IVA News, Edition 16
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The IVA Mountain Club achieved summit success! 11 students and 6 parents climbed to the top of Sunset Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles.
Thanks & Praise!
We are so thankful for our students who have stepped up into leadership in formal and informal ways. Specifically, we have 18 students who formed clubs and a growing number of students who volunteer to speak to incoming families about IVA. We love giving students opportunities to practice leadership and our middle school students are great at stepping up to fill those needs and to take-on leadership roles!
Audition for IVA's first Broadway Musical Revue!
IVA students are invited to audition for IVA's Broadway Musical Revue. Rehearsals will take place twice a week beginning in February until performances in early May. Auditions will take place Tuesday, January 31 3:30-5:30 and Thursday, February 2 1:30-3:30. A sign-up sheet for auditions is outside room 113. If you have any questions, please email Alicia Porter.
Winter Dance, Feb 3rd, 6:30-9:00 pm. Thank you Alice Kilian and Anne Cheatham for chairing the committee for the Winter Dance! They will be contacting all the parent volunteers to start planning. They are planning a fun and exciting night for the students.
Service opportunity - lunchtime landscaping
The students are helping us clear the area by the back gate and improve the aesthetics of our entry. We intend to keep this a student-led effort but we need one adult to supervise. The plan is to put down pavers and decomposed granite, along with native plants. This will not only beautiful our entry but also give us more room. Please contact Janet Watt if you can help.
Principal's Message: Feedback to Students
An IVA education is education aimed at having a lasting impact. Through our intentional access to teachers, communication in class, and even our report cards, we hope to equip students to engage the world with curiosity and thoughtfulness, to know themselves, and to live well. This means that our feedback to students at report card time is personalized, thoughtful, and can speak into each individual's learning and thinking mind. Although it is probably true - you will not see "a pleasure to have in class," because just like in class, it is our goal to give meaningful and actionable feedback! 

 Read more about our report card comments from a blog post Ms. Noble wrote here.
8th-grade families: LBUSD High School Choice Application
Letters of acceptance will be sent to families who completed the High School Choice application on time via ParentVue and by mail to the home mailing address on file towards the end of February through early March. We will share more directions pertaining to the high school acceptance process in the upcoming weeks. For other questions, please contact the High School Choice Helpline at (562) 997-8306.
Middle School CHOICE - now accepting applications!
Know any current 5th graders? Please apply here. We'll host our next info night for students on February 23rd. Learn more about tours and info nights here
Athletics: Basketball
  • Practice THIS Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 
  • $30 registration fee (cash or check) due to Ms. McAdams or the front office
  • Game #2 Tuesday, January 24 at 6:00 pm at Pilgrim School (540 South Commonwealth Avenue, LA 90020)
Athletics: Spring Sports
  • Soccer and Track & Field are coming up in the spring and we are in need of volunteer coaches! 
  • Practices potentially begin at the end of February / beginning of March
  • Contact Ms. McAdams if interested in coaching opportunities
Mark these dates
Jan 26 - Last day of the semester
Jan 27 - Faculty Academy, Pupil Free Day
Jan 30 - First Day of Spring Semester
Jan 31 - Broadway Musical Auditions
February 2 - Report Cards Emailed Home
Feb 2 - Broadway Musical Auditions
Feb 3 - Winter Dance
Feb 6-7 - Conferences 
Feb 9 - Parent Academy
Feb 23 - Student Information Night

For Club meeting dates, click here
 This week at IVA
View more photos on Facebook!
The Middle School CHOICE process is well underway! Invite your friends to learn more about IVA at our Student Info Night on February 23rd.
Students work to remove juniper bushes and beautify our campus.
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