HUGE Thank You!
Huge thanks to the Volkema and Tallavajhala Familes for their generous donations to our PBIS treasure chest! We appreciate all of your contributions for students and teachers! Thank you!
Afternoon Dismissal – EAST PARKING LOT – Beginning Next Week =)
We are so excited to welcome our Precademy families to campus beginning on Monday!
Please, please, please, if you park in the East parking lot between 3-3:30pm avoid parking in the entire area designated with the Precademy signs as those are reserved for families to access their littles being dismissed at 3:30 each day. Even though there is not a sign in every space, our intent is to reserve that entire area according to the map, below. Thank you, in advance, for your help!
Virtual Curriculum Night – August 17th!
Psst…you will be able to click on the links to the zoom meetings by opening the document, below =)
Lead Change at Innocademy
We have some news to announce about a change at Innocademy. Ms. Kelli is taking on a new role as the Lead for Curriculum and Instruction. She is excited about the role, but wants to let everyone know that you’ll still see her supporting students and staff as needed around school. Additionally, she will be co-teaching 5th grade math with Mr. Cory.
Because of Ms. Kelli’s new position, Mr. Marty has moved from Lead at Innocademy Allegan Campus to leading here at our Homestead Campus. Not only does Mr. Marty have experience in leadership at Innocademy Allegan, he also has many years of classroom experience teaching different age levels from 1st-8th grade. One thing you might find interesting about Mr. Marty is his love of animals; he has four dogs, three cats, and owns a horse farm. He is often seen showing kids pictures of them on his phone and forming instant relationships!
If you see Mr. Marty or Ms. Kelli, please make sure to stop and say “hello”. You can also reach each of them at Marty.Lappe@innocademy.com or Kelli.Gunn@innocademy.com.
Middle School Sports Partnership For Innocademy This Year
Innocademy is once again partnering with Corpus Christi Catholic Schools in Holland once again for athletics! Registration for GRACEAC fall 2021 sports is now open! The following sports are offered for 5th-8th graders in the fall:
- Girls Volleyball @Corpus Christi
- Girls Sideline Cheer in Grand Rapids
- Boys Football in Grand Rapids
- Boys Soccer @Corpus Christi
- Boys & Girls Cross Country @Corpus Christi
Registration for 5th-8th grade sports can be completed at the following link: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/267755
We are also happy to announce that we will be continuing to offer 3rd/4th-grade boys flag football and girls sideline cheer this fall after a successful launch to the two programs last fall. The cost to register is $95.00 per athlete. Registration for 3rd/4th-grade sports can be completed at the following link: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/268572
For the Catholic United sports (football, cross country, sideline cheer, and flag football), we have created registration flyers that provide some additional information and details on how the programs operate. Those flyers are attached to this email. Please let me know if you have any questions and I can connect with the athletic director at Corpus Christi.
And finally, we do require each student to have an updated physical exam clearance form from their doctor on file at school. Please bring to the coaches or athletic office before or at the first practice.
Wellness: The state of being in good health
At IES schools, we are committed to the whole child. Each month, we will be sharing information on a different wellness topic to help students and families improve their health and become more happy, healthy learners and people!
Morning Arrival – Between 8:20am – 8:40am
Students may arrive each day between 8:20am – 8:40am. Please use your appropriate parking lots (Las Huellas on East side and Classic on West side) for pick up and drop off each day. Students will enter the building, grab a free breakfast if they wish and proceed directly to their classrooms and be ready to start their day at 8:45am.
Afternoon Dismissal – 3:30pm
Thanks to a grant from the federal government both breakfast and lunch are FREE to all students again this year! The only exception is if your middle school student orders an extra slice of pizza they will be charged $1.50. There is no sign up invovled in taking advantage of this program. Students will grab a free breakfast, if they wish, on their way inside the building each day and sign up for a free hot lunch, if they wish, each morning. Please see, below for the August menu:
What is PBIS?
Innocademy believes in a school-wide culture of caring as a foundation. We believe in nurturing the whole child, not just their academic success. We intentionally focus on each child’s academic, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. Our learning environment reflects our values.
We have implemented the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) framework. The focus of this framework is to create a positive school climate that fosters being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, RESILIENT, and SAFE. All students are deliberately and frequently taught these positive expectations and acknowledged when demonstrating these positive behaviors.
Research shows student learning and growth are positively impacted when the home and school work together. It would be valuable for you to use this common language at home and acknowledge times your child is demonstrating positive behaviors. This partnership conveys the importance of these concepts and encourages your child to BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE RESILIENT, and BE SAFE everywhere!
We look forward to working with you as true partners in your child’s education!
Positively yours, Innocademy Team
Donations Needed, Please =)
Each week throughout the school year we recognize students who have demonstrated responsible, respectful, resilient and safe behavior as part of our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Program. Students receive tickets for modeling these behaviors and are placed in a weekly drawing for small prizes. Last year teachers gave out more than 10, 700 tickets! Wow!!! If you would be willing to donate anything to our prize closet, we would be most appreciative! Donations can happen throughout the year as well! Examples of donations might be… small trinkets, snack size candy bars, etc. We also recognize a staff member each week and would appreciate any $5 giftcards to places such as Starbucks, Biggby, Target, wherever! =). Thank you for considering!
Innocademy Information Night – August 17th
Please mark your calendars for August 17th beginning at 6pm for new families and 6:30pm for returning families. We are looking forward to gathering for a parent night where we can share our curriculum information as well as other important information that will make this year fantastic! Please watch your email and the blog for more information!
Mask Status Update
We continue to work closely with the Ottawa County Health Department and area school leaders regarding Covid-19 protocols. Today, masks are recommended making mask-wearing optional. We will absolutely keep you updated as we receive further guidance.
Supply List for 2021-2022 School Year
Please click on THIS LINK to access the supply list for your student. Simply click on the tab located at the bottom that corresponds with your child(ren)’s grade level. As always, if purchasing supplies is a hardship for your family, please contact us so that we can help!
Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year
Please note the first day of school is kicking off with a 1/2 day on Monday, AUGUST 9TH. Students will be dismissed at 12pm.