Sunday, November 11, 2018

da Vinci Scroll 11-11-8

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
November 11, Roller Skating Party, 2 pm to 4 pm at Mt. Scott
November 12, Veterans Day holiday, no school
November 13, da Vinci celebrates World Kindness Day
John Hughes High, November 15, 16 at 7 pm and November 10 at 2 pm. Tickets are $10, online in advance or at the door. See the da Vinci website for ticket links.
November 18, The “Tempest” at the Winningstad, at 6 pm, Masters Drama with Portland Playhouse   
November 19 and 20, Family/Teacher conferences
November 21, 22, 23, Thanksgiving holiday, no school
December 1, da Vinci Arts Fair! 10 am to 5 pm
December 13, Winter Music Concert, 7 pm
December 15 - January 1, Winter break, school resumes January 2nd.

TODAY- Roller Skating Party  Get to know your da Vinci community while skating the rink
at Mt. Scott Community Center, 2-4 pm, Sunday, November 11. Tickets are $10, which includes skate rental.

John Hughes High runs one more week- don’t miss it. The da Vinci drama department presents John Hughes High. Tickets are $10 general admission (or pay what you can). See the links on the da Vinci website to purchase tickets in advance or get them at the door. We do still need some volunteer slots filled for the shows to run smoothly.  Volunteers can see another show for free if they work through one. Please sign up using this SignUpGenius site.

Alumni Night for John Hughes High is Thursday, 11/15. Alumni are encouraged to attend the Thursday show and as an incentive, there will be a drawing for tickets from Artists Rep, Third Rail, Shaking the Tree and Portland Center Stage. All former students are eligible with the purchase of a $10 ticket. No other tickets will be sold or given away.

Da Vinci Family-Teacher Conferences, November 19 and 20 Conference days are November 19th and 20th from 8 am to 8 pm. The Signup is live. Students do generally attend conferences with the parent/guardian. Teachers meet with year-long students only. If your student is taking term explore classes, please do not sign up for those teachers. There are two locations for Dance conferences and between the three teachers, they will cover the appointments. You cannot sign up with a specific dance teacher so just find a time that works on either the “Gym” or “Dance Office” tab. Part-time teachers are only at school for part of the times, proportionate to their FTE. Ms. Young and Ms. O’Leary will only be available on Monday, the 19th. Make sure you are in the correct teacher’s tab and note the date and time you are signing up for. If your plans change, be sure to delete your time so another person has a chance to take the slot. Conference Sign Up.  
Conference slots available with Alison Lanigan, Instructional Specialist This year, two of our teachers are scheduled for several periods a day as Instructional Specialists, providing extra attention to students who need academic support. In addition to meeting with her students in year-long Creative Writing, Ms. Lanigan is offering time slots for families who need more information on how to support student success. These times are especially for those unable to get a slot with the students’ teachers and those whose students are struggling. If you need help to navigate teacher websites, Parentvue/Studentvue or  Google apps, sign up for a slot with Ms. Lanigan!

Conference Sustenance for Teachers While our teachers put in two long days to meet with families, they very much appreciate nourishment provided when they take their breaks. We’d love to have some morning treats and afternoon soup available each day. Please sign up here if you can contribute.

Run for the Arts Thank you! Thanks to everyone who participated in the Run for the Arts fundraiser. We raised $14,283! Additional thanks to Julie Young and Sarah Reese for help with the accounting.

OBOB Update from Ms. Robertson Teams are forming and there is still room to register if your student is interested in the Oregon Battle of the Books. Information can be found in the library next to the OBOB books. Registration deadline is November 30th!   Want to know more? Visit the da Vinci OBOB webpage or email Ms. Robertson,  srobertson@pps.net

Lost and Found in the Cafeteria is piling up. PLEASE, come in and take a look for things that belong to your kids. We have a mountain of clothing and unclaimed items. We will need to move all this out before the Arts Fair set up and remaining items will get donated.

