Dragon Tales

May 31st - June 3rd

Spoiler Alert: Spirit Week, AAPI Affinity meeting, Pride Month, End-of-year activities, Online Auction, Chromebook News ...

Hello da Vinci Families,

I hope the weekend was good to you. We are in the homestretch and so very close to the closing of the 2021-2022 academic school year! The next few weeks are quite busy. Below is additional information to help you navigate the last few weeks:

Junior Rose Festival

In accordance with the most recent guidance from PPS in regard to walk-outs, the same information applies for the Junior Rose Festival. If you would like your student to attend the Junior Rose Festival, we ask that you sign them out and pick them up in person. The other option is to just keep your kiddos home with you for the day, as the front office can get a little congested with families trying to sign their students out all at once. If you plan to keep your student home, please send Sheli and email ahead of time, so Sheli can record their attendance.

Band Students

Band students will head to the starting point for the festival on a school bus. However, students will be walking back to school after the festival. Additional information will come from Mr. Gerolami and will be shared with families.

Don't forget to check out the PTSA online auction and keep tending your bids. We are approaching our goal with over $7,600 in winning bids so far. There are some new items listed since last week.

Also, In order to sustain the PTSA and all of the support they provide da Vinci students and staff with, we really need PTSA Board Members for the 2022-23 school year. If interested, see the PTSA section of the newsletter.

All the very best,

Principal Davis


Spirt Week Starts May 31st!! Students and staff are wearing their jammies.

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Spirit Week, May 31 - June 3rd

Our student leadership group has planned a Spirit Week. We look forward to seeing the students show up and show off their creative selves.

AAPI Affinity Group Meeting, Wednesday, June 1st, 3:20 - 4:20 pm

All students that identify as Asian American and Pacific Islanders are invited to this social in the cafeteria for snacks and games. If there are family or community members interested in supporting this affinity group for next year, please contact Ms. Davis, at Rdavis@pps.net.

June is Pride Month

Happy Almost June & Pride Month da Vinci Families

Our last QSA meeting is Thursday, June 2nd and Ms. Shannon would LOVE some help. If you would like to either help with the last meeting or donate something for our party that would be amazing. We have a group of about 35-40 students who regularly attend and I want to make this final meeting festive and fun. If you would like to either help out at the meeting or donate treats please reach out to Ms. Shannon at sfoxley@pps.net.

Thank you so much!

Volunteers Needed!

Here are our current volunteer needs! Please check out the signups for the Jr. Rose Parade, Promotion, and the last day of school. We would also love to have some folks host summer gatherings and care for the roses and gardens over summer.

Calendar Highlights


May 31 - June 3, Spirit Week

June 1, AAPI social, 3:20 - 4:20 in the Cafeteria

June 2, QSA Meeting,

June 3, 8th Grade Showcase, 8th Grade computers due

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

June 7th, Black and Brown Family meeting, 6 - 7 pm (in person @ da Vinci)

June 7th and 8th, Computers due from 6th and 7th graders

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

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

June 10, Last Day of School

PTSA Corner

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The online auction site is LIVE and bidding is well underway but it’s not too late to get in on the bidding action! There are many great items just waiting for the lucky bidder!

The success of da Vinci Arts Middle School depends on committed teachers and staff, involved parents, and community members like you who are willing to step up and support our students and the robust arts curriculum that sets da Vinci apart.

Don't miss this opportunity: For $25 you can enter to win a Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Willamette Valley for 2. Only 50 tickets are available for purchase. The winning name will be drawn at the close of the auction.

All funds raised will be used to directly support the needs of students and teachers at da Vinci.

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Dine for da Vinci at Dar Salam- June 8th

Our last stop for the year is Dar Salam! On Wednesday, June 8th from 4 pm - 9 pm Dar Salam Alberta location will be donating 20% of sales to da Vinci! Head over to dine in or take out.

Ice Cream Social Volunteer Needed - June 10th

Parent volunteers have come up with a fun way to kick off summer! Think old-timey games like sack racing and wheelbarrow mixed with modern limbo and water bottle flip. All this fun is going to take many parent volunteers! So sign up HERE to help scoop ice cream, run field games, direct traffic, pop popcorn and so much more! Let’s send our kids off to summer with an event to remember!

PTSA 2022 - 2023 Board Members NEEDED

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.

8th Grade Promotion

Promotion for our 8th Graders will be at Grant High School on June 9th with the ceremony starting at 6:00 PM. You do not need tickets.
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Important Information about 1:1 Chromebooks

Please read the following important information regarding Chromebook return and/or Chromebook retention over the summer. *Action is required*. This letter and form were sent home on Friday.

Per district policy, we need to ensure that all students have their Chromebook & charger, as well as get any needed repairs done over the summer. There are different actions depending on the grade of your student. In all cases, this letter needs to be filled out and returned to school. We will be sending paper copies of the letter home this week.

6th and 7th Grade Students:

You have the option to keep your Chromebook over the summer or turn it into da Vinci for safekeeping.

If you choose to keep your Chromebook over the summer, the appropriate box on the attached form needs to be checked, as well as both student and parent signatures. When you bring your form in, you must also bring your Chromebook and charger so they can be accounted for on the school’s inventory sheet (you will then keep your device once it’s inventoried).

If you choose to turn your Chromebook in over the summer, you will not receive the same computer back next year. Returned Chromebooks need to be free of writing, stickers, and residue (to the best of your ability).

**Return & Inventory Dates for 6th/7th Graders:

Bring all items (including the attached form) on Tuesday 6/7 & Wednesday 6/8.

If you’re keeping your device/equipment over the summer, you will get them checked and then take them back home. If you’re returning your device for the summer, you will not have it for use after this day.

6th & 7th-grade students not returning to da Vinci next year:

You must also fill out the attached form and return your Chromebook, charger, and case to da Vinci on the date listed above.

8th Grade Students:

Per district policy, you must return your Chromebook, charger, and case (if you have one) to da Vinci before the end of the year. Returned Chromebooks need to be free of writing, stickers, and residue (to the best of your ability). Additionally, the attached form must be filled out and returned with your device. If any repairs will be needed over the summer, please include a note stating what needs repair.

As can be seen on the form, 8th graders can check out a loaner Chromebook (not their currently issued device) for the summer, if needed. If this is done, please note that this equipment must be returned directly to da Vinci at the end of the summer.

**Return Date for 8th Graders:

Bring all items (Chromebook, charger, case), including the attached form on Friday 6/3.

Please mark your calendars according to the date(s) above so we can make this end-of-year inventory/collection go as smoothly as possible.

Any questions, please reach out to the office or Kerry Bayne (kbayne@pps.net).

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.

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 and Home Test Distribution

If your student needs a screening spit kit for next week, have them stop in the office or let Sheli in the office know to deliver one to them.

If you have extra tests that are unopened and in good condition, please return them so they can be used.

NEW - We have received enough iHealth test kits from the Oregon Health Authority to distribute one to each student for home use. We will be handing these out this week.

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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