Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. Garcia!

September 18, 2021

We kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, and we are looking forward to celebrating and highlighting the diversity of Hispanic cultures. We will be encouraging scholars to make connections between our mission statement's goals of creating globally minded individuals who seek to create a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Our goal of cultivating intercultural understanding and respect could not be more timely given that we are seeing an increase in peer conflict across grade levels. Some of these conflicts are arising in Google Chats, social media and text messaging. Others are occurring in the cafeteria and playground. We are asking parents to help mitigate these conflicts by monitoring devices at home and teaching/reminding scholars how to express frustration or hurt in an expected way for school. On the school's end, we are planning whole group presentations related to bullying, technology use, peer conflict and social emotional skills. We are also going to be working in small groups to provide Restorative Justice Circles and community building.

Like other schools across the country, we have been impacted by the devious licks challenge circulating on TikTok. As you can imagine, this has been a disruption to our school community and has taken time, energy and resources away from teaching and learning. We are asking for parents to talk to their scholars about this trend. We are thankful to several of our scholars who provided information about individuals who were responsible.

We have received complaints from neighbors that their driveways are being blocked during dismissal. While we cannot control the length of the car line, we can be aware of whether our car is blocking someone from exiting their home. We are asking for your assistance with this problem.

Have you completed your application for free and reduced lunch/textbook assistance? This must be completed every year. Here is the link We are one of the few states that charge families textbook fees, and this is an opportunity reduce those fees for qualifying families.

College Go Week kicks off this week and SBCSC is inviting families to Brown Community Learning Center on Thursday, September 23 from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be free food, giveaways and entertainment. You will be able to meet college reps and 7th and 8th grade families will be able to sign up for 21st Century Scholars. I have included a flyer later in the newsletter.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Dr. Garcia

College Go Week Tailgate!

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Help Needed!

We are currently in need of three lunch aides and three paraprofessional positions. If you, or anyone you know, are interested, please go to and apply today!

We are also in need of 20 men to serve as mentors to some of our male scholars in grades 5-8. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please email Dr. Garcia at

Dress Code Reminder

I want to take a moment and remind parents that we have a dress code. Spandex shorts are not allowed. CIA shirts can be worn any day and pant colors are black, blue and khaki. Scholars should not be wearing sweatpants to school. We appreciate your help with making sure scholars adhere to the dress code.

We are in need of uniform clothes for our Cougar Closet, particularly for our older scholars. If you have any clothes you would like to donate, please bring them to the main office. Thank you!

Greetings from PTSO

Our first meeting of the year took place on September 1st at 5:30 pm in the library. It was a great turnout, and we are excited about all the opportunities to engage with the school community.

Your new officers are:

President: Sarah Kelly-DeVoes

Vice President: Stephanie Trost

Secretary: Shannon Garvey

Treasurer: Erin Oliver

PTSO Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month unless there is no school on that day. All PTSO meetings are in the school library at 5:30pm, unless otherwise noted. Please enter Door 4. Committee meetings will more than likely be held off campus.

10/6/21 - This date may change. There is a home football game that day.








If you are interested in being part of the Trivia Night Planning Committee, please email

Also, did you know you can support the Clay International Academy PTSO by shopping on Amazon Smile? Simply use this link:


We are sharing pictures from our girls volleyball and soccer team victories against Navarre, new football jerseys and a great community partnership between Mr. Farrell's class and the University of Notre Dame related to renewable energy.

Dates to Know

September 20: Volleyball at home. Game starts at 5:30 pm

September 20-24: College Go Week!

September 27: Volleyball at home. Game starts at 5:30 pm

September 28: Boys soccer at home at 5:30 pm

September 29: Cross country at home at 5:30 pm

September 30: Volleyball and boys soccer at home. Games starts at 5:30 pm

October 14: Teacher Record Day (no school)

October 15-18: Fall Break (no school)

October 21: Parent teacher conferences 5:00-7:30 pm