Innocademy Thanksgiving Break
Break week will begin on Monday, November 21 and run through Friday, November 25th.
We look forward to seeing everyone when we return to school on Monday, November 28th.
Please make sure your child is at school, ready to begin by 8:45 a.m. every day. Should your child be absent, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let your child’s teacher know the reason for their absence so they can share any missing work. Thank you for your support in ensuring your child learns and grows with us this year. Every day counts for their academic success!
REMINDER: HOMESTEAD CAMPUS IS NUT FREE
We have students on campus who have severe allergies to nuts of any kind. Please use extra caution when packing snacks, bringing treats to school, and enjoying lunches so that we can keep all of our students safe.
As an IES family, we value all the members of our community and have a heart to give to those who are struggling. With the holiday season approaching, we know that there are many people who may need assistance in one way or another.
If you are an Innocademy Zeeland, Innocademy Allegan, iCademy Global, Precademy or Las Huellas family and you need help with food/gas/clothes/gifts/etc. OR if you know of a family in need during the Holiday Season, please reach out to Rachel Potter at email@example.com by MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21st and she will send you a form to collect your information.
All names will be kept confidential. As much as we’d like to help, please know we will be unable to accept requests after the 21st.
PARENT PERCEPTION SURVEY
Each year we survey our Innocademy Families, students, and staff to gather input on how the year is going so far. Once the perception data is gathered, we analyze the results and develop strategies to further grow our program as well as celebrate our successes. This process is a component of our Comprehensive Needs Assessment which drives our School Improvement Plan. We value your input! Thank you for taking time to complete the PARENT PERCEPTION SURVEY on or before November 25th.
INTRODUCING HEATHER VOLKEMA – PBIS PARENT LIAISON
Hi! I’m Heather Volkema and I am a parent to 3rd grader, Paige, in Las Huellas. I am your parent liaison for PBIS at Innocademy. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, which is an evidence-based curriculum to reward and foster positive, respectful, responsible, resilient, and safe behaviors in our children. As a parent you may be familiar with PBIS in the form of “tickets” or “boleto” that your child receives when they’re “caught” being respectful, responsible, resilient, or safe. This curriculum is used from Young 5’s through 8th grade. These tickets get placed into classroom drawings for a few winners each Friday. The current goal is to reach 2,500 tickets and then they will receive a reward. The students have been working very hard to earn them and deserve lots of recognition for their positive behaviors.
New this year “GOLDEN TICKETS”
A new thing with PBIS this year is the giving out of “Golden Tickets.” There is a spy among the school who will be watching for someone practicing the expectation of the week. Each week the teachers will have a highlighted behavior they are working on with your students. For example, students may be focusing on being respectful in the hallways by being quiet so other classes can continue learning. The golden tickets receive an automatic prize.
We love family involvement and are often asked “How can I help?”:
1) Support PBIS at home by encouraging and recognizing things that your child does that are respectful, responsible, resilient, and safe at home. One area the teachers have been working with students on is healthy habits and goals. Some things to help focus on and teach at home include the importance of bedtime routines and healthy homework habits.
2) By donating prizes for the drawings that occur each week. If you’d like to directly donate to your child’s classroom-you may directly message your child’s teacher for items needed for their classroom or ask your student for age-appropriate ideas for their classrooms. If you’d wish to donate to items to stock the prize boxes of any classroom/areas of need-that would be greatly appreciated-Middle School is currently a higher area of need! Items can be delivered to the classroom or front desk at any time.
Ideas of what to donate: (new items & NO NUTS)
· movie box candy
· school supplies-pencils, pens, erasers, markers, etc.
· puzzles, card games
· water bottle stickers
· books (gently used okay)/activity books
· Chapstick, coin purses, fidget spinners
If you have any questions, feel most welcome to reach out at any time. Thank you for all you do! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER LUNCH MENU
ESSER III SURVEY – PLEASE COMPLETE ONE PER FAMILY, ASAP
If you have not had a chance to complete the survey sent out in the email earlier this week, please do so, asap…
Many of you provided feedback on the spending of ESSER III (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds last year either through a survey and/or a scheduled Zoom meeting; these funds were given to school districts as a result of the pandemic We greatly appreciate your past input and would like to give everyone another opportunity to continue the feedback.
