THANK YOU, MS. STACY AND MS. HANNAH!
Did you know that next week is National School Lunch Week? We would like to take a moment to thank Ms. Stacy and Ms. Hannah for ALL of their work serving lunch to our students each day. As you know, this year has been a COMPLETE revamping of our daily lunch program while also adding additional programming such as FREE lunch for everyone, breakfast/lunch for virtual families and daily snacks for our in person learners. Wow! These amazing women have handled the changes with grace, flexibility and incredible kindness. We appreciate you, Ladies!!! From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU you for all you do each day for our students, staff and families!
FUN AT INNOCADEMY THIS WEEK…
Inspired by a story Ms. Emily shared with them, Mr. Chad’s friends kids created a pumpkin for Pumpkin Fest in Zeeland. They used themes the author, Tyree Guyton, uses in his art as well as recycled materials to create a giant pumpkin piece. Come check it out on the corner of Main St and Church St. (After we deliver it tonight).
Take what you need, leave what you can… Ms. Anita’s little 1st grade friends left some inspirational quotes for other students and teachers in the window. They have been learning about Growth Mindset and how our brain is like a muscle that can grow and stretch.
Ms. Kerri’s Friends have fun sharing their favorite new “old stories” with their reading partners.
NWEA MAP Testing
We’ve had a little over half of you respond (I will be sending out confirmation emails to those of you that did), but for those of you who haven’t, you will need to CLICK ON THIS LINK and get that filled out for us.
We also have some Math Expression books at the school and some additional materials getting dropped off from some of our other Co-op Teachers.
You are welcome to pick those up at any time during the normal school day (9AM – 3PM) or we can send them home with your child after the in-person testing.
This will be in your confirmation email, but when you come for testing, please make sure that your child has the following:
- A face-covering that covers their nose and mouth
- A water bottle
- A snack
Questions? Please contact Mr. Bob. Bob.Soulliere@iesschools.org
BREAKFAST/LUNCH PICK UP OPPORTUNITY
If you are in need of breakfast/lunches for your child(ren), you may sign up each week for FREE! Children you register for this service do not need to be students at Inno or iCademy but can be siblings, ages 0-18, who also live at the home.
- Sign up no later than 1:30pm on SUNDAY each week. Please click to register for pickup on MONDAY, OCTOBER 12TH between 2:15-2:30pm.
- Questions? Please contact Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Breakfast/lunch pick up will continue over break week as well. Please look for October 19th sign up in the blog next week, Friday.
IN PERSON LEARNERS
WONDERING IF YOUR CHILD(REN) SHOULD ATTEND SCHOOL?
Is your child sick, experiencing strange, abnormal symptoms or he/she/you have been exposed to someone with a known case of Covid – 19? Please take a moment to click on this (we hope!) helpful INTERACTIVE FLOW CHART that will help you determine appropriate next steps.
HOT LUNCH – IMPORTANT NOTES
REMINDER: Lunch Menu Change for October 12th and October 26th – Bacon Cheeseburger and Smiley Fries with Fruit of the Day
As a reminder, with the brand new USDA funding, hot lunch is FREE to all students in Young 5s – 12th grade until December or money runs out. Please note that if you wish for your child to receive MILK ONLY, we must charge your lunch account $0.50. Milk is only free when it is paired with a full hot lunch meal.
NEW FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: If your child would like to order an extra slice of pizza when it is served, the cost will be $1.50. Please make certain your student has money in his/her lunch account prior to that day. You may send cash in a labeled envelope, a check made out to HOLLAND CHRISTIAN FOOD SERVICE or apply funds to their online account at sendmoneytoschool.com. Thank you.
FAMLY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY – Please complete TODAY if you have not, already.
Please click on the FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY and share your feedback with us no later than next Friday, October 9th. The survey is intended to gather your thoughts on what you’d like to see us share out during upcoming events or workshops. It also contains additional important questions regarding how to best help your child at home and communication options. Thank you, in advance, for helping us support your child(ren).
STUDENT LED CONFERENCE SIGN UP – CLOSES ON MONDAY.
If you have not already signed up for a time where both you AND your child are able to attend, please click on the link, below, to do so, asap. Sign ups will be closed after Monday, October 12th.
