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Notes from the Dragon Cave

From the Desk of Schuba...

Happy New Year! IBCS staff and administration want to thank you for two full-days of professional development last week.

What constitutes professional development?

When people use the term professional development (PD), they usually mean a formal process, such as a conference, seminar or workshop for collaborative learning among members of a work team; or a course at a college or university. PD can also occur in informal contexts, such as discussions among work colleagues, independent reading and research, observations of a colleague’s work, or other learning from a peer.

How did IBCS staff use January PD?

  • To provide input and conduct conversations regarding the IBCS 2019-20129 Academic Calendar.

  • To pre-plan math units from Bridges Math Curriculum with the support of our DPS math partner, Linda Miller.

  • To complete discipline training with our district partner, Michael Sykes, and his team.

  • To conduct backward-design planning for our 3rd-5th grade rigorous Language Arts Curriculum with our district partner, Jill Syvret. “EL Language Arts” curriculum is a comprehensive, standards-based, core literacy program engaging teachers and students through compelling, real-world content, and building equitable and inclusive learning opportunities for all students.

  • To complete inquiry-based learning through an ongoing book study.

~ Schuba

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


Take Action....

January Council Meeting

Please mark your calendar and join us for our January Council Meeting this Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. Your participation is an essential element of our school's Innovation Plan and what sets us apart as a true "Community School." To learn more about our Innovation status, read our Innovation Plan.

Izzi B is taking it Back to the 80’s!

Discounted pre-sale tickets to our largest adults-only fundraising and IBCS celebration event of the year go on sale on tomorrow, TUESDAY, Jan. 15. Tickets are $50 until Saturday, Feb. 16, when the price increases to $60 per ticket. Your ticket purchase includes dinner, drinks and live music, plus access to bid on tons of awesome auction items. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT IBCS!

Check out - the Annual Auction hub for all important details, like ticket-purchasing, auction preview (including pre-event bidding) and other fun event details as the date nears. Class Basket signups are also live. Please consider contributing; these community-curated baskets are auctioned off at the event! View signups here!

It’s Influenza Time

Influenza has arrived in Colorado and at Izzi B. If you and/or your children haven't received a flu vaccine, considering doing so.

Soft Room Donations

IBCS is in the process of creating a Soft Room for our students with special needs. To ensure the room meets the needs of these students, Special Education Teacher, Liz Becze, is collecting essential items, including bean bags, pillows, plush books and puzzles. Please sign-up for donations, if you’re able to provide. For questions, contact Liz Becze.


What's Going on With...

Neighborhood Art Studio

What to do with your kids when school is out of session? Sign them up for a camp at the Neighborhood Art Studio. The studio has all DPS days-off covered through the end of the year and are offering 20 percent back to school PTA organizations (at IBCS, we say "Council") for each. The next session is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., when school is out in observance of MLK Day. Visit the website to learn more.

School Deets Updates

A sleeker and savvier web-based School Deets awaits all users!. Now with the same efficiency and ease as the newly released mobile app, the web version streamlines school-to-home communication through:

  • A centralized dashboard display of all posts shared with you.

  • A clutter-free top navigation menu with drop-down options.

If you’re not currently using School Deets, visit or install the mobile app on your smartphone today. Never miss another school-to-home communication again. For questions or assistance with School Deets, email



Literacy Night: Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

You’re invited! Please join us for an informative night to learn about literacy, the types of literacy activities your children engage in at school, and strategies to help your child at home. Choose two sessions to attend from the following four presentations:

  • A book talk about resources for your children

  • Grades K-2 literacy, activities, and strategies to support at home

  • Grades 3-5 literacy, activities, and strategies to support at home

  • Dyslexia

Each session is estimated to be approximately 45-minutes, with a 15-minute transition time between sessions. Please let Caleb know if you have any questions.


Mark Your Calendars...

  • Monday, Jan. 14, 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Culture and Equity Committee Meeting

  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, A ll Day: DPS School Choice Window Opens

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Fundraising Committee Meeting

  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Meeting

  • Monday, Jan. 21, All Day: No School (MLK Day)

  • Friday, Jan. 25, 8:15-9:15 a.m.: Coffee & Conversation

  • Friday, Jan. 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Family Meeting at Hidden Brook

  • Monday, Jan. 28, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Board Meeting


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