October 2009 
In This Issue
Annual Giving
Coffee with the Principal
Tardy/Dress Code Policies
My Legacy/My Destiny
Club Day
Da Vinci Schools In The News!
Quick Links

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Parent Association

The next Parent Association  Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 20 from 6PM-7PM on the Da Vinci campus.  For more information, contact Thomas Curry at twcurry31@yahoo.com

parent meeting

Da Vinci Science

Come see everyone's favorite Greek tragedy presented by our very own 10th graders.

October 14, 2009
6 pm
(doors open at 5:45)

Da Vinci Schools


As part of this unit, students wrote an adaption of Antigone, composed original music and sets, learned about essay writing, tone, language, frequency, sound waves, and more!

Da Vinci Schools
13500 Aviation Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA  90250

(310) 725-5800

Matthew Wunder, Ed.D. Executive Director

Nicole Tempel


Dear Da Vinci Families and Friends:

To everyone who attended Back to School Night last week, it was wonderful to see the joy in students' faces as they proudly introduced their teachers to their family.  Parents got a first-hand look at some of the projects we've been working on and some parents even got to do projects of their own!  Now that the year is in full swing, here are some important dates and events for October.
Annual Giving Campaign

We formally kicked off our inaugural Annual Giving Campaign last week.  By the end of this week, all currently enrolled families should receive an Annual Giving packet by mail containing an appeal letter, donation form, and return envelope.

Annual Giving provides a vehicle for Da Vinci families and friends to make an immediate impact on the daily lives of our students and programs, and to help us bridge the gap between what the state provides and what it really costs to deliver an outstanding education.  A tax-deductible gift to the Annual Giving Campaign supports these important priorities: 

?nbsp;   The creation of meaningful internships and mentoring programs
?nbsp;   Laptops, software and other classroom supplies for every student
?nbsp;   Field trips to public and private colleges, ongoing college and career counseling
?nbsp;   After-school athletics, arts and tutoring programs
?nbsp;   Project-based learning materials for each teaching team

The Annual Giving Campaign is Da Vinci's only fundraiser of the year.  We will not ask you to sell magazines, gift wrap, cookie dough or any other products. 

How Can You Help?

Recent education cuts have resulted in a funding loss of at least $250,000 for Da Vinci Schools.  A suggested donation amount of $365 per family (only $1 a day) will allow us to meet our goals and put your money to work directly in the classrooms where it is needed most.

Our goal is to have 100% participation by Da Vinci families, faculty and staff. We also expect strong support from grandparents, friends, and company matching gift programs.

If your company has a MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM, simply obtain a form from the company's HR office, complete it, and send it to us.  We will take care of the rest!

Donating to our Annual Giving Campaign is easy and can be made in any number of ways, including by check, Visa, MasterCard or AMEX.  You may send your gift by mail to Da Vinci Schools, 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA  90250. 

Or, click here to make a gift online or download a donation form/pledge card in pdf. 

For more information on Annual Giving, please visit our FAQ page or contact Sara Deulofeu at (310) 725-5800 or giving@davincischools.org.

Every gift, regardless of the size, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your generous support!

Coffee with the Principal
Nicole TempelMark your calendars for good coffee and great conversation with Nicole Tempel, Principal of Da Vinci Schools. Nicole will be hosting "Coffee with the Principal" on October 6th and "Caf?con la directora" on October 20th for our Spanish speaking families.  Both coffees run from 8am-9am. 
Tardy Policy/Dress Code Rules

Dear Parents,

In order to foster a productive learning environment, students need to be in class and ready to learn. To assure that this is indeed happening, we want to inform you about our Tardy Policy changes and remind you about our Dress Code rules.
Tardy Policy: Starting October 1st, each tardy during any part of a school day will result in a 30-minute detention after-school in the forum on that same day. Students with excessive tardies accumulated prior to October 1st will be assigned a consequence individually.
Dress Code Reminder: Collared tops with sleeves must be worn throughout the day by all students. The top must be buttoned or zipped up. Turtlenecks are acceptable collars. T-shirts of any kind are not O.K. and may only be worn on Spirit Days (College Day, Da Vinci Pride Day, etc.) Those days will be announced in advance to students and parents. Open-toed shoes and torn jeans are not acceptable at any time, and students will be asked to call a family member to receive appropriate clothing before returning to the classroom.

Thank you for your support.

Erin Hughes | Steve Wallis
Assistant Principals
My Legacy/My Destiny

My Legacy Books
PROJECT FOCUS:  Many students from both Design and Science have been working on a fascinating project called, "My Legacy/My Destiny." Students explored and reflected on where they came from and the legacy they have left behind so far. They wrote goals and a vision for their future.  As part of this project, they also worked on resume writing, figurative language, letter writing, graphing, negative numbers, and slope. The final work was displayed in beautiful, embellished scrapbook pages.  Students enjoyed viewing each other's work in a "gallery walk" tour. 
Club Day

Boy, do we have a lot of great clubs at Da Vinci Schools!  Last Friday, students got to explore the offerings and sign-up for their favorite club(s).  Some of our new clubs are:  Guitar, Culinary, Art, Science, Cheerleading/Dance, Polynesian Culture, Giving Hope, Poetry and Marathon Club for students who want to train together for the L.A. Marathon.  For more information or to sign-up, please see Erin Hughes or Steve Wallis.
Da Vinci Schools In The News!

Da Vinci Schools made headlines recently in two local papers. On Sept. 2, The Beach Reporter covered Da Vinci Schools in an article in the El Segundo News section titled, "New charter school blossoms on city's border."  On Aug. 21, Da Vinci was featured in the Daily Breeze in an article titled, "New charter schools stress project-based learning."  The cat's out of the bag . . . now everyone knows Da Vinci is a special place!