November 5, 2016


Thanks for exercising your right to vote, tomorrow

Ms. Liliana’s friends are preparing a musical story to share with their mentee class.

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Mr. Kelly’s students passionately and respectfully debate on the process for electing our Chief Executive.

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Ms. Monica’s kiddos have fun “playing teacher” during break time.

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Mark Your Calendars, Please… (NEW items are in RED)

  • November 7th, 8th and 9th – Marketplace Event
  • November 8th – 6:30pm Innocademy Parent Meeting/Marketplace Shopping
  • November 13th – Inno 8th Grade Families invited to iCademy Info Night! 6:30pm.
  • November 19th – 25th – Innocademy Break Week – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • November 26th – School Resumes
  • November 26th – Zeeland Christmas Parade @ 6:30pm- Participate with us!
  • December 13th – Innocademy Christmas Extrava-GANZA
  • December 21st – 1/2 Day for Students – Dismissal is at 12:30pm
  • December 24th – January 6th – Holiday Break Weeks
  • January 7th – School Resumes
  • January 21st – Records Day for Teachers – No School For Students
  • February 7th & 8th – Teacher Professional Development – No School For Students
  • February 13th – State of Michigan Count Day
  • February 18th – 24th – Innocademy Break Week
  • February 25th – School Resumes
  • March 29th – April 7th – Spring Break Week
  • April 8th – School Resumes
  • May 8th & 9th – 1/2 Days for Tulip Time – Students Dismissed at 12:30pm
  • May 24th – June 2nd – Innocademy Break Week
  • June 3rd – School Resumes
  • June 7th, 14th, 21st – Enjoy your Fridays – No School For Students
  • June 9th-15th – Middle School Washington D.C. Trip
  • June 26th – 1/2 day – Last Day of School – Students Dismissed at 12:30pm


Enhancement Millage – What is that on the Ballot?

Please take a peek at the information, below, to understand what Proposal 3 is about and how it can positively impact our school. Essentially it will increase our per pupil funding to just over $200 per student for the next 10 years.

Enhancement Millage Information

Innocademy Parent Meeting – THURSDAY!

Please plan to join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 8th for an Innocademy Parent Meeting. Our Marketplace Event will be open before and after the parent meeting for some excellent shopping!

Marketplace Happening THIS Week!

Hard to believe, but it’s that time of year, again….MARKETPLACE!
If you are new to Innocademy, Marketplace is a huge fundraiser for kiddos in grades 3rd – 12th hoping to raise money for field experiences. Students work to create home made items – – or sell gently used items from their houses.
The Marketplace event happens at Homestead Campus on November 7th – 9th and is open for browsing and purchasing to all Homestead Campus families as well as the community.
  • Wednesday, November 7th – Open from 10am – 4pm
  • Thursday, November 8th – Open from 8am – 8:30pm
  • Friday, November 9th – Frugal Friday – everything remaining is 50% off! 8am – 1pm

REMINDER: Hot Lunch Accounts

Just a reminder to please either send money to school for student hot lunches in a sealed envelope with their name on the outside or deposit funds electronically at If you know that your family has a large outstanding balance and will have trouble paying it all at once, please contact us and we can help make arrangements for payment. If your family is in need of assistance for lunch, please fill out an application for free and reduced lunch at

Join Our Schools For the Zeeland Christmas Parade! November 26th!

Precademy, Innocademy and iCademy Global will have a combined float in the parade happening at 6:3opm on Monday, November 26th in the ZEELAND Christmas Parade. Everyone is welcome to join! Please sign up at the link, below with the number of participants you will be bringing to walk alongside the float. Questions? Please contact Renee Nyhof at

Do you have or know of an Innocademy Zeeland, Innocademy Allegan, Precademy or iCademy Global Family who has a need this holiday season, that we can help bless you with? We love taking care of our own little community, and helping with needs when they arise, which includes Christmas.

 IES Angel Tree

Again, this year we will offer an Angel Tree opportunity, open to all IES families; Precademy, Inno Allegan, Inno Zeeland and iCademy. Needs will be compiled into a Sign-Up Genius (concealing identity of individuals/families who have requested assistance) and shared with all of our families to select from, and help provide.

Please do not worry, as this will all be anonymous.

Should you have some specific needs this year – – – or know of a family that does, please send an email request BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, to

All requests will be viewed by Ms. Deedee. Once all requests have been received, you will hear back directly from her regarding your need (s) with specific details.

We wish for all families to enjoy their holidays, so please let us know how we can brighten yours.

