• Reopening Information

    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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  • Hybrid Planning and Calendar Changes

    Please note the following dates and schedule changes for the coming weeks. We are excited to move forward with Hybrid learning for the fourth quarter and this will affect our weekly schedule for all students. 

    IMPORTANT CALENDAR CHANGES! 

    Next week only: 

    Monday, April 12- Start of Q4- new quarter-term classes start. These are viewable on ParentVue/StudentVue. Monday is periods 1, 2, and 3. Tuesday is periods 4, 5, and 6 with live online class as usual. 

    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 14, 15, and 16, No live online classes- asynchronous lessons only. So teachers can prepare for Hybrid instruction, there may be asynchronous lessons available but there will not be any live classes. For these three days only, there is a central attendance form that students will complete just once per day. Students should still plan to look at Canvas for announcements. The attendance form links will be in Canvas. Students should submit assignments if assigned but the teachers will not be doing attendance and will not be available to students. 

    Starting Monday, April 19, the Hybrid Cohort rotation starts (1:30 - 4 pm) and the weekly schedule shifts. HERE is the new schedule with the color-coded Hybrid Cohort rotation schedule. Even if your student is staying in CDL only, this weekly schedule change affects all students. This was sent earlier this week, but if you didn’t see it, HERE is a video with Ms. Kitchens explaining how this will work. Please take a few minutes to watch and mark your calendars. 

    Hybrid Information is now on the Distance Learning Website!

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  • da Vinci Weekly Updates

    4/6/21

    Here are some details for our Hybrid learning that will start on April 19th. If your student will not be participating please note the new weekly schedule as there is a slight change in that the asynchronous learning day is now Wednesday and the usual Wednesday/Thursday schedule is pushed to Thursday/Friday. This affects all da Vinci students. All students will continue with Distance Learning in the mornings. Students participating in Hybrid will come for two afternoons on a rotation.  HERE is the new schedule with the color-coded Hybrid Cohort rotation schedule.  HERE is a video with Ms. Kitchens explaining how this will work. 

    “Cohort House” Assignments

    Participating students have been assigned to one of three groups. The assignment is viewable in ParentVue/StudentVue under the “Student Info” tab, in the “Hybrid Cohort” field. The groups are A, B, and C (e.g., CHA is for Cohort House A). Once you see the group assignment, follow the rotation schedule to see when your student will be coming for their days. Again, with three groups, students come either Monday/Tuesday, Thursday/Friday or skip a week. If you have problems with access to Parentvue, let me know. You may need to complete the Yearly Verification if you have not done that yet or you are locked out. 

    These assignments are final and we are not able to make any changes. There are precise numbers involved in every classroom and period to fit within our safety parameters. 

    Upcoming Calendar Dates

    Friday, April 9th- No school for students, this is a grading day for the end of Q3

    Monday, April 12- Start of Q4- new quarter-term classes start. These are viewable on ParentVue/StudentVue. 

    Monday and Tuesday, April 12 and 13- CDL classes continue. 

    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 14, 15, and 16, No live online class meetings- asynchronous lessons only. Professional development for teachers for Hybrid preparation.

    Monday, April 19- Cohort A starts in the afternoon, 1:30 - 4 pm, see the schedule in the link for the rotation of cohort days for the rest of the year. 

    More information will come regarding Hybrid sessions but this will allow you to mark your calendars.

    4/2/21

    With Quarter 3 ending next Thursday, thank you in advance for supporting your student(s) to finish the quarter with their best effort. We appreciate all your hard work! 

    Calendar Updates

    April 8th, End of Quarter 3

    April 8th, PTSA Meeting, 7 PM, Zoom, the link will be posted on the website

    April 9th, No School for students, grading/planning day for teachers

    April 14, 15, and 16, Hybrid Planning days for teachers, Asynchronous schedule for students

    April 19, Hybrid instructional afternoons start at da Vinci  

     

    Starting the week of April 19th, Wednesdays will be our asynchronous learning day instead of Fridays. As shared before the break, the hours for hybrid sessions will be 1:30 to 4:00 PM. Students will meet with three teachers one day and the other three the next and the morning distance learning schedule will remain the same, except for the Wednesday/Friday switch.  All students will continue with distance learning in the mornings. Specific cohort assignments and more detailed scheduled information will be shared next week.

