Week of the Child and Candiate Bios

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

From the Desk of Laura Glaab...​​​​

Kim, one of our ESL teachers, organized an amazing Week of the Child this week! Her theme was Book Love and, I’m sure you can assume, I was a huge fan!!! There is nothing like spending time with excited kids reading fabulous books. Here are some highlights:

  • We delivered milk and cookies on Pajama Day. Actually, our school was overrun with principal interviews and parents came to the rescue. Students were stoked about a couple of Oreos and reading under dimmed lights. We even served the Queen for the Day in Andy’s class. (Side note: we almost were too overwhelmed and cancelled this. WE ARE SO GLAD WE DIDN’T! We’ll be using this motivation as other events come during the remainder of the year.)

  • At Outdoor Drop Everything And Read,  students positioned themselves in the grass and on benches and ledges. They silently enjoyed the one day we had with good weather and great books. Teachers enjoyed students curled up in the grass and alive with the adventures books provide.

  • Haley, our third grade paraprofessional, co-hosted two assemblies with Izzi, the dragon mascot, and a few fifth graders. We watched videos about Reading Superpowers and The Summer of Reading Program at the library. We danced The Cha Cha Slide and sang along to some of our favorite songs.

  • Spirit Week was alive and well this week. My personal favorite will always be Izzi B Day! However, Mathlete vs. Athlete is becoming a fast favorite. Thanks to all the parents invested in making these looks happen!

  • If you pass by the Library, you will see teachers’ favorite books on display - some from teachers' childhoods. If you ask Andrea, she might even show you her “Reading Rainbow”- esque video book recommendations from students in every grade!

  • A week celebrating children and books is about as good as it gets for me. I’d say it can’t get any better, but I just remembered: we are following this up with Writer’s Workshop from five authors on May 17 for grades 3-5.

A long time ago, I asked if we could make this the year of the book, do you think we’re getting close?

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

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Council Board Elections, Candidate Bios

Council Board will welcome to new parent members for the 18-19 school year. The following Izzi B parents are interested in joining the Board. Please review the candidates bios and plan to attend our next Council Meeting, Thursday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m., to meet the candidates in person and place your votes. The newest board members will be announced in next week's Notes from the Dragon Cave.

Michael McMurray

I was born in Cali, Colombia; grew up in Texas and lived in Seattle and California before moving to Denver almost eight years ago. Career-wise, I am an Assistant Professor at the nearby Anschutz Medical Campus, where I run a research lab and train PhD students. Family-wise, I am the father of two current Izzi B students, a fifth-grader who is headed to middle school next year, and an ECE4-er who will be in kindergarten here next year. We became an Izzi B family in 2014, and my wife, Tania and I have devoted much of our time to the school in the last four years. I have spent many hours volunteering in classrooms and at school events, leading Exploratories, attending Council Meetings, attending Heart Talk and Equity workshops, acting as a Classroom Liaison, and working on the Exploratories and Grant Writing committees. I believe that in that that time I’ve developed an understanding of what works and doesn’t work in terms of cultivating a sense of community in our school, and an appreciation for all the disparate voices that need to be heard in our community, including which ones need additional attention in making sure they’re heard. I am a highly empathetic person who is able to appreciate multiple perspectives that may differ from my own, and I also have a drive to get things done effectively and efficiently, which I think are valuable qualities for the Council Board. I truly enjoy employing my experience and skills toward helping our school, and I believe that serving on the Council Board would be an effective way to do so.

Anna Moon

My daughter started Kindergarten at Izzi B in 2016 and I continue to be very impressed by both the staff and school community. In particular, I love the inclusive culture and the social-emotional focus found here. I'm interested in serving on the Council Board to help the school as it grows and matures. I would like to use my background in business and engineering to provide input on planning future initiatives and finding additional resources. Izzi B has been a wonderful place for my daughter and I want to contribute my skills to help it become even better.

Brad Dolian

I’m the proud father of two children (Emma, 1st Grade and Nick, ECE) in the IBCS Community. I am originally from Connecticut, I graduated from Duke University and I have been living in Denver with my wife, Lauren, since 2006. Professionally, I've been in marketing for 14 years, with a heavy focus on mobile, digital and innovation. I currently manage social media, online banners and mobile for Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops. In addition, I am currently working on a personal side project to launch a new direct-to-consumer product that will be sold online. I am interested in the role of council board member for a number of reasons. First, I have been very pleased with our Izzi B experience thus far and I feel it has a very strong foundation of teachers, parents and values to build upon. Further, I believe in the mission and its guiding principles align with my beliefs and what I strive to instill in my children. I believe the school is at an important inflection point and I would like to play my part, in conjunction with feedback from the broader community, in giving back and helping to shape its' future. Our family has not been with the school since inception and I view this as an opportunity for new, and objective, thinking. In addition to a fresh perspective, the fact that I am a male would also bring added diversity to the council. Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to reach out to me personally with thoughts or questions.

