Da Vinci Logo1
"Offering a private school education at a public school cost -- free!"

Back to Da Vinci Schools


In This Issue
Parent Group Meeting
Da Vinci Overnighter for 9th Grade Students
Dress Code Policy Changes, Apparel On Sale July 15
Annual Giving Volunteers Needed

Flip Flops

July 6
Summer Classes Begin

July 15
Da Vinci apparel goes on sale!

July 19, 6 pm
Parent Group Meeting 

Aug 17

September 1-3 


September 6
Labor Day:  No School

September 23
Back to School Night

Our Community Partners

Belkin International, Inc.

The Boeing Company
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


El Camino College

Grandparents as Parents
High Tech High


Los Angeles Small School Center
LMU School of Education


Northrop Grumman
Otis College of Art & Design

reDiscover Center

Studio Printing



Vistamar School

West L.A. College

Quick Links

Our Web Site


Newsletter Archives

Forward to a Friend

Da Vinci Schools
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA  90250

(310) 725-5800

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D. Executive Director

Nicole Tempel, Ed.D.


Dear Da Vinci Families and Friends:


Greetings to you -- both new and returning Da Vinci families!

In its short time of operation, Da Vinci Schools have already earned a reputation for innovation, hands-on learning, and a deep commitment to our community of learners. By sending your student to Da Vinci, you make a commitment to a college preparatory program, second to none!
This last school year, we came in 1st and 2nd at the Los Angeles County Science Fair, came in 2nd place at the Northrop Grumman Innovation Challenge, and held two school-wide exhibitions - See "A teaching model that would make Da Vinci proud" and "Hawthorne school makes it fun."  Students "defended their digital portfolios" to make it to the next grade level.  Every student went on college field trips to USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Cal State L.A., and The Claremont Colleges.  We took students on an overnighter retreat to San Diego, opened the Northrop Grumman innovation Lab, had 64 10th grade students participate in job shadow experiences around the South Bay, and had nearly 80 students complete their first college level class while only in 9th and 10th grade. 

Our students built pinhole cameras, launched projectiles with Trebuchets, competed in film festivals, participated in community service projects, and competed in the Da Vinci Olympic Games.

In addition, we earned full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).
This year will be no exception as we continue with our current program and kick off new programs, including our Apprenticeship/Internship program, Project Lead the Way Engineering Program, and our Otis College Design Certificate Program. We are also working hard this summer to expand existing programs such as our Early College program that will now, in addition to Speech Classes, also offer Film and Photography, and will next year include History, English, Research and Business.
What will your child do while at Da Vinci? The possibilities are endless!  We are looking forward to working with you to engage your child in college preparatory, project based learning that prepares every Da Vinci student to graduate college-ready, career-prepared, and community-minded.
On behalf of our entire staff, I congratulate you on becoming a part of the Da Vinci Family. Welcome!

Best regards,
Dr. Nicole Tempel
Parent Group Meeting - July 19 @ 6 pm

Please join us for our first Parent Group Meeting of the new school year on Monday, July 19, 2010, at 6 pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet new and returning families, and to learn how you can get involved at Da Vinci Schools and contribute to our wonderful school community.

At our end-of-the-year Parent Association Meeting in May, we discussed how much the teachers appreciated receiving their "New School Year Baskets" in the Fall that were filled with gift certificates, school supplies, and other miscellaneous items that the teachers needed throughout the year to help supplement what the school was able to provide.  A vote was taken and we all agreed that a $20.00 donation per family would cover the costs involved.

Please join us on July 19 to start planning for the new school year. If you are able to donate at that time and/or provide some of the items listed below, it would be most appreciated!

Here is a short list of some of the items we are looking for:

Flip Charts/Chart Paper
Flip Cameras
Staplers and Staples
Pens - all colors
Tape and Tape Dispensers
Sticky Note Pads
Colored Paper
Small Plants for the classrooms
Candy/Snacks - for the energy!
Glue Guns
Highlighters - all colors
Paper Clips
Push Pins
Facial Tissue
White Out
Baskets/Containers/Boxes to present this all in
Hand Sanitizer Soap
Gift Cards: Staples, Office Depot, Target, Borders, Amazon, Starbucks, Coffee Bean, etc.

Looking forward to a great meeting on the 19th.

All my best,

Kendra Janes
Committee Parent Lead

Da Vinci Overnighter for 9th Grade Students

We have an exciting opportunity planned for all 9th grade students during the first week of September!  The Da Vinci Overnighter offers freshman students the opportunity to get away to the beautiful San Diego Mountains and to participate in community-building activities designed to strengthen the connections with each other and their teachers.  The overnight experience is an important part of Da Vinci's program, and we want every student to attend!!


