you can help.




da Vinci's annual auction raises important funds to support teachers to help fund special guest instructors and lessons. Whether you have just an hour or two to help or can take on a larger project, we would love your help! We appreciate any time you are able to give. Thank you! Auction Date: April 23, 2017, 5pm-8pm Location: Body Vox, 1201 NW 17th Ave., Portland 97209 Format: Silent and Live Auctions; Dinner & Drinks; Paddle Raise & Student Performances



Recycle/Reuse Opportunity The 3D art classes need newspaper for paper mache. If you read the newspaper, we would love to re-use it! Thanks so much


Congratulations to the following four students who won National Silver Medals in the Scholastic Art Awards!
--Evan Grosse, 8th grade, photograph, "RIP DIY"
--Athene Marston, 8th grade, photograph, "Flower"
--Daniel Duyvestein, 8th grade, mixed media weaving, "Stuffed Woolly Blanket"
--Raya Vinar, 7th grade, Ceramic bowl,  "Native Art Bowl"


Spring Break SCRIP and See's Chocolate Sale 
If anyone would like to stock up on SCRIP before Spring Break, please send your order into the office by 9 am on 3/21.  

We will also be taking orders for See's Spring candy sale until 3/24.  da Vinci earns 20% of all sales.  All chocolate orders will be delivered by April 6th. Choose from 4 different Varieties  (see attached order form)

 Bordeaux 3 oz - Milk Chocolate brown sugar butter cream - no nuts $5
 Peanut Butter 3 oz Milk Chocolate  $5
 Chocolate Butter - 3 oz. Milk Chocolate  $5
 Scotchmallow/Marshmallow - 2 dark/2 milk $5
 Bunny Delight Assorted - 4oz  $6  (small box assortment)

To order, please send in the attached order form with a check payable to da Vinci Scrip.


Madison Youth Track information is attached and was sent out via Peachjar.

Order your Yearbook now! Yearbooks are $20 and can be purchased on SchoolPay.  








Monday, March 13, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
March 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18- Spring Musical, Shrek Jr.
March 14- Mandatory Ashland meeting for attendees, 6 - 7:30 pm
March 15- Author visit with Erin Entrada Kelly
March 18- Textile studio cleaning party 1-4pm.
March 22 - 24, Ashland Trip
March 24- All-school field trip to see “Hidden Figures”
March 27 – 31- Spring Break, no school
April 23- da Vinci Auction at BodyVox, save the date
May 5 & 6- Spring Dance Concert
May 25- Spring Music Concert
June 12- 8th grade promotion at Madison High School, 5:00 pm

* Note April 7 is no longer a planning day for teachers. It is a regular school day.
The last day of school is now June 15th.

Shrek the Musical Jr. continues with three more shows next weekend.
Tickets are available online All seats are general admission for $10. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Plan to come and invite your friends as well. If you can help with tickets, house management or supervision of kids backstage, please sign up HERE!

“Hidden Figures” Field Trip
On March 24, all students will walk to the Lloyd Center for a special viewing of “Hidden Figures”. Please get the permission form in ASAP if you have not done so yet. It is available online if you did not get the paper that was sent home. If you know your child will not be at school that day, please return the form and let us know that. The cost is $10 but please pay what you can afford. Additional donations are appreciated if you are able and if you simply do not have the funds, we still want every student to have the opportunity to see this film. Checks can be made payable to da Vinci Middle School. If parents/guardians would like to come along, please indicate that on the form and we will follow up with you.

Author Visit, Erin Entrada Kelly
Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 am. Interested students are invited to attend during 3rd period. The
library has several copies of her books available for check out now so they can be ready with questions at the event. An order form is available in the office or on the website if you would like to pre-order books.

da Vinci Auction
The annual auction fundraising event April 23 at BodyVox is quickly approaching and we need YOU! The event is a great evening full of good food, friends old and new and fabulous entertainment from our own at da Vinci. Helping with the auction is a fantastic way to meet fellow da Vinci parents, support the school and have fun doing it! Visit the Sign Up Genius to see how you can help. 


