Yearbooks, Field Trips and Promotion Events
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Yearbook Orders Due

You'll find out when you get your yearbook! Yearbooks are $20 each and pre-order & payments are required by this Friday, May 13th.

Drop Off / Pick Up 

Today pick-up and drop-off of IVA students will occur off Elm Avenue.  This change is temporary to protect a female Mallard duck who recently created a nest and laid her eggs on campus.  We are currently researching and awaiting guidance from Long Beach Animal Control on how to preserve and protect this particular form of wildlife.  In the meantime, we ask that all IVA students be encouraged to respect the space of both the duck and her nest.

Parent Academy

All Parents are invited to attend our final Parent Academy of the school year:

Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 pm

This will be an opportunity for parents to intellectually explore ideas together. It will be a Principal Advisory where you are invited into a conversation that is modeled after our student's Advisories.  

Advisories at IVA are guided with three guidelines - they should have a big question (normally how or why), a thinking routine (or way to facilitate exploration together so the group can seek understanding instead of a lecture or show-and-tell, and a text (article, video, or podcast that goes along with the question). 

Parents! Please RSVP on Facebook or by calling the main office. Feel free to bring a friend! Both current and incoming families are welcome. For more details see the Principal's letter below. 


Thu, May 12 - Fun Thursday - frozen juice pouches for $1.00!

Sun, May 15 - New Student Ice Cream Social led by Student Leaders 3:30 pm 

Mon, May 16 - 6th Grade Field Trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Permission slips available in Illuminate next week.

Wed, May 18th - 6th grade art student Field Trip to Long Beach Main Library*

Thu, May 19 - PTSA General Meeting at 6:00 pm

Thu, May 19 - Parent Academy at 6:30 pm

Fri, May 20 - 8th Grade Field Trip to the Great Wall of Los Angeles and Autry Museum of the American West. Permission slips available in Illuminate next week.

Fri, May 20 - 7th grade art student Field Trip to Long Beach Main Library*

Thu, May 24 - Open House 6:30 pm

Fri, May 27 - Second Annual Staff v Student Soccer Match

Mon, May 30 - Memorial Day, no school

Thu, Jun 2 - 8th Grade Pool Day at the Petroleum Club, 1:00-5:00 pm

Fri, Jun 3 - New Student Beach Day led by Student Leaders, 5:30pm-7:00pm 

Mon, Jun 6 - 6th and 7th graders to Getty Museum

Thu, Jun 9 - 8th Grade Beach Day at the Leeway Sailing Center, departing IVA at 10 am

Fri, Jun 10 - 8th Grade Dance, dinner will be served at 6:00 pm

Wed, Jun 15 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 6:00 pm

*These field trips depend on volunteer support. Please email Ms. Denis if you're willing to attend.

For CLUB meetings click here

From the Office
Vision and hearing screening is mandatory for 8th graders in California. We will finish our screenings on Wednesday, May 11. If the nurse finds any issue that merits referral, you will receive a written notice.

Thank you for turning in Tdaps or communicating your plans to see your doctor this month.
Friday Lunch for Sale
Friday's Menu: Tortas with milanesa, grilled chicken, turkey or carnitas + chips. Lunches are Prepaid only. On Thursdays after school, at the black gate, we will collect $5.00.
From Our Principal
Our final Parent Academy of the year is going to be a Principal's Advisory, modeled after our student's advisories. It should be a fun and thoughtful exploration with other parents and staff who wonder the same thing. 

Big Question: *What is the best parent-school relationship? 

Thinking Routine: 3-2-1 Bridge (ask your students what this thinking routine is)

Texts: Data from teachers about their correspondence time & Student and Parent Responses from the Mid Year Survey - specifically about accessing resources.

*It should be noted that we will not be directed to a correct answer or solution to this question! As you well know, the parent-school relations is a process, not a product. And this process is complex and dynamic - shifting to meet the context. 

Mrs. Bryant - Where does your question come from?
I will explain more about what brought me to this question at the event but it's important for all of our stakeholders to know that this question has been of great importance to me the last few years when I stepped outside of the classroom and into this role. I am trained and experienced in supporting teachers and students - but how do I best support parents to connect to the school? This problem is one that sadly isn't a problem in many schools, one reason for this could be that there is little expectation or path for parent connection. 

