IJA School Community Connection

Support and Information for Parents/ Families

Puma Pride!

October 6, 2021


Dear IJA Families,


PUMATASTIC! What is Pumatastic! Well its PUMA with a whole bunch of Fantastic! It has been Pumatastic working in partnership as a school community this year. We are better together and spirit week has communicated that same school spirit that makes Ida Jew Academy such a great place. Students are learning both in and outside of the classroom while also developing socially. Our teachers/staff daily intentional efforts to teach, support and grow our students are significant. Our parents/ families equally continue to support our efforts at IJA. Keep up the good work everyone with emphasizing our COVID-19 protocols and positive character development. Wear the Mask, Wash Those Hands and Practice Social Distancing we are stronger together in our efforts because of our partnership. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or just need to talk We work together at IJA!


Remember: if you demonstrate any COVID-19 symptoms (Click Here)(Pulse Aqui) please keep you children at home and contact the main office 408-223-3750.


Together: Building, Bridging and Bonding. Positive energy is powerful energy! Thank you once again for your partnership.


Go Pumas! Vamos Pumas!


Mr. Gilbert Rodriguez and Mrs. Jessica Tejada

Principal and Student Advisor

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Spirit Week 10/4- 10/8 (Click Here)

- Reminder this week is spirit week join in on the puma fun


Cookie Dough Fundraiser Time! "Otis Spunkmeyer" due 10/15

Our fundraiser will be by order form and online. A packet was sent home. Shopping can be done through paper order forms or online. We ask that each family register by either downloading the MyFundR APP from the app store or registering on our website at register.schoolshopping.org

Our school code is: SS5543


Kaiser Permanente "Nightmare on Puberty Street" Virtual assembly 10/19 9:40am

(Grades 7 and 8)

- Once again we will be hosting Kaiser Permanente virtually to provide information to our students. Parents have the opportunity to opt-out of the assembly and if you have any questions please contact school administration 408-223-3750.

English Flyer (Click Here) Spanish Flyer (Click Here)


Coffee with the Principal 10/20 at 9:00am Virtual (Click Here)

- Join us for Coffee and conversation as we meet together in partnership. We will be sharing updates/ information.


"The Great Shake Out" 10/21 at 10:21am

- We will be participating in the Great Shake Out (Earthquake Drill) in collaboration with a number of schools in California.


College Day 10/27 for all grades

We will be communicating college going culture both at home and at school together.


Costume Parade 10/29 Tentative in planning

- We are currently assessing how we can conduct our annual Costume Parade this year while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols. More information will be shared.


Physical Education Update Grade 7/8

- We recently updated our PE days as a school to provide our teachers in grades 7 and 8 support time. Students will continue to have PE on B days as in the past, but B days will only be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (See Schedule)


Tik Tok Challenges Trends Letter from Superintendent:

- Please review the following letter regarding the Tik Tok Challenges that are Trending (English Click Here) (Spanish Pulse Aqui)

Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15- 10/15

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

Upcoming Dates/Events

  • Sep. 15-Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Oct. 20: Coffee with the Principal Virtual at 9:00am
  • Oct. 21: The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill
  • Oct. 27: College Day
  • Oct. 29: Costume Parade (Tentative we are planning this event)

Health and Safety Reminders

  • Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands and Practice Social Distancing (This applies to anyone on school our campus; which includes our parking lot.)
  • Please make sure to check for COVID- 19 Symptoms before coming to school (Click Here) (Pulse Aqui) If you feel sick stay home and call our main office 408-223-3750

Traffic/Parking Lot Safety
  • Please do not make an illegal left turn into our parking lot or when leaving our parking lot.
  • Please watch your speed and allow enough time to get to our school and leave our school.
  • Parents/Families please Wear a Mask when dropping off and picking up your children in our parking lot (Students are watching).

Symptoms of COVID-19

Wear a Mask. Stop the Spread. Be Safe.

Join PTA!

We are in Partnership!

Our PTA is very involved in our school community, they have arranged school wide events, provided school spirit days that add to the school culture here at IJA. They also help us with fundraising that help support our school.


We need your support in attending our monthly PTA meetings (Zoom Format).


PTA Amazon Smile

Please support us by using Amazon Smile. They donate us every time you shop.

  • Use "smile.amazon.com" and choose" Ida Jew Elementary PTA "as a supporting charity organization
Por favor apoyenos usando Amazon Smile. Nos van a donar cada vez que hagamos compras.
  • Use "smile.amazon.com "y elija "Ida Jew Elementary PTA" como la organización de caridad.

Vaccine Information for ages 12-17

Parent Resources and Support

Important Links

Ida Jew Academy

Gilbert Rodriguez Principal

Jessica Tejada Student Advisor