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STEAM Carnival *postponed*!

Hello Da Vinci Connect K8 Families,

The Planning Committee for our upcoming STEAM Carnival has decided to postpone this event due to rain in the forecast. We are looking forward to celebrating and having a beautiful STEAM event in the sunshine once we return from Spring Break.

The proposed new date is April 12th from 3pm-5pm. We can’t wait to play and explore with you!


The Parent Educator Conference THIS Wednesday is still on, rain or shine! We hope to see you there!

2023-03-27T23:16:56+00:00March 27th, 2023|

Critical Conversations Speaker Series in partnership with New Roads Schools: Mary Helen Immordo-Yang

Hello Da Vinci Connect K8 Families,

There is another opportunity for professional learning happening tomorrow through Da Vinci Schools’ partnership with New Roads School in their Critical Conversations Speaker Series–tomorrow is a conversation with Mary Helen Immordo-Yang on “Humanizing Learning: We Only Think Deeply About Things We Care About” happening THIS Thursday (3/9/23) evening at 5:00pm over zoom!

Register to attend HERE! We realize that the Willows Talk coincides with this event, and we are hopeful that we will be able to share a recording at a later date.

Enjoy Your Week!

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

2023-03-08T22:07:59+00:00March 8th, 2023|

Willows Community School In- Person Speakers Series with Dr. Lisa Damour on The Emotional Lives of Teenagers!

Hellow Connect K8 Families,
Please see information below directly from The Willows Community School Website:
Dr. Lisa Damour–In-Person–The Emotional Lives of Teenagers
In-person event with:
Dr. Lisa Damour, Clinical Psychologist, the New York Times bestselling author of Untangled and Under Pressure, New York Times Monthly Columnist & CBS News Contributor

Speaking on the topic of her new book
The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents (released on February 21, 2023)
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
7 – 8:30 PM
In-person event followed by a Q & A and Book Signing

Dr. Damour presents this urgently needed guide to help parents understand their teenagers’ intense and often fraught emotional lives—and how to support them through this critical developmental stage.
In teenagers, powerful emotions come with the territory. And with so many of today’s teens contending with academic pressure, social media stress, worries about the future, and concerns about their own mental health, it’s easy for them—and their parents—to feel anxious and overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Dr. Damour gives parents the concrete, practical information they need to steady their teens through the bumpy yet transformational journey into adulthood.
Enjoy Your Week,
The Team at Da Vinci Connect
2023-03-06T23:40:05+00:00March 6th, 2023|

Da Vinci Schools Priority Enrollment Application Deadline is TODAY!

Da Vinci’s 2023-2024 School Year New Student Application is open to all students interested in attending Da Vinci Schools: DV Connect TK – 8, Da Vinci Connect High, Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Science.  THE PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE IS TODAY — FEBRUARY 28TH, 2023 at 11:59PM.


The Da Vinci 2023-2024 New Student Application can be found at www.davincischools.org under the Enrollment tab.  You can also click here and it will take you directly to the 2023-2024 New Student Application.

If you have specific questions about Da Vinci Connect TK-8 or Da Vinci Connect High enrollment, please contact Ebony Bobadilla at ebobadilla@davincischools.org or she can be reached by phone at (310) 725-5800 x5104.

If you have specific questions about Da Vinci RISE High enrollment, please contact Christian Navarro at cnavarro@davincischools.org or he can be reached by phone at (424) 241-2197. Da Vinci RISE High enrolls throughout the year.

**Please note** Current TK-8 families do NOT need to submit an application for continued enrollment at Connect TK-8–a re-enrollment process will take place in the Spring.

Please tell your friends and family and do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions along the way.


The Enrollment Team at Da Vinci Schools

2023-02-28T17:16:26+00:00February 28th, 2023|

FREE Access to Mental Health resources for teens through Kaiser Permanente!

Hi Da Vinci Connect Families!

We want you to know about the important resources below for parents through Kaiser that are available to everyone even if you’re not a KP member! These are also virtual offerings.


  • Anxious to Calm Teen –  (4 classes ) The goal of this series is to help increase your understanding of anxiety and learn strategies to help reorient thinking, take action, and make lasting positive change.


  • Understanding Depression Teen (4 classes) The goal of this series is to help increase your understanding of depression and learn strategies to help reorient thinking, take behavioral action, and make lasting positive changes.


  • Understanding ADHD for Parents: (1 class) The goal of this class is to help increase your understanding of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. You will learn what is ADHD, common myths about ADHD, types of treatment, and valuable resources.


Find out more here: https://thrive.kaiserpermanente.org/care-near-you/southern-california/mental-wellness/


Please take advantage of these resources and share widely with your communities.