Congratulations to our Oregon Battle of the Books Team
“Book Dragons” who will be competing today in the middle school regional OBOB battle in Troutdale. Join us in wishing the following students good luck: Helen Kenny, Emily Hazzard, Emma Laus, Indigo Day and Esther Calvert.


Ashland Tripsters
The mandatory Ashland Trip meeting is Tuesday, March 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Ms. Wasson's room. ALL permission paperwork and fees are DUE as well. You may bring these items to the meeting. Parents are expected to attend as well. Ms. Wasson needs to know today if you are unable to make the meeting. There are important forms to fill out, so you must see her right away. If you don't attend, group requests may not be guaranteed. See Ms. Wasson if you have questions.


Congratulations to Tess Kelleher for her art titled, "Smile More",
and textiles student, Lucia Gasca for her weaving titled, "Reflection."
Both students will have their work exhibited at the Portland Art Museum, for the "HeART of Portland" exhibition!
Opening Reception will be Wednesday, April 12th @ 6:30 pm
The exhibit will be Wednesday, April 12 - Saturday, April 22, 2017
Everyone is invited to attend the reception and show!
Congratulations to both artists!
Austin and Kelda

Textile Studio Cleaning/work party
There will be a cleaning/work party in the textiles studio on Saturday, March 18 from 1p-4pm. Pizza and soda served. Come volunteer your time for an hour or the entire time! All welcome. -Kelda and Jessica

Buy your Yearbook now!
Yearbooks are $20 and can be purchased on SchoolPay. The link is online

Buckman Art Show and Sell is this weekend!
Looking for something fun to do?
Visit the Buckman Art Show and Sell today from 10-5pm and Sunday, 11-4pm.

320 SE 16th Ave. More details are on their website.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
March 6- Final information session for admission (for those who have already applied to lottery) 4 - 5:30pm
March 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18- Spring Musical, Shrek Jr.
March 14- Mandatory Ashland meeting for attendees, 6 - 7:30 pm
March 15- Author visit with Erin Entrada Kelly
March 22 - 24, Ashland Trip
March 24- All-school field trip to see “Hidden Figures”
March 27 – 31- Spring Break, no school
April 23- da Vinci Auction at BodyVox, save the date
May 5 & 6- Spring Dance Concert
May 25- Spring Music Concert
June 12- 8th grade promotion at Madison High School, 5:00 pm

* Possible calendar changes will be announced soon, pending a school board vote. The proposal is that April 7 will be a regular school day (not a planning day for teachers) and that there will be one more day added to end of year, making June 15 the last day of school.


Shrek Jr. the Musical opens March 9th
Tickets are available onlineAll seats are general admission for $10. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The directors, cast, and crew have been hard at work and this is sure to be a delightful show. Plan to come and invite your friends as well. A volunteer sign up site is now ready and we need some folks to help make sure these shows run smoothly. If you can help with tickets, house management or supervision of kids, please sign up HERE!

Thank you to everyone who supported the da Vinci Foundation with a Raffle ticket purchase. 
Congratulations to the winners: Arabela Kelly,  Linda Hush-Loomis and Kate Poland.


“Hidden Figures” Field Trip 
March 24, all students will walk to the Lloyd Center for a special viewing of “Hidden Figures”. A permission form should have come home on Thursday and is due back to first period teachers on Monday. Please fill out the form completely and include your contact information. If you know your child will not be at school that day, please return the form and let us know that. The cost is $10 but please pay what you can afford. Additional donations are appreciated if you are able and if you simply do not have the funds, we still want every student to have the opportunity to see this film. Checks can be made payable to da Vinci Middle School. If parents/guardians would like to come along, please indicate that on the form and we will follow up with you. Students saw a preview in class and will engage in follow up activities following the trip.
From Julie Wright, Math teacher and trip coordinator, here are a couple links for more information: PREVIEW(3:21) is a good one and starts with Katherine
Johnson as a kid. I also love this video of the real Katherine Johnson (4:39):  

da Vinci Auction planning 
The Auction team has made a great start on procurement and event logistics. Want to join the team? Check out the Auction Sign up Genius to see what’s needed.


