REMINDER…

NO SCHOOL NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 2ND AS SPRING BREAK BEGINS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU WHEN SCHOOL RESUMES ON APRIL 12TH.

Tyler shares his finished product from Cooking/Baking Club, today! Who doesn’t love pizza at 10am?! Behind him you will notice the super cool 900 degree pizza oven used by Tyler’s family at American Char in Drenthe. If you haven’t been…DO IT. Soooo good!
Ms. Allison poses with some of her friends at the Fredrick Meijer Butterfly Exhibit during their Synergy Session this week! Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out – so fun!!!

NEW INFORMATION

IMPORTANT TESTING INFORMATION – GRADES 8/9/10 & 11

Questions? Please contact Tyler.Huizenga@iCademyGlobal.org

M-STEP information for grades 3rd – 8th will be coming out, soon!

ICADEMY HYBRID PROGRAM LAUNCH MEETING

Reminder that on THURSDAY, APRIL 15TH @6:30PM our current elementary families (and those already committed to joining us next year!) are invited to attend a meeting announcing more details of the iCademy Elementary Hybrid Program. We look forward to seeing you, there!

ENJOY TACO TUESDAY AND SUPPORT OUR SISTER SCHOOL TRAVELERS!

Why cook when you can enjoy a yummy dinner AND throw some support toward our sister school, Innocademy’s middle school travel adventure to St. Louis and Mammoth Caves in June. Check out the menu at Taqueria Vallarta – YUM!

CALLING ALL 3RD – 8TH GRADE GIRLS – SOUL SISTERS RUNNING CLUB IS HERE!

We are thrilled to launch the first ever Sole Sisters Running Club for 3rd – 8th grade girls at Innocademy and iCademy Global!

Please see the registration form, below. Checks can be made payable to INNOCADEMY. Please reach out to Leisa.Lobbezoo@iCademyGlobal.org if cost is an issue and you wish to apply for a scholarship.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH SIGN UP/PICK UP – April 2nd

  • THIS SIGN UP is open for next week’s breakfast/lunches
  • Sign ups are for any iCademy family
  • Deadline for sign-up are TUESDAYS AT NOON. Late responses cannot be accepted.
  • Pick up will be at iCademy on FRIDAY AFTERNOONS from 2:00 – 2:15pm
  • Please contact Ms. Stacy at hot.lunch@innocademy.com with questions.
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OLD INFORMATION (In Case You Missed It =)

OPPORTUNITY FOR BOOK PURCHASE FROM AUTHOR AMY YOUNG

If you were able to attend Amy Young’s presentation last week, then we are confident that you may want to have some of her books in your home.  If you would like to order a book by Amy (https://amyyoungart.com/) and have it personalized by her, please order through the Bookman in Grand Haven (https://bookmanbookstore.indielite.org/).  You can send Becca Beebe rebecca.beebe@innocademy.com your note for Amy to sign.  Becca will deliver the books back to Innocademy Homestead campus after Amy has signed them 

SPEAKING OF BOOKS…

Here is a fun list for your family to explore as part of March is Reading Month. Be on the lookout for other book lists as we move through the remainder of the year!March-is-Reading-Month-Book-ListDownload

IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION REGARDING FREE/REDUCED LUNCH BENEFITS. P-EBT CARDS ARE HERE!

If you have not yet registered for free/reduced lunch, your family could still qualify for these benefits! Please fill out a short application at lunchapp.com to apply. You will need to select HOLLAND CHRISTIAN as the district for our school as they are our food service provider.

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COMMUNITY FOOD RESOURCES

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iCADEMY FAMILY CALENDAR FOR 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR

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MARCH FAMILY ENGAGEMENT NEWSLETTER

Please find the Family Engagement Newsletter for this month in the pdf, below:March-Family-Engagement-1Download

STATE ASSESSMENT CALENDAR – REQUIRED FOR GRADE LEVELS LISTED

If you have a child(ren) in grades 3rd – 11th, please see, below, for the day or days they will be required to report to Homestead Campus (8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland or Summit Church (15020 Stanton Street, West Olive) for mandatory state testing.

Many more details will be sent out as testing dates get closer, we just wanted to make sure these were on your family calendars sooner, rather than later.

April 13th

  • Morning – PSAT 8 (Summit Church
  • Afternoon – MSTEP 8th (Homestead)
  • PSAT 9/10 (testing for students with additional accommodations only)
  • SAT 11th (Summit Church)

April 14th

  • PSAT 9/10
  • PSAT 8/9/10 (testing for students with additional accommodations)
  • 11th Grade – SAT (testing for students with additional accommodations only)
  • 11th Grade – ACT WorkKeys – AM (church)
  • MSTEP 11 – PM (Homestead Campus)

April 27

  • MSTEP 5 (ELA, SS)

April 28

  • MSTEP 5 (Math, Sci)

May 4

  • MSTEP 3rd/4th & 6th/7th

PLANNING TO TRAVEL FOR SPRING BREAK?

On THIS PAGE you will find the most up to date guidelines, restrictions and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

ATTENTION SENIORS!

Please take note of the important dates, below:

May 28th – Last day for Seniors. All semester coursework and requirements must be met for graduation.

June 7th – GRADUATION. To be held at the Holland Civic Center – Marketside Room. At this moment each graduate will receive 4 tickets.We may be able to give out more tickets as the event gets closer. Take a look, below, to see the event space.

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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.


CAMPUS VISIT BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

If you need to visit campus in order to exchange a device or charging cord, please make an appointment with your mentor as there may not be someone on campus readily available to help you without an appointment.

  • IMPORTANT LUNCH INFORMATION: Being a virtual school it seems a silly request, but if you have not yet filled out a free/reduced lunch application at lunchapp.com, please do so prior to Thanksgiving break. You will select HOLLAND CHRISTIAN as the district as they are our food service provider. 

    Even if you think you may not qualify, our school receives credit for each form submitted. What is “credit”? Having our families complete these forms allows us to participate in grant opportunities and funding that directly impacts student learning and academic support. Not only that, but should there be another time where schools are not in session, if your family DOES qualify for benefits of any sort, you will be sent an EBT card in the mail to be able to assist with purchasing food for your family. If you end up qualifying and do not wish to take advantage of any benefits associated with the program, you do not have to participate.

Reminders:

  • 2-1-1: This service provides access to food, health, mental health, and various other needs. For assistance, call 2-1-1 on your mobile phone or dial 877-211-5253. Texting is available by texting your zip code to 898211. To access online, go to www.call-211.org.  
    
  • Feeding America: Mark your calendar and share these dates with friends and neighbors! Feeding America Mobile Food Distribution takes place at Zeeland Public Roosevelt School’s west parking lot (175 W. Roosevelt Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464). This is a drive-thru, no contact distribution. All are welcome. No income guidelines or proof of residency required.  Event runs 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on April 13.
    
  • NOT LOCAL? LOOKING FOR FREE MEALS FOR YOUR FAMILY?
    • Contact your local ISD: If you are out of range, but would like to take advantage of the week’s worth of free meals for your children, please connect with your local Intermediate School District for information on receiving free meals. As long as your local ISD has a virtual school program, you can qualify for free meals.
    • Meet UP and Eat UP: This is another incredible program (sponsored by the United Way) providing meals for families throughout Michigan. Please view the interactive map HERE for more information on food distribution near you.  
      
  • COVID-19 DASHBOARD FOR iCADEMY: iCademy Global 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 iCademy receives communication of a positive case, we will notify the county health department