    Required State Testing Notice 

    Each year we are required to provide information about state testing and the opportunity to opt-out of the tests if a family so desires. At this time, it has not yet been decided if PPS will be required to administer the tests. Current updates are posted HERE on the PPS website. That site holds the Annual Notice and links to the Opt-Out forms. 

    If you wish to Opt-out at this point, in case we are asked to do testing, please do so using This Link so your response is accurately and securely recorded. This is preferred to paper forms at this time. 

    PTSA PLANT SALE - ORDER ONLINE NOW

    As a spring fundraiser, the PTSA is offering plants from New Leaf Greenhouse in Cornelius, OR. Orders are due by April 21st and will be delivered on Wednesday, May 12th. Order here now! 

    Stay safe and enjoy your weekend! 

    da Vinci Admin Team

     
    3/19/21

    Hybrid Updates (Hybrid learning begins Monday, April, 19th)

    Here are some important updates regarding our Hybrid planning: 

    -- Our planning is still contingent on the number of students participating but we hope to share a more detailed schedule the week of April 5;

    -- We still need about 20% of the surveys returned to determine the number of cohorts (please let us know if you still need a link);

    -- Cohorts are limited due to distancing requirements and space available; 

    -- We are not able to accommodate cohort requests beyond keeping siblings in the same group and special education needs;

    -- Likely, students will attend in the afternoon for two days every other week;

    -- Students will come either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. Each day, from 1:30 to 4 PM students will attend three classes. The days of the week may rotate depending on the number of cohorts; 

    -- Again, as there is not usually district-provided transportation for da Vinci students, there is not transportation for Hybrid instruction; 

    -- CDL will continue as it is now for all students in the morning through the end of the year. Hybrid instruction will primarily be for academic support and peer/teacher connection by period. There will not be new or additional content provided. Students not participating in Hybrid will not miss out on new academic content;

    -- The Asynchronous day will shift from Friday to Wednesday. 

    Please visit the PPS website for more information on Hybrid planning. 

    6th-Grade Outdoor School, Anywhere Reminder! 

    If you have not yet picked up the supply kit for your 6th-grader, put it on your calendar to do so after the break! 

     
  • Weekly News 11- 20

    I hope this finds you well. As Thanksgiving nears, please safely cherish the time you have with family and loved ones. We are thankful for the resilience, love of art, and learning of your wonderful children. 

    As November is Native American Heritage month, I want to share an appreciation of our Native students, and the following Land Acknowledgement:

    “When we talk about land, land is part of who we are. It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they’re around us. As you all do.” Mary Lyons (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe)

    “We Must Protect the Land for the Next Seven Generations” Artist: Chief Lady Bird, Nancy King (Nancy King is a First Nations (Potawatomi and Chippewa) artist from Rama First Nation) 

    Last call  for Conference Signups, 4 PM today

    So that teachers can print lists and prepare for back to back conferences, the signups will close at 4 PM on Friday. For all the conference information, see our website. If you have a conference set for Monday or Tuesday, be sure to download Zoom in advance and note there are passcodes to get into some meetings after clicking the link. 

    Calendar Reminder

    There are no classes next week. Monday and Tuesday, the teachers will be holding conferences. Wednesday - Friday is off for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

    Attendance Reporting and School Support Communications 

    PLEASE- Please report excused absences if your student is missing class due to illness, appointments, or family emergencies. We are concerned when students are not coming to class and accurate attendance reporting is required by the district and state. 

    As we are working remotely, the best way to report attendance is to email Sheli Bryan with the reason for the absence. 

    Reaching our Counselors- If you need to connect with our Counselors for support for your student, please email them directly. 

    Shannon Foxley for students with last names A - La

    Heather Mathewson for students with last names Le - Z

    COVID or Serious Illness- If your student is ill such that they will not be able to participate in distance learning for more than a few days, our Administrators will communicate with teachers about adjustments to assignments and grades as needed. 

    New Digital Online Gallery Enjoy the collection of student art, shared by Kelda Van Patten’s students here

    High School Transition Information The information sessions from Wednesday this week were recorded and there is information on all of the PPS High Schools at this website. Remember the deadline for dual-assignment decisions and to apply to choice option High schools is December 11th. 

