dV Weekly Newsletter, Dragon Tales

May 8th - 12th, 2023

Spoiler Alert: Ms. Wilson's update, Teacher Appreciation Week, Last Chance to BID, Help Wanted, ...

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I sent this information about social media a couple of weeks ago but want to include it again. It's a great resource for families that you can review with your own children. With all the misuse, it will really help our community if everyone is more aware of what your students are doing online.

As an update to our threat situation from April 13, a restorative process happened last week between involved parties. We also provided a space for students last week to work with our Restorative Justice Coordinator and it was a good turnout. She will also be providing a space for parents/guardians on Wednesday, May 10th after school. More details on exact time and which room will come soon.

Thank you,

Ms. Wilson

Teacher Appreciation Week

We appreciate our educators and staff every day but this is a special week to make sure they know their hard work and dedication are noticed. Thanks to our generous PTSA and volunteers for signing up to bring in breakfast treats and lunches all week.

Please encourage your student to take a moment to write a note of thanks to share. To make it even easier, you can use THIS FORM to enter your comments and a parent volunteer will type up the notes and post them in the staff room.

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Our Annual Online Auction ends tonight at 8 PM, so make sure to bid on those items you have been watching closely. We still have items without any bids, so head over to the AUCTION WEBSITE HERE to bid on or buy great items.

We are hoping to raise $15,000 for this auction, and we still have a bit over $4,000 to meet that goal. Making a straight CASH DONATION is also a great way to help support da Vinci. You can do so HERE. Remember that all funds raised at the auction will go back to our school by supporting our students, teachers, and community (i.e: sponsor special classroom projects, purchase art materials, buy food for after school clubs, etc.)

Winners may pick up their items at school this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (see information about Spring Plant pick up below for location). Questions? Contact the auction team at davinciauction@gmail.com

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Calendar Highlights

The 2023-24 Calendar has been released. Check HERE to plan ahead for next year.

May 8 - 12- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10th- Choir Boy field trip for Advanced Drama Tech and Master Drama

May 17th - Syttende Mai Parade (both beginning and advanced bands, after school

May 19 & 20- Spring Dance Concert , 7 PM on the 19th and 2 PM on the 20th

May 25th- Spring Music Concert, 7 PM

May 26th- Student Dance 4 - 5 PM

May 29th- Memorial Day. No school

June 2nd- New student orientation- meet & greet 4 -5 PM

June 7th- 8th Grade Trip

June 8th- 8th Grade Promotion at Grant High School, 6 PM

June 14th- NEW LAST DAY OF SCHOOL- An extra day was added to make up for the snow days.

Announcing NW Cyber Camp for 8th Graders

This is a premier cybersecurity summer camp in Oregon! This year's camp (July 24-28) includes co-ed and girls-focused classes, scenario-based hands-on learning, and expert guest speakers from the cybersecurity industry. Join us at Portland Community College- Sylvania, Mt. Hood Community College, or OSU, for an exciting week of exploring cybersecurity concepts and building real-world skills that can propel your academic and career goals. Thanks to our cybersecurity industry sponsors, the camp is FREE for all students this year. Learn more and register today at www.nwcyber.camp.


The camp also just released a short video, with testimonials from several of the founding students, and a brief overview. The camp created this at the request of teachers/counselors at PPS who wanted something they could show in class. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/i8Jp7dVLzvA.

Choir Boy Field Trip

On Wednesday, May10th, students in 4th period Masters Drama and 7th period Advanced Drama Tech will attend a special performance of Choir Boy at Portland Center Stage. If your student is in one of these classes, be sure to turn in the FIELD TRIP FORM and pay for the ticket on SCHOOLPAY if you are able.

Important Information for 8th graders

In case your student is not handing over the packet with information on promotion and other end of year activities, here's what you need to know:

Slideshow of topics covered

Permission forms and contract

Please review the contract and permission formss with your student, sign and return asap.

It Takes a Village ...

