• 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!