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PRINCIPAL'S NEWSLETTER
February 2019

Happy February IVC Families!


As we begin the month that celebrates love, I wanted to begin my newsletter by giving thanks to those parents who joined me last month for Coffee with the Principal. We had a great showing of parents and wonderful conversation about the partnership between IVC and our parent community. I plan to host another Coffee with the principal at the start of 3rd Trimester, please  keep an eye out for the date in our next newsletter.


February brings the start of the planning for the 2019-2020 school year. Our counselors will begin coming into classes and working with students about choosing their electives for next year. The Logan counselors will also be coming to IVC to share information about the transition to Logan for our 8th graders.  I also encourage my 8th grade parents to keep an eye out for emails from James Logan High School. Various parent nights will be held to discuss programs available to our 8th graders once they become Logan students..


NHUSD will also be conducting our parent, student and staff surveys during February and March. The survey links will come home through your child’s science teacher.  Any child who brings in any kind of proof that their parent took the survey (screen shot, picture of completed survey, email to the teacher, note to the teacher) they will get a small treat from me. Your feedback is critical to our success, so happy to enlist the help of the students to help us gather your feedback.


I would also like to ask that parents please do follow our request to not do drop off and pick up in the staff parking lot. There are very clear signs to indicate the staff lot area. Please help keep our students safe by not dropping them off in a parking lot.


Also, the fire lane next that separates IVC and the Holly Center is a one way lane. Please do not enter this fire lane from Fredi Street.  This lane should only be used to exit IVC not enter our parking lot area.


Lastly, I did want to remind families again that we do have the supper program each day after school. Any student is able to pick up a supper meal right after school from the lunch area.  All students need to do is give their student ID number. We encourage all families to take advantage of this program.


As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Happy February!


Heather Thorner

hthorner@nhusd.k12.ca.us


Important Dates:

Feb 6- Science dissection night

Feb. 7- Minimum day-(11:44 release) Teacher Prof. Devel.

Feb. 8- No One Eats Alone day

Feb. 8- PVC meeting

Feb. 8th- Harlem Wizards Game- JLHS

Feb. 14- Love Day

Feb. 18- No School; President’s Day

Feb. 22- 8th grade promotion picture (in PE classes)

Feb. 23rd- Not a Valentines Dance Dance


PVC Corner

At the January PVC meeting we had a lively discussion about improving the transition from 5th to 6th grade for parents.  We discussed ways we can improve upon our 5th grade parent night in March and incoming 6th grade parent night in August. We also talked about some ideas for 8th grade promotion.  In February, we welcome all parents to join us to talk about our upcoming Spring Carnival fundraiser as well as end of the year activities that are fast approaching! Our next meeting is Friday, February 8 at 8:45am in room N2


NOTES FROM THE TEACHERS:

Interested in doing an frog dissection?

Join your science teachers and participate in a dissection of a real grass frog! Please remember that you MUST be accompanied by an adult to join in on the fun and learning!  We hope to see you there!

 

Who: 8th Grade students at IVCMS and a guardian

When: Wednesday, February 6.

At: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: IVC, Multipurpose Room - MPR

 

FROM THE COUNSELORS:

Career and College Fair is Friday March 1st, 2019 from 10:30 am to 1:30pm.

We want to offer students  the opportunity to have exposure to a large range of colleges and careers. We are in desperate need of presenters.  If you would like to host a table please complete the form below:

https://goo.gl/forms/Xkr9ctAWveC3eLW13


Getting ready for 2019 /2020 school year.

6th grade students will pre-register for elective classes online  beginning Monday, February 25th through Monday, March 4th, 2019


7th grade students will pre-register for elective classes online beginning Wednesday, February 27th through Wednesday, March 6th, 2019


8th grade students will be pre-registering for Logan March 4th.   All forms must be returned to PE teachers no later than the March 7th


Parents please review your students choices prior to them submitting the form online.


ELPAC TESTING:

Our English learners will be taking the ELPAC test during the next few weeks.  Students oral and written language skills will be assessed.


From the Activity Director:

February 4-7 we will be doing activities leading up to National No One Eats Alone Day on Friday, Feb 8, where we will encourage students to mix it up at lunch and sit with new people.  The week will focus on the pains of isolation and what we can all do together to combat anyone feeling isolated in and out of school.

 

February 14 we will celebrate our second annual "Love Day" where we will promote positivity and friendship with games, activities, and food throughout the day.

 

February 22 we are having a "Not-a-Dance" hangout after school in the gym.  There will be music, ice cream, a photo station, and lots of different types of games.  Tickets will be $2-$4, with a half price discount for an ASB sticker. Permission slips will be required and will be available starting on Wednesday, February 13.

 

During PE on February 22, eighth graders will be taking promotion pictures in promotion gowns.  Gowns and collared shirts will be provided. A flyer with more information will go home with students soon.