In the remaining weeks of school, we need your help more than ever. There are multiple events coming up that require additional adult support. If can help out with our end of year events, please sign up the links below. Thank you!
Dance Concert Volunteers Needed- May 19 & 20

Please sign up if you can help with the Dance Concerts. We also need help during the day for the pull out on the 16th and post-show clean up.

Music Concert Volunteers Needed- May 25th!

Helpers needed for front of house and supervision of students.

Student Spring Dance- May 26th

Please sign up if you can help with the student dance.

Volunteer for 8th Grade Promotion

Helpers needed to supervise entry, greet and usher. Very helpful if adults of younger students can do this so 8th grade families can enjoy event.


1. Students and Guardians, it's time to order your 2022-23 yearbooks! Please see the flyer. The suggested price for our yearbooks (to cover printing costs) is $15 (or a larger donation!). However, it is pay what you can and we will ensure every student will receive a yearbook. You can order via QR code on the flyer or via THIS LINK!

2. Students, please make sure we are using your preferred names in the yearbook by filling out THIS FORM. Thank you!

3. 8th Graders: please submit a baby photo and quote to be included in the yearbook by filling out THIS FORM (no need to re-submit if you have already). Baby photos and quotes are DUE by May 1st! Note, these will also be used in the Promotion slideshow and we really want every student featured.

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We have a lot coming up this week and there are a lot of volunteer opportunities still available for Teacher Appreciation Week or Spring Plant Pickup. Read on for more details.

Spring Plant Delivery and Pickup This Week

Spring plants are being delivered this Tuesday. We will be organizing them and will have them ready for pickup that afternoon and for 3 consecutive days. If you’re unable to pick them up on these days, please ask someone else to get these for you or donate them to our da Vinci teachers and staff. We will be there selling da Vinci Swag AND will have Auction items for winners to pick up.

Pick up Dates and Times:
Tuesday, May 9th from 3-4pm
Wednesday, May 10th from 3-4pm

Thursday,, May 11th from 3-4pm

Pick up location:
Da Vinci Arts Middle School
2508 NE Everett St., Portland, OR 97232
Portable A- Portable A is on the playground. There is a driveway on Everett St, east of the main building. You may drive up OR walk up for your plants. Questions? Contact Claudia at davinciptsa.president@gmail.com

Teacher Appreciation Week this Week May 8-12, 2023 – Volunteers Still Needed

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help this week for Teacher Appreciation Week. We have a team working on setting up and cleaning up and many have also volunteered to bring breakfast items each day. We are still in need for donations for all days, so please SIGN UP HERE

Besides breakfast/snack items, lunch will be provided for all our teachers and staff.


Let’s show our love and gratitude to our teachers and staff!

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Dine for da Vinci 5/16 at Dairy Hill on Hawthorne

Dine for da Vinci is Tuesday, May 16th between 2-8 PM at Dairy Hill Ice Cream on Hawthorne. The PTSA will be receiving 10% of their sales. Share with everyone you know to enjoy a special spring treat while supporting both a local business and da Vinci! We hope to see you there!

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PTSA Upcoming Events and Important Dates

May 7, 8 PM – Online Auction ends

May 8 – 12: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9, 10, 11, 3:00-4:00: Spring Plant Pickup

May 17, 6-7:30 PM – PTSA General Meeting

May 19 or 20 – Spring Dance Concert flower sales (exact date and time TBD)

May 25 – Spring Music Concert flower sales (time TBD)

Urban League Youth Leadership Opportunity

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PTSA Website!

This is the spot to join the PTSA, shop the online store, sign up to volunteer and more.

Please see the following instructions for setting up your own account to track assignments and monitor progress. If you have multiple children in PPS, you can set up one account and then add additional students with a separate code for each student.
Apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Please see the PPS Nutrition Services website for information about meals. You can apply at any time through the year.

School Cafe- Meal Payments

If your student is eating breakfast or lunch at school, you can send a check or cash to the kitchen and Georgie will put the funds on your student's account, or you you can put money on the School Cafe site yourself.

Volunteer Clearance Process

We welcome volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering in the school, you must have a current background check on file. These are good for three years. Go ahead and follow these steps if you are not sure of your status.