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da Vinci Arts Middle School

Creative minds
for challenging times.

2508 NE Everett StreetPortland, OR 97232Ph (503) 916-5356Fx (503) 916-2721

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  • Coffee with the Counselors

    Join Counselors Katie and Emory for Coffee with the Counselors Friday, December 9th at 8:30 in the library. The topic this month is "Transitions: Into Middle School, Out of Middle School, Transitions all around!"
  • Helpful student safety link

    Recently there have been several reports of “stranger danger” incidents surrounding schools in NE Portland and an email from PPS Communications was sent out this week. For a helpful site and talking points to have a discussion with your child, please visit the National Crime Prevention Council website.

  • da Vinci Foundation ASK Campaign

    In the first five days of our da Vinci Foundation Fall ASK, 21 families contributed $2,085, and 8 of those donors were recurring monthly gifts! To ALL our da Vinci families that donated—THANK YOU!  You are keeping da Vinci strong!  If you have not donated, the time is now. PLEASE read the following and help us increase our da Vinci Fall ASK success.

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  • da Vinci LEO Leaders support p:ear

     p:ear

    This year da Vinci LEO Leaders have decided to support p:ear, a mentoring program for homeless youth that uses art to help youth find success and get back on their feet. This drive will be a competition during 1st period, so bring your donations to your first-period classroom. The winning class will get a party!!!

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Principal's
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    September 29, 2016

     

    Dear da Vinci Families,

    Last night at our first PTSA meeting, we elected new officers, adopted our 2016-17 budget and generated excitement about how we best continue to serve and support our wonderfully special da Vinci Arts learning community.

    Our students are extremely fortunate to attend school in such a generous community and benefit greatly from your many contributions of time and money. Our exceptional arts-infused program is not possible without support beyond what Portland Public School District provides.

    Our PTSA and our Foundation coordinate fundraising, and we want to share with you their  unique roles. Here is an overview of fundraising for the 2016-17 school year:

     

    da Vinci PTSA

    Purpose: The da Vinci PTSA raises funds to supply arts materials and academic enrichment for students. This includes staff classroom budgets, planners, library books and special events. Additionally, we hope to focus on increasing our da Vinci technology.

    Goal: $50,000

    2016-2017 Fundraising:

    • Scrip: on-going throughout the year
    • Fred Meyer Rewards: link your card one time and a portion of everything you buy at Fred Meyer will be donated back to the school.  Easy!
    • Chinook Books: Fall 2016
    • Arts Fair: February 11, 2016
    • da Vinci School Auction (Spring date TBA, shared event with Foundation)

     

    da Vinci Foundation

    Purpose: da Vinci Foundation funds are the only way to provide additional staff (PEOPLE) for our school, above and beyond what the district allocates each year.  For this year, Foundation funds have afforded us with three essential staff positions. 

     $60,000 is our fundraising goal. To meet our goal, we need 100% participation. 

     

    2016-2017 Fundraising:

    • One-time donations and/or monthly contributions can be received at any time through All Hands Raised. Click the donate button and be sure to pick da Vinci in the recipient menu
    • Restaurant/community partnerships: Pizzicato Night, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
    • Fall campaign (November/December)
    • Selling roses at major school performances
    • Shopping at Amazon.com When you use our Amazon.com link on da Vinci’s homepage. A portion of your purchases will be donated back to the school.
    • Raffle (three winners at $500, $250, & $100)
    • da Vinci School Auction (Spring date TBA, shared event with PTSA)

     

    Run for the Arts Next FRIDAY, October 7th!

    Purpose: Run for the Arts is an annual fundraiser that allows da Vinci students to fundraise directly for staff & supplies to further our arts education goals at the school. Students solicit contributions from sponsors for each lap they complete on Friday, October 7th.   

    Goal: $12,000 

    • Pledge Forms went home on Tuesday, 9/27;  also, an online Enroll a Runner page is here and if everyone uses this, we can easily collect pledges from family and friends far and wide online.
    • Completed forms with collected funds are due Monday, Oct. 24th.
    •  There are many ways to contribute, and we NEED and value your SUPPORT FOR EVERY da Vinci student!

    We hope you will add your voice to our PTSA as a voting member, and stay tuned to the Scroll for our next meeting. Sheli or Liz have PTSA envelopes in the main office.

    Our first da Vinci Foundation meeting will be Monday, October 3rd from 7:00 pm to 8:30 at Migration Brewery, 2828 NE Glisan. If you are unable to make it but would like to join our Foundation Team, please email Foundation Chair Brian Schaeperkoetter or Principal Fred Locke.

     Sincerely,

     

    Don Gavitte & Howard Freedman, PTSA Co-Presidents

    Brian Schaeperkoetter, Foundation Chair

    Fred Locke, Principal

     

     

     

District
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  • ODE school and district performance reports available

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) issues annual report cards for every school and school district. The report cards offer families and the community valuable information about student attendance and achievement and teacher experience, among other things.

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  • Chapman Elementary to unveil restored mural

    The newly restored 1938 wood marquetry mural at Chapman Elementary School “Send Us Forth to be Buil
    On Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. the Chapman PTA, Neighbors West-Northwest and Heritage Conservation Group will unveil its newly restored mural in the entrance foyer of Chapman Elementary.
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  • PPS Board passes resolution affirming district’s protection of rights of undocumented students

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    Resolution also outlines plan for training staff for ICE activity at schools

    Citing its commitment to providing for the physical safety and emotional well-being of all children in Portland Public Schools, the Board of Education on Thursday, November 17 considered and unanimously passed a resolution that clarified the District’s procedures relating to Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) activity in PPS schools.

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  • PPS Pulse, November 2016

     Interim Superintendent Bob McKean and board member Pam Knowles visited a class at Jason Lee School
    Portland Public Schools invites you to read the latest edition of our newsletter Pulse. Included in November’s issue are updates on the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond, boundary review and invitations to participate in the superintendent search and Successful Schools Survey. Also a link to the newly adopted 2017-18 school year calendar.
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