Thank You!

Thanks to all of our iG Families for your recommendations to friends about our school and all it has to offer! We’ve had LOTS of calls and inquiries over the past few weeks! Please continue to spread the word! We’d love lots of folks to visit during our Open House on Tuesday evening, January 20th at 6:30pm! If a family would like a tour, but is unable to make it to the open house, please have them contact Leisa at leisa.lobbezoo@icademyglobal.org. to set up a visit. Thanks!

Mark Your Calendars, Please!

Tuesday, January 20th @ 6:30pm – Open House for families interested in enrolling with us

Thursday, January 22nd @ 1pm – iG Geography Bee

Monday, February 2nd – K-5 and Learning Cafe closed – teacher records day

Tuesday, February 3rd – New semester begins

Tuesday, February 3rd – iG Parent Meeting @ 6:30pm

Friday, February 6th – Report Cards sent home digitally

Wednesday, February 11th – State of Michigan Count Day

Curious About The Pyramid Campus?

There have been lots of fun conversations regarding the Pyramid Campus and all of the possibilities surrounding it! Please take a peek at the most recently released information.  http://www.pyramidcampus.com/

Miles of Smiles – Dental Bus

Miles of smiles Our Miles of Smiles (MOS) mobile dental unit is scheduled to be in Holland throughout the school year. The mobile dental unit provides free dental services for financially-qualifying children.  Unfortunately, MOS will not be visiting your school.  However, we want parents to know that they can schedule their child to be seen on our mobile unit when we locate at a school in the Holland School District or West Ottawa School District. Please contact our office at 1-800-467-5905 to schedule a dental appointment for your child (ren) at a nearby school. Consent forms for our dental services are available on our website: http://www.miottawa.org/dental. A consent form can also be obtained by calling 1-800-467-5905.

PARENT MEETING MOVED

Mark your calendar! The quarterly parent meeting has been moved from Thursday, January 15th to Tuesday, February 3rd. The meeting will begin at 6:30 and last approximately an hour.  This is a great time to get updates for the second semester, hear about what’s going on with your school and meet our new iG teammate, Ms. Brook, as well as have some face to face time with your student’s teachers and learning coaches.  We hope to see you all there!

Have you ever wondered how to play Lacrosse? This is your chance to try it…for free!!!

Date: Saturday, January 24

Location:  Holland Civic Center, 150 W. 8th St, Holland

Time:  2:30-4:30pm

Grades:  3rd – 8th graders; boys and girls welcome

Fee:  Free to the first 30 registered participants

Registration Code: 310502-S2 (24th)

Register at the Holland Recreation Division

Open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

 Must fill out a registration form

Fundamentals of 3-D at Zipper Labs

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 6:30pm  Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 @ 8:00pm
  • Zipper Labs

In this three-session class, students of all ages will learn how to use TinkerCad to create digital 3D computer models.  We’ll use our 3D printer (Makerbot Replicator 2) here at the studio to bring these 3D models.  Each student will get to keep their final 3D printed product/character.  If you or your child are interested in engineering or robotics, these skills will be highly useful for future projects!

This class is taught on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm on 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5.  Cost is $75 for the three sessions. Register here http://www.zipperlabs.org/workshops-and-courses/

National Geographic Bee – Thursday, January 22nd  at 1pm

On Thursday January 22nd at 1pm iCademy Global Students in grades 4-8 will be invited to participate in the National Geographic Bee.  With a top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship—plus other prizes – this contest is designed to motivate students to learn about the world ahey ehynd how it works. There are three levels of competition: school, state, and national. To compete for advancement from the school to the state level, the winning student at each school must take the written qualifying test. As many as 100 of the highest-scoring students in a state or territory advance to the state competition. The state Bee champion advances to the national championship in Washington, D.C.

If you’re wishing to brush up on your geography skills before the competition, please visit the follow link for a bit of practice!

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today

Please indicate your interest in the National Geographic Bee by emailing Ms. Caitlin (Caitlin.gezon@icademyglobal.org) no later than Wednesday, January 21st at 5pm.

The Lost City FUNdraiser

We have one last opportunity for travelers to earn some money toward their field experiences! Thanks to the Nelis Family for opening up The Lost City for a few nights of fun all while earning trip money!  EVERYONE is welcome to attend one, two, or all three nights!  Just mention the name of the traveler you want to support when you arrive and have some fun!  To help in our planning, we just ask that you take less than a minute to sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4eaead229-thelost.

Lost City FUNdraiser JPEG

Wednesday, February 11th – State of Michigan Count Day! What’s The Big Deal?

In the state of Michigan, each public school student must be “counted” in both October and February. On the two required days , it is VITAL that every single student enrolled at iCademy is “present” for the entire day; simply logging into EACH class for which they are registered for THREE minutes. We then submit that information to the State of Michigan to verify that, indeed, each and every student that we have declared to be enrolled with us is actually enrolled and PRESENT with us every day.

Why is it VITAL? Glad you asked! =) The State of Michigan provides what they call “per pupil funding” of approximately $7,000 for each student enrolled with us – all based on the two COUNT DAYS in October and February. The money iCademy receives is used to provide your student(s) with quality educational experiences, curriculum and technology each year. If students do not “attend” iCademy by logging into each class for THREE minutes on count days it becomes extremely difficult, time consuming and cumbersome to provide proof to the State of Michigan that they, indeed, are enrolled with us and attend regularly. Thank you for your help!

LOW COST INTERNET AVAILABLE FROM COMCAST 

Are your children struggling to complete school work because you do not have effective internet service at home?  Comcast has an inexpensive option. If your son or daughter qualifies for free or reduced lunch, your family could qualify for internet service for $9.95 a month. Go to www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-8INTERNET.  Comcast is not currently available in Zeeland, but it is in Holland. You can check your location here: http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/shop/Products/local/michigan.cspx

iCademy Global Students enjoy time on the slopes during the ski club trip last week!

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