Dragon Tales

February 1 - 4, 2022

Spoiler Alert: Second Semester Starts, Climate work, Lunar New Year, Black History Month...

Hello da Vinci Families,

I hope the extra long weekend was lovely to you. Although a bit chilly, it was nice to get to have a little sunshine. Come Tuesday, we get to celebrate two important events: Chinese/Lunar New Year and Black History Month.

This Chinese/Lunar New Year, we celebrate the year of the Tiger. Lunar New Year celebrates prosperity, good luck and hope. Each year, the day in which the Lunar New Year falls on changes. We observe the Chinese Lunar calendar to determine the official day. What are the intentions that you will set this Lunar New Year?

To learn more about Lunar New Year, check out the link below and read on.

Our teachers will be weaving Black history in their lessons. Further, I have been told that our BSU has the tradition of leading an assembly that highlights our Black students at da Vinci. Much like last year, we will have a virtual event. Additionally, all students are encouraged to participate in a school wide Flipgrid BHM Challenge! Click here for more information and to read through the criteria.

Moreover, on Monday teachers are engaging in a day of climate work and instructional planning. This day provides our practitioners an opportunity to engage in planning that in turn, shall strengthen our school's systems and community.

Be great!

Principal Davis

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"Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association form a critical link in black America's centuries-long struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. As the leader of the largest organized mass movement in black history and progenitor of the modern "black is beautiful" ideal, Garvey is now best remembered as a champion of the back-to-Africa movement. In his own time he was hailed as a redeemer, a "Black Moses." Though he failed to realize all his objectives, his movement still represents a liberation from the psychological bondage of racial inferiority." via American Experience, PBS.
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New Quarter and Semester Classes!

New schedules are viewable on ParentVue/StudentVue. The first day of the new term is Tuesday, February 1st. Make sure your student knows their new schedule as quarter and semester classes will change.

Calendar Highlights

February 1st, Quarter 3 & Semester 2 begin

February 2nd, BSU

February 9 & 10, special schedule for MAP testing

February 16th, Exclusion Day for those missing required immunizations

February 21st, No school for President's Day Holiday

March 4th, Fun for the Arts! Details coming soon

March 9th, All day pullout for Musical cast and crew

March 10, 11 and 12, Spring Musical Revue

PTSA Corner

There is no shortage of needs or ideas in support of da Vinci’s continued excellence but it will take this community to bring them to life. I urge you to take a look at the numerous volunteer and engagement opportunities listed on the volunteer/community sign up list. Thank you!

Current Needs

Dine For da Vinci

Fun for the Arts - Dance a thon!

Auction Planning and Procurement

Teacher/Staff Appreciation

Passive Fundraising through Fred Meyer Community Rewards

If you have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you may link it to da Vinci PTSA and help raise funds for our school at no additional cost to you. In addition to still keeping your personal Fred Meyer Rewards, Fred Meyer will also donate to the charity of your choice. Learn how HERE.


Did you know you can help raise money for da Vinci by recycling your bottles and cans without any extra cost to you? Learn how HERE. If you are in need of a blue bag, send your student to the office to pick one up!

Shop on Amazon & Support da Vinci Arts Middle School with Amazon Smile

Every time you purchase something off Amazon using the “smile” page, da Vinci Arts Middle School PTSA gets a 0.5% contribution, at no additional cost to you. Please take a few minutes to sign up using the instructions below and be a proud supporter of the da Vinci Arts Middle School PTSA today. Learn how HERE.


Out Sick? What's the protocol.

Students are encouraged to first look at Canvas to know what is happening in class. If they are feeling well enough to do school work, they are encouraged to do what they can from home and submit assignments online when possible. They can communicate directly with teachers via Canvas.

If your student is out sick (or for any reason) please notify the office by email to the attendance secretary, sbryan@pps.net, or the main office line, 503-916-5356.

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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Covid Testing at School

Most students in the program should have labels and at least two kits for the next two weeks. Be sure to follow the directions carefully and label the test sample AND the bag with the label provided by OHSU.

The OHSU screening program is available for weekly testing for asymptomatic students. Samples are collected each Tuesday morning. If your student has tested positive in the last 90 days, they should not be participating in this screening. If you do not need more kits or you have any questions, please let Sheli Bryan in the office know. To opt-in, we need the OHSU form and the general consent form with the third box on the back page checked. The consent form with the other boxes checked is for on-site testing for students who become ill at school or are exposed while at school as part of the test-to-stay program.

Sample collection instructions

Link for OHSU weekly screening

Link for information

Link for General Consent Form

Candy Donation

Families, our Leo Leaders are organizing to support a few community efforts in the next few weeks and months. One of the ideas they have is to sell individually bags of candy to students and take the proceeds to donate to homeless youth, support a Period Drive among a few other things. If you are able, we would love it if a few families could pick up a bag of individually wrapped candy and donate it to our Leo Leaders. Our Leaders will then package the candy and prepare to sell. We will accept donations through Friday. Thanks so much!

Attendance 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.

Family Resources

From Nurse Cam about Immunizations

Hello Families,

The immunization exclusion date this school year is February 16th, 2022. You should have gotten a letter notifying you if your student's immunization status is not complete. If your Student's immunization status is not up to date by February 16th, 2022, your child will be excluded from school.

The Multnomah County Health Department is holding immunization clinics on Wednesdays and Saturdays. See the fliers for more information.

Clinic flyer in English.

Clinic flyer in Spanish.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email.

Thank you!

-Nurse Cam

971-801-4415 (text friendly)