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Notes from the Dragon Cave

From the Desk of Schuba...

Isabella Bird Families and Friends,

Parent Teacher Conferences are almost complete and we hope families have enjoyed the evening schedule this year. The best part is you have a wonderful fall break Oct. 17-22.

Our Cafeteria Staff are an amazing bunch who work hard to produce home-cooked meals for our students every day. Denver Public Schools has changed its lunch policy this year, which means our school must pay for all UNPAID lunch charges. This change could have a huge impact on our budget. Currently, IBCS has $1,000 in unpaid meals. I will reach out directly to families with unpaid balances and remind parents to submit payment as soon as possible. Payment can be submitted via DPS' Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recently launched School Café. A detailed flier provides an overview of the new system and step-by-step directions for accessing payment information, menus and more. If you have questions or need help, please contact Food and Nutrition Services via email, or phone 720-423-5600.

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


Take Action....

TONIGHT Dine & Donate: Esters

Join your IBCS friends, teachers and staff, Monday, Oct. 14, 5- 9 p.m., for a night out at Esters in Oneida Park. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of the evening's profits to Izzi B. Esters is located at 2201 Oneida St. For questions, contact Fundraising Co-Chair and Izzi B. Parent, Tricia Houston.

Food for Final Night of Fall Conferences

This year, we are serving up food to show teachers love during their after-school conferences. Let's work together to contribute snacks, dinner items, and treats for the final day of conferences, Wednesday, Oct. 16. Sign-up here. Please label any gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free items - these options are very much appreciated by our staff. Let's show our amazing educators our gratitude and appreciation!

Fall Exploratories Volunteers Needed

The Fall session of Exploratories begins Friday, Oct. 25, and will run for eight Fridays, 1:40-2:30 p.m. (10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20). Exploratories provide opportunities for students to learn about a topic of interest from an expert. 3rd-5th graders participate in the fall session, and will have a variety of topics from which to choose. To keep class sizes reasonable, it is crucial we provide a large number of options. Exploratories are led by a combination of commercial (paid) vendors, school staff, and parent volunteers. We are in need of additional volunteers to assist with several Exploratories, including: Bluff Lake Nature Center to walk with staff and students to/from the nature center, board games and stop-motion movie creation (materials provided). All that is required is a quick, free DPS background check. Please find sign-up options online via the volunteering calendar available at For questions, please contact IBCS Parent and Exploratories Committee Chair, Michael McMurray. Thank you for helping enrich the educational experience of Izzi B. kids!

What's Going on With...

School Volunteer Background Check

IBCS loves our volunteers! If you're volunteering in the classroom, attending a field trip, or participating in another child-facing activity, you'll need to have a DPS-issued and -approved background check on file with IBCS' Front Office. Complete a background check by visiting DPS' Family and Community Engagement web page and following the prompts. Background checks are good for 3-years. For questions, contact DPS' Volunteer Services at 720-423-3002 or via email:


Save the Date...

Well Managed Schools Information Night at IBCS

Are you interested in learning more about our Well Managed Schools program? IBCS invites you and your child(ren) to join us Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5:30-7 p.m., for an opportunity to practice these life skills together. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate and build connections with other families. Snacks and drinks provided.

IBCS Spirit Week

**Dates corrected**

Show your Izzi B. Spirit the week of Monday, Oct. 28. Below are daily themes for students to show their IBCS love.

  • Monday, Oct. 28: Favorite Sports Team Day – Wear something representing your favorite sports team.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 29: Tacky Tuesday – Wear a mismatched assortment of clothing, accessories and hair styles.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: Decade Day – Show spirit for your favorite decade! Some ideas: Poodle skirts for the 50’s, Hippie for the 60’s, Disco for the 70’s, Neon for the 80’s etc.

  • Thursday, Oct. 31: Costume Day **(Starting at 1:30 p.m.)** Please do not send your student to school wearing their costume. All students have the opportunity to change into their costumes beginning at 1:30 p.m. for the parade.

  • Friday, Nov. 1: Pajama Day! Wear your favorite pair of jammies! Be sure to wear rubber soled shoes, too!

Northfield High School Hosts Festive Event

Join Northfield High School’s HOSA Club for a spooktacular evening on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m., at the high school. HalloweenTOWN will be decked out with games, candy and music in the gym. Just $4 for a ton of fun!

IBCS Annual Costume Parade

Izzi B. will host our annual Costume Parade on Thursday, Oct. 31, beginning at 2 p.m. All visitors should line up on the playground along the parade route. The parade is led by our ECE students and works it’s way up to our 5th graders!



IBCS' FRCR Call for Costume Donations

The FCRC is in need of new and/or gently used costumes, sizes 6-14. Donations can be dropped off with Joannie in the Front Office now through Wednesday, Oct. 30. For questions, please contact Izzi B. Parent and Volunteer, Susan Lorimor.

Golden Sky Mango House

Mango House is a shared space for refugee services, and houses international food stalls, and was recently featured in Denver's 5280 Magazine. The Golden Sky food stall is owned by one of our Newcomer families new to our school this year. On Thursday, Nov. 7, 5-8 p.m., let's enjoy a delicious Asian dinner there to show this family of four a warm welcome by supporting their food stall and building friendships. While you're there, show some love to the other food stall families from Nepal, Somalia, Syria, and Burma. The tasty food and sweet hospitality will not disappoint! Mango House is located at 10180 E. Colfax, Aurora. Please RSVP if you can attend. For questions, please contact IBCS Parent and Volunteer, Tina Lin.


Mark Your Calendars...

  • Monday, Oct. 14, 5-9 p.m.: Dine & Donate at Esters (Oneida Park location)

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 3:30-7:30 p.m.: Teacher/Student/Parent Conferences

  • Thursday, Oct. 17 - Tuesday, Oct. 22, All Day: No School

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

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 3:15-4:30 p.m.: Sports in the Park (at Hidden Brook)

  • Monday, Oct. 28 - Friday, Nov. 1: Spirit Week (themes vary by day)

  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 2-2:45 p.m.: Izzi B. Annual Costume Parade


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