What happens at school doesn't translate to home so easily. 
Our students and staff are here learning together all day long and this direct communication can be so helpful. We know that our kids then go home to their parents and in response to your queries explain that, "nothing happened today in class" or "of course there is no homework." Parent - how hard is it to get answers from your child? How hard is it to navigate the variety of ways that teachers communicate with kids through Illuminate, Google Classrooms, email... these communications are designed for students but where does that leave parents? 

So many emails. 
Our teachers have reported that in general 50% of their job is taken in teaching, 20% in lesson planning and grading, and 30% in emailing parents. If this level of parent email is unsustainable or taking time from teachers to work directly with students, then where does that leave parents? As a staff we have revisited this question in the last few years and have made many adjustments to attempt to address this including the information we give or publish on the website, newsletter updates, handouts on Home Thinking, a Family Guide to Supporting Students, and Parent Academies like our POW night - but we need and welcome you to help us think more about this question. 

If you are coming looking for quick and easy answers you will be frustrated - we say this to students in class too! This question is appropriately complex and dynamic. School allows us to be challenged to make sense of beautifully complex information - we are not just memorizing facts to take a test, we are seeking to understand how knowledge impacts our lives and our world. We are in the a human growth and development business of encouraging patterns of thinking and learning that takes time to develop and will stick with our students for the rest of their lives. Come to join us in a passionate pursuit that will help us seek understanding of this school system challenge and to do so in a thoughtful, supportive environment where we can develop our adult culture of thinking together. 

To learn and live well, 
Student Leaders

Ice Cream Social:
Fri, May 6 - Student Leader Lunch Meeting in the Foxes' Corner
Wed, May 11 - Student Leader Training 3:30 to 5:00pm
Sun, May 15 - Ice Cream Social at Los Cerritos Park 3:00 to 4:30pm

Beach Day at Mother’s Beach:
Mon, May 23 - Student Leader Training 3:30 to 5:00pm
Wed, June 1 - Student Leader Training in Rec Center 3:30 to 5:00pm
Fri, June 3 - Beach Day at Mother's Beach 4:00 to 5:30pm

8th Graders // Promotion Speech Auditions:
Thu, May 12 - Written speeches due to the front office
Fri, May 13 Notification of speeches to continue to Round 2
Mon, May 16 - Speeches delivered before a panel of judges after school
Wed, May 18 - 3 Students notified of selection
Tue, June 14 - Dress Rehearsal for 3 selected speeches after school

Final 2016 General Meeting
Our PTSA General Meeting is at 6:00 pm on Thu, May 19th. This is our last meeting for the school year and we will be voting on the 2016-2017 PTSA board.
Yearbook order forms went home with students on Monday. Yearbooks are $20 each and pre-order & payments are required by this Friday, May 13th. PTSA will not have extra yearbooks available if you do not pre-order. 
8th Grade Promotion is on Wed, June 15th at 6:00 pm in the IVA Social Hall. Detailed information went home with students on Monday regarding the promotion and other events for 8th graders. Please review, sign and return all necessary forms to the office by Friday. 

Spirit Wear pick-up is at RedEye Media [3550 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90807] if you did not choose to have your order mailed. Call RedEye Media with questions: (562) 896-3080.
Track & Field
Team picture in the plaza after school on Thursday. Wear your jersey!

Practices Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm and Thursdays from 1:00-2:30pm

Second annual staff vs. student championship game on Friday, May 27th. Time and location TBD.
Connect with IVA faculty!
Staff: We have five dedicated staff members at IVA!
Jacquie Bryant, Principal -
Amos Mikaele, Counselor -
Danielle Montiel, Program Administrator -
Diana Bosetti, Admin Assistant -
Natasha Garcia, Admin Assistant -

Send in Notice of Absences:

Teachers: We have 10 amazing teachers at IVA!
Bob Geminder, Math -
Claudia Campos, Science -
Angel Cutno, Music and Interpersonal Comm. -
Sabine Deeble, German 1-2 -
Roberta Denis, Art and English 6 -
Chris Fountain, History -
Jana McAdams, Physical Education and Math 6 -
Ian McCurry, English and History 6 -
Cari Noble, Math and Science 6 -
Adam Rodriguez, PE 6 and 8 -

Our board chairman welcomes your questions and concerns.
Dr. Eric Churchill,
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