The FLAME

Ignite Innovation Academy's Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of the Executive Director...

Happy Fall Everybody!


As we round out our first full month of school I wanted to share with you some first for our school.


On the First Day of School we had 153 students enrolled. Today as I sit here typing we have crossed the 184 student mark with 3 tours taking place today. We are doing great things and people want to be part of it. I encourage you to continue talking about us, sharing your child's story. Our school will only continue to grow through what you have to say about your experiences. The best marketing tool we can have for our school is YOU!


We've had our fist practice BOG for 3rd Grade, our first School Wide Pledge of Aligence, our first set of birtdays, and soon our first every Golf Tournament and Fall Festival. All of our first will do more to expand our school's focus on reaching and growing every child that walks through the front door.


As I have said many times, I am amazed at the level of excitment and joy that I hear as I walk our "hall". My office is right accross form the Music room and everyday I hear the joyful giggles and voices singing as Mr. O teaches them and it keeps me excited about our future. Together we will continue to make a difference and together Parents, Board Members, Staff, and Students we will achieve great things.


This edition is packed full of important information but I wanted to highlight a couple of key items.


1. Cow Calendars - They are going fast, be sure to return your order form and money and help us with our first fundraiser. Cow Calendars are $7.00 ($4 for Ignite and $3 for Chick FilA) pick yours up today.


2. Parent Breakfast - Monday and Tuesday of this week will be our first Parent Breakfast. Please be sure to join your child for a donuts and juice and some great times learning about our school.


3. Golf Tournament - Monday, October 10 is the First Annual Birdies for Books Golf Tournament to support Ignite Innovation Academy. Be sure to sign up today to play some golf for a fun cause. Also there will be no school on October 10 in observance of the Columbus Day Holiday.


4. Fall Festival - On Friday, October 28 from 6-8 pm we will host our first annual Fall Festival. Look for Details to come as we get closer.


5. Hat Day - The Ignite Parent Action Committee will sponsor a Hat Day Fundraiser on Monday, October 3 for all students. Students can pay $1.00 to wear a hat all day. The proceeds will go towards the Fall Festival.


There is a lot going on please make sure you have signed up for the School's Remind Program in order to receive updates on whats going on as well as weather related delays, dismissals, or cancellations.


Have a great weekend and we'll see you at the parent breakfast next week!


Making History Together,


~Matt

Fruit Sale to benefit our Music Program

Attention Ignite Parents…

Mr. O and all music students are beginning a Fruit Sale Fund Raiser next Tuesday, September 20. We need everyone who will to help us with this very important “Fun-Raiser”. We will be selling boxes of Mixed Fruit and boxes of Oranges that will be here just in time for the holidays. All proceeds go to purchasing equipment and instruments for music class.

Please check your child’s back pack next Tuesday because I will be sending you the form to take orders and collect the money. Our goal is $20,000.00, but if we all work together on this, we can easily exceed that amount.

Also, there are great prizes for the top sellers.

· 1st place will receive $100.00 Cash and their parents will get a gift card for dinner and a movie.

· 2nd place will receive $50.00 and their parents will receive a gift card for dinner and a movie as well.

· 3rd place will receive $25.00 cash and a family night at the skating rink.

We want to give our kids everything they need to be successful in the arts and this is a huge step in that direction. Any questions, please email me at tottinger@ignitinnovationacademypitt.org


Thank you in advance for your help!


Mr. O

3rd Grade Happenings

We have completed our Practice BOG's and our actual BOG will take place Wednesday morning. Please make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a good breakfast in the morning.


Ms. Beaman and Mrs. Davis had applied for a Classroom Pet Grant and found out earlier this week that they were approved. The class will be getting a freshwater fish tank to create a freshwater mini-habitat for the classroom. This will be used to incorporate Science, Writing, Math, and responsibility. We are very excited to get this started.


We will be hosting a Read to Achieve Curriculum Night Thursday, October 13th at 6pm. If you can make it, please come out to find out more information about Read to Achieve and how it will affect your child this year.


Thank you for all that you do and your support!


Ms Beaman and Mrs. Davis

4/5/6 Math Happenings

6th grade is saying goodbye to their introduction to ratios lesson. The lessons have been presented in so many exciting an innovative ways. We ended with using M&M. We thank Ms. Norton for the M&M's! Pictures included.


All grades (4,5,6) will be taking math assessment 1, so we can begin collecting baseline data. The purpose is to help us create the best instruction possible for each student. There is no need for them to study anything.

2nd Grade is Where its at!

Hello everyone,


We are having a great time in Second Grade this week! Ms. McCarthy and I are enjoying getting to know your children. Our second grade class has grown to 31 students this week!


In class this week we have started a new behavior chart system. In this system, everyone starts on green for the day. There are 5 colors total. Blue=Awesome Day, Pink=Good Job, Green=Ready to Learn, Yellow=Slow Down and make better choices, Orange=Last Warning, next step is parent contact! If a student can get to blue for the day, they get a prize and 2 stickers in their behavior chart. I have also made a deal with the whole class that if they all can get to blue on the same day, then we will have a class party!


We received our Chromebooks this week too! Next week we will begin doing more work using our Chromebooks. Each student has their own Chromebook to use in class. If you have not done so, please send in some earbuds or headphones for your child to use with their Chromebook.


Please make sure you are checking your child's homework folder every day Monday-Thursday. I have sent home some important papers that need to be filled out and returned as soon as possible! Also, please make sure your child is reading every night for 20 minutes and recording it in their reading log.


Thank you all so much for your support! Happy Friday!


Mrs. Tripp and Ms.McCarthy

Kindergarten Happenings

indergarten is rolling right along. We are excited to report that we have started learning our Sight Words. They will be introduced to five new words each week. Parents, please don't let your child get behind in learning these words. It's hard to catch up and they need to know these words for the end of the year reading assessment. The children really enjoyed going on the Letter Hunt. We walked inside and outside the school looking for each of the letters in the alphabet. Each child got to write a letter they found on the big chart paper we carried with us.


In Math, we are learning to count to 50 and match number to objects 0-5. We are learing how to graph the weather, say the days of the week, months of the year, AB pattern, money (pennies and nickles), and season of the year.


In science, we are learning about our bodies, the weather, and that water boils at 212 degrees and freezes at 32 degress.


In social studies, we are learning how to follow rules, be a good listener, be a good friend, and how to use our table manners. We have had to learn that we don't eat our dessert first.


Please be on the lookout for up and coming field trip information. We look forward to seeing you all at the Parent Breakfast!


Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Clark-Zoltek and Miss Humbles

First Grade Needs

Hi Everyone!


Please send your child to school with a water bottle. This will help with transitions from Recess to Class and help our students stay hydrated and ready!


Have a great week!


Miss Humbles and Ms. Lee