Kenda Keenan

I have two children here, Jasper in kindergarten and Evan in 4th grade. We have been privileged to be a part of this amazing school community since the very first year when we were only four classrooms with 87 students. In the years since then, I have had the opportunity to be involved at Izzi B in many different ways. I have been on the Auction Committee and the Liaison Committee (which I co-chair this year), given many school tours, and even worked in the Office our first year in the building. I was also on the Council Board for two years and then served as Council Board Co-chair and have been a part of multiple hiring committees. In addition to volunteering at school, I work part time as a Gallery Teacher and Adult Guide at the Clyfford Still Museum downtown. I am dedicated to supporting our staff and I see so many amazing things happening at our school, and such potential for growth! I believe deeply in the mission and vision of Isabella Bird Community School and in an inclusive community where all our families feel welcomed, and all our children are engaged, learning and making discoveries every day. 

Traci Lacheta In 2013, I introduced myself to the school leaders and immediately followed up with the question, “How can I help?” and I have continued to ask that question of our community weekly for the last five years. It has been my pleasure to serve Izzi B as both the Fundraising Chair and in several behind the scenes projects. In addition to being a wife, the parent of both a fourth grader and first grader, I work full time as the Director of Special Projects at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. At work, I dedicate myself to supporting teachers and school leaders in service of students. As a council board member, I will bring both my parent and professional perspective to inform what is best for our community and ultimately each of our kids. Our school represents a truly diverse community of students, educators, and parents who want the absolute best learning experience for each child and are not afraid to improve until that goal is achieved. As a founding parent who gave the thumbs up to becoming an Innovation School, I commit to honoring the school’s mission while embracing the new ideas and systems this community needs to grow and make every child and adult feel included and welcome.

Donor Perfect

Izzi B is in the process of launching a new donation platform, Donor Perfect. Please take two minutes and click on the form below to input the credit card donation. We will be shutting off the SimpleGive system at the end of May. Thank you again for your generosity!! http://bit.ly/2Hf0jEZ. Please Direct Giving Committee Co-Chair and Izzi B Parent, Tricia Houston, if you run into any issues. Thank you for supporting our school, the monthly donations go so far in helping us keep our school running efficiently throughout the year.

All Library Books are Due SOON!

We are entering our final weeks of school, which means it’s time to close our library book collection to checkouts and start getting them back on our shelves! After Friday, May 11, no more books will be checked out to students or staff. Notices will go home with students the following week. Please help your student look for lost books in the car, under their bed or even mixed in with your own book collection at home. Every student who returns all their books will receive a small gift from me, Izzi B Library Para, Andrea Rothstein! We currently have 897 books home with Izzi B students. This is about $13,000 worth of books. I plan to track and celebrate the return of each one of these books as we finish out the year! Stay turned each week with an update! For questions, please contact Andrea.

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Isabella Bird Principal Candidate Bios

Bios of the two finalists for the position of Isabella Bird Principal are included below. We hope to announce the name of our school's future leader in next week's edition of Notes from the Dragon Cave.

Laura Glaab

For the last two years, I’ve had the remarkable opportunity of serving the Izzi B community as an assistant principal. My reputation has been that I’m the person you go to when you need something done. However, the reason I work as hard as I do and follow-through with fierce dedication is because I love the school I serve.  In the last two years, I’ve contributed a lot to our community. With teachers, I’ve served as a coach, partner, support-person, co-planner, professional development provider and classroom coordinator. For students, I’ve improved systems around behavior, data, learning opportunities and school events. Parents have partnered with me on volunteering, fundraising, student support, hiring and helping this school reach its full potential. Isabella Bird Community School has come a long way, in part, due to my contributions. I’m dedicated to being the next principal and continuing to move Izzi B towards being a home providing a loving and rigorous education for everyone in our community. Prior to serving the unique and illuminating students of Isabella Bird, I served a variety of other communities.

As a teacher, I worked in Jordan, Colorado, India and Texas. I’ve taught various grade levels and I’ve used a myriad of curriculums. I’ve taught at schools serving students identified as English Language Learners and Gifted and Talented. I’ve educated students from down the street and across the globe. Teaching was a passion of mine and I loved the classroom. After years working as a teacher, I turned to leadership hoping to serve and inspire teachers and students. I received a Master’s Degree from Stanford University in Policy Organization and Leadership Studies. I also served as an assistant principal to a middle school in Houston, Texas that was six blocks from my home there. I’ve been all over the world and, at Isabella Bird Community School, I’ve found home. The obvious contributions I’ve given to Izzi B include bringing authors and planning events. I’m our Spanish and Arabic speaker.

I love books and I love working for a diverse population. However, the subtle, discreet ways I’ve supported Izzi B is where my talent and creativity truly lies. The changes I’ve developed behind the scenes are the lasting improvements that will serve our students and school beyond this moment in time. I believe in continuing our work around social emotional learning. My heart is attached to our educators fighting to enhance opportunities for all students. The work at Isabella Bird Community School begins and ends with relationships. I feel incredibly fortunate that this community has brought me into the fold and allowed me to connect to the staff, students and families. In return, I now look forward to strengthening everything between our relationships and truly creating a school for every learner, myself included.