Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. G

August 31, 2019

As we move into the month of September, I encourage you to discuss with your scholar what it means to be open minded. Being open minded is one of the IB principles and is the focus for September. Being open minded encourages students to recognize and value the diversity of the world they live in, to recognize and respect multiple perspectives, and to view new experiences as opportunities for growth.

While we have a shortened week coming up, it is packed. Be sure to check out the dates to know later in the newsletter.

Picture day is Wednesday, September 4th. We are allowing scholars to dress up for picture day but this is NOT a dress down day. Ripped pants, t-shirts, or sweats are not acceptable.

Upon reflection and analysis of the dress code, the administrative team has made the following changes to the dress code. We appreciate your help in making sure scholars are adhering to the dress code. Parents will be contacted if scholars are chronically failing to follow the dress code.


Tops should be red, yellow (any shade), white, light blue, navy blue, or black.

Tops should have a collar (unless it’s spirit wear)

Tops should be free of large images and inappropriate language


Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be longer than finger-tip at arm’s length

Shorts are only permissible 1st and 4th quarter

Colors - tan/khaki, navy or black

No blue jeans or sweats

Bottoms should not be form fitting

Shoes must be appropriate for school. Please, no open toed sandals, slides, or flip flops


Students may wear tops with hood but should not have the hood up.

Have a restful and rejuvenating holiday weekend. We will see your scholars on Tuesday!


Dr. Garcia

Our Cougars are Engaged in and out of the Classroom!

Dates to Know

September 2nd- Labor Day. Schools and offices are closed.

September 3rd- Auditions for the Children's Choir of Michiana 6:00-7:30 pm at IUSB in Northside Hall, room #026. Grades 4-12 are eligible to audition.

September 4th- First late start. School will start at 10 am

September 4th- school picture day

September 4th- Talks with Todd (Dr. Cummings) at Sunrise Cafe from 8:30-9:30 am

September 6th- the last day to order spirit wear

September 27th- Award winning YA author, Kwame Alexander will be in appearance at the St. Joseph County Public Library at 6:00 pm. The SJCPL and The Brain Lair are proud to sponsor this event. Tickets are required.

September 28- CIA Volleyball Tournament 8:00-4:00 (at home)

October 12- CIA Volleyball Tournament 8:00-4:00 (at home)

Notes from PTSCO

Parents, if you are interested in volunteering at CIA, please let us know. Some of our needs include classroom volunteers, someone to run the ROAR store during lunch, trivia planning committee and chaperones for field trips. Please email PTSCO President, Mindy Fountain, if you are interested! Email:

PTSO Dates (tentative). Please enter Door 4. Meetings begin at 5:30 pm.

September 24

October 22

November 26

December 10

January 28

February 25

March 24

April 28

May 26

Last Day to Purchase Items is September 6th

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One-Hour Delayed Start Information

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