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Da Vinci Connect TK-8 Students Participate in Two Exciting Events Hosted by NASA and STEMconnector

Da Vinci Connect TK-8 students recently had the opportunity to hear from two extraordinary female NASA engineers making an impact in space. The virtual events, hosted in collaboration with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and STEMconnector, were designed to inform students of future STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers by connecting them to STEM professionals, real-world challenges, and project-based learning.

During the first of these two incredible events, known as NASA’s Day of Design: Shooting Stars, DV Connect students met with Tessa Rundle, a space suit life support engineer at NASA. Ms. Rundle spent just under an hour with the students sharing her background, how she came to work for NASA, and explaining what exactly a space suit life support engineer does, and how her work impacts the safety of NASA’s astronauts.

The second event connected DV Connect students with Dr. Vemitra White, a NASA STEM Education Specialist. Dr. White is also an Assistant Professor for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University. Dr. White spent an hour discussing her background and engaging students in an exciting star finder activity. She helped students connect how the stars have been an important vehicle for not only exploration, but also social justice. Dr. White shared with students how Harriet Tubman used her own understanding of the stars to help 70 people escape slavery.

Both Dr. White and Tessa Rundle made a significant impact on the DV Connect students during these events. Not only were these events engaging and exciting, these two incredible women also instilled in the students an understanding that they too are capable of working for NASA or doing exciting work in the STEM field. It is safe to say that the STEM field will be forever changed because of the generous gift of time STEMconnector and these two scientists gave to young students who see and believe in endless possibilities.

We wish to extend a huge thanks to Dr. Jo Webber, Da Vinci Trustee and the CEO of STEMconnector, a research company whose mission is to develop a diverse STEM-ready workforce, for organizing these fantastic events.

Da Vinci Connect TK-8 Students Participate in Two Exciting Events Hosted by NASA and STEMconnector2021-05-12T21:49:23+00:00

Reminder: Pickup Location at Back of Campus!

Hi Connect Families,

We have had a fantastic first day back on campus with our normal hybrid schedule! We will share more about our week soon.

For now, please note the important reminder that afternoon pick up takes place in the back parking lot, just like pick up for our afternoon activities the last few weeks. Checkout the blue route in the map below for more details. You can also park–please use the front lot and walk back to the field along the grey wall.

For any middle school students who would like to walk home/leave campus without being released to an adult, please e-mail connect@davincischools.org to grant that permission.

Thank You!

Reminder: Pickup Location at Back of Campus!2021-05-04T21:08:13+00:00

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
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