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Upcoming Events
- Magic Mailbox Friday
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
- Holiday Sing-A-Long
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Welcome to the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler
IAA & Burlington Taiko Group Residency
                   Taiko Residency 2016!!!  
Our second Taiko residency begins on Monday, December 5th and runs through Friday, December 16th.   All classes preK though grade 5 will be receiving drumming lessons with Stuart Payton, director of the Burlington Taiko Group.  
There are 2 student performances scheduled for Friday, December 16th.
10:00 am for preK through grade 2 
1:15 pm for grades 3-5

We are kicking off the residency with a Burlington Taiko Group Performance on Friday 12/2 at 2:00 pm!!   We will also have a live author's reading and dramatic rendition of the children's book : The Drums of Noto Hanto, by local author, Alison James at our Monday Morning Meeting on 12/5 at 8:10 am!  Hope to see you there!

Involved with the beat.
but sometimes complex. 
My hands are on fire. 
So is our community.
Jason - 4th grade IAA student 
Fill the Bowl Coming Right Up!!!

Thursday, December 8th 
Fill the Bowl 
6:00 pm
Free Community Dinner
Pottery Sale and Silent Auction
All proceeds to benefit IAA new refugee families 
Student Support Services Parent Forum
Student Support Services Parent Forum

Cat McKelvey, School Psychologist
Laura Nugent, Student Support Director

Student Emotional and Mental Health Concerns

C.P. Smith Elementary
332 Ethan Allen Pkwy, Burlington, VT
Monday, December 5th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Read THE WEEKLY LEAL: the IAA 2nd Grade Newspaper
Click to Read the Latest Issues of "THE WEEKLY LEAL," the IAA 2nd Grade Newspaper.

These talented reporters have raised the bar so high!  Read here for the news about IAA happenings and things going on around the world.  Enjoy!


If you missed any issues, check the
Click here to get to the ARCHIVE of the Weekly LEAL.

IAA Nationally recognized through Let's Move!, Active Schools!!
Integrated Arts Academy Receives National Award 
Burlington, Vermont – Let’s Move! Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative dedicated to ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools, recently honored the Integrated Arts Academy with the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, for its outstanding efforts in creating an Active School environment. 
The Integrated Arts Academy has increased opportunities for physical activity before school, during the school day and after school. They provide students an opportunity to move before school with the Move it! Move it! Program. In addition to a comprehensive physical education program, classroom teachers use movement throughout their day with various brain breaks, including GoNoodle and Brain Dances. After school, students are encouraged to move with additional clubs including the RunVermont MiniMilers Program and the Boys' and Girls' Club. 
Principal Bobby Riley commended the efforts by saying, “Healthy, active bodies develop healthy, active minds. We have seen the connection between social emotional well being, academic improvement and physical activity. As with the arts, increased physical activity readies students to take safe risks in school, builds confidence and deepens community bonds. We are so proud of the work of our staff and countless volunteers who have contributed to the success of this movement. They have gone above and beyond and it is translating into success for our children and families.”
As part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award package, the Integrated Arts Academy received a large display banner, National Award certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady.

A big shout out of thanks to Ms. V., Nurse Mongeon, Cara Crebs Gleason, and Sarah Felson for keeping our kids moving, and to all of our teachers for supporting this important and healthy initiative!

Go, IAA!!!
Come meet your child's teacher, find out about the curriculum,and share a meal with fellow families!!

Tuesday, September 20   - Kindergarten and First Grade
Wednesday, September 21 - Second and Third Grades + STEP
Thursday, September 22 - Fourth and Fifth Grades  

6:00-7:00 pm!!
SES, district tutoring, Second Session Open for Applications
SES is now HATS
NCLB was reauthorized in December 2015 as the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Although Supplemental Educational Services are not required under ESSA, the Burlington Schools will be providing alternative supports [Homework and Tutoring Services- HATS] to those students who previously would have been eligible for SES. 
Eligible students in grades 2-12  may receive Homework Help as part of the school's after school program or supplemental tutoring in  Reading and/or Math by an outside provider.
Applications will be sent home in two weeks, with the program to begin by the end of October.

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!!

We are thrilled to enter our 8th year as a Burlington magnet school and the only integrated arts focused elementary school in the state of Vermont.   Here are some important dates and events for the beginning of the school year:  

August 19 - Kindergarten Meet and Greet  3-4pm   Little Rosie's Park 
August 26 - Kindergarten Open House  3-4pm  Kindergarten Classrooms 
                  Back to School All Family BBQ  4-6pm  IAA Playground
August 31 - First Day of School  -  Kindergarten through grade 5  
Kindergarten students have a half day this day,11:30 pick-up   
All other students are dismissed at 1:50 pm 
August 31 - FIRST DAY OF AFTER SCHOOL for grades 1-5
September 1 -  Kindergarten Early Release for Ms. Emily's K students only - 11:30 pick-up
September 2 -  Kindergarten Early Release for Ms. Maggie's K students only - 11:30 pick-up
September 5 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
September 6 - FIRST DAY OF AFTER SCHOOL for Kindergarteners
September 9 - First Friday Town Meeting, 2:15 pm in the gym  


Wednesday, June 1, 6-7:30PM
Sustainability Academy, 123 North Street
Join Superintendent Yaw Obeng and Student Support Director Laura Nugent, for an opportunity to share your experiences, thoughts and concerns.

May 5th, Thursday 5:30 pm!!  
Dumplings, Dumplings, and More Dumplings!!!!
And a little contra dancing! 
Come one, come all to IAA!
Helping a family in need
On Friday night, one of our family's houses caught on fire.  They are all okay, thank goodness, but they lost all of their belongings.  If you have anything that you would like to donate, please call Teresa in the office at 864-8475, and she will let you know what to do.  If you would like to give a monetary donation, the gofundme link is here.

