March 20, 2017

Enrollment for NEW families NOW OPEN until 4pm Monday, March 20th for 2017-2018! If you know anyone who would like to enroll with us, please send them this link:  INNOCADEMY ENROLLMENT 17-18

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Mark Your Calendars, Please… Items in RED are NEW This Week!

  • Thursday, March 23th, Fri, March 24th & Sat, March 25th – “A Little Princess” at Homestead Campus @ 7:30pm
  • Monday, Marcy 27th – Thursday, March 30th – Spring Book Fair at Homestead Campus!
  • Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29th – Student Led Conferences
  • Friday, March 31st – Friday, April 7th – Innocademy Spring Break Week
  • April 13th – 3:30-5pm – Planning meeting for Fair Trade Market
  • April 19th – 26th – Costa Rica Trip for oldest friends
  • Wednesday, May 10th and Thursday, May 11th – School Dismissed at 12pm – Tulip Time
  • Wednesday, May 24th – Spring Extravaganza at Community Reformed Church – 6:30pm
  • June 4th – 10th – Washington DC Trip for Older Friends
  • June 14th and 15th – Middle Friends trip to Detroit/Lansing
  • October 4th & October 5th – Innocademy School Pictures =)
  • December 8th  & 9th- Fair Trade Market at Homestead Campus


IT’S PERFORMANCE WEEK!  REMINDER – “A Little Princess” Tickets on Sale, NOW!

Come support the Homestead Theatric Arts students as they perform in “A Little Princess”  this week Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!  Performances are March 23, 24, & 25 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are available now at the front desk or at the door starting at 6:30pm on show nights.  $5 for adults and $3 for students. Doors to the theater open at 7:00pm.

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Opportunity To Help – A Little Princess!

We are really hoping to recoup some of the cost of the show and were hoping families would be willing to donate some baked goods to sell at intermission and before the show.  If you are interested, please sign up at the link, below.

There will be a marked table in the café area where you can drop off items Thurs & Friday. 

Questions? Please email or

Thank you!!!

Penny War Update – THE WAR CONTINUES =)

Thank you!!! Your generosity last week brought in just over $100 and a suitcase full of books, toys, puzzles, games and more!  Thank you so much for your support! 
We wanted to give an update about one of the awesome stewardship opportunities that we get to participate in during our trip in April! We are partnering with a non-profit called Lifting Hands, whose mission is “to help better the lives of people in the community by providing educational classes, mental health assistance, and community outreach.”
Recently, Lifting Hands bought a new building because their organization is growing! Part of the work we will be doing in Costa Rica will be to help paint the outside of this building.  They have asked us to raise half of the cost to purchase the paint needed, the other half will be donated to a generous organization in Costa Rica.  To help with this project, we have set a goal of raising $900 for the paint and supplies needed for this stewardship opportunity. If you would like to learn more about this stewardship partner, you can find them on Facebook or follow this link Lifting Hands
We have 1 week to raise the $900 needed!  Anything over what we need will be donated to our other stewardship partner, FundaVida for supplies they need to run their before/after school programs.  
Thank you, in advance, for your continued generosity going towards this awesome stewardship opportunities!

Tulip Time Parade – Volunteers Needed! Sign Up Before March 25th!

Have you ever considered walking with your school in the Tulip Time Kinderparade! Well here is your chance. Parade is Thursday May 11th at 2pm. Please make sure to read all details below and contact Renee Frye if you have any questions

Please sign up no later than Friday March 25th. The school will make a final decision on participation once we receive some additional feedback no later than Friday March 31st.


Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be here next week, March 27-30, but ONLINE ordering is already available. The fair will be open on Monday for browsing only (no cashier).  Your students will be coming through with their class to preview and then will return later in the week to make purchases.  Students and families are also welcome to shop Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm (during conferences) and Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Online ordering (with free shipping) is available from March 19 to April 1 at

A special note for our older students and parents:  This time around Scholastic has offered to send more young adult/adult books!!

We are still looking for more volunteers to staff the fair (moms? dads? grandparents?) which is very simple to do.  This is a great way to spend some time among books and our kiddos—what could be better than that?


Fair Trade Market – Volunteers Needed

The dates for the Fair Trade Market have been set for December 8 and 9th. This market is different than the student marketplace taking place in November. Fair Trade Market is where fair trade vendors descend on Homestead Campus for our students, families and community to do some shopping while our students get to learn about what “Fair Trade” is all about. Planning for the event will begin on April 13th from 3:30-5pm in the cafe on campus and volunteers are needed! Please join us to help make this a fantastic event! Questions? More information? Please contact Rivka Kawano at

Good Sam Run

The Wild Run is a fundraiser for Good Samaritan Ministries, whose mission is to end poverty and homelessness by mobilizing faith-based and community partners, activating individual and community assets, and meeting immediate needs in our community. Most of the families they serve with housing assistance and long-term supports have children in the OAISD. They would like to build awareness as a resource for families that are struggling and are asking for assistance from schools to provide information about their event to get families involved with younger students participating and high school students volunteering.

To help you get a sense for the event, here is a link to photos from 2016. This year they also have a food truck with a portion of the sales going back to the organization:

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Parent’s Night Out Opportunity – March 24th – At Holland East School

This is not a Homestead Campus event, but rather something offered through Holland Recreation Department. =)

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March Lunch Menu

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Spring Conference Sign Up

March 28th and March 29th will be our Spring Student Led Conferences at Innocademy! If you have not yet picked a time to visit, please do so at the link, below:


School Calendar for 2017-2018 School Year

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Innocademy M-STEP Testing Schedule

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Fundraising Note From Our International Team – Sign Up, Now To Participate and Earn Funds!

We are going to be offering a bake sale to 3rd  – 8th grade students as another opportunity to earn money toward student field trip accounts!  Families with more than one student may sign each student up for their own week.  You will be able to sell baked goods in the RE:FUEL coffee shop for the entire week you are signed up!

Also, please see the attached document for our year-long student fundraising plan.


Thank you,

International Team

 How Do I Report An Absence/Tardy?

If your student will be arriving after 9am on a particular morning…or will be absent for the day, please email or call Ms. Heidi at 748-5637. Thank  you!

Have You Signed Up Yet, For Scrip?

Scrip is a GREAT way to earn $$ for your student’s field trip account! With the holidays coming up, it’s a fantastic way to pick up those thank you gift cards for the never ending list of folks! Scrip info can be found at  . Please contact Jody at to sign up for inno or icademy or if you have questions.Our Older Friends work on creating their own civilizations!

Homestead Campus Teachers took their learning on the road last week! They visited Wisconsin, Lansing, Detroit and Grand Rapids to learn about some innovative teaching!

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Thanks, Ms. Claudia, for ALL you do for our students each day!

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Enjoying National Pancake Day in Green Room!

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Learning about the making of Maple Syrup from Mr. Brandner.

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Oldest Friends sharing their writing with Blue Room Learners

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Yay! We LOVE Recess!!!

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Ms. Jessenia’s learners enjoying reading music and playing instruments.

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