Arts Fair! Posters, cards and lawn signs are now available to help promote the event. Come by the office and pick some up if you can help out. The team is recruiting volunteers for the days of the event now also. Sign up here to help with set up or the event on December 1.

PPS High School Information for information about all PPS high schools, see Katie the Counselor’s website.

Franklin Open House for 8th-graders Students living in the Franklin boundary area are invited to their open house on Wednesday, November 28th from 6 pm to 8 pm. This is a great opportunity to get a tour of the beautiful new Franklin facilities and learn more about their program.


Attendance Reminder If your student will be arriving late or be absent for any reason, please email sbryan@pps.net or call the main office number, 503-916-5356. Let us know the student’s name and the reason for the absence.

da Vinci Scroll 11-5-18

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
November 4, Standard time returns, set your clock back 1 hour
November 6, Election Day! Don’t forget to VOTE!!
November 7, Arts Fair, Student Artist meeting at lunch
November 7, All-day pullout for play rehearsal and teaser
November 8, Middle School Choir Festival, a day-time trip for Choir  
November 8, 9, 15, 16 John Hughes High, at 7 pm, November 10 and 17, at 2 pm, general admission, $10, tickets on sale now, see the da Vinci website
November 11, Roller Skating Party, see below
November 12, Veterans Day holiday, no school
November 18, The “Tempest” at the Winningstad, at 6 pm, Masters Drama with Portland Playhouse   
November 19 and 20, Family/Teacher conferences
November 21, 22, 23, Thanksgiving holiday, no school
December 1, da Vinci Arts Fair! 10 am to 5 pm
December 15 - January 1, Winter break, school resumes January 2nd.

Da Vinci Family-Teacher Conferences, November 19 and 20 Conference days are November 19th and 20th from 8 am to 8 pm. The Signup is now live and filling fast. Students do generally attend conferences with the parent/guardian. Teachers meet with year-long students only. If your student is taking term explore classes, please do not sign up for those teachers. There are two locations for Dance conferences and between the three teachers, they will cover the appointments. You cannot sign up with a specific dance teacher so just find a time that works on either the “Gym” or “Dance Office” tab. Part-time teachers are only at school for part of the times, proportionate to their FTE. Ms. Young will only be available on Monday, the 19th. Make sure you are in the correct teacher’s tab and note the date and time you are signing up for. If your plans change, be sure to delete your time so another person has a chance to take the slot. Conference Sign Up.  
Conference Sustenance for Teachers While our teachers put in two long days to meet with families, they very much appreciate nourishment provided when they take their breaks. We’d love to have some morning treats and afternoon soup available each day. Please sign up here if you can contribute.
John Hughes High opens this week on Thursday! The da Vinci drama department presents John Hughes High, November 8, 9, 10 and 5,16, & 17th. Tickets are $10 general admission or pay what you can. See the links on the da Vinci website to purchase tickets in advance or get them at the door. We do still need a number of volunteers for the shows to run smoothly.  Volunteers can see another show for free if they work through one. Please sign up using this SignUpGenius site.
OBOB Update from Ms. Robertson Teams are forming and there is still room to register if your student is interested in the Oregon Battle of the Books. Information can be found in the library next to the OBOB books. Registration deadline is November 30th!   Want to know more? Visit the da Vinci OBOB webpage or email Ms. Robertson, srobertson@pps.net
Lost and Found in the Cafeteria is piling up. Please come in and take a look for things that belong to your kids. We have a mountain of clothing and unclaimed items. We will need to move all this out before the Arts Fair set up and remaining items will get donated.
Student Artists needed for da Vinci Arts Fair! Students have an opportunity to be a vendor in the Arts Fair. Interested students must attend a meeting in order to receive an application and ask any questions about the event: The next meeting is November 7th at lunch. Students do not have to pay for a booth but donate 30% of their sales at the end of the event.

Arts Fair! Posters, cards and lawn signs are now available to help promote the event. Come by the office and pick some up if you can help out. The team is recruiting volunteers for the days of the event now also. Sign up here to help with set up or the event on December 1.

