October 2, 2017

Congratulations Ms. Ruth!

Ms. Ruth is excited to welcome grand baby #2 this past week! Lemon Lucille came into this world Saturday morning at 1:40, weighing 8.1 lbs and 20 inches long.  Baby and Mom are doing great.  Grandma is enjoying snuggle time.

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Thank You!

Thanks for your generosity in donating funds to help Ms. Maria’s family recover from the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico. If you didn’t get a chance or would like to learn more, please  see the link https://fundly.com/help-ms-maria-s-family-hurricane-relief-fund or, if you would like to donate clothing or other items needed by the family as they make their way to live with Ms. Maria, please see the link, here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d48aaa923a75-clothing

Special thanks to one of Ms. Maria’s kiddos, Judah and brother Caleb, for organizing their own campaign to raise money to help Ms. Maria’s family! You can see their sweet video, here: https://vimeo.com/236213901 Judah’s aunt and uncle generously agreed to donate $450 if Judah could find 10 folks to donate $5 or more to the cause! So sweet! Thank you!!!


We had SUCH a great time at Art Prize!

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In Las Huellas, Ms. Cati’s  students taught Ms. Maria’s students a lesson on Native Americans and their culture, all done in Spanish! The students prepared a presentation and props, questionnaires and even treats. Well done!

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Keva Planks! One of our maker space donations we received from parents or community to grow our learners! Kiddos are practicing visual discernment while coping structures in addition to problem solving and creativity! 

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

  • September 28th – Innocademy Art Prize Trip
  • October 4th & October 5th – Innocademy School Pictures
  • October 4th – State of Michigan Count Day – Look for details, soon!
  • October 6th – Homestead Campus MarketPlace Info to come home with kiddos!
  • October 9th – 12th – Book Fair
  • October 10th & 11th – Student Led Conferences
  • October 13-22 – Innocademy Break Week – No School
  • October 23 – School Resumes
  • October 26th – 6:00-8:30pm – Barton Tutor Training Workshop
  • November 8th – 10th – Homestead Campus MarketPlace
  • December 8th  & 9th- Fair Trade Market at Homestead Campus
  • December 11th – Christmas Extravaganza @ Community Reformed Church – 7pm
  • March 27th & March 28th – Student Led Conferences
  • June 10th – 16th – Older Friends East Coast Trip

Month At A Glance

Thanks to Ms. Kate for putting together all of the “Need To Knows” for October =)

October School Calendar

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NEW Information For This Week

Parent’s Night Out – October 6th and October 27th

Do you need some time to yourself? 
What movie do you want to go see at the movie theater? Where do you want to eat?  
What errands do you have to run that would be so much easier if it was only you?
Las huellas’ team is here to help!  Drop your kids (current Inno students who are preschool age and older, please) off with us in our las huellas space (in the space behind Precademy) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on our scheduled night and enjoy the evening!  All we ask is for a small fee of $10 (cash or check made out to Innocademy) per child.  We will provide popcorn and a movie or even some craft for them to enjoy.
Our team would put the money we collect from these parent night out events into our Professional Development Account that will help us go to Minnesota and learn from Spanish Immersion experts at the University of Minnesota next school year.  This is a very expensive conference for teachers but we feel it is well worth it to be the best we can be for your kids. Thank you in advance for your help in achieving our team goal!
Please use the sign up genius below to sign your kids up and so we plan popcorn needed accordingly. We have set dates for the entire year. Make sure to sign up for the correct date.

Picture Day Schedule- October 4th/5th

Below you will find the picture day schedule for students. If you have a sibling of an Inno student that you would like to have photographed, Ms. Christy is willing to do those on Wednesday at 3:20pm. Please make certain you also fill out an order form for them as well.

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If you’d like to see examples of photos that Ms. Christy has done for us in the past, you may take a peek at this link: http://emboldenstudio.com/innocademy/

IMPORTANT: Please complete an order form for each child even if you are not ordering. This helps us keep track of who is who as well as provide a photo for the yearbook. Thank you!

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Daycare Staff – Help Wanted!

We are looking for someone to join our Daycare Team.  This position would work 8:30 – 4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (there may be opportunity to sub on other days on an as-needed basis).  Generally speaking, the staff daycare is ope on days school is in session as well as staff Professional Development days.

The Daycare team provides care to our staff’s children.  The kids range from 12 weeks old to 5 years old.  Providing a nurturing environment for these little ones while mom/dad is working is the key to this role.  Responsibilities include caring for kids, feeding them, bringing them outside for playtime, etc.

Please email Sara in Human Resources if you are interested in more information on this position – her email is sara.vereeke@innocademy.com

Multiplication Mania, Growth Groups, BrainIAC time, MTSS – What is it?

You may have heard your child mention a particular part of their day when they work with a teacher and a small group of students? In Allegan it is called “BrainIAC” time. At Innocademy Zeeland it is called “Multiplication Mania” in middle school and “Growth Groups” for elementary students.

No matter the name it is a Multi-Tiered System of Support or MTSS for short. This is just one more tactic of our “just right learning” philosophy. Essentially, it is a learning journey where we try to meet each student where they are academically; whether they need to be challenged in a particular area or could use additional academic support.

Based on assessment data, we have created small groups for students where they focus on reviewing or reinforcing specific learning targets several times a week. In this current session the learning targets are in math.

As we progress through the year, students will be grouped and regrouped; each student receiving what he/she needs for a particular set of learning targets and expectations. 

Hopefully, you will be hearing a lot from your kiddos about their learning groups this year!

