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Issue 11
Stronger Together
Message from Susan Holt, Ivymount Executive Director

These past few months, we have confronted difficult issues together - a new virus in our community, sudden changes to education, coping with uncertainty. With the heartbreaking deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, which have led to national unrest, we once again face painful matters.

Our hearts go out to those who are suffering as a result of the multiple crises shaking our country. There is work to be done to bring together our communities and our collective well-being. For the Ivymount community, this means rededicating ourselves to making our students’ lives better every day. Our on-going mission is to foster an environment of mutual respect and safety, and to empower our students and staff to be agents of change.

When Ivymount was founded 60 years ago, it gave a voice to those who were not fully heard. To this day, we remain committed to diversity, tolerance, and kindness — bigotry, prejudice, and indifference have no place in our school or programs.

Below are resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to help facilitate dialogue to bring about positive, productive outcomes.

Play with us on Saturday, June 6
Ivymount Outreach is excited to offer online events on Saturdays to connect and provide fun activities for students and families. Activities will be similar to those provided at our Saturday Camp LOL and Afterschool Clubs and will feature our amazing staff!
This Saturday, June 6, we will be hosting live Bingo again! All are welcome.

Click here to RSVP by Friday June 5 at 3 pm. A Zoom meeting link and directions to play the game will be sent out Friday afternoon to all participants who RSVP. Each person who RSVPs will be emailed two bingo boards.

Be sure to check back next week to find out the activity scheduled for Saturday, June 13!

Summer Reading

Summer is a great time to read a new book. Click here for a list of library resources, including directions on how to obtain a digital library card from your local library. Ivymount Media Specialist, Mr. Tamulevich, created his list of summer books picks by grade level below.

Grades K-2
  • The Garden of Abdul Gazazi by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe 
Grades 3-5
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
  • Wonder by Patricia Palacio
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Grades 6-8
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Grades 9-12
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Wordless picture books for all ages
  • Flotsam by David Weisner
  • The Boy and the Airplane & The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett.
  • Unspoken: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
How to Make a Lava Lamp
This past Saturday, Outreach staff and families had a fun time making lava lamps together. Here are the directions in case you missed it and want to try this science activity on your own.

Materials Needed:
  • a wide mouth vase (or drinking glass or jar), food coloring, vegetable oil, water, and Alka-seltzer tablets
  1. Fill the vase 3/4 full with vegetable oil
  2. Add water to the oil. Leave about 2 inches empty at the top of the vase.
  3. Squeeze in 10 drops of food coloring.
  4. Break an Alka-seltzer tablet into a few small pieces and then drop them in the vase.
  5. Watch the reaction! Add another tablet to make it happen again.
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