IMPORTANT SCAM EMAIL WARNING
As always, it is our desire to ensure the safety of students at our IES Schools. Thankfully, we’ve not received reports of students at any of our schools being the victim of this scam, but absolutely wanted to share in the hopes of you having age-appropriate conversations with your child(ren) around online safety.
Recent reports have been made in neighboring districts regarding cybercriminals targeting primarily male teens through Google Meet invitations. The predator has been posing as a young person interested in forming a friendship or romantic connection, engages with the targeted teen in an online relationship, eventually manipulating them to exchange sexual texts and pictures. The teen will then be told that this content will be posted on the internet if they do not send a large sum of money to an account via Western Union or PayPal. If the teen says no, the threats escalate. The exact details of the scam vary case-by-case.
It’s important that students keep in mind they should:
- never enter a Google Meet or Zoom invite from someone they do not know.
- never expose themselves for any reason on camera
- report any suspicious email or link to a parent, teacher or trusted adult right away
If your child becomes a victim of this scam, it is important they understand they are a victim and should not feel shame. Do not comply with the request, stop all communication with the predator, and contact local law enforcement.
Below are a few resources available to families:
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Sextortion YouTube video
- You Sent A Sext, Now What? Brochure (NetSmartZ) – includes section on blackmail):
- Your “Photo Fate” Discussion Guideline (NetSmartZ):
DAY CARE STAFF NEEDED – JOB POSTING
We are looking for someone to join our Daycare Team. This position would work 8:30 – 4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (there may be opportunity to sub on other days on an as-needed basis). Generally speaking, the staff daycare is open on days school is in session (both virtual and in-person days) as well as staff Professional Development days. The Daycare team provides care to our staff’s children. The kids range from 12 weeks old to 5 years old. Providing a nurturing environment for these little ones while mom/dad is working is the key to this role. Responsibilities include caring for kids, feeding them, bringing them outside for playtime, etc.
Please email Sara in Human Resources if you are interested in more information on this position – her email is email@example.com
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18TH – SPECIAL LESSON PLAN
In keeping with the traditions of in-person learning, we are spending next Friday as a day to spread holiday cheer and stewardship! Your student will have an assignment to complete in See Saw or Google Classroom, but it will look very different than a normal remote learning day.
SPIRIT WEEK AT INNOCADEMY – DECEMBER 14 -18TH
Missing being in person? Us, too! Thought we would share in some pre-holiday fun this next week by engaging in SPIRIT WEEK! Join in by wearing the fun things listed in the calendar below! Then, on Friday evening, between 4-6pm, take a drive through the West Parking Lot (McDonald’s side of the building) to drop off your completed cards for the Holland Rescue Mission and have some drive by fun with music and decorations as we kick of Christmas Break with your teachers.
MY COVID-19 RISK
As we think about Christmas Break and the upcoming holidays, this chart may helpful in assessing the Covid-19 risks associated with different activities.
NOTES FROM MS. KRISTIN, INNOCADEMY SOCIAL WORKER
|Self-Care Video Series for Parents|
Feeling stressed? Take a few minutes for yourself this winter. Visit Committee for Children’s YouTube channel Monday 12/7 – Monday 1/25 for a short video about mental health, presented by a licensed clinical psychologist. The weekly self-care videos will also include a daily practice grounded in research and SEL. These Winter Well-Being videos are created especially for parents. Share them with your student
HOLIDAY BREAK WEEKS – BREAKFAST/LUNCH SIGN UP/PICK UP – IMPORTANT
If you wish to participate in breakfast/lunch pick up over the 2-week holiday break it is a little different so please see the notes, below:
- THIS SIGN UP opens TODAY, Friday December 11th and automatically includes you for BOTH weeks
- Deadline for sign-up is Tues, DEC. 15TH at 1 pm. Late responses cannot be accepted.
- Unlike our weekly pickup, sign-ups are first come, first served as there are a limited number of meals available. If we reach capacity before the sign-up deadline, we may have to close the link.
- Pick up will be at iCademy, but needs to happen on Mon, Dec. 21st and Mon., Dec 28th
- Pick up time will be from 2:15-2:30 pm on those days.
- Please contact Ms. Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
ABSENT FROM A SCHEDULED ZOOM MEETING?
Just as if your child were attending in person learning, attendance is taken twice each day. The attendance is recorded day during Zoom meetings with teachers. This is information we must report to the State of Michigan. If your child will be absent from one of those meetings, please call our office at 616-748-5637.
COVID POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS?
In the event your child receives a positive COVID diagnosis, please make sure to contact us, immediately. We must continue to update the COVID transparency page on our website and be able to work with the health department in their contact tracing efforts.
PBIS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – WEEK OF DECEMBER 7TH
We are excited to announce the winners of our week 2 remote learning PBIS drawing! Thank you to the parents and teachers who nominated their students for being responsible, respectful, resilient, and safe!
Hayden – Ms. Renee’s class
Kaliyan – Ms. Cyndi’s class
Addi – Ms. Rachel’s class
Paige – Ms. Anita’s class
This week’s winners need to keep an eye out for a special delivery from our very own Mr. Ben! Get excited to cozy up with something sweet to end the week.
We will draw winners for week 3 next Friday so don’t forget to fill out this PBIS link to nominate your at-home learner! If a QR code is an easier way for you to access the form, see below.
LEARNING FROM HOME WEBPAGE
Please continue to check the LEARNING FROM HOME WEBPAGE for current schedules and recorded lessons.
Bittersweet Ski Passes
We are again offering Bittersweet Ski Passes for students (7 + years) and their families (extended families, too!) through Innocademy and iCademy Global.Bittersweet-Covid-19-Disclosures-Download2020-2021-ADULT-SKI-CLUB-FORM-1Download2020-2021-ADULT-STUDENT-INFO-SHEETDownload2020-2021-Disclaimer-Student-Ski-ClubDownload
Ski passes are a great opportunity for folks to purchase a pass ($22) 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…
- Read through the attached information – INCLUDING COVID 19 policies
- Fill out the attached form for student and/or adult
- Secure in an envelope with payment (checks payable to BITTERSWEET SKI RESORT)
- Label envelope: BITTERSWEET SKI PASSES – LEISA LOBBEZOO
- 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 school 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?”
WITHOUT SKI CLUB PASSES
$32-$57 lift ticket
$10 helmet rental
WITH SKI CLUB PASSES ($22 each pass – every skier must have one to receive the discounts.)
Adult (anyone not still in high school)
$26 lift ticket
Student (7 years old and older)
$22 lift ticket
$10 helmet rental
+ 2 FREE Lessons or NASTAR run
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. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
The event runs 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on:
- January 12
- February 16
- March 9
- April 13
VIRTUAL LEARNERS (Different Than Remote Learning =)
If your family has chosen to participate in the Innocademy Virtual Learning program this year and have questions, please contact Mr. Bob. Bob.Soulliere@iesschools.org
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