Dragon Tales

April 18th - April 22nd, 2022

Spoiler Alert: Day of Silence, Phone policy reminder, Fundraisers and Volunteer Opportunities, Testing continues ...

Hello da Vinci Families!

I hope your day is going well.

Over the weekend, our da Vinci community hosted a fundraiser at Amalfi's. While I was unable to make it, due to being sick, my team kept me updated and it sounds like it was a blast and success. We appreciate those of you who were able to come out, support and fellowship with other. For those of us who weren't able to make it, no worries, there will be other opportunities for us to get together.


At the end of the week, our students will engage in, The Day of Silence. The purpose of The Day of Silence is to shed light on issues that often cause LGBTQ+ people in schools to often be silenced and erased. Day of Silence is a reclamation of that forced silence and erasure. This time LGBTQ+ students and educators are choosing to be silent on their own accord and demonstrate the impact on the entire school community when LGBTQ+ people are silenced and erased.


Our students are still testing, so please try to have them at school on time and ready to go.

In addition to testing, our front office received too many cellphones that had been confiscated last week. It is important to have conversations with your student about the phone policy. Phones must be out of sight and not in use throughout the entire school day. This policy is active during passing periods and lunch/recess. After students' 3rd time having their phone taken, administration will be calling families to set up an appointment to pick up their child's phone.

Thank you for your support with helping students follow our school wide expectations.

I hope this week brings you joy!

Principal Davis

Thank You, Supporters!

Thank you to everyone that donated and came out to support the PTSA fundraiser and social event at Amalfi's on Saturday. Special thanks to organizer and generous donor, Chip Shields, PTSA President Elena Rotondi, and all the sponsors.

PTSA Corner

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.

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.

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 Photos Wanted

We are looking for extra photos for the yearbook and need your help! If you have any photos of our students from concerts, plays, field trips, spirit week, etc. we would love to have them! All photos can be emailed directly to our yearbook teacher at mstaurseth@pps.net by April 15th.

Thanks so much for your help!

Volunteers @ School- Updated Signup

Thanks to Leslie Arndt and Jennifer Shuping for hauling big loads of canned goods to our chosen food pantry. We still need folks for a couple more trips. Items need to be delivered on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Please sign up HERE or call the office if you have any questions.

For our rescheduled No One Eats Alone event on 4-26, we could use some adult support. Please sign up if you can help out. See details on the signup.

Outdoor School

Hello 6th Grade Families!

Information packets were sent home last week. Please get the medical and permission forms filled out and returned as soon as possible. The official ODS dates are May 2 & 3 - it is a day trip only, so no overnight this year.

Please remember that there is a parent Q&A with our site-specific leader - Flea:

Monday, April 18, 2022

5-6 pm


This is a great opportunity to have all your questions answered.

This is a link to the parent-specific ODS information page.

As we are gearing up for this trip, please start taking a look at items your child might need for the trip. We will be sending home a "gear guide", and we wanted to highlight a few things. The weather is unpredictable in the PNW in May, and students will be outside for the bulk of the days regardless of the weather.

  • Shoes - if your child is particular about getting their shoes muddy, please help them identify a pair that they are willing to get a bit messy.
  • Coats - rain jackets are key for ODS - they can keep you dry and block the wind.
  • Hat & gloves - again may not be needed but can be essential if it gets super wet

If you need help with any of these items please reach out to Ms. Shannon and we will help you find the gear you need.

State-wide Testing

State-wide testing continues this week with ELA classes. Here are a few reminders:

Students who are not testing will silently read during that class time. They are not allowed to use their computer if they are not testing.

Testing information is on the PPS website.

Please note: Students are required to put cell phones in their backpacks or turn them into their teacher (if the teacher requires students to do so). We expect all students to adhere to these expectations, as having a cell phone out during the testing time, will cause the entire class' tests to be eliminated.

Calendar Highlights

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

April 26th, Black and Brown Family Night

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 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

Calling Writers for Dragon's Fire Literary Magazine

Big picture

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

We will be sending home kits on Monday. Let Sheli in the office know if you do not need them at this time. 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.

Big picture

PPS Sponsored Family Resources