2017 MSTEP PSAT SAT parent letter

Mark Your Calendars, Please! – BOLD are NEW items

  • Monday, April 10thThursday, April 14th – REFUEL AND VO’S CLOSED DUE TO STATE TESTING
  • April 11th – 8th/9th Graders take PSAT Testing – 11th graders take SAT test
  • Tuesday, April 11th – RE:FUEL Closed due to State Testing
  • April 12th – 10th Graders take PSAT test – 11th graders take SAT Work Keys test
  • April 13th – FREE Tutor Training – 5:30-8:30pm at Homestead Campus
  • April 13th – Fair Trade Market planning meeting – 3:30-5pm
  • April 19th 20th & 27th – 5th graders to take M-STEP Test
  • April 24th-28th – 11th Graders to take M-STEP test
  • May 3rd and 4th– 3rd/4th graders to take M-STEP Test
  • May 9th, 10th and 11th – 6th graders to take M-STEP Test
  • May 12th, 13th and 18th – 8th Graders to take M-STEP Test
  • May 10th and Thursday, May 11th – Campus Closed at 12pm – Tulip Time
  • Thursday, May 11th – 4th graders to take M-STEP Test
  • Friday, May 12th,
  • Tuesday, May 16th – Thursday, May 25th – Capstone Trip to Dublin, London & Paris!
  • May 16th, 17th & 18th – 7th graders to take the M-STEP Test
  • June 2nd – All SENIORS must have all coursework submitted by 11:59pm
  • Monday, June 5th – iCademy Graduation
  • Thursday, June 15th – End of Semester. ALL ASSIGNMENTS DUE AT 11:59PM (MIDNIGHT).
  • December 8th & 9th – Fair Trade Mini Market


April Lunch Menu


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Tutor Training – Help Needed, PLEASE!

We are SO excited to be able to offer another Barton Intervention TutorTraining for anyone interested in helping our students achieve their learning goals! 

What’s Barton Intervention? We are working on screening students at Innocademy and iCademy Global for strengths and challenges in the area of Phonemic Awareness…the fundamentals of reading. Simply put, Barton Intervention is a complete program created to help strengthen these foundations.

Thursday, April 13th from 5:30-8:00pm here at Homestead Campus. 

Can’t make it, personally, but know someone (college student, favorite babysitter, grandparent, family friend) who would love to spend a couple of hours each week working one on one with one of our students? Send them over! We have LOTS of students on the list just waiting for tutors to be available.

Is YOUR student already receiving tutoring…and you just know that working with them one on one wouldn’t go over so well, but you’d love to help another student? We have parents in that situation and would love to help orchestrate a “swap”; you tutor my kid and I will tutor yours =).

Training is FREE! 

Thank you, in advance, for supporting this important program and our students. 

Please RSVP to Leisa at leisa.lobbezoo@icademyglobal.org if you would like to attend!

 OLD INFO (In case you haven’t seen it, yet)…


We know that some students learn better when they have something to “fidget” with during their learning time. We did have a few things floating around RE:FUEL at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, all of those are lost at this time.

If your student is someone that works better with a fidgit, please take time to sit down and google some things that might work! Students are absolutely welcome to bring those fidgets during their time on campus at RE:FUEL.

IMPORTANT: Morning Drop Off 

In order to keep drop off moving smoothly, a reminder that students should be ready to exit your car with all of their gear when you stop.  A good rule of thumb is if you need to unbuckle yourself to unload your student(s) and organize his/her gear or do anything else other than wave goodbye, please choose a parking spot in the lot or visitor parking area next to the building rather than sitting in the drop off zone.

Parking Lot Safety Reminder – Please KEEP LEFT

Just a reminder that, when entering and exiting the parking lot on the West (McDonald’s side of the building, all cars should follow the posted signs and KEEP LEFT at all times during the day, night and weekends. Thank you for helping keep our traffic flow moving in the right direction an ensuring the safety of our students, staff and families.

Fair Trade Market – Volunteers Needed

The dates for the Fair Trade Market have been set for December 8 and 9th. This market is different than the student marketplace taking place in November. Fair Trade Market is where fair trade vendors descend on Homestead Campus for our students, families and community to do some shopping while our students get to learn about what “Fair Trade” is all about. Planning for the event will begin on April 13th from 3:30-5pm in the cafe on campus and volunteers are needed! Please join us to help make this a fantastic event! Questions? More information? Please contact Rivka Kawano at rivka.kawano@gmail.com

Good Sam Run

The Wild Run is a fundraiser for Good Samaritan Ministries, whose mission is to end poverty and homelessness by mobilizing faith-based and community partners, activating individual and community assets, and meeting immediate needs in our community. Most of the families they serve with housing assistance and long-term supports have children in the OAISD. They would like to build awareness as a resource for families that are struggling and are asking for assistance from schools to provide information about their event to get families involved with younger students participating and high school students volunteering.

To help you get a sense for the event, here is a link to photos from 2016. This year they also have a food truck with a portion of the sales going back to the organization:https://www.facebook.com/pg/GoodSamMinistries/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154409170885429

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 West Michigan College Fair at Devos Place March 28th!

iCademy Global is signed up to visit the College Fair on March 28.  It is at the Devos Place in GR and it is from 10-11:30am.  It is open for 9-12th graders and we can take a maximum of 30 people.  Students will need to organize their own transportation. Please use the sign up genius, below to secure your spot!


Having Tech Troubles? 

If you are having issues with your computer and need technical assistance, Mr. Kevin, our offsite tech team lead, has said the smoothest way to get solutions in place would be to call 616-502-2572 or 866-629-8005.  support@vectortechgroup.com

Mandatory Testing Dates at iCademy

Please mark your calendars for the following dates. icademy-assessment-calendar-2017


Fundraising Note From Our International Team – Sign Up, Now To Participate and Earn Funds!

We are going to be offering a bake sale to 3rd  – 8th grade students as another opportunity to earn money toward student field trip accounts!  Families with more than one student may sign each student up for their own week.  You will be able to sell baked goods in the RE:FUEL coffee shop for the entire week you are signed up!

Also, please see the attached document for our year-long student fundraising plan.



Thank you,

International Team