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Read THE WEEKLY LEAL: the IAA 2nd Grade Newspaper
Click to Read the Latest Issues of "THE WEEKLY LEAL," the IAA 2nd Grade Newspaper.

Check out the latest goings-on at IAA.  Some of the stories are so funny!  You will surely have a laugh - and learn something!  Enjoy!




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Click here to get to the ARCHIVE of the Weekly LEAL.

Thanks for supporting our School!
Thanks to your generosity, we made around $5000 to go to the Integrated Arts Academy and help fund artist residencies and more!  We are so thankful that we live in this supportive community.  We couldn't have done it without you all.  THANK YOU!
Congratulations to the VT School Nurse of the Year!!!
Our very own Nurse, Louise Mongeon, has been chosen as the Vermont School Nurse of the Year by the Vermont State School Nurses' Association!  We are so proud to have her as our resident nurse.  This award is so well-deserved by Nurse Mongeon.  She is so caring and such a great help to our students and staff here at I.A.A.  Congrats, Nurse Mongeon!
Welcome Back to School!
Welcome back to our IAA students and Families!  It is going to be a fantastic year and we are looking forward to everything that it brings.   We hung the brand new IAA mosaic just in time for the first day of school.  It's bright, colorful, and full of life!  Last year's graduating class designed and created the mosaic with teaching artist and parent, Rebecca Schwarz.  Ms. Leaphart's students worked together to create our very own, very artsy, very IAA new sign.     Welcome back!
Kindergarten times for the FIRST WEEK
Welcome new K families!  We wanted to be sure that you know the times for the first week.

Wednesday, August 26 - First Day:  Pick up at 11:30 am
Thursday, August, 27 - Ms. Maggie's Class:  Pick up at 2:50 pm
                                  Ms. Emily's Class:  Pick up at 11:30 am
Friday, August 28 - Ms. Maggie's Class:  Pick up at 11:30 am
                             Ms. Emily's Class:  Pick up at 2:50 pm

The K teachers and our Special Educators use these first days to assess every kid as a team to help ensure success for each individual.

Thanks for your cooperation on this!  Looking forward to working with your child every day!
Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe Speaks About the Magnet Schools
Integrated Arts Academy - Hot off the Press!
Celebrating 6 Years of Success!
Click the link below to view channel 5's coverage of the Magnet School Celebration and Parade!
A special thank you to Vermont Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe.

Jon Gailmor Residency a wonderful success!
What fun was had by the students and staff during our 5th annual Songwriting residency with the talented Jon Gailmor!  Jon went around the school to every classroom and helped each class write and perform an original song reflecting some of their favorite learning that occurred this year.  The children did an amazing job singing their songs!  There were songs about all kinds of things; animals, space, the moon, and dogs and cats to name a few.  It was a memorable moment at the Arts Academy.  Stay tuned to find out how you can hear a recording of the students.

Jon Galimor with a Pre-K class
The African Children's Choir at IAA!
It was a busy week at the Integrated Arts Academy  - four 5th grade performances of "If Only" and a visit from African Children's Choir .  Plus, the entire school walked to the Flynn on Friday morning to see the matinee performance by the group. And there's more... the kids have been doing workshops this week around the show with Flynn teaching artist,  Lois Trombley! What an amazing school full of inspiring and energized people! Thank you teachers and staff!! Thank you Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for underwriting these amazing activities this week with the choir!
Click here to read the post in the Burlington Free Press

How Integrating Arts Makes Learning Come Alive
IAA is featured on the NPR blog, Mindshift.   Take a good look to see how the arts impact learning at IAA.

Ukulele Class Comes to IAA!

Beginning on January 8th and running for 6 weeks, IAA students will be participating in an afterschool Ukulele class.  The class is presented by Integrated Arts Academy and Young Tradition Vermont with support from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Turrell Fund, the Nelson Family Foundation and others

This is an after school activity for IAA students only.  Not open to the public.

The class will be taught by musician, performing artist, educator, and YTV board member Brian Perkins. Brian has recorded and performed with countless brass and traditional string bands. He has been involved with the many groups that foster traditional music and dance in Vermont. Along with his daughter Ella, he has become involved in the Burlington Public School District music programs including the musical theater productions of Burlington’s Very Merry Theater. In recent years Brian has been on teaching staff at Trad Camp and has also taught classes through Burlington Parks and Recreation, FlynnArts and Edmunds Middle School, where he directs the 6th Grade Jazz Band. He is delighted to lead the first group of after school ukulele players at IAA.

Participants will learn basic skills in operating and caring for a Ukulele as well as skills for collective and individual music making. They will play common folk songs used for social music making. This music will be from the American folk tradition with a special focus on the immigrant traditions which have enriched and continue to add to our common music.

Classes are on Thursdays from 3 to 4 in the music room at IAA.  They begin on Thursday, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5 & 12th

The IAA Dragon Welcomes the New Year!

Fill the Bowl! What a Success!
The 3rd Graders Raised over $1800.00 for Hunger Free Vermont and The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf at this year's FILL THE BOWL fundraiser.  
Click here to see a video of the experience start to finish.  
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.