Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. Garcia!

February 1, 2020

Despite the warm weather forecast for the weekend, February is here! Our attribute for this month is inquirer. We want to encourage our scholars to wonder and ask questions about the world around them. Black History Month begins today which lends itself to some great opportunities for teachers and scholars to explore inquiry. We hope you will join us in encouraging scholars to ask "why".

We had a busy week at CIA. On Monday, we recognized Mr. William Jones and Mr. Warren Bynum for the SBCSC #TeamSouthBend Awards. We are truly thankful for the work these two gentlemen do on a daily basis!

Our girl's basketball team had their first game of the season and our varsity squad lost a heartbreaker to Jefferson in overtime. We are proud of our Lady Cougars and know that they will bounce back in this week's game against Dickinson.

We celebrated the 100th day of school on Wednesday, and our scholars celebrated all that they have learned! We are certainly 100 days smarter and so proud of everything our scholars have accomplished.

On Tuesday, we had our first informational parent meeting about the French Immersion Dual Language Program coming this fall. We will have another meeting on February 20th at 5:30 pm. We are excited about the opportunity to provide this unique educational experience at CIA.

As we look ahead at the week, we hope you will stop by Chipotle at Eddy Street Commons on Wednesday, February 5th. The give back night is from 5:00-9:00 pm and you must show the flyer.

Our girl's basketball team has a home game on Thursday, February 6th at 5:30 pm and our wrestling team kicks off its season on Wednesday at Jackson. The meet begins at 5:30 pm.


Scholars in grades 6-8 should charge their Chromebook nightly. We do not sell chargers, and if a scholar loses the charger, s/he must purchase a new one.

Scholars should not have their phones out during instruction and cell phones should be secured in their lockers. The expectation for communicating with your scholars is to call the office.

While technology is an important piece of living and working in the 21st Century, it is important to know how teens are impacted by technology. Here is a link to an article about the impact of social media on teens:

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and I will see our scholars on Monday!


Dr. Garcia

Cougar Cast Presents: It's a Great Day at Clay! Click the link below to view.

PTSO Updates

PTSO Information:

The CIA PTSO is now on Amazon Smile! Please use the link below, which will direct you to add the CIA PTSO as the charity you wish to support with your Amazon purchases. Amazon makes the donation; there is no additional cost to you.

Clay International Academy PTSO's Unique Amazon Smile Link:

The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity you choose via Amazon Smile. For more details on how Amazon Smile works, see the following link:…/c…/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas

On Valentines Day (Friday, February 14th), our CIA scholars are invited to participate in a NUT (No Uniform Today) Day! Students are invited wear their favorite Valentine’s colors.

All funds raised will support the CIA PTSO.

Scholars are not allowed to wear slides, slippers, sandals, or flip-flops. No pants with large rips/holes, no pajamas, no midriff tops or see-through tops/bottoms. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts. No shorts during quarter three.

Mr. Farrell's Fourth Grade Class Made Valentine's Day Cards for Children at Memorial Hospital.

CIA Girl's Basketball Versus Jefferson

#TeamSouthBend Awards

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#TeamCIA Award

Mrs. Davis nominated the dynamic kindergarten duo of Miss Schramm and Mrs. Szajko for the #TeamCIA award. They are being recognized for their dedication to scholars, commitment to collaboration, and positive attitudes!
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100th Day of School

Dates to Know

February 4th: Talks with Todd (Dr. Cummings). 8:30 am at the Kroc Center

February 5th: Delayed Start. School begins at 10 am

February 5th: CIA PTSO Chipotle Fundraiser from 5:00-9:00 pm at the Eddy Street Commons Location

February 5th: CIA wrestling at Jackson at 5:30 pm

February 6th: CIA girl's basketball vs Dickinson at home at 5:30 pm

February 12th: CIA wrestling vs Jefferson and Edison at CIA at 5:30 pm

February 13th: CIA girl's basketball at Navarre at 5:30 pm

February 14th: Breakfast with love in the cafeteria from 7:15-8:15 am

February 17th: President’s Day. No school

February 20th: French Immersion Informational Meeting at 5:30. Enter Door 4

February 25th: PTSO meeting in the library at 5:30 pm. Enter Door 4

Chipotle Give Back Night!

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