Message from Principal Kinder


Principal Kinder

Principal’s Message


Hello DSIS Community!
Our team is hard at work ensuring a strong start to the school year and we are so excited to welcome our students back both in person and online. We have missed our students this summer! Please look for an email from me early next week with more concrete and specific details as pertaining to the start of the year. We appreciate your patience as we plan the launch of a year unlike any other. As many of you are aware, we are launching our brand new Virtual Academy. This K-12 program offers live instruction with varied enrichment options and 1:1 meetings at the elementary level while offering social emotional learning opportunities, 1:1 meetings and extended flexibility at the middle and high school levels. We are excited to add this program to our school repertoire to go along with our unique Hybrid and Homeschool programs.

We understand this is an uncertain time and for many this will be the first time returning to school in person. We take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously and follow the latest guidance from the CA Department of Health. Here is a helpful document around the latest COVID health and safety protocols.

  • Our teachers are returning to work officially on Monday and will be reaching out to ALL families on Monday or Tuesday morning at the latest. They will make introductions, talk scheduling and offer details specific to them and your child.
  • Picture day is at DSIS, 526 B St Davis, on Wednesday 8a-3pm.
  • Here is the link to the Hybrid/Homeschool in person schedule.
  • Our Back to School Night for all program other than Virtual K-6 is schedule on Zoom, September 14th. Link to be provided soon.
  • All students in programs other than Virtual K-6 will have ORIENTATION. Look for details by program next week.
  • Curriculum pick-ups for all programs will be detailed early next week.

Information specific to Virtual Elementary

  • PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT/ Back to School Night for all K-6 families will be on zoom at 6-7pm, Tuesday 8/24. This session is intended for families only to get information about the year ahead and meet the teachers in break out rooms. Join Zoom Meeting
  • Students that selected they did not have their own device on the re-enrollment form will have an opportunity to pick up a chromebook next week. We will let you know how and when.
  • First day of school! K-6 students should plan to be online 10a-12p on Wednesday, 8/24. At DSIS we do not formally begin regular classes and meetings until the Monday after the first day. During this time, each teacher will assign some basic welcome back assignments and will make contact with families.
  • Glimpse of the schedule. Virtual K-6 students should plan for consistent instruction M,T,Th,F from 9a-12p. After lunch, we will be provided several different enrichment options. On every Wednesday, we have late start for teacher collaboration and staff meetings and begin at 10am. Also in the afternoons will be the scheduled teacher/student/parent meetings.

Specific details will be provided early next week. We are looking forward to a great year and a safe year. Four programs, one community. Go Tigers.



Rob Kinder | Principal