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A Miracle on 2nd Street
The Foxes represented in the Belmont Shore Parade last Saturday and we had so much fun giving high fives, and shouting out our Foxes cheer (over the sound of the marching bands) - "IVA Foxes think out of the boxes, IVA foxes, knock off your sockes."

Socks were definitely knocked off to shouts of - “Hey, who are those cute foxes?" or, "Is that car a fox?" and, "Happy Holidays”

Thank you to the parents who beat traffic and road closures to get your FOXES to the parade. We cannot wait until next year - our students are hoping for a float next we are definitely looking for parents passionate about parades! 

Wed, Dec 9 - IVA Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00 pm

Thu, Dec 10, Fun Thursday sales benefiting the Math Club!

Thu, Dec 10, IVA Info Night6:30pm

Fri, Dec 11, Club Kick-off in a morning assembly from 8:20am to 9:20am in the courtyard 

Mon, Dec 14 - HS Choice Online application window opens

Mon, Dec 14 - The Academy Info Night, 7:30pm

Thu, Dec 17 - PTSA General Meeting + Parent Academy, 6:00 pm
* We will have an 8th grade promotion meeting, for 8th grade parents at 5:45pm. Input is welcome on ideas for promotion and promotion activities + we will talk about ideas we have researched.

Mon, Dec 21 - Jan 1 - Winter Recess

Food Survey
As our school has achieved its complete enrollment, we are considering lunch program options. In order for us to best serve you, we need an accurate understanding of our students’ intentions, needs, and preferences for lunch provided on campus. Would you help us make an informed decision by responding to the anonymous survey linked below? Thank you so much for your time and participation in a brief, confidential survey.
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A Teacher's Wish List
As you consider ways you might give during the Holiday season, consider gifting one of these items on our teacher's wish list:
  1. Kleenex
  2. White paper / copy paper
  3. Ice packs
  4. Band aids (lots, all sizes)
  5. Blue / Black pens
  6. High-lighters
  7. Swiffer (wet kind)
  8. Echo dry erase markers
  9. Tapered chalk (Poof brand, available at Target)
  10. Single subject notebooks (new or used with unused sheets) for students to use as log book for science
  11. Broom with dustpan
  12. Printer for the office
From our Principal
Dear IVA families,

The semester is ending on January 28th. As teachers need time to finish grading final projects, all retake tests or late projects for all classes for the Fall Semester must be completed by Friday, January 15. This gives your student 3 1/2 weeks of school and 2 weeks of winter break to make up assignments. You can help your student by prioritizing with them how to schedule time for make-up assignments and what classes to utilize office hours for. You may also require your student to get the teacher’s signature to show they were there. 

A few additional tips to bringing a grade up : 
  • Look through Illuminate together and see if there is anything missing or that received a low score (like a project or benchmark) 
    > The reason for this low score could be because they did not turn in a significant project which is a large percent of their grade. 
    > Another possible reason for this low score could be low test or project scores.  
    >> Students may retake any unit test and 2 quizzes per semester per class for up to 80% of the total score.
  • Make a list of missed assignments or low project grade per class in the planner
    > Note what % of the grade each assignment is to prioritize a focus
    > Focus on weighty categories of assignments versus home thinking assignments as they are only 5% of the grade in the class
    > To see the category breakdown for assignments on Illuminate go to: Classes and Grades then scroll down to the Category Breakdown section for each class
  • Require your student to attend office hours daily! Take the list in the planner to office hours and write down one of these suggestions to ask the teacher: 
    > Which assignment they can make up from the list? 
    > What they should focus on in the list? 
    > How to prepare for a make up test if there is one?
    > Make sure they have a copy of the directions for the project or get a new copy from the teacher
    > Have your student get a signature from the teacher
Over the break students can continue to work on their math POWs and Science Fair but no other assignments will be given in addition to these ongoing ones. 

To live and learn well,
Friday Morning Assembly
We will host a Club Kick-off this Friday morning during an assembly from 8:20am to 9:20am in the courtyard. 

Clubs will present their club focus, meeting times, and ways to get involved and then all students will be given time to sign up for their clubs. 

Students who do not use this time together to sign up for clubs will clean out their bags with Ms. Bryant and gearing up for the remaining weeks of the semester. 

Thank you to the parents and teachers who have signed up as club sponsors! And - a great big virtue shout out for great intellectual courage and tenacity to the club leaders who are sticking with thinking, organizing, and sharing about their club as they pursue their passions outside of the classroom. 

There will be no virtue ceremony this Friday as we are on the Morning Assembly Schedule. 
Candy Grams! 
The IVA Interact club - a junior branch of Rotary International - has "adopted" a local family for the holiday season - committing to purchase and deliver their gifts. In the upcoming weeks before the break, club officers will be selling candy grams each morning before school in order to raise money which will be used to purchase gifts and wrapping paper.

Hand-made candy grams are $1.00 each and can include a note from students to each other or from parents to the students. Please support us this season as we bring cheer to a family in our community.
Parent Academy
Thursday, December 17th
New Year's Resolutions for More Connected Families

What if you could add healthier​, more connecting ​habits ​to your family's life that last well beyond the holidays? Join certified Simplicity Parenting Counselor®, Mary Van Geffen to learn a step-by-step process for making micro-resolutions that stick. We will leverage the science on habit formation and look at what realm of family life can be simplified to bring more peace and cooperation to your home. 
Practices continue on Tuesdays until after the Winter Break and then will go to twice a week. Dates TBD. Games will begin mid-January - we'll know schedule from FIYA soon.
Connect with IVA faculty!

Staff: We have four dedicated staff members at IVA!
Jacquie Bryant, Principal -
Amos Mikaele, Counselor -
Danielle Montiel, Program Administrator -
Diana Bosetti, Admin Assistant -

Send in Notice of Absences:

Teachers: We have 8 amazing teachers at IVA!
Claudia Campos, Science -
Angel Cutno, Music and Interpersonal Comm. -
Sabine Deeble, German 1-2 and PE 6 -
Roberta Denis, Art and English 6 -
Chris Fountain, History -
Jana McAdams, Physical Education and Math 6 -
Ian McCurry, English and History 6 -
Cari Noble, Math and Science 6 -
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