Musical Notes from
Ms. Jeri Bridwell
October 30, 2013
Mr. Franco and I are delighted to meet your children and begin our Suzuki Violin Instruction. We are reinforcing the fundamentals and strengthening the returning students’ foundation, as well as taking extra time to start the beginners off on the right foot.
We are striving to offer a Suzuki Program that is more closely aligned with the traditional expectations of Dr. Suzuki’s pedagogy. Hence, beginning in February (second semester) we will require the students to have the Suzuki Book One accompanied by the CD with all the songs. This will enable our youngsters to begin reading notes and hearing the music they are learning on a daily basis. In addition, we are hoping to provide all students with a chin rest to make holding the instrument easier, and rosin for their bows.
In order to assist you in defraying the cost of this accessory package, as well as the tuition for next semester ($150), I am proposing a fundraiser that will generate sales during this holiday season. I am asking for several parents to volunteer to coordinate this event that should commence in November and be over by the beginning of December. The Committee will determine what products might be most lucrative, i.e. candles, or cookie dough. Once that is determined, all other parents will be notified and have the opportunity to participate for the benefit of their children. The monies raised will cover tuition for second semester beginning Feb. 2014, and accessories.
If you are interested in serving on the Coordinating and Planning Committee please give your name to Ms. Martha at the front office. Thank you.
STEAM was Always Part of Da Vinci School’s STEM Vision
As one of the first three STEM Academies to be awarded a TEA grant in 2006, the Da Vinci School for Science & and Arts saw the connection between STEM learning and the Arts. Its unifying element was the skill to design. All performing artists, whether they use instruments, dance or visuals, needs to map out a design when creating a sound, a movement or an image that follows a clear thinking process aligned with the rules and parameters of that medium.
Built into the students’ curriculum are several celebrations of the Arts that combine significant ideas with artistic performance. Each year we kick off our programs with Daniel Pearl World Music Days Recital. The Daniel Pearl Foundation created a legacy to this martyred Wall Street Journal Reporter who was murdered more than a dozen years ago by terrorists in Pakistan while on assignment. Turning tragedy and hatred into harmony and hope each October, musicians, artists and writers from across the globe dedicate a program to the mission and vision of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. On Tuesday, October 29, [6-8p.m.] the Da Vinci band, orchestra, guitar ensemble, dance company and visual arts classes will showcase their talents and dedicate their gifts to the hope for peace on our planet. Technology students will prepare a slide presentation of the life of Daniel Pearl, including his love for music, particularly the violin.
In another venue, Veteran’s Day Memorial Program, Da Vinci students have created a presentation of music, poetry and recitation that communicates our respect and gratitude to those who have served and those currently serving. The Junior Honor Society raises funds to provide a breakfast to El Paso Veterans. The generous meal is followed by the school wide presentation, culminating in a reception line of thanks where each student individually shakes the hand of every service man and woman in attendance. This moving program reaffirms our appreciation and love for our country and those who protect it.
Both events will take place at the Da Vinci auditorium. 785 Southwestern Drive. El Paso, Texas. The public is invited.
Board of Directors Meeting Agenda (Updated)
The Board of Directors Meeting Agenda has been updated and it is located at the Governance page.
Last year, we had a very successful year. We are very proud of last year’s Third and Fourth graders.
They met all standards in the STAAR test and received ‘Distinctions Earned’ in all categories. We are one of 759 schools in Texas to receive this distinction! Congratulations, students and teachers for the great job you do. Teachers, you not only prepare our students for STAAR success, but for success in life.
On November 11th we are celebrating Veteran’s Day in our cafeteria. The celebration will begin at 8:15 to 9:15. If a member of your family is a Veteran, please contact us, if they would like to participate. It would be our honor to have you participate.
On November 9th we will be celebrating our second Market Day. The Fall Market Day will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We need volunteers to help us and donations! Please help to make our Market Day a success. We are requesting hot dogs, buns, chips, water, paper plates, plastic forks, spoons, knives, small prizes and of course volunteers!!
Our students will be celebrating Pumpkin Day. There will be poems, stories, artwork, and pumpkin decorating. Pumpkin Jeopardy will be played. Classes will compete against each other for awards.
On October 31st, we will be celebrating Literary Fair. Students will be presenting different projects throughout the day. The classes will be sharing their projects with each other.
At the end of last school year, our students planted some seedlings throughout the year. During the summer, Coach Wilson planted pumpkin and zucchini seeds in the school’s Permaculture garden. The plants grew significantly over the summer and we are currently harvesting the pumpkin and squash crop.