WEDNESDAY: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL and NOON DISMISSAL
What an AMAZING day at IAC this past Thursday. Water Day was a BLAST! Thank you to all the parents who donated water balloons, sprinklers, popsicles and other great things; the students really enjoyed the day.
REMINDER… End of year Calendar
- 1/2 Day of School on Wednesday, June 23rd (Last Day! =)
ROLE CHANGES: A MESSAGE FROM IES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOB SOULLIERE
I wanted to reach out to you to inform you of some staffing adjustments we are going to make for the 2021-2022 school year that impact the school leads you will be interacting with.
As part of our School Improvement process and our commitment to academic success, as an organization, we are digging deep into our curriculum review process and the implementation of a new teacher tool called Chalk.com. This is no small project and one that we feel is essential to our student growth and achievement. Because of its importance, IES has decided that we need to have someone lead this special project and we have asked Ms. Kelli Gunn to head that up. She has agreed to take on this one-year special project. This means that for the 2021-2022 school year, she will be stepping aside from her school lead role and devoting all of her time to this project and working alongside our teachers at both our Zeeland and Allegan campuses.
We have asked Mr. Marty Lappe to serve as Interim Lead for the Homestead Campus for the 2021-2022 school year.
This left us with an opportunity for a lead at the Allegan campus and we have asked Ms. Reita Jaseph to serve as the Interim Lead in Allegan. Reita has her Masters in Educational Leadership and School Administrators license and has served a number of years in the K-12 and Higher Education space.
Marty will be leading the day-to-day efforts at Homestead and supporting both Homestead and IAC for all State and Federal Compliance Issues.
Reita will be leading the day-to-day efforts at Allegan and we will be hiring a temporary replacement to fill for all the ways in which she was serving at IAC.
We want to thank Kelli, Marty, and Reita for their flexibility and willingness to grow and serve alongside all of us here at IES. Please let me know if you have any questions, and look forward to an exciting upcoming school year.
SUMMER FOOD PICKUP INFORMATION
In addition to this summer food distribution described below, families can pick up food from the weekend backpack program on Wednesdays; the weekend program is provided by Children’s First Lakeshore. If you’ve completed the paperwork for the weekend program, your name will already be on a list, but if you haven’t, you can sign up at the pick up site.
MUSEUMS FOR ALL
Are you aware of the program museums for all? It is a National program providing free or reduced ($3) museum entry to families who receive SNAP benefits. It includes museums like Meijer Gardens, GR Children’s Museum, and Forever Curious. All a person needs to do is show their SNAP EBT card. Check on the following website to learn more:
SUMMER BINGO FOR IES FAMILIES!
Want to try some new things this summer? Between now and the Monday after Labor Day, mark off each activity your child completes on his/her/their board. If they complete the board, have a parent sign it and turn it in to their teacher, they will receive a prize.
BUDGET HEARING, REGULAR BOARD MEETING, AND ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
Please note that the date of the meetings has changed from June 29th to June 22nd. Meeting information can by found by clicking Board.
HEARING AND VISION SCREENING
If your Young 5’s or Kindergarten student needs an eye and hearing exam, and you live in Allegan County, please note they are scheduling appointments.
TICKS ARE HERE
Students and teachers check for ticks each day after outdoor recess and/or learning. We have found several. Please make sure to check your child each evening as well.
Here is a helpful resource from the CDC regarding ticks
NEWEST MASK INFORMATION – IS ANYTHING CHANGING AT SCHOOL?
Currently, the changes announced late this week do not impact us beyond the adjustments we have already made to our current mask policy. All staff, teachers, and students will continue to wear masks as before while inside the building, during arrival/dismissal and outside if in a learning situation where kiddos are closely together for 10 minutes or more. Masks are optional during recess times.
We are continuing to engage with health department officials and other schools in our area, but expect to operate with these protocols in place until the end of the school year.
IS IT COVID? IS IT ALLERGIES? THIS MAY HELP…
MAY FAMILY ENGAGEMENT NEWSLETTER
Our Family Engagement Team wants to share their May newsletter. You can find it HERE.
SICK CHILD? POSSIBLE COVID EXPOSURE? SHOULD THEY COME TO SCHOOL?
Walk through this super helpful INTERACTIVE FLOW CHART anytime you have a question about whether or not your child should attend school because they are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have had a possible exposure.
As always, if your child is suffering from any of the symptoms, below, that are NOT related to seasonal allergies, they should be kept home until symptoms are no longer present without the use of medication.
- Runny nose and/or congestion
- Tired and/or achy
- Short of breath
- New loss of taste and or smell
MY COVID-19 RISK
This chart may helpful in assessing the Covid-19 risks associated with different activities.
COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION
For those hoping to receive the Covid-19 Vaccination, you may learn more about when you are able to receive the vaccination as well as how to schedule an appointment when the time comes. Please visit THIS LINK .
COVID POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS?
In the event your child receives a positive COVID diagnosis, please make sure to contact us, immediately. We must continue to update the COVID transparency page on our website and be able to work with the health department in their contact tracing efforts.
If you are interested in helping monitor the playground during recess and are fully vaccinated, please let Marty know and he will help coordinate it with you. Recess takes place after lunch from 12:20 to 12:45. Thank you for considering!
June LUNCH MENU
PARK PASSPORTS ARE HERE!
We believe in the power of outdoor education. We have partnered with the Outdoor Discovery Center for three years now to help our teachers grow in their knowledge of outdoor education AND to grow curiosity, engagement, and care for the outdoors with every Inno kiddo! We’d love to pass that passion onto your family with a copy of the ODC Park Passport….a tool to help you explore a variety of amazing places in our area this spring and summer. We have printed one Park Passport and sent it home for every Innocademy family. You can also find an introductory video and digital copy on the ODC website in both English and Spanish: https://outdoordiscovery.org/park-passport/
INNOCADEMY FAMILY CALENDAR FOR 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR
As a reminder, attendance is taken twice each day by the teachers. We must report his is information to the State of Michigan. If your child will be absent from school, please email us at email@example.com. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45.
In addition, if your child(ren) misses school because of a medical appointment, please have the doctor provide a note for our records.
Every year we have an open house or curriculum night where, among other things, we explain how our Title I funds are spent and what it means to be a School-Wide Title school. Because we are unable to meet in person, pleaseCLICK HERE to view a short presentation on Title I. Let Marty know if you have any questions.
FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE
Please see below to access the Family Resource Guide: Innocademy Allegan Campus Family Resource Guide 20-21 Download