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Notes from the Dragon Cave

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

From the Desk of Schuba...

Dear Izzi B. Family and Friends,

Just a reminder, this Friday, Jan. 31, is a student-release day (No School) to allow IBCS Staff time to analyze mid-year student assessment data and plan for instructional next steps among collaborative teams. Additionally, GT Teacher, Rebecca Mercer, and Fourth Grade Teacher, Noelle Reeves, our math specialists, will run a math workshop for staff.

In other news, new educational research recommends students spend more time engaged in "productive struggle" throughout the day. What is productive struggle, you ask? Productive struggle is the focus of effortful learning to develop grit and creative problem-solving skills. When students face challenging problems they don’t immediately know how to solve, we don’t want them to give up; we want them to engage in making connections to things they already know, think creatively and attempt different avenues toward developing solutions, and ultimately, to stretch their brains and thinking! Productive struggle is a focus of the greater DPS community.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Principal Schuba

Isabella Bird Community School Principal

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


Take Action...

2020-2021 Calendar Proposal, Votes Needed

At this month's Council Meeting, the proposed calendar for the 2020-2021 school year was shared; please see the slides presented and reviewed. In the presentation, you will find the approved 2020-2021 DPS school calendar, data collected from staff and the proposed 2020-2021 Izzi B. calendar. You can scan the QR code on the last slide, or complete the survey online. Feedback from the community is accepted through THIS Thursday, Jan. 30. If you have questions, please e-mail Tabetha Ross, IBCS dean of operations.

King Soopers Community Rewards Program

When you connect your King Soopers loyalty card number to IBCS, you make fundraising easy. IBCS receives a quarterly sum of money from King Soopers. To link your loyalty rewards number, follow these quick and easy steps:

1. Log into your King Soopers accoun via

2. Click on "My Account" and select "Community Rewards."

3. Add IBCS Council - Isabella Bird Community School OR our organization number: CC756

4. DONE. The next time you shop, look at the bottom of your receipt and it will show your contribution to IBCS.

The more community members who do this, the more fundraising dollars IBCS receives. This program applies to all Kroger-owned stores, including City Market, Ralphs, Dillons, Fry's and Harris Teeter. Ask grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends, etc. to participate in the program. For questions, contact IBCS Parent and Fundraising Co-Chair, Tricia Houston.


What's Going on With...

Girls on the Run Registration, Spring Dates

International program, Girls on the Run (GOTR), inspires girls in elementary grades 3-5 to a lifetime of empowerment and self-confidence. If your daughter is interested in learning positive life-skills, while training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race, consider signing her up for GOTR. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m.; the first session is Tuesday, March 3. Registration opens Monday, Feb. 3. For in-depth program information and/or to register, visit For questions, contact IBCS Special Education Teacher and GOTR Site Coordinator, Liz Becze ( or 720-341-7245).

DPS Whole Child Supports

DPS provides free vision, hearing and dental screenings for all students in identified elementary grades (ECE, kindergarten, first, second, third and fifth). The screenings are NOT an assessment or evaluation, nor do they replace professional exams. IBCS students in the identified grades will receive these screenings on one of the following dates: Feb. 6, 7, 10 and 11. Please contact School Nurse, Gay Lynn Olsen ( or 720-423-9915), with questions, or if you wish to refuse any of these free screenings for your student.

Neighborhood Art Studio Wants to Entertain Your Kids THIS FRIDAY

No school this Friday, means searching for entertainment for your kiddo(s). Look no further than Neighborhood Art Studio. They're hosting a Groundhog Day camp for IBCS students, and when you sign up, 10 percent of your registration fee back to the school. There are half-day and full-day options: morning session registration / afternoon session registration. If you want the full day option, be sure to register for BOTH the morning and afternoon session. For questions, contact Neighborhood Art Studio at

720-536-5790 or visit for more information.


Save the Date

Dine & Donate: HashTAG

Join your Izzi B. friends at Stapleton Eastbridge's HashTAG (10155 E. 29th Dr., Ste, 120), for breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and/or Wednesday, Jan. 29. 15 percent of proceeds on these days will be donated to the school. Take-out orders do apply. Review HashTAG's menu. See you there!

Scholastic Book Fair: Let's go WILD for Books!

Elephants, Tigers and BOOKS, oh my! Join us, Feb. 11, 3-7 p.m., and Feb. 13, 3-7 p.m.,

in Room 212 for a Book Fair Jungle during the Izzi B. Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences! We'll host a GRAND event with students and invited guests on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. -12:25 p.m. - more information coming! Room 212 will be transformed into a reading Jungle filled with books and gifts for all reading-levels for families to purchase to add to their own collections at home. The Izzi B. Library receives nearly 60 percent of proceeds to purchase new Scholastic books to add to our still-growing library collection! This Fall, we broke ANOTHER record sales amount giving our Library more than $5,000 in book money. Woohoo! Everybody loves new books and more great reads!

How You Can Help Make our Fair a Success:

Scholastic Book Fairs are run by volunteers and everyone can help! This event is family-friendly and a great way to volunteer with your student. All adult volunteers receive a $5 gift certificate to be used on any $20 purchase at our book fair! Sign-up to volunteer.

Not Able to Attend the Fair:

Bummer, you will be missed during all the fun. You can still order books and gifts through our Online Book Fair! Beyond having a larger selection than what can fit into our Library, the prices are the same and shipping to your home is FREE! Online sales also go toward helping our Library grow. The Izzi B. ONLINE book fair is OPEN Sunday, Feb. 2, through Saturday, Feb. 15.

For questions about the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair, contact IBCS Library Para, Andrea Rothstein.


Mark Your Calendars...

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Dine & Donate: Hashtag

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Dine & Donate: Hashtag

  • Friday, Jan. 31, All Day: No School (Professional Development Day)

  • Monday, Feb. 3, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Board Meeting

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7 p.m.: Fundraising Committee Meeting

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 3-7 p.m.: Jungle Theme Scholastic Book Fair

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 3-7 p.m.: Jungle Theme Scholastic Book Fair

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 3:30-7:30 p.m.: Teacher-Student-Parent Conferences

  • Friday, Feb. 14, All Day: No School (Teacher Comp Day)

  • Monday, Feb. 17, All Day: No School (President's Day)

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Meeting


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