For the most part, kids have been doing a great job of wearing their masks appropriately throughout the day! Thank you!
If you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to check with your kiddo on the fit of his/her mask, that would be great! Have them place it on their face as they would do in class. This way you can help with any adjustments so that it fits snugly over their mouth and nose. If you have an extra to throw in their backpack, that would be great – just in case they forget one in the morning or maybe have an incredibly wicked sneeze at some point during the day – or maybe would just enjoy a fresh one to change into later in the day.
Unfortunately, we are entering the season of horrible allergies, colds and flu. If your child is suffering from any of the symptoms, below, that are NOT related to seasonal allergies, they should be kept home until symptoms are no longer present without the use of medication.
- Runny nose and/or congestion
- Tired and/or achy
- Short of breath
- New loss of taste and or smell
UPDATE ON SCHOOL MEALS FROM MS. NANCY – HOLLAND CHRISTIAN FOOD SERVICE – NOTE MENU CHANGE FOR 10/12 & 10/26.
I always loved playing basketball in high school and was a pretty good point guard, back in the day…I was quick to turn with the ball and a fast break away player. These skills that I developed over 35 years ago—have helped me as we make quick decisions and pivot with all the changes with School Meals.
On August 31st we realized that all meals would be FREE! At that time we had no summer planning to figure out how we would feed our students. We rode out our current school menu—however changed our menu mid September to better serve our students.
We are using the same child nutrition program foods from GFS with the National School Lunch Standards. Our goal is to serve nutritious foods that are popular and that students will eat. We no longer have a fresh salad bar, a hot table that we are serving from and, most importantly, our staff misses seeing the students they serve. We deal daily with purveyor shortages as we are being shorted from our distributors.
We work really hard to ensure that each meal has the entire school lunch components. We are serving more than 200 meals per day, by way of delivery or pick up. We knew students would want pizza and Stacy Oosterink, our kitchen manager worked hard to make it happen. Our hope is that we can come up with a process to serve 2 slices to our Middle School students—safely and hot!
We’ve received some feedback on the twin burgers. I agree, it may not have filled up our middle school students. We are changing the menu on 10/12 and 10/26 to Bacon Cheese Burger and Smiley Fries with Fruit of the day. Another change to come on 10/5, will be Free Snacks for all students.
We will be sharing a snack menu with you, soon. Students do not have to take the snacks, but they are all non-perishable and could be brought home as well.
Hopefully all of these improvements will help squash midday hunger for our kiddos.
We enjoy serving our students and so wish it could be like last year. For now, we will work hard on listening to our customers and doing our very best to continue to serve lunches.
Thank you for your partnership with feeding your students. If you have any questions please email Nancy Michaels at email@example.com
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER HOT LUNCH MENU
FEEDING AMERICA MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Mark your calendar and share these dates with friends and neighbors! Feeding America Mobile Food Distribution takes place in the Roosevelt Elementary of Zeeland Public Schools in the west parking lot. This is a drive-thru, no contact distribution. All are welcome. No income guidelines or proof of residency required. Event runs 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on
- October 13
- November 17
- December 8
- January 12, 2021.
VISITORS TO THE BUILDING
Thank you for adhering to the Michigan Return to School Roadmap Guidelines and not entering the building with your students each day. If/when there is a time your child will be late or needs to leave early, please…
- Communicate as normal with your child’s classroom teacher and/or Ms. Heidi
- When you arrive, communicate with Ms. Heidi through the intercom on the outside of the building
- Wait for your child outside – in the event of inclement weather, please wait for your student in the vestibule, between the double doors, but do not enter the lobby.
NUT FREE SCHOOL
We do have several students with severe nut allergies; both peanut and tree nut. In an effort to keep everyone safe, please do not send food containing nuts of any sort – or traces of nuts to school. Soy butter and Sun butter are great alternatives.
COVID FLOWCHART FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS
Please see below for the revised (8/31) flow chart issued by the Ottawa County Health DepartmentCOVID-19-Return-to-School-Toolkit__08312020Download
FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE
Please see below for the 20-21 Innocademy Family Resource GuideInnocademy-Family-Resource-Guide-20-21-1Download
CALENDAR FOR THE 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR