FAN’s Kindness Movement presents: Halloween Movie Night!

Hello Da Vinci Connect K-8 Families,

Lights…Camera…Action…and fun, spooky times ahead!  Please join DV Connect’s FAN’s Kindness Movement for a night at the movies presenting the sweet, animated films, Room on the Broom and Spookley, The Square Pumpkin for our younger kiddos, and the action-packed movie, Goosebumps 2 for our older kiddos!🎃👻🍿

*Room on the Broom is based on Julia Donaldson’s picture book, telling the story of a kind witch who invites a collection of animals to join her on her broom, though her cat thinks it will be too crowded.  Her new friends make themselves useful, however, when the witch is threatened by a fearsome dragon.

*Spookley, The Square Pumpkin is about a friendly scarecrow and a spider trio who help an odd-shaped pumpkin overcome his feelings of feeling different from everyone else!  Dare to be square!🎃

*Goosebumps 2 is rated PG and is about two best friends named Sonny and Sam.  One day, they meet, Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished “Goosebumps” book by R.L. Stine.  Slappy kidnaps Sonny’s mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life – just in time for Halloween.

The shows and Netflix parties will start on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm!  Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EABA92FA4FB6-dvconnects

We’ll start the night on a Zoom Call on Friday, October 30th at 6:00 pm where we will have a Halloween sing-a-long with some favorite Halloween songs: “This Is Halloween” and “Ghostbusters” in this Zoom Room:

Netflix Halloween Party Movie Night Zoom Room:

Zoom ID: 739 1118 8084

Passcode: VT4HCF

The Netflix Halloween Party Movie Night Zoom Room will start at 6:00 pm, and then we will send everyone out to their movies and Netflix parties.

*You will ONLY be able to join the Netflix parties and watch the movies together on your desktop computers or laptops.  Unfortunately, the school chrome books will not allow access to the Netflix website.

Grab your popcorn, get dressed in your Halloween costumes, and cozy up with our DV Connect community for this fun and interactive movie night for the whole family!

Hope to see and sing with you all there, and have a very happy and safe Halloween!🎃👻🍿

FAN’s Kindness Movement presents: Halloween Movie Night!2020-10-28T22:59:32+00:00

Student Headsets are here!

Hello Connect K-8 Families,

The student headsets with microphone have finally arrived and are ready to be distributed to our students! This week, the headsets will be distributed on the following dates and times in the parking lot of the school campus located at 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo CA, 90045:


  • Wednesday, October 28th from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 29th from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday, October 30th from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM You can also pick up your Connect supply bag on this day only at any time, if you haven’t already—Register HERE so we can have your bag ready for you! When you arrive, pull in to the parking lot and use LANE 3


To best expedite this process, please bring a letter-sized paper with the following information clearly written on it:  Student(s)’ school(s), Student(s)’ grade level, and Student(s)’ last and first name.  The student or parent/guardian will be asked to display that paper to the person distributing the headsets to facilitate the distribution. The headsets will be distributed under the large black canopy which will be set-up in Lane 1 of the parking lot, the lane closest to the gym.

No RSVP is necessary for these days.  Additional dates and times, including a possible weekend day, will be scheduled in the weeks to come in an effort to continue to provide opportunities for pickup for anyone who is unable to come by this week to get the headsets.

Please feel free to contact the school’s front office if you have any questions about this.

Thank you!

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Student Headsets are here!2020-10-27T18:10:19+00:00

Evening for Educators TONIGHT @ ESMOA

Hello Connect K-8 Families,

We wanted to share that the El Seguno Museum of Art (ESMOA) is hosting an Evening for Educators event this afternoon at 4:00pm! You’ll enjoy a discussion with the facilitator and then will be invited to participate in a hands-on printmaking workshop…all from the comfort of your own home! A few members of our Connect community have participated in these events in the past (as recently as last week!) and we have heard positive feedback from those who participated. ESMOA is a longstanding supporter of Da Vinci! If you’d like to participate and connect with other Da Vinci families, Register HERE!

Pre-registration for the event is required.

Enjoy your Week!

The Team at Da Vinci Connect


Evening for Educators TONIGHT @ ESMOA2020-10-21T18:20:20+00:00

Election Day Volunteers in Partnership with our Seeds of the Future Project

Hello Da Vinci Connect K-8 Families,

With election day weeks away, The Seeds of the Future project is close to the finish line of its goal to help 90% of age eligible Da Vinci Extension students register and vote in the November 3rd election.

We are still in need of volunteers who are available to support students in our Election Day Lighthouse.  The Lighthouse is a Google Meet page where volunteers will commit to a 30-minute time slot to provide basic voting information to students and families who may call in seeking support on election day.  If you are interested in volunteering, there will be a Lighthouse training this afternoon from 3:15 – 4pm.  Here is the Zoom link for the training.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 202 239 0007

Passcode: Habits

Thank you,

Kené, our School Counselor


Election Day Volunteers in Partnership with our Seeds of the Future Project2020-10-20T18:01:37+00:00

The Great California Shakeout!

Hello Da Vinci Connect K-8 Families!

Today, at 10:20 am, our teachers will be participating in the Great Shakeout, which is a state-wide exercise to practice Earthquake preparedness and safety. You are also encouraged to practice at home! Click HERE for additional information on how to participate at home and have conversations with your family about earthquake and emergency preparedness 🙂

Your Da Vinci Connect Team


The Great California Shakeout!2020-10-20T16:38:25+00:00

Da Vinci Connect K-8 Update

Greetings Connect Families!


We hope you are enjoying SLCs! Our staff appreciates these opportunities to meet with your family and provide students with authentic opportunities to own their learning and show what they know! Last week was also World Teacher Day, and we celebrate YOU! Thank you for being your child’s first and forever teacher, and for sharing them with us on this journey.

As a reminder, there is no school this Friday, October 16th. It is a professional development day across Da Vinci Schools.


Important request: Every year, we survey our parents and students to better understand how we can best support you and grow as a school. We request that ALL Connect parents take this survey this week: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_survey_Fall2020 It should take you 10 minutes.

We also want to remind you that this Wednesday (every 2nd and 4th Wed. of the month) is our Fireside Chat for parents! Join your fellow parents to check in and connect! We would also like to hear your ideas about how we can help support families connect with each other during this challenging distance learning time. Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/s/3105421796 (no password).

Thank you!

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Da Vinci Connect K-8 Update2020-10-13T15:48:03+00:00

Parent Training: Suicide Prevention & Awareness

Hello Da Vinci Connect 6-8 Families,

Da Vinci Connect is in the process of creating awareness this year with regards to suicide prevention, awareness of warning signs, increasing resiliency, and training of key people in the process. Most importantly, you, the parents, guardians, or caregivers. You are a crucial part of this project and process.

When schools closed to students and staff due to COVID-19, many parts of our school community were affected, such as our planned training events. However, the Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) division of the LA County Office of Education (LACOE) recently developed and released a set of screencasts for online parent training. This training is focused on suicide prevention, awareness of warning signs, and increasing resiliency. It is important to note; each segment is not meant to be a stand-alone segment, which means that we ask you ultimately to watch each of them in order and its entirety. By design, each segment is no longer than 15 minutes because you may not have an opportunity to view content like this for an extended period of time.

Online Parent Training Videos

Video 1:  https://youtu.be/yhui44GkHLc

Video  2: https://youtu.be/Gde2Qu-96UM

Video 3: https://youtu.be/py5tv1CKqWw

As you watch these, if you become concerned about your child, please be aware of the following resources recommended by Da Vinci Connect, and please contact your child’s school counselor for any additional questions.

Parent Resources:

2020 Resources for Parents and Staff.docx.pdf

2020 Parent Suicide Ideation Resources.pdf

Da Vinci Schools Families Connected — Families Connected

DV Connect K-8 Counseling Team:

Kene Washington: kwashington@davincischools.org

Our Antioch Counseling Team, Chiara and Kimberly: Contact Kaitlin at ktoon@davincischools.org

Please also be aware that additional resources are provided at the end of each segment. Feel free to share the link with others, because the more people who have this important knowledge, the better!