October Lunch Menu

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Chemistry Rocks Opportunity!

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Old Info (In Case You Haven’t Seen it, Yet)

Book Fair – Sneak Peek!

Take a peek at the awesome books coming to the Fair on October 9th!  http://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/flippingbooks/F17-K6-booklist/F17-K6-booklist.html

Microwaves At Lunch…Food For Thought =)

It is true that we have two microwaves at lunch for students to use. It’s a GREAT option once in a while to heat up a quick lunch. Please keep in mind, though, that we have over 100 students eating lunch at one time. If 60 students bring something to heat up for one minute each, the line for microwave use could easily be 1/2 hour…longer than the lunch time =(. Please be conscious of sending items that take more than 30seconds – 1 minute to heat up. Some families have purchased a small lunch size thermos and heat up items in the morning. Amazing how warm that keeps food until lunchtime. Thanks for your help!

Homestead Campus & Corpus Christi Sports Schedules

Come on out and support our teams! What fun! Also, we are still looking for a volleyball coach. If you know an interested parent or community member, please have them contact kelly.lepley@innocademy.com . Short season…4/5 games.

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Second Tutor Training Opportunity – October 26th

We are working to be able to screen our students at iCademy Global and Innocademy for their strengths in phonemic awareness. These are the fundamentals of reading. We are finding students who are in need of some support beyond what can be offered each day in the classroom.

We have the resources – Barton Intervention is a complete, research based program proven to strengthen these foundations!

We have the FREE training!


SO excited to be able to offer a Barton Intervention Tutor Training for anyone interested in helping our students achieve their learning goals! Absolutely no experience necessary!  

October 26th from 6-8:30pm

Can’t make it, personally, but know someone (college student, favorite babysitter, grandparent, family friend) who would love to spend a couple of hours each week working one on one with one of our students? Send them over! We have LOTS of students on the list just waiting for tutors to be available.

Whatever time you can offer during the week would be so appreciated! 1 hour, 2 hours or even more! 

Training is FREE! 

Please simply RSVP to leisa.lobbezoo@innocademy.com if you wish to attend.

Thank you, in advance, for supporting this important program and our students.

Tulip Time Dancing for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Students!

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“Plugged In” at Homestead Campus

Plugged in started this last week and will continue every Monday-Friday from 8:35-9:00.. this is a Parent led group and is a time to devote ourselves to God and plug in and get God’s word…  We are now meeting in the classroom next to the blue room at Innocademy. Plugged in is open to EVERYONE that wants to start their day off with God and other fellow Christians-come join us for Devotions daily.. 😉. Have any questions or would like to help out? Please contact Jessica at jessknott11@icloud.com or feel free to join us on Facebook.. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1996872057213613  (where we will be updating periodically and you can message for any prayer needs or concerns).

Weather Delays/School Cancellations

When Mother Nature decides to make travel to school dangerous we may find it necessary to cancel or delay school. We determine morning cancellations based on Zeeland Public Schools; If they are closed due to weather, we will be closed. If they delay due to weather, we will delay. will notify you by the following methods:

  • Email to parents
  • Facebook post
  • WZZM 13
  • WOOD-TV8
  • Bloomz
  • Innocademy group text message through Rained Out (sign up for this service by texing “innocademy” to 84483. You will receive a message back saying you are signed up. Please contact Leisa if you have trouble leisa.lobbezoo@innocademy.com)

In the event of a 2 hour delay, school will begin at 11am. On these days, there will only be a HOT lunch choice for the day as Ms. Rosie won’t have time to prepare both choices.

Arrival Time – 8:35am

Student safety is of paramount importance to all of us at Innocademy. In order to keep students safe we want to remind our families that students should not arrive prior to 8:35am. They will not be admitted into the building should they arrive early and there are not any staff on duty outside prior to 8:35am. Thank you for your help and support in keeping our students safe.

Amazon Smile – Help Innocademy While You Shop! =)

Did you know that Amazon Smile works EXACTLY the same as Amazon.com? Only, while making your purchase, a percentage of the sales gets donated to our schools! What?! Soooo easy to sign up! Simply go to amazonsmile.com and select Innovative Education Services as the organization you would like to support. It’s that easy! Each time you wish to make a purchase on amazon, simply go to amazonsmile.com instead.

Everyone, Please Read – Free/Reduced Lunch Applications. 

Each year Innocademy receives additional funding based on our family population that may qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. This additional funding works out to be a HUGE budget line item for us. 

We are in danger of foregoing some funding this year simply because we have fewer families that have filled out the application. EEEK!! 

We need your help! Even if you think you won’t qualify, or your kiddos might never even take hot lunch, PLEASE take a moment and fill out the CONFIDENTIAL online form.  Every little bit helps our schools!   Just go to lunchapp.com….search for our school through Holland Christian (they are our hot lunch provider).

You will be notified if you qualify and you can then decide if you would like to participate.

Thank you, in advance, for your help in securing extra funding for our students and programs.

Earn $$ For Trips – Sign Up For Scrip!

To being, please check out the information at shopwithscrip.com, you should then be able to create an account with our organization ID (please email leisa.lobbezoo@innocademy.com for the code).

There is tons of info – – and even an app where you can do some cool instant scrip earning while shopping and eating out!

Once you have filled out the information, please also email Ms. Jody at jody.voss@innocademy.com so that she can help you with a plan to receive your gift cards….sending them home with your student or picking them up on campus each time.

School Calendar for 2017-2018 School Year

2017-2018 Innocademy school calendar FINAL

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