Several classes had trips this month to the Cleveland Zoo and were able to see the baby giraffe!
Imagine Bella gardening is beginning again with the start of spring. Right now these young plants are soaking up the rays from a classroom window while staying safe inside from any early spring chills. Soon these plants will be transferred to the garden outside the school building. More pictures to come as we grow!
Imagine Bella Academy is looking forward to an exciting student dance performance. Students have been preparing during their dance specials with Mr. Ford each week and some students have used their enrichment (recess) time for extra rehearsals. The performance is WEDNESDAY, MAY 17th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Shore Cultural Centre. Tickets are on sale now! $5 per person
Imagine Bella is collecting pull tabs from cans to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. This helps benefit pet therapy partners like Sophie the Therapy Dog that has been visiting Imagine Bella this Spring.
Spring AIR State Testing will begin on April 18th for Math (Grades 3-6), Social Studies (Grades 4 and 6), and Science (Grade 5).
Imagine Bella students in grades 3-6 participated in Imagine Schools National Character Essay Contest. Students wrote essays based on a character maxim and work with other students to complete peer revisions. School level winners were selected by parent judges using a rubric and contest guidelines provided by Imagine Schools National Academic and Character Team. Our top winners from each grade level are being submitted to complete against school level winners from other Imagine Schools accross the country. Check out these photos of students and families celebrating our school level winners!
Spring Dance Performance will be May 17th at 6 p.m. at the Shore Cultural Centre.
A big shout-out to Ms. Parker!! She volunteered her time and came in to share a poem written by actress, singer, dancer, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou for Black/African American History Month. Ms. Parker read to the students, "Caged Bird". She also hosted a kid-friendly video prior to reading the poem to give our students a quick background of who Maya Angelou was. She did this during lunch time for all four lunches and even assisted in cleanup for each lunch too! Check out the other photos to see what we were up to this month!
Ohio's State Reading Test is around the corner.
Please see this list of resources that will help prepare students for the Reading Test. Spring Test Window is March 13-23, 2017
Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence participates in nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity
Imagine Bella has selected their Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. Brittney Grimes started working at Imagine Bella in August 2015 as the Physical Education Teacher and has played a dynamic role in the school's related arts programs. Ms. Grimes infuses lessons with sportsmanship and leads the schoolwide character education initiatives. Throughout the day, Ms. Grimes also supports classrooms during daily success periods which provide in school tutoring to students in reading and math. Congratulations Brittney Grimes--Imagine Bella Teacher of the Year!
Before winter break, students earned raffle tickets for good behavior choices. Each mystery gift was created by the teachers at Imagine Bella and included clues about what was inside on the outside of the box or bag. On the last day before break, names were drawn for student winners. Congrats to everyone who was able to bring home a prize!
5th District Police Department officers visited Imagine Bella with stockings for Kindergarten students at Imagine Bella. The students were so thankful and excited to have these visitors come to the their classroom right before the holidays.
Students learned about the Engineer Design Process and investigated problems duirng Computer Science Education Week.
RealEyes Presenters visited the Imagine Bella campus and talked with students about the science behind seeing. This was our second year to have these presenters visit our school and help us learn more about our eyes!
Imagine Bella held it's annual art walk in December. Families were able to their students art work on display, create wintry crafts throughout the building, and take selfies with Santa.
Interview with Mrs. Hall- 1st Grade Teacher
December 13- Winter Art Walk
December 21- January 3- No School for Students (Winter Break)
By Bryah Kelly
Imagine Bella was a busy place this fall. The school held a fall festival where students wore their costumes, played games, entered the carved pumpkin raffle, ate pizza, and dared to enter the Haunted House! Students prepared for student led conferences which you can read more about in another article in this issue. On the 31st, the annual Imagine Bella Costume parade was held in the afternoon. Thank you to all the families that made this event possible by donating candy or volunteering during the parade. Students, staff, parents, and other volunteers wore their costumes and helped pass out candy in one of our most popular school traditions. We can't wait until next October!
The staff and students of Imagine Bella participated in their annual non-perishable food drive. Classroom created graphs for their door to track progress in collecting items and there was a large graph on display in the main hallway for families to see as they entered the building. The school exceeded the cans collected last year. Also, they passed the goal of 300 non-perishable items with collecting over 500 items! The graph in the main entrance needed a whole new page added on to chart all the items collected. Way to go Imagine Bella Dragons!
Imagine Bella students prepared for student led conferences about their first quarter report cards. Students had the opportunity to share a portfolio of work samples that demonstrated their strengths and areas for improvement. Students reflected on each piece and explained why it was selected. Additionally, students shared with their parents their academic and behavior goals for next quarter.
Friday clubs have started at Imagine Bella and there is a new team of student journalists getting ready for the next issue of the Observer. Student journalists write articles and deliver the newspapers to classrooms in the school. There are some student articles in this issue too!
Students are earning tickets in their classrooms for the pumpkin raffle. The pumpkins are decorated by teachers and we can't wait to see who the winners will be!
November 1st- Picture Retake day
By Anthony Smith- 3rd Grade
By Amira L. Zangare- 4th Grade
The PTO successfully completed its first fundraiser in September with a Krispy Kreme Doughnut sale. Contact the school for more information how you can be part of the PTO this year!
Thank you to the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, friends, and male role models that particpated in Greater Cleveland's Fathers Walk on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Imagine Bella appreciates your dedication to our students and your children. So glad to see so many of you in the building.
Imagine Bella celebrates staff members for showing Imagine Shared Values of Integrity, Justice, and Fun. This month we are shouting out Mrs. Letitia Jackson in the Front Office, Mrs. Hall in First Grade, and Mrs. Heston the Art Teacher. Thank you so much for all you do to help our students and the Imagine Bella team each day!
October 14th, 2016 - No School for Students - Staff Professional Development Day
Imagine Bella held it's annual meet and greet night before the first day for Kindergarten. Families walked in on the red carpet as our own Dean of Students Mr. Gamble greeted them as the DJ. Check out these red carpet photos from meet and greet and the first week of school!
Imagine Bella was recognized at Imagine Schools Heartland Region Summer Forum with the following awards Academic Growth top performer, A+ Excellence Award for Shared Values, and Runner-up for School of the Year in Academic Growth.
Have you met our newest friends? Stop by Mrs. Karlovec's room in 206 or Mr. Musarra's room in 302 to see the newest members of the Imagine Bella Family! Want to know more? Just ask the 2nd and 3rd graders and they will be glad to tell you.
August 16th, 2016- Meet and Greet Night- Come find your teacher and classroom!