Mid-term progress reports on the way. 
Due to weather-related calendar changes the “mid-term” fell only three weeks into the term. These are not part of a permanent academic record and may be based on a very small sample of assignments. Do not be alarmed if you see an unusually low mark. There may be one of two assignments missing at the time the teacher had to post these marks. It is always a good practice to review the current status of the “gradebook” tab on Synergy/Parentvue and be sure to click “assignment view” on a regular basis. If you need access or assistance with your Parentvue account, please contact the main office.


New Student Group 
A student group is forming starting March 7th at 3:15 pm. This group will focus on creating care packages to give to homeless women.We welcome any interested da Vinci students to meet and come up with ideas, create care packages and take home packages to distribute with their families to women in need. This group will meet 4 times for 1 hour each before the end of the school year in the da Vinci school conference room. Please direct questions to Elizabeth


Author Visit, Erin Entrada Kelly, Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 am. 
Interested students are invited to attend during 3rd period. The library has several copies of her books available for check out now so they can be ready with questions at the event. An order form is available in the office or on the website if you would like to pre-order books.


Recommended by Shannon Wasson, from former da Vinci parent, and educator, Leanne Grabel:





Franklin High School presents “Annie” 
The musical “Annie” is coming to Franklin High School.  Don’t miss your chance to see this family classic with all your favorite songs including a Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow.  There are only 6 shows (March 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th & 18th at 7 pm and March 12th at 2 pm) so buy your tickets early before they sell out!  Tickets can be purchase online or at the box office while supplies last; adults $10, children/seniors $5. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
Feb. 27- McMenamins Broadway, Friends and Family Night = 50% to the da Vinci Foundation, 5pm to close.
Feb. 28- PTSA Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Library, all welcome
March 1- BSU Meeting 3:00 – 4:00pm, cafeteria
March 1- Information Session for admission, 5:30 - 7:00
March 6- Information Session for admission (final session, after the lottery application window closes on March 3rd)
March 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18- Spring Musical, Shrek Jr.
March 15- Author visit with Erin Entrada Kelly
March 24- All-school, field trip to see “Hidden Figures”, info and permission forms will come home on Thursday this week.
March 27 – 31- Spring Break, no school
April 23- da Vinci Auction at BodyVox, save the date
May 5 & 6- Spring Dance Concert
May 25- Spring Music Concert
June 12- 8th grade promotion at Madison High School, 5:00pm

Monday night out
Join us for McMenamins Broadway Friends and Family Night for the da Vinci Foundation February 27th 5pm to close! Plan to join us at the Broadway location of McMenamins for dinner or a drink and 50% of the night’s proceeds will go to the Foundation. See you there!

One more week for the Foundation Raffle 
The drawing is March 3rd at 4:30 pm to pick the cash prize winners.Each $10 ticket has a chance at a cash prize of $500, $250 or $100. Only 1000 tickets will be sold to benefit the da Vinci Foundation to help with covering staffing beyond what is allotted by PPS. These funds are critical to maintaining our program.

PTSA Meeting Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 pm in the Library 
All are welcome. Come for a conversation with Representative Rob Nosse, Oregon House District 42, and a presentation by Laura Hanson of PPS Community Involvement and Public Affairs on the next Capital Construction Bond.  PTSA business and a debrief on the Arts Fair will follow. This year the PTSA has co-presidents, both with students in the 8th grade, so soon we need to identify new leadership willing to serve as board members for next year. If you are wondering what the PTSA does, come find out!

Info Sessions and Lottery dates for da Vinci 2017-18 
If you have friends interested in applying, be sure to direct them to our website for the schedule of info sessions and process. One more session has been added on March 1stat 5:30 pm. The final session on March 6th is after the lottery window closes so those who apply at the last minute and find out they must attend a session can still do so. Even if you are a current family, you must come with your prospective student for the information session and apply for the lottery by the deadline. 

