IVA News, Edition 20: Fresh Start Free Dress Day
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
wanted! student photographers
Join the Yearbook Team!
Calling all shutterbugs! Our Yearbook Committee is recruiting student ambassadors for each grade to capture candid shots around school and during events. Interested? Please email Mr. Fountain with your interest. 
Parent Feedback Requested: 16 Question Mid-Year Survey!
Our middle school welcomes your feedback through two surveys each school year - a shorter, mid-year survey, and a longer, end-of-year survey. Results from these surveys help IVA reflect on how we are meeting our mission: to foster meaningful growth in intellectual character virtues in a thoughtful, challenging, and supportive academic environment.

Please take just a few minutes right now to complete our mid-year survey. We would love to have 100% participation because we value your thoughts! Your feedback helps us to continue to improve our school. Thank you!

Take the Survey Now
Student Leadership: Apply by Friday
An important part of our school's culture of thinking is formed by our student ambassadors through Student Leadership activities. 

Any student in good standing at IVA can be a Student Leader. Student Leaders welcome new students, play games, lead small groups in activities, give tours of our school, and help with classroom visits. If your student is interested in becoming a student leader, or you would like to encourage them to do so, please have them complete the online application below.

Student Leaders must be able to attend:
Training: TueFeb. 21 3:30 - 5:30 AND
IVA's Student Info Night - Thu, Feb 23, 5:30 - 8:30 

Student Leader Application
TODAY: Show Us Your Talent! 
Showcase your talent at auditions today, Wed, Feb 8. You can sign-up for a time slot on the Google Doc that you will find on Google Classroom, or just come by. The time limit is 1 ½-2 minutes for all acts!
We are looking for parents to join the PTSA Board for the 2017-18 school year. Positions that are open are: President, Treasurer, Vice President of Fundraising and Vice President of Membership. Please contact Susan Horejsi with your interest.

Join us for a Parent Get Together on Thursday, February 16 from 6:00 -7:30 pm at IVA. Bring an appetizer to share and we will provide the drinks. Can’t bring an appetizer? We’ve been there! Come anyways! This is a time to get to know your school and the parents of your student’s friends. 
Thanks & Praise
Thank you to Alice Killian and Anne Cheatham for chairing the Winter Dance and all the parent volunteers that helped to make it a great success! 
100 in 100 Campaign for IVA: An Epic Journey!
This is so cool you guys! Luke Larson is seeking sponsorship for his climb up Mount Kilimanjaro as a way to contribute to our IVA fundraiser (he departs Feb 9th)! If you have not yet participated in the 100 in 100 Fund Drive yet, you can donate a flat rate or an amount per 1,000 feet climbed (the summit is 19,341 feet)! Contact Luke or the office to sign up. 
No One Eats Alone Day
The Event Planning Club is celebrating "No One Eats Alone Day" on February 10th at lunchtime, outside in the Foxes' Corner! Join them and eat lunch with someone new! See Jade, Emerald, or Aileen for more information.
Canned Food Drive
The Community Service Club is hosting a food drive to benefit the Long Beach Rescue Mission, with a goal of collecting 300 non-perishable food items by March 3rd. See Isaac for more information.
PTSA FITathon and Community Wellness Fair
Save the Date! Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the parking lot of IVA.
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 sibling applications!
February 23rd is our STUDENT CHOICE Info Night from 6:30 to 8:00. This event is led by IVA Student Leaders for incoming students. Parents are welcome to drop off their kiddos and pick them back up at 8:00pm. Learn more about tours and info nights here

Siblings - please apply! If your sibling is planning to attend IVA in 2017-18, he/she is exempt from lottery, but please apply via our application process here.
Volunteers Are Our Heros!
IVA is clearing junipers on Elm Ave. between 36th and 37th to improve the aesthetics of the entry area. Not only are we creating more room around the entrance, but we’re also creating a beautiful native plant garden.

Got juniper up-cycling ideas?
Students and families are welcome to take juniper scrap to turn them into something awesome! The IVA Green Team has a space reserved at the EXPO gallery for First Fridays on April 7, and your creation may be displayed during the event. Contact Jui for more info.
Athletics: Basketball
  • Scrimmage TODAY against The Academy at IVA at 3:30!
  • Practice at IVA Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30
  • Game #5 February 22 at 4:00 at Para Los Ninos (835 Stanford Avenue, LA 90021)
  • Carpool sign-up here!
Athletics: Soccer
  • Informational meeting next Friday, Feb 17 at lunch in RM 113
  • Rolling tryouts February 23, March 2, March 9 at IVA from 1:00-2:00
  • Practices begin the week of March 27
Athletics: Track & Field
  • Informational meeting Friday, March 10 at lunch in RM 113
  • Practices begin week of March 20
  • Weekend meets begin in April
> Questions regarding any athletics, please contact Ms. McAdams
Join your friends and bring your family on Thursday, February 9 to Souplantation (4720 Candlewood St, Lakewood) for our next FUNraiser!  Eat at The Lakewood Souplantation between 12-9pm and 30% of all meals with a drink purchased will be donated back to support IVA!  Be sure to bring a flyer with you! 
Mark these dates
Feb 8 - Talent Show Auditions
Feb 9 - FUNraiser at Souplantation
Feb 10 - IVA Science Fair

Feb 14 - 7th Grade Holocaust Museum Field Trip
Feb 15 - Foxy Friends Free Dress Day (date change)
Feb 16 - PTSA meeting
Feb 16 - Mandatory Dress Rehearsal for Talent Show
Feb 17 - IVA Talent Show 
Feb 23 - Student Information Night

For Club meeting dates, click here
 This week at IVA
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