IBMA Newsletter

Week of August 31st 2020

Volunteer Hours Update: This semester, you will need to complete 6 hours of Virtual Volunteering. Two opportunities are listed below. If you know of other Virtual Volunteering opportunities with 503C organizations, please let us know so that we can add it here.


Media Album Folder added to your Materials Tab: Virtual School Pictures

Since we can't be together in the classroom, I'd like to get see your wonderful faces through pictures. Upload pictures of your first day of school, your at home work station, or just some fun pictures of virtual school that you have I'd like to be able to put them in our weekly newsletters in the Media Album: Virtual School Pictures. Please provide a caption that I can I can include.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you have to myself ( or Mrs. Suarez (

In these newsletters you will find helpful information, updates from myself, the amazing Ms. Lewis, and your IBMA president, Kelly.

Enrichment Hours: You will find links in the newsletters to enrichment opportunities for the semester. Please remember that you will need to complete two enrichments per semester for a total of 4 for the year.

A Message from the Booster Club

Good Afternoon, IBMA Parents,

Attached please find the IBMA Booster Club Membership form for the 2020-2021 school year. As mentioned during the commitment night the booster club is an essential part of assisting with many of the social programs that IBMA hosts throughout the school year. Please join to show your support of the programs.

Also, the booster club has all of their positions open for this upcoming school year. Anyone interested, please contact the booster club, ( ) email copied. No experience is needed just a willingness to support the students in the academy. Each position term is for one academic year.

IBMA Year at a Glance

Enrichment Events

IBMA Enrichment: Lucious McDaniel, IV; Founder

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

Lucious is a current college student at the University of Texas - Austin McCombs School of Business. He is the founder of, philanthropy on the fly. Phly is a fundraising app that makes collecting and managing payments effortless for clubs and communities.

During his session, he will speak from his experiences starting his own business and discovering his passion for business. He will identify how he chose to major in business and how he is pursuing his business career now. Lucious McDaniel was also Texas DECA State President in 2017-2018 and is a Forty Acres Scholar.

Registration Link

password is located in Schoology

IBMA Enrichment: Emily Nguyen, Past Texas DECA Vice President of Leadership

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd, 4pm

This is an online event.

Emily Nguyen will be speaking on behalf of her college experience (applying to college, extracurriculars), how she chose to major in business, and how she is pursuing a career in business currently as a college student. She was the Texas DECA Vice President of Leadership Development from 2017-2018 and is now a private equity intern at EnCap Investments L.P. She currently attends the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business where she is studying finance.

Registration Link

Password is found on your Schoology page and/or calendar

IBMA Enrichment: Austin Foss, Loan Officer for Mutual of Omaha Mortgage

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 4:30-5:30pm

This is an online event.

Austin Foss received a Bachelors in Communication from the Dallas Baptist University in hopes of becoming a national Sports Broadcaster. He worked for ESPN as a statistical analyst and production assistant for a few years. However, he eventually grew more interested in banking and financing. Currently, Mr. Foss is a loan officer for Mutual of Omaha Mortgage. In his session, he will give insight on changing his career decisions and what excites him most about what he does.

Registration Link

Password is in Schoology

IBMA Enrichment Event: Channing Fawcett, CEO

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 4pm

This is an online event.

"Channing Fawcett, Consultant and CEO at Stratecute, a successful marketing consulting firm speaks on her experience founding her own company and the tips she has to success." She has been a past keynote speaker for DECA and has a masters in Hotel and Restaurant Management and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Registration Link

Password is in Schoology

TED Talks

You may use one TED Talk on any of the Business topics that speak to you for an enrichment opportunity this semester. The talk must be at least 20 minutes long.

TED Talks Business Topics

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities

Color a Smile


Organization: Color a smile, a Non-profit organization, 501 (C) (3). Founded in 1986.

Students take printouts from the website, color them and mail it to Color A Smile foundation. Before mailing, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Chadwick or Mr. Lam needs to approve the hours based on the coloring sheets worked by the students and track it for GSA. The below link explains steps required for tracking volunteer credits. 3 Sheets equals 1 hours of volunteering.

Instructions for the volunteer work and credits

Spread Joy Through Cards and Notes for Senior Citizens

Bring smiles to isolated seniors through cards and letters. People of all ages are encouraged to volunteer! (Group activities also encouraged!)

Assisted living facilities aren't allowing visitors and some seniors are quarantined within their rooms due to COVID-19. Many seniors are feeling lonely, isolated, and bored while they can't see their loved ones. YOU can help keep cheer seniors up during this uncertain time by making cards or writing notes. They'll bring smiles to seniors' faces and remind them that they are not alone during this difficult time.

You will truly help many nursing home residents fight loneliness and isolation! Thank you for making a difference.

*Brighten A Day is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we can verify your service hours.

3 Cards equal 1 hour of volunteering for IBMA. You will need to attached a picture of them when you turn in forms verifying your service hours. Volunteer HERE

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