Ida Jew Academy Parent Newsletter


Ida Jew Academy

Dear IJA Families,

At IJA students continue to be supported directly in and outside of the classroom through our (Parents and IJA teachers/staff) ongoing commitment to student learning. Take the time this weekend to reflect on your students daily efforts this trimester to attend school, study and ongoing perseverance to learn. Acknowledgment, often communicates an understanding at every grade level and every age. We would like to acknowledge your support at home in collaboration with IJA.

IJA Safety Information:

Earthquake/Fire preparedness: Last week, our participation in the Great California Shakeout helped remind and teach our students how to prepare in the event of a major disaster. (Since our TK and K students were on a field trip we will be reviewing Earthquake protocols in drill format next week.)

Run Hide Defend Training: We provide a regular drill to review Run, Hide, Defend training each year and incorporate our Incident Command System.

City of San Jose Safe School Campus initiative: We are in regular collaboration with Safe Schools.

Parking Lot and Flint Ave. As a reminder please obey all traffic laws and slow down when you see children. (Our safety team staff appreciates your support before and after school).

Update your Contact Information: Please make sure that you update all contact information and make certain you include emergency contact information (See Main office)

Food Services Information

Lunch statements are sent every other Friday to students through the students homeroom teacher

also you can find Lunch menu on MPESD announcements section

Facilities and Student Reminders


In a concerted effort to address concerns about our bathrooms we wanted to share that we have our custodial crew actively maintaining our bathrooms every 30 min to maintain bathroom cleanliness and operation.

(Please communicate at home the importance throwing trash in the garbage cans).

Note: Our parent newsletter includes some important information about upcoming events/ announcements and communication. We will also be regularly updating information on our facebook page, web site and school marquee.

I am eager to meet each of you and invite you to stop by my office to get to know you and how I can be of support to you throughout the school year.

Gilbert Rodriguez


Ida Jew Academy

408-223-3750 Ext. 77100

School Site Council Nominations

School Site Council is an school advisory group made up of 4 parents, 1 student, 3 Teachers, 2 Administrators which participates in the development of the school site plan. If you are interested in having your name placed on the ballot, please complete the School Site Nomination Form (Click here) and return the Ida Jew Academy main Office, or email form to

Our SSC meets at IJA typically 6 to 7 times throughout the school year. For more information, please contact the IJA main office.

Parent Climate Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete a School Climate Survey for our school. The survey is anonymous and only needs to be filled out once, even if you have multiple students. We are hoping to have every parent or guardian complete this short survey.

Survey Results will provide us valuable information on how we are doing as a school and help us set priorities for the future. The survey is available in English and Spanish. Please help by clicking on the link below to complete the survey."

We will send the survey link home and parents can also complete the survey at the schools main office


IJA Harvest Festival 10/31

On October 31st Ida Jew Academy will be having a Harvest Festival. This is a family event, please remember to invite everyone in your family. Come have a fun day filled with Food, Games Prizes, Music, Face Painting, Fun House and much more!

Volunteers Needed (Sign up in the Main Office)

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Halloween Parade 10/31

On October 31 we will hold our annual Halloween Parade. We look forward to this fun filled event. The Parade will begin at 9:00am. We will also have planned activites for students not participating (Please click on the link below to review important information and details.)

IJA Halloween Letter 2019-2020 (Click Here)

Dia de Los Muertos 11/1

Friendly reminder

Día de los Muertos is next Friday, November 1.

Students can wear black or traditional clothing and come with Day of the Dead face paint. Also, don't forget to send the $1 donation by Monday.

Volunteers Needed (Sign up in the Main Office)

Parent Teacher Conferences Nov.4-15

We will be holding our annual Parent Teacher Conferences beginning Nov. 4- 15. Students were provided forms that went home on Monday that must be returned on Friday 11/25. Parents will be contacted the week of 10/28- 11/1 to confirm your requested time. If you have any questions please contact the front office. (Minimum Day Schedule : Student Release 1:30pm)

IJA Fall Conference Schedule Form (Click Here)

Coffee with the Principal 11/6

Come and enjoy coffee and conversation with the principal Nov. 6 at 8:30am. The Administrative team will be sharing information about the school.

Book Fair

We will be hosting our Book Fair on Nov. 7 - 18.

Please review some important information (Click Here)

IJA Book Fair link (click here)

PTA Events and Support

Our next PTA meeting is Wed. 11/6 @6:30pm

See's Candy Fundraiser 11/7-11-21

Family Dine Out: El Pollo Loco 11/13 3:00- 9:00pm

Library Resources and Partnership with IJA

We continue to partner with our local library services

IJA Reminders

  • Student drop-off begins no earlier than 7:30am in the cafeteria.
  • Class starts at 8:15am every day (Students need to be in class at this time)
  • Student drop off and pick up (please be mindful of students and school representatives)

Upcoming Events / Announcements

  • Oct. 31 IJA Harvest Festival 11:00- 2:00pm
  • Nov. 1 Dia De Los Muertos
  • Nov. 4 Trimester 2 begins
  • Nov. 4-15 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov. 6 Coffee with the Principal 8:30am
  • Nov. 6 PTA meeting @6:30pm
  • Nov. 11 Veterans Day (No School)
  • Nov. 13 Family Dine Out: El Pollo Loco 3:00-9:00pm
  • Nov. 18 School Site Council Meeting @3:00pm Room 6
  • Nov. 23- Dec. 1 Thanksgiving Break (No School)