There are four sections to the ESSER III funding. On the survey, there are 4 listed requirements followed by information regarding a plan for the way in which our school intends to respond to each. You will be asked if you “strongly support”, “I am fine with this” or “I would like something different”. You will have the opportunity to make comments on each of the proposed plans and/or share a different idea.
We greatly appreciate your time and feedback. Once the feedback is compiled, we will communicate any changes to the plan and give you an opportunity for further discussion.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Jessenia at email@example.com
Please note that the results will be reported at the December board meeting.
Thank you again for your time and valuable feedback.
NATIONAL HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS WEEK INFORMATION
Did you know that if a family is experiencing homelessness they can reach out to their school and there are resources available to help with education-related items (transportation, school supplies, clothing, anything that can prevent a child from being successful at school)?
If you or someone you know struggles with hunger and/or homelessness, please see, below for information and resources for community assistance.
INNOCADEMY EXTRAVA-GANZA! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
We are excited to have all students who are enrolled in a music class at Innocademy perform in this year’s annual Innocademy Extravaganza. Rehearsals are underway and our students are eager to share their musical learning with parents, grandparents, and the greater school community. Stay tuned for more information from Ms. Hillary as the date approaches.
LUNCH CHANGE FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE =)
Cinnamon Chex will replace the still out of stock, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, as the #2 option for lunch on Mondays until further notice.
NOVEMBER FOOD PANTRY SCHEDULE – OTTAWA COUNTY
SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS GIFTS & FOOD VOUCHER ASSISTANCE
If your family lives in Southern Ottawa or Allegan County (except Plainwell, Otsego or Martin) and is in need of assistance this upcoming Holiday Season, please take a peek at the information, below and apply onlilne at saholland.org between October 17th and December 9th.
LUNCH INFORMATION FROM HOLLAND CHRISTIAN
Food service is in full swing, thanks to YOU for being patient and persistent with our Family Portal. Please continue to use the family portal to deposit funds into your lunch account. We are a Pre Pay system, and appreciate families having funds in your child’s account when they choose to take hot lunch. Plus NO FEE TO MAKE A DEPOSIT ONLINE. Familyportal.cloud is where you can deposit funds or apply for lunch benefits. If you do not know your student account number, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
For those families that are receiving lunch benefits and only want milk, the national school lunch program does not give benefits for milk only. If you want free or reduced price milk, you may take a fruit, or vegetable, and the milk will be under your benefits.
BITTERSWEET SKI INFORMATION & PASSES
We are again offering Bittersweet Ski Passes for students (7 + years) and their families (extended families and friends, too! Open to anyone!) through Innocademy and iCademy Global.
Ski passes are a great opportunity for folks to purchase a pass ($29) 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 as well as black-out holidays), 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
- 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:
Attn: Leisa Lobbezoo – Ski Club, iCademy Global, 8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland, MI 49464
Once we receive the application and payment, there is usually about a 14 school day turnaround 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?”
WITH SKI CLUB PASSES ($29 each pass – every skier must have one to receive the discounts.)
Adult (anyone not still in high school)
- $33 lift ticket
- $33 Rentals
- $15 helmet
Student (7 years old and older)
- $29 lift ticket
- $29 rentals
- $15 helmet rental
- + 2 FREE Lessons
WITHOUT SKI CLUB PASSES
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION
If you have someone new to pick up at dismissal time, please always feel free to share THIS VIDEO that includes the map.
STILL TIME TO APPLY! – – HAND 2 HAND – SIGN-UP OPEN FOR THIS YEAR
OK, Hand2Hand is firing up again for the year, and attached is the sign-up form. A few things to know:
- Hand2Hand is a weekly food bag distribution, provided by Vertical Church (yay to them for this partnership!!). Read the attachment for more info.
- There are no qualifications, other than just signing and returning the form.
- Bags are distributed on Thursday mornings and we attempt to put in lockers/cubbies during the lunch hour. The first delivery will be September 15.
- In order to receive the first delivery, forms must be returned to the front desk before the Labor Day break. However, families can continue to sign up throughout the year.