Be Well,

The Team at Da Vinci Connect

Parent Training: Suicide Prevention & Awareness2020-10-09T21:43:13+00:00

Student Documentary Competition hosted by CSPAN

Hello Da Vinci 6-8 Families,

Please see below for a student opportunity hosted by CSPAN and supported by Spectrum!

Have a Great Week!



Charter Communications, locally known as Spectrum is once again proud to support C-SPAN and its annual StudentCam documentary competition. With many students across the country adapting to a virtual or hybrid model of learning, StudentCam 2021 offers an opportunity for project-based learning that can be particularly rewarding for both teachers and students, regardless of the educational setting.

The competition invites middle and high school students to join the national conversation on the challenges our country is currently facing by creating a 5- to 6-minute documentary on this theme: Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021. Next spring, the C-SPAN Education Foundation will award 150 student and 53 teacher prizes totaling $100,000.

To ensure students’ success in these challenging times, Spectrum is committed to help bridge the digital divide with enhanced measures that expand internet access and maintain connectivity for remote learners.

You can help inform teachers and students about StudentCam by sharing about the competition on social media (#StudentCam2021) or in conversations  in your community. 

We hope you’ll join us in getting the word out about C-SPAN’s StudentCam and how it serves as an innovative enrichment-learning experience well-suited to these unprecedented times. For more information on the competition, please visit www.studentcam.org.

Student Documentary Competition hosted by CSPAN2020-10-05T18:41:29+00:00

Meal Program Updates!

Da Vinci Connect K-8 Families,

We have two important Meal Program updates to share with you:

You may pick up FREE “grab-and-go” meals for ALL children 18 & under at Dana Middle School, located at 5504 W. 135th Street in Hawthorne, from 11:30AM to 1:00PM. Da Vinci is now partnering with Wiseburn Unified to provide meals for all of our students. Free meals end on Dec. 31, 2020.

Second, please complete a meal application to ensure your child receives free or reduced price meals for the entire school year. Apply by Oct. 1 to be entered into a raffle to win one of 7 Portable Bluetooth Speakers and 7 24” Gaming Monitors, provided by our generous donors! If you have already submitted an application or have been directly certified you will automatically entered in the raffle.  We are collecting meal applications from every single family regardless of whether you think you may qualify.  Complete a meal application by Oct. 1 to help us maximize funding for all Da Vinci students!  

Apply online at www.mymealtime.com, download an application from the Da Vinci website at www.davincischools.org/meals, or pick up a meal application from Dana Middle School or at the high school campus at 201 N. Douglas Street.

We thank you!

Meal Program Updates!2020-09-23T21:19:58+00:00

Opportunity to Provide Input on the Draft Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan

DV Connect is seeking input from students, staff, families, and community members on the initial draft of the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan.  The purpose of this plan is to describe how DV Connect will address the impacts of COVID-19 and maintain continuity of student learning in the coming year.  The final document will include our plans for:

  • Providing distance learning and, when public health conditions allow, in-person instruction
  • Measuring student progress and participation and address learning loss
  • Providing supports for English Learners, Foster Youth, Homeless Youth, Students with Unique Needs, and Low-income students
  • Ensuring access to devices and connectivity
  • Providing resources and supports to address student and staff mental health and social emotional well-being
  • Student and family engagement and outreach to reengage students who are absent, unengaged, or at risk of learning loss
  • Providing school meals for students during distance learning and in-person instruction
  • Increasing/improving services for English Learners, Foster Youth, Homeless Youth, and Low-Income students


DV Connect values stakeholder voice and input. This input will be used to guide revisions.  A draft will be presented in a public hearing on Friday September 25, 2020 8:00-9:00 a.m. via zoom link https://zoom.us/j/91367888850  and the final draft will be presented for adoption at the September 30, 2020 6:00 p.m. board meeting.

All stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments on the Draft Plan.  The Draft Plan and comment forms can be accessed at the links below.




Comments can be submitted using one of the following google forms:

English Comment Form  LINKED HERE

Spanish Comment Form (Formulario de comentarios en español) LINKED HERE/VINCULADO AQUÍ


Opportunity to Provide Input on the Draft Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan2020-09-19T18:53:21+00:00
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