dV Weekly Newsletter, Dragon Tales

February 21st - 24th, 2023

Spoiler Alert: Black History Month, Forecasting, PTSA Movie Night on Friday, ...

Dear da Vinci Families,

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend. February is flying by and the mid-term reports are due next week already. This week we will have special schedules Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to wrap up our Black History Month door decorating.

On Friday, our PTSA is hosting a family movie night, featuring Black Panther. See the details below and please RSVP if you plan to come. The event is free but they need to plan for concessions and volunteer needs. Our PTSA crew is working hard on events, fundraising, and recruiting volunteers. Many thanks to the leadership group and also to Elizabeth Medina for coming to support lunch duty the last two weeks.

For our current 6th and 7th graders, please make sure they did their forecasting for elective choices for next year. The links and instructions are below if they were absent.

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Forecasting for Current 6th and 7th Graders

If you have rising 7th or 8th grader, we need their elective choices registered in StudentVue. This information will help guide our scheduling and staffing decisions.

HERE is our guide and course description.

HERE are the instructions for how to enter choices in StudentVue.

Parents and Guardians- Please take the Successful School Survey!

PPS is once again partnering with Panorama Education to gather feedback. The results will be used to help each school understand the needs of students, staff, and families, as well as support the development of our school climate and improvement plans.

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses.
Parents & Guardians- Successful School Survey Link

The survey is now open and our goal is for 95% participation for family members to complete it. Your input is valued and shapes our work to serve all students better. Please open, click "take the survey" and select Da Vinci Arts M.S. to begin.

Beauty & the Beast

Save the dates! Ticket links are on the da Vinci website.

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Outdoor School Information- Please return the paperwork!

We are still missing paperwork for a handful of students. Please get these in ASAP if you have not yet. Please review the information carefully, fill out and return them to the main office this coming week.

HERE is the packet if you did not get it and wish to print it out. We also have extra copies in the office. If you have questions or special needs, contact Ms. Shanon sfoxley@pps.net.


We had a successful Dine for da Vinci at Shalom Ya’ll last week and raised over $700 for our school! Thank you to everyone for supporting a local business while raising funds for our teachers and students; we sincerely appreciate it.

We have a lot of FUN things coming up in the next few months so please keep reading for more details about a FREE Community Movie Night, FUN-draising opportunities and other areas that the PTSA and school needs support.

FREE FRIDAY - Community Movie Night at da Vinci

This Friday, February 24th from 5:30-8:30pm, please join the fun for a da Vinci Community Movie Night! Grab a camping chair, blankets and pillows along with family and friends to enjoy the movie, Black Panther, that will be showing in the da Vinci Cafeteria. Concessions will be available to purchase.

Please understand that this event has a mandatory adult/student ratio. We need one adult in the party to be present for every 4 kids that they bring. This is a community event with adults and students to enjoy together; please know that this is not an event to drop kids off. An adult must stay to enjoy the movie!

RSVP through the QR code below for the FREE Movie Night so we can plan for concessions! We also need volunteers to help this event run smoothly so please consider signing up! This will be an opportunity for the community to come together so we hope you will join!

We do need some volunteers to make this event a successful one. Sign up HERE! Or scan the QR code on the flyer.

Auction help needed!

Please volunteer to help with our biggest fundraiser, the da Vinci Arts Middle School Auction. This exciting event will be online from Friday, April 21st – Sunday, May 7th and supports our da Vinci students and staff!

We definitely need help from our da Vinci community! Ways to help:

· Do you have a vacation home that you are willing to donate?

· Are you interested in hosting a party or event to auction off?
- Do you have a business that you would provide a gift certificate or item to donate?

· Are you interested in reaching out to businesses for donations?

To DONATE an item directly to the da Vinci Arts Middle School Auction, click HERE!

Please click HERE if you are interested in helping with the Auction this year and we will be in touch. The Auction is typically the largest fundraiser for the PTSA and these funds raised go directly to our teachers and students. We also will need volunteers to help with soliciting donations, picking up donations, marketing/social media, organizing the items for distribution and other details to make our Auction a success. Thank you for considering being a part of this fun event!

Help needed to build the Beauty and the Beast Set!

Heidi Sprecher, our da Vinci Drama Tech Teacher, is seeking help for parent volunteers who are skilled at building to come help out with the big set-build Saturday, February 25th from 10am – 5pm at the school. She also would “double love” any parents who have tools that they have, to bring them to use to build the sets. Sign up HERE to help build the set!

HELP IMMEDIATELY needed for Lunch and Recess Volunteers!

The school needs volunteers during both lunch/recess times to supervise students. If you can sign up to assist our Admin in this task, it would be greatly appreciated. They are seeking help for the following times for the rest of the school year, listed below.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:15 – 12:45
  • Wednesday 11:30 – 1:00 (SEL schedule days)

These shifts will be covering locations to keep our students safe outside on the perimeter of the school or inside on the 1st floor hallway in front of Room 103. Whether you can commit to a weekly shift for the rest of the school year or can sign up a few times here and there, please know that it is appreciated and needed for our da Vinci community. Please click HERE to sign up for a Lunch/Recess shift.

Spring Plant Fundraiser – help volunteer!

We are having the da Vinci Spring Plant Fundraiser in May and we need volunteers to help on Plant Delivery Day on Tuesday, May 9th and then again after school on May 9th, 10th and 11th to help with Plant pick-ups. These plants and herbs from New Leaf Greenhouse are great quality and will arrive just in time for planting season so please sign up HERE if you are interested in helping with this fundraiser.

Safety concerns? Contact AP, Ms. Wilson at mwilson5@pps.net or use the Safe Oregon Tip line.

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PTSA Website!

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

Sign Up Genius Volunteer Site for the PTSA

This site has all the volunteer needs listed for the PTSA. Check it out.

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.