PPS High School Information for information about all PPS high schools, see Katie the Counselor’s website.

Benson visit If your 8th-grade student is interested in applying to Benson, there is an upcoming opportunity to visit during the day on November 13th. Students need to arrive by 8:00 am but there will be a bus to bring them back to da Vinci for the afternoon. They must turn in a permission form and be on the list communicated by the counselor to attend. The form is in the hall by Katie the Counselor’s office. More information is here. The lottery window for High Schools opens November 8th. See the PPS Enrollment and Transfer site for more information.

Cleveland High School Bridging the Gap 8th grade information night for Cleveland is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, at 7:00 pm. Mark your calendar if your student will be going to Cleveland.  

Upcoming PTSA Event Roller Skating Party- Get to know your da Vinci community while skating the rink at Mt. Scott Community Center, 2-4 pm, Sunday, November 11. Tickets are $10 which includes skate rental.


Attendance Reminder If your student will be arriving late or be absent for any reason, please email sbryan@pps.net or call the main office number, 503-916-5356. Let us know the student’s name and the reason for the absence. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

da Vinci Scroll 10-29-18

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
October 29, No school for students, Quarter 1 grading day for teachers
October 30, Quarter 2 starts, students with a second-period term-explore class will have a new class that period.
October 30, PTSA meeting in the Library at 7 pm, all welcome
October 31, Spooky Talent Show, Halloween, assembly schedule
October 31, BSU meeting after school 102
November 2, Movie Night! see below
November 6, Election Day! Don’t forget to VOTE
November 7, Arts Fair, Student Artist meeting at lunch
November 8, Middle School Choir Festival, day-time trip for Choir  
November 8, 9, 15, 16 John Hughes High, at 7 pm, November 10 and 17, John Hughes High at 2 pm, general admission, $10, advance tickets on School Pay now
November 11, Roller Skating Party, see below
November 12, Veterans Day holiday, no school
November 18, The “Tempest” at the Winningstad, at 6 pm, Masters Drama with Portland Playhouse   
November 19 and 20, Family/Teacher conferences, signups opening this week
November 21, 22, 23, Thanksgiving holiday, no school
December 1, da Vinci Arts Fair! 10 am to 5 pm
December 15 - January 1, Winter break, school resumes January 2nd.

Quarter 2 starts Tuesday, October 29th. Students with term-explore classes will start new classes second period only. Lists will be posted outside the office and the cafeteria doors with the new classes. Please use the quarter mark and day off for students for a check-up with your child. Take a look at Parentvue/Studentvue together. Suggest or help them to clean out their binders and get organized for a new start on Tuesday. Make sure they have the supplies they need. We do have many supplies in the office if you need assistance, but it is very helpful when students show up to class prepared and on time.
Lost and Found in the Cafeteria is piling up. Are you wondering where the lunch box, water bottle and 3 hoodies that you started out the school year with went? They’re probably in the lost and found. Please come in and take a look or insist your student go look for their things. We will need to move all this out before the Arts Fair set up and unclaimed items will get donated.
Halloween is Wednesday. Students are allowed to wear costumes to school but please, no weapons or weapon-like objects or images. Please refrain from costumes that are violent or gory, and those that will interfere with being present and functioning in class. Students will need to dress down for dance and dance as PE class. There is a special schedule for a talent show at the end of the day. If you need to pick up your student early, please make arrangements early because we cannot easily pull them from the auditorium in the last hour of the day. Apologies in advance for the auto-dialer calls that get triggered on dance as PE Wednesdays, especially when we have special schedules. The calls are triggered before we can reconcile the attendance and correct the absent marks. It is an imperfect system and we are looking for solutions.
Volunteers needed for John Hughes High The da Vinci drama department presents John Hughes High, opening November 8th. Tickets are $10 general admission or pay what you can. Volunteers can see another show for free if they work through one. Volunteers are needed to help with the production. Please sign up using this SignUpGenius site.

