As we approach this winter holiday, IDEA scholars, staff, and families are eager for time to relax and spend time with family and friends. We welcome the opportunity to renew our spirits, celebrate the accomplishments of 2018, and come back to school refreshed in January!
Our Parent Boosters organization, led by our school counselor Ms. Casey and our parent representative Mr. Townsend, continues to gain momentum in the area of parent involvement. Parent Boosters invites all families to our Parent Engagement Dinner the first Friday of January. We can always use more family presence and participation in our scholars’ lives, both in and out of the classroom! Our scholars will flourish when they know that teachers, staff, parents, and grandparents are all on the same page about their education, behavior, and social development. IDEA depends on families to reinforce our high expectations for scholars to help them succeed.
For example, attendance is always critically important, no matter what time of year it is. We ask that scholars miss no more than two days of school per quarter to ensure they have every opportunity to learn and stay on track. As a reward for scholars who have had perfect attendance for the past two weeks of school, we will hold a Winter Ball on Friday, December 21 from 2:30-5:30. Scholars and parents should note that IDEA provides perfect attendance incentives throughout the year.
It’s hard to believe it, but the halfway point of the school year is coming up January 18, when the second quarter and first semester come to a close. Scholars who need a little extra help to improve their grades or pass their classes are invited to our last two sessions of Saturday School for the semester, on January 5 and January 12. As always, free hot breakfast is provided!
Starting next semester, our test preparation partner Transcend will be back at IDEA to support scholars who are planning to take the PSAT or SAT this spring. We are proud of 11 IDEA juniors who earned 860 or higher on the PSAT. Juniors will take the SAT in school on March 6. Any seniors who did not earn 890 or higher on the October SAT will have the opportunity to take SAT prep in order to try to improve their scores during the next test on March 9, held at other DC locations.
We are delighted that American Sign Language is back at IDEA, being taught by visiting instructor Ms. Whittaker. Scholars learning sign language recently took a field trip to a local nursing home to sing and sign Christmas Carols for the residents. Sign language provides scholars of varying abilities with an excellent opportunity to learn a new, hands-on way to communicate and express themselves.
Mark your calendars now to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. day of service with IDEA as we welcome volunteers from City Year to help us beautify our hallways with colorful murals and positive messages. Stay tuned for details!
From the entire IDEA family, happy holidays to you and your family! We look forward to seeing you in 2019.