Save the Date for the Golf Tournament of the Year!

36th Annual Strelitz International Golf Tournament

The 36th Annual Strelitz International Golf Tournament, proudly known as the “Bob Josephberg Classic,” co-chaired by David Leon and Babbi Bangel, is set to be the highlight of the season on August 28, 2024, at the renowned Virginia Beach National Golf Club.

This golf tournament is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts and a cherished tradition passionately embraced by the entire Tidewater community. Each year, the event draws over 100 players and 100 sponsors, raising $150,000 to support the students and families of the Strelitz International Academy.

This past school year, the Strelitz International Academy celebrated remarkable achievements. As a result of our school’s exceptional Jewish education and International Baccalaureate®curriculum, enrollment has soared to record levels since our move to the Sandler Family Campus. 

Strelitz International Golf Tournament      Strelitz International - an IB School Golf Tournament

Serving students from infancy through fifth grade, Strelitz is a private preschool and Virginia Beach elementary school that lays a solid foundation for future leaders, deeply rooted in the values and support of the Tidewater Jewish community. The 36th Annual Golf Tournament presents a unique opportunity for businesses and individuals to make a significant impact. Sponsorship opportunities range from $400 to $10,500, catering to a variety of giving levels. The event is open to all golf enthusiasts and volunteers, promising a day packed with excitement, including a captivating silent auction and a vibrant awards reception featuring a delectable kosher dinner.

Your participation is more than just a game; it’s an investment in the future of our children and the strength of our community. Join us for a day of camaraderie, competition, and community spirit. We can’t wait to see you there! Together, we can make a lasting difference.

For more information on how you can sponsor or participate in the tournament, please contact Carin Simon, Director of Advancement, at 757.424.4327 or csimon@strelitzacademy.org. You can schedule a  visit to our Virginia Beach elementary school and private preschool through our tournament site: onecau.se/siagolf.

IB® PYP Schools in the Virginia Beach Area: What Sets Them Apart

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Remember that wide-eyed wonder your child had when they were little? The constant stream of “why” questions, the insatiable curiosity about the world around them? As parents, we cherish those moments, knowing that natural curiosity is the spark that ignites a lifelong love of learning.

Fast forward a few years. Is that spark still burning brightly? Or has the traditional school system, with its emphasis on rote memorization and standardized tests, unintentionally dampened that flame?

If you’re looking for an IB® elementary school near you that will nurture your child’s natural curiosity and help them blossom into a confident, lifelong learner, then look no further than Strelitz International Academy, the only IB® elementary school in Virginia Beach.

As a parent, we understand that you want the best education for your child. Virginia Beach offers a wealth of choices — but when it comes to igniting a passion for learning and empowering your child to become an independent thinker and problem-solver, SIA stands out as a leader.

What truly sets us apart, though? It all boils down to our exceptional International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum

Inquiry-Based Learning Approach

IB® PYP program framework goes beyond traditional methods to ignite a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime. It focuses on five key Approaches to Learning (ATL):

  • Thinking Skills: Critical analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making become second nature.
  • Communication Skills: Students confidently express themselves and collaborate effectively.
  • Social Skills: Building strong relationships and fostering empathy are at the core.
  • Self-Management Skills: Developing organization, time management, and a strong work ethic.
  • Research Skills: Knowing how to find, analyze, and use information effectively.

Why is this approach so powerful? 

Unlike rote memorization, inquiry-based learning allows students to take ownership of their education. They become active participants, asking questions, conducting research, and collaborating with peers. This fosters a deep understanding of concepts and a love of learning that goes far beyond the classroom.

Developing the Child Beyond Grades

At SIA, one of the only IB® PYP schools in Virginia Beach, we believe in nurturing the whole child. The IB® PYP program provides the framework to:

Promote Student Agency

Imagine a classroom where your child isn’t simply lectured to but actively participates in shaping their learning journey. This is the essence of student agency. At SIA, we encourage students to:

  • Ask questions: Curiosity is the cornerstone of learning. We create a safe space for students to ask questions, explore different ideas, and develop their own unique voices.
  • Set learning goals: Working with teachers, students set achievable learning goals relevant to their interests and aspirations. This fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility for their education.
  • Choose learning activities: Students have choices in how they approach their learning. Whether through research projects, group discussions, or creative presentations, they can explore topics that resonate with them.

