Notes from the Dragon Cave

From the Desk of Schuba...


Dear Izzi B. Family and Friends,


In this season of gratitude, I am so grateful to lead a school deeply rooted in compassion, generosity and gratitude. The plentiful food drive for our Backpack Program, well-attended community dinner at Mango House, motivating Girls on the Run® program, and now the fifth grade project to support newcomer students by providing toys for children...IBCS' wide-spread devotion fills me with optimism and delight as we care for one another, and for those within our larger community.


After the upcoming Fall Break, IBCS will welcome The Denver Children’s Advocacy Center’s (DCAC) Safe from the Start prevention program to our school. This program further advances IBCS' commitment to our students by focusing on safety and prevention of child sexual abuse through a curriculum from the nationally renowned Committee for Children. Safe from the Start offers five, 20-minute lessons, for grades ECE-fifth. Facilitated by licensed professionals, lessons are available in English and Spanish, and will be provided for all school staff and parents on safety, prevention and child abuse. We'll share more about this program in the coming weeks.


In Gratitude,


Lisa Schuba

Isabella Bird Community School Principal


For questions or conversation, reach out to Schuba, via email lisa_schuba@dpsk12.org or phone 720-423-9900.

Take Action...


DPS Transportation +Passes for Bus Riders

To provide safe transportation of all IBCS students who ride DPS buses, the District's transportation office is re-issuing +Pass identification cards. These cards ensure bus drivers, and school staff and leadership, are able to clearly identify bus-riding eligibility among students. All students are required to have passes when entering and exiting the bus. New passes will be color-coded according to morning and afternoon bus routes; this will help your student locate their appropriate bus, as well. Old +Passes can be returned to the IBCS Main Office. If you need a replacement +Pass, please work with IBCS Office Staff to submit the appropriate request form. Important: Please remind your student(s) to have his/her +Pass with them on days they ride the bus. Passes are non-transferable and should only be used by the student the pass is issued to. Please submit questions to transportation@dpsk12.org.


Classroom Volunteer Calendar

An hour in an IBCS classroom could make all the difference for our students. Visit the Council website for the quick and easy-to-use volunteer sign-up calendar to pick the day you're able to offer teacher support and assistance. If you'd prefer not to volunteer in your child's classroom, there are additional opportunities available using this calendar. To volunteer at Izzi B., you must complete a background check online. Background checks are valid for 3-years. You can do it online - its quick and painless!


Have Your Questions Answered at Next Coffee & Conversation

Our next Coffee & Conversation is Friday, Nov 22, 8:15-9:15 a.m., in the Library. If you have specific questions or suggested topics of discussion, please send them email to ibcscommunications@gmail.com and share. In addition to your questions, IBCS Leadership will provide updates and status of the IBCS Innovation Plan, as well as details on Well-Managed Schools. Coffee & Conversation is a monthly gathering hosted by IBCS Leadership to discuss organic topics of interest among our community.


What's Going on With...


IBCS Thanksgiving Luncheon

Our Annual IBCS Thanksgiving Luncheon is this Thursday. If you did not purchase meal tickets, you are still invited to come and sit with your students during their luncheon time.

Luncheon Schedule:

  • ECE & 3rd Grade: 10:45-11:30 a.m.

  • Kinder & 4th Grade: 11:35 a.m. -12:20 p.m.

  • 2nd Grade: 12:25-1:10 p.m.

  • 1st Grade & 5th Grade: 1:15-2 p.m.

For questions about the Luncheon, contact the Main Office at 720-423-9900.


On Your Mark, Get Set...IBCS Girls on the Run

This fall, 23-students, in grades three, four and five, took part in the internationally-acclaimed Girls on the Run® (GOTR) program. The group met twice each week this fall to practice life-lessons, including the value of relationships and team work, inner vs. outer beauty, compromise and support, all while training for a 5k run. The 5k took place over the weekend at Empower Field at Mile High. Congratulations to all Girls on the Run participants! Fall 2019 GOTR Participants: Sophia Becze, Aria Biviano, Quinn Brush, Keira Butler, Iris Flege, Quinn Grant, Katie Haltiner, Ava Jakubcin, Virginia "Ginny" Jensen, Alice Kuck, Elsie Leach, Vera Martin-Allshouse, Lukogo "Grace" Matabishi, Antonella Mogollon-Soterani, Ella Nettleton, Lila Parker, Leeaira Pulsipher, Juliya Rothstein, Lila Rowley, Harper Sheldon, Blake Slater, Sophie Walczak and Zoe Williams. Sign-up for the spring season of Girls on the Run begins in February.


Save the Date...


Denver Green School Northfield to Visit IBCS

Isabella Bird is officially the largest feeder of students to Denver Green School Northfield (DGS). To learn more about DGS' middle school model, make plans to attend a presentation given by DGS Northfield's representatives, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the IBCS Cafeteria. Fifth-grade students will see a similar presentation during the school day. If you are interested in attending the evening presentation, or if you would like to schedule a tour of DGS Northfield, complete a sign-up.


Mark Your Calendars...


  • Thursday, Nov. 21, Times vary (see above): IBCS Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 8:15-9:15 a.m.: Coffee and Conversation

  • Nov. 25-29, All Day: No School (Fall Break)

  • Monday, Dec. 2, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Board Meeting

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5:30-7 p.m.: Fundraising Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5-9 p.m.: Dine & Donate: MOD Pizza

  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 5:30-7 p.m.: All Cultures Night

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

  • Monday, Dec. 23 – Friday, Jan. 3, All Day: No School (Winter Break)

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