Just wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You” to all of our families. We know that Professional Development Days are often inconvenient and force our families to juggle schedules. Please know how treasured these days are for our staff as we get a chance to work together to collaborate, dream, synthesize, and strategically plan to create amazing learning opportunities for your children. THANK YOU, again, for the flexibility and support!
WELCOME MS. DEB!
We would like to take a moment to make you aware of an exciting leadership addition for the ’22-’23 school year.
Mr. Bob has made the decision to transition back into an opportunity in higher education. We certainly want to thank him for his work with our organization and we wish him the best.
We were very excited to hear that Deb Feenstra was available to take on a new role after this school year and moved quickly to let her know IES would be just the perfect place! We were already familiar with Deb’s name because she is very highly regarded in both the public and private schools in our area. It was evident immediately that she understands our mission as a school and would have the passion and gifts to lead us through this next season.
We’re very excited to have Deb share her skills and joy of learning with us, as we have really enjoyed getting to know her, and know you all will as well! While we will be hosting an opportunity for you to meet Ms. Deb as we get closer to the end of the school year, we’d love to introduce her to you via the little blurb she has written, below.
My name is Deb Feenstra and I can’t tell you what an honor it is to be chosen to serve as the next Executive Director of IES! I‘ve had the opportunity to serve as an educator in the Holland/Zeeland area for 35 years and I am excited to continue that journey as a member of the IES team. My educational philosophy is that each student is unique and our job as educators is to provide an innovative learning environment, in partnership with parents, that strives to meet students where they are and support them to reach their full potential academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Personally, I have been married to my amazing husband for 42 years and we have 2 daughters, a son-in-law, and 3 wonderful grandchildren who all live in the Zeeland area. My youngest daughter, the joy of our lives, has cognitive needs and is a dependent adult who has taught us to see every moment in life as a gift and a possibility. As a family, we had the opportunity to serve as full-time mission staff in Chiapas, Mexico from 1999 to 2005 and we still spend part of every year there. Our son-in-law is from Chiapas so we live a life that is bilingual and bicultural. IES’s vision of “Innovative education that cultivates global leaders and thinkers and makes a positive impact” aligns perfectly with my life vision and I can’t wait to get started!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, PLEASE – Scholastic Book Fair!
We are excited to be hosting a Spring Scholastic Book Fair on Campus! Set up of the fair will be on March 28th with the fair open on March 29, 30 and 31st. Please see the SIGN UP GENIUS LINK for requested volunteer times. Volunteers are needed to man the cashier station (we will train you – no worries! =) and help with set up and tear down.
Online ordering will be available directly from the Scholastic website. You can access the site and set up payment by USING THIS LINK.
PENNY WAR – THIS WEEK!
7th and 8th graders traveling to Costa Rica for their capstone trip are excited to be bringing back Penny Wars for 2022! This fundraiser is a fun way to raise funds for the organizations they will be serving in Costa Rica. This year our travelers are excited to be working with two organizations, Animal Refugio, an animal refuge that works to rehabilitate animals so they can return to their natural habitat, AND Funda Vida, a before and after school program for inner-city kids in Costa Rica.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will help us provide needed supplies for both organizations. Funda Vida has a long list of items that are hard (or very expensive to get in CR) from arts and crafts supplies, education materials in English and Spanish, games and more. Animal Refugio has a shorter but more costly list of needed items like lumber, paint, and things needed to help maintain their facility.
We will be purchasing these items in Costa Rica. Our goal is to raise $1,200 this week for these two organizations. Thank you for sending coins (and cash) with your students this week. All donations are greatly appreciated!
SUB SANDWICH SALE
This week we launched our sub sandwich sale! Orders and money are due to your child’s classroom teacher on Tuesday, March 29. Orders will be ready for pick-up on April 13 from 3:30-5:00. All proceeds will go directly towards student travel costs. See links below for more information and order form.
Spring Student-Led Conference Sign Ups
ALL CONFERENCES ON MARCH 29TH WILL BE HELD IN PERSON ON CAMPUS
ALL CONFERENCES ON MARCH 30TH WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM MEETINGS. Your teacher will send out the link as it gets closer to conference time. =)
In an effort to be fair to all of our families, we have designed a schedule so that our families with multiple children are the first to sign up for conferences and our families with one student are asked to sign up last. Thanks, in advance, for adhering to the schedule below. Please use the guide to determine WHEN to begin signing up your family for Student-Led Conferences.
- Families with 3 students or more – Begin sign-ups on Saturday, March 19th.
- Families with 2 students – Begin sign-ups on Tuesday, March 22nd.
- Families with 1 student – Begin sign-ups on Wednesday, March 23nd.
Sign ups will continue to be available until MONDAY, March 28th AT 5PM
Please follow these 3 EASY steps when scheduling:
1) Please find your child’s grade level and program.
2) Notice the date; Tuesday, March 29th (in person) or Wednesday, March 30th (via Zoom).
3) Choose a 20-minute time slot on the date you prefer.
4) Repeat for all of your Classic and Las Huellas middle school students.
Date Change – Sole Sisters 5K
Please adjust your calendars. The NEW date for the 5K will be on MAY 20TH. If you have a daughter participating, please watch your email as there will be many more details to follow.
Tuesday/Thursday AM Preschool Assistant position available:
Are you passionate about helping young learners? Do you enjoy helping kids learn through creativity and play? If so, this could be a great fit for you. In this role, you will be working closely with the Lead Teacher to create a fun learning environment for 3 year olds, following licensing guidelines to ensure classroom compliance, and developing relationships with students and parents in our 2-day Preschool Class. Work schedule is Tuesday/Thursday 8:15- 11:45 am. If you are interested in more information, please contact Sara in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDER – Before School Recess Begins on Monday
Students may continue to be dropped off between 8:20am – 8:40am (if they are choosing breakfast, please drop them off closer to the 8:20 time so they are able to eat prior to entering the building.). At 8:40am, they will line up with their classes and head into the building to begin school at 8:45am.
Grub Hub, Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc…
We understand that while some students enjoy hot lunch every day, many of our students prefer a lunch brought from home. We also know, that in the rush of the morning your student may forget his/her lunch from time to time. Please remember, we do have a hot lunch option here on campus available FOR FREE each day. PLEASE DO NOT SEND UBER EATS, GRUB HUB, DOOR DASH OR ANY OTHER FOOD DELIVERY to your students. Thank you.
Student Absence and/or Early Dismissal
In the event your child is going to be absent for the day or needs to be picked up, early, please send an email and/or Bloom’s message to their teacher as well as email@example.com. Please include the reason for the absence or early dismissal.
Mother/Son Barn Bash At Post Family Farm
March Lunch Menu
Lost and Found
Please, please, please check out our Innocademy Parents FB Page (if you’re not part of the group, this is a great time to join =) for a plethora of pictures of our currently overflowing lost and found. We would love for folks to come on in and claim items any school day between 8:20am – 4pm. Lost and found is located right around the corner of the main staircase. =)
Do You Have A NEW Student for ’22/23?
All students who are currently attending school at Innocademy and are planning to attend for the 22/23 school year are all set!
If you have a NEW student from your family who will be joining us – – even if they are transitioning from Precademy to Innocademy, please go ahead and begin enrollment for them by fillling out THIS FIRST STEP IN ENROLLMENT FOR 22/23
Family Resource Guide
Please click, below, to see the 21-22 Family Resource Guide
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.