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Notes from the Dragon Cave

From the Desk of Schuba...

The staff and I want to personally remind you about our upcoming Council Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. These open forums are integral to our innovation plan and mission/vision created by our founding families. Please mark your calendars because we need you! Two important agenda topics for discussion and review:

  • The School Performance Framework (SPF) 2018 Results. The SPF is similar to a report card for schools. It measures process and opportunities related to support of student growth, achievement and service. It also provides essential feedback for those of us in leadership roles, helping us to focus on strengths and where improvement is needed. To review Isabella Bird Community School’s 2018 SPF report, visit At Izzi B, we believe what is most important is not where kids start, but how much they grow.

  • Revised 2018-2019 Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) and Fundraising Re-Prioritization. The Education Accountability Act of 2009 requires Colorado districts and schools to create an annual improvement plan to advance student learning and system effectiveness. To construct an effective UIP for Isabella Bird for the 2018-2019 school year, we’ll consider as a group what changes, if any, need to be made within our current fundraising priorities.

We looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming Council Meeting! Childcare is provided.

~ Schuba

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


Take Action....

TOMORROW Deadline to Purchase Thanksgiving Luncheon Tickets

IBCS’ annual made-from-scratch hot Thanksgiving lunch is Thursday, Nov. 15 in the school cafeteria. You must have a ticket to attend. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Oct. 29; No tickets will be sold after this date. Ticket order forms were sent home earlier this month. If you did receive the order form, call Alexis Walker in the Front Office. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for non-IBCS students; IBCS enrolled students will eat according to their eligibility status ($2.25 is the cost for a student mail and can be paid for at the cafeteria register with cash or student ID number). Note: If you would like to join us for the luncheon and need a scholarship, please complete the ticket order form, check the ‘Request a scholarship’ box and return the form to the Main Office.

REALGiving Campaign for Thanksgiving

The 9th Annual REALGiving Campaign in Stapleton is underway to provide King Soopers gift cards to families in need at Thanksgiving. Last year, Stapleton-area Realtors, lenders, friends, Forest City and The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities raised $13,500 within the community and local school food pantries. This year, the need has increased to 185+ families at IBCS and other neighborhood schools, including Swigert, Westerly Creek, Bill Roberts, McAuiffe, Denver Discovery, Northfield and Ashley Elementary. We are asking for your donation to help us purchase King Soopers gift cards with a minimum value of $70 for the identified families. To donate, visit On the donation page, enter your information and scroll down for donation package details. Donations are tax deductible. Gift cards will be loaded with available funds on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and delivered to schools for distribution to families before the holiday break. Thanks to the Westerly Creek PTA for powering the secure giving site to allow you to donate via credit card! For more info and updates please visit the REALGiving Facebook page.


What's Going on With...

IBCS Annual Auction

Friday, March 15th @ 6:00 PM

Hangar at Stanley Marketplace

Dust off your legwarmers and crimp your hair for this year's Back to the 80's Auction! Complete with dinner, drinks, dancing, live and silent auctions, this year's event will be bigger than ever before. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available Jan. 15. Preparations are well underway, but we always need additional volunteers for this massive endeavor! Contact Auction Co-Chairs, Lauren Dolian or Ashley Williams to find out how you can help. Have an item, gift card, or experience to donate to the cause? Contact Auction Acquisitions Leads, Chad and Esther Pinther.


Save the Date...

Halloween Parade

Students are invited to participate in Izzi B.’s Annual Halloween Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Students can bring their costumes to school and change into them just prior to the start of the parade. Important Reminder: No weapons, blood or scary masks.

Parenting Safe Children Workshop

Keep kids safe from sexual assault on Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-5 p.m., at Westerly Creek Elementary School (WCE). WCE is hosting Feather Berkower and her powerful workshop, Parenting Safe Children, to teach us how to make our community “off limits” to sexual predators. In four hours, you’ll learn body-safety rules, communication tools, caregiver screening, spotting grooming techniques, and more. Affordable childcare is available and advanced payment is required to reserve your spot. Get all the details and register today at Note: This important workshop is open to everyone; please invite family, friends, and neighbors to attend with you.

November Dine & Donate

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Isabella Bird. Come in to Chipotle at 7400 E. 29th Ave. in Stapleton on Monday, Nov. 5, 5-9 p.m. Bring the flyer (sent home with students last week), show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure 33 percent of the proceeds are donated to Isabella Bird. The fundraiser applies to all eat-in, take-out and online orders.


Mark Your Calendars...

  • Monday, Oct. 29: All Day: Spirit Week - Hat Day

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30: All Day: Spirit Week - Favorite Sports Team Day

  • Wednesday, Oct. 31: All Day: Spirit Week - Costume Day (Annual Costume Parade begins at 2 p.m.)

  • Thursday, Nov. 1: All Day: Spirit Week - Pajama Day

  • Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.: Council Meeting

  • Friday, Nov. 2: All Day: Spirit Week - Izzi B Gear Day

  • Monday, Nov. 5, 5-9 p.m.: Dine & Donate: Chipotle

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Fundraising Meeting

  • Friday, Nov. 9, All Day: No School (in observance of Veteran’s Day)


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