This evening at the Palm Harbor Community Center, Academie Da Vinci students, staff and families will be celebrating a year's worth of ART. Come and see your child's work, bid on one of our 44 Silent Auction Items and enjoy some lovely snacks. 6-7:30 pm. The kids have really produced some amazing work! See you there!
CSA Palm Harbor is located at 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor, FL 34683.
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!
Academie Da Vinci has long been known as the premier Charter School for the Arts in Pinellas County. Our students excel in dance, including ballet, jazz and modern dance, music and art. Our students participate in several art events throughout the year and show off their music and dance talents in our winter and spring shows. In addition, Academie Da Vinci offers after school clubs in dance, drama, math, media and building. We also have a large program for Gifted students, which encourages creativity and advanced learning.
Recently we have decided to increase our focus on other kinds of arts, including the arts and sciences of engineering and technology. We know that our students' knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math are critical to their success in a competitive world. Therefore, in 2015-2016 and going forward, we will offer our 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to take a new course, "Introduction to Technology" as one of their elective courses. This course will be full of hands-on experiences in technology and engineering. The topics will connect students to what they're learning in their math and science curricula. We anticipate this course will help students prepare for challenging work in middle school. Class sizes will be kept small in all our elective choices too.
Lucy Foran, M.Ed., M.A., Principal
Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts is a Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school located in Dunedin, Florida. We are the first charter school to be established in Pinellas County. Our school is part of the Pinellas County Schools and complies with the Pinellas County Schools curriculum. As stipulated in our state charter, we enhance that curriculum with a program of the arts. We also follow the county's school-year calendar. (See the calendar for the schedule of events.)
The school's two buildings house the school offices, 13 classrooms for grades K through 5, a Multi-Purpose room, and Music, Visual Art, and Dance Studios.
Our school hours are 8:30 - 3:00 for Kindergarten, First and Second Grades, and 8:30am - 3:15pm for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade. The school office is open from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Monday - Friday.
Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts
1060 Keene Road
Dunedin, Florida 34698
School Phone: (727) 298.2778
School Fax: (727) 502.6065
Principal: Lucy Foran