HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK – DECEMBER 19TH
Looking forward to lots of holiday fun our last week of school before Christmas Break! As a reminder, Christmas Break begins on December 24th and school will resume on Monday, January 9th.
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!
LUNCH CHANGE FOR MONDAY
Unfortunately, now the Cinnamin Chex are out of stock too. So this Monday lunch choice #2 will be Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.
ANGEL TREE – ANGELS NEEDED, PLEASE! ALSO WRAPPING PAPER =)
We have connected with 12 different families from Innocademy Zeeland, Innocademy Allegan, and iCademy that have expressed a need for help in making the holidays special for their families.
They have shared with us items that their family members not only want for the Holidays, but need as well. If you are interested in helping these families, please take a look AT THIS SIGN UP
- Select items you are willing and able to contribute
- Please make sure all items are new, not previously used
- Bring (or send via Amazon =) UNWRAPPED items to Homestead Campus (8485 Homestead Dr., Zeeland, MI 49464) on or before THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15TH
- Please make sure to include the family number with each item.
Thank you so much for helping make the holidays brighter for some of our IES families.
POP UP USBORNE BOOK SALE NEXT WEEK
Thanks to Michelle Sweet for organizing a book fair just in time for those last-minute holiday gifts for all of the readers on your list!
Be sure to stop by the $5 Bookfair next Wednesday and Thursday, December 14 & 15! Stock up for Christmas gifts, break week activities and just for fun! Shop from 8:30-11:30 or 12:45-3:45 both days or send money with your student. No tax either!
Volunteers needed too! View times and jobs here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080849aeac23a2fb6-book1
NEED CAR REPAIRS OR A NEW VEHICLE? READ ON…
Does your family need car repairs or is in need of a car? Does your family receive benefits from Family Independence Program, Child Development and Care, Family Medicaid, or Family Food Assistance benefits through MDHHS? You could be eligible for free or low-cost repairs or purchases. Please check out the documents, below
TUITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM (TIP) OPPORTUNITY
What is TIP?
The Tuition Incentive Program encourages students to complete high school by providing college tuition assistance after graduation.
How does TIP work?
TIP helps the student pursue a certificate or associate degree by providing tuition and mandatory fee assistance at participating Michigan institutions.
After earning a certificate, associate degree, or even 56 transferable credits, the student can then be eligible to receive up to $500 per semester while pursuing a bachelor’s degree, not to exceed $2,000 total.
Learn more by clicking on THIS LINK
CHILD CARE SUBSIDY – SEE IF YOU QUALIFY!
More families are eligible for help paying for child care than you might think. To help families know if they are likely to qualify, Governor Whitmer partnered with the Michigan Department of Education and Early Childhood Investment Corporation to create an online eligibility calculator. Now families can know in less than two minutes if they could get help lower child care costs by visiting https://greatstarttoquality.org/calculator/.
To qualify for the Child Development and Care Program (commonly called the child care subsidy), families must:
ï Have a child under age 13
ï Need child care because they’re working or going to school
ï Have a qualifying income, up to:
ï $36,620 for a family of 2
ï $46,060 for a family of 3
ï $55,500 for a family of 4
Families can visit Michigan.gov/childcare for a complete list of reasons they may qualify for low or no cost child care and qualifying income levels for larger families.
CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA INFORMATION FROM MS. HILLARY
Dear Parents and Students,
It’s Showtime! I am pleased to share with you our plans for the Innocademy Extravaganza. The performance will be held in person on Thursday December 22, at 7 p.m. at Community Reformed Church in Zeeland (10376 Felch St, Zeeland, MI 49464). As in years past, we will hold our dress rehearsal at the church during the afternoon. All students will be bussed to Community Reformed and should be picked up there promptly at 3:30 p.m.
New this year: If you are a parent of a middle school student who is NOT involved in the show, please still plan on picking them up at the church at 3:30. They will travel to the church with the other students and then continue their learning in a separate space at the church that afternoon.
Doors will open for the evening performance at 6:45 p.m. Students should proceed to the gym between 6:45-6:50 to meet their teacher and line up. Family and friends may find seats in the sanctuary to view student artwork that will be digitally set to music. If you are a parent of a youngest friend in Ms. Kerri, Ms. Monica, Ms. Natalia, or Ms. Ashley’s room, please meet your child on stage right AFTER their performance to take them back to sit with you for the remainder of the program.
This program will feature the musical learning of ALL the Innocademy classic elementary students, Las huellas elementary students, Middle School Choir and the Middle School Drums/Ukes/Bars class.
Lastly, don’t forget that this is a special occasion so please dress your best and leave tennis shoes and jeans at home!
We are looking forward to sharing a wonderful evening of music and learning with you! If you have any questions regarding the Innocademy Extravaganza, please feel free to contact Ms. Hillary at email@example.com or Ms. Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW SCREENER TOOL FOR INNOCADEMY STUDENTS – SABERS (SOCIAL, ACADEMIC, AND EMOTIONAL BEHAVIOR RISK SCREENER)
The SAEBRS is a brief, norm-referenced tool for screening all students to identify those who are at risk for social-emotional behavior problems. We will start using this in December to screen all students TK thru 8th grade. Teachers will complete the screener on each of their students and students in grades 2nd thru 8th will also complete a self-screener. The data we receive from these assessments will help us identify areas of need to target as a whole school for Social Emotional Learning and also identify any students who may need additional support. We plan to complete these screeners three times in the year. We look forward to identifying students who might need that added support. For more information on the screener itself please go to https://www.illuminateed.com/products/fastbridge/social-emotional-behavior-assessment/saebrs/
DECEMBER FOOD PANTRY SCHEDULE – OTTAWA COUNTY
INNOCADEMY STUDENTS ON THE MOVE
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.
DECEMBER LUNCH MENU
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 email@example.com
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.
- 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.