Dragon Tales

May 16th - May 20th

Spoiler Alert: Dance Concert- Ticket links and volunteer site! Updated masking recommendations, AAPI Heritage Month ...

Dear da Vinci Families,

I hope the weekend has been good to you. My heart is heavy with the mass shooting that occurred this past weekend in Buffalo, NY. In trying to process the horrific murder of innocent human beings, I have decided to take today to recharge, connect with my family and allow myself to process. I think sometimes we get stuck in the hustle and bustle and our daily rhythm, that we forget to give permission to ourselves to slow down and experience whatever it is that is happening in the current moment. Just pause.

I hope you do something that makes your heart smile today.


Principal Davis


Please read on further through this newsletter. A few important things:

1) We are pivoting back to recommendation of mask wearing while indoors, come Monday.

2) If you are still trying to figure out Sunday dinner, stop by Pambiche, enjoy yummy Cuban Cuisine, while supporting a local (da Vinci) family owned business AND 15% of the proceeds goes directly to da Vinci!

3) Lastly, our Dance Showcase is this week!!

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

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Sono Osato was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Japanese father and an Irish–French Canadian mother, Osato joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at the age of 14 as the youngest dancer in the company, the first American, and the first dancer of Japanese descent. Though encouraged to change her name to sound more “Russian,” Osato refused. In the early 1940s, she joined what is now known as American Ballet Theatre. A year later, her father was interned as an enemy alien and her brother was enlisted in the All-Japanese Regimental Combat Team. Osato began performing under her mother’s maiden name, Fitzpatrick, and was barred from tours due to racism. Even so, during the war, Osato starred on Broadway as a principal dancer in One Touch of Venus, a role for which she won a Donaldson Award, and as the original Ivy Smith in On the Town in 1944, a production noted for its groundbreaking racial diversity.

Learn more: Autobiography: Sono Osato, Distant Dances

Photo from the New York Public Library, digital collection, 1942.

Updated Masking Recommendations

As shared by PPS Communications this week: On Wednesday, May 11, Multnomah County health officials updated COVID-19 guidance given the current surge in cases. The Multnomah County Health Department now recommends that masks be worn indoors until coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations fall. The current increase in COVID-19 cases is expected to peak in mid-June near the end of the PPS’s school year.

In alignment with public health guidance, Portland Public Schools strongly recommends that all staff and all students wear masks at schools, in-district office buildings, and at other indoor events beginning Monday, May 16th. This recommendation includes masking at important end-of-year events such as proms, school performances, assemblies, and indoor graduation events.

Dance Concert Tickets Available Now- Advance Purchase on School Pay Recommended

Volunteers Needed for the Spring Dance Concert, May 20 and 21

We need you! The show is not possible without volunteers. There are two concerts with the same program so consider watching one and volunteering for one if your student is in the show. If you are helping with the front of the house, you will be able to see that show after the concert starts.
Signup Genius for Dance Concert Volunteers

Many spots are still open for the Dance Concert and there are tabs for other upcoming Spring events. Take a look and please sign up if you can help out.

PTSA Corner

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TONIGHT is Dine for Da Vinci at Pambiche

From 4 pm - 10 pm Pambiche will be donating 15% of all sales to da Vinci so pop over for some take-out or in-restaurant dining.

Da Vinci Auction Open This Week

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

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

June Ice Cream Social

The PTSA is seeking volunteers to plan and execute an Ice Cream Social and Field Day for our students. The date is TBD but there is plenty of planning and work to do. Let’s send our kids off to summer with a community-building event to remember. Sign up HERE

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.

PTSA General Meeting

This Wednesday, May 18th at 6 pm. Please join and bring your questions for the group and/or Principal Davis. Join us HERE!

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.

Calendar Highlights

May 15th, 4 - 10 PM, Dine for da Vinci at Pambiche

May 17th, Norse Day Parade, Band students marching

May 18th, PTSA Meeting, 6 pm

May 20 and 21, Spring Dance Concert

May 20, Online bidding for PTSA Auction opens

May 25th, New Family Connection & Social, 5-6 pm

May 26th, Spring Music Concert, 7 pm

May 30, Memorial Day Holiday

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

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

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. 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