Independent Study Enrollment Agreements!

Hello Da Vinci Connect K8 Families,

You received an e-mail from Jacob Diaz yesterday, Monday 8/30/21, asking you to sign and submit your child(ren)’s Independent Study Enrollment Agreement for the 2021-2022 School Year. This document is a requirement for enrollment at Da Vinci Connect as mandated by Independent Study State Law–it is vital that both you and your student read and sign this document ASAP!

It is imperative that:

  1. Students MUST sign for themselves regardless of their age. It must be very clear to our auditors that parents nor teachers signed for them. For our youngest students, it is okay if the signature does not look like their name.
  2. Signatures are easiest on tablets or phones where a finger or stylus can be used. If you are on a laptop or desktop, it is okay if your child’s signature is “the best they can do.”
  3. The Independent Study Enrollment Agreement must be submitted for each enrolled student. You should receive one per each student, if you have multiple students enrolled with us.


We are asking that you sign the Connect Independent Study Enrollment Agreement NO LATER THAN Friday 9/3/21.


Thank you for helping us maintain our compliance with the state!



The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Independent Study Enrollment Agreements!2021-08-31T18:37:27+00:00

Da Vinci Connect K8 Welcome Back Party!

Hello Da Vinci Connect K8 Families!

We want to remind you about our Welcome Back Party THIS Friday, 8/20 from 11:00am-1:00pm outdoors on the Connect campus! There will be a scavenger hunt that takes you through campus to meet some special people, engage in some fun activities, and allow you to connect with other families before classes begin on August 23rd! While masks are optional outdoors, please wear a mask when not able to physically distance (in line, at an activity station, etc). If you’d like to participate in our Tie Dye station, be sure to bring a white article of clothing!

Finally, we will have the Whacky Shrimp Food Truck and Adriana’s Mobile Library on site! The food truck is ready to serve up a delicious menu of lunch items for sale, and Adriana’s library is looking for children’s book donations! Both can be found in our backyard during the party. **when eating, please be sure to sit no more than 4 people from different households at the same table. Thank you! 

This is NOT a drop off event. Please plan to participate with and supervise your child(ren) at all times.

We hope to see you there!

Da Vinci Connect Staff

Da Vinci Connect K8 Welcome Back Party!2021-08-18T21:12:09+00:00

Da Vinci Connect K8 Orientations: Today at 4pm!

Hi Da Vinci Connect K8 Families,


This is a friendly reminder that we will be hosting TWO virtual orientations this week for families! Please plan to attend either orientation:

We encourage new and returning families to attend. We hope to see you there!
Da Vinci Connect K8 Orientations: Today at 4pm!2021-08-11T22:16:13+00:00

Reminder: Parents Connect Night Out *TONIGHT*!

Hello Da Vinci K8 Families,
This is just a reminder about this evening’s awesome event!
When: Today, Wednesday, June 16 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Upshift Brewing Company in El Segundo
339 Indiana St. El Segundo, CA 90245
Dali’s Kitchen Food Truck will be serving delicious, Mexican cuisine for purchase at event! We will also have some snacks and sweet treats available due to generous donations from Mykie’s Coffee and Shappy’s Pretzels! We will have non-alcoholic beverages available for everyone, as well.
*Upshift Brewing Company will generously give back $1 per pint sold on Wednesday, June 16th, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm–stop in for a minute, or stay for a few hours! Don’t forget to mention Da Vinci Connect with every purchase!
*The owner, Steve will personally match every dollar generated by pint sales!!! Thank you Upshift Team!
*Upshift Brewing Company offers outdoor seating with spaced out picnic tables and other seating that will be provided on a first come, first served basis!
Upshift has aligned with the County and state guidelines announced with yesterday’s re-opening:
-We are able to walk around and socialize throughout the space
-Vaccinated folks do not need to wear a mask while at Upshift
-Unvaccinated folks are asked to wear a mask while at Upshift (Upshift will not be asking for proof of vaccination)
We ask that our community be respectful of the various comfort levels folks may have as we venture out for this first social event with new COVID guidelines in place and to honor any mask wearing, requests for social distancing, etc.
We can’t wait to see you!
Reminder: Parents Connect Night Out *TONIGHT*!2021-06-16T21:46:09+00:00

Memorial Day and Fireside Chat

Hello Da Vinci Connect Families,

A quick reminder that there is no school on Monday, 5/31 in observance of Memorial Day.

Also, our last Fireside Chat of the year is THIS afternoon, Wednesday 5/26 @ 4pm! Join us here: (password = connect)

Enjoy your Week!

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Memorial Day and Fireside Chat2021-05-26T19:52:04+00:00

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 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
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