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Ingleside Middle School 
iBlast #17
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Tu  12/8  Picture Retake Day & EDL Picture Day. (EDL picture schedule will be released soon)
Tu  12/15  Deadline for IMS Angels donations (see below)
F  12/18  Last day before Winter Break
M  1/4/21  First day of Spring Semester
I N G L E S I D E   S T R O N G
IMS ANGEL TREE has gone ONLINE!
Sometimes the opportunity to give can be found right here in our IMS community!  Please consider bringing JOY to some IMS students who could definitely use it this year more than ever. 

We are collecting money for a fund that will go directly toward stockings and gift cards for these special students in need. 

In an effort to keep things safe by minimizing contacts and office traffic, this initiative is replacing our "Angel Tree" program from past years.  We're hoping IMS families will open their hearts in a big way and give whatever dollar amount they feel inspired to give. 

No shopping involved this year - Doing good is just a click away!


Click HERE to go to our online PTO store.  The link for donating is right at the top. 

Let's be the GOOD NEWS the world needs right now!
Questions? Contact Liz Ord (Lizzyord@gmail.com)
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.
3 IMPORTANT COVID UPDATES:

1. If your family chooses to travel or gather in large groups for Thanksgiving, SUSD is asking you to voluntarily quarantine your SUSD student for 14 days upon return.  

From SUSD 11-13-2020 briefing:
"To help keep our students, teachers and school personnel healthy - and schools open for on-campus learning and activity - we are asking each family that travels or attends a large gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday to voluntarily quarantine its Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) students at home for the two weeks following the last date of travel. We realize this presents a temporary inconvenience. However, with everyone's cooperation and with everyone monitoring their households for signs of illness, such as cold, flu and COVID-19, together, we can all contribute to a healthy and safe community. If you do observe any signs of illness in your household, we ask that you please keep your student off campus. "

2.  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.

3.  From Dr. Menzel's letter dated Nov 29, 2020:
"These are difficult times. Those who have personally experienced the effects of COVID understand that for some, the symptoms are relatively mild, but for others they are severe and life-threatening. Although hope is around the corner in the form of vaccines and better therapeutics, the strain on our health care system creates a troubling situation if we are unable to get the spread of COVID under control. 

"As mentioned in a previous letter, closing schools alone is not likely to impact community spread, but unless our families and staff follow our request that they quarantine following travel and remain home when sick, we will experience elevated risk in our schools at a time when community transmission is already substantial. While I am grateful that, to date, there is very little evidence of spread within schools, I am deeply concerned that this could change significantly in the weeks ahead without our taking additional drastic steps."
TITLE I STATUS STILL IN JEOPARDY!

46 more families needed!!  

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.
Please take the time to submit your application for free or reduced lunch as soon as possible.

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 ITEMS OF NOTE:

  • Please help us by ensuring that your child brings his/her fully charged Chromebook each day.
    • Teachers have been trying to support students with charging, but it has caused many challenges and we are tightening up our procedures.
    • If a student’s device is dead when they arrive at school, they will need to complete the assignment on paper and transfer to Google Classroom.
    • Our number one priority is keeping students and staff safe and making sure students do not move seats or locations in a classroom will help with this goal.
  • Students will have the opportunity for picture retakes on Tuesday, December 8.
    • 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.
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!
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