Parent Reading Group Tonight - School Dance Next Week
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Parent Newsletter January 16th, 2014

Getting Involved at IVA 

Parents! We have our second Parent Reading Group tonight at IVA (7:00pm), right after our quarterly PTA meeting at 6:30pm. **If you have little ones and need a sitter, send your kiddos to our friend Lizzy who is coming to hang out in Ms. Noble's room during the meeting. She accepts tips** We want to make it possible for you to come and join us as we talk about how to practically encourage deep personal qualities of thinking and learning in our kids. It's not just about assignments in school or grades on the report cards. We want our kids to become thoughtful, wise people with the ability to learn and live well. The habits they develop today will stick with them for the rest of their lives. Join the conversation with parents interested in the same goals. 

Students! Our first dance is next Friday, January 24th. This is a dance - dance! The PTA has organized an event chock-full of breakdancing, Wii Just Dance, photo booths and good, clean IVA fun. Just $5 will purchase a ticket. Parents, learn more on our Shutterfly Account. 18 families have already signed up to bring potluck items online! Our sweet IVA kids know how to have fun and we are excited to provide them with this venue to celebrate together. 
To learn and live well, 

Jacquie Bryant, Principal

Mark Your Calendars:

  • PTA Meeting 6:30-7:00pm 
  • 7:00-8:30pm Parent Reading Group - discussing the article, "Even Geniuses Work Hard"
  • Read-A-Thon collections due
Jan. 17th 
  • Faculty Only Day - No School
  • Scarlett and Ariana are performing Annie at Millikan H.S. 9-11am. If you have rsvp'd to Melissa (Scarlett's mom), then it's an off campus student field trip. 
Jan. 20th
MLK Day - No School - 4 day weekend!

Jan. 23rd
  • IVA Basketball Team's first game. Carpool to cheer the team on at St. Jerome School 5580 Thornburn St. LA 90045.
  • Prospective Parent Info Night - tell your friends and neighbors to come learn more about IVA. 7-8:30pm in our multi-purpose room.
Jan. 24th
6th Grade Dance 6-9pm

Feb. 7th
IVA @ First Friday in Bixby Knolls

Feb. 11th
Connect and Respect - Community & Leadership Building Day with family potluck lunch.
Remember to turn in your fundraising envelope. If your kiddo still has that envelope in their backpack, we have more envelopes in the office. 
We Dream of Benches - 
Thank you for participating in our Read-a-thon! We're excited to see how much closer we are to our goal.  
Thanks to the efforts of Josh Brobst and Cosmo Hebert -- and sponsor Natalie Brobst (Josh's mom) our student Safety Patrol started this week. Our kids are decked out with donations that Natalie got for the students - hats, badges and walkie talkies. Pictured above, Paul signs up for the very first shift. 

Starting Monday
New Pick Up Location 

We are changing locations and after school supervision to the 36th street gate beginning on Monday, January 20th. In order to streamline pick up and keep our kids supervised in a contained area, we will be exiting the school from the blacktop. We will provide supervision until 3:30pm. Next week, please park along the 36th street church parking area rather than the Petroleum Club parking on Fridays to join our virtue closing ceremony. The ceremony closes out our week by acknowledging and celebrating intellectual growth in each other. Famlies are always welcome!
A huge thank you to everyone for spreading holiday cheer in December, including Secret Santa gifts from the Student Council, the huge gift to the staff for mailboxes, a night out for our IVA families and the dozens of gifts and cards that warmed our December! Thanks!

IVA Basketball Team

Practice: 3:30-4:30pm in the Rec Center with Mr. Johnson, Chris Davidson (Troy's dad) and Alvin Belt (Aaliyah's brother).
Tuesday, Jan 21st
Wed, Jan 22nd
Wed, Jan 29th
Wed, Feb 5th 
Wed, Feb 12th
Tues, Feb 18th
Fri, Feb 21st
Wed, Feb 26th 
Tues, March 4th
Fri, March 7th 
Games Schedule:
All games will be at St. Jerome School 5580 Thornburn St. LA 90045. 

Thurs Jan 23rd 6pm
Mon Feb 3rd 6pm
Wed Feb 19th 5:30pm
Tues Feb 25th 7pm
Wed Mar 5th 5pm
Tues Mar 11th 5pm
Mon Mar 17 7pm

Come and cheer on our team!
These are the sort of kids that revel in cheering each other on!

Recruitment Update

Open Teacher Position: We are actively interviewing for our 3rd trimester World Language Elective teacher. If you know of any excellent teachers who desire to develop critical thinking in students and are flexible and passionate about learning, then send them to our EdJoin posting. The job is for 12 weeks from 1:00-2:55pm, 5 days a week. 

Middle Schoolers Interested in IVA: We have aprox. 50 open spots for incoming 6th graders for our next school year. We will also have a few 7th grade spots. Applications are due March 21st. More info for prospective families is available on our website. 
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Faculty & Staff Email Addresses

Cari Noble, Math/Science Teacher
Ian McCurry, ELA/Social Studies Teacher
Michael Johnson, PE Teacher
Ryan Callis, Art – 2nd trimester elective
Danielle Montiel, Program Administrator
Lisa Miller, Administrative Assistant

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