REMINDER: Early Release this Friday, December 13th. Please make certain your student has transportation arrangements made for the 12pm dismissal.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Innocademy Robotics team for making it to the State Finals this past weekend! Great job, everyone!

*NEW Information

REMINDER: Christmas Extrava-GANZA

Reminder that Extravaganza is being held this THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12TH at Community Reformed Church (Corner of 104th and Felch St. in Zeeland)

  • All Young 5’s – 4th grade students participating + Middle School Choir
  • Students will be traveling to Community Reformed Church on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 for practice. They will be dismissed from the church at 3:30pm according to the map, below.
  • Students should arrive at 6:45 and leave coats with parents 
  • Students meet in gym right away at 6:45pm 
  • Find your teacher to line up in your shortest to tallest order  

After their performance, our youngest friends will sit with their parents in the audience to enjoy the remainder of the show.

Angel Tree – We Need Your Help, Please

Thanks to those of you who have already promised to donate items for our IES Angel Tree Families this year! We are grateful for your generosity! If you have not had the opportunity and still wish to do so, boy, could we ever use your help! We have 400 items on the list and just under 1/2 are already promised. Even the smallest donation can help brighten someone’s Christmas this year. Please consider a donation and click on the link, below, to see how you can help:

Hoping to have all donations sent to school with your student (or shipped by Amazon [attn: Mandy Guppy] to the school 8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland 49464) by the end of this week so we can get them wrapped and delivered next week.

PBIS Announcement:

As many of you may be aware Innocademy is using a Positive Behavior Intervention & Support system to acknowledge good behavior that meets our four school wide expectations of Being safe, responsible, respectful and resilient in efforts for all students to model this behavior at all times. Students receive an acknowledgement ticket by a teacher when they are seen doing this expectation and enter it into a weekly drawing. If their ticket is called they have a choice in the prize they get. Well, PBIS has new faces!

We are Mindy and Natalia, moms of two kindergarten students. 

We want to introduce ourselves because, during this school year, we will work to make the PBIS initiative grow. Why? To motivate our students regarding the fundamental values that move us as a school!

Some of the things we will start doing is giving more importance to the displays of the ticket raffles and rotating the prizes month by month, with this generating interest and expectation. We will also send a newsletter with the monthly count and the winners so that we can all celebrate the excellent behavior of our students!

For the PBIS initiatives that we have planned and a couple more to come, we need your help. From Wednesday 12/11 until Friday 12/13, we will be doing a small fundraiser intending to collect what is necessary for the initiatives and awards for this school year.

If you want to help, an envelope can be sent to school with your child to leave at the reception or their teacher – label it PBIS, please. Alternatively you may send the money via Venmo to Natalia at @ Natalia-RuizP. The suggested donation is $5 but any amount is appreciated and welcome! *

We thank you in advance for your support as we hope to make PBIS an even greater success this year!


Natalia and Mindy

* The proceeds will be published in the newsletter along with the monthly expenses

*Old Info – In Case You Missed It

December Lunch Menu

Are You Looking for a Job?

Well, we are hiring! We currently have an opening in our Staff Daycare here at Homestead Campus. IES schools offers a program to our staff members with small children and we are in need of an additional person to join this team.  Responsibilities include caring for children ages 12 weeks – 5 years old.  Hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 (5:30 on Mondays).  Our current need is for someone to work Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Interested in learning more?  Email

Total Trek Quest – SIGN UPS Happening NOW!

Total Trek Quest is a fun, high energy program designed exclusively for boys in 3rd-5th grade! TTQ incorporates strength and stretching exercises with training for a 5K. Boys in this program will develop positive peer relationships, and feel a part of a team, while also working toward individual goals. Additional practice activities focus on developing a healthy lifestyle, social/relationship skills, how to make healthy choices, and resisting peer pressure.

Please register your son here:

We’re also always looking for coaches. Coaches can be male, female, both, or neither, and are in prime position to be a positive role model for these boys throughout this 9-week journey. Coaches don’t need to be a runner, as the program has much more to offer. All coaches receive support from TTQ staff before, during, and after the season, as well as program training & CPR certification. This is a truly rewarding experience for anyone.

If you have questions regarding registering your boy(s) and/or are interested in coaching, please contact Brandon Melnyk @ , or 616-450-4651.

Thank you, and we’ll see you in the spring!

Bittersweet Ski Passes STILL Available

Ski passes are a great opportunity for folks to purchase a pass ($18) that acts as a coupon throughout the season; reducing the prices on lift tickets, helmets and rentals. The pass can be used, repeatedly, at any time throughout the ski season (please read the restrictions on timeframe and days), by the pass holder! ANYONE can be part of the ski club…student, parent, family friend. 
​If you are interested, please… 

  1. Fill out the attached form for student and/or adult
  2. Secure in an envelope with payment (checks payable to BITTERSWEET SKI RESORT
  4. Return to campus. If you would like to mail the forms and payment via US mail, that is great, too! Please use the information, below:

Leisa Lobbezoo iCademy Global 8485 Homestead Drive Zeeland, MI 49464
Once we receive the application and payment, there is usually about a 14 day turn around for your information to be processed at Bittersweet and passes to be issued so please plan ahead. =)

Just in case you were wondering, “Hmmm…what does Bittersweet usually charge for lift tickets and rentals?”



$34-$50 lift ticket

$26-$29 rentals

$10 helmet rental

WITH SKI CLUB PASSES ($18 each pass – every skier must have one to receive the discounts.)


$22 lift ticket

$22 Rentals

$10 helmet


$18 lift ticket

$18 rentals

$10 helmet rental 

+ 2 FREE Lessons or NASTAR run 

Holiday Kids Dance Day

When: December 14th

Who: Pre-K-Kindergarten from 9am – 12pm (registration code 200799-S1) and 1st – 6th grades from 9am – 1pm (registration code 200799-S2)

Where: Loker’s Auditorium

The Zeeland Dance Company is hosting a holiday themed day of fun! Dancers will stretch, learn technique and routines, play movement games and do a dance related craft (depending on age). Lunch will be provided. That evening, dancers are invited back to perform at 6pm in “Uplifted”, a concert hosted by ZYDC, benefitting the K.L.A.S.S. program which provides free Zeeland Rec programs to children who are in financial need. Visit their website for more information. Tickets for “Uplift” are $5 each and available at

Recess Reminder – We Are Outside EVERY day

Just a reminder to always, always, always send winter gear with your students as, barring rain or extreme temperatures, we are outside every day. Innocademy is in line with area schools in the district in terms of heading outside for recess. Our threshold is a “feels like” temperature of 0 degrees. Anything zero degrees or below we will stay inside. If it is above, we will be heading outside for recess.

All of our students are expected to be outside for recess because we know that fresh air is healthy for us – even if we have a bit of a cold. If you feel your student is too ill to be outside in the fresh air, he/she should probably be at home that day, recovering.

Parent Meeting Links – Keeping Kids Safe

Here are a few extra links from Anne Thorpe’s presentation on “Keeping Our Kids Safe” that we wanted to pass along after the parent meeting. Please click on the link, below to find out more REALLY GREAT information.

Family Resource Guide 19-20

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know – and MORE – about daily life at Innocademy!

19-20 School Calendar