Happy 2019! We hope you had an enjoyable, yet restful winter break. Now that we're back and ready to kick-off the new year, we're looking forward to start the year anew. With this in mind, we hope you consider supporting our school with the various events and fundraisers we have staged for this half of the year. More importantly, this year is critical to see new faces support the PTA. Stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer or lead various events and fundraisers, and in particular the PTA Board. In the meantime, let's make this a great year!
Although November brings a short month with the holidays (Veteran's day and week-long Thanksgiving break), this month gives you the opportunity to meet with your teacher and discuss your child's progress. Your teacher will be in contact with you to sign up for an appointment. Take advantage of the time to ask questions such as:
Your teacher knows your child best in the academic setting. Partnering with your teacher and developing a plan will allow you to help your child progress academically and socially. We have a great teaching community; know you can always schedule appointments as needed or send an email to check in. If you have time in your schedule, check in with your teacher to see if there are any volunteer opportunities in the classroom.
During Parent-Teacher Conference week (November 9, 13-16), please be sure to stop by the library and support the book fair. It's a great opportunity to find a reward your child, purchase books on your teacher's wish list, and shop for the holiday season. More importantly, it's a great opportunity to meet our fabulous librarian, Mrs. Vesper! Proceeds benefit our library.
Locally owned and operated by one of our very own IV School families, Kyle's Kitchen provides a concept near and dear to their heart. Offering delicious meals based on Kyle's favorite foods, you can't go wrong if you get the hamburgers or salads. =) Support your school, local business, and fellow IV School family by participating in today's fundraiser. Kyle's Kitchen was recently named Best Restaurant in Goleta in the Independent. Congrats!!
We have the potential to earn up to 35% of the sales. Grab a bite to eat, purchase gift cards, or order a corporate lunch, today's the day to make it count. The holiday season is right around the corner... Spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues. Simply show your hard copy flyer or your e-flyer.
Thank you for supporting our school. We hope to beat our fellow elementary schools (Brandon, Foothill, and Kellogg) to earn the schoolwide ice cream party!
New to the 2018-19 school year, we're pleased to launch TOTEM, an online system to register as a PTA member with our school. For only $6, your membership not only supports our school, but it supports the California State PTA initiatives and programs. Having attended a PTA conference a couple weeks ago, it was an eye opener to realize what happens at the State PTA level. Here are additional benefits to join the PTA.
At the school level, a PTA membership means you have a vote on what happens at our school, you have intel/input of how monies are spent during the school year, and more importantly, you support our school. Our PTA has been in existence for almost 30 years and we continue to provide the programs our predecessors started. We also seek to provide interesting topics, fun events, and behind-the-scene ways to support our school.
Should you have any questions about the PTA, please don't hesitate to contact the IV PTA Board.
Isla Vista School is grateful to have UCSB's Arts & Lectures Department as a generous benefactor and community partner to provide us an exciting cultural program every year. This FREE program allows our children to enjoy an assembly during the day; the whole family can enjoy a performance in the evening. Where else can you get a free concert? Check out this year's lineup!
You don't have to understand Spanish or know the artist to listen to live music and passionate artists. This is a great community event that draws everyone from IV School families and students to the local community. Refreshments are provided at the end of the performance (while supplies last).
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is a collaboration between UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, Isla Vista School, and The Marjorie Luke Theatre.
Family Fiesta Night is PTA's first social event of the year! It's been a long-standing tradition to hold an event to kick-off the school year. We don't hold it on the same night as Back to School Night because so much happens that evening. As such, this standalone event holds its own. Highlights for this event include:
Whether you pit stop to pick up food, stay for 30 minutes, or stay for the entire event, your presence will show our new Principal how IV School's spirt and how we roll. =) We hope you enjoy this event!
IV PTA's first major fundraiser of the year is Axxess! Purchasing this membership allows you to take advantage of some great deals in Santa Barbara County. Offers go beyond the County; you can purchase theme park tickets at a discount. One of their best kept secrets is using Axxess to purchase movie tickets.
If you're an avid golfer, enjoy the wineries/breweries, or like to try restaurants in town, your Axxess membership will pay itself off in a snap! Buy one for your family, sell them to your colleagues and friends, and see if your company is willing to purchase as a holiday gift or raffle prize. It doesn't hurt until you ask!
The more Axxess memberships we sell, the more money your PTA earns to support our awesome school. Santa Barbara Axxess earns $13/membership and Ventura Axxess yields $10/membership.
This year marks Axxess' 20th anniversary edition. For more information, visit: http://www.sbaxxess.com/.
As most of our families know, our school (Sixth Grade team) hosted weekly Friday Ice Cream. The purpose of this fundraiser is for sixth grade parents to earn funds to minimize out-of-pocket costs for camp. Our sixth grade students also have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours.
In recent years, it has been challenging to fill in sixth grade parent volunteer slots. The demand for ice cream every week only increased! Fellow parent, Laurel Wilder, PTA Secretary, Jog-a-thon Coordinator, and all around volunteer, introduced Kona Ice as a possible option. We piloted the Kona Ice truck in May 2018; it was a HUGE success earning 30% of the sales. The Kona Ice owner said this was the largest sales he has ever seen from an elementary school in one event!
The Sixth Grade team decided to change gears this year, offering "Frozen Friday" once a month instead of Friday Ice Cream on a weekly basis. This change will alleviate the stress in finding weekly parent volunteers (fingers crossed).
Will Friday Ice Cream return? Possibly, but it all lies in your hands. These events cannot happen without volunteers. If a weekly event is something we should partake in once again, we need to rely on the upper grade level as this fundraiser lies in their hands.
In the meantime, enjoy Frozen Friday on September 14!
For most of our Seahawk families, IV School will be home for seven years; in some cases eight if your child is in Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Please consider volunteering time at the school and with your PTA. We appreciate any and all helping, ranging from "behind the scenes" to "outgoing leaders" to help support our endeavors. Visit the Committee page and check out our vacancies. If you're interested in a particular committee even if we have a coordinator, don't be shy and send a message. We will train and get you up to speed; consider serving as a co-coordinator, too. Not only will you get to know the school, teachers, and staff, but you'll also meet fellow parents and make some great friends.
This year is a critical. As a PTA Board, it is important for us to recruit parent volunteers to pass the baton and ensure we continue to remain a strong organization to support our school. Check out a General Meeting or simply contact the team and learn more about how we support our school.
Get involved; you'll find the experience rewarding. Besides, your child will appreciate seeing you on campus. Enjoy this time in their formative years; they grow up FAST!
Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year! For those of you new to IV School, welcome to the Seahawk family and our wonderful campus! We hope you're settling in the school routine nicely. For those who "know the drill", we're working on going paperless with soliciting PTA membership. The update just occurred; give us a moment to work out the details.
Our mission is to enrich the educational experience of children at Isla Vista Elementary School and foster a sense of community. We provide events - social, educational, and fundraising - to support our child's education and our school.
The bottom line - our purpose is to create fun, lasting memories during your child's elementary school years. We know we've done our job when your child constantly talks about a certain event like a class field trip, camp experience, Jog-a-Thon, or Viva El Arte assembly. This is the kind of impact we want to make!
Meet the Team
Here is our hard-working team at a glance:
Communication is important to us! We'll provide information to you in the following ways:
We have an action-packed schedule this fall quarter! Stay tuned for announcements. We hope you get involved with our wonderful school. Let's make this a great year!
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