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Notes from the Dragon Cave

From the Desk of Schuba...


Did you know nearly five percent of Isabella Bird Community School students arrive to school tardy each morning? On Wednesday, Dec. 4, more than 40 of our students were marked tardy. Oh, no. Houston, we have a problem.

Problems with Tardiness and Frequent Early Sign-Outs

Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education on truancy and tardiness reveal school attendance is a major factor when it comes to academic success and student behavior. Students who consistently miss school hours develop habits affecting their education, career opportunities, and social connections. These habits continue into their adult life.

Help Your Students Avoid Tardiness

The morning hours of the school day are when students are most attentive. Students marked tardy miss out on classroom meetings, where they gather important information about the day, and the chance to connect with friends and classmates. Tardiness also causes disruption among peers and teachers. Help your students(s) avoid tardiness with these reminders:

  • Classrooms open to students at 7:45 a.m.

  • The first morning bell rings at 7:55 a.m. as a cue for students to head toward their classrooms.

  • Students not in their classroom by 8 a.m. are marked tardy.

Note: The Cafeteria is not staffed until 7:30 a.m; only students eating breakfast should be at school this early.

Individual school attendance and tardy letters will be sent home to families prior to winter break. If you need assistance or support, please contact school psychologist, Dr. Beth Sanford at 720-423-9924.

~ Schuba

For questions or conversation, reach out to Schuba via email ( or phone 720-423-9900.


Take Action....

GET THE APP: Never Miss Another School-Related Communication

84 percent of IBCS families are connected to classroom and school-wide communications through the newly adapted communication platform, School Deets. Less than 90 families remain unconnected. Get the app on your mobile device today! Teachers are actively using the platform to share classroom updates and announcements, pictures and reminders. Visit the Google Play or iTunes Stores to download the app. For assistance connecting, contact the IBCS Communications Team.

Food Drive Sign-up We’re hosting a holiday-themed food drive to benefit families within our community. Consider donating what you can. Items need to be dropped off at Izzi B. in the Main Office by end of the school day on Tuesday, Dec. 11. You and your students are also invited and encouraged to attend the following day on Wednesday, Dec. 12 after school, to help organize and pack up donated items for delivery. Thank you in advance! Visit to sign up.

Izzi B.'s Holiday Giving Tree

If you took a tag from the IBCS Giving Tree, please deliver purchased and wrapped items, along with the corresponding gift tag number on the outside of the package, to the Main Office no later than Wednesday, Dec. 12. For questions, please contact School Secretary, Alexis Walker.


What's Going on With...

All Cultures Night 2018

We’re quickly approaching the date for one of the best-attended community events at Isabella Bird Community School - All Cultures Night. Join us, Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30-7 p.m., for our fourth annual event. This is a time for us to break bread with our friends and neighbors. It is an evening to try new foods and meet new people. Each family brings one dish representing their country of origin or a family favorite. We set up the Community Room by courses - appetizers and salads, vegetarian dishes, meat dishes and best of all, desserts. Please make time to join us! For questions, contact ELS Teacher, Kim Hundley.

Stapleton Neighborhood Art Studio: Penguin Art Camp Wondering what to do with the kids while they’re home on Winter Break? How about registering your 4-12-year-olds for Stapleton Neighborhood Art Studio’s Penguin Art Camp? During camp, kids will discover the natural habitat of penguins, while creating spectacular 3D diagrams to take home. You can register for one or two days. The cost is $65 for one day, or $120 for two days; 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to Izzi B. Camp is Monday, Jan. 7 and Tuesday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Morning snack is included. Please pack a lunch each day (no nuts). To register, visit


Mark Your Calendars...

  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 8:15-9:15 a.m.: Classroom Liaison Meeting

  • Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.: All Cultures Night

  • Friday, Dec. 14, 8:15-9:15 a.m.: Coffee & Conversation

  • Friday, Dec. 21 - Jan. 4, All Day: No School (Winter Break)

  • Monday, Jan. 7 and Tuesday, Jan. 8, All Day: No School (Professional Development Days)


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