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Ingleside Middle School 
iBlast #19
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Tu  12/15  Deadline for Holiday Gift Fund for Teachers donations (see below)
F    12/18  SPIRIT DAY: UGLY/HOLIDAY SWEATERS
M  1/4/21  First day of Spring Semester
I N G L E S I D E   S T R O N G
HOLIDAY GIFT FUND FOR TEACHERS -- LAST DAY TO DONATE!

Please join with the PTO by donating to a holiday gift fund! 

We are so proud of how our teachers, staff, and administration have handled this challenging year as they have continued to show up for our kids! They have managed new technologies, shifting schedules, and uncertainty about everyone's health with grace. Perhaps most importantly, they have been a consistent, caring presence.  

IMS PTO will pool the donations, along with a donation from PTO funds, and create a holiday gift for these dedicated professionals.

CLICK HERE to donateThe donation link will turn off tonight!  
THANK YOU!
A HEARTFELT THANK YOU!
Our IMS community is amazing!  We were blown away by the outpouring of support for this year's Angel Tree program! 

Because of your generosity, 32 students will have a much brighter Holiday season.  Thank you for reminding these special students that kindness is all around them!

IMS PTO is so grateful to Liz Ord for chairing this program for the past 4 years!! Thank you for being a beacon of kindness!
As you probably know, there is a lot of conversation on what school will look like when we return following Winter Break on January 4, 2021. Unfortunately, we will not know for sure until the metrics are reviewed as we get closer to our return.

In November, EDL and SOL students were asked their intentions for 2nd semester, and we have many additional students returning in-person and to EDL. With the additional enrollment comes additional staffing. I will be working between now and break to rework our master schedule to incorporate our returning staff and students. With this comes the possibility of students being shifted to properly balance classes. I wish I were able to provide specifics, but at this moment, I can’t. I thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding as we work through the continuous changes we are experiencing.
  • Please help us by ensuring that your child brings his/her fully charged Chromebook each day.
  • Students will have the opportunity for picture retakes on Thursday, Jan 21 (new date).
    • We invite our EDL students to come on this day. 
    • We will create an alpha split schedule, so their picture can be in the yearbook. Please watch for the schedule!
  • Our yearbook order forms went home this week.
    • If interested, please consider getting your order in early.
    • We over ordered last year and will be cutting way back. This means we will not have extras for last minute purchases.
  • Students are required to wear their ID on a lanyard where it is visible at all times (Replacements are $5.00 each)
  • Students need to come to school prepared with all necessary items as no deliveries of any items are allowed
  • Students must adhere to the dress code
  • Students will be participating in ELA and Math Benchmarks between Nov. 30-Dec. 18. Teachers will communicate their selected dates.
DO YOU (OR YOUR KIDS) WANT TO HELP ASSEMBLE GIFTS
FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS?

Our own IMS mom, Christy Alvarado, has partnered with some friends to create Operation: Everyone!  Their mission is to spread love and kindness!

They are looking for volunteers to help assemble gifts for frontline workers, including teachers, healthcare workers, etc!

They will provide instruction and the materials -- they just need your hands!

To volunteer, contact them through Facebook (preferable), Instagram, or email.
COVID UPDATES:

SUSD has partnered with Embry Women's Health to offer free Covid antigen testing at the Oak Learning Campus.

Drive-thru tests are available 5 days a week, 7am-7pm at 7501 E. Oak St.  Results available within 36-72hrs following test.

Click here to read more about Embry's Covid testing.  
To make an appointment to be tested at Oak Learning Campus, click here.

 
2020/2021 YEARBOOKS ARE NOW FOR SALE!

  • Yearbooks are now on sale.
  • $30 until Jan 15th ($35 until Feb 21, $40 until final deadline of March 12)
  • Get your order in today -- please do not plan on purchasing one once the order comes in (books will only be for those who prepaid).
  • Click here to order online through the Touchbase system.
    • Log in (either as your student or with your ParentVue credentials)
    • Click "Items at Student's School"
    • Click "Fees & Club Activities"
    • Click "Student Fees"
    • Click BUY "Yearbook Order 2020-2021"
    • Checkout & email yourself a receipt
  • OR print the attached form, and send in cash or check with your student.
  • Envelopes for EDL students will be available on Tuesday, Dec 8 at Picture Day, if you prefer not to use the online system.
TITLE I STATUS STILL IN JEOPARDY!

Our percent of students who qualify for free and reduced has declined to a point that we could lose our Title I status.
  • These funds help pay for one of our counselors, our Instructional Specialist, our intervention teachers, supplies and professional development for teachers, and parent involvement activities.
Your application can be submitted online at Free and Reduced meal applications online.
  • If you qualify, your family not only receives support with breakfast and lunch, but also reduced fees for athletics and other extra-curricular needs.
Please use a computer -- not a phone -- to complete the application.  (The website doesn't work smoothly on a phone...) 

If you need help completing the application, please contact Leticia Pereda, our Community Specialist at lpereda@susd.org, or your child’s guidance counselor. Your help is greatly appreciated!
A FEW (MORE) ITEMS OF NOTE:
  • In-person learning is currently planned for 5 days/week, with a return to a full-day schedule.  Every Wednesday will be an Early Release Day to allow for professional development, and to give teachers time to assist students who may be in quarantine.
  • Do you have questions about the Spring Semester learning model changes?  See this FAQ document!
  • Do you have input that you would like to share with the district?  Click here.
C O M M U N I T Y   N E W S

WINTER RUNNING PROGRAM

The Arcadia Cross Country coaches are starting a winter running program to prep students for the Spring track season or keep them fit for other sports.
  • The program runs from 11/16/2020 to 1/9/2021 and is for students in 6th through 12th grades. 
  • Runners will have training sessions in the neighborhood 3 to 4 times per week and will be participating in 3 independent local 5K/10Ks (optional).
  • The cost is $75 and includes a race singlet.
  • Proceeds benefit the Arcadia Running Boosters.
  • For more information or to sign-up visit the team's website.
  • Click here for information flyer.
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IMS PTO thanks our generous sponsors!
THANKS for being ALL IN!!
Can your business support Ingleside PTO?
Our Business Sponsors are so important to our continued mission of supporting our teachers and students!
Reach out to Bri Crowder, VP of Fundraising, for more details!
Did you know that you can get the latest IMS PTO information  by following us on Facebook and Twitter? Just click the icons below! And don't forget to check out our website at www.inglesidepto.com
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