Mold Lifelong Learners

The knowledge, skills, and attitudes your child acquires in elementary school will serve them for years to come. The IB® PYP program equips students from first grade through fifth grade with a strong foundation for continued success through the five Approaches to Learning (ATL) and an undying passion for learning about the world around them.

Connect Learning to the Real World

Learning shouldn’t be confined to textbooks. At SIA, we go beyond traditional subjects and incorporate globally significant themes that connect learning to real-world issues. These themes, such as who we are, where we are in place and time, how we express ourselves, how the world works, and how we can make a difference, encourage students to think critically about the world and develop a sense of global citizenship. We also integrate technology and cultural learning opportunities to inspire our students to celebrate diversity and thrive in a globalized world.

Cultivate Passionate Educators

Our teachers are the heart and soul of SIA and among the very best in Virginia Beach, VA, elementary schools. We understand that passionate and dedicated educators are key to unlocking a child’s full potential. That’s why we invest heavily in professional development, ensuring our teachers are:

  • Experts in the IB® PYP framework: Our teachers receive ongoing training in the IB® PYP philosophy and best practices.
  • Lifelong learners: Our faculty is committed to continuous learning and staying ahead of the latest educational research and best practices.
  • Passionate about fostering a love of learning: Our teachers are not just educators; they’re facilitators and mentors who create a stimulating and supportive learning environment where children can thrive.

Haven’t We All Dreamed of a School Like This?

Looking for a faith-based IB® elementary school near you

SIA is proud to be a Jewish day school, offering a warm, welcoming environment that integrates Jewish values with a world-class education.

At SIA, we believe in nurturing the whole child, fostering a love of learning, and empowering them to become well-rounded individuals. Isn’t that what we all dream of for our children?

Contact SIA today and schedule a visit to see how SIA can ignite a passion for learning in your child. Call us at 757-424-4327 or email at astpierre@strelitzacademy.org for a learning journey unlike any other.

SIA- The IB® Way

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In a world that demands creativity, critical thinking, and empathy, the International Baccalaureate (IB)® program at Strelitz International Academy (SIA) offers a holistic education. For parents seeking to foster academic excellence, character development, and global citizenship in their children, the IB® Primary Years Programme (PYP) at SIA is an excellent choice!

At the heart of IB® education is encouraging students to inquire and explore their natural curiosity. Rather than simply absorbing information, SIA IB® students are empowered to question, investigate, and seek answers. This fosters a love for learning that extends beyond the classroom and into all aspects of life. In SIA’s nurturing, collaborative environment, creativity flourishes, with students encouraged to think outside the box and explore innovative solutions to real-world problems.

In the IB® PYP at SIA, students learn academic subjects and develop essential communication skills. They are taught to express themselves effectively, including through multiple languages. At SIA, our students learn Hebrew starting in Kindergarten. This emphasis on communication enhances academic achievement and equips students with the ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, fostering understanding and empathy.

IB® education goes beyond rote learning; it cultivates critical thinking and a global mindset. SIA students are encouraged to consider multiple perspectives, challenging their assumptions and broadening their worldviews. By engaging in rigorous inquiry and exploration, IB® students develop a deeper understanding of complex issues and learn to approach problems creatively and open-mindedly.

One of the hallmarks of IB® education is the emphasis on action. At the end of each unit of inquiry, students are challenged to apply their learning to real-life situations and take action to positively impact their community. Through action projects, SIA IB® students learn that they have the power to effect change and contribute meaningfully to society, instilling in them a sense of agency and responsibility.

IB® education involves the entire Strelitz school community in a shared mission of fostering compassion, kindness, and empathy. By celebrating our common humanity and embracing diversity, SIA creates an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and supported. This is rooted in the belief that education can build a better and more peaceful world—a principle embodied in the concept of “tikkun olam,” repairing the world. 

Central to IB® education is developing the ten learner profile traits, encompassing attributes such as being principled, reflective, and caring. Through intentional teaching and modeling of these traits, SIA instills in students the values and virtues essential for success in both academic and personal endeavors. By nurturing character alongside intellect, the IB® PYP at SIA prepares our students for academic achievement and a life of purpose and fulfillment.

Discover the unique benefits of the IB® Primary Years Programme for your child by booking a free tour with Strelitz International Academy. Contact at 757.424.4327 or email at csimon@strelitzacademy.org.

 

How To Support STEM Education

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In International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, STEM education is a journey of inquiry, innovation, and integration. How can you support STEM within this visionary educational framework? Here’s a practical guide to enhance STEM learning that aligns with IB’s mission of nurturing open-minded, knowledgeable, and caring young people.