     

    TAG (Talented and Gifted) Nominations If your student received a winter 2019-20 MAP score that was in the TAG range, you should have received a postcard in the mail recommending you nominate them for TAG.  If you would like to pursue this nomination and for other TAG related questions, please email Mz. Kitchens at skitchens1@pps.net or visit the DL site.  There is a TAG tab at the top of the page.

    ESL Virtual Presentation For ESL/ELL families, there is a virtual presentation of supports offered at da Vinci on our DL website.  You can also view it here.  For more questions about this program, please contact Mz. Kitchens at skitchens1@pps.net

    Fall Foundation Ask Each year, the da Vinci Foundation asks for your generosity. It is your tremendous support, one donation at a time, that supports our outstanding arts program and keeps our arts focus community vibrant. Every donation, large and small, helps us reach our goal. 

    Three ways to make a donation: 

    1) Donate directly through The Fund for Portland Public Schools

    Be sure to select da Vinci Arts Middle School as the purpose; 

    2) Become a MONTHLY donor ($10, $20, $50 a month)

    You can opt for a recurring donation through the above link; 

    3) Make a One Time donation with a check by mail:

    Check payable to The da Vinci Foundation 

    Mail to:

    Da Vinci Arts Middle School (Attention: Liz Robbins)

    2508 NE Everett St.

    Portland,  OR 97232

    PTSA Membership You can now join the da Vinci PTSA on our new Memberhub site. Membership is just $15 per person and anyone is welcome to join. PTSA fundraising goes toward teacher budgets for supplies for all students, Library books, and more. For more information or to get involved beyond membership, contact the officers at davinciptsa@gmail.com. The next meeting will be December 3rd at 7 PM on Zoom. 


    Be well, be safe.

     
    Happy Thanksgiving!

     

  • 20-21 Welcome letter from Mr. Locke

    Dear da Vinci Families, 


    Welcome to the 2020-21 School year! 


    I hope you all had a wonderful, safe, summer and that you are enjoying our lovely NW sunshine. Teachers and staff will be meeting next week, and we are all very excited to start our virtual school year on September 2nd. I am very pleased to announce some wonderful additions to our staff.


    • Maia Kinigopoulos, Math/Health

    • Alexander (Al) Williams,  ELA 6-8

    • Emily Conner,  AVID/Creative Writing/ELA Support

    • Ellen Ingamells, Science 7-8 (da Vinci alumna)

    • Chelsea Blair, Social Studies 7-8

    • Shannon Foxley and Heather Mathewson, Counselors

    • Francisco Garcia, Drama

    • Hakim Muhammad, African Drumming (Explore and Year Long)

    • Anna Cushman, Dance (da Vinci alumna)

    • Susan Verheyleweghen .5 Learning Center Teacher

    • Heidi Sprecher, Drama Tech/ Health

    • Jenna Morano, School Psychologist

    • Thank you all for bringing your skills and passion to our da Vinci community. Congratulations and Welcome! 


    Our virtual school year will begin as a “Soft Start” (Monday, September 2nd through Friday, September 11th). Our focus will be connecting with students and families to build positive relationships, learn more about distance learning platforms/tools, and build virtual classroom culture. Our virtual Quarter 1 schedule will commence on Monday, September 14th.


    Virtual Learning Platforms

    As we start the year with virtual instruction, thank you in advance for helping your student get the most out of each of their classes. To support your navigation and monitoring of online learning, our teachers will primarily be using Canvas in addition to Google Classroom and Google Meets. Teachers will use other platforms, some that your child may be familiar with, and some that will be new. 


    Please understand that as staff our exclusive focus will be on providing the best virtual learning experience in our arts focus setting. We are super excited to “see” your children. 


    In the near future, we will share additional information on the beginning of school. Student schedules will be available and our Home Based Distance Learning website will be updated. For school start-up needs (Chromebooks, internet access, ParentVue/Synergy access) and other questions, our school secretary Sheli Bryan will be sending an informational email.


    Thank you for your wonderful children, and we can’t wait to “see” you all soon. On behalf of the staff, I wish you a great year of learning! 


    Best,


    Fred Locke, Principal

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