Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Calendar Notes this week:
January 15 - No school- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 16 - Site Council meeting 3:30 - 5:30 pm, all welcome
January 17 -
  • 8:30 - 10:00 am, Info session #1 for admissions,  Auditorium
  • 10:45 am, school start, late opening for equity professional development
  • 3:15 - 4:15 pm, BSU/Students of Color meeting, room 102
  • 7:00 pm, PTSA  hosts Courageous Conversation on Race, Library, all welcome
January 19- Special Schedule for Geo Bee, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Auditorium

See archived editions of the Scroll on the website for more upcoming events.


Courageous Conversations/PTSA, January 17 at 7:00 pm
Join us for an informal conversation about anti-racism efforts in our community. The PTSA will conduct their usual business from 6:30 - 7:00 and then open the usual meeting time to this important topic. It is suggested that folks read the following article as a starting point to prepare for the discussion: White Anti-Racism: Living the Legacy. From the Teaching Tolerance website, it is a thoughtful and engaging text that offers multiple perspectives and entry points. Please come if you are interested in furthering the work on honoring diversity and inclusion at da Vinci.

Geography Bee Friday
We’ll have a special schedule and all students will attend an assembly to witness 15 students compete in our own Geo Bee. Did you know that the Great Wall of China is held together partly by sticky rice? It's weird but true! China is located on which continent?  Well, that is an example of a question that may appear in this year’s Geography Bee.

Congratulations to the following students who will be representing their classes: Henry Boyer, Felix Cohen, Taz Kern, Ben Dunfee-Hall, Nick Berkson, Holland Swan, Enzo Ungar-Gutierrez, Theo Erz, Nancy Malone Martin-Ptacin, Jascha Stern, Leah Abramson-Slater, Shea Stephens, Raya Vinar, Liam Kay and Leo Greenblatt.

Kicking off the da Vinci Auction!  
SAVE THE DATE
This year's auction will be April 15, 2018 at Bodyvox.  If you haven't been to a da Vinci auction before, you haven't experienced the best type of auction.  Our low-key event allows you to find some great items area businesses have donated and best of all, you get to enjoy first-rate performances from our own students.

Fundraising by the Foundation and PTSA are critical in supporting our programs that make da Vinci such a wonderful learning environment for our children. The success of our annual auction is a key component in the plan for both the PTSA and the Foundation. Funds this year are currently targeted to support the following:

Staffing to include Dance, African Drumming, Tech Support and a section of English Language Arts.
Giving ALL our teachers extra budget support for classroom materials.
Providing robust funding for our visual and performing arts programs.
Purchasing library books and providing funding for our annual Literary Magazine.  

2018 SPONSORS
Sponsors are key to successfully reaching our fundraising goals.  We are looking for a Sponsorship Chair as well as more sponsors.  Please connect with our Auction Chair, Beth Woods, for more information on being a sponsor or to volunteer to lead this important area.

Barista - Barista has been a strong supporter of da Vinci through the years and we are thankful to have them continue with us in 2018.  Barista serves exceptional coffees from the world's finest roasters, prepared by the most skilled baristas in Portland, Oregon!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Whether you have an hour or many hours, our auction team could use your time and skills. Please take a look at our sign up form to see how you can help.  Everyone makes a huge difference in the success of our event.  Right now we specifically need a team of people to follow up on donation requests and a sponsorship chair. Volunteer Sign Up

DONATIONS NEEDED
We are especially interested in gift certificates, services, adventures or time at vacation homes.  Please let us know if you have something to donate or can support our efforts in securing donations by following up with local businesses we have already approached with an initial ask. If you have questions or donations please reach out to our Procurement Chair, Melissa Gaddis or use the Online Donation Form.

Auction Catalog - check out our catalog to see our wonderful donations and plan your strategy to win during our main event.

Currently you can reserve your seat to our annual Margarita Mamas event which sells out every year.  Margarita Mamas Registration

You can also bid on tickets to NW Dance Project's amazing interpretation of Hedda which is being performed March 15-17, 2018.  To bid go to Bid on Tickets to see "Hedda."