Da Vinci Family-Teacher Conferences Conference days are November 19th and 20th from 8 am to 8 pm. Signups are being built now for families to reserve 10-minute slots to meet with their teachers. We are planning for the Signup to go live by Friday evening. A separate email will be sent out and the links posted on the website at that time. Students generally are expected to attend conferences with the parent/guardian.  
Student Artists needed for da Vinci Arts Fair! Students have an opportunity to be a vendor in the Arts Fair. Interested students must attend a meeting in order to receive an application and ask any questions about the event: The next meeting is November 7th at lunch. Students do not have to pay for a booth but must donate 30% of their sales at the end of the event.

Benson visit and other High School news If your 8th-grade student is interested in applying to Benson, there is an upcoming opportunity to visit during the day on November 13th. Students need to arrive by 8:00 am but there will be a bus to bring them back to da Vinci for the afternoon. They must turn in a permission form and be on the list communicated by the counselor to attend. The form is in the hall by Katie the Counselor’s office. More information is here. The lottery window for High Schools opens November 8th. See the PPS Enrollment and Transfer site for more information. Letters will soon be mailed by Enrollment and Transfer with high school information. Please make sure you have a correct address listed in Synergy. If we are changing an address, we need two current forms of proof of address.

Upcoming PTSA Events:
10/30, PTSA Meeting, 7 pm, Tuesday, October 30
11/2, Movie Night! Get acquainted with the work of iconic 80’s teen film director John Hughes at our Pre-“John Hughes High” Musical Screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 6:30 pm, Tickets $5.
11/11 Roller Skating Party: Get to know your da Vinci community while skating the rink at Mt. Scott Community Center, 2-4 pm, Sunday, November 11. Tickets $10

Chinook Books and App In just a few days we need to return unsold books make a final payment for the products we sold. Fifty percent of sales go to the PTSA. Books are $25 and the app is $15.Send in your student with a check and we’ll give them a book or app to take home to you or come on in.
Does your child play a string instrument? Looking for members for a Chamber music ensemble after school. From a da Vinci parent: Ellis (6th grader) plays the violin and needs to be playing with a group of kids (for the fun, learning, etc.). Does your child play the violin, viola, cello, or bass and have an interest in playing with other da Vinci students once a week after school? A violinist friend has generously agreed to mentor a group to get them started. Please respond to me, Katherine Deumling (kdeumling@gmail.com) if you’re interested.

Attendance Reminder If your student will be arriving late or be absent for any reason, please email sbryan@pps.net or call the main office number, 503-916-5356. Let us know the student’s name and the reason for the absence. 

da Vinci Scroll 10-22-18

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
October 29, Quarter 1 grading day for teachers, no school for students
October 30, Quarter 2 starts, students with a second-period term class will have a new class that period.
October 30, PTSA meeting in the Library at 7 pm, all welcome
October 31, Spooky Talent Show, Halloween, assembly schedule
November 2, Movie Night! see below
November 6, Election Day! Don’t forget to VOTE
November 8, 9, 15, 16 John Hughes High, at 7 pm, November 10 and 17, John Hughes High at 2 pm, general admission, $10, tickets on sale soon.  
November 11, Roller Skating Party, see below
November 12, Veterans Day holiday, no school
November 18, The “Tempest” at the Winningstad, at 6 pm, Masters Drama with Portland Playhouse   
November 19 and 20, Family/Teacher conferences
November21, 22, 23, Thanksgiving holiday, no school
December 1, da Vinci Arts Fair! 10 am to 5 pm
December 15 - January 1, Winter break, school resumes January 2nd.

Locker Painting Thank you for all the support of our locker painting tradition. If students want to continue painting, they can do so after school but they must have an adult supervising them. Stop by the office and get a tarp. Please keep the floor protected and do not use bathroom sinks to wash out brushes.
Run for the Arts! Thanks for sending in the forms and donations.
Student Artists needed for da Vinci Arts Fair! Students also have an opportunity to be a vendor in the Arts Fair. Interested students must attend a meeting in order to receive an application and ask any questions about the event: The next meetings are October 24th after school or November 7th at lunch. Students do not have to pay for a booth but must donate 30% of their sales at the end of the event.

