May Newsletter


Principal's Note

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in our IAA community! We honor you for the vital role you play in the lives of our children and the incalculable difference you make in the lives of our children!

We are in the final weeks of our 2020-2021 school year. Our students have transitioned smoothly into half-day, in-person learning on Wednesdays and we all are eagerly looking forward to returning to a full week of in-person learning for our students at the beginning of next school year. Again, I want to thank each of you for your ongoing support of the safety protocols we implemented over this past school year to keep our students, staff, and ultimately our community safe. We have a great community and that was clearly evident based on the solidarity shown through our collective efforts and flexibility. Thank you!

We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week this past week. Our teachers have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty this school year. They prioritized the safety and wellbeing of our students while simultaneously managing their own well-being. I cannot voice enough how appreciative I am for the resilience and dedication to our students our teachers have demonstrated this school year. As I said in a message to them, they are truly the heroes we needed as our youth transitioned from remote back to in-person learning this past school year. We have a truly caring IAA team!


As a reminder, our 3rd-5th graders will be participating in state assessments this month as part of the accountability system for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Please see the 2021 assessment letter and assessment calendar for more information.

Fifth Grade Promotional

Our fifth graders are excitedly concluding their primary education experience and preparing to transition into their secondary education experience. Our entire school community is proud to see the growth and development they have gone through during this time and look forward to what they will accomplish in the future. We will celebrate our fifth graders with a promotional ceremony on June 14th at 1:00. Our 5th graders will participate in a promotional ceremony that honors their memories of IAA. Our goal is to honor the memories of our fifth graders, let them know how much they will be missed at IAA, and do so in a way that keeps students, staff, and our community safe. As of district planning through May 9th to provide consistent safety measures across our schools, we believe we may safely offer an in-person 5th grade promotional outdoors limited to two guests per student. We are still working out details in coordination with our district’s health team and will provide any additional updates as they arise.
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School News

There are several exciting things happening at IAA this May and June.

First off, Fill the Bowl is back! The 3rd grade is going to be hosting an open air market on May 17-21. Families and community members will be able to purchase handbuilt and also hand-underglazed bowls made by 3rd grade students for $5 each. Cash or checks made payable to IAA are welcome. All proceeds will go back into the Old North End community. This was made possible through our partnership with Burlington City Arts and the IAA Fill the Bowl fund.

Same but Different

We have been missing performances here at IAA. We are pleased to announce that IAA will be holding an exciting virtual event brought to us through our partnership with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. IAA will be enjoying a dance performance piece called Same but Different from Lida Windfield and Cristal Brown.

This is a dense and layered performance; we will be sharing the first 10 minutes or so which is age appropriate for elementary aged students, focuses heavily on fostering relationships, building friendships, the similarities and differences that exist between two people, and communicating through an artform (in this case dance).

Students and staff will prepare for the show via a study guide created by the artists themselves. Staff and students will then view an excerpt of pre-recorded performance. It will air as a part of Town Meeting. A small group of students will participate in a panel discussion and Q & A with Lida and Cristal will air as a part of another Town Meeting.

Jon Gailmor will be back for another songwriting residency. He will be working outdoors with students in PreK to 5th grade.Those of you who have experienced a Jon Gailmor residency in the past know that usually there is a concert of sorts to share the songs. There will be no concert this year, however, Emily and the rest of the IAA film crew will be capturing footage for a video to be shared the following week with families. The timing of this residency will be a perfect opportunity for students and staff to celebrate and reflect upon their journeys this school year. This residency was made possible through a private donation. The residency will run from May 27th-June 10th with June 11th and 14th as rain dates.

IAA T-shirts for the 2020-21 school year are in the works! This year’s design was inspired by the IAA Creature Crawl and also references this year of activism. It was designed by Vahan Ionnisian who attended Essex Center for Technology and is currently working on his BA in Electronic Arts from McGill University. Vahan is part of the extended IAA family and created our design last year. Please use this form to order additional t-shirts for purchase. It has all the additional information that you might need. Remote students can request their t-shirt and size using this link. Contact Emily Titterton at with any questions.

Town Meeting

There are now 29 Town Meeting videos in the IAA playlist! Here are some recent highlights:

  • Town Meeting from Friday, April 9th includes a Celebration of Learning with Ms. Mary’s class all about reading fluency and Magic Mailbox.

