Weekly News ~ November 1, 2019

  • Fire Drill, Monday, October 28: We had our second fire drill of the school year.  It took 1 minute 45 seconds for students and staff to leave the building.
  • Student Led Conferences (SLCs): SLCs are scheduled for November 14 and November 15.  A request form has been sent to parents and is available HERE.  During student led conferences, the is in charge of explaining his or her progress, reflecting on accomplishments, and setting short and long-term goals.  Students share their work with their parents.  Students write a self-assessment to share with parents.  The teacher is the facilitator during student led conferences.  The following are benefits of SLCs: show parents and students that their opinions and experiences are valued by the teacher; SLCs empower the child to take responsibility for his/her learning; give the parent/caregiver and teacher a chance to hear the student reflect on his/her progress in his/her own words; reassure students that parents/caregivers and teacher are there to support them; and hold students accountable for their academic and behavioral choices.
  • Parents can contact any Specialist or Special Education Teacher via email if they would like to talk with them during their child's student led conference.
  • Report Cards: Classroom report cards are written in a narrative form.  The academic information should provide parents/caregivers an accurate picture of how well their child/ren are performing in school.  Specialists report cards have several different characteristics or skills, which are rated on a scale from 1 to 4.
  • WATCH DOGS: Fathers and Father-figures, Uncles, Grandfathers, Big Brothers are Invited to attend a Pizza Night with their IDCS Student on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  See the attached file for further details and sign up information.  A paper flyer will also be coming home with students during the first week of November.
  • Pentatonix Fundraiser for the IDCS Foundation:  The IDCS Foundation will be selling Pentatonix Christmas 2019 Tour tickets.  Click HERE to order online.
  • IDEA:
    • IDEA Officers: Congratulations and thanks to the following parents/teachers who have volunteered to be IDEA officers: Mary Fusco (President), Kristin Maletz (Vice-President), Gloria Jakob (Secretary), and Amethyst Dube (Treasurer).
    • 2019-20 Meeting Dates: November 25, December 16, January 27, February 24, March 30, April 27, May 18, June 8.
    • Scholastic Book Fair: The fall book fair will be held on November 6 (8:00-5:00), November 7 (8:00-5:00), and November 8 (8:00-10:00).  Volunteers should email Mrs. Jakob at stevenjakob@sbcglobal.net. Click HERE to order online or load an ewallet for your child. 
    • Lyman Orchard Pie Fundraiser: If you ordered Lyman Orchard pies, please collect them on November 22 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. or on November 27 during and after the Bread Feast.
    • Caring & Sharing: Caring and Sharing is a unique IDCS event.  Learning buddies work together to wrap books, create placemats, create cards as well as other items for local community organizations.  Parents/caregivers and staff supervise the various groups.  This takes place on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the day before Winter Break.
    • Bread Feast: Bread Feast is a unique IDCS event.  On November 27th, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, parents/caregivers provide different kinds of bread and spread as well as fruit and juice for Bread Feast.  The food and drinks are set up on two long tables.  Then students, staff, and parents/caregivers eat the food together in the dining room and the gym.
    • Boon Supply Company: Boon catalogue supplies are due by November 8.  You can order online or submit order forms to the school.  Forty percent of your purchase is donated to IDEA.  
    • Mums: IDCS raised $1,164 for the Mums Fundraiser.  This money is part of the IDEA funds.
    • IDEA funds are used for the following activities:
      • Discretionary Funds: $250/teacher = $5,750
      • Service Learning: $75/teacher = $1,725
      • Graduation: $500
      • Picnic: $800
      • Pizza  Last Day of School: $1,000
      • Teacher Appreciation: $500
      • Paper Goods: $500
      • IDEA Rolling Account: $1,000
      • HOTs Artist/Speakers/Family Activities: TBD
        • TOTAL = $11,775
  • Lost & Found: Bins are located near the former main entrance area.  Periodically, pictures of lost and found items will be posted in the newsletter.  At the end of every term, the clothes will be donated.