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Parent Newsletter October 10th

Greetings IVA Families, 

This week's newsletter has a few announcements, but mostly spends time and space to explain the purpose and structure of advisories at IVA. The advisory program plays a crucial and indispensable role in the implementation of IVA’s distinctive educational vision, which is to foster meaningful growth in the school’s nine “master virtues”.  It does so by creating ongoing opportunities for students to think and practice developing their curiosity in a safe, respectful environment that encourages and supports personal relationships. 

Parents – it was wonderful to see you at Back to School Night! We had over 85 parents attending for our 56 students. You demonstrated intellectual virtues in your participation and engagement in the thinking routines of the classroom.
 
As always, please feel free to contact teachers by email with any questions or concerns. We are honored to participate with you in the intentional education of your children. 
 

To learn and live well, 


Jacquie Bryant, Principal
562-787-4527
IVA Advisory groups: building trusting and caring relationships. 

Advisory

Since school began, our advisory period has been spent reviewing what intellectual character is collectively, as a group, and working to build a common understanding of the nine intellectual virtues. We also spent that time getting to know our students. The teachers and staff met together to consider personal and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses to create each advisory group and match them with an advisor. Our groups are wonderful! Today, each group of eight students will meet each other and their advisor.
 
The advisory program plays a crucial and indispensable role in the implementation of IVA’s distinctive educational vision, which is to foster meaningful growth in the school’s nine “master virtues.”  It does so by creating ongoing opportunities for students to think and practice developing their curiosity in a safe, respectful environment.

 

IVA's Advisory - Distinct from other schools

At some schools, advisory is a time when students work on homework; at other schools, it’s a time when students talk about personal interests that don’t really have anything to do with thinking or learning. At IVA, the goal of the advisory program is to help each student grow as a thinker. The way we’ll do this is by giving students weekly opportunities to practice thinking about things they are naturally curious about—things they would naturally like to learn and talk about. There are no grades; no tests; no real homework; and, again, students get to decide the sorts of things we talk about. It’s a time for intellectual exploration and adventure!
 

Equipment

Our students are good-naturedly using the few basketballs and handballs that we have scrounged up for lunch-time play.  If you have any extra sports equipment or would like to donate to our kids I know they would appreciate it. Our after school, extra curricular classes as well as food service are still in development. 
 

Rainy Day Plans

When it is raining we will be bringing students into the Rec Center before school, at break and at lunch. We are looking for board games and indoor activities for the possibility of rain. If you have games in a game closet that you haven’t used in years, consider donating them to IVA’s rainy day game closet. Thank you!
Advisories: extending curiosity outside of the classroom. 

The Structure of the Advisory Hour

The first half hour will be a time for checking in, where the students can share with one another their thinking highlights and practice of virtue or its corresponding vice. In the second half of the period, we’ll engage in a ‘guided reflection’ co-led by the advisor and one student. The conversation will be about a topic that’s been chosen by the student—a topic that she or he is naturally curious about. We’ll use ‘thinking routines’ to structure and guide the discussion. These routines are some of the same that you experienced at Back to School Night as you rotated through the classes, and what students experience frequently with all of their subjects.
 
Today when your child comes home, ask them about today’s advisory session!  


Parent Education Seminar : October 17th, 7:00-8:30pm 

To continue supporting your involvement with your child, we are scheduling seminars every other month. Mark your calendars for an interactive seminar with Matthew Duggan, PhD whose talk comes from his book Breaking the Adolescent Code. Dr. Duggan will present information for about 40 minutes and then open the time up to small group discussion or question and answer. Join other IVA parents for this informative evening about the growth and development of middle schoolers. This event is free and open to all IVA parents!

Shutterfly

Our eager and organized parent Beth Christen is gathering all teacher and staff volunteer needs onto our Shutterfly site. If you are interested in volunteering OR if you are interested in connecting with other parents and families please check out our site. 
Dots tee, designed by Ryan

Spirit Wear - Orders DUE tomorrow

IVA is so fortunate to have three t-shirt designs created by some amazing professional designers. We are now taking pre-orders on our three tees - forms are available in the office and due Friday, October 18th.
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Faculty & Staff Email Addresses

Cari Noble, Math/Science Teacher
Ian McCurry, ELA/Social Studies Teacher
Michael Johnson, PE Teacher
Cindy Luu, Music – 1st trimester elective 
Danielle Montiel, Program Administrator
Lisa Miller, Administrative Assistant

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