Monday, June 12, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
June 13 - Locker clean out, end of day, all lockers must be empty and left open (please send bags or something to carry items home in, adults welcome to come in and supervise/help out)
June 14 - 8th Grade Promotion, Madison High School, 5:00 pm, see below for details
June 15 - Last day of school, short periods, talent show and yearbook distribution

Promotion for 8th Graders at Madison High School, June 14, 5 pm
Families and guests of 8th-grade students are invited to attend the ceremony at Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave. Tickets are not necessary. Students should arrive by 4:30 pm and report to the cafeteria for instructions. Families can be seated in the auditorium at that time. A rehearsal will happen at da Vinci in the morning that day so 8th graders should be on time to receive important instructions. 8th-grade students are dismissed at lunch following the rehearsal to get ready for the evening. They are welcome to stay until 3 and attend classes if this is a hardship for families. A reception will follow in the cafeteria from approximately 6:30 -7:30 pm.

Promotion HELP Needed - Volunteers and Flowers
We have a few volunteers who have signed up but need more! Help make this a memorable and nice event for our departing families and 8th graders.  A SignUp Genius volunteer signup is now ready with a list of jobs to make the reception possible. We could really use a family of 6th or 7th graders to be in the cafeteria during the ceremony. Our tradition is to decorate the reception with bouquets made from community flower donations. If you have flowers blooming in your garden that you can share, please bring them in on the morning of June 15th. You do not need to arrange bouquets or bring a vase- just cut a few stems of what is beautiful in your garden now and we’ll turn them into community bouquets.

Yearbook Update
Yearbooks will be distributed on last day of school. It is now too late to pre-order a yearbook. If you ordered one already, your student will receive it on the last day of school. There are about 50 left which will be sold on the last day of school on a first come basis. Books will be held until library and meal accounts are cleared. Please get these accounts cleared up in advance so the last day goes smoothly.

Important Library News
All library materials are due. If books are lost or missing, either the replacement cost needs to be paid or you need to speak with the library staff to discuss the situation. It is especially important for 8th graders to take care of lost/missing library items now as it may hinder their high school registration and receiving their books in high school. All students are able to access their library account through the Destiny link on the da Vinci Library page. They can easily see what materials are checked out to them. If you pay for a lost item on SchoolPay, you must bring the receipt to the library to have the fine cleared by library staff.

Thank you, Lori Lieberman, Da Vinci Library Media Specialist

Meal account balances due
Before the end of the year all meal accounts need to be taken care of. You can see if you have a balance due and pay online on the My School Bucks website. Please note this website is only for meal accounts and is different from the SchoolPay payment website.

Congratulations!
Three da Vinci 3D art students are invited to have their ceramic pottery displayed and for sale at Mantel PDX.
  • Lucas Bixby (grade 6)
  • Nicolas Gueissaz-Daoust (grade 7)
  • Olivia Petralia (grade 7)
Mantel is a modern boutique/gallery in the Kenton neighborhood of NE Portland.
Students will get to keep 100% of the proceeds if their work sells. If you haven't been to Mantel, be sure to stop by this summer. It's a GORGEOUS store/gallery that specializes in local and handmade ceramics, glass, wood, textiles, etc. See more info on the Mantel PDX website.




June 19-June 23, 2017 10:00 am-3:00 pm
(with ballet day ends at 4:15 pm)
There are still a few spaces in this dance camp at da Vinci but register now and don’t miss out. Teaching artists include Karida Griffith, Sekou Soumah, Kemba Shannon, Sarah Furhman, and Éowyn Emerald Barrett. We have added an optional ballet class at the end of the day. I would encourage any of those dancers preparing to audition for high school programs to consider adding this class. Space is limited and the camp always sells out. Registration forms will be processed on a first come, first served basis. This marks the 19th annual year of this incredible camp brought to you by Dancescape After School Dance & Summer Dance Program. We hope to see you there! Éowyn

Host a Summer Gathering to Welcome New Families
Lottery results have been announced for next year and planning is underway. One of our community-building traditions is gatherings offered by current families to welcome new da Vinci families. Usually, there are 6-8 different events in different parts of town so that folks can meet and get to know one another before school starts. These events are often co-hosted, so team up with a friend and make something happen. It’s entirely up to you whether to host a potluck meal, ice cream social, sit together at a community movie in the park, or whatever you choose! Please let Sheli know what you can offer and she will share the information with new families.Include date, time, type of event, RSVP details and anything else people need to know. Thank you!

