I hope to see you at the Comedy and Magic Club Fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 13th. We will have a ton of fun with a group of DV Connect friends, new and old. This is always a blast and you will be glad you came. For more information on the evening, go here. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait.
More good news for Wednesdays! Jim Sullivan (our resident artist and maker) is available to work with us on Wednesday mornings. Jim will be supporting us with a variety of explorations and creative endeavors related to our project. This means that I may juggle the order of workshop topics on some days to best make use of Jim’s time.
Field Trip: We are going to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on Thursday, Sept. 20th from 10 to 1. More info and RSVP here.
Field Trip: Tomás and the Library Lady – Monday, Oct. 1st at 11:15am. Based on the inspiring true story of Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, this inspirational performance suggests what libraries—and education—can make possible.
- We will see this performance at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University.
- I must have your RSVP (here) by Weds., Sept. 19th. The suggested donation is $1/ticket (both student and adult tickets). Donations may be dropped off at the Connect front desk (exact change or check made payable to Da Vinci Schools).
- I have 19 available tickets and may be able to get additional seats if more than 19 people want to join me. If the sign up is full, please indicate your interest on the waitlist.
- The intended audience is K-4th grade. 5th grade Voyager siblings are welcome to join us. If you have younger children, I am happy to keep your students with me during the performance while you find fun things to do on the campus with the young ones.
Adventurer Parent Educator Workshop on Monday, Sept. 10th, 6:30-8:00: Navigating the Digital DVCo World and Sharing Favorite Resources & Strategies. We will explore our class website and other online sites frequently used at Connect. I will also spend a few minutes explaining how ST Math works and how to best support your child in using it (hint: you do not want to “teach” them how to solve the puzzles). We will end the evening with our always popular time to share your favorite resources and strategies (ideas, websites, games, materials, field trips, etc.). I will have treats and beverages. You are welcome to bring something to share. Please RSVP here.
Adventurer Parent Educator Workshop on Monday, Sept. 24th, 6:30-8:00: Easy Assessment Strategies to Use at Home: Portfolios and Writing Assessment. Portfolios can be a powerful way for students to become aware of and reflect on their learning and growth. We will explore several ways to develop portfolios (bring your ideas, too). I will also share a method EVERYONE can use to evaluate student writing and develop goals, regardless of experience. We will end the evening with our always popular time to share your favorite resources and strategies (ideas, websites, games, materials, field trips, etc.). I will have treats and beverages. You are welcome to bring something to share. Please RSVP here.
Several Adventurer Workshops for Parents and Students together are coming soon. Please read these descriptions and then complete the survey to the right of this blog post to let me know when you are generally available.
- Making Math Fun – This will be an experiential workshop for parents and students where I share resources and strategies for making math engaging. There will also be time for families to share ideas with each other. This will be a daytime workshop.
- Fun Writing Mini-lessons – This will be an experiential workshop for parents and students, focusing on engaging strategies for incorporating interesting mini-lessons into your writing lessons. You are invited to bring ideas to share. This will be a daytime workshop.
Calendar Change – I am so sorry for this and Jennifer and I are doing our best not to make changes. However, there are times when we want to be able to take advantage of an opportunity or make something available that requires a change. Here’s the scoop…
- We had planned to hold SLCs on Tuesday, Oct. 9th. We are instead offering them on Thursday, Oct. 11th. The other planned SLC days remain the same.
- This will allow us to plan an excursion to the Natural History Museum’s Homeschool Day on Oct. 9th. More info about this trip will be sent next week.
LACMA: Evenings for Educators – Four times each year, LACMA offers professional development evenings for educators related to an exhibit currently on-view. They include an art lecture, gallery tours and hands-on art experiences that you can replicate at home. No matter what the topic, I always find something inspiring in these sessions. AND did I mention that a catered, hot dinner is included? I’m going and would love to have a group of you join me.
- The first Evening for Educators will be: The Eternal City: Rome’s Artistic Legacy on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd. The cost is only $15. Go here for more information and to purchase tickets. Note: this is not an event for children.
Family Photos – PLEASE send me a photo or two of your family! Any photo will do. Jennifer and I are creating a family photo wall and want everyone to be included. You can email a photo for me to print, if you don’t have a hard copy to share.
FAN-sponsored Pizza Lunch – Monthly pizza lunch fundraisers organized by FAN are a tradition here. Check out the weekly DV Connect newsletter for information on how to volunteer on pizza days and how to pay for pizza.
Hispanic Heritage Month is coming up and the LA County Library is hosting an incredible variety of events to celebrate. Check them out here.
Thank you for reading such a long post! Be sure to check out previous posts for reminders about field trips, MAPs assessments, and more.
PLEASE let me know if you have questions about anything. I know that it may feel as though I send a tidal wave your way each week and there is a lot to cover. You are bound to have questions or wonderings.