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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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  • Run for the Arts - Sponsor forms and monies due by October 24th

    We had a wonderful Run for the Arts event on October 7th! The weather cooperated, the students were enthusiastic and there was fantastic support from staff and volunteers. Thank you for your support! 
    • Now is the collection period. Please help your student by collecting the pledged funds and returning the signed form with the monies due by October 24th. 
    • Fill out the t-shirt size if you wish to get a t-shirt. Shirts are awarded as a prize to students who earn at least 30 points according to the formula on the form.* 
    • You can still set up a  personal fundraising page on the Young Audiences website, click HERE (or type url: This is a great option for family and friends who live out of the area or for those who like the convenience of donating online.You can also donate directly to da Vinci online with THIS link . 
    *The school is charged $9.00 for the cost of each shirt.
  • Mark your calendar for pizza on Oct. 25th!

  • PPS High Schools Welcome 8th Grade students

    Parents of 8th Grade Students,
    Portland high schools will be hosting High School Information Nights from November through January. If you have a student heading into high school please take advantage of the opportunity to visit our high schools and have questions answered. 
  • 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

    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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