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Notes from the Dragon Cave

From the Desk of Schuba...

As you may already know, this school year at IBCS we've implemented “Well Managed Schools” to create positive school culture and well-managed classrooms. To achieve these initiatives, each of us - leadership, staff, teachers and students - are accountable for following clearly communicated and demonstrated, school-wide behavioral expectations.

In this Notes from the Dragon Cave's leadership message, Kevin Ross, IBCS physical education teacher, shares his perspective on the roll-out and progress of Well Managed Schools.

With Isabella Bird since it opened, I have seen various types of behaviors among students and am witness to how unexpected moments can trigger these behaviors. This year, with the implementation of Well Managed Schools, I can honestly say it is the smoothest start to a school year I have ever had. As a SPECIALs teacher, I have never felt more connected to all classroom teachers than I do this year. Students can finally see we are on the same team given our common school-wide language and constant check-ins upon drop-off and pick-up of students.

With Well Managed Schools, students know what to expect before they make transitions around the building because of the way our teachers deliver directions. There is no confusion about what needs to be done and how, and this makes students feel safe. I see more joy in my classroom as students feel safe and know what to expect; they feel more comfortable and fully-engaged in what is happening and less worry about what’s coming next.

Learning and implementing this process has significantly improved my teaching and classroom-management. I enjoy seeing my students grow from this experience. There is a sense of relief in my classroom when students know and understand the expectations and trust it is a calm and safe learning environment.

For questions or conversation about Well Managed Schools, reach out to Schuba via email or phone 720-423-9900.


Take Action....

TONIGHT Dine & Donate: Next Door, Reminder to RSVP

Hangout, grab good food and enjoy your Izzi B. friends and classmates tonight, 5-9 p.m., at Next Door (10155 East 29th Drive). The restaurant will donate 25 percent of the check total back to our school (this excludes gift card sales and to-go orders). Together we can raise funds to support our community. Be sure to RSVP. For questions, contact Fundraising Co-Chair and Izzi B. Parent, Tricia Houston.

Widen Your Student's Access to Reading Resources

The IBCS Library is hosting a community event this Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:30-7 p.m. All students have an Overdrive account through DPS where THOUSANDS of e-books, audio books and Read-alongs are available with a simple sign-on. Attend the event to learn more about this amazing resource. Assistance with School Deets, IBCS' school-wide communication platform, is also available during this event. See the September school calendar for more information. Childcare is provided. For questions, email Library Para, Andrea Rothstein.


What's Going on With...

Ignite Your Child's Imagination: Stapleton United Neighbors VISION Event

Stapleton United Neighbors has partnered with champions for children in our community to launch an inaugural VISION event to support families with children ages 8-18-years-old in imagining the possibilities for their futures. Join a commUNITY of parents and children and get ready to time travel into the future. This inactive experience on Saturday, Oct. 12, 9-10:30 a.m., at Denver Green School Northfield Campus (5677 N. Galena St.), will equip you and your child with the tools and dispositions needed to build brilliance across the globe to transform the world. Space is limited; please register at More information about the free event, including an agenda and pre-work, is available online.


Save the Date...

You're Invited: September Coffee & Conversation 9/20

Each month, the IBCS Leadership Team hosts a small, intimate, meeting with our community to discuss "trending-now" topics related to school culture and practices, curriculum, etc. Make plans to join us, this Friday, Sept. 20, 8:15-9:15 a.m., for our first Coffee & Conversation of the school year. For questions, contact Tabetha Ross, IBCS dean of operations.


In Pictures...

IBCS Garden

The beauty and bountiful harvest of our school garden is undeniable. For questions about the garden, curriculum, or to provide assistance with garden-related activities, please text IBCS Parent and Volunteer, Sarah Lopez, at 720-335-8435.


Mark Your Calendars...

  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:30-7 p.m.: Community Library Event: Overdrive, School Deets

  • Friday, Sept. 20, 8:15-9:15 a.m.: Coffee & Conversation

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, All Day: Picture Day

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 3:30-5 p.m.: Brave Coalition Book Study Group

  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.: New Family Happy Hour (Los Chingones)

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

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.: Fundraising Committee Meeting

  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Meeting (Community meeting)


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