Upcoming PTSA Events:
10/30, PTSA Meeting, 7 pm, Tuesday, October 30
11/2, Movie Night! Get acquainted with the work of iconic 80’s teen film director John Hughes at our Pre-“John Hughes High” Musical Screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 6:30 pm, Tickets $5.
11/11 Roller Skating Party: Get to know your da Vinci community while skating the rink at Mt. Scott Community Center, 2-4 pm, Sunday, November 11. Tickets $10

Last call for Chinook Books! We need to wrap up the sale of Chinook Books by the end of the month. Fifty percent of sales go to the PTSA. Books are $25 and the app is $15. You’ll save all year at local, sustainable places you love such as Salt and Straw, Laughing Planet, Hot Lips Pizza, Grand Central Bakery and more. Come by the office any time we are open to pick one up with cash or a check.
Attendance Reminder If your student will be arriving late or be absent for any reason, please email sbryan@pps.net or call the main office number, 503-916-5356. Let us know the student’s name and the reason for the absence.

da Vinci Scroll 10-15-18

Upcoming Calendar Highlights
October 17 & 18, Locker painting, students paint during the day. Volunteer help needed!!
October 18, Girls Inc., Girls Self Defense Workshop 3:45 to 6:45 in the da Vinci Gym. The class is Full.
October 19, Picture retakes
October 19, Drama Rummage Sale after school
October 29, Quarter 1 grading day for teachers, no school for students
November 8, 9, 15, 16 John Hughes High, at 7 pm, November 10 and 17, John Hughes High at 2 pm, general admission, $10, tickets on sale soon.  
November 12, Veterans Day holiday, no school
November 19 and 20, Family/Teacher conferences
November 21, 22, 23, Thanksgiving holiday, no school

Locker Painting this week. The priming is done (thank you, volunteers!) and we’re getting ready for painting days for students. Make sure you have reviewed and approved the student design sheet if your student is planning to paint their locker. The design must be approved by an adult at home and the first-period teacher. Please help your student gather necessary supplies before Wednesday. The design sheet with do’s and don’ts is on the website if you didn’t see it come home. We still need a lot of help. Volunteers staff stations for distributing common supplies, set up and clean up, wash brushes and generally help direct traffic. Please sign up and come in if you can. It’s a sight to see. Times and more information are on the Signup.
Sign up to help here: Locker Painting
Run for the Arts! Thanks to the volunteers who came and all the students and staff for participating. The funds raised through Young Audiences are critical for our Arts programming at da Vinci. Now that the laps are completed, please help your student gather pledges and return the form and monies to the office before October 19th.  
Drama Department Rummage Sale Thanks to everyone who came to shop at the drama rummage sale last week. The department will set up again Friday, October 19th (outside, weather permitting, or in the drama room). Come hunt through our collection and find a treasure or something fabulous for Halloween. All proceeds benefit the Drama Dept.
Run for the Arts! Thanks to the volunteers who came and all the students and staff for participating. The funds raised through Young Audiences are critical for our Arts programming at da Vinci. Now that the laps are completed, please help your student gather pledges and return the form and monies to the office before October 19th.  
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) at da Vinci   Please visit our school library’s website (https://www.pps.net/Page/12911)  for more information on OBOB and the schedule of OBOB events at da Vinci. All information has been updated for this year. Printed registration forms are also ready for students in the library. The deadline for registration is Friday, November 30th, 2018. There is no charge to participate. The da Vinci library has 4-5 copies of each of the 16 titles for students to read to take part in the competition. Below is the timeline of events for OBOB. More information can be found on the website. Please Contact Ms. Robertson srobertson@pps.net if you have additional questions.
1. November 16- Attend the mandatory meeting in the library during lunch.
2. November 30- Deadline to register! Register your team
with the librarians at da Vinci. Each team member must fill out the OBOB registration form & have parents and block teacher sign it.  
3. January 7-11, 2019 Practice battles during lunch.
4. January 14th-February 15th, 2019 Battles are held during
lunch in the library. Schedule & tournament bracket will be posted in the library.
Da Vinci Arts Fair Call for Artists The annual da Vinci Arts Fair is Saturday, December 1st. The deadline for application is October 15th.  The Arts Fair is a community event and fundraiser for the PTSA. Artists are selected by a jury and pay a booth fee. There is a $10 application fee this year.
Student Artist announcement Students also have an opportunity to be a vendor in the Arts Fair. Interested students must attend one of the following meetings in order to receive an application and ask any questions about the event: October 24th after school or November 7th at lunch. Students do not have to pay for a booth but must donate 30% of their sales at the end of the event.
Workshop for Linoleum Block Relief prints with Erika Johnson Here’s an opportunity for students to make art for the Fair, Sat. & Sun. November 17 & 18 from 10 am - 3 pm, ages 10 and up
“Come to create Holiday cards in this fun 2-day linocut printmaking workshop. Relief is an easy-to-learn kind of printmaking that you can do in a home studio set-up. This beginner's workshop will teach everything you need to know to produce your own linoleum prints for cards, posters, t-shirts!