Thank you all for your concern and generosity.
Congratulations to our very own Mr. Bobby Vt. National Distinguished Principal of the year!
Congratulations to IAA's very own principal, Mr. Bobby!!  
Parent Teacher Conferences are happening!
Hello, IAA families!
It's that time of year again when teachers look forward to meeting with all of their students' families.  It is a time when families and teachers can share their excitement and ideas in hopes that they will be on the same page about each student.  We here at IAA believe that this is an important part of a student's success therefore it means a lot to us.  Last year we had 98%!
If you don't have a meeting scheduled or if the time that you received does not work, feel free to call Teresa in the office at 864-8475 and she will help you set up a time.
Thanks in advance for your attendance!
The Kids Are Alright Was A Great Success!!

Thank you to everyone who turned out to support the IAA Music Program at the Kids Are Alright Concert!!  The PTO raised almost $11,000 thanks to you and our generous sponsors:
Kids VT Family Newspaper
Seven Days
Fuse Marketing
Stagecoach Digital
Star 92.9
American Flatbread
Vantage Press
Davis Studio
Advance Music
The Kids Are Alright!!

The Kids Are Alright Benefit Concert

For grown-ups who used to be kids, and kids who are still kids!

Kids’ songs reinterpreted and ready to ROCK, all to benefit the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler, Vermont’s only arts magnet elementary school.

Ryan Miller ~ Swale ~ High Breaks ~ Steady Betty ~ Aspero Saicos
Special live performances by: ~ DJ Necutron

Higher Ground – Saturday, March 19
Doors at 12pm, show at 12:30pm, at the Higher Ground Box Office, or 888-512-SHOW

Tickets: Available in the front office- ask Teresa! 
Advance: $5kids/$10 adults ~ Day of: $7 kids/$12 adults
Sponsored by: ~ Kids VT/Seven Days ~ Fuse Marketing ~ Stagecoach Digital 
~ Cheesetraders ~ Star 92.5 ~ Element Real Estate ~Jacob Albee Goldsmith ~ Redstone
Artist in Residence

The IAA fifth graders have begun to work with local artist, Mary Lacy.   Mary is the artist who created the giant hummingbird in downtown Burlington  and the colorful abstract silos at  Mary will be working with the fifth grade classes during their co-teaching integrated arts block with Ms. Leaphart, Mr. Whitman and Ms. B. Students will be asking the essential questions:
How does a public mural change a space?
How do I use measurement to help design something?
How do I re-size a design using scale and ratio?  
How do I convert units of measure?  
How do color, shape, line and space affect my design?
How do artists come up with an idea to meet a set of guidelines? 

The students have been commissioned by Mr. Bobby to create an installation/mural for the hallway leading up to the second floor.  Students will be working with Mary Lacy for the next six weeks. This opportunity was made available to IAA through the Artist in Residence program at Burlington City Arts.  
Keep your eye on the upper stairwell...some cool transformations are about to take place!


Registration for the current 2015-16 school year is on a rolling basis. Enrollment for the next school year, 2016-17, opens on January 4, 2016 and closes on February 19, 2016, with school placement notification sent out the week of April 4, 2016. If you have a child turning five on or before September 1, 2016, you need to register them for kindergarten now.

If there are more first choice registrations than there are spots, we will look at families’ second choices. When a student doesn’t receive their first choice school, a District employee will contact the family to discuss their options for schools. Applications received after February 19, 2016 will be considered based upon available space.

Beginning January 4, all forms can be found at our District Website,, in any of our schools, or at our District Office at 150 Colchester Ave. Families completing registration forms should bring a copy of their child’s Birth Certificate or other proof of age, a copy of their immunization records and proof of residency.

Pre-k registration will also open on January 4, 2016. Visit or call (802) 864-8463 for more information.

Feel free to contact any schools if you would like to arrange a visit.

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SES, district tutoring, Second Session Open for Applications

The January enrollment window for SES is now open.  There are a limited number of spaces available but new students are encouraged to apply.  Students do not need to reapply if an application was completed in the Fall.  All new applications should be returned to the main office in each school by Monday, January 25, 2016.

Click here for the application.
Fill the Bowl Raises Almost $2000.00!
Congratulations to the IAA 3rd Graders!  
They raised more than $1700.00 to help those who are hungry in our community.   Donations will be given to the Food Shelf and Hunger Free Vermont!  Mr. Wallace and Mr. Mike's classes worked hard this year preparing for this wonderful helping event.  They hand crafted over 240 beautiful clay bowls and have been learning about how even one small group of individuals can make a big difference.     A heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with this event.  A giant thank you to the following community organizations and individuals for their generous donations:

Burlington City Arts
The UVM Pottery COOP
August First
Barrio Bakery
Great Harvest Bread
Sugar Snap 
City Market
Chubby Muffin
American Flatbread
Zabby's Stone Soup 
Bennington Potters North
The Gift Barn

Thanks to these individual artists:
Erik Rehman
Joan Watson
Alison Saunders
Susan Bernstein
Jeremy Ayers
Harold Kaplan
AO Glass
Andy Sneider
Jean Meinhardt
Alissa Farber 
and pottery students from Colchester High School!!  

We couldn't have done this without you!  
IAA as Lab School for VT Teaching Artists
IAA, in partnership with multiple arts and higher education organizations, serves as a lab school for teaching artists from across the State.  First semester the artists the teaching artists engage in a graduate level course using IAA for observations and participation to improve their practice in a public school setting.

They learn more about teaching through the arts, arts integration, and Universal Design for Learning, (UDL).  Second semester some of them offer and teach arts residencies to our students.  Read more about it in this Seven Days piece.