IAA February Newsletter


Principal's Note

Happy February to each of our IAA families! It’s hard to believe we’ve already entered into the second month of the 2021 calendar year. There are a few highlights this month I would like to make sure are brought to your attention.

Trimester 2 Report Cards:

Students trimester 2 report cards will report out in all subject areas with student proficiency levels and comments from both the classroom teachers and unified arts teachers. Families will have the option of viewing student's report cards electronically in the PowerSchool Portal on or after Feb. 19th.

  • Feb. 12 - End of Trimester 2

  • Feb. 19 - Report cards issued

February Break

Students will have their February break as our schools will be closed beginning February 22nd and lasting through March 2nd. Students will resume with school on Wednesday, March 3rd, which is a remote learning day and return to in-person learning on March 4th. Please refer to the district’s 2020-2021 school calendar for more information.

Annual Title I Family Meeting - What is a Title I School?

Annually, schools share information with families on the purpose of Title I, which schools receive funds and why, and how Title I funds may be used. Please join us for our Annual Title I meeting which will take place on March 4th at 5:30 p.m. prior to our PTO meeting to learn more.

K-5 Spring 2021 State Assessment Calendar

Please the specified spring dates for this year’s State Assessment Calendar. These dates are set and state assessments are expected to be given on the dates indicated on the calendar.

Vaccination Clinics at IAA

Our school will be used by the Department of Health as a community vaccination site on specified Wednesdays when our students are not in school. The clinics will be set up in our gym similar to the set up for voting this past fall. Upcoming dates are: Feb 3rd, Feb 10th, Feb 17th, Feb 24th, and March 3rd. Future Wednesdays in March are also anticipated.

Have a great February!

School News

Wonder Week provides an opportunity for IAA staff and students to play, explore an idea, connect with one another, create, and wonder. This year Wonder Week is going to have to look very different. We will not be mixing up classes or crossing pods. Sooo... this year we have decided that Wonder Week will wrap up the IAA Creature Crawl and act as the culminating activity! IAA students will be making a collaborative indoor mural, installed in the halls of our school, but don’t worry, footage of the students at work and play and their artwork will be shared during Town Meeting.

The anchor text this year is Have You Seen My Monster by Steve Light. A read aloud will be shared at Town Meeting. There will be a kick off and read aloud during the 2/12 Town Meeting.

Meals During Break

During Vacation week, meal boxes will only be available on Wednesday the 24th. You can pick up a box on Tuesday the 24th from 3-4 at Burlington High School, Sustainability Academy, Champlain Elementary, or the Boys and Girls Club at Roosevelt Park.

Kits will also be delivered to Bobbin Mill and Franklin Square from 11:00-11:30 AM, and delivered to South Meadow and Northgate from 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM. These Family Meal Kits are free and are provided for any child under 19 years old. There is no income requirement, you do not have to have your child present to receive a box, and there is plenty of food to go around. Please pick up a box to help your children get through the winter break.

IAA Trivia

Question: What year was the main IAA building constructed?

Answer: 1904 and 1905

ONE Strings

Third, fourth, and fifth graders at IAA have experienced two out of three virtual, interactive performances with violinist, Rebecca Anderson and cellist, Alan Richardson. Students have enjoyed music in their classrooms and engaging with the professional musicians. The sessions have focused on anywhere from components of a song, mood, and musical instruments. This opportunity supports ONE-Strings programming and has been brought to us through the IAA partnership with Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

ONE Strings is back in action with strict COVID precautions but still all the fun and creativity!

First off, we would like to introduce to you Ms. Rachel Keyser, a new addition to our ONE Strings teaching staff. Rachel has been teaching in the Burlington area for over 10 years and heads the Burlington After-School Strings Program. She works privately with students as well as multiple group settings. She is thrilled to be given the opportunity to explore music with kids some of whom have never picked up an instrument before! In addition to Rachel, Kathleen Kono returns for her 8th year of teaching ONE Strings. Kathleen is in her 21st year of public school teaching. Kathleen also teaches at Burlington High School, VYOA, UVM and works privately with students. Kathleen is so thankful to be back at IAA with the most wonderful students and staff.

This year, ONE Strings sessions are being held once a week for six weeks in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The incredible 5th graders are currently in their session which will end right before February break, then the amazing 4th graders will begin their session after February break. The year will conclude with the awesome third graders starting after April break. Each session will end with a recording of the students presenting what they have learned. That recording will be distributed to parents and guardians!

