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Return to Campus–LA County Travel Quarantine Update

Hi Connect K8 Families,

Please read the below statement from Emily Green regarding LA County’s updated information regarding travel:

 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health orders state that Los Angeles County residents should continue to avoid all non-essential travel. As such, we are asking all families and staff members to adhere to the mandate. If you do travel out-of-state, please report your travel to your school principal to determine return to campus date.  We will require any students or staff who travel outside of the state to follow quarantine guidelines prior to returning to a school site in person.

Updated travel quarantine guidance: 

Travelers who are fully vaccinated  will not be required to test or quarantine upon their arrival in Los Angeles County if they do not have any symptoms of illness.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for seven full days after travel if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result taken three to five days after their arrival. If a traveler does not get tested after they arrive in Los Angeles County, they must quarantine for a full 10 days.

All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their arrival, and should get tested and isolate if they develop symptoms.

Thank you for adhering to these guidelines and helping us all keep each other safe as we return to campus next week.

 

Return to Campus–LA County Travel Quarantine Update2021-04-09T18:29:45+00:00

Fireside Chat TONIGHT!

Hi Connect K8 Families,

Don’t forget about our last Fireside Chat of the month, TONIGHT at 4:00pm  HERE.

We will reserve some time to discuss State Testing for 3rd-8th grade this year, as well as leave time for general connection and conversation.

Hope to see you there!

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Fireside Chat TONIGHT!2021-03-24T19:31:54+00:00

Visit with a NASA Engineer!

Greetings Connect K8 Families,

On Thursday, March 25th, we will have the opportunity to hear from a NASA Engineer! Tessa Rundle, a space suit life support engineer, willing be joining us to speak about her work at NASA and all of the amazing career opportunities NASA provides. We hope all of our Da Vinci students will join us on Thursday morning from 9:10-10:00am to listen to Ms. Rundles presentation! Please join us at this link on Thursday morning!

More info HERE!

Enjoy the Week,

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Visit with a NASA Engineer!2021-03-23T20:18:51+00:00

Updates from DV Connect K8

Greetings DV Connect K8 Families,

We want to remind you of several things happening at DV Connect! Please read below for more info:

  1. FAN Meeting today, Wednesday March 17 @ 4:00pm HERE.
  2. THE STUDENT COMMITMENT SURVEY to inform us of your plans to participate in afternoon activities after Spring Break is due no later than Friday, March 19th. Please see the e-mail and newsletter sent on 3/13 for additional information. Failure to complete this survey will exclude your child from the afternoon schedule for on-campus activities.
  3. What TALENTS are YOU using this Wellness Wednesday?  Our Connect community wants to celebrate them with you!  Join the first of the Talent Showcase Series: 1.  SIGN UP HERE!2. Make a quick video to share your art, science, dance, sport, spoken word, culinary delight, magic  3.  Submit your video by Wednesday 3/24 (deadline has been extended!).  4. Mark your calendar to be sure to attend the Virtual Showcase March 26 at 6pm.

Take Good Care,

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Updates from DV Connect K82021-03-17T19:08:02+00:00

Special Fireside Chat THIS afternoon!

Greetings Connect K8 Families,

This is a friendly reminder about our special Fireside Chat TODAY (Fri. 3/12) to discuss DV Connect’s Phase II re-opening plan. You can join us HERE

Hope to see you there.

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Special Fireside Chat THIS afternoon!2021-03-12T23:34:52+00:00

Reminder! Drive Thru Pick Up Event tomorrow 3/3 12pm-4pm

Greetings Connect K8 Families!
This is just a friendly reminder that our School Supply and Student T-Shirt Pick Up Event is TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 3rd from 12pm-4pm
If you are running low on school supplies, need printer paper, or would like to retrieve a school supply bag from the beginning of the school year, we have what you need! We were also able to order T-shirts for every Da Vinci Connect K-8 Student and they’re here! This design is courtesy of our very own Mr. Mason! Please stop by to see some familiar staff members, pick up supplies, and to claim your child’s free t-shirt! Register for the pick up event HERE!
We hope to see you there!
The Team at Da Vinci Connect
Reminder! Drive Thru Pick Up Event tomorrow 3/3 12pm-4pm2021-03-02T18:55:25+00:00

Reminder: Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow, March 2 @ 6:30pm!

We invite Da Vinci parents/guardians and community members to attend a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30PM to solicit your feedback on the steps being taken for a phased-in return to campus between April 12th-June 9th. Join us!

Virtual Town Hall for Families
March 2, 2021 | 6:30PM

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95743052884

Meeting ID: 957 4305 2884
1 (669) 900 6833

Speaking at the Virtual Town Hall on March 2nd will be Dr. Matthew Wunder, CEO/Superintendent; Dr. Jennifer Hawn, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Emily Green, School Nurse; and Vicente Bravo, Chief Administrative Officer.

We will provide an update on our COVID-19 safety plan, discuss timelines, solicit feedback from families, and answer as many questions as we can. The Town Hall will be recorded and posted on our website. Because a Town Hall via Zoom may make it challenging to respond to everyone’s questions, we will also provide a Padlet to capture your thoughts, and request that you complete a survey that will be sent out on
March 3.

(Please note: The Town Hall can only accommodate 1,000 participants. If for some reason you are not able to get onto the call, you will have access to the recording, Padlet and survey to provide feedback. Thanks for your understanding.)

Reminder: Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow, March 2 @ 6:30pm!2021-03-01T17:20:14+00:00

An Evening in Celebration of Black Excellence–TONIGHT!

