September 7, 2018

From the desk of Principal Ruiz

CIA Parents, Guardians and Scholars,

In order to best educate and keep our scholars safe, we need updated emergency contact information. Please take a moment to complete the emergency form by clicking here...

With scholars in mind,

Ms. Angela Ruiz

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College GO! Week

“College GO! Week is all about giving Hoosiers the information and support they need to not only go to college, but to complete college. Whether you are a parent with a scholar that is just beginning their school journey or an adult planning to return to school, there are specific steps you should be taking now to be on the path to college and career success. College GO! Week encourages scholars to complete practical college-readiness activities at each grade level, including creating a graduation plan, visiting college campuses and applying to college. Many Indiana colleges are waiving application fees in support of College GO! Week. Scholars and families can learn more about fee waivers, grade-specific checklists and related college-planning resources on the College GO! Week website at

This year College GO! Week is September 24th -28th.

The CIA Cougars will participate in the following activities:

Monday, September 24th - school spirit day (show your Cougar pride)

Tuesday, September 25th - crazy hat day (wear your favorite hat)

Wednesday, September 26th - jean day (wear jeans with your school approved polo)

Thursday, September 27th - crazy sock day (wear your craziest socks)

Friday, September 28-A dress down day where students are allowed to wear college t-shirts, or sweatshirts with uniform pants/shorts/skirts.

Technology Agreement

All parents and guardians of scholars in 6th - 8th grade must complete the technology agreement.

Parents of scholars in Kindergarten - 5th grade will not be required to complete the survey as their technology devices will remain at school.

To access the technology agreement, click here.

Any parent that needs access to a computer, is welcome at CIA to complete the form between the hours of 9:00 and 4:00 each school day.

Why our CIA Scholars have technology in the Classroom

Technology is everywhere--entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most importantly learn. With mobile and other wireless devices becoming an increasing requirement across every industry today, it only makes sense that our school is also effectively deploying mobile technology in the classroom. Here are a few reasons CIA supports the use of technology in the classroom:

1) When used correctly, mobile devices and the applications they support, will help prepare our scholars for their future careers.

2) Integrating technology into the classroom is an effective way to connect with scholars of all learning styles.

3) Technology gives scholars the opportunity to enhance the interaction with their classmates and instructors by encouraging collaboration.

4) Using technology in the classroom gives teachers and staff members the opportunity to develop our scholars digital citizenship skills; it is one thing to use mobile devices, it is another thing to know how to use technology correctly and responsibly.

5) Integrating technology in education helps scholars stay engaged. Most scholars today have been using mobile devices like tablets and smartphones to play and learn since they could crawl. So it only seems logical to align today's classrooms with the way that your scholar is used to learning.

6) Combining technology with traditional classroom instruction is one example of how we are able to enhance learning experiences and create new opportunities.

7) Because technology is readily available in each classroom, scholars are able to access the most up-to-date information quicker and easier than ever before.

8) Technology helps scholars be more responsible. Owning your own device or borrowing the school's devices gives scholars the opportunity to improve their decision making skills as well as taking ownership of a valuable device.

9) Technology transforms the learning experience. Scholars have access to an incredible amount of new opportunities. From learning how to code to learning how to better collaborate across teams and with their teachers--technology empowers students to be more creative and be more connected.

Indiana University Science Fest

Science Fest will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Science Fest is an STEM educational day of fun in science, math and technology. For more information, please click → IU Science Fest . This event will be the LARGEST open house event that IU has ever held; new partners are being added daily. Not listed on the attached flyer include Baxter Healthcare Pharmaceutical, Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes, IU Science Libraries, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and School of Public and Environmental Affairs. This event is free and open to the public with no registration required. There will be activities for all ages!

Update your Scholar's Contact Information

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South Bend Alumni Association invites community to participate in first annual “The Big Give” fundraiser, launching Tuesday, September 4

The inaugural annual fundraising campaign, The Big Give, hosted by the South Bend Alumni Association (SBAA) and in conjunction with the Casaday Costume Company, is launching on Tuesday, September 4. The Big Give campaign will span over several weeks and culminate with a community-wide celebration on Thursday, October 11, at TCU School Field, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Donors can also drop off donations at The Big Give celebration event.

