IAA Newsletter

April 2019

Principal's Message

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) helps adults and children at the Integrated Arts Academy to behave in safe and respectful ways so that students are ready to learn. Many years ago we set up 4 common rules that guide our involvement in this learning community. The four rules that we have chosen as a framework to create this respectful learning community are:





Each Monday morning we focus on one of these ROAR rules and how we want to align them with the different areas in our school. The lessons are presented through the stories and books we read and by sharing the students of the week, that exemplify these expectations in action. Staff reinforces the routines and language with respect to appropriate school behavior so that they are consistent throughout the school. Parents can also partner with school by giving their child responsibilities in the home and recognizing positive behaviors with positive language.

Finally ask your children about the Academy ROARwards. Over the next couple Monday morning meetings we will highlight class made PBIS or ROAR videos. These videos are a creative way to give gentle reminders and reflection on how we are living up to our community norms.


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Roblox Coding with Lua

WHY: If you've never coded or used Roblox before, and want to know what it would feel like.

WHO: Tweens, ages 12-15 who has an interest in coding. This program has 15 seats to be filled first come, first served.

WHAT: A four-week free hands-on workshop ....

WHERE: Burlington Tech Center , 52 Institute Road, Burlington, VT

WHEN: Every Thursday in May, 3:30 - 5:00 pm. (May 2, 9, 16, & 23)

HOW: To sign up, use the Google Form attached.

5th Grade Folktale Showcase! Round 2

Join us for our second 5th Grade Folktale Showcase! This Friday, April 12 at 2pm in the gym, IAA fifth graders will be performing their creative interpretations to the Native American Folks Tale - How the Birds Got their Feathers. The students have been working for 2 weeks in a variety of art forms, and this more collaborative and intensive workshop model is in place of a formal musical. We feel this provides great depth to the experience. Students will collaboratively create and present their interpretations of this folktales to an audience Friday, April 12 at 2:00. Join us at these Friday Town Meetings to see the amazing work of our talented fifth graders.

Don’t miss the release of DOWNSTREAM: THE EFFECTS OF PARENTAL INCARCERATION A new film by Brad Salon

Upcoming screenings:

Friday, April 26th at Main Street Landing, Lake Street in Burlington – hosted by the Burlington

Community Justice Center

Tuesday, May 7th at Essex Cinemas in Essex Junction – hosted by the Essex Community Justice Center

All shows begin at 6:30 p.m.

Downstream is a one hour documentary film featuring the compelling stories of those left behind when a parent goes to prison. Vermont children and caregivers share their experiences, revealing the complex and emotional terrain they navigate in the wake of a parent’s incarceration.

The film also includes the voices of a number of Vermont leaders and advocates whose perspectives help give larger context to the children’s and family’s stories. Those appearing in the film include: elected and state officials, educators, a law school professor, and a pediatrician. A discussion will follow the film.

“’DOWNSTREAM’ paints a vivid picture of the generational impact of incarceration on Vermont’s children and families. Kudos to the Lamoille Restorative Center for illustrating the challenges that confront young people when a parent is in prison. And thanks to the subjects who have agreed to share their most personal stories so that others may better understand the plight that they and others face.” U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.

The screenings are free and open to the public. RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED – The Montpelier show was “sold out”.

To learn more about the film and to see the film trailer go to: www.Downstreamfilm.com.

Reserve your seat by going to the Lamoille Restorative Center’s web site at: www.lrcvt.org.

Downstream is produced by Brad Salon, of Bear Notch Productions, in association with Resilience Beyond Incarceration a program of the Lamoille Restorative Center. For more information contact Tricia Long at tlong@lrcvt.org or 802.888.0538.

Please note that this communication and any response to it will be maintained as a public record and may be subject to disclosure under the Vermont Public Records Act. CEDO (including the Community Justice Center), as part of the City of Burlington, is bound by the Vermont Public Records Act. There are exemptions to this Act for certain personal and confidential information, and we will take steps to protect your privacy. If you have any questions, please ask us.


It’s Mud (/Clay) Season in the Art Room! This April, students in grades K-5 and STEP will be exploring clay. Stay tuned for updates about everything from pinch pots to piggy banks, bobble heads and more! We can’t wait to experiment with new glazes and our kiln (new last year). I’ll have a student teacher, Ms. Meghan, for the month who will be here to help with the mud madness.

Ms. Leaphart


Congratulations to Brynna, whose original piano piece, New Moon, was played at the Opus 34 concert at the Vermont College of Fine Arts on March 26. Brynna spoke to audience before her piece was played and let them know what the piece meant to her!

The 5th graders are in the middle of an Integrated Arts unit that combines music, dance, drama and visual art. They are interpreting two Native American folk tales, one from the Snohomish (Seattle area) called Pushing Up the Sky, and one from the Iroquois (Northeast) called How the Birds Got Their Feathers. We are having fun deciding what music goes where and how to play it for the actors!

The 4th graders are learning about composers and making composer collages that include the composer’s picture, history and a music example.

3rd graders are not only starting violins in their classroom, but are also starting to learn the recorder in the music classroom! Wow!





On Thursday April 4th, fourth and fifth graders who read at least 5 of this years Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominees had the opportunity to attend a voting pizza party in the library! We had 24 students read at least 5 (many read more than that) and one student read all 30 books on the list!

Many different Teaching Artists have been working with different classes in the library. Students have explored empathy, multiple perspectives, and changing emotions using Red Clover Award Nominee books: Crown an Ode to the Fresh Cut, and The Bad Seed. We've done great work embodying objects and creating tableau's to tell odes, and using dance to explore changing feelings.

If you are looking for a way to celebrate the end of another school year, how about donating a book to the library! The library has wishlist's at both Amazon and Phoenix Books. What a great way to remember your child's time at IAA :)

As always, any question please come talk to me in the library!

Ms. Jen


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This month the fitness testing window opens which means I will be assessing all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the Back Saver Sit and Reach (flexibility), PACER (cardiovascular endurance), and Curl Up and Push Up (muscular strength and endurance) tests. Students will have an opportunity to retake the test any time before the end of May. Fourth grade assessments will be sent to the state as this is now an identified area of assessment by the State of Vermont to be reported to the Federal Government.

ALERT! ALERT! This just in! The IAA Fun Run will now be held on Thursday, May 9th at 9:30. The entire IAA community can participate by running/walking and cheering for each other in this annual event. We had to move the event to accommodate a change in the All School Flynn Show that is now at noon on April 19th. So please mark your calendars and consider volunteering at this fun event.

Danielle Vierling



Two professional actors from the U.K.'s Actors From the London Stage visited IAA to work with the fifth grade as part of the company's week long Artist in Residency program through the Flynn Center. Building upon the fifth grade's current Integrated Arts Unit on Shakespeare, actors Richard James-Neale and Ffion Jolly led students through playful and engaging activities that deepened their understanding of both the characters in Macbeth and the power dynamics between them. They also guided the students through a beautiful series of vocal and physical exercises designed to introduce them to the unique rhythmic style in Shakespeare's writing known as iambic pentameter. The actors were impressed by the fifth graders insight and understanding of the story. Way to go fifth grade! Joan Robinson leads workshops in kindergarten, first grade and STEP next week to prepare students to see A Sick Day for Amos McGee at the Flynn. Then, on April 19th, the whole school with walk to the Flynn to see Ballet Hispánico!