2018 HIGHLIGHTED DONORS
Without our donors we wouldn't have an auction, or certainly not one where you have fun items to buy.  Please be sure to thank them as well when you visit.
See our catalog for our full list of donors.  Here are this week's donor highlights:

  • Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe
  • Alma Chocolate
  • Annie Bloom's Books
  • Apizza Scholls
  • barre3
  • Bishops
  • Bollywood Theater
  • Bolt Fabric Boutique
  • Bread and Ink Cafe
  • BrunchBox
  • Camp Dakota
  • Cheese & Crack
  • Children's Golf Course
  • Collage
  • Crema Coffee + Baker
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Dove Vivi Pizza
  • East Portland Community Center
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Family Fun Center in Wilsonville
  • Float On
  • G6 Airpark
  • Gigantic Brewing
  • Glowing Greens
  • Grand Central Restaurant & Bowling

Monday, January 8, 2018

Upcoming Calendar Highlights

January 9 - TAG parent/guardian meeting, room 308
January 15 - Holiday, no school
January 16 - Site Council meeting 3:30 - 5:30 pm, all welcome
January 17 - Info session #1 for admissions, 8:30 - 10:00 am, Auditorium
January 17- Late opening, 10:45 am school start
January 17 - Courageous Conversations on Race- PTSA meeting, 7 pm, Library, all welcome
January 24 - Info session #2, 4 - 6:00 pm
January 29 - Planning day, no school
January 30 - Quarter 3 starts
February 1 - Dance 3 & 4 Showcase, 7:00 pm, $5 at door
February 5 - Info session #3, 6 - 8:00 pm
February 6 - Pizzicato Dough for Dollars, Laurelhurst location, 20% for da Vinci Foundation
February 13 - Open house for prospective families 4 - 5 pm and info session #4, 5:15 - 6:30 pm
February 15 & 16 - Masters Drama Showcase
February 19 - Holiday, no school
February 21 - Late opening, 10:45 start
February 21 - Exclusion date- required immunizations/documentation due
March 5 - Info session #5, final session after lottery window closes, 4 - 6 pm
March 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17 - Spring Musical, Once Upon a Mattress
March 24 - April 1 - Spring Break
April 13 - Planning day, no school
April 15 - da Vinci Annual Auction- Save the Date!  
April 27 & 28 - Spring Dance Showcase
May 6-11 - Outdoor School for all 6th graders. Newly announced dates! Mark your calendars.
May 9-11 - Ashland Trip with Shannon Wasson, by application


Admissions and Lottery Information
The lottery to apply to da Vinci for the 18-19 school year opens on February 7 and closes March 3 at 5 pm. The information sessions are listed in the calendar highlights above and on our website. Every applicant must attend an information session and enter the lottery, even if you have a student currently at da Vinci. If you know of students who would be interested in attending da Vinci, please invite them to attend a session and learn more about the application process. We have current students help out during these sessions and lead tours. If your student is interested, have them pick up a form from Sheli in the office.


High School Forecasting and application deadlines
Katie the counselor will be facilitating visits from each PPS high school to complete forecasting for HS classes. The first to visit is Grant High School on Monday, January 8th, at 8:50 am. Students will check in with their first period teachers then go meet in the cafeteria with a counselor from Grant. The forecasting forms will come home for review and a parent/guardian signature. They should be returned to the office ASAP. Students should be paying attention to the daily student bulletin as future visits are announced, and be sure to update Katie on their plans if they are in a dual-assignment area. If you have an 8th-grade student, be sure your address is current in synergy. If you are applying to a private school, be sure to request recommendations in advance of the deadline as it takes some time for teachers and administrators to write the recommendation letters.


Immunization exclusion is coming up fast!
February 21st is Oregon's immunization exclusion date. If your child's immunization record is incomplete, you should have received a letter stating what is missing. Please schedule an appointment and make sure immunizations are current, then provide the school with this information before February 21st in order for your child to remain in school. If you have any questions or plan to seek a waiver, please call our school nurse to make sure documents are in order. Call the main office at 503-916-5356 and you can be transferred to our nursing staff.


Mental Health Supports now available at da Vinci
Through a partnership with Western Psychological and Counseling Services, we are so lucky to have George Poliszuk, a Licensed Mental Health Therapist working with students right here in the building! If you have concerns about your student or have thought about pursuing mental health services for your child, this could be a great opportunity for you to take advantage of. Students meet with George during the school day, so this eliminates the need for transportation to and from appointments. Currently, George is able to accept students on the following insurance plans: OHP, Kaiser, Cigna, Lifewise, MHN of CA., Pacific Source, Providence, UBH and Value Options (Beacon).  If you are interested in accessing these services, please contact Katie the Counselor at kloewen@pps.net.


Meal Signup for da Vinci Family
Over the winter break, a member of our community was seriously injured in a car accident and faces a slow recovery. If you can help out by providing a meal, please use this Signup Genius site or contact Sheli for more information about how to assist. Thanks to the families who are helping with carpooling!


