From the Desk of Schuba...
One of the five major initiatives of Isabella Bird Community School's Culture and Equity Team is to provide opportunities for our students to learn about the race and culture of others. Together with this team, we have arranged for Denver's Mizel Museum to bring their exhibit, “Bridges of Cultural Understanding” to our school. This specific exhibit focuses on the Rites of Passage in six different cultures - African, Asian, Latino, Jewish, Muslim and Native American.
The exhibit was set-up in the Library this last week, and will remain there for three weeks. During this time, an educator from the Museum will provide instruction to all ECE-Fifth Grade classes on Fridays. Community Families are invited to explore the exhibit, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday. A sign-up sheet is provided on the Library door. Additional resources are available at https://mizelmuseum.org/educator-resources/. Extension activities connect to reading, writing, social justice and art.
For questions or conversation, reach out to Schuba via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone at 720-423-9900.
Discovery Link Summer Camp Sign up
Join us for Discovery Link Summer Camp at Izzi B., June 10 - Aug. 2. We will provide awesome field trips, STEM projects, active learning, and enrichment programs! Online registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 5 at discoverylink.dpsk12.org/summer-registration/.
Inclement Weather Reminders
Outdoor Recess: Students have outdoor recess so long as the real-feel temperature is 20 degrees or above.
Inside Dismissal: When temperatures drop below 20 degrees, ECE-Fifth Grade is dismissed from the gym (on the east side of the building).
Inclement weather-related communications are sent via School Deets app. If you’re not currently using School Deets, visit schooldeets.com or install the mobile app on your smartphone (86 percent of IBCS parents/guardians are using the platform). For questions or assistance with School Deets, email email@example.com.
2019-2020 IBCS School Calendar Feedback
As an Innovation School, we have oversight of our school year calendar. Help determine the dates of breaks, conferences and more by reviewing and providing feedback on the two versions currently on the table. Review versions No. 1 and No. 2, as well as the 2019/2020 District calendar and provide your feedback via email to Schuba, Caleb and/or Tabetha. Preference among teachers and IBCS parents/guardians in attendance at the Jan. 17 Council Meeting was overwhelmingly in favor of calendar No. 1. The selected calendar will be shared at the February Council Meeting.
Izzi B. Canned Food Drive
We're collecting canned goods and dry goods to contribute to our food pantry and sustain our Backpack Program now through the end of the school year. Suggested donations include:
Canned vegetables, dried beans, fruit canned in its own juices, applesauce, canned soups, beef stew, canned tuna, canned chicken, 100 percent fruit juices, pasta, rice, condiments (like ketchup and salad dressing), multigrain and low-sugar cereals, and granola bars.
Donations can be delivered to the Main Office or in grade-level pods. Alternatively, if you would like to give cash or check, please make your check payable to Isabella Bird Community School Council. Thank you for your help!
What's Going on With...
Give Kids a Smile
Great opportunities for students who don't have dental insurance: KIND is hosting its annual Give Kids a Smile event, Friday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being (3401 Eudora St., 80207). At the event, uninsured children receive free dental services, including exams, cleanings, e-rays, fluoride, sealants with possible fillings and extractions. For more information, visit https://kindsmiles.org/give-kids-a-smile-day-2019/. To make an appointment, call 720-619-5333.
Girls on the Run: Runners and Coaches Needed
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity for your daughter, in grades 3-5, to join their classmates as they participate in Girls on the Run. The group meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 10-weeks beginning Thursday, March 7, 3-4:30 p.m., on the Izzi B. baseball diamond, with access to the gym and/or the 1st/2nd grade pod in case of inclement weather. Registration opens Monday, Feb. 4. Two coaches are needed who are willing to lead (we do have a few substitute coaches, if needed). No running experience is necessary, just a desire to spend quality-time with an amazing group of girls! Through organization-provided lessons and materials, you’ll help encourage body-positivity, provide education on healthy lifestyles and, most important, have FUN! All materials and lessons are provided. To take part in this amazing experience or for more information, visit www.girlsontherunrockies.org, or email Izzi B. Special Education Teacher, Liz Becze, or call her at 720-341-7245.
Northfield High School Jr Poms Camp
Boys and girls, Kindergarten-8th Grade, are invited to attend Northfield High School’s (NHS) Junior Poms Camp, Monday, Feb. 4, 4-7 p.m. All participants will perform at the varsity basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 5. Registration is $50, and includes a t-shirt and snack. Pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Your Calendars...
Monday, Jan. 28, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Board Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6-7:15 p.m.: Gifted & Talented Information Night
Friday, Feb 1, All Day: No School (Professional Development Day)
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Fundraising Committee Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Family Literacy Night
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8:15-9:15 a.m.: Liaison Committee Meeting
Friday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m.: Round 1 SchoolChoice Window Closes
Monday, Feb. 18, All Day: No School (President’s Day)
Tuesday, Feb. 19, All Day: No School (President’s Day)