Last call for photos of Dance Concert available for purchase
Photographer and former parent Teness Herman took amazing photographs of the recent concert which are now available for sale. The link will close on June 13th.  View them and see directions for purchase at her website:

 
Free Summer Fun—Right In Your Neighborhood!
Portland Public Schools is proud to partner with Portland Parks & Recreation on Summer Free For All: movies, concerts, lunches + playgrounds, open swims, fitness and more. All FREE!
Summer Free for All includes FREE summer lunches and playground activities, this means lunch, sports, games and arts and crafts. Did we mention this is all free?
Find out all the details for free summer fun here.
Happy summer!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
June 6- Final PTSA meeting, 7pm Library
June 7- Rose Festival Junior Parade, Band and Destino participating
June 8- da Vinci Rose Show
June 8- Capstone tech rehearsal for all in show B, see below for details
June 9- Capstone B show 1 - 3pm, see below for program
June 14- 8th Grade Promotion, Madison High School, 5:00 pm, see below for details
June 15- Last day of school

PTSA Meeting, June 6th, 7pm in the Library 
All are invited to attend the final general meeting of the da Vinci PTSA. The agenda includes election of officers and a financial review. Many thanks to our outgoing officers, Howard Freedman, Don Gavitte and Christine Strudwick. Nominations for the officer board for next year are Sara Van Buskirk and Suzy Hoile as co-president, Brooke Dempsey as vice-president, Jeffrey Miller as treasurer and Cary Leach continuing as secretary. Agenda items or questions should be addressed to Howard Freedman.

da Vinci Rose Show, June 8th 
Entries should be brought to the front hall before 8:25am on June 8th. Ribbons will be awarded in the following categories: best of show, best red, best white, best yellow, best pink, smallest, largest, most blooms on a stem and most creative vase. If you can help out with receiving roses and judging, please reply to Sheli.

Performing Arts Capstone B, June 9, 1-3pm 
The program for the B show follows. All students have a tech rehearsal after school the night before on Thursday. If students are in Act 1 they will have tech rehearsal from 3:15 - 5:00 pm, and if in Act 2, they will have tech rehearsal from 5:15 - 7:00 pm. Note several details are still TBD and subject to change. The show is free and open to guests but seating is limited. The entire student body attends and sits with their 6th period class. Guest seats are reserved in the front rows for those arriving before 1pm and staying for the entire program. If you are coming in later or for only part of the show, please sit in the back center section. A few seats are also available in the balcony. Because it is disruptive to pull students out during the show, if you know you need to pick up your student earlier than 3:00pm, please make early arrangements.