FAN’s Kindness Movement Presents: A Celebration of Black Excellence!
Happening: TONIGHT, Friday 2/26 @ 6:00pm-7:00pm
Greetings DV Connect! In honor of Black History Month, we will be having an exciting evening of education and celebration of Black Excellence for the whole family. We are inviting families to share and to hear about our fellow DV Connect community member’s favorite authors, poets, artists, inventors, or persons representing excellence in Black American Culture.
We are so very thankful to have such a richly diverse and gifted community, and this is an opportunity for our families to share in the celebration of Black History Month.
In honor of so many outstanding achievements, we have also created a pre-event scavenger hunt for students to find any historical or contemporary inventions made by black inventors found in their homes (such as the ice cream scooper, the alarm clock and the lawnmower)! 🍨
Dare to Share your Scavenger Hunt and experiences in Black Excellence on our Connect Community Flipgrid:
We will also be highlighting our very own DV Connect Vice Principal, Tami Christopher! Three of our DV Connect students, representing 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade, interviewed her, and you won’t want to miss the questions they asked her!
Please join us for one hour of singing, celebration and learning in this Zoom Room beginning at 6:00 pm tonight:
Join Zoom Meeting: A Celebration of Black Excellence
Meeting ID: 879 8278 7865
Passcode: 647095
Thank you so very much, and we cannot wait to see you and to celebrate with you tonight, Friday, February 26th at 6:00 pm!
An Evening in Celebration of Black Excellence–TONIGHT!2021-02-26T18:38:40+00:00

Fireside Chat tonight!

Greetings Connect K8 Families,

If you haven’t joined us yet, please consider joining us for Fireside Chat tonight (Wed. 2/24) at 4:00pm at THIS zoom link! Michelle, Kaitlin, and Tami hope to see you there!

 

Enjoy your Wednesday!

The Da Vinci Connect Team

Fireside Chat tonight!2021-02-24T16:28:01+00:00

Virtual Town Hall and COVID Update from Da Vinci Schools

Good Morning Connect TK-8 Families,

We wanted to be sure you saw the information shared by Matt, our CEO, over the weekend. I’ve copied and pasted the details below:

Virtual Town Hall Meeting – March 2 at 6:30PM
Dear Da Vinci Families and Friends,
We are writing to update you on our planning and timeline for a return to campuses, and to invite you to a Virtual Town Hall meeting on March 2 to solicit your feedback. There is a lot of information being reported in the news media about Federal, State and County guidance that is sometimes confusing and conflicting. Our ability to offer a phased-in reopening plan varies by grade level, staffing and student needs, and is contingent upon highly specific County restrictions. For LA County, the infection rates remain in the widespread Purple Tier so that we are not currently allowed to open for grades 7-12.
The process and timeline described below provide an overview of our decision-making process and next steps.
  1. In December, we communicated with families that we did not anticipate returning to on-campus instruction until April 12, 2021 at the earliest, pending guidance from state and local health officials. This still holds true. We will not return to campus until at least April 12, 2021 except for limited special education assessments and services for severely at-risk youth at Da Vinci RISE High School.
  2. On February 25th, Da Vinci staff will have an opportunity to attend a staff Virtual Town Hall event to share their thoughts on returning to campus this school year (April 12-June 9th). The Town Hall will be recorded and sent to all staff. Additionally, a survey will go out to all Da Vinci staff members following the staff Town Hall to gather their feedback.
  3. On Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30PM, we invite Da Vinci parents/guardians and community members to attend a Virtual Town Hall meeting (Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95743052884) to discuss the steps being taken for a phased-in return to campus between April 12th-June 9th. Speaking at the Virtual Town Hall on March 2nd will be Dr. Jennifer Hawn, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Emily Green, School Nurse; Vicente Bravo, Chief Administrative Officer, along with myself. We will provide an update on our COVID-19 safety plan, discuss timelines, solicit feedback from families, and answer as many questions as we can. The Town Hall will be recorded and posted on our website. Because a Town Hall via Zoom may make it challenging to respond to everyone’s questions, we will also provide a Padlet to capture your thoughts, and request that you complete a survey that will be sent out on March 3.
  4. We will also collect student input from each school over the next couple of weeks during the school day.
  5. Unredacted feedback from the staff and family Town Hall meetings, surveys, and student input will be shared at the March 10th Special Board Meeting of the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees, along with a recommendation for a phased-in approach to return to our campuses. Our board’s decision on the phased-in return to our campuses will be communicated shortly after the Special Board Meeting via Constant Contact and our school blogs. You may always check our COVID-19 Planning webpage that is continuously updated. Our plan for Summer and Fall 2021 will depend on Los Angeles County’s state tier assignment under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The tier assignment is the primary determinant of which activities are permitted and/or restricted. As Los Angeles continues its vaccination and mitigation efforts, we are tracking the progress and planning how to expand our offerings accordingly. An update regarding Summer and Fall planning will be sent later in the Spring.
Da Vinci Schools continue to prioritize public health and well being, equitable access to education, and high quality instruction and student support, in all of our planning.
Teaching and learning during the pandemic has not been easy on anyone, and we all look forward to returning back together on campus as soon as possible. That said, I hope you will join me to give our teachers, staff and administrators a standing ovation for their exceptional pivot to all-remote teaching and support.
Let’s all continue to stay as safe as possible. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you.
With gratitude,
Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.
CEO/Superintendent
Virtual Town Hall for Families
March 2, 2021 | 6:30PM
Meeting ID: 957 4305 2884
1 (669) 900 6833
Virtual Town Hall and COVID Update from Da Vinci Schools2021-02-22T18:05:24+00:00
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