Ms. Kim’s daily Spanish 3rd graders had a blast playing Pato, Pato, Ganso!

Thanks to our Middle School Friends for leading us in a whole school assembly this week! They shared with us the important skill of how to be assertive but not aggressive.

Mr. Chad’s Connections Classes had fun blowing bubbles, collecting seeds, playing croquet (and learning about Ireland), city planning water flow in our community, and nature journaling with caterpillars and mealworms. Whew! What a fun week!

Mark Your Calendar, Please…

  • October 10th & 11th – School Pictures for all
  • October 4th – State of Michigan Count Day
  • October 5th and 6th – Student Led Conferences
  • October 6th – 1/2 Day – Students Dismissed at 12pm
  • October 13th – Staff Professional Development – No School For Students
  • October 14th – October 22nd – Fall Break Week – No School
  • October 23rd – School Resumes


REMINDER: Morning Drop-Off Info – – Watch for the Green Flag

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve noticed students on the playground prior to 8:20am. Honest mistake as our Food Service Folks are working outside getting set up each morning and it may appear that they are in place to supervise your students, but they are NOT.

In order to help you know when it’s a-okay to drop students in the morning, please look for the BIG GREEN FLAG attached to the Gaga Pit post on the playground.

At 8:20, a member of our staff will place the flag out indicating it is safe for you to dismiss your kiddos from your car to the playground. 

Thank you for being respectful of that drop-off time and your cooperation as we work hard to keep your kiddos safe each day. 


Daily Attendance Matters

Oops! Correction on PBIS Information!

So sorry, all! I nabbed the wrong info regarding PBIS a few weeks, ago. Please see, below for the CORRECT information!

A Message From Our PBIS Parent Liaison – Heather Volkema

Hi! I’m Heather Volkema and I am a parent to 4th 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 Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade.

These tickets get placed into classroom drawings for a few winners each Friday. The goal was to reach 1,000 tickets by Labor Day Break and then celebrate as a whole school after break! Students DID it! They have been working very hard to earn their tickets and deserve lots of recognition for their positive behaviors!

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. 
  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. 
  3. 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, Taki’s, individual bags of chips/treats (these are the most popular!)

school supplies-pencils, pens, erasers, markers, etc. 

  • puzzles, card games
  • water bottle stickers
  • books (gently used okay)/activity books
  • keychains
  • Chapstick, coin purses, fidget spinners

If you have any questions, please reach out at any time. Thank you for all you do! My email is

Nutritious Foods Available For Those Struggling With Food Insecurity

Ottawa County Food Pantry Information – September

Interested in a Part-Time Job? We Need You!

The IES Staff Daycare is looking for a dedicated, passionate, and caring individual to join us! If you or someone you know is interested in a rewarding role working with children, this could be the perfect opportunity. Whether you have professional childcare experience or are simply enthusiastic about working with kids, we encourage you to apply. If interested, please reach out to IES Human Resources at

Schedule: 15 to 20 hours a week (8:15a to 3:45p) Wage: $13/hr

Zeeland Board of Public Works Coloring Contest (1st – 4th grades)

Zeeland Board of Public Works is currently running an Art Contest for students in 1st – 4th grades. The deadline to get coloring pages in is September 22. Ms. Emily is planning to pass out coloring pages and parent forms in art class, but you can also find them HERE. Students need to turn in to their classroom teacher both the coloring page and the signed parent form. The winner gets a $50 Amazon gift card! Last year one of our Inno students won!


What’s Being Taught for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Innocademy?

In an effort to help you support your child in their learning at home, please see, below for current objectives students are tackling during their SEL time each week and “Home Link” activities you can do to, together, to further that learning. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

K – SEL Lesson Home Link

1st – SEL Lesson Home Link

2nd – SEL Lesson Home Link

3rd – SEL Lesson Home Link

4th – SEL Lesson Home Link

5th – SEL Lesson Home Link

Would You Like To Volunteer at Innocademy This Year?

If you would like to volunteer, this year, in any capacity, please go ahead and fill out the Family Volunteer Form

If you do wish to volunteer – THANK YOU!!! We are so appreciative of your help! Please know that we do need a new background check form on file every year for each person who volunteers. One form will cover you for the entire year. If you have not already filled that out, please do so BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK TO FILL OUT THE FORM. Volunteer Background Check Forms may be returned to the front desk or emailed to

Innocademy Spirit Wear – Available All Year – Watch For Sales!

We are excited to partner with SpiritWear, this year! Our Innocademy and Las Huellas School Stores will be available ALL. YEAR. LONG. to all of our families by clicking on THIS LINK FOR INNOCADEMY and by clicking on THIS LINK FOR LAS HUELLAS. You may choose your item, pay for it and have it shipped to your home – easy! Shipping is free for orders over $75. As a bonus our school receives 10% from every sale. Please watch for special sales and new items throughout the year.

Is Your Family Struggling With Housing Security?

September Lunch Menu

Middle School – Extra $$ for Pizza Slices – Hot Lunch

While lunch is FREE for all this year, it is an option for our MIDDLE SCHOOL kiddos only to order an additional slice of pizza on the days that we have that as our entree. The cost of an additional slice is $1.50. If you wish to set up an account so that your middle school student has money in their account for the extra pizza, please visit… If this is your first time setting up an account, please email for their student number that you will need. You may also send cash in a labeled envelope.

’23-’24 Innocademy Family Resource Guide

If you’ve not already done so, please read through the Innocademy Family Resource Guide for this year so that you are familiar with daily life at Innocademy. As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help. Thank you.

Innocademy School Pictures

We are so fortunate to have Christy Pacanowski of Embolden Studio taking school pictures for us, again, this year! These are not your standard, generic, low-quality school pics! If you’d like to check out her BEAUTIFUL work, please CLICK HERE. Christy will be with us on October 10th and 11th and taking EVERY student’s picture – – even if you are not ordering prints. Prior to picture day we will send home picture order forms and information as well as the schedule so you know what day/time your child will be having their picture taken

Innocademy School Calendar for 23-24