REMINDER: 1/2 DAYS FOR TULIP TIME THIS WEEK. 12:30PM DISMISSAL ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.
We are thrilled to have six students from Innocademy selected to participate in the China Art Exchange sponsored by MSU. Third and fourth grade students who wanted to participate were judged by a panel of jurors who selected artwork to send to China. We participate in a statewide exchange and get to see work from students in China. Our artwork will also be posted online later this summer. The students who will have their work sent to China are: Owen F., Rhea S., Olivia V., Nyah M., Maribel V., and Ainsley T. Congratulations to these students for work well done!
Our oldest friend students visiting Costa Rica this week are having some INCREDIBLE experiences!
Ms. Rachel, Ms. Liliana and Ms. Kerri enjoyed hosting our booth at LAUP Festival this past weekend!
The Loyalists and Colonists had an intense debate this week in Ms. Cati’s class!
Teacher Appreciation Week Message from Jennifer Gunter =)
Teacher appreciation week is this week, with specifically Appreciation Day being Tuesday, May 7. We would like to encourage our Innocademy families to show our teachers we are thankful for them! It can be anything from a handmade card, to a flower, candy, snacks, your imagination is your limit! We have gathered some information from our teachers to determine a little more about them personally so we can bring them something we know they will love! Below you will find a sign up. You do not need to specify what you are bringing, but can if you like, but it’s just more of a guide for us as parents to make sure that all of our teachers and support staff are shown they are loved. If you would rather show your adoration by giving a gift to a classroom, a list of wishes by grade is also included. A special coloring page will also be sent home that your children can create to say “thank you”. This way EVERYONE, no matter budget, time, etc should be able to show how much WE LOVE OUR TEACHERS!
Seeking K-3 Reading Corps Interventionist and Math Corp Interventionist for 2019-20 school year
We are partnering with Michigan Education Corps to provide targeted intervention in Reading and Math for the 2019-20 school year. As a result, we are looking for Interventionists to serve at our school.
The benefits of joining:
- Serve during the school day – keep evenings free for family time
- Earn a biweekly living stipend
- Earn an education award to put toward college tuition or student loans
- Receive free health insurance for yourself and childcare assistance if eligible
Apply today at mieducationcorps.org Questions? Call Ariel at 616-729-2805.
May Lunch Menu
Camp Infinity Opportunity for Girls!
MSTEP Testing Schedule 3rd – 8th Grades – UPDATED
Due to the flood juggling we’ve had to do this week, we’ve needed to move around a couple of assessment times. Please see the updated calendar, below.
As a reminder, the MSTEP test is a required assessment by the State of Michigan. Each of our students in grades 3 – 8 test each spring. Our 5th grade Spanish Immersion students tested last week and our 5th grade Classic students are testing this week. As in past years, all assessments are completed on the computer. Please take a peek, below, for when your student(s) may be scheduled for testing. If you have a conflict with any day, please connect with your child’s teacher, asap, so that he/she can work out another time for your student to test. Thanks, in advance, for your help in making sure each one of our students completes his/her required testing.
IMPORTANT – POSSIBLE CALENDAR CHANGE
As you know this was a brutal winter in terms of school cancellation and delays. The Michigan Legislation is currently in the process of reviewing all requests for forgiveness and hopes to have an answer for us very soon. In the meantime, please PLAN ON THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A FULL DAY OF SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MAY 24TH to make up for our 4 hours of the 2 weather delays this year.
After School Enrichment Link For April/May
Below you will find the link to the Signup Genius for session #7 of After School Enrichment. Now that the weather is starting to get (and hopefully stay) nicer, we will be spending more time outdoors!
Also, on Tuesdays and Fridays, there will be a new leader watching the kiddos. Mr. Jake is taking my place at ASE on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jake is currently a senior at Hope College studying Secondary Education with a focus in History. Jake is excited to get started and build relationships with all of the kiddos. I know that he will do a fantastic job!
Please note that on the signup, I’ve marked that May 8th and 9th are half days for the students, so ASE will not be offered on those days.
MSTEP Testing Reminders
With testing coming up, we wanted to remind you what a critical part you play in helping students give their best performance on this important test. We have been busy and will continue preparing and reinforcing the skills necessary for students to demonstrate their learning. Even though this assessment is a snapshot—one single perspective – it is important that our students have every advantage to do their very best. We don’t want to cause test anxiety, rather we want our students to be as prepared as possible. There are many ways in which you can help your child put his/her best foot forward. The following guidelines can help set our students up for success:
The night before the test:
1. Make sure your child goes to bed on time so he or she is well-rested.
2. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.
3. Be positive and confident in the fact that you know your child will do his/her best.
4. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.
The morning of the test:
1. Get up a few minutes early to avoid rushing and make sure your child arrives at school on time.
2. Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast. There is a strong correlation between eating breakfast and memory and cognitive functioning.
3. Have your child dress comfortably.
4. Be positive and communicate that this is your child’s chance to show what he/she knows. The most important thing you can do right before the test is to build confidence about doing his/her very best.
After the test:
1. Talk to your child about his/her feelings about the test.
2. Discuss what was easy and what was hard; discuss what your child learned from the test.
3. Explain that performance on a test does not define him or her as a person. It is just one opportunity to demonstrate learning.