The overnight stay will take place at Oakbridge, a retreat center in Ramona, California.

Da Vinci Design - 9th grade students only
Depart Wednesday, Sept 1 @ 9AM
Return Thursday, Sept 2 @ 3 PM

Da Vinci Science - 9th grade students only
Depart Thursday, Sept 2 @ 9AM
Return Friday, Sept 3 @ 3PM

Register by July 31 and the cost of the trip is $90 per student to cover the costs of transportation, food and lodging.

Early-Bird Registration (before July 31):  $90 per student
After July 31:  $99 per student

There are two different ways to register and pay for the Overnighter:

(1)  Make a secure online payment via PayPal.  To register and pay online, click here.

(2)  Mail us a check made payable to Da Vinci Schools. Be sure to put your student's full name in the Memo line on your check.  Mail to: 

Da Vinci Schools
Attn:  Overnighter
13500 Aviation Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA  90250

Support the Da Vinci Community

If you are interested in providing financial support to help other students in the Da Vinci community attend the Overnighter, we would be most appreciative! You will have the opportunity to designate any amount of money towards supporting additional student(s) during the online PayPal transaction.  Or you can mail your additional funding support to us.  We thank you!!!!

There are limited scholarships available for families that are unable to cover the cost of the Overnighter; please contact Steve Wallis at swallis@davincischools.org for more information.

Brand-new Da Vinci polos and sweatshirts on sale beginning July 15, available in a rainbow of colors

As part of the new dress code at Da Vinci Schools, all students will be required to wear:
  • Da Vinci collared shirt (long or short sleeve) with the Da Vinci logo OR a solid color, collared dress shirt or polo shirt.
  • Pants/shorts/skirts must be Khaki, slacks or jeans.  All shorts and skirts for girls must be 2 inches from knee or longer.
  • Hoodies and sweatshirts must be Da Vinci wear or college gear.
  • Jackets, sweaters, cardigans or vests of any color may be worn as long as they do not have any patches, frayed material, inappropriate language or content.
  • Ties are optional and may be any color or pattern.

Da Vinci apparel will go on sale beginning July 15.

Look for an email in your inbox on July 15 with more information on how to order Da Vinci polo shirts and sweatshirts.  Or log on to the Da Vinci website at
on or after July 15 to place your order.

  Orders must be placed by August 2 in order to receive Da Vinci apparel before school begins on August 17. 
Annual Giving Volunteers Needed

VolunteerThe Annual Giving Campaign is Da Vinci Schools' first giving priority and the only fundraising activity where we ask every family to participate. Every gift -- at any level -- truly matters. 

Volunteers are at the heart of this effort, and throughout the year these volunteers take time out of their personal lives to make calls, write thank yous, and motivate others in support of the Annual Giving Campaign. Strong participation encourages others to give, encourages foundations and corporations to invest in our schools, and sends a message to the community that Da Vinci Schools make a difference.

We need your help to achieve our goal of 100% participation for the 2010-2011 Annual Giving Campaign that will begin in October.

Annual Giving Campaign Co-Chairs
Responsibilities: Seeking two highly dedicated and motivated Annual Giving Campaign Co-Chairs to serve as leaders of the Campaign, coordinate volunteers, input donor and donation information into database, follow-up on matching gifts, make thank you calls, write personal thank you notes and emails, draft letters, flyers and web content, run statistical reports, create call lists, and more. This position requires a commitment of approximately 5 hours per week (at least two hours per week must be on campus). Make a personal gift or commitment to the Annual Giving Campaign.   

Time frame:  starts immediately

Class Leaders
Responsibilities: Help us achieve 100% participation by encouraging families to make a gift.  You will make phone calls and send regular email updates to families to enlist their support, keep in touch with the Annual Giving co-chairs, prepare activity reports for your class, and collect and report new contact information.  Make a personal gift or commitment to the Annual Giving Campaign

Time frame: starts early-October

Annual Giving Callers
Responsibilities: You will make 10-30 phone calls on behalf of the Annual Giving Campaign.  You will contact families that have not given in the current fiscal year by using a call list and phone script provided to you. During this conversation, you will ask families to participate in the Annual Giving Campaign, collect and report new email addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses. Spanish speaking volunteers are also needed!  Make a personal gift or commitment to the Annual Giving Campaign.

Time frame: starts early-November


If you have questions or would like to become a volunteer, please contact Carla Levenson at clevenson_98@yahoo.com. 

Thank you for your support!!

Da Vinci Schools | 13500 Aviation Boulevard | Hawthorne | CA | 90250