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Notes from the Dragon Cave

Updated: Apr 22, 2019

From the Desk of Schuba...

Save the date and join us today, April 22 - April 26, for five fun-filled, themed days to celebrate of our youngest learners! The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities.

Week of the Child/Unity Day/Spirit Week:

  • Monday, April 22: Unity Day assembly with school-wide sing along and group photo / Wear Izzi B. Gear or Blue and Green Day

  • Tuesday, April 23: Read-in on the playground / Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Day

  • Wednesday, April 24: Group murals in the pods / Dress Like a Friend/Twin Day

  • Thursday, April 25: Mix it up at lunch and sit with a new friend / Wear Funny Socks

  • Friday, April 26: 5-Minute Dance Party in the Pod and School Dance, 5-6:30 p.m. / Wear Hawaiian-themed Clothing Day

Mark Your Calendars: Dinner and Diversity

The Culture and Equity Team is hosting our one and only Dinner and Diversity meeting this year on May 2, 5:30-7 p.m. The topic of conversation is RACE. We are working on welcoming a special guest, and would love to have IBCS families attend. We value our diversity, and want to do all we can to make our school an inclusive space.


Principal Schuba

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


Take Action....

19/20 Council Spend Suggestions, May Voting Process

Council Board and Leadership are now soliciting suggestions for 19/20 Council-spend (this is separate from the DPS-allocated IBCS budget). Ideas previously generated include:

  • Family Community Resource Center funding

  • Diversity and inclusion programming

  • Parent/guardian education

  • Community events

  • IBCS “Book Room”

  • Spanish and STEAMS after-school programming

  • Student scholarships

  • Paraprofessionals

  • Outdoor tables

  • Transportation and translation funding

  • Student-specific activities and celebrations

  • Classroom literacy fund

  • IBCS Staff professional development and team-building activities

  • IBCS building upkeep and maintenance

  • Professional grant-writing

If you have additional ideas you would like added to this list, please send them to Ideas will be presented at the Thursday, May 9 Council Meeting. Those in attendance at the meeting receive 4-stickers to vote for their top priorities. After votes are tallied, top items are funded at the predetermined budget or the total of dollars raised. For questions, contact the IBCS Council Treasurers.


What's Going on With...

Call for Council Board Members

Two Parent-Council Board positions become available next month. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board, complete and submit the Council Board Interest Form. Those in attendance at the Thursday, May 9 Council Meeting will vote to elect two parents. Council Board serves as Isabella Bird’s sounding board for our community and assists all committees. The Board includes five community-elected parents and three IBCS staff-elected teacher; Schuba and Caleb also serve on the Board. Each position, with the exception of Leadership, is a two-year commitment. Please send questions and inquiries to


Save the Date

Dine & Donate: Mici Handcrafted Italian

Join us TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 23, 3:30-8:30 p.m. for a Dine & Donate night at Mici's Handcrafted Italian in Stapleton. Dine-in, delivery and carry-out are all included. Mention Izzi B. when you order or include our school name in the notes, if you order online. 20 percent is donated back to the school!

School Dance

Join us for a Beach Party-themed school dance on Friday, April 26, 5-6:30 p.m., in the cafeteria!! Leis and beach balls are sold, as well as snacks. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This is an event the entire family can enjoy! Purchase your tickets ahead of time at and skip the line! Tickets are $1 each.

Author Visits

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson will be at Hallett Academy, Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7 p.m., for an event sponsored by The Bookies. Tickets are free. No doubt she is a favorite author of many of our students. Learn more at via the event website.

Ben Clanton

Ben Clanton, author of the Narwhal and Jelly books, will be at Central Library on Saturday, May 4, 2-3 p.m. No tickets required. Get more information via the event website.

Isabella Bird Fun Run

IBCS’ First Annual Community Fun Run is May 8-17; each day includes 15-minute character-building sessions for students. An all-school prep rally is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, while the actual run is Friday, May 17, 8:15-10:30 a.m. on the Izzi B. Soccer Field. All IBCS community members are encouraged to attend. Stay tuned for more information.


Mark Your Calendars...

  • Monday, April 22 - Friday, April 26: Week of the Child / Spirit Week

  • Monday, April 22: Wear Izzi B. Gear or Blue and Green Spirit Day

  • Tuesday, April 23: Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Spirit Day

  • Tuesday, April 23, 3:30-8:30 p.m.: Dine & Donate at Mici's Handcrafted Italian

  • Wednesday, April 24: Dress Like a Friend/Twin Spirit Day

  • Thursday, April 25: Wear Funny Socks Spirit Day

  • Friday, April 26: Wear Hawaiian-themed Clothing Spirit Day

  • Friday, April 26, 8:15-9:15 a.m.: Coffee & Conversation

  • Friday, April 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Family Meeting at Hidden Brook

  • Friday, April 26, 5-6:30 p.m.: School Dance

  • Monday, April 29, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Board Meeting

  • Wednesday, May 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Fundraising Committee Meeting

  • Monday, May 6, All Day: No school for Students (PD for staff)

  • Wednesday, May 8, 8:15-9:15 p.m.: Classroom Liaison Committee Meeting

  • Monday, May 27, All Day: No School (Memorial Day)

  • Friday, May 31, 8-11:30 a.m.: Last Day of Schoo


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