Principal’s Message August 2015
Welcome back students and parents and hello to our new families !
Academie Da Vinci is pleased to announce two evening events to start off the new school year. Please note: do not come to both evenings ! The information presented will be the same !
On Tuesday, August 18, from 5-7 pm - we will host all families who are new to the school. This will be a chance to learn more about Academie Da Vinci, our great arts- focused curriculum, our new partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall, after school clubs, special events and to meet our wonderful faculty and staff. Our PTA President, Brad Malone, will be here to introduce you to the exciting PTA events and fundraisers which greatly benefit our school. Some of our experienced ADV parents will also be here to welcome you. T shirts and our new lovely embroidered Academie Da Vinci polo shirts will be available for sale or pre-paid order. T shirts are $10, 2X T shirts are $12, Youth Polo Shirts are $14 and Adult Polo Shirts are $16.
On Thursday, August 20 – 5-7:30 pm- we will host all families who are returning to the school. (if you have a new student but still are a returning family, please come to this night). All the information from August 18 will be presented. The evening of August 20 tends to be very crowded. Please plan on bringing your children who are coming to ADV and 2 parents only. This will allow everyone enough space to move around and enough time for questions. Please carpool if possible and do not block other cars when parking.
We are all looking forward to seeing you ! Thank you, Ms. Foran
Lucy M. Foran, M.Ed., M.A., Principal
Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts
1060 Keene Rd.
Dunedin, FL 34698
727-298-2778 ext 102
Give technology to a bunch of 9- and 10-year-olds who love to dance, draw, and sing and great things are bound to emerge.
Public schools across America are cutting arts programs, but at Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts (ADV) elementary school students enjoy art, music, and dance every week as part of their regular curriculum. Now, their 4th and 5th grade students will have the option of adding technology to the mix.
A new Technology Elective class will start in the fall, led by new-hire Amy Shuttleworth, who comes to ADV with a strong background in Elementary Reading, Math and Science, Advanced Math and Language Arts, and pre-Algebra. She previously worked with Right Reason Technologies in Pennsylvania, a company that focuses on improving educational outcomes through technology and training. Students in the Technology Elective will learn about and use technology in a hands-on environment, and see how it can be applied to academics and productivity, as well as creating art.
Conner Gaines, a 10-year-old incoming 5th grader, is excited about the Technology Elective. “I signed up for it because it’s new and I like technology,” he says. “I’m interested in learning more about computers and websites.”
ADV is also purchasing iPad Air 2 tablets for 4th and 5th grade students to use in the new school year. “The art and music that people are creating with iPads is amazing. We’re really excited to have these iPads for our students this year, and will have them loaded up with both educational and arts-related apps,” says Lucy Foran, ADV’s principal.
The school does have seats open for 4th and 5th graders for the 2015/16 school year. Interested families can call the school at (727) 298-2778 to set up a tour.
If you are a parent or teacher at Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts, you know what a wonderful student-centered school it is. We love our integrated arts-focused curriculum and our new focus on technology. We love our playground too!
Our side yard needs help, as we all know. We plan to build a large deck to provide the students and staff with a safe and above ground surface for outdoor education, student and family lunches and staff meeting space. The new deck will overlook our garden project and will be a great location for environmental education lessons as well. As part of this project we will also be putting sunshades on our existing playground, adding railings and steps down to the playground and adding native landscaping. If we raise enough money we will also add to our playground equipment. To date we have raised more than half of the funds needed! Please consider donating to the playground phase 2 fund! See our fundraising thermometer for progress toward our goal. Thanks! We’ll be adding a “donate now” button to the website very soon – in the meantime please send in your donation by check or money order or contact the school for additional donation information. Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts is a non-profit 501c(3) tax exempt organization.
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