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Back to School Night - Minimum Day Schedule
Student are released at 12:40 pm

Join us from 6:30 - 08:00pm

Experience learning in the classroom. We believe that the best way for a parent to understand their child's environment is to experience it firsthand. Flyers went home Tuesday to give parents a schedule to follow (see form at conclusion of email).

This is a parent-only event due to limited space.

Wed, Sep 28 - Cross Country Meet at Kenneth Hahn Park at 4:00 pm

Wed, Sep 28 - Back to School Night

Fri, Sep 30
- Virtues Ceremony at 3:00 pm, parents welcome!

Tue, Oct 4 - School Advisory Council Meeting, 3:30 - 4:30pm

Thu, Oct 6 - Rubios FUNraiser

Sat, Oct 8, 6:00 - 10:00 pm - IVA Benefit Gala

Tue, Oct 20: Souplantation FUNraiser
Fri, Nov 7: Domenico's FUNraiser

You are Cordially Invited
October 8th
October 8, 2016

Intellectual Virtues Academy 
6:00 pm

Gala will be held outdoors. 

Individual $100
Table of Ten $1,000
To learn details about sponsorship opportunities, or to place an ad in our tribute journal, please contact Stephanie Robinette at 562-912-7017 or
Counselor's Corner : HS Choice

8th Grade High School Choice

Last week we reached out to our 8th grade families on setting up ParentVue accounts. Some 8th grade families were able to log into their account without our support, while others needed their activation codes sent by us via email. If you have yet to log into your ParentVue account or have not received any communication from me directly, please let me know and I will assist you as soon as possible.

I also think it's important to note that no high school recruitment events will happen prior to the High School Choice Annual update meeting our administrative staff are scheduled to attend in the first week of October. This means that the dates for Shadow Days and other popular recruiting events have not been solidified and shared with any schools yet within LBUSD. As soon as we receive this information, we will notify our 8th grade families. I look forward to sharing more about the High School Choice process at Back To School Night. See you then!
From the Office
Clubs & After School Academy
October is club and After School Academy month! Students will find out more about clubs at this Friday's Virtue Ceremony.

Parents - do you have a skill you would like to teach students? We are looking for volunteers to teach our After School Academy! In the past we have had ceramics, music, create your own website, handyman skills, creative writing and much more! Contact Danielle with your ideas and questions. 
From Our Principal
Points of Access for Families - Creating Culture Together

The language of the virtues allows learners to see themselves as nuanced and complex thinkers rather than just "smart" or "not-smart." Re-defining how we see ourselves is a process that includes great tension - for IVA students it means learning to take risks, learning to ask questions, learning to listen to each other's contributions, and to add to their own. 

The best support we have to give our students is supportive relationships with our teachers - who themselves want to grow in their intellectual character, who are passionate about their subjects, and invite their students to build into their own learning. 

Our teachers have their work cut out for them! To develop the virtues of students, students need an opportunity to practice the virtues through their conversations, experiences, and writing assignments. It would be much easier for a teacher to set up engaging ways for kids to consume content, instead IVA teachers present opportunities to reflect what they have learned, and to be curious. 

Our students jump into this new culture like it is a new lease on the love of learning. As one parent described it, it's "like a light turning back on." 

Points of access for parents to be involved in their students' learning and character formation at IVA:
  • Back to School Night - Experience learning at IVA! How do you evaluate a school program for effectiveness? 
  • Parent Academy - Be a part of the discussion! How do we use an intellectual virtues approach at home? 
  • Parent Conferences - Apply the virtues to learning! What is my child's relationship with learning and how does that play out in the classroom? 
  • School Advisory Council - Think creatively! How can we problem-solve together? 
  • Illuminate and Google Classroom - Connect online. How can I sit alongside my child to help them understand assignments and how to connect with their teachers?
You are invited Next Week!

School Advisory Council - Dressing out for PE at IVA
When? Tuesday, October 4 from 3:30 - 4:30pm
Where? Room 113
Who? All parents, students, and staff are invited if you are interested in finding solutions to our conundrum 
  • Our boys are rough on the restrooms
  • We have a full-sized privacy accordion divider for them to change in the Rec Center to avoid the restrooms
  • We do not have supervision for this option - yet - small staff & cannot afford to hire more supervision.
  • Students have already contributed great ideas and we want to explore all options. 
We hope you are willing to come share your ideas!
I will also propose ideas for the next School Advisory Council -

The SAC advises Intellectual Virtues Academy of parents', students', and facultys' perspectives and provides recommendations about school issues. IVA will create the SAC as a formal way to include parent perspectives in the school’s decision-making process. SAC members actively reach out to engage families in school policy discussions.

We are always looking for ways to get our parents connected and we love to get your feedback. Please call the office if you feel disconnected and we will work to connect you with our resources and events. 

To learn and live well,
Jacquie Bryant

Cross Country

  • Meet today at Kenneth Hahn Park at 4:00 pm! We will be leaving IVA at 2:45pm. Students may stay in a classroom with Ms. McAdams if they are not getting picked up after our minimum day schedule. Please bring water! Snacks will be provided by a Team Parent.
  • Jerseys are scheduled to arrive this week, but if they do not come in today, please wear an IVA shirt for our meet with any bottoms
  • $30 registration fee, cash or check, to Ms. McAdams or the front office
  • Practice will continue Monday from 3:30-4:45pm
Please contact Ms. McAdams with any questions.

Upcoming Sports
  • Basketball - winter (beginning in November)
  • Track & Field - spring
  • Soccer - spring
PTSA will be at Back to School night on Sept. 28th and will be accepting cash, check or credit cards. This will be the last opportunity to pay for your student(s) ASB fee in person before the cutoff date of Oct 14th.

You are valued here! All skills have a home here at IVA - we would love to find a place for your talents to shine! Please let us know where you want to plug in at IVA by returning your Volunteer Form to the main office. 
Family FUNraisers Events
The PTSA has reached out to our community and arranged Family FUNraising nights. These family nights will be at different restaurants throughout the year. A portion of the sales are donated to IVA. Use these opportunities to have a fun evening out, meet up with friends and family, and support our school! Please share these events with friends, family, and neighbors.
Let's all support IVA as a community!   
Upcoming Family Nights:
Thu, Oct 6Rubios3:00 - 9:00pm
4702 E. 2nd Street LB (Belmont Shore)
(show printed flyer or flyer on mobile device)
Tue, Oct 20: Souplantation
Fri, Nov 7: Domenico's
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