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Parent Newsletter February 6th, 2014

Class of 2016 - leaders on campus!

Greetings Dear IVA Class of 2016 Families,
You all demonstrated great generosity during our major fundraiser for the year, the Winter Read-A-Thon. The PTA announced today that we met and surpassed our goal. Our goal was to raise $7,400 in order to begin a large bench project on campus and we raised $8,760 - way to go! The entire student body has earned this campus beautification project, an ice cream party (scheduled for the end of the month), and a free dress day (TBD). Of course, our kids and teachers make this campus a beautiful place to be through their open love of learning.

During the month of February we will extend this beauty and begin plans as a student body to become the leaders on campus in this next year. On Tuesday we get to celebrate a full day out of class with our staff as we learn from a program called Community Matters, focusing on how to continue to interact with one another positively as our school grows. Learn more about our Connect & Respect day below and on our website. 


Please accept our special invitation to connect with your kids at IVA for a picnic lunch on Tuesday. If you are able, bring a lunch and join other parents as we get a chance to eat together on our special day. We will eat from 12:20-12:50pm. Please join us!

To learn and live well, 

Jacquie Bryant, Principal

Parking Notice:

The Petroleum Club will begin ticketing and towing any cars parked in the median lot on Linden. On Fridays, we will open the side lot behind the Rec.Center to provide additional parking for the Virtue Closing Ceremony

Mark Your Calendars:

Friday, February 7th
*We do have school. And after school - Join IVA @ First Friday in Bixby Knolls answering in chalk art - What does curiosity look like? 

February 10th
Lincoln's Birthday - No School 

February 11th
Connect and Respect - Community & Leadership Building Day with family potluck lunch. Sign up on Shutterfly.

February 14th 
Picture Day at IVA and FREE DRESS DAY!

February 17th 
Washington's Birthday - No School 

February 19th 
IVA Board Meeting 7:00-9:00pm

February 20th 
Prospective Parent Info Night  7:00-8:30pm. Tell your friends to come and learn about our model and middle school re-envisioned at IVA. 

February 27th 
IVA Student Event - Game Night with the teachers.
Mrs. Noble, Mr. Johnson and Mr. McCurry lead games - and parents - wait to hear what we have planned for you. 

February 28th 
IVA Math Competition - 4 kids represent IVA at the Northrop Grumman competition.
Math competitors will put those virtues to the test as they represent IVA! 

Basketball Update

We are two games in and our students are becoming more confident playing as a team. If you are interested in bringing the kids to come cheer them on, their next game is on the 19th. Mr. Johnson tells me that our coaches Chris Davidson and Alvin Bentley are doing a fantastic job of helping our students to learn the game and gain confidence on the court. 

Practice Schedule: 
Tues, Feb 11th & Wed, Feb 12th
Tues, Feb 18th & Friday Feb 21st
Wed, Feb 26th 
Tues, March 4th & Fri, March 7th 
Wed, March 12th & Fri, March 14th
Games Schedule:
All games will be held at St. Jerome School 5580 Thornburn St. LA 90045
Wed Feb 19th 5:30pm
Tues Feb 25th 7pm
Wed Mar 5th 5pm
Tues Mar 11th 5pm
Mon Mar 17 7pm

Go IVA Basketball!
Our basketball team is co-ed, and this gal is tenacious when it comes to playing defense!  

Dreams DO Come True!!

We are moving from day-dreaming to actually bidding out our bench project! We are looking for references for contractors who can make our dream benches a reality. Please have interested contractors/builders email Principal Bryant. 

Picture Day at IVA

Next Friday, February 14th, is our first ever Picture Day. The PTA unanimously agreed that this should be a free dress day. Local photographer, Vangie Ogg will provide 4-5 pictures of your kids that can be viewed online. You will be able to view, select and order your pictures online. Each picture, no matter the size, will cost $12 a piece. We will also be taking a school class picture. Check out Vangie's website to see a sampling of the quality work she does. If you are interested in volunteering to help make the day run smoothly, call the office and we will get a note to Maria Tchakal (Nabila's mom) who is helping to organize the event. In addition, our very own PTA will create ID Cards for our students and staff from these pictures. 

Connect and Respect
Tuesday Feb 11th 

Our students are amazing! Their combination of innocent playfulness is supported by a school culture of risk-taking that has been developed in the classrooms and in Advisories. Our goal is to continue this culture and have our founding students lead others in deep channels of communication, trust and compassion. Connect and Respect is a full day of play, team building and conversations guided by experts. Our teachers and staff will work in small groups to discuss forms of mistreatment and how to take action to support each other. The trainers are happy to incorporate opportunities for reflection and deep understanding so that this day is not just a day to grow closer together but to do it in the IVA way. 

Do you know prospective Middle Schoolers interested in IVA?

We are now accepting applications! We have approx. 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 new website (www.ivalongbeach.org). Our next Parent Info Night is Thursday, February 20th. 

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. 
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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
Roberta Denis, Administrative Assistant

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Eric Churchill, PhD. - Chairman of the Board

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