IVA News, Edition 28
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Thirteen of our students (Evelyn, Sam, Izzy, and Ivy not pictured) presented their projects at the LA County Science Fair last Friday!
LA County Science Fair
On March 24, thirteen IVA students participated in the Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair in Pasadena, CA. Students from all over Los Angeles County participated to present their projects to the science community. Our participants were Evelyn Lutz, Ben Dirghalli, Agnes Volland, Jack Irwin, Joshua Hill, Timothy Zhang, Clio Goodwin, Ivy Goodwin, Eden del Valle, Samantha Martinez, Izzy Espinoza, Kathryn Lowe, and Corrinne Hoban. 

All IVA students that participated will receive recognition medals for their hard work and dedication to science and engineering. Corrine Hoban was recognized with an Honorable Mention in Chemistry and Jack Irwin was recognized with an Honorable Mention Special Award from the "Professional Engineers California Government.” We’re glad students were able to think like scientists and participate in the scientific community. 
PTSA Fit-a-Thon Prizes
Wed Mar 29: In-N-Out lunch for participants who raised $200 or more
Fri Mar 31: Free dress and Yogurtland party for Fit-a-Thon winners at lunch
Mon Apr 10: In-N-Out lunch with Mrs. Bryant for Fit-a-Thon top winners 

Not sure if you are eligible for these prizes?  A list will be posted in the office. Thanks for all your fitathon support!
Broadway Musical Revue
Save the date! On Saturday, April 29th we are pleased to present two performances of IVA's first Broadway Musical Revue at 4:00 and 7:30. Join us to see performances from favorite Broadway musicals like Matilda, Newsies, Hair, Hamilton, and many more! 
From the Office: 6th Grade TDAP Immunization Due May 1
Dear 6th Graders,

Please submit evidence of your TDAP immunization by Monday, May 1!
2 Ways to Submit Your TDAP Immunization:
1. Attach document and send to
2. Bring hardcopy to the IVA office 

*Note: children may receive the TDAP as early as age 10. Check your immunization record to see if your TDAP is up-to-date!
Read more about TDAP requirements here (scroll to the bottom of the page)
Principal Update
Thank you families for your input!! 

114 Families completed our mid year survey and 25 families took the extra time to help us think about our budget for next year through the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Survey. There are a few more hours left for your feedback. We will announce what we've learned from the surveys next week and our goals as a faculty for continued improvement after our staff has time to look at all of the comments together this week. 

If you haven't already - take our parent survey by midnight tonight!

With only 11 weeks of school left we hope that you do feel connected, are contacting teachers with concerns, and are comfortable using Illuminate to check on your kids progress.
Your Opinion Matters
Each year, every IVA teacher and staff member read the results and feedback from the midyear survey together in order to evaluate and adjust our practices. The midyear survey also gives us the data we use for charter renewal and communication with our community partners.
Take Parent Survey Now
Fundraising Update: PTSA and IVA
Our PTSA's Fit-A-Thon was a huge success - it was a great community event and we met our goal of $20,000! Thank you students and families for reaching out to our larger community to sponsor and support what we are doing at IVA. These funds directly support enrichment and support for students with planners, yearbooks, field trips, classroom enrichment funds, dances and activities. Thank you to our PTSA and all of our families for making these enrichments possible. 

Our IVA middle school has annual fundraising needs of $60,000 to maintain small class size and our counselor's position, both of which are fundamental to the social and emotional health of students and personalized learning of our school mission. We are getting a lot of help from one of our parents, 6th grade Noe's mom Wendy, at putting into practice our board approved Fund Development Plan. This support, along with a generous donation, has allowed us to hire additional temporary staff to put best fundraising practices into place.