  • This Town Meeting includes a Celebration of Learning from Mr. T’s 4th grade, as well as photos from the Integrated Arts Breakfast and a celebration of ONE-Strings in 4th grade.

  • The April 30th Town Meeting was all about Earth Day! It includes contributions from a wide range of classrooms: a Climate Change PSA from Mr. Mike's 4th grade, "Trees and People" dance from Mr. Leal's 1st grade, art from Ms. Mary's and Mr. Currier's students, poems and globes from Ms. Rose's 2nd grade, and finally a-not-to-be-missed Earth Day Rap from Mr. Scott and all of his friends.

  • Last, the May 7th Town Meeting includes a Celebration of learning from Mr. Whitman’s 3rd grade all about the upcoming Fill the Bowl open air market and all of the learning connected with the service learning project. There is also a celebration of Poem in my Pocket with Riddle-kus from Library with Ms. Jen Peake.

Earth Day!

ONE Strings!

Our 3rd grade just wrapped up week two of their 6 week introduction to strings. The foundational skills they are learning now will serve them well next year as they continue their music education with Mr. Myregaard and ONE-Strings.

ONE Sings!

I recently wrote in our class newsletter that it is always blue skies when Mr. Brian comes to sing with us, and boy does that ring true this year. We all know the benefits of being in an arts rich and joyous community and Mr. Brian fosters that love and joy through song each week. Students sing songs from the Burlington community through the years with representation from the many cultures that have made Burlington their home. All students are included, welcomed and find their voices while singing with their class.

As a teacher, I have been able to see the growth of my students through the year and as a parent, I have witnessed the impact on my children, as they teach each other songs, recount their time with Mr. Brian and teach us the songs that they have learned!

Ms. Heather, 2nd grade

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ONE Steps!

Although ONE-Steps was not a part of our curricular programming this year, IAA WILL be bringing Ms. Lois, ONE-Step Teaching Artist, in for a mini residency with our Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and STEP classes. She will be co-teaching with classroom teachers and drama teacher, Ms. Piper, and PE teacher Mr. J. It will run from May 17-25.


Debate has been coming to life in 5th grade. We have been learning to form opinions and state an argument with evidence to support our opinion. We are holding mock debates and learning to debate respectfully with balanced emotions.

The second Virtual Variety Show is right around the corner! Submissions are due this Friday, May 14th. If your child needs any help, please don’t hesitate to reach out and I can support! Last year we had 43 submissions!! The Virtual link will be emailed out on Friday, May 28th.

Art News

So much creativity and energy swirling around IAA. The 5th graders worked with science,sculpture and balance to create a paper mache mobile of the sun and the earth. The 4th graders dug into biographies and portraiture and created and 8 page origami book portraits, self portraits and research information. They also looked at the works of Jean Michel Basquiat and created powerful civil justice collages. The first graders created community papers and created a collage based on the story Maybe Something Beautiful. They also created robots and played with many different shapes. The room was a constant buzz of happy energy! Home stretch and looking forward to the next rotation.

Ms. Sue


This last month had many students using music to help develop their math skills. The 4th graders learned multiplication and division skills and then put those skills into lyrics and beats for an original song! The 3rd graders also had lots of fun putting together music and math! They reviewed note durations and used the number of “beats” to solve math equations that involved addition and subtraction.

The 2nd graders worked with music to explore music and culture around the world with a virtual Google Earth Tour of different countries. They identified some cultural components and matched it with music for that location. Then we “flew” there, using Google Earth!

Mr Myregaard

Email: Website: Twitter: @IAAMusicVT

Instagram: @iaamusicvt


Voting for the Red Clover Awards and the Golden Dome Book Awards has officially begun! I will finish up reading our last few Red Clover Nominees in this rotation, and students will be voting now through May 28th. If I don’t see your students' class as part of my next few rotations, I will be making arrangements with teachers to pop in and review the nominees and vote. I will do the same for the 4th and 5th graders and the Golden Dome Awards. Students need to have read at least 5 in order to be eligible to vote.