Why is STEM Education Important?
STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach vital in a world where technology and innovation are omnipresent. Rather than teaching disciplines in isolation, STEM education integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics into a unified curriculum.

  • S for Science: exploring the natural world through observation and experimentation.
  • T for Technology: not just computers, but the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.
  • E for Engineering: the creative process of designing and building.
  • M for Mathematics: the abstract science of numbers, quantities, and shapes, the foundation for all STEM fields.

The benefits of STEM education are endless. STEM encourages students to engage in problem-solving and critical thinking, applying concepts to real-world issues. It offers young learners the tools to navigate and shape the future while challenging traditional stereotypes and promoting inclusivity.

How To Incorporate STEM in the Classroom Embrace STEAM

STEAM education expands upon traditional STEM by including an “A” for Arts. This vital aspect incorporates creativity into science, technology, engineering, and math, allowing students to make powerful emotional connections with these subjects. By blending arts with the scientific and mathematical curriculum, learners develop a more well-rounded understanding of the world. This approach promotes empathy, ethical consideration, and social awareness, enriching the educational experience.

Mara G. constructing her grape structure.

Mara G. constructing her grape structure.

Nitai P. decorating his tree cookie.

Nitai P. decorating his tree cookie.

Strelitz International Academy’s Tu B’shevat-themed STEAM fair, held for K-5 students on January 25, 2024, was a festive fusion of nature and learning. Kids enjoyed hands-on, imaginative projects that covered all STEAM areas. They built cookie trees, planted seeds, and tasted different fruits like barley, figs, and dates. Art met language skills as they created grape sculptures and spelled with pomegranates. It was an event full of learning and laughs, surrounded by a taste of nature.

Encourage Project-Based Learning

Another effective way to support STEM education is through project-based learning (PBL), which encourages students to gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period on a project that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. Strelitz International Academy’s approach to PBL allows students to delve deeply into renewable energy, robotics, or space exploration.
For example, our sixth graders undertook a month-long project in STEM Olympics last year to design a sustainable community. They researched different energy sources, calculated budget constraints, and designed scale models with 3D printing technology. PBL covered their STEM requirements and honed their social studies skills as they considered the impact of technological advancements on society.
Incorporating project-based learning into the curriculum fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility in students as they become more active participants in their education. This method also aligns seamlessly with the IB’s emphasis on inquiry and independence, preparing Strelitz students for the complex challenges of the future.

Nurture Collaboration and Communication

Strong STEM education is built on communication and collaboration among students. One way to achieve this is to set up interdisciplinary group projects that require learners to work together towards a common goal.
Educators can create a ‘Community Science Lab’ to enable students from various grades to collaborate on experiments and projects and share insights across different levels of scientific understanding. This type of environment inspires teamwork and communication skills as well as helps students learn from one another. By working in groups, they can tackle complex problems that they might not be able to solve individually, preparing them for the collaborative nature of higher education.

How You Can Make a Difference

Are you eager to support STEM initiatives and contribute to educating our youth? Here are some ways to make an impact and amplify the initiative:

Your involvement, whether through time or resources, shapes the innovative thinkers of tomorrow. Email us at csimon@strelitzacademy.org or call 757.424.4327 and see how we create the next world leaders with STEM in early childhood education. Schedule a visit today!

Innovative Learning Through Technology in IB® Education

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Technology is not just a tool, but a catalyst for transforming education. In IB® schools, technology is integrated into the curriculum to enhance learning, foster creativity, and develop global citizenship. In this blog post, we at Strelitz International Academy (SIA) will share some examples of how technology is used in IB® education to create innovative learning experiences for students that are fun, engaging, and meaningful.

Technology as a Medium of Inquiry and Expression

One of the key features of IB® education is the inquiry-based approach, which encourages students to ask questions, explore topics, and construct their own understanding. Technology in schools provides a medium for students to access information, communicate their ideas, and collaborate with others.

For example, in the SIA Primary Years Program (PYP), students use digital tools such as Activboards, Smartboards, or Epson BrightLink projectors to research, create, and present their projects. Beyond technology in the classroom, students can access computers in our library and dedicated computer lab. Our learners attend weekly computer classes to learn digital citizenship, keyboarding, documentation, and design. With digital projects that break down topics like the lifecycle of a butterfly, they can express themselves creatively and artistically.

