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LBUSD HS Choice Information Night

The upcoming Parent Academy, set for Tuesday, Oct 11, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, will be focused on the LBUSD High School Choice process for our current 8th grade families. This will be an informational session and active Q&A focused on delivering the content that we'll learn from our annual high school update meeting that our administrative staff will attend at the end of the week with the district. The information shared will be directly relevant to our 8th grade families, but we welcome all who are interested in learning about LBUSD's high school process. Also, if you are an 8th grade parent/guardian and have yet to access your ParentVue account, please contact Counselor Amos Mikaele directly and he will assist you. We look forward to sharing more with you at our Parent Academy!

Thu, Oct 6 - Rubios FUNraiser

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

Tue, Oct 11 - PTSA General Meeting at 6:00pm

Tue, Oct 11
- Parent Academy, 6:30-7:30 pm

Mon, Oct 17 - 6th-grade Field Trip to LACMA

Mon, Oct 17-19 - 6th-grade Conferences

Thu, Oct 20 - Souplantation FUNraiser

Fri, Oct 21 - Fall Dance
Fri, Nov 7 - Domenico's FUNraiser

Thu, Nov 17 - Screenagers

October 5th : Walk or Bike to School Day
Student Safety
Families, thank you for being careful at pick up and drop off to not park and wait for your child in the middle of the street. This is making a helpful difference in our traffic. Please note that the LBPD traffic division will be visiting to give tickets to any cars that are parked in the red or stop in the middle of the road. Thank you!

For our students that live in our neighborhood, our IVA Evergreens would like to encourage you to enjoy the nice weather and model our green philosophy by walking or riding their bike to school.

Quick Tip: The bulk of traffic happens within 8 minutes of pick up. Make a plan with your child to be picked up 10-15 minutes after school is out. We are at the gate with students until 3:30pm when we escort any remaining students to the office. 
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
Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach will celebrate its fourth operational year with the inaugural presentation of the Virtues In Practice [VIP] Award. Honoring the tremendous impact that Diane Jacobus has had on youth, families, and education in Long Beach, IVA is thrilled to honor Diane at the second annual Benefit Gala on October 8th, 2016.

Live Auction items can be previewed on our Facebook Event page here
SAVE with our ASB fee now or pay double the price! 

October 14th
will be the last day to pay for your student(s) ASB Fee, which is $40 per student and will cover the costs of the student’s yearbook ($25) and all student dances ($5 per dance). If the ASB fee is not paid, dances will be $10 at the door. Our first Fall Dance is October 21st.

You can pay by sending a check with your student, at the Oct 11th PTSA meeting, or online. 
Pay Now
Please continue to send in your PTSA memberships. Our first PTSA general meeting will be October 11th at 6:00pm at IVA followed by the Parent Academy at 6:30pm. Please join us! You do not have to be a PTSA member to participate.
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. 
Fall Dance 
Save the Date : Fri Oct 21
IVA's first dance of the school year is on October 21st from 6:30 - 9:00pm.  And when we say "dance" we mean a fun time to come hang out, run around, dance to music, be loud, and eat snacks!  Mark the date on your calendar, you're not going to want to miss this!  More information to come!   
From the Office
Clubs & Student Council
Want to start a Club? IVA wants your club! We do!!
The steps to form a club are simple:
Step 1: Pick up a proposal form from the lunch room
Step 2: Fill out the form
Step 3: Find an adult supervisor to sponsor your club
* before the club meets, your sponsor / volunteer will need to be fingerprinted and TB tested
Step 4: Turn in proposal form with signatures to Ms. Farris by Friday Oct 14th
For more information, please attend the lunch information session TODAY*, Oct 5th in Room 211
*rescheduled from yesterday

Interested in becoming a part of IVA Student Council?
Run for the office positions of:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Activities Director
  • Student Class Representative (2 per class)

Attend the lunch meeting Fri Oct 7th in Room 211 for more information!
Be sure to turn in your speeches to Ms. Farris electronically by Oct 14th.
*no campaigning! (ie. posters or gift giving)
At IVA we vote based on the argument not the popularity of the person. 

Lunch Volunteers Needed!
Earn a lunch credit for volunteering 30 minutes! We need volunteers to help distribute lunches. Email Diana with your interest.
From Our Principal
Intellectual Virtues are for Life Long Learning

Amelia said it best talking to visitors on a tour - 

"In math class at IVA students are taught to think for themselves and practice autonomy. I mean, when I grow up I can't just call up Ms. Noble and ask her if I have the right answer. I need to use autonomy."

Thank you, Amelia for explaining how our intellectual virtue practice helps people both learn and live well!  

Coming Up
6th-grade Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences - October 17 through 19
The week of October 17th we will have 4 minimum days (including our regular minimum day on Thursday) - Monday through Wednesday will be minimum days to that our teachers can all be available between 1:00 and 3:00pm to conference with each student. With 78 students that means we will have quick 20-minute conferences with two teachers at IVA. It is very important that the student attends since they will be leading the discussion of what virtues they see themselves practicing and growing in, what is difficult for them, and how they are doing in all of their classes. 

Sign ups* for student-parent-teacher conferences will be available starting Wednesday of next week
More information in next week's newsletter.

To learn and live well,
Jacquie Bryant

* Because our ART 6 students will be on a field trip, we're asking 6th grade Coding students to come Monday, and ART 6 students to come Tuesday/Wednesday. Once sign ups are posted, we'll give priority according to electives.

Cross Country

Last Wednesday our Cross Country Team ran in their first FIYA meet at Kenneth Hahn Park. They did very well - way to run FOXES!!

Upcoming Sports
  • Basketball - winter (beginning in November)
  • Track & Field - spring
  • Soccer - spring
Field Trip : Sixth Grade
6th graders in art this semester are going to LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Monday, October 17
This is a full day field trip, even though IVA is on a minimum day schedule. 
  • Parents need to know not to schedule a conference on that day if their student is currently in art.
  • Next semester art 6 and art 7 will go on this field trip. 
  • The trip returns at 3:00pm for regular release time. 
  • Your LACMA field trip permission slip is due October 11. Fill out by logging in to Illuminate. Please note that the form has been assigned to one parent only. If one parent's portal log in does not display the LACMA form, please try the other parent's log in. Go to illuminate, parent portal, Forms in menu bar
Ms. Denis is looking for chaperones. Anyone interested can email her at
Counselor's Corner : HS Choice
I look forward to sharing more about the High School Choice process at our Parent Academy on October 11th. See you then!
Family FUNraisers Events
Thursday, October 6, 3:00-9:00 pm:
Rubios (show printed flyer or flyer on mobile device the night of the event)
4702 E. 2nd Street LB in Belmont Shore
Thu Nov 17th
Have you heard of SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age—the documentary film that explores the impact of screen time on kids AND offers solutions on how we can help kids find balance? Across the country, parents are bringing their middle school and older kids to see the film and are tickled to find them actively participating in the post screening discussions!

Join us for a screening of the film here at IVA on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30pm. Advance tickets are $15 for parents and $10 for teens. Tickets will be $20 at the door if not sold out. But most screenings are packed. Purchase tickets here

Please invite any interested friends.  If you would like to help out (we need ushers, donated bottled water/packaged snacks for the student led concession stand) or have questions, contact Mary Van Geffen (213-703-7729).

View the trailer here
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