Dragon Tales

May 2nd - May 6th

Spoiler Alert: Teacher Appreciation Week, Outdoor School, 8th-Grade News, Volunteer Thank You ...

Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, da Vinci Families!


Last week I sent an email with a few asks. I want to be transparent with you all. We are experiencing an uptick of covid positive cases. I am asking that you please keep your kiddo(s) home when they are sick, test them if they have covid symptoms and to communicate with us, if your kiddo happens to test positive. Many of our students and staff are wearing masks in the general environments; however, masks are still optional. Do what feels comfortable and what feels right to you. As things start to open back up and we have more flexibility with in person events and being with one another within each of our communities, it is inevitable that numbers increase, but there are some things we can do to slow down exposure.


This Tuesday, while our 7th graders engage in SEL work, our 8th graders will be meeting with our team to review all the events coming up for them through the end of the year; including opportunities, responsibilities, and their to-do checklist. Look for paperwork coming home this week for more information on performances, the 8th Grade Trip, and Promotion.


Stay healthy and happy!

Principal Davis


PS -

Our final deadline for the Plant Sale orders was extended to this Friday. If you did not order yet, you still can! Thank you for supporting the PTSA da Vinci Plant Sale.

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

Chien-Shiung Wu

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Chien-Shiung Wu, known as the first lady of physics, was the only known Chinese person to work on the Manhattan Project in 1944. She made major contributions in detecting radiation poisoning and decay and was the first woman to be president of the American Physical Society, according to the National Park Service.


Source:

https://www.ktvu.com/news/aapi-heritage-month-trailblazers-that-left-lasting-impacts-in-us-history

Outdoor School Reminder- May 2 & 3 for all 6th Graders

Outdoor School for 6th graders is Monday and Tuesday this week! Please review the list below and make sure your student is prepared. They need to bring a nut-free lunch! The cafeteria will have some sack lunches prepared. If your student will not be coming to school for whatever reason, please let us know as soon as possible. The buses will return at approximately 6 PM. They will be parking in front of the school to unload so please do not park on Everett St. when you come to pick up your student. There will be some parking in the back and on the west side of the school.
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Thank you Volunteers!

Shout Out to Jenn Lauder and Jessica McArthur for supporting our No One Eats Alone lunch.


Many thanks to the generous folks that have contributed to raffle baskets for our Teacher Appreciation Week, lunches, and morning treats. Special thanks to our PTSA for support and Rebecca Martinez Griffin for coordinating.


Thank you to Maria Cordero for engaging with our Site Council.


Thank you to Amy Higgs, Shantelly Miles, and the Eco-School Network for the amazing garden work party on Friday. What an impact a group can make in an afternoon!

PTSA Corner and Last Call for Plant Sale Orders

Spring Plant Sale EXTENDED

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 May 6th. Shop HERE to support da Vinci.



Dine for Da Vinci - Sunday, May 15th at Pambiche!

From 4 pm until 10 pm Pambiche will be donating 15% of sales to da Vinci! Pop over for some take-out or in-restaurant dining. Pambiche is located at 2811 NE Glisan St. and serves traditional Cuban food and drink.


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.

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 2-6, Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 and 3, Outdoor School Day Trips for 6th Graders

May 10th, New Family Connection 5-6 pm

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

May 19 and 20, Spring Dance Concert

May 20, Online bidding for PTSA Auction opens

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

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