Dear da Vinci families,
I hope this finds you well. I am writing to check in regarding this coming Friday, April 20. It is the anniversary of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, and some groups have designated this as a National School Walkout Day. It is my understanding that a number of da Vinci students are planning to participate. As Deputy Superintendent Yvonne Curtis shared with you in her email on Monday, "safety is our top priority, however, we are not able to authorize activities in which students leave campus."
Should your student choose to leave class and the building, it will be recorded as an “unexcused absence.” Furthermore, I will be requesting that all students respect the rights of one another and understand the importance of not disrupting learning. As we live in a residential neighborhood, my hope is that da Vinci students will be respectful of our neighbors and local businesses. PPS will have a central "hotline” for parents and others to call with questions or concerns: 503-916-6600. Please monitor communications in the event that you are notified to pick up your student(s).
We would very much appreciate if you will talk to your student(s) about your expectations for them this coming Friday, 4/20. Today our heArt Learning guest artist Leslie Lee addressed this topic and is having students make a small paper soul box in remembrance of a victim of gun violence. The “Soul Box” Soul Box Project
is a powerful artistic response to gun violence, and we hope to add to the 8,000 soul boxes that have been made thus far and will be displayed at the State Capital in Salem.
Thank you for your amazing children.