In Need of a Digital Camera
Our yearbook staff does not have a camera. At this time we are not able to capture any images of any of the productions and performances in our auditorium.  Do you have a good working current digital camera you no longer use? Consider donating a camera to da Vinci yearbook!
A call for photos!
Our yearbook is in need of photographs from the da Vinci production of Romeo and Juliet. If you have photos to share please contact Judy Holmes via her email, jholmes1@pps.net.  Soon we will ask for submissions for our yearbook.

The da Vinci Auction Committee Needs YOU!
The Auction team has been hard at work for a few months now and is making great progress- with donations valued at over $10,000! See all the volunteer needs on the Auction Volunteer Signup. At this time the most important roles to fill are the sponsorship lead and follow up callers. Potential donors already received a donation letter and form - and many responded- but some just need a follow-up call. It would be great to have about 15 people take on about 15 businesses and get this done! Sign up and the team will contact you or ask Sheli or Liz to get you in touch with the auction team.


New Clubs on Mondays
Photography Club will start on Mondays and there is still room for a few more students. The flyer with information and the application is on the website.

Clay Club will start January 22
There are still a few spaces for Clay Club and information is on the website.


Sunnyside Ski Bus (shared by friends at Sunnyside)
Sunnyside Ski Bus is a super fun way for students to travel up to Mt. Hood Meadows to ski and snowboard with friends. It is a fantastic opportunity for kids to learn skiing and snowboarding for the first time or to sharpen their skills. Ski Bus is for middle school age students. Ski Bus will be Sundays, February 4, 11, 18, 25. We invite students from around Portland to join us. Please pass this info along. We have four adult chaperones each Sunday that support students. Please visit this page for package and price information (enter GoCode 1232601) or email sunnysideskibus@gmail.com.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
December 13- QSA- Student meeting at lunch in room 207
December 13- BSU/Students of Color meeting in room 102, 3:15 - 4:15 pm
December 13- PTSA Meeting, 7 pm, da Vinci Library, all welcome
December 14- Winter Music Concert, 7 pm
Winter Break- December 16 - January 1, back to school on January 2

2018 Mark your calendars:
January 1- Holiday, no school
January 15- Holiday, no school
January 17- Late opening, 10:45 am start
January 29- Planning day, no school
February 1- Dance 3 & 4 Showcase
February 19- Holiday, no school
February 21- Late opening, 10:45 start
March 21- Late opening, 10:45 start
March 24 - April 1- Spring Break
April 13- Planning day, no school
April 15- da Vinci Annual Auction
April 18- Late opening, 10:45 am start
April 27 & 28- Spring Dance Showcase

We’re counting just a few days until Winter Break but each day is packed full. Remember to call the main office line, 503-916-5356 if your student will be out sick or for whatever reason missing school. On Wednesday and Friday this week we have special schedules with an assembly at the end of each day. If you plan to pick up your student early, please call ahead because we cannot easily find them in the auditorium.

PTSA Meeting Wednesday, 7 pm in the da Vinci Library
The PTSA will welcome the Oregon PTA Committee Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Jaime Cale for a presentation as part of the general meeting. All are welcome to attend and join the discussion.

Music Concert December 14 at 7 pm, da Vinci Auditorium
All Band groups, Choir and African Drumming will be presenting their Winter Concert Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm. All are welcome. A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door- pay what you are able with proceeds going to the Music Program. If you can help out, sign up on the Signup Genius site. The call time for students is 6:30 and they should report to the cafeteria. The doors will open around 6:30 to the auditorium.

Lost and Found and Locker Clean Out
It’s cold outside! Don’t leave your coats in the Lost and Found over the break. PLEASE COME IN AND SEARCH FOR YOUR STUFF. Just sign in in the office if you are here during the school day. There are lots of nice coats in a heap. On Friday morning, we will have scheduled time for students to clean out lockers and pack up stuff to take home. Please send a bag to transport items and talk to your student about how they are taking things home.

A Christmas Carol by Portland Playhouse and PTSA Fundraising Opportunity
If you order a regular priced ticket and see this classic at Portland Playhouse, using a code when ordering, da Vinci PTSA will earn $10 of each ticket. The play runs December 3 - 30 but the offer does not apply from December 17-24th. Look for information and tickets at www.portlandplayhouse.org or call 503-488-5822. Use the code DAVINCI when ordering.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
December 7- da Vinci day at PTA Clothing Center, volunteers needed
December 7- Dance Showcase dress rehearsal, 3:15 and 5:00
December 8- Dance 1 & 2 Showcase, shows at 5:30 and 7 pm, see below for performances
December 13- PTSA Meeting, 7 pm, da Vinci Library, all welcome
December 14- Winter Music Concert, 7 pm
Winter Break- December 16 - January 1, back to school on January 2

