• May 14 Updates

    Dear da Vinci Parents and Guardians, 

    We hope you continue to be well and safe. We appreciate all your flexibility and home support that you are providing for your students.  

    Here are some important updates: 

    Grading Requirements from ODE

    As you know we have prioritized care, connection, and continuity of learning for all students throughout this extended closure. Recently, the Oregon Department of Education released guidelines for K-8 students.  Teachers will be recording a P (progressing or proficient) or an N (no evidence). We are awaiting more clarification on this from PPS and hope to update families soon.

    State program offers families help to pay for food

    Families that were previously eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch will be receiving an Oregon Trail card in the mail for each child with no additional paperwork. Families that may now qualify, but didn’t in the past can apply online for this service. Please see THIS website for additional information and application. 

    A Daily Checklist

    Rather than trying to plan out every moment of your student’s day, perhaps try this daily checklist. You figure out WHAT they need to do, they figure out WHEN to do it. 


    Leap into 9th Grade – Program canceled for summer 2020   

    Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and budget constraints, Leap into 9th Grade will NOT take place this summer.


    Weekly Dragon Challenge

    This ends week three of the Dragon Challenge! Winners will now be announced every Thursday by 5 pm rather than Friday. Keep it up!



    Hang on to your PPS library books and textbooks for now! 

    This week email notifications were sent to families regarding the library and/or textbooks that your students have checked-out from the da Vinci library. The notifications were just a reminder and not a call to return books at this time. We’ll let you know as soon as we can when and where books can be returned. 

    If there’s not an opportunity to return materials this school year, please keep the books in a safe place and plan on returning them in the fall when school resumes. Also please make sure your school library books do not get returned to the public library by mistake! We don’t always get those back. 


    Listening to AudioBooks with Megan Young

    Have you run out of print books to read? 

    The Multnomah County Public Library has thousands of eBooks and AudioBooks to check-out and listen to. Our library website has helpful videos on how to access these resources. It also has information on how to apply for a library card online if you don’t already have one. 

    Are you new to audiobooks and want some expert tips on using this resource? 

    One of our language arts teachers, Megan Young, let me record a video with her answering questions about audiobooks: like, “How do you stay focused while listening to someone read to you?” She also shared great tips on improving your fluency and the joys of escaping into a wonderful story. 

    Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance.  Susan Robertson, Teacher-Librarian  srobertson@pps.net

    School Belongings

    Thank you for your patience around being able to pick up your students’  belongings. As student safety remains a critical consideration, we are waiting for further guidance. 

    Finally, see Ottos’ award-winning artwork by using the following link: 


    Stay Well, and we MISS YOU!