REMINDER: Christmas break begins at 3:30pm on Friday, December 20th. School resumes on Monday, January 6th. Enjoy the holiday break!

THANK YOU Ms. Hillary and Ms. Kate for putting together another AMAZING Christmas Extrava-GANZA! What a fantastic night!

Middle School Career Fair Fun! We had two business owners, an informational technology consultant, an instructor of agriculture at the tech center, fire fighter, graphic design company, robotic/ manufacturing engineer, network engineer, human resource, personal trainer, and a librarian.

Mr. Chad’s Innogeneers worked on identifying and developing patterns in architecture!

*NEW Information

Hot Lunch Balances – Please Check These =)

Holland Christian is requesting that all negative balances be taken care of prior to break on December 21st. If you have a question, please email and Ms. Stacy will be happy to help you!

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

Scrip Fundraising

Our next fundraising opportunity is Scrip, it’s a great way to fundraise during the holiday season and really easy to use!

Watch this video to learn more about what Scrip is: CLICK ME TO VIEW

Attached is PDF which explains all the steps to starting scrip through iCademy Global, please use the School Code: A326C3BB482L8 (use this code to access your school when signing up on the website below).

iCademy Family Spotlight – We Need You!

At IES, we value global learning! If you and/or your family has traveled recently, we’d love to hear about it! Every couple of months, a team of teachers focused on expanding our school’s global mindset, will be sending out a newsletter that features educational videos, relevant activities, and student/ staff spotlights. If you’d like to share your international experience, please complete this form by the end of Winter Break. We are looking forward to seeing all the cool places that the IES community has been!

*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 

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.

Family Resource Guide 19-20

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

19-20 School Calendar