CAPSTONE SHOW B: FRIDAY, JUNE 9th
ACT 1
“AMBIENCE” - Grace Curley*, Luka DeMay*, Lily Hogenstad-Patrick, Izzy Trinchero*
“DOWNPOUR” - Kaili Carter*, Charlotte Muellner*
“BACKSTAGE AND LOOSE ENDS” - Adora Bott, Finn Dills*, Mirabai Dornfest*, Piper Haswell,
Thisby Loomis, Wren Louis, Dashiell Rucka, Heidi Sprecher
“POINTLESS” - Ashton Fuller*
“POKEMON THEME SONG” - Fisher Cruden, Owen Cruden*, Max Freedman*, Gus Medley
“WARRIORS” - Somes Schwinghammer*
“MARY’S POPPIN’ NUGGETS” - Isabella Culpepper, Maya Gavitte*, Mira Hartley*, Ainsley Leof,
Willa Poland-McClain, Gabe Rosenfield, MJ Sasse
“WHAT DO HOT GIRLS WEAR” - Piper Haswell, Dashiell Rucka*
“BLOBFISH” - Eli Donovan, Elias Enyart, Corbin Markle*, Gabe Porath, Nate Tom
“JOLIE COQUINE” - Greta Streich*, Paloma Whiteman
“FEUD” - Roxanne Law*, Nina Schroeder*
“RIVER” - Brooke Lamprecht*, Audrey Webber*, Emily Wonacott*
-INTERMISSION-
ACT 2
“ONE WAY OR ANOTHER” - Skye Eichmiller*, Hannah Ernst, Tage Garvin
“TITLE TBD”- Coen Hieggelke*
“RIVERS AND ROADS” - Hannah Ernst, Trejon’ Williams, Anja Zehntbauer*
“THE END OF WINTER; THE BEGINNING OF SPRING” & “HALVES” - Amber McConnell*
“THE GIRL WHO STANDS HERE” - Addie Woods*
“TITLE TBD” - Paige Yerton, Maya Zakreski*
“SUEÑO” - Sirrena Tuyub*
“FLOAT” - Erandi Jones-Vega*, Millie Rice*, Nina Schneider*
“IRISH AND PROUD” - Lucy Ames*, Uma Frost-Hausman*, Coen Hieggelke*, Ainsley Leof*,
Willa Poland-McClain*, Grace Riley*, Gabe Rosenfield, MJ Sasse*
* Indicates creator(s)/director(s) of Capstone piece

Promotion for 8th Graders at Madison High School, June 15, 5pm 
Families and guests of 8th grade students are invited to attend the ceremony at Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave. Tickets are not necessary. Students should arrive by 4:30pm and report to the cafeteria for instructions. Families can be seated in the auditorium at that time. A rehearsal will happen at da Vinci in the morning that day so 8th graders should be on time to receive important instructions. 8th grade students are dismissed at lunch following the rehearsal to get ready for the evening. They are welcome to stay until 3 and attend classes if this is a hardship for families. A reception will follow in the cafeteria from approximately 6:30 -7:30pm.

Promotion HELP Needed - Volunteers and Flowers 
A Sign Up Genius volunteer sign up is now ready with a list of jobs to make the reception possible. Please sign up if you can help out. We could really use a family of 6th or 7th graders to be in the cafeteria during the ceremony. Our tradition is to decorate the reception with bouquets made from community flower donations. If you have flowers blooming in your garden that you can share, please bring them in on the morning of June 15th.

More HELP Needed… If you have time and can help out, here are a few of the things we need help with as we wrap up the year. Contact [http://sbryan@pps.net%20]Sheli if you can do any of the following:
·         Chaperone the Jr. Rose Festival Parade- leave about 10:30 on bus and return about 4:00pm
·         Wash dance costumes/clothing. There are several bags from the Dance Concerts.
·         Clean up Lost and Found. There is a seemingly never-ending supply of found water bottles and jackets in the cafeteria.
·         Label Dance DVDs for distribution

Important Library News 
All library materials need to be returned no later than June 6, so please encourage your students to get all of their overdue materials returned now.

If they think that they may have lost an item and need to know what to do about it, please tell them to see Lori or Judy in the library. This is especially important for 8th graders to take care of lost/missing library items now as it may hinder their high school registration.
All students are able to access their library account through the Destiny link on the Da Vinci Library page -- they can easily see what materials are checked out to them.
If you have any questions about lost or missing library materials, please contact library staff. If you pay for a lost item on SchoolPay, you must bring the receipt to the library to have the fine cleared by library staff.

Thank you, Lori Lieberman, Da Vinci Library Media Specialist

Meal account balances due 
Before the end of the year all meal accounts need to be taken care of. You can see if you have a balance due and pay online on the My School Bucks website. Please note this website is only for meal accounts and is different from the SchoolPay payment website.

