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Welcome to the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler
PLEASE NOTE - CHANGE IN DATE for our Literacy Breakfasts
We have changed the dates of our Literacy Breakfasts.  Grades K, 1, 2, and Ms. Lynda's class will have their breakfast on Friday, November 14, at 8:10 am.  Grades 3, 4, and 5's breakfasts will take place on Friday, November 7, at 8:10 am.  

Please come to your child's classroom and explore what they have been learning in literacy this year so far.  You will get to read some of their original writing pieces and you may even get to hear them read to you.  Join us for this celebration of learning.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Please Attend our Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences are this week at IAA. This is an excellent opportunity
that we have as parents to become aware and involved in our children’s school
year. This is the time to build a relationship between teacher and parent and
strengthen the connection between home and school; it is also the time to talk
privately with your child’s teacher about your child, sharing the joys and any
concerns you might have.

I know that we both have the best interest of your child in common. Let’s come
together early in the year to fully reinforce that mutual goal and ensure our children
are getting the support they need to be successful in school academically,
socially, and emotionally.

The Parent and Teacher Conference serves as a moment to:

• Talk exclusively about your child’s strengths and weaknesses

• Answer your questions, so ask lots.

• Find out about special programs the school uses to motivate its students ­

especially in the arts!

• Learn and understand about reading and math levels

The intimacy in which this conference takes place is a good starting point to begin
communicating with your child’s teacher. Embrace the time and use it to develop a
sense of purpose and a direction for growth for your student this school year.
ONE STRINGS Begins on September 29th!

We are proud to announce the launch of our third year of ONE STRINGS at IAA for 4th and 5th graders.  We begin on Monday, September 29 and run for 24 weeks ending in May of 2015.  ONE STRINGS (or Old North End Strings) is inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuela-born program that has successfully brought orchestral music and instruction to underprivileged schoolchildren in several countries for more than 30 years, with more than 50 programs in the U.S..  ONE Strings is intended to develop a sense of community and collective achievement among the children, using principles borrowed from El Sistema such as every child can learn to experience music, and the benefits from that learning inform critical life choices those students make.

 

Our program includes two 30-minute sessions per week.  On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings, all 97 fourth and fifth graders and their teachers and paraeducators learn to play violins in a group lesson under the instruction of violinist, Kathleen Kono.  Unlike the Suzuki method or other similar approaches that focus on individual or small-group instruction, an entire class of 20+ students play as an ensemble with their classroom teacher.

 

The IAA partners with the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (with their artistic director Soovin Kim,) to bring this program to our students.  A Vermont Community Foundation grant helps fund the instruction, along with contributions from individual and corporate donors, as well as the school’s PTO.

 

The program offers many more engagement opportunities for students. Special to ONE Strings, the strings instructor and IAA teachers team up to create curriculum connections within the classroom and the music room.   Additionally, LCCMF and VYOA provides tickets and access to community strings performances and dress rehearsals for students and their families as well as bringing string performances to IAA.  

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

The Halloween edition has hit the classrooms!  So much news coming "out of the office into the light," as one of our second grade reporters has written.
 
Click here to find out the news.



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

 
SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSES at IAA

Thank you to all who attended our Open House Nights last week!  We had a wonderful turn out and teachers really felt like they were able to personally connect with families.  I have heard that parents enjoyed themselves as well and were excited to get a first-hand glimpse of what goes on in their children's classrooms.

A huge thank you to Papa Frank's for cooking us tasty food and also to the PTO for providing it for us!

Connections like this are what makes The Integrated Arts Academy the special community that it is.

Thanks!





 
Sculptor Thea Alvin and IAA at St. Mike's

Sometimes an opportunity comes our way that we just can’t resist.  This seems to happen a lot at IAA lately as we become more and more known for learning through the arts.

Last week our fourth and fifth graders were able to join an art installation in progress at St. Michael’s College.  We paired up with St. Mike’s Education students, and assisted artist Thea Alvin as she created an enormous stone archway on the campus grounds.  Thea Alvin is a stone mason who has been working with rocks for over 30 years.  Her work reminds one of the much loved work of the famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy.  Our students learned a bit about the physics involved in this kind of  sculpture and then worked in teams to create their own small stone arch.  See the snapshot page for visual details.  Students also took advantage of the word garden and wrote some fun and lively stone art sentences.   The arch is now a permanent outdoor installation at St. Mike’s and well worth a visit.

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Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival at IAA
The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival graced IAA today with a visit and performance by the Young Quartet Residency Fellows. It was a passionate performance for the fourth graders and a wonderful motivator for the soon to begin 3rd year of our ONE Strings Program at IAA.



ONE Strings at IAA uses an El Sistema inspired model of instruction for all of our 4th and 5th graders. The ONE Strings Program will run for 24 weeks this year and begins the first week of October.  Here's a link to learn more about El Sistema: https://elsistemausa.org/

 

CCTA Information for the 2014-2015 School Year
For the 2014-2015 school year, the Burlington School District will continue our K-8 weekly release Wednesday schedule beginning August 27, the first student day. Elementary students will be dismissed on Wednesday at 1:50 pm with middle school dismissal at 2:00.  Mountain Transit Inc. (a subsidiary of Student Transportation of America – STA) will provide the transportation from schools following six of the existing Neighborhood Special bus routes on the Wednesday early dismissal schedule.
                                   
Dismissal time the remaining four days of the week will be 2:50 pm for elementary and 3:00 pm for middle school. CCTA Neighborhood Specials will do morning runs, Monday to Friday and afternoon runs except on Wednesdays.
                                   
Until a soon to be determined date this Fall, as we did last year, student identification cards will not be required for NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIALS. For now, students may ride to and from school on CCTA regular routes from 7 am to 7 pm at no charge with student identification cards. CCTA will allow four weeks for students to secure their picture identification. No CCTA logo is required.

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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.


 
IAA El Sistema Pilot Strings Program in Year Two
 

ONE Strings Program Now in Year Two at IAA

Now in it's 2nd year, the Old North End Strings (ONE Strings) program at IAA is an El Ssitema inspired strings program that is engaging all 4th and 5th graders for 20 weeks this winter and spring.  Students are engaged in ensemble playing with their homeroom teachers and all of their classmates twice a week during the school day.



See the video about this here.

At the Integrated Arts Academy, a Pilot Program Puts Violins in Students' Hands


Read the Seven-Days piece on our pilot strings program.  Click here.



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