Funds Raised toward our Annual $60,000 so far: $46,000!*
$16,000 - IVA Board Members
$7,000 - IVA special Gala Event
$10,000 - Donation from John Templeton Foundation (who helped open the school)
$13,000 - 100 in 100 Family Giving Campaign (and donations from Luke's Mount Kilimanjaro Climb)

The giving has been so very generous!! IVA has only $14,000 left to raise this year. We are continuing to seek grant writing and will be doing one more "send us all your change" campaign in a few weeks. Dear families, if you are connected to corporate donations please contact Serena in the office. 

*We have also received generous donations to continue our summer pedagogy seminar training and much-needed administrative support. Thank you, thank you families!

Taxes and Donations
Please contact Serena Buie, our Community Liaison if you have not received a tax deductible receipt for a donation from the 2015-2016 year.
Make Your Donation Now
PTSA FUNraiser
Jr. Mex Take Out located at 3401 Cherry Ave (Cherry/Wardlow)
Wednesday, April 5th from 10:30am - 9:00pm
Must show flyer and IVA will receive 15-20% back.  
The more we eat, the more money we raise!
This is good on TAKE OUT orders only.
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, Vice President of Membership and Secretary. Please contact Susan Horejsi with your interest.

Current nominations: Rebecca Irwin - President, Dana Stump - VP of Membership, Holly Luedee - Secretary, VP of Fundraising - Lorie Tannourji, Treasurer - Jennifer van der Fluit
Did you know? 
If your child forgets to bring lunch and you have a Choicelunch account, your child may request an emergency lunch any day of the week. Your account will be charged for the price of the lunch plus a small fee. If you do not want your child to request an emergency lunch, please adjust your preferences on the Choicelunch website.
Volunteers Needed!
A few volunteers are needed to help during lunch with the Yogurtland Fit-a-thon reward this Friday, March 31st at noon. Please contact Janet Watt if you can help.
6th or 7th grade parent(s) are needed to chair the 8th grade promotion ceremony. 8th grade promotion is on June 15th at 1:30. Chair will help coordinate the day of promotion. Please contact Judy Hunter to volunteer or get more information.
First Fridays
IVA Green Team, also known as Evergreens, invites you to First Fridays community event on April 7 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. We will be exhibiting in the EXPO Arts Center, located at 4321 Atlantic Ave.

We’ll have:
1) Juniper wood up-cycled arts and crafts from IVA’s current landscaping project on Elm St. (we’ve named it “Foxes Native Garden”)
2) Wood / paper / plastic up-cycling craft workshop with Green Team students
3) A collection of student’s artwork from Ms. Denis' 7th grade art class

Arts & crafts are available for purchase and all proceeds go toward Foxes Native Garden. Wanna help? Contact Jui Ishida (Misha’s mom/ Evergreen advisor) for more info.
Athletics: Soccer
  • Practices at IVA Tuesday 3:30-5:00 and Thursdays 1:00-2:30
  • Mark your calendars for Fri, May 19 and May 26 for competitions
  • $30 registration for the season, cash or check (made out to IVA) payable to the front office or Ms. McAdams
Athletics: Track & Field
  • Practices have begun Mon / Wed 3:30-4:45 at IVA (please contact Ms. McAdams if you cannot attend practices)
  • Our very first meet is Sat, Apr 1 at 9:00 am at Notre Dame High School (14839 Van Ness Avenue Gardena 90249)
  • $30 registration for the season cash or check (made out to IVA) payable to the front office or Ms. McAdams
Mark these dates
Sat, Apr 1 - Track Meet
Wed, Apr 5 - Jr. Mex take-out FUNraiser 
Fri, Apr 7 - First Friday
Fri, Apr 28 - Spring Dance
Sat, Apr 29 - IVA Broadway Review
Mon, May 1 - TDAP due
Wed, May 19 - Soccer match
Wed, May 26 - Soccer match
for club meetings, click here
8th grade Promotion Activities: Mark your Calendars
Fri, Jun 2 - Game Night  
Thu, Jun 8 - Pool Day at 1:00
Fri, Jun 9 - 8th grade dance at 6:00
Thu, Jun 15 - Promotion at 1:30 at IVA 
 This week at IVA
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