NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH. Teacher Professional Development Day.
Innocademy Break Week:
Monday, February 17th – February 23rd.
So much fun for the 100th day of school!
Welcome, New IES Director, Mr. Bob Soulliere (soul-lee-air)!
We are thrilled to introduce Mr. Bob to our IES Families! He began as the IES Director just last week and has wasted no time in jumping in; meeting staff, students and families!
We are planning an Open House, soon, to give our families a chance to come on in and introduce themselves to Mr. Bob. In the meantime, here’s just a little bit about our new friend:
Bob Soulliere is a self stylized digital Don Quixote who believes that you can change the world through education. He grew up in Kalkaska, MI where he graduated valedictorian of his high school class and won outstanding achievement awards in Math and English. Having gone on a mission trip, Bob dedicated his life to full-time service of others. He attended a small Bible College in Lansing, MI where he got a degree in Theology, Education, and a minor in English Literature. He has served as a youth minister, a web developer, and has spent the past 15 years in Higher Education. Bob has held the roles of Director of Distance, Instruction, and Educational Technologies, Executive Director of University Technology Services, and National Director of Academic Technology and Library Services. He has supported schools with as few as 180 students to large systems with 20+ campuses nationwide and more than 20,000 students. Bob Soulliere joins us from his most recent adventure as a Vice President for Academic Services and Learning Technologies and the world of Higher Education consulting. He holds a Masters of Science in Training and Development with a concentration in Management, and has begun work on his doctorate. Bob loves the color orange, Batman, board games, reading, TV and movies, and photography.
Not New, But REALLY IMPORTANT REMINDER Regarding Illnesses:
Please read the guidelines, below, outlined in our Innocademy Family Resource Guide and recommended by the Ottawa County Health Department
Please help us create a safe, healthy environment for all of our students and teachers. We ask for your help in keeping your child home any time he or she is ill or becoming ill. It can be a tough call but if we all adhere to the guidelines, we can help make these days happen less for everyone.
Per the Ottawa County Health Department, these include:
● Fever within the previous 24 hours, must be fever free without the use of medications for 24 hours.
● ANY vomiting or diarrhea in the past 36 hours. Must be completely symptom free without the use of medications for 36 hours. If they still are not eating normally, they shouldn’t return to school.
● Any symptoms of diseases (scarlet fever, measles, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, etc.)
● Runny nose with any colored discharge
● Excessive coughing
● Sore throat
● Any unexplained rash
● Pink eye
InnoMazing Girls Running Club
Who: Girls 3-8th grade who WANT to RUN and have fun with friends
When: Practices will be Tues and Thurs from 4:00-5:30pm starting March 3rd
Where: We will begin conditioning practice indoors at 6611 Prairie Winds Drive (Big Red Barn) as the weather improves we will likely move practices to Innocademy
Focus: This year our focus will be being “Part of a Team” the girls will become part of a small team (4-6 girls) where they will learn the importance of communication, working together, encouraging others, conflict resolution, and building trust.
Current season coaches: Ms. Ashley Dentler and Katelyn LaButte.
** we would love to have 1-2 additional coaches, please contact Katelyn if you are able to help coach**
Questions? Contact – Katelyn 616-405-3536 firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Dance
Please keep an eye out for information regarding a dance happening on March 7th for all IES students; Innocademy, Innocademy Allegan and iCademy students in grades 8 and up. Tickets will be on sale, soon!
*Old Info – In Case You Missed It
Hand 2 Hand Meal Assistance
Hand 2 Hand is an organization that provides supplemental weekend food and snacks for families. It is designed to come alongside families who may be having financial difficulties. Families choose how long or short of a time they will participate in the program. Click on the link for more details or to sign up.
Scholastic Book Fair – Volunteers Needed
Big thank you to Carolyn Fitzgerald for once again organizing the Scholastic Book Fair to be held during student led conferences on March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd. If you are able to help volunteer during the book fair, please sign up using the link, below. Set up is March 30. Fair will run during conferences March 31 and April 1st and 1/2 day April 2nd.
February Lunch Menu
Report Cards Published 1/28
You may begin accessing your child’s first semester report cards through Infinite Campus beginning tomorrow morning, January 28th. If you do not have an infinite campus account created, yet, because you are a new family to Inno this year, please contact Ms. Heidi at email@example.com and she will provide you with directions on set up. If you have forgotten your password, Heidi can help you with that as well.
Enrollment for 20-21 School Year: Do You Know Someone Who Would Like to Join Us at Precademy, Innocademy or iCademy Global?
Enrollment for next year is open until February 14th. Lottery happens on February 26th. The link to enroll can be found on our website or HERE. Please feel free to pass along that information to anyone who may be interested! Questions? Contact Leisa.Lobbezoo@icademyglobal.org or 616-446-1486.
Annual Education Report
As required, our Annual Education Report has been posted for the 18-19 school year. Please see the attached letter or feel free to look for the information on our website.
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!
Total Trek Quest – SIGN UPS Happening NOW! We Currently have 6 Boys Registered!!!
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: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/AOSpring2020
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org , or 616-450-4651.
Thank you, and we’ll see you in the spring!
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!