Shrek Jr. the Musical opens March 9th! 
Tickets are now available online All seats are general admission for $10. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The directors, cast, and crew have been hard at work and this is sure to be a delightful show. Plan to come and invite your friends as well. A volunteer sign up site is now ready and we need some folks to help make sure these shows run smoothly. TSign up HERE! If someone is willing to take a lead on concessions, reply to Sheli, sbryan@pps.net and I will add slots for each show for folks to sell them.

Jazz Band 
Jazz Band rehearsals will resume after school on Thursday, March 2nd from 3:15-4:30 in the music building. New members are welcome. Students should have at least one year of experience with their instrument and be able to read music. Contact Mr. Gerolami for more information mgerolami@pps.net.

Trogdor
da Vinci’s student rock band will be holding auditions for new members Wednesday after school in the music building. Students should come ready to play or sing a song they’d like to see Trogdor perform. Students should bring their own instrument and cables. A piano and drum set are available. Contact Sara Daleysdaley@pps.net for more information.

Congratulations to Jake Wolley 
We are pleased to announce that da Vinci eighth grader Jake won a statewide contest to design a logo for this year's Oregon Math Leaders conference, which is run by the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Jake's logo reflects this year's conference theme, Connecting with Math Education.  Terrific work, Jake! 


Author Visit- Erin Entrada Kelly, Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 am 
Interested students are invited to attend during 3rd period. The library has several copies of her books available for check out now so they can be ready with questions at the event. Attached is an order form if you are interested in a pre-order and having them autographed at the event.

Erin Entrada Kelly grew up in south Louisiana and now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned an MFA from Rosemont College. The author’s mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines. Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a SLJ Best Book, an ALSC Notable, an Asian/Pacific American Award Honor Book, and a Cyblis Finalist. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, which was a SLJ Best Book of 2016 and is on many immigration/refugee book lists. You can find her online at https://twitter.com/erinkellytweets or http://www.erinentradakelly.com/. Her newest book, set to release on Feb. 22nd, is Hello, Universe, which has received 4!! starred reviews (Booklist, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal.)

For her presentations, Erin makes it interactive by talking to the students and showing them the first book she ever “published” – a book she wrote & stapled together in elementary school. She uses that book to teach about perseverance. She also talks about bullying as that is a theme in her latest book.

Here is the SLJ review of Hello, Universe --
School Library Journal review (January 1, 2017)
The universe comes together unexpectedly when a unique set of circumstances cause four tweens to cross paths. Central to the story is Virgil, an 11-year-old Filipino American whose grandmother, Lola, helps him to come out of his shell and face the world. When Virgil and his pet guinea pig, Gulliver, end up trapped in a well in the woods at the hands of a bully, Chet, it is up to the stars to align before it's too late. Coming together like spokes on a wheel, everyone converges in the woods-Valencia, a Deaf girl on whom Virgil has a crush; Kaori, an adolescent fortune-teller and free spirit; Kaori's sister, Gen, her jump-roping apprentice; a feral dog Valencia has befriended; and a snake, which is the only thing Chet fears. Unlikely friendships are formed and heroism abounds as the group of young people try to find their way in the world. Plucky protagonists and a deftly woven story will appeal to anyone who has ever felt a bit lost in the universe. VERDICT Readers across the board will flock to this book that has something for nearly everyone-humor, bullying, self-acceptance, cross-generational relationships, and a smartly fateful ending. Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC

da Vinci Auction planning 
The Auction team has made a great start on procurement and event logistics. Want to join the team? Check out the Auction Sign up Genius  to see what’s needed.


Spanish by Kids Like Languages 
Spanish by Kids Like Languages will soon be opening registration for a spring term starting April 12 through June 7. Classes will be Wednesdays if there are enough students to run the class. Flyers will be sent via PeachJar through PPS communications for registration.