2018 Mark your calendars:
January 1- Holiday, no school
January 15- Holiday, no school
January 17- Late opening, 10:45 am start
January 29- Planning day, no school
February 1- Dance 3 & 4 Showcase
February 19- Holiday, no school
February 21- Late opening, 10:45 start
March 21- Late opening, 10:45 start
March 24 - April 1- Spring Break
April 13- Planning day, no school
April 15- da Vinci Annual Auction
April 18- Late opening, 10:45 am start
April 27 & 28- Spring Dance Showcase

Arts Fair Thank You!
Many thanks to the organizing committee, artists, shoppers and all the volunteers who showed up to helpm- from baking cookies to hauling furniture back at the end of the day. The event was a great success and ran without a hitch.

PTA Clothing Center Volunteer Day Tomorrow
One person from da Vinci is going so far and they ask that the school send 5-6 volunteers twice a year to help staff the center. If you can help out tomorrow anytime between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, let Sheli know or sign up and go for it. The Clothing Center is all-volunteer run, located at Grant High School (Marshall campus, 3905 SE 91st Ave.) and open twice a week to serve students throughout the district who need support. Volunteers help sort donations or are assigned to be a shopping assistant to families who come in for help. If there are not enough volunteers, families can get turned away. It is a fun and rewarding volunteer job and extremely valuable resource for many families in our district.

Dance Showcase this Friday da Vinci Auditorium
All dance students in levels 1 and 2 will be showcasing their classwork in an informal performance on Friday in one of two shows. The rehearsal and showcase are graded. The show is free, but donations will be accepted to offset costs- any amount appreciated.

Show A: Dance 1/Period 3 and Dance 2/Period 4
Rehearsal on Thursday, December 7 at 3:15 - 4:45 pm.
Performance time on Friday, December 8 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Call time is 5:00 pm.

Show B: Dance 1/Period 1, Dance 1/Period 6, Dance 2/Period 3
Rehearsal on Thursday, December 7 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.
Performance on Friday, December 8 from 7 - 8:00 pm. Call time for students is 6:30. The auditorium will open after the Show A crowd exits.

Music Concert December 14 at 7 pm, da Vinci Auditorium
All Band groups, Choir and African Drumming will be presenting their Winter Concert Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm. All are welcome. A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door- pay what you are able with proceeds going to the Music Program. If you can help out, sign up on the Signup Genius site.
P:ear Drive Continues through this week
As a service community project, our LEO Leader students are conducting a drive for the P:ear organization, collecting hats, gloves and scarves. We are aiming for 90% participation measured in 1st period classes with an incentive. Anyone who brings in a donation or $1 will count toward the goal. For more information about P:ear, see their website.

Clay Club is Coming Back
Who: 3D art students or da Vinci students who have taken at least one term of 3D art and want more time to work with clay.
When: 3:30 - 4:45 pm Mondays starting January 8 through April 23
Where: 3D art studio at da Vinci
 Middle School
Description: Da Vinci parents Anne Taylor and Alison Hardin will keep the clay studio open for up to 15 clay students interested in extending their time with clay. The prerequisite for participation is at least one term of 3D art and a letter of intent from the student.   Students should be self-driven to spend much of their clay club time working on their own clay projects.  Students will also spend several meetings working on a large collaborative sculptural peace pole project lead by Alison Hardin.  $10-$30 donations are accepted to help pay the school for clay and glazing materials that are used.
Sign Up on Sign up Genius Required by 12/14/17
Limited to 15 students with clay experience and based on Kelda's recommendation and letter of intent.
Students send letter of intent to Alison Hardin alisonbhardin@gmail.com
The letter of intent should introduce the students (grade and clay experience) and describe why they are interested in the club and the type of work they would like to explore.
Questions to Alison at 503-830-3079.
Families will be notified by 1/3/18 if their student is in clay club.
A Christmas Carol by Portland Playhouse and PTSA Fundraising Opportunity
If you order a regular priced ticket and see this classic at Portland Playhouse, using a code when ordering, da Vinci PTSA will earn $10 of each ticket. The play runs December 3 - 30 but the offer does not apply from December 17-24th. Look for information and tickets at www.portlandplayhouse.org or call 503-488-5822. Use the code DAVINCI when ordering.

Digital Detox Class
The CENTER in N Portland is offering a Winter Break DIGITAL DETOX session for students in 7th-10th grades. This is a free opportunity to spend time analyzing and understanding screen use. Space is limited. They will also be offering an ongoing, Sunday group at The CENTER on Sundays following Winter Break. Stay tuned for details on that.