Mr. Jim Pigato, Digital Learning Specialist, presented an "Overview of Digital Learning" at the PTA General Meeting earlier this month. One item he discussed was the increased usage of YouTube as an educational online resource during school hours. He provided a great tip for at-home usage - check out the DF YouTube extension for the Chrome browser. Installing this extension will provide YouTube usage "distraction free." Check it out:
The last piece missing on this website is an overview + contacts of IV PTA committees. Because so much time went into writing the final piece, this post will be short and sweet! Check out our current, regular committees.
Between PTA, various school, and community partner events, we have an action-packed school calendar! The PTA Board evaluates suggestions, approving ones feasible for the school year. We then take the Board-approved events to PTA members for approval especially when expenses are involved.
Balance is important when scheduling PTA-related events. We follow the "rule of thumb" to provide three community events/programs to one fundraiser when planning the calendar. Luckily, we have plenty of programs we support (per IV PTA budget) to maintain that balance. If it's feasible to add a community event/fundraiser in this year's calendar, we'll make it happen. Else, we'll table for the following year, planning/organizing the event in advance.
If you have any suggestions for regular committees or one-time community events or fundraisers, please send your suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Now that we've all settled in the IV School groove, maybe it's time for a pop quiz regarding acronyms! There are a few acronyms you'll hear/see or you're children will tell you. Here is a list of common ones:
IV School is the only elementary school in the Goleta Union School District that offers the science camp experience at the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade levels! With IV PTA’s support, all students have the unique opportunity to participate and soak in the educational programs and fun activities provided at these science camps. Detailed science camp information and meetings will be provided when your child reaches the 4th grade. Here is what to expect at the upper grade levels:
Fourth Grade: Anacapa Island
Offered in the Spring, the Fourth grade team travels by bus to Ventura County where they then travel by boat to the Channel Islands National Park for this day trip. Anacapa is one of five Channel Islands. IV PTA covers your child’s entire tuition and transportation fees!
Fifth Grade: Wolf Camp at El Capitan Canyon
Offered in the Winter, the Fifth grade team travels by bus and spend four days/three nights at El Capitan Canyon. IV PTA covers half of your child’s tuition and transportation fees!
Previously, the Fifth grade team attended The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre. Unfortunately, the Whittier Fire over the summer burned down 90% of The Outdoor School. Thanks to the quick action of our VP of Fundraising/Camps, options were presented to the our Principal and the Fifth grade teachers before the start of school year. We were able to secure a backup plan quickly! The intent is to return to The Outdoor School when the new camp is ready for schools to return.
Sixth Grade: Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI)
Offered in the Spring, the Sixth grade team travels by bus and boat to Catalina Island where they spend five days/four nights. Students also receive a CIMI hoodie. IV PTA covers half of your child’s tuition and transportation fees! We also cover the cost of the CIMI hoodies!
Camp Fundraising 101: PTA vs. Individual Accounts
PTA Fundraising Side
PTA's largest budget expense is science camps. Fundraising throughout the year goes into a "general" fund which is dispersed to various programs we identified on the budget for the year (including camps). Throughout the year, we receive donations and grant funding specific to science camps; those funds can only be used on the science camp budget expense. PTA is fortunate our fundraising and grant writing efforts have been strong, allowing us to pay half of the fifth and sixth grade science camp experience while supporting all other programs in our detailed budget.
Remember all donations are tax deductible! If you wish to provide an annual donation, we will provide you with a PTA donation receipt.
Educating parents about the science camp expenses early will allow time to plan ahead. Here are a few fundraising opportunities to cover your child’s tuition:
OPEN TO ALL GRADES
UC Santa Barbara's GIVE, an annual rummage sale overseen by UC Santa Barbara’s Division of Student Affairs, offers a lucrative opportunity to earn science camp funds by simply volunteering at the GIVE sale in June. Volunteers are needed a week prior to the GIVE sale and on the actual sale weekend (one week after college graduation). The more hours you work, the more money you earn. (Hourly rate ranges between $15 to $25/hour dependent on weekend sales.) We are fortunate to be one of fourteen groups to receive this opportunity!
ParentSquare announcements are made in the month of May to solicit volunteers.
OPEN TO FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADES ONLY
OPEN TO SIXTH GRADE ONLY
We strive to ensure all students experience science camp during the upper grade levels. We appreciate all you do - from fundraising to volunteering time - to support the PTA's endeavors for camp and all programs we provide.
If you have any questions about science camp, please contact the following individuals:
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