Visual Arts Wearable Art Fashion Show 
Visual arts students are working on making their wearable art creations during the last couple of weeks of class. We hope to re-use lots of materials and are hoping families might have recycled items that they would like to donate to the cause.... such as cardboard, bubble wrap, newspaper, paper products, TP/paper towel rolls, found objects, old clothing, fabric. We could also use duct tape, clear packing tape, masking tape, buttons, found objects, plastic garbage bags, sticky notes and/or paper of any sort, ETC. If you have anything sitting around at home that you would like to donate, perhaps from your recycling bin, by all means, have your student/s bring it to the office. Thanks a million! -Visual Arts Teachers

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.

JUNE 19-JUNE 23, 2017
10:00AM-3:00PM
(with ballet day ends at 4:15pm)

The first week of summer vacation there will be an all-day dance camp at da Vinci Arts Middle School. The week-long camp from June 19-June 23 will be five full days of Jazz, Tap, West African, Hip Hop and dance conditioning classes.
Teaching artists include: Karida Griffith, Sekou Soumah, Kemba Shannon, Sarah Furhman, and Éowyn Emerald Barrett. We have added an optional ballet class at the end of the day. I would encourage any of those dancers preparing to audition for high school programs to consider adding this class. Space is limited and the camp always sells out. Registration forms will be processed on a first come, first served basis. This marks the 19th annual year of this incredible camp brought to you by Dancescape After School Dance & Summer Dance Program. We hope to see you there! Éowyn

One more chance for Scrip Center Order this week- Orders due by 9:00am Tuesday  
For every purchase, da Vinci will earn a percentage and very little bit helps. Scrip gift cards are an easy solution for graduation gifts, Father's Day presents or summer fun. If there are any purchases you know you'll be making, consider buying a gift card and benefiting our amazing school. We also have a number of cards on hand. Many thanks to BeverLee Tuyub and Maggie Vera for running this fundraising effort this year for the PTSA.

Order your Yearbook- Pre-order deadline is June 8th 
There are about 100 books still available for pre-order. Books will be labeled and distributed on the last day of school. If there are any left at that point, they will be available on the last day for $20 on a first in line basis. Order online or send cash or check to the office. Books will be held until library and meal accounts are cleared.

Host a Summer Gathering to Welcome New Families 
Lottery results have been announced for next year and planning is underway for next year. One of our community-building traditions is gatherings offered by current families to welcome new da Vinci families. Usually there are 6-8 different events in different parts of town so that folks can meet and get to know one another before school starts. These events are often co-hosted, so team up with a friend and make something happen. It’s entirely up to you whether to host a potluck meal, ice cream social, sit together at a community movie in the park, or whatever you choose! Please let Sheli know what you can offer and she will share the information with new families. Include date, time, type of event, RSVP details and anything else people need to know. Thank you!

Photos of Dance Concert available for purchase 
Photographer and former parent Teness Herman took amazing photographs of the recent concert which are now available for sale. The link will close on June 14th.  View them and see directions for purchase at her website.


News for former Buckman families 
Celebrate the work of Michael Simmons and Chisao Hata as they are retiring this year. You are invited, Monday June 5th from 6:30-8:30 at Buckman Elementary. There will be light refreshments, dance performances and a community art project.

Grant Cheer Announcement 
Grant High School Cheerleading Tryouts for the 2017-18 School Year:
Open Gyms – June 5th & 6th 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Tryouts – June 8th – 4:00pm to finish





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
May 29- Memorial Day, no school
May 31- Visual Art Capstone Gallery Reception, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
June 1- Deadline for APEX assignments
June 1- Last day for Homework help with Shantel in room 106 after school.
June 2- Performing Arts Capstone A show 1 - 3 pm
June 6- Final PTSA meeting, 7 pm Library
June 7- Rose Festival Junior Parade, Marching Band participating
June 8- da Vinci Rose Show
June 9- Performing Arts Capstone B show 1 - 3 pm
June 14- 8th Grade Promotion, Madison High School, 5:00 pm with reception following
June 15- Last day of school


Visual Arts &Writing Capstone Gallery Reception, Wednesday, May 31st, 3:30 - 4:30 
Attendance for students is required to earn your Capstone. An email was sent through synergy to parents/guardians so please look for that for details and reply to the teachers if you can help or have questions. Your friends and family are invited too, so be sure to let them know! We still need volunteers to help out. Please talk to your teacher if for some reason you can't make it.


