- ALD = Academic Language Development (you'll hear your child say "ELD/ALD")
- ASES = After School Enrichment Services (overseen by IVYP)
- CIMI = Catalina Island Marine Institute (sixth grade camp)
- CoGAT = Cognitive Abilities Test
- CT = Certificated tutor
- DAC = District Advisory Committee
- DACA = Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- DIBELS = Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (located on report card)
- ELAC = English Language Advisory Committee
- ELD = English Language Development
- GES = Gifted Education Services
- GUSD = Goleta Union School District
- IEP = Individualized Education Program
- IVYP = Isla Vista Youth Projects (oversees the After School Program on campus)
- JAT = Jog-a-thon (IV School's largest fundraiser that occurs in the Spring)
- MLK = Martin Luther King (school holiday)
- MPR = Multipurpose Room (or cafeteria)
- PE = Physical education
- PS = ParentSquare
- PTA = Parent-Teacher Association
- SARC = School Accountability Report Cards
- SBCEO = Santa Barbara County Education Office
- SOM = Student of the Month
- SRI = Scholastic Reading Inventory (measures lexile)
- SSC = School Site Council
- SSR = Silent sustained reading
- STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
- STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
- UCSB = University of California, Santa Barbara (neighboring university)
Last Friday, February 1 was the 100th day of school. We're more than half way through the school year! It's "Throwback Thursday"; take a look at the following post from October 2017...
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:
Take a step back into time – the 1930s – and follow the journey of little orphan Annie and her quest to find her birth parents. She learns it’s a Hard Knock Life and isn’t living on Easy Street at the orphanage. As she meets the cast of characters and remains optimistic in her journey, Annie knows the sun will come out Tomorrow when she connects with Daddy Warbucks. She lives by the mantra that You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile especially with Sandy by her side. Join us in NYC on one of the following days: Thursday, 1/31 (6pm), Friday, 2/1 (6p), and Saturday 2/2 (2p and 6p). Don’t wait for Tomorrow to purchase your tickets as they’re known to sell out every single time.
Our IV School Drama Program is a great opportunity for your child to dabble in performing arts for a nominal fee. Open to students in the third through sixth grades, this program occurs from October-January once a week (Wednesday) for a few hours depending on the role. The show typically occurs the first week of February. Commitment to the schedule is extremely important to maintain your child's position in play. Space is limited as there are only so many roles to fill.
Behind the scenes of our Drama Program are a team of rock star teachers: Mrs. Ryckman, Mrs. Montgomery, Ms. Kiefer, and Ms. Davis. This department cannot happen without their spouses and families responsible for sets, lighting, sound, backstage, etc. It takes a great team to make each play happen. We thank them for their dedication and commitment to provide this program to our school community!
And a friendly tidbit... If you've heard of Ta Dah Productions, intensive theater summer camp, Mrs. Ryckman and Mrs. Montgomery are responsible for this camp which occurs in June at IV School!
Hope to see you in NYC!
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!