da Vinci Celebrations!6/4/2018
Dear da Vinci Families & Friends,
I hope you are well. Thank you Capstone A performers and staff for an amazing show! Connections beautifully showcased your talent, creativity, compassion, humor, and ensemble. Your extraordinary effort and risk-taking make us proud. Visual Art students, your work added another dimension. Congratulations all!
Dragon’s Fire, da Vinci Arts Middle School’s Literary Review is brilliant! Now on our website, it includes superb writing and artwork from over 90 students. Congratulations also to our twelve Creative Writing Capstone students: Alex Barry, Nick Berkson, Elliana Hanna, Delilah Hartwell, Olivia Nally, Sierra Nelson, Lilith Neuse-Kartmazov, Gabriel Robinson, Jack Schneiger, Silas Schoenborn, Ella Van Schoick, and Vince Wilson. To all Dragon's Fire writers and artists, thank you for sharing your imagination, wisdom, and skill. Special Thanks to Advisor and Editor Alison Lanigan and her husband Steve Lanigan for the formatting. Brava, Bravo All! Enjoy, here is the link: Dragon's FireOkailey Afroso and Ana Paloma Whiteman were recently honored at the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators Banquet (OABSE) at Concordia College. Guest speaker Lou Radja, Executive Director of EduCongo was truly inspirational as he talked about the critical importance of education. Caleb Washington was similarly honored at PPS’s K-12 celebration of Young, Gifted & Black last Wednesday evening. Congratulations, and thank you for being outstanding da Vinci students and citizens.The annual da Vinci Spring Music Concert was awesome! Each year, as a team, Music Director Mark Gerolami, Sara Daley, and African Drumming Teacher Hakim Muhammad, have taken our music program to new heights. Beginning Band, Jazz Band, Trogdor, African Drumming, Choir and Advanced Band shared their talents complete with Mr. G. donning a Star Wars cape and helmet for the final selection. Awesome work, Thank you all!Special thanks to Melissa Mulder-Wright, Kelda, Jessica, and students who are continuing to make our da Vinci Dragon the talk of the town!
Thank you to Jason Hieggelke, a community volunteer, Sheli and Jim Bryan, parents, and students for clearing blackberry bushes from our da Vinci Water Garden.
The da Vinci Foundation is over half way to reaching our goal of raising $15,000 by Friday, June 8th. As your gift will still be matched up to $5,000, PLEASE HELP us meet or exceed our goal.
1. Donate directly (A recurring Monthly donation OR a One Time Gift) through All Hands Raised using the following link: http://allhandsraised.org/ Click on the red DONATE button and make sure you “Select” "da Vinci Arts Middle School” OR
2. Write a check made out to the “da Vinci Foundation” and give it to Liz or Sheli in the Main Office.
Enjoy our last week, and thank you!
The da Vinci Foundation