School Closings & Delays

Sad to say we are coming upon the season where weather delays/cancellations may be necessary. If a cancellation happens, it includes after school activities and events. If a delay happens, we will begin school at 11am instead of 9am. There will only be Option #1 for hot lunch that day. When Zeeland Public Schools makes the call to delay or cancel school, we always follow suit. We try to pass along that information as soon as we are aware. Here’s how we will pass along that information to you:

  • Rained Out Text to families
  • Email to families
  • Facebook Notification
  • Broadcast on WZZM
  • Broadcast on WOOD TV-8

If you have not yet signed up for the Rained Out Text messaging system, please simply enroll by:

  • Opening your messaging app on your phone
  • Type 84483 in the “to” section of messages
  • In the “message” section, type innocademy
  • Press “send”

You should receive a message back indicating you are now part of the group! Easy!

Failure…Is It Important?

Thanks to Ms. Kris from iCademy for passing this along! Attached is a great PDF about Failure and what we can learn from it. As we continue to dive in to who we are as whole people, this idea of failure is an interesting one to discuss with your kiddo. Check out the resources in this email and use them to have a great conversation as a family! Again, huge thanks to “Big Life Journal” as we continue to learn about ourselves through the lens of growth mindset.

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November Lunch Menu

INNO Homestead NOV 2018

Construction Update

Reminder that, for the next few weeks, the intersection at 84th and Bus 1-196 will be closed. The intersection at Homestead and Bus 1-196 is open. Please see the attached map for a suggested detour of the 84th street intersection.

MDOT Closures Week of October 29

Amazon Smile – Rewards for Precademy/Innocademy/iCademy

In case you were planning to do some online Christmas shopping – – or ANYTIME shopping we wanted to offer a reminder that our organization, Innovative Education Services, will receive a percentage of anything you purchase through Amazon Smile!
If you simply go to it looks and feels exactly like Amazon because it is! At this website, once you identify that you’d like to support Innovative Education Services, a percentage of EVERYTHING you purchase comes back to our schools! Easy!

LEGO robotics event – November 17th

Our second annual robotic event is coming up on Saturday November 17th and we need your help. We are hosting 24 teams – 8 of our own and need as much help as possible to make it successful.

We need volunteers to help us set up, run things day of both small and large jobs and clean up afterwards. If you are interested in helping please visit and sign up to volunteer for our event. Their is a process, but no cost to you. Just a little time. Maybe you wonder if you need to have knowledge of robotics, but you don’t! All you need is a desire to support students and a willingness to learn. Volunteering can be for any one over the age of 18, a parent, grandparent, coworker, neighbor!

A light breakfast and lunch will be served as well as a cool new t-shirt you get to keep.

We are hosting an information meeting Thursday November 1st in the Cafe at 5pm if you have any questions or need assistance in signing up. Questions? Please contact Renee at

Christmas Extrava-GANZA December 13th!

Want to make sure that you mark your calendars for our annual Christmas ExtravaGANZA taking place on December 13th from 7-8pm at Community Reformed Church in Zeeland. 

If you are new to Innocademy this year, the ExtravaGANZA is our annual Christmas Program and is presented by students in our classic and Las Huellas programs who attend music class each week with Ms. Hillary or are part of the middle school choir. In the past, middle school students in some other electives have also participated. Please stay tuned for details as we get closer.

What is iCademy About, Anyway?

November 13th @ 6:30pm – iCademy invites our Innocademy 8th graders and parents to an information meeting to learn more! Your students will hear from some of our staff that morning, but we invite you all back that evening to ask questions and meet more of our staff. You may attend the meeting live and in person or through a virtual meeting!

After School Enrichment – Session #3

After School Enrichment runs everyday from 3:30-5:30pm. You can sign up ahead of time ($12 per day) with the link, below, or use it as an emergency drop in ($14). It’s available every day that we have full days of school; not on 1/2 days or professional development days or break weeks.

Outdoor Learning at Innocademy!

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Innocademy is very excited to be partnering with the Outdoor Discovery Center in Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and Middle School to move toward nature-based education.  By bringing the students outside, we are able to connect what we are learning inside the classroom to the real world around us.  There is so much great research showing the benefits of nature-based education.  To that end we are working toward getting students outside more often!

Family Resource Guide

Again, just so everyone has it in easy reach, here is the Innocademy Family Resource Guide. Family Resource Guide 2018-2019

Calendar for 2018-2019

18-19 Innocademy School Calendar

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