Primary Years Academy of International Education is a K-5 International Baccalaureate World School. We are a public school using an inquiry model of teaching and learning. Our students learn how to question and explore the world around them while using the skills necessary to be a successful internationally-minded citizen in the 21st century. Students work in an environment which supports their academic, social, and physical needs through a rigorous program of study. Primary Years Academy is a community of students, parents, teachers, and administrators working together as a team.
It's Official! PYA is authorized as an IB World School
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 was a red-letter day for Primary Years Academy. We received notification that we have been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School. This means we successfully met all IB standards and practices and PYA is being welcomed into the ranks of the global school network.
Thank you to all the parents, teachers, staff, and students who have worked tirelessly for the past three and a half years to build our school community from the ground up. It is through dedication and a willingess to strive for the best for our students that we have met this milestone.
We would also like to thank the SUSD Board of Trustees, Directors, and Dr. Steve Lowder for supporting us through the daunting process of building a world class program.
Parent Newsletter, August 15, 2014
August’s IB profile attribute is “caring”
A caring person shows empathy, compassion and respect, with a commitment to service.
August 18: All parents will sign-in in the office and wear a visitor tag when on campus starting today (Monday). Parents who stay for the flag salute will exit through the office. Thank you!
August 23: PYA/PTA’s Family Picnic at Victory Park 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We invite PYA families to come for a chance to meet, relax and have fun with all.
It’s a potluck, so please read the PTA flyer for more details about what to bring. what to bring. Bring chairs and games for picnic fun!
August 29: Lifetouch School Picture Day
Uniforms are required for these pictures. Every child will be photographed- no purchase necessary. Order forms will be sent home next week. There will be spring picture day when students will have a free dress day.
September 1: Labor Day Holiday- no school today
PYA has had a great start to the school year. Our students came ready to learn and are demonstrating the IB trait “caring” in their interactions with old friends and new.
There is a long waiting list for the afterschool program (STEP-Up). Unfortunately, the STEP-Up grant limits us to 83 students. However the director of the program has allowed us 100. The STEP-UP grant requires that students who are enrolled are those students who need academic help based on test scores. Because our enrollment has increased, we have fewer spots that remain for those who are proficient or advanced. Also, siblings do not automatically get in. We understand that it is a hardship for some of our families, but are grateful to have the program here. If spots open up, Mr. Luis will call families on the waiting list.
A few reminders:
Thank you, parents, for your adherence to traffic rules in the a.m. & p.m. Please do not park or double park in the white drop-off zone on Lincoln Street. If you want to watch your child walk up to the office door, please park in a legal parking spot on the street or across the street.
Please do not allow your child to cross the street unaccompanied. Legal crossings are at the crosswalk, and at the corners of Walnut Street and Harding. Jaywalkers may be ticketed.
Please do not drop your child off before 7:30. Our supervision does not begin until then.
State law and district policy prohibits school breakfast or lunch items to be touched or eaten by non-students, and for the food to leave the cafeteria. Parents may purchase breakfast or lunch for themselves or younger children. Please allow your child to pick up their milk and their food tray and serve themselves at breakfast. Thanks.
Students must be in uniform daily. Thanks to the Assistance League, Operation School Bell can provide uniform shirts and jackets to family who would like assistance with obtaining extra sets of uniforms for their K-5th grade student. Please ask for a form in the front office.
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