Important Library News 
All library materials need to be returned no later than June 6, so please encourage your students to get all of their overdue materials returned now. If they think that they may have lost an item and need to know what to do about it, please tell them to see Lori or Judy in the library. This is especially important for 8th graders to take care of lost/missing library items now as it may hinder their high school registration.
All students are able to access their library account through the Destiny link on the Da Vinci Library page -- they can easily see what materials are checked out to them.
If you have any questions about lost or missing library materials, please contact library staff. If you pay for a lost item on SchoolPay, you must bring the receipt to the library to have the fine cleared by library staff.
Thank you, Lori Lieberman, Da Vinci Library Media Specialist


Meal account balances due 
Before the end of the year all meal accounts need to be taken care of. You can see if you have a balance due and pay online on the My School Bucks website. Please note this website is only for meal accounts and is different from the SchoolPay payment 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.


Summer Dance Camp 
JUNE 19 - JUNE 23, 2017
10:00AM-3:00PM
(with ballet day ends at 4:15pm)

During the first week of summer vacation there will be an all day dance camp at da Vinci Arts Middle School. The week-long camp from June 19 - June 23 will be five full days of Jazz, Tap, West African, Hip Hop and dance conditioning classes. Register online.
Teaching artists include Karida Griffith, Sekou Soumah, Kemba Shannon, Sarah Furhman, and Éowyn Emerald Barrett. There is an optional ballet class at the end of the day. Any dancers preparing to audition for high school programs, consider adding this class. Space is limited and the camp always sells out. Registration forms will be processed on a first come, first served basis. This marks the 19th annual year of this incredible camp brought to you by Dancescape After School Dance & Summer Dance Program. We hope to see you there! Éowyn


Final Scrip Order of the year, Tuesday, May 30, orders due by 9:00 am.  
For every purchase, da Vinci will earn a percentage and very little bit helps. Scrip gift cards are an easy solution for graduation gifts, Father's Day presents or summer fun. If there are any purchases you know you'll be making, consider buying a gift card and benefiting our amazing school.
Here are just a few of our participating retailers
  • Staccato Gelato
  • New Seasons/ Whole Food/ Fred Meyer
  • Powells/ Barnes and Noble
  • Starbucks/Peets
  • McMenamin's
  • REI/ Columbia
  • Old Navy/ Gap/ Kohls
  • Amazon
  • Car Wash
APEX Reminder 
All assignments are due by June 1.  All assignments and information are posted on Ms. Meiffren’s website. You can also see the list of assignments on ParentVue or StudentVue. If your 7th or 8th-grade student is enrolled in APEX as the physical education requirement (instead of taking dance), please make sure they are in good standing with their APEX grade.


Order your Yearbook- Pre-order deadline is June 8th 
There are about 130 books still available for pre-order. Books will be labeled and distributed on the last day of school. If there are any left at that point, they will be available on the last day for $20 on a first in line basis. Order online or send cash or check to the office. Books will be held until library and meal accounts are cleared.


Photos of Dance Concert available for purchase 
Photographer and former parent, Teness Herman took amazing photographs of the recent concert which are now available for sale. View them and directions for purchase at her website.



For 8th Graders headed to Grant- Water Polo! 
Looking for something new to do at Grant next year! Play Water Polo! If you think this might be the sport for you (or maybe never even thought about it), Grant Water Polo will be having a fun meet the team and try the sport on Wednesday, May 31st. Come to the pool at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220, at 6:30 pm ready to get in the water and have fun! If you have any questions, please contact Grant Water Polo via email. .