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IVA News, Edition 26
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
We can hardly wait! Save the date for our musical Revue!
Broadway Musical Revue
Save the date! On Saturday, April 29th we are pleased to present two performances of IVA's first Broadway Musical Revue at 4:00 and 7:30. Join us to see performances from favorite Broadway musicals like Matilda, Newsies, Hair, Hamilton, and many more! 
St. FOXES Day Friday
The Event Planning Club invites students to honor the coming of Spring on Friday, March 17th (St. Patrick's Day). We're calling it St. FOXES Day! Help us celebrate holiday the Foxes way! When everyone else is celebrating St. Patrick's day by wearing green, we will celebrate the coming of spring by wearing one bright color in monochrome. If you choose green, wear ALL green, yellow - ALL yellow. It is going to be a bright sunshiny day! (if you are not dressed in orange or black come in your regular dress). 
Talent Show Friday

The talent show is back on! Ms. Flower is hosting our 2017 IVA talent show on Friday, March 17th (St. FOXES Day) for fun with friends and family. Tickets are $1 per person at the door (a maximum of $5 per family). All are welcome! Come see the incredible talent of your IVA classmates! 

Help Wanted

Parent* Help Needed for our Talent Show!

  • Supervise & Set Up -  4-5 Parents - 3:30pm t0 6:00
  • Ticket Sales - 2 Parents - 5:30pm to 6:00
  • Bake Sale Help at Intermission - 3 Parents - 7:00-7:15
Please email Ms. Flower if you can help. 
*Students seeking service hours are welcome too!
FUNraiser at Baskin Robbins
Visit Baskin Robbins at 3543 Atlantic Blvd. (cross street 36th) March 15 from 3:30-6:00 or March 16 from 1:00 - 6:00. Present our flyer or show this event on your mobile device and earn 15% back for our middle school!
Middle School CHOICE applications due Friday
Applications available here. All applications received by Friday, March 17th will be entered into the lottery. Any applications after Friday will be placed on the wait-list.
Principal Update
Our school values are woven throughout all of our decision making at IVA, from instruction and grading to the teachers' relationship with students and the relationship we encourage students to have with each other and each other's ideas. We value openness and respect for others ideas and believe that a diversity of ideas helps to practice habits of good thinking. It is our goal that multiple voices would speak into our classrooms and our curriculum. 

To that end, we asked our students in the mid-year survey about how class content and teachers help to make students aware of, or hear, diverse ideas and cultures. Our staff discussed this topic recently in our Teacher Advisory hour of professional development where Mr. Fountain facilitated a question of how we can respect and provide a space for diverse ideas and cultures. Read Mr. Fountain's blog post on our website here to see how history instruction can address questions of diversity. 
Your Opinion Matters
Each year, every IVA teacher and staff member read the results and feedback from the midyear survey together in order to evaluate and adjust our practices. The midyear survey also gives us the data we use for charter renewal and communication with our community partners.
Take Parent Survey Now
What do You Think of Our LCAP?
Our budget adoption process includes annually requesting stakeholder feedback for our LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This is the plan for how we are spending federal funds aligned to our school plans. Your responses will help our Principal and Board of Directors create the budget for the 2017-18 school year.
Take LCAP Survey Now
IVA Enrollment for 2017-2018 School Year
All families should complete an Intent to Re-Enroll form in Illuminate to help us anticipate any available spots in next year's admission. This also helps us make sure we don't miss any siblings in our upcoming lottery!

Speaking of siblings...families who have siblings entering 6th grade next year must submit an application by this Friday, March 17th to be entered into the Lottery and receive their exempt status. Hard copies of the application are available in the office. 
Now Hiring
Our beloved teacher, Chris Fountain, will be moving to Louisiana at the end of the school year and we'll have an open history teacher position at IVA. We will deeply miss him! Please send any referrals to our job posting here and encourage them to apply!
PTSA
We are looking for parents to join the PTSA Board for the 2017-18 school year. Positions that are open are: President, Treasurer, Vice President of Fundraising, Vice President of Membership and Secretary. Please contact Susan Horejsi with your interest.

Current nominations: Rebecca Irwin - President, Dana Stump - VP of Membership, Holly Luedee - Secretary, VP of Fundraising - Lorie Tannourji.
We do not currently have a nomination for Treasurer.
Fit-a-Thon Success! 
THANK YOU! Our Fit-a-Thon was a huge success! Because of you, we have raised over $18,000 in donations! A big thank you to Laserfiche (donor through the Cheatham family) for donating $2,000 to our Fit-a-Thon and bringing us to our goal of $20,000.
 
We need a few volunteers to help during lunch with the In-N-Out and Yogurtland rewards. Please email Janet Watt  if you can help. Dates TBD.
Athletics: Soccer
  • Practices at IVA Tuesday 3:30-5:00 and Thursdays 1:00-2:30
  • Competitions will be announced ASAP but tentatively scheduled for May
  • $30 registration for the season, cash or check (made out to IVA) payable to the front office or Ms. McAdams
  • Check your email for important updates
Athletics: Track & Field
  • Practice begins Monday at IVA from 3:30-4:45
  • 4 meets scheduled for April 1, 22, 29, and May 12
  • Volunteer needed to be the point-person for the April 1 meet!
  • If you were not at the info meeting, but interested in participating, please see or email Ms. McAdams
  • $30 registration for the season cash or check (made out to IVA) payable to the front office or Ms. McAdams
Athletics: Basketball
  • Team photo! Tuesday, March 21 at lunch in the courtyard / labyrinth. Please wear your jersey!
High School Choice
The deadline to submit an appeal form is today, Wednesday, March 15. You can submit your appeal form by fax, mail, email, or in person to the HS Choice Offices. Appeal forms are available for families on the HS Choice website (also in Spanish). For other questions regarding access to ParentVue, High School Choice applications, or the appeal process, please contact the HS Choice Team.
Thanks and Praise
We are so grateful to Janet Watt and Little Owl for hosting Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids. It was a wonderfully funny and enlightening presentation. One question we all pondered: What is one thing you did as a kid that you struggle to let your child do now? And a challenge: What is one thing your child is ready to do that you can give them the freedom to try (pick up a younger sibling, walk or bike to school, walk to the convenience store, make dinner)? 
Mark these dates
Wed, Mar 15 - HS Choice appeal due
Thu, Mar 14 - Soccer practice
Fri, Mar 17 - Talent Show & St. FOXES
Fri, Mar 17 - Middle School CHOICE application deadline
Mon, Mar 20 - Track & Field practice
Fri, Mar 24 - LA County Science Fair
Fri, April 28 - Spring Dance
Sat, April 29 - IVA Broadway Review

 
8th grade Promotion Activities: Mark your Calendars
Fri, Jun 2 - Game Night  
Thu, Jun 8 - Pool Day at 1:00
Fri, Jun 9 - 8th grade dance at 6:00
Thu, Jun 15 - Promotion at 1:30 at IVA 
 
 This week at IVA
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