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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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  • Yearbook Deposits Needed

    The 2016-2017 da Vinci Arts Yearbook will be available at the cost of $20. Payment is due in advance. If you would like to purchase a yearbook please make your purchase through the new PPS SchoolPay website as soon as you can so we can get our preorder in. 
  • Meals for Teachers Sign-Up for Conference Days

    On our long Conference days (Nov 9th & 10th), our teachers need sustenance to keep them going and feeling appreciated. Please help us help them: Sign-Up for Teacher Nourishment. Sign-Up for and drop off in the Staff Room or Office: assorted breakfast items in the morning; soup, breads, salads, desserts in the afternoon and evening. Help with set up and clean up are also appreciated. Simply drop in to help out for a bit when you come for your conferences. Teachers will stop in when they have their breaks, so staggered deliveries are great. We will keep the coffee and tea supplied. There is a PAT break for all conferences from 3:30-4:00, so it would be lovely to have a great spread going by then, and ideally keeping it going through the evenings. We have such a giving and supportive community and THANK YOU ALL in advance for helping us give back to our teachers!
  • Family-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups LIVE Online

    Our online Conference Sign-Ups went live for families at 5:30pm Tuesday 10/25!
    Check out our Upcoming Events page for detailed info and resources. 
    An email was also sent to the Family-ListServe at 3:45pm on 10/25.

  • Supporting da Vinci Arts through shopping on Amazon

    da Vinci Arts Middle School can earn up to 10% of your sale proceeds if you simply start all of your Amazon shopping experiences from this link 

    There is no additional cost to you.  Please share this link with friends and family.  This fundraiser will run throughout the school year and applies to all purchases made which start by using this link.

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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 When you use our 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.



    Don Gavitte & Howard Freedman, PTSA Co-Presidents

    Brian Schaeperkoetter, Foundation Chair

    Fred Locke, Principal





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  • PPS High Schools Welcome 8th Grade students

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    Prospective high school students can visit their neighborhood high school or a focus option school at information sessions being held district-wide November through February.
  • Next Steps: Enrollment Balancing

    Dear Portland Public Schools Community,
    I accepted the role of Interim Superintendent of Portland Public Schools (PPS) at a challenging moment in time. During my first month on the job, I initiated an assessment of the programmatic and system priorities identified by the Board of Education for the 2016-17 school year. After these priorities were established, a number of additional priorities emerged that also require attention:

  • Indoor rowing education comes to Portland Public Schools

     Recent Erg Ed event in Seattle WA.
    PPS has been awarded the 2016-2017 Erg Ed Grant. This grant provides erg equipment, access to the Erg Ed Curriculum, and comprehensive teacher training throughout the year.
  • PPS employee recognized as a hero

     Bryan Meyers (left) and Steve Barton (right), courtesy Gladstone Fire Dept.
    Union painter Bryan Meyers has received a Citizen Life Saving Award from local Gladstone police. Bryan’s quick thinking and actions saved his neighbor’s life during a cardiac arrest earlier this year. Click more for a local news story that includes gripping audio of the 911 call.
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