Excitement is in the air for Spring!
This month we announced that our 4th and 5th grade students will have the option of selecting a new elective course in Technology for the 2015-2016 school year. We are very excited to be offering this course which will support our students’ growing knowledge of computer science, engineering and hands-on math and science. The course will also support creative thinking and deeper integration with all the arts, just as Leonardo da Vinci modeled throughout his amazing creative life.
In March we also began, along with all public and charter schools in Florida, to administer the new Florida State Assessments (FSAs). Our students’ attendance and attitudes were great. Our teachers have worked very diligently to prepare your child and we look forward to good results. FSA testing will continue in April for 3rd and 4th graders and into May for 5th graders.
You may have heard that we are working to raise funds to complete phase 2 of the Playground Project. Phase 2 is to build a deck complete with stairs and landscaping off the side entry of the south building that leads to the playground. The deck is sorely needed to prevent excessive mud and dirt on your children and in the building! It will also prevent children from tripping over the big tree roots. We plan to add sunshades to the playground area too, to help prevent sunburn and the equipment from becoming too hot to touch! Thanks to 2 generous donations we are already halfway to the fundraising goal. The fundraising team will keep us all informed of the details and the next steps. Once built, we will use the deck as a platform for hands-on environmental education and also as an outside classroom. We have applied for several grants to help raise the funds for this project and are also accepting donations.
If you attended last month’s PTA meeting you will know that we were awarded a grant from the Whole Foods Foundation to build an organic garden in our side yard. We thank Ms. Parenti and Laurel Westmoreland (parent of 3rd grader Jett Jackson) for their work on this project. Ms. Westmoreland discussed the goals of the school garden project at the March PTA meeting and several parents were very excited to volunteer to help!
Upcoming Events: The PRIDE AWARDS are tonight, Monday April 6 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. You must have a ticket to be admitted to this Pinellas County event. Academie Da Vinci will recognize 5th grade students for excellence in Academic Achievement in Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies Congratulations to Evan Keaton, Kai Rubach, Sequoia Turner, Niah Ford for their hard work!
Finally, if you want your copy of the ADV Yearbook shipped to the school for you, please purchase it by April 11 on the Treering website!