Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. Garcia!

September 5, 2020

I write today’s newsletter with a heavy heart. Our community, one that I love deeply, has lost two children to gun violence in the past two weeks. Two young lives were taken tragically, and our community is reeling from the loss of yet another innocent life. As an educator, I’ve lost many children to gun violence, and the pain and frustration can be difficult to temper. However, I hope we use this tragedy as a call to action and an opportunity for our community to come together, to bring healing and to end gun violence.

Healing also needs to occur in our own school community. Equity, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of my work as an educator and this week only deepened my commitment to this important work. Our mission at Clay International Academy is to cultivate open-mindedness and to help our scholars to be globally-minded citizens. Our mission extends not only to how we want our scholars to approach the world, but also to how we expect our teachers and staff members to approach the world. As we reflect on where we are in time and place, we will focus on creating equitable, inclusive and empowering experiences for all of our scholars.

This week we are proud to share the 2019-2020 Cougar Cast Award Show. For those families who are new to CIA, the Cougar Cast creates shows and videos about school-related topics. Mr. Gish and and his Cougar Cast team are extremely talented and showcase the best of CIA. We hope you enjoy the show!

Lastly, our IB learner attribute that is being highlighted in September is open-minded. IB defines being open-minded as: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

I hope you have a great Holiday weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday!


Dr. Garcia

2020 Cougar Cast Award Show

Fall Sports

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Chromebook repair and replacement

Chromebook repairs and replacements are available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. Call 574-393-5970 to schedule an appointment at Edison Technology Services. Information about Chromebooks may be found here on the website.

Drive-Thru Parade

Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 3:30-5pm

52900 Lily Road

South Bend, IN

We hope you join us for our Drive-Thru Parade! We miss our scholars and would love to see you! Wear your favorite CIA gear or CIA school colors, make posters and be ready to celebrate being a Cougar! We will host the Drive-Thru Parade using the car rider lane. The car rider lane runs parallel to Cleveland Road in front of Door two.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Mask Up, #TeamSouthBend!

City of SB Face Masks REVISED

SBCSC Meal and Textbook Application

For those who are new to Indiana or who have children attending school for the first time, please note that Indiana is one of the few states that requires parents to pay a textbook fee.

Parents must complete the Meal & Textbook Application and qualify for free and reduced lunch to have all fees waived. Textbook fees will be mailed out at the end of the month.

Parents must complete the Meal & Textbook Application and qualify for free and reduced lunch to have all fees waived. Textbook fees will be mailed out at the end of the month.

Please take the time to complete the SBCSC Meal and Textbook application at

If you have any questions, call their office at 574-393-6059.

Payments for textbook fees can be taken over the phone with a credit or debit card by calling 574-393-6099. When Textbook Rental Invoices are mailed you can pay with a credit card by putting the card number on the provided space on the invoice or with a check or money order through the mail. You can also come in person to the fourth floor of the Administration Building to the Fees Cashier's office to pay with cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card.

Greetings from CIA PTSO

Connecting Cougars

The Clay International Academy (CIA) Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is trying to help build community and help parents/guardians and scholars connect while we are apart. If you would like to connect with other families and students at CIA, please share your contact information in the form linked below. By sharing contact information we want to help facilitate students getting to know each other, as well as for parents to share information, since we don't have a lot of opportunities to meet in person. Please also visit our CIA PTSO Facebook page at You can also email us at

Form address:

Also, did you know you can support the Clay International Academy PTSO by shopping on Amazon Smile? Simply use this link:

Dates to Know

All sporting events start at 5:30 pm (limited tickets)

September 7: Labor Day. School and office closed. No eLearning

September 9: Football at home, volleyball at home. Cross country at Jefferson.

September 9: Virtual School Board Meeting at 5:30 pm

September 10: Boys soccer at home, girls soccer at Jefferson.

September 12: Drive-thru Backpack Giveaway at Brown Community Center. 9:00-12:00 pm

September 15: Drive-thru Parade: 3:30-5:00 pm

September 15-Oct. 15th: Hispanic Heritage Month

October 9: Teacher Record Day. No school

October 12 &13: Fall Break. No school