SBAA invites the entire community to participate in several ways including a grand, community-wide celebration. Funds raised during The Big Give will support extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in the South Bend Schools, such as fine arts, academic competitions, athletics, theater, service, and more.

“This is our largest ever fundraising campaign, and we are excited to help more students within South Bend schools,” says Jessica Brookshire, Chairman of the SBAA Board. “The need to have strong extra-curriculars in our schools is large. We invite alumni of South Bend schools, community neighbors, parents and South Bend business community members to help our students beginning Tuesday, September 4, and well into October when our big event at TCU School Field takes place. We need many, many people to help us raise these important funds. $10 really makes a difference and The Big Give is going to be fun! We’ll be posting more info on our SBAA Facebook and Twitter pages too, so we hope people find us and get involved there as well.”

Over the past 4 and a half years the South Bend Alumni Association has issued 188 grants totaling $251,129. During 2018 (year to date) SBAA grant assistance has included: 23 grants awarded for 10 schools, totaling over $31,395 and assisting over 1,100 students, supporting areas such as Academics (2 grants totaling $3,500), Arts (4 grants totaling $5,760), Athletics (12 grants totaling $16,035, and Other activities (5 grants totaling $6,100).

One opportunity for community members to be involved is to visit to cast a vote ($10.00 per vote) for their favorite school. For

every $10 vote received, all corporation schools will receive help of additional funding and prizes.

Tim Baker, a SBAA Board member, explained his own experience saying, “For the past five generations, my family members have attended South Bend Public Schools. Every family member has participated in and benefitted from extra-curricular activities. I believe funding assistance to extra-curricular programs by the private sector can have a major impact on the quality of these programs and the overall education of our public-school students. Please assist us to make our extra-curricular activities in South Bend a ‘World Class’ program.”

Founded in 1985, The South Bend Alumni Association aspires to support education in South Bend schools by funding extra-curricular and co-curricular activities that are not tax funded and by instilling an awareness of the need for student services in the community.

For more information about The Big Give campaign and October 11 Day of Giving, please contact Susie Brennan, Executive Director, South Bend Alumni Association: 215 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. South Bend, IN 46601. (574) 393-6003. Email:

digital citizenship

Again this school year all 5th and 6th grade scholars will participate in Beacon Health Systems' Digital Citizenship' program. This will take place during Mrs. Sommers' Technology classes.

Topics covered include:
5th Grade
Responsible use of social media
Internet searching
Recognizing scams
Copyright laws

6th Grade
Social media
Safe online 'talking'
Copyright laws
Identity protection
Online stereotypes

Each scholar will be provided with a booklet that can be shared with parents/guardians. Each scholar must have a signed permission slip in order to participate in this excellent program.
Please call Mrs. Ann Sommers, 393-4329, if you have any questions or concerns.

School Pictures

The date for school pictures has changed. October 5th is now the scheduled date for each CIA Cougar to have their school picture taken. For information to purchase pictures in advance, please click here. The ID code for CIA is HM608114Y0. Order forms will also be sent home for the families that desire to pay for photos with cash or by check; change will not be available. Please be sure exact change is sent.

Before School Percussion Class

We are pleased to announce that our CIA band students who are interested in learning percussion techniques will be able to meet before school every day except the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 8:30-8:50 AM. Scholars who eat breakfast at school need to arrive at 8:15 and eat breakfast before coming to the band room (#120); breakfast will not be available after the percussion session concludes. If a parent or guardian has questions, please call Mr. Iwaniec at 574-393-4300 or e-mail

Hearing Screening

SBCSC Speech Therapists will be conducting the state mandated hearing screenings of all Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, & 7th grade scholars (along with any scholars new to SBCSC) on September 24th. Parents/guardians will be notified by the SBCSC Audiologist if the scholar demonstrates difficulty with their hearing after a second screening is administered. Parents will not be notified unless the scholar does not meet the state standards for hearing screenings.
CIA spirit wear is here!

Click here to order official CIA spirit wear.

Living in an International Baccalaureate (IB) World…

Click here to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Programme