Emily Green, Director of Health Services, RN, PhD


Phone: 310-725-5800, ext 1039

Fax: 310-356-3224


Rapid Covid tests are available at school sites during school hours, no appt needed. Students register for testing here

Home Covid Tests are available at school sites during school hours, please request from health office/front office.

2023-02-23T19:13:55+00:00February 23rd, 2023|

Da Vinci Schools and New Roads Schools Presents: Critical Conversations with Dr. Dan Siegel!

Dear Da Vinci Connect K8 Community,

We are thrilled to share that in partnership with New Roads Schools, Da Vinci Schools is welcoming Dr. Dan Siegel for an evening session through their Critical Conversations series, happening THIS Thursday 1/19/23 at 5:00pm over zoom! Please click this link to register for this incredible event.

Dr. Dan Siegel’s work has been pivotal to the framing of how Da Vinci Connect approaches our work with children. We have spent time exploring and learning from his vast catalog of work, including The Whole Brain Child, The Yes Brain, No Drama Discipline, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and more!

We look forward to sharing this event with you! Feel free to share with your wider communities as we explore Dr. Siegel’s conversation on The Biology of Belonging!

With Gratitude,

The Team at Da Vinci Connect K8

2023-01-18T16:48:04+00:00January 18th, 2023|

Attn: 8th Grade Families re: High School Applications and Information!

Attn: 8th Grade Families!

Be sure to submit your applications for 9th grade to our Da Vinci High Schools before the deadline of 2/28! To learn more about our High School options, you can sign up for tours, info sessions, and informal student chats (the first one is happening TONIGHT!). You can find out more information and review pre-recorded info sessions HERE.

2023-01-10T18:09:25+00:00January 10th, 2023|

A Health Update from our Nurse Before School Resumes on 1/9/23

Happy New Year!

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends ongoing prevention strategies to mitigate new respiratory and other infections in the new year.  

  • Frequent hand washing including before meals, after restroom use, after handling tissues
  • Consider the use of masks indoors for first two weeks back to school after holidays
  • Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue or sleeve, not hands
  • Tissues should be properly disposed of in trash receptacles
  • Avoid physical contact and sharing utensils with anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of an illness

In Los Angeles County, California, current COVID community level is Medium.

  • If you are at high risk of getting very sick, wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) when indoors in public.
  • If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick, consider self-testing to detect infection before contact, and consider wearing a high-quality mask when indoors with them.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including recommended booster doses.
  • Maintain ventilation improvements.
  • Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

COVID testing information

COVID Travel advisories

In general, please do not send children to school if they are sick with acute symptoms (fever, productive or new cough, diarrhea/vomiting). Some of the cold and respiratory symptoms can linger for some time unfortunately. We encourage students to stay home when acutely ill and for those who are on the mend, who are able to get good sleep and have a typical appetite and energy level to return to school. Please continue to report all absences to the school office via phone or email. 

Please continue to report all positive COVID cases to school nurse Emily Green egreen@davincischools.org. We will then provide return guidance. General isolation instructions are to isolate for a minimum of 5 days from positive test or symptom onset and then return to school after a negative test on day 6-10. No student needs to be isolated for longer than 10 days. 

Take good care! 

Dr. Emily Green, Director of Health Services

2023-01-06T20:00:21+00:00January 6th, 2023|

Health Considerations for Exhibition from Our School Nurse!

We are excited to welcome students and families this week to participate in  Da Vinci’s signature practice of Exhibition! As we come together to celebrate student achievement, a reminder that in our communities (home, school and beyond) there is currently increased co-circulation of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza/flu viruses, SARS-CoV-2, and others.

Shared practices we can all engage in that create healthy and safe classrooms and campuses include staying home when sick, hand washing, cough etiquette, being aware of crowded indoor spaces, wearing a mask if appropriate, getting vaccinated when eligible, proper ventilation and participating in our regular free school campus COVID testing program.

Please take care when entering our spaces and consider the above as we aim to all stay healthy through the Holiday Season and beyond.


Emily Green, Director of Health Services, RN, PhD


Phone: 310-725-5800, ext 1039

Fax: 310-356-3224

2022-12-06T21:04:12+00:00December 6th, 2022|

Family Work Days and Volunteer Project!

Da Vinci Connect’s Annual Family Work Day

Let’s start the 2023 New Year off together, beautifying our campus!

Save the dates

Wednesday – January 4

Saturday – January 7

Attention Parents:

If you have experience with general contracting or building structures. We are looking for expert advice on weather proofing and sealing our Tiny Homes. Contact jdurham@davincischools.org for details.

2022-12-05T17:33:31+00:00December 5th, 2022|
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