Technology as a Means of Connecting and Collaborating

Another big feature of IB® education is the emphasis on global awareness and intercultural understanding. Technology fosters a sense of community and belonging among students, teachers, and parents. For example, the EY4 Program has a cherished tradition known as the “Family of the Week” project.

In this post-pandemic era, when some families physically can’t be in the classroom, this initiative has become even more significant. With the help of technology, parents, siblings, and extended family members have joined virtually on Google Meets, becoming part of our classroom community. These moments of connection have allowed students to learn about different careers, family traditions, hobbies, and much more directly from their classmates’ families. Watch this video to learn more about the Early Years Program!

Technology as a Source of Inspiration and Innovation

The ultimate goal of IB® education is to inspire and empower students to become lifelong learners and positive contributors to society. Technology provides a source of inspiration and innovation for students to pursue their passions, interests, and goals. For example, our school celebrated SIA STEM Day on February 27th, 2023, a day dedicated to expanding the horizons of our students from kindergarten through fifth grade through hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Explored through the lens of sports, students engaged in various activities, such as bobsledding and basketball, with each event teaching scientific and technological principles. They built models, learned about the impact of potential and kinetic energy on motion, and effectively applied the IB® Approaches to Learning in Thinking, Communication, Self-Management, and Research.

Call us at 7574244327 , email csimon@strelitzacademy.org, or Schedule a visit with Strelitz International Academy today to learn more about how we celebrate IB® technology in education!

Friendsgiving: Building a Community

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By Elyssa Brinn, Early Years Director
“What does it mean to be thankful?” is a common question heard throughout the Early Years hallway as the school year begins. This is typically related to introducing the Modeh Ani prayer during morning Tefillah. The Modeh Ani prayer truly resonates through cultures and age levels because of its widely shared message of being thankful for a new day each morning.

Developmentally, preschoolers and toddlers are hard-wired to think and feel egocentrically. Being self-focused is natural for them, making grasping high-level concepts such as gratitude more difficult. Fortunately for SIA, our curriculum is concept-driven, and our teachers work diligently to instill these values and ideas very early on.

A girl is drinking in acup

During the Thanksgiving season, we had the opportunity to learn about appreciating what we have and taking action for those less fortunate. After all, teaching our students (as young as infants) to share is one of the first values we convey. The Jewish value of giving tzedakah is deeply rooted in ensuring that resources are shared justly. Expanding on this concept, the EY program participated in their 3rd Annual Friendsgiving Feast, with an added action project this year.

Each of our 13 classrooms cooked a dish to be served at our feast, which was held on November 21. The hallways began to smell like Thanksgiving, with dishes including cornbread, challah stuffing, apple crisp, and baked in our newly renovated Early Years cooking center! Tables lined the hallway the morning of the feast, and the entire program enjoyed the celebration together. Overheard at the tables were things like “I like the pink stuff (cranberry sauce) so much!”, “Is this WHOLE plate for me?” and “The cornbread tastes yummy!”

We collaborated with Jody Labstain at JFS. Each classroom collected food items connected with their class’ recipe to donate to the food pantry. For example, the EY4 class who made fresh squeezed lemonade for our feast collected different kinds of juice for “people who don’t have enough money to buy juice for Thanksgiving,” one of our brilliant students stated. He continued by telling us, “It’s so sad that some people can’t have a feast like the one at our school, so we are sharing it with them.” The completed action project yielded over 30 Thanksgiving meals for people in need! Our EY4 classes packed all the items into wagons and carts and presented them to JFS, helping stock the shelves and see their impact firsthand.

This project was able to combine two of our core values seamlessly. Kehillah, building community, and Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, are two of the most important values we want to instill in our children. We love how these acts of community and kindness empowered our students and gave them a true sense of how to make a difference in today’s world. Email us at csimon@strelitzacademy.org or call us at 757.424.4327 and see where our future leaders are born. Schedule a visit today!

Third-Grade Scientists Take on Oil Spills

Allena Anglen and her third-grade class are attempting to clean up a simulated oil spill using disposable pipettes.

At Strelitz International Academy, our students become International Baccalaureate® learners as early as six weeks old. A huge part of an IB® education is the IB® Learner Profile Traits. These profile traits include being principled, open-minded, an inquirer, blanched, caring, a thinker, a communicator, a risk-taker, knowledgeable, and reflective. Our young scholars embrace the IB® Learner Profile traits in everything they do. On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, third-grade students in Mrs. Allena Anglen’s class put on their science hats, wore their safety goggles, and demonstrated the traits of being an inquirer, risk-taker, knowledgeable, thinker, and reflective in their oil spill-themed lab.

