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This week friends spent time outside finding living things and writing about what they’re observing.

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Ms. Sarah from the Outdoor Discovery Center led the middle school students on a biodiversity study at the Saugatuck Dunes this week.

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The first and second graders are getting hands on learning about animal adaptations. What beak works best?

ALL LEARNERS

OUTDOOR LEARNING FUNDRAISER

We are starting our t-shirt sale on Thursday! The money we earn will go into a field trip account so we can take our students on field experiences throughout the year! Because of Covid-19 and the mask mandate, we are also selling face masks! Click or copy and paste the links below to order IAC shirts and masks! ðŸ™‚

Adult Sized Face Masks:

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/mask-sale-2904

Kid sized Face Masks:

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/mask-sale-4546

T-shirt link:

https://www.customink.com/fundra…/field-trip-fundraiser-3379

FAMILY and STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

As you might recall, we have collaborated with Fennville and Glen Public Schools to offer family and student mental health support in western Allegan County. Through this collaboration, we’ve partnered with Pine Rest Mental Health Services. Raeylynn Jimenez will be in our area each Monday and Friday to provide support for our community. If you are interested in speaking with her, please call or email Marty [marty.lappe@innocademy.com] to get more information. This service is a great example of what a community can provide when we pool our resources together; please consider using it.

PICTURE DAY – OCTOBER 7TH

Student pictures will be taken on October 7th. Please look for the flyer that was sent home with your child. Contact your child’s teacher for another copy if needed. If you child(ren) attend VAAC, please contact Marty to make arrangements for pictures.

VIRTUAL LEARNERS

COMMUNICATIONS

Please continue to look for emails, visit the Facebook page, and find information on the website from the Virtual Academy of Allegan County. Digital communication will be the primary tool. Please reach out to your VAAC teacher if you have any questions.

BREAKFAST and LUNCH

Each Thursday from 4:00 – 4:30 at the Fennville Elementary School you can pick up five days worth of breakfast and lunch for your child attending VAAC. Please pull into the circular drive and someone will help you.

OTTAWA COUNTY PARKS OUTDOOR LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

Is your child learning at home this school year? Check out our new program designed for students who are participating in remote/virtual learning (or any child who needs an extra dose of nature!). The Outdoor Explorer Program provides fun recreational opportunities like hiking, biking, and kayaking throughout the park system for children between the ages of 4-14. Sessions begin this month and are offered each week. Sign up for just one or join us for them all… Become an Outdoor Explorer: miOttawa.org/ocpevents

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IN-PERSON LEARNERS

VIRTUAL/VIDEO INFORMATION RESOURCES

We will host a live Zoom family meeting with each teacher to provide some fun and informational “need-to-knows” of the classroom and school at 4:00 on Wednesday, October 7th. The meeting will be recorded and posted if you’re unable to attend. The Zoom link will be sent through email on the day of the meeting.

COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER UPDATE

Earlier this afternoon Executive Order 2020-185 was signed requiring all Michigan students in grades kindergarten and up to wear protective face masks when in classrooms of schools in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan. The executive order is effective on October 5, 2020. We will spend the next week building up our stamina with our younger friends in preparation for full days beginning October 5th.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD FOR INNOCADEMY

Innocademy Allegan Campus will share updated COVID-19 data each Monday afternoon.  Due to HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) laws, no personal information will be shared.

When Innocademy Allegan Campus receives notification of a positive case, we will contact the county health department who traces and directly contacts those in close contact of the positive case.  Innocademy Allegan Campus will notify the school family of the case and the actions taking place. You can find the IAC COVID-19 Data page HERE.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCE SIGN UP

We are excited to host VIRTUAL conferences with you through Zoom on Wednesday, October 14th or Thursday, October 15th this fall. Please click on the link below to sign up for conferences.

IAC Student-Led Virtual Conferences

ACTION REQUIRED:

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY, FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE RECEIPT, and PHOTO RELEASE CONSENT

Please click on this LINK to indicate you understand that you can find the Family Resource Guide, Photo Release Form, and Student Device Acceptable Use Policy on our website at https://allegan.innocademy.com/parents/ and, after reading them, you know to reach out to Marty at marty.lappe@innocademy.com if you have any questions.

OLD INFORMATION

VISITORS TO THE BUILDING

Thank you for adhering to the Michigan Return to School Roadmap Guidelines and not entering the building with your students each day. If/when there is a time your child will be late or needs to leave early, please…

  1. Communicate as normal with your child’s classroom teacher and/or Ms. Reita at 269-561-4050.
  2. When you arrive, ring the doorbell outside of the building.
  3. Wait for your child outside .

COVID FLOWCHART FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS

Please see below for the revised (8/31) flow chart issued by the Ottawa County Health DepartmentCOVID-19-Return-to-School-Toolkit__08312020Download

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FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE

Please see below to access the Family Resource Guide:Innocademy Allegan Campus Family Resource Guide 20-21Download

BIRTHDAY TREATS

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you are hoping to bring any type of treat to class this year.

MASK POLICY

Prior to school beginning we indicated we would be reviewing the mask policy after our first week of school. Keeping with the CDC guidelines and recommendations for health and safety, there will be no changes at this time. We will be adhering to our previously published mask policy for all staff and students.

FAMILY EXPECTATIONS

Please screen your child(ren) everyday before sending him/her to school. It’s vitally important for every family to take the time to do this on a daily basis for the safety of all students and staff. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MENUS

CALENDAR FOR THE 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR

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