Great for teenagers as well as artists of all ages. Workshop Fee $125 plus $15 materials fee includes one 5 x 8 Golden cut lino block, water-based inks, 20 sheets cardstock, 10 envelopes, inks, tools, and pizza for lunch! “
To sign up or questions please contact erika@getcreative.com or jane@ateliermeridian.com,
Location: Atelier Meridian Printmaking Studio, 820 N River St B1
Portland, OR 97227, 503-729-9013

Clay Club to start October 24th For 3D Art Students who are dreaming of projects they can’t get done during class or just want to learn new skills and have more time with clay.
When: Wednesdays 3:15 - 5:00 pm - October 24 - May 22 (every Wednesday on school days)
Cost: $35 to pay for clay and glazes. Fee waived if the student is on free/reduced lunch. If you can contribute more than $35, it helps pay for those who can’t contribute. Thank you!
Location: 3D Art Portable
Time: 3:15 to 5 pm, Wednesdays Location: Da Vinci - 3D Art Portable Spaces: 15 students maximum (due to storage limitations) Contact: Stephanie Allisany - Text: 503-820-8331 or stephanie@organicopia.com

Clay Club will be limited to 15 participants (first come first serve) and all students must be a current year-long 3D art students (due to storage limitations). The club will be led by Stephanie Allisany (son Jasper) who has many years of experience throwing, hand building, and glazing. “I am excited to help each Clay Club member realize their
unique ideas and explore the amazing medium of clay with an open mind and heart. Come have fun and work with clay in a fun and social
Atmosphere!”
PTSA Membership Please support da Vinci by joining our school PTSA! The fee is $20 each and forms are available in the office. We count on membership funds to support all we do at da Vinci. So far, we have just 42 members signed up and we would love to reach or break our goal of 150 members.
Link da Vinci PTSA to your Fred Meyer Rewards through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program: The Program donates cash every time you use your FM Rewards Card. Please click here. This program can earn our PTSA thousands of dollars and it costs you NOTHING. Once you sign in or create a new account, click on "re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now" and search for "da Vinci PTSA" or use our new code: SI414. It's easy!
Chinook Books benefit the PTSA Books and the mobile app are now available in the office. Books are $25 and the app is $15. You can now order the mobile app online and the PTSA earns 60% until October 15th. You’ll save all year at local, sustainable places you love such as Salt and Straw, Laughing Planet, Hot Lips Pizza, Grand Central Bakery and more. This online link is designed for mobile devices only:  

https://chinook.co/davinciartsmiddleschool.


Attendance Reminder If your student will be arriving late or be absent for any reason, please email sbryan@pps.net or call the main office number, 503-916-5356. Let us know the student’s name and the reason for the absence.