To start this engaging lesson, the third graders gathered around as Mrs. Anglen read two stories. The first story was a realistic fiction about the 1989 Prince William Sound spill titled Prince William by Gloria Rand, and the other book was a nonfiction text titled Deepwater Horizon by Nikole Brooks Bethea about the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The students also looked at before and after images of bodies of water affected by oil spills, and this encouraged our students to reflect on how these spills affect not only the oceans but life both inside and outside of them.

Next, it was time for our thinkers to become scientists. Mrs. Anglen tasked the students to test different ways to clean up an oil spill. Using pipe cleaners to represent the animals in the oil-filled water, students tested different ways to clean up the oil. The materials they could use to get rid of the oil included a spoon, a fork, yarn, nylon stockings, cotton balls, and disposable pipettes. Unfortunately, our students realized that the pipe cleaner animals did not survive. The third graders also determined that preventing oil spills was the best way to clean the oceans.

Throughout this process, Strelitz students learned that scientists sometimes fail, but that is the best way to learn and grow from past experiences! To wrap up the lab, Mrs. Anglen asked her class, “How do we take this knowledge and move forward?” This question is not just relevant to the oil spill lab but also to any tasks her students may face in the future!

The Strelitz International Academy is the community’s Jewish Day School and International Baccalaureate® World School for infants through grade 5. For more information, contact Ally St. Pierre, Admissions and Marketing Manager, at 757-424-4327, ext. 4188, and Schedule a visit or astpierre@strelitzacademy.org.

Early Years 3 Goes on a Bear Hunt

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Early Years 3 students at Strelitz International Academy gathered their binoculars and maps and went on their very own bear hunt! In Morah Lavette Ricks’ class, students were inspired by the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and expressed how they would like to go on a bear hunt at their school. On November 7, 2023, Ricks brought the story to life and created the experience for her students right in the Early Years hallway.

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Early Years 3 students and teacher Lavette Ricks explore a “mud” themed sensory table to find and count bears.

To start this engaging lesson, Ricks introduced the story to her students, as well as the adapted song version sung by The Kiboomers. Because the text is predictable and the rhythm is catchy, the students developed creative-thinking skills to dramatize the story over a few days. As a class, Ricks focused on the prepositions in the story, such as over, under, and through. Next, the students used critical thinking skills to list what they might need in each scenario. As a class, they analyzed the list and started preparing.  Each child designed their own binoculars and special map to navigate to the cave. The maps included the elements mentioned in the story, such as tall, wavy grass, a big river, mud, and their end location: a cave.

Outside of the classroom, Ricks set up each site. The first scene was tall, wavy grass. The students enjoyed a sensory experience of pushing through green streamers. Next, there was a big river, and with the help of blue streamers, students had to “swim” their way through. There were even some stuffed animal friends who joined them on their courageous journey! The third obstacle was mud. To create this scene, Ricks used a sensory table and brown paper, which hid colorful Baby Bear Counters. As students sorted through the “mud,” they counted and collected the bears they found, which tied in with their math skills. And finally, what is a bear hunt without a bear? Students made their way to a “dark cave,” and inside were two stuffed bears! Just like the story, the kids spotted the bears and ran all the way back to their classroom.

At Strelitz International Academy, our mentality is teaching students to go beyond the book. It starts in our Early Years program and will follow them throughout their educational journey. We hope our EY3 students inspire you to grab your map and binoculars and create a bear hunt of your own!  Schedule a visit!

Importance of Primary Education for Your Child’s Development

Importance of Primary Education

Primary education is a fundamental stepping stone in your child’s development. It’s the phase where the foundation for lifelong learning and skills is established. Above and beyond the ABCs and 123s, it’s about cultivating curiosity, fostering a love for knowledge, and shaping their personality.

The Need A Final Word From Strelitz International Academy and Importance of Primary Education

Primary education is important in early childhood development because it shapes their moral, social, and communication skills. It instills virtues like honesty and empathy, enabling children to differentiate between right and wrong. Socially, kids learn to respect diverse opinions through interactions and nurturing collaboration. Primary education enhances communication and reading skills, vital for self-expression and understanding written content, as seen in the best private elementary schools in Chesapeake. It also boosts children’s confidence by encouraging participation in activities, paving the way for well-rounded individuals.

