Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. G

August 17, 2019

The Masai tribe in Africa is known for the greeting: "Kasserian Ingera" which translates to "and how are the children". At CIA, every day we are thinking: How are the children? We are committed to the well-being of every child in our hands and are deeply aware of the trust our families place in us to care for their children. We do not take this responsibility lightly and are constantly seeking ways to grow and better support your children.

We are refining our procedures for arrival and dismissal and are developing a system to efficiently communicate transportation information we receive during the day. Please remember to notify the office if your scholars will be a car rider instead of a bus rider for the day.

Communication is a vital piece to CIA's success. While social media is a great way to share information, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, please share those directly with Dr. Garcia, Mr. Dillon, or your scholar's teacher. We do not always see comments or questions on the school's Facebook page nor can we actively monitor it throughout the day or evening.

Contact information:

School's office number is 574-393-4300

Dr. Garcia's email:

Mr. Dillon's email:

We are looking forward to our first full week of school and hope to see you at the Open House on August 22nd from 5:30-7:00 pm. Be sure to stop by the PTSC table and find out how you can get involved.

Remember, literacy is a vital skill and we are committed to making sure every child in our building is a super reader! Reading 20 minutes a day at home makes a difference, and we need your help to make sure scholars understand its importance.


Dr. Garcia

Gentle Reminders

Procedural information

Every visitor must check in to the office and sign in and out.

All visitors must have a criminal background check on file.

All visitors should have a visitors pass from the main office.

Arrangements to volunteer should be made in advance and communicated with the office.

The school opens at 8:15 am. Scholars will not be allowed in the building before that time.

The office opens at 8:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm.

Car riders should be picked up at Door Two.

Do not pull in to the bus pick up and drop off area.

Important Dates

School Board Meeting: Monday, August 19th. 5:30-8:00 pm

Open House: Thursday, August 22nd from 5:30-7:00 pm

Labor Day: All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd.

First Late Start: September 4th (school starts at 10:00 am)

Picture Day: September 4th

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

About Us

We are a K-8 public school in the South Bend Community School Corporation. We are committed to providing a quality education with an international focus.