I would like to share with you a summary of three national protests being planned across the country in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Please note that these protests do not represent all of the events that may be scheduled in our community.
March 14th – Enough: National School Walkout. Organizers are encouraging teachers, students, administrators, and others to walk out of class for 17 minutes (one minute for each person killed at the school) beginning at 10:00 a.m.
March 24th - March for Our Lives protest in Washington DC and other cities, including San Francisco and San Jose. Additional protests might be held in San Mateo County. Organized by students from Parkland, Florida, “March for Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.”
April 20th - National High School Walk-Out for Anti-Gun Violence. Student-organized walkout commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Columbine campus shooting. Some organizers are calling for students to stay out of school until “their demands are met” (ie. gun laws are changed).
In advance of March 14th, school administrators will meet with staff and student leaders to discuss how we as a community want to remember the students and staff members killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. We expect students to remain on campus that day. We are planning to use our Advisory time on Wednesday to honor the victims and to use that time as a safe space for students to discuss their thoughts and feelings. We will keep you informed of our plans once we have discussed this with our students and developed a plan. Since our top concern is student safety, we expect students to remain on campus. However, we cannot prevent them from leaving, and should they decide to leave, we will not be able to ensure their safety.
Since March 24th is a Saturday, we will not be organizing any school events for that day.
As for April 20th, we expect students to attend and remain in school, however we will continue to plan with students if they wish to organize special activities.
These national events were designed to give students, teachers, and others the chance to express their frustration with the senseless gun violence that has already plagued many schools and to take action to bring about change. We support our students’ desire to make a positive difference in the world, but we also want to make sure they are safe. As such, we will do what we can to give them opportunities on campus to talk and learn about these issues and explore ways in which they can make a difference.
Click here to find a variety of resources to help you communicate with your children about topics related to the shooting, such as gun violence, First and Second Amendment rights, as well as tips for coping with grief around these types of events.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.
Dan Lyttle, Principal
The Teachers and Staff at IBL will be hosting our annual Open House on Thursday, March 22nd. The IBL Science Fair and Book Fair kick off the event from 6:30 - 7:00. The Science Fair will be set up and ready for visitors in the MPR, while the Book Fair will be held in our library. Classrooms will be open for visiting from 7:00 - 8:00pm. Our PTO is hosting a basket auction/raffle fundraiser to help support the many programs here at school. (See Giant Raffle flyer). Food Trucks will be here, opening at 6pm! We are excited to show you what the students have accomplished so far this school year! In order to set up, we have a 1:45pm dismissal on the day of Open House. Hope to see you there!
The Spring Book Fair will be held in the IBL Library from March 16th - March 23rd. This is a major fundraiser for the library and a great way to purchase books for your students, teachers, friends and family.
Volunteers are needed to help make the Book Fair a success! To see available shifts and sign up, please click the button below.
Book Fair Hours
Friday (3/16) - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Monday (3/19) - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Tuesday (3/20) - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Wednesday (3/21) - 9:00am to 2:30pm
Thursday (3/22) - 9:00am to 2:30pm
Thursday (3/22) - OPEN HOUSE – Opens at 6:30pm
Friday (3/22) - 9:00am to 1:30pm
Please email Julie Smith at email@example.com or call 650-738-6665 ext 1180 if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support of the IBL library!
It's Never Too Early to Plan Ahead!
Your IBL PTO board will be losing a number of volunteers in vital positions for the 2018-19 school year due to other commitments, or their students moving on to high school. Positions include:
Each role requires a different levels of commitment, but average not much more than 2-3 hours per month. Consider joining the board and making a difference for your student, and all IBL students and parents!
Pacifica School District Bond Measure News
The PSD Board approved a facilities bond to be added to the June 8 ballot. If passed it will be used only for capital improvements like roofs, heating systems, electrical upgrades, classroom improvements, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, etc. It cannot be used for salaries.
Janell Jones, Ortega parent/chair for the PSD Bond Initiative is looking for an IBL parent to join the committee. She is looking for 2 parents from each school and currently has one. This is a short commitment as the election will be at the beginning of June.
We will be meeting weekly in the evening probably at the same time we have volunteers do phone banking. We will do fundraising and organizing of volunteer to do phone banking, precinct walking, distributing lawn signs etc.-whatever we as a committee decide to do to get this thing passed! The district is currently working with a consulting firm and if our committee decides to continue working with them we will have to fundraiser to pay them as well as anything else like direct mailings, lawn signs, buttons that we decide to do.
Contact: Janell Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear IBL Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! This year the PTO would like to ask you to participate in the “ONE HUNDRED AND DONE” voluntary direct donation campaign. Your tax deductible, one time donation of $100 per student will help us fund this year’s grade specific field trips and activities (not including 8th grade graduation activities). The Pacifica School District and state of California no longer fund these programs. Therefore, the PTO is left to cover the shortfalls in funding. On average, the PTO spends over $70 per student for field trips, activities, and resources.
Throughout the year we will still ask for your help to support various fundraisers to fund the updating of our library and our Makerspace classroom; however, you can cover all of your child’s activities with this one time donation. It is our hope that with 100% family participation, our “One Hundred and Done” Direct Donation Campaign will serve as the foundation of our fundraising efforts. If every family donated, we could easily meet our goal as well as increase programs for our children, and have less fundraisers!
Why should you give to the “One Hundred and Done” Direct Donation Campaign?
It’s quick and easy to make a onetime donation today that covers your child’s field trip and funds his/her grade specific activity. There is no longer any outside funding for field trips that provide an outside, hands-on educational experience. Buses are expensive; and in order to provide a field trip for every grade, it costs nearly $12,000! Other activities such as Greek Fest and Challenge Day, as well as leadership lunch time activities, are not free and the PTO continues to fund these enrichment activities for the benefit of all students.
By giving now you have paid for all of your grade level activities (except 8th grade graduation activities) and don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the year. Please feel free to participate in any of our other fundraising activities, as the extra money generated will go towards furthering our goals for a fully funded Makerspace and updated library.
How much should I give?
We are asking for a donation of $100. However, gifts larger or smaller are always accepted. Please choose an amount that fits your family’s finances and know that every donation is important, appreciated, and will help benefit your student!
Remember this is a tax-deductible donation and could potentially be doubled by matching gifts. Please check with your employer’s HR department about corporate matching.
By using the Cheddar Up Website on the "Donate Now" button below, and picking up the small fee so that the PTO doesn't have to, you are also maximizing your donation to the school! There is a .45 cent fee for using an e-check, and a 3.5% fee for using a credit card. Check and Cash donations are also gladly accepted, by downloading the form below and dropping it at the IBL front office.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!
Attention 8th Graders and Families!
Help Our Bulldogs Become Builders
IBL has set up a GoFundMe site to help create our new Makerspace called the IBL Innovation Lab. Our goal is to raise $5000. Please check out the site and spread the word about the campaign to your friends and families. Our students will greatly benefit from the community support.