Each class still maintains three feet of distance during strings, AND they students do not share instruments this year. Now that we have two teachers, we have two sets of instruments and each one is assigned to a specific student for the six weeks then they are disinfected and quarantined for over 7 days before the next grade uses them.

A huge shout out to the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and the IAA PTO for making it possible for ONE Strings to be at IAA year after year! And an additional big thank you to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers for opening up your classrooms to Rachel and Kathleen and giving your students the gift of music exploration.

Bring on the music,

Kathleen and Rachel!

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Town Meeting

To date we filmed, produced, edited, and uploaded 19 IAA Town Meetings!

Here is a sampling of the most recent:

The latest and greatest Town Meeting includes a Poetry Break from Ms. Rose’s second grade and Magic Mailbox.

IAA Partner Updates

The Flynn Theater for the Performing Arts has February break camps coming up:

A Riff on the Wizard of Oz – a virtual February break camp

  • Monday-Friday, February 22-26 | 2-3:30 pm; Final Performance 2/26 at 3 pm | Ages 8-12

  • Pay-what-you-can, suggested cost of $75 (any amount, including $0, accepted)

  • Have you ever wanted to jump right into a story you love? Here's your chance. In this camp, instructed by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, students create their own story inspired by The Wizard of Oz! Students will develop their own character following the archetype of the traditional Oz characters (for example, “If I Only Had a….”). Campers will work together to write and direct an original play inspired by the classic tale and work with co-actors/co-scriptwriters to find a way to get Dorothy back to Kansas!

Art News

Here are some awesome pictures from our IAA artists!


The 3rd graders in Mr Scott’s room just finished a fun unit with Mr M that explored the integration of music and fractions. Students learned about the connection between the parts of a whole that make up a math fraction, and the associated part of a whole that makes up a musical note. After realizing that the “beat” is usually a quarter note, or 1/4, we went on to whole, half and eighth notes. The students then composed their own musical patterns and played them on instruments. Some even played duets!

Mr Myregaard

Email: bmyregaa@bsdvt.org Website: www.iaamusic.weebly.com Twitter: @IAAMusicVT

Instagram: @iaamusicvt


Happy February everyone! Mother Nature continues to cooperate with us so we can hold P.E. outside most of the time. Right now, 3rd, 2nd and Kindgarten are focusing on Winter Olympic themed events, while 1st, 4th and 5th graders have completed this unit. Some events we will focus on are luge, cross country skiing, speed skating, biathlon and curling. All of these events will be modified for land and for safety. We are going to continue to hold P.E. outside as much as we can, as long as it is a safe temperature. If your child has P.E., please send them to school with clothing that will keep them warm outside. (jacket, snow pants, hat, gloves and boots) If your child needs any of these pieces of clothing, please feel free to contact the school and we will do our best to help provide them with what they need. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. cjuckett@bsdvt.org

Mr. Juckett (Mr. J)


In this rotation of Library, we have been studying Haiku’s and have been using this year’s Red Clover Nominee: Lion of the Sky Haiku for all seasons to help explore that. Classes have been creating their own Riddle-ku, which is what Lion of the Sky is filled with: these are Haiku with a twist; they are told from the point of view of the object, and the reader tries to guess what it is. You may have seen these come home with you student (they are VERY proud of them)!

In these two week before break Ms. B’s 5th grade will be exploring Book Creator in Arts Integration and going through the process of bringing one of their narratives to publication.

If your student has library books that they have finished reading and they want new ones, you can remind them to return the books and the bag to their classroom library book return, and either login in to the online library catalog (3-5) or fill out a paper book choice form (K-2) to get new books.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me: jpeake@bsdvt.org or if you would like to donate any books to the library, check out our Amazon Wish List.

Happy February,

Ms. Jen

Instagram: @iaa_library


Hi IAA families, as always I hope you are all healthy and well. Here are the schedules and locations for the February pop-up COVID testing sites!

Please see the letter below regarding hearing and vision screenings this year.

Dear Parent and/or Guardian,

In a typical school year, hearing and/or vision screenings are completed by the School Nurse for grades PreK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12. This is done in compliance with the directives set by the Vermont Department of Health.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Vermont School Nurses are unable to complete routine screenings this school year, and the state directives have changed. Since knowledge of any deficit in hearing and vision is important as related to school success, the Vermont Department of Health encourages families to be sure their children have seen their primary care provider for their annual visit.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Bright Futures Guidelines recommend annual visits for well exams between the ages of 3 and 18. If your child has not seen their primary care provider since before January 2020, please call and schedule a well child visit. Any hearing or vision concerns can be addressed at that time.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Hope everyone has a wonderful February!

Nurse Ali