Dragon Tales

April 25th - April 29, 2022

Spoiler Alert: No One Eats Alone, Outdoor School reminders, Last call for Plant Sale orders, Musical link ...

Greetings da Vinci Families!

I hope this email find you well. Last week our students and staff engaged in the Day of Silence, where our students banned together in a silent demonstration. The demonstration was to bring awareness to the voices which are often silenced in the LGBTQ community. There were different ways to show up for this demonstration. Some students participated in the school wide moment of silence, while others chose to remain silent throughout the entire day.

At da Vinci, we try really hard to help students feel a sense of safety and belonging. The other truth is that middle school can be hard for students. Students are in a pivotal point in their lives where they are in a growing stage. Part of their growth is defined by their experiences, learning their preferences and of course exploring language. As our children move through these stages of learning and affirming their identity, they need us (even when sometimes their words or actions tell us otherwise).

Here is a quick read on ways to support and connect with your child who identifies as being part of the LGBTQ community.

Tips for Parents of LGBTQ Youth

Speaking of connection, this Tuesday, our students will participate in No One Eats Alone Day. Details to this event are provided further down in the newsletter.

Be well,

Principal Davis

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Don't forget to support da Vinci's PTSA by ordering your plants via the da Vinci Plant Sale.

Outdoor School Reminder- May 2 & 3 for all 6th Graders

Outdoor School for 6th graders is just a week away. Please review the suggested packing list and let us know if you need help preparing your student. Students will receive a snack and dinner at the site but due to staff shortages, they are not able to provide lunch. Send your student with lunch or fill out this form if you want to get one from the da Vinci cafeteria. Please do this by Wednesday, 4-27 so we have a count. Ms. Stevens is reaching out to individual families that have not yet submitted forms. We absolutely need them no later than the end of the day Monday.
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No One Eats Alone, Tuesday, 4-26-22

On Tuesday we are planning to have our special lunch hour with activities to promote making new social connections. All students have been assigned to a group for the first half-hour. They should check their PPS email for a confirmation of where to meet and let the office know if they did not get an email.
Da Vinci Spring Musical Revue Video

Produced by the PPS Communications Department. If you missed the show or want to see it again and again, here is the video. Feel free to share it with friends and family and enjoy!

Volunteers @ School- Updated Signup

Thanks AGAIN to Leslie Arndt and Jennifer Shuping for taking a second trip with the canned goods to our chosen food pantry. That job is now crossed off the list but there are more opportunities to get involved. Take a look and sign up HERE or call the office if you have any questions.

PTSA Corner and Last Call for Plant Sale Orders

The Spring Plant Sale is ON!

We’ve got plants for your garden, porch and patio. Whether you are planting in the ground or a pot on your stoop we’ve got something for you! Orders happening now through noon on April 25th. Shop HERE to support da Vinci.

Da Vinci Auction

Bidding begins on May 20th but the online auction website is up and running now!

View the catalog here (new items are added daily).

We are still accepting donation items from individuals and businesses. If you or someone you know has an item, service, gift card, etc to donate it can now be completed directly through the website here.

PTSA Seeking 2022 - 2023 Board Members

Do you have experience on a PTSA board or seeking more consistent involvement in da Vinci Arts Middle School? The board is currently seeking a President or Co-President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer! HERE is where you can understand more about the open roles and HERE is where you can sign up to speak with a current board member to have your questions answered

Cell Phone and Personal Electronics Policy

As a reminder, phones and other personal electronics are to be OFF AND AWAY during the school day. Please help us by not texting your student during school hours. Call the office and we can deliver a message or have your student come to the office to call you. If your student needs to contact you during the day, they should ask to come to the office to make a call or text you.

If phones are out when they are not supposed to be, teachers or other staff members will ask for the phone to be kept in the office until the end of the day. After three occasions, we will be contacting parents/guardians.

Earbuds and headphones generally should not be brought to school unless a student has a Special Education plan for their use.

Yearbook - New Website for Student Voting and to Submit Photos

Website for Yearbook Submissions and Voting

The yearbook team would love photos of you, your pets, your artwork, and your thoughts on several polls. Check out this new site! More news and links for students will be added.

Calendar Highlights

April 26th, No One Eats Alone, Special Schedule, volunteers welcome

April 28th, Site Council Meeting,

April 26th, Black and Brown Family Night at 6pm. Join via this link

April 27th, PPS Choir Festival

April 28th, Site Council, 4:00 PM (join via this link)

May 2-6, Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 and 3, Outdoor School Day Trips for 6th Graders

May 19 and 20, Spring Dance Concert

May 20, Online bidding for PTSA Auction opens

May 26th, Spring Music Concert, 7 pm

May 30, Memorial Day Holiday

June 7th, 8th Grade Field Trip @ Oaks Park

June 9th, 8th Grade Promotion, 6:00 at Grant HS

June 8th, Portland Jr. Rose Festival Parade, Band students

June 10, Last Day of School

Deadline for Submissions- Dragon's Fire Literary Magazine

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The Dragon’s Fire Literary Review is seeking submissions for our Spring 2022 issue!

We’re looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and everything in between --and outside the lines. You may submit up to five of your best pieces.

Work will be chosen based on creativity, coherence, and writing conventions.

To submit your work, use this Google Form.

Submissions must be your own original work, include your name and a title, and should be well-edited. The deadline is April 29.

If you have questions, email Ms. Conner: emconner@pps.net.

Attendance Reporting Reminder

If your student will be late or absent for any reason, please notify the main office at 503-916-5356 or email the attendance secretary, Sheli Bryan at sbryan@pps.net. Because we receive a high volume of calls and the front doorbell also rings the front office, an email notification is preferred. Please let us know the reason for the absence and if your student is ill, a brief explanation of symptoms. We will follow up if needed.

COVID-19 OHSU Screening Continues

If your student needs a kit for this coming week, have them stop in the office or let Sheli in the office know to deliver one to them. Most students received two kits last week but due to absences, some were not sent out. Remember to label the bag and the sample. Each week we have at least one sample that is unlabeled!

Safe Oregon

SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, community members and law enforcement officers to report and respond to student safety threats. Please see this brochure for information about how to share information.

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PPS Sponsored Family Resources