Core Curriculum Areas

  • Language Arts: At primary schools, Language Arts is not just about learning to read; it’s about fostering a love for literature in young minds. The best affordable private schools in Norfolk provide a robust teaching framework that stimulates the curiosity of young readers and expands their horizons.
  • Math: Mathematics at the primary level emphasizes developing problem-solving skills and competency. At IB® World Schools, numbers aren’t everything— they encourage children to understand, reason, and apply their mathematical knowledge in real-world situations.
  • Social Studies: This subject helps children understand society’s workings, appreciate cultural diversity, learn about history and geography, and become responsible citizens.
  • Science: STEM projects ignite a sense of wonder in children, encouraging them to ask questions and seek answers about the natural world and its phenomena.

Additional Curriculum Areas

  • Technology: In today’s digital age, integrating technology into the curriculum is important in primary schools to foster digital literacy and innovative thinking.
  • Coding and Robotics: An introduction to coding and robotics at a young age prepares children for the future, stimulating logical thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun, engaging manner.
  • Music: A music program’s academic and artistic aspects play a vital role in cognitive development and emotional expression. The best affordable private schools in Virginia Beach offer a comprehensive music program that fosters creativity and helps children develop a deep appreciation for the arts.
  • Athletics/Physical Education: Developing a love for physical activity helps your child stay fit and healthy. According to the CDC, it should be a daily part of their life. Primary schools focus on cultivating this appreciation by integrating fun physical activities like relay races, obstacle courses, and more into their curriculum.
  • Art: Visual arts serve as a creative outlet for students. Learning to appreciate and create art inspires imagination, creativity, and a deeper understanding of human experiences.

Cultural and Religious Education

  • Hebrew: Immersion in Israeli culture and language teaches students a new language and gives them insights into a different culture. It broadens their perspective and encourages appreciation for diversity.
  • Jewish Life and Learning: Celebrating Jewish holidays, learning about the Torah (Bible), and understanding Jewish history are integral to the curriculum at these schools. It instills a strong sense of identity in the students and teaches them the values and traditions of Jewish life.

A Final Word From Strelitz International Academy

At Strelitz International Academy, we deeply understand that primary education is more than just basic learning—it’s about nurturing well-rounded, empathetic, and dynamic individuals who will shape the world of the future. We invite you to book a tour and see where our future leaders are born. Schedule a visit today!

Strelitz International Academy Back to School

Children in IB Classroom

Strelitz International Academy welcomed the new school year with open arms and smiling faces. The school’s entryway has been reimagined with a beautiful IBⓇ-themed mural, and new toddler classrooms, adding to the excitement of the new school year.

Students from all grades returned back to SIA on August 18, 2023, for the annual Meet and Greet. Students had the opportunity to meet their new teachers and classmates drop off supplies in their new classrooms and end the day with a sweet Kona Ice treat. Parents could ask questions about the upcoming school year and what they can expect. The morale was high, and everyone looked forward to the first day of school.

On Monday morning, August 21, 2023, a red carpet led to the front door of the building. Students were thrilled about what the day would bring. It was a wonderful day, filled with engaging lessons, reuniting friends, and bonding with new ones. The school’s faculty and staff received wonderful feedback from parents and students, as students left school with positive attitudes.

Jamie Baker during SIA’s annual school supplies for the new school year. Meet and Greet.

Toddler 4 student, Everett Booth, holding a lion he “rescued” from the hay.

Fifth-grade student Sylvie Lomogda with her Kindergarten student Alexa Kass with her new teacher.

SIA is excited about what the new school year will bring, as Heather Moore, Head of School, launched a new podcast called S.I.A.: The Podcast. This podcast focuses on thoughtful and inspiring topics around parenting and educational programming in IBⓇ PYP schools like ours. You can check out the podcast at www.strelitzinternationalacademy.org/podcast

Additionally, SIA is creating a quarterly magazine that will be available both in hard copy and digital format. The Strelitz magazine will feature articles about events happening at the school and what students are learning.

At Strelitz International Academy, there’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing our students thrive and succeed under our guidance. One of the most important aspects of teaching is fostering a learning environment that encourages academic and personal growth—that is why we lead Virginia as one of the top IBⓇ Program elementary schools. By providing students with the tools they need to succeed and supporting them every step of the way, we can help them reach their full potential. Let’s make this the best school year yet, filled with laughter, learning, and growth!

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