Students will be able to check books out until the 3rd week of May, and I will start collecting them the week of the 24th, in an effort to try to round up all the books out in the wild. If you could help your student by looking at home, or reminding them to look that would be very much appreciated.

Library Wish List

Ms. Jen

Instagram: @iaa_library


Hi Everyone,

We are continuing to do our tennis unit for this rotation. We have been very fortunate that the weather has mostly cooperated and the tennis courts have been open for us to use at Roosevelt Park. When the weather has not cooperated or the courts are being used, we have been able to use nets that we received from Kids on the Ball. A big thank you to Jake and Jasmina for supplying our school with two nets and two hoppers full of compression tennis balls! Some skills that we will practice are, racquet safety, ball control, forehand and backhand volley, drop shot and smash. If you are looking for something to do with your child on a nice day, bring them to a court and see what they have learned! We are going to continue to hold P.E. outside as much as we can, so please keep sending your child to school with warm clothing. It's still early in the spring so we do have cooler days to get through. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Mr. Juckett (Mr. J)


Happy May! As restrictions are slowly being removed and the vaccination rates are increasing we still need to be diligent about keeping each other safe and healthy! Please see this visual which can help in deciding how safe an activity is. Hope everyone has a wonderful May!🎕

Nurse Ali

Grade 6-12 Using New Learning Management System

Schoology - Beginning the 2021-2022 school year, all students and staff in grades 6-12 will be using a new Learning Management System (LMS) to access content and assignments, provide teacher feedback and post grades. PowerSchool owns both Unified Classroom and Schoology (new LMS), and is phasing out Unified Classroom and moving users to Schoology. More information and family supports will be shared later this spring and summer.

School Travel Plans

BSD is working with the City of Burlington, with assistance from CCRPC and DuBois & King to develop School Travel plans for all of our schools. This spring, we need your help! The first step is to get a better understanding of how our students get to school each day. Please take our Travel Survey today and look for more fun ways to get involved after break!

Center City Little League

Center City Little League registration is open now

It’s finally spring and that means it’s time for baseball! Center City Little League is for all children between the ages of 4 and 12 who live in Burlington north of Main Street and south of Burlington High School, and all IAA and SA students regardless of where they live. Our home field for the 2021 season is Roosevelt Park.

*** How to sign up?

Head to our website: to learn more and to register. The cost is $35 per player and $20 for each additional sibling, however **scholarships are available to anyone so no one will be turned away**. T-ball registration is FREE this season aside from a $3 online processing fee.

*** Which level to sign up for?

§ Kid Pitch, Majors - ages 9-12

§ Kid Pitch, Minors - ages 9-11

§ Coach Pitch, Minors - ages 6-8

§ T-ball - ages 4-6

*** When does the season start?

As soon as the temperatures warm, the ground dries out, and Covid protocols allow! Registered families will receive updates about practices and games in the coming weeks. The spring season is expected to last until the end of the school year.

Questions? We’d love to hear from you! Jules Fishelman (CCLL Board President): or 802-355-1900

Vermont Youth Dancer Summer Dance Camps!

VYD Summer dance camps at Synergy Center for Dance and Performing Arts in Jericho have openings! These camps are full of movement, choreography, storytelling, acting & drama activities, arts & craft time (for younger dancers), and culminate with a performance at the end of the week. Do not miss this community collaboration with VYD directors and experienced counsellors from the performance company.

JUNE 21 to 25th

8:30-12:30 “Three Little Kittens” (ages 4-6)

JUNE 28 to July 2nd

8:30-12:30 “Beauty and the Beast” (8 and up)

4-7:30 “Pride/Lion King” (10 and up)

JULY 5 to JULY 9

12:00-4:30 “The Boxcar Children” (6-9 yr)

JULY 19-23

9:00-1:00 pm “Alice in Wonderland” (9-14 yr)

More information at

For Vermont Youth Dancer registration, contact

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Dear Burlington and Winooski Families,

The Burlington & Winooski School Districts, in partnership with the Sara Holbrook Community Center, are excited to offer the 2021 Middle School Summer Program, free of charge, to all incoming 6th - 9th graders of the Burlington & Winooski School Districts.

Please click on the links below for program details and to register your student(s):

Program Details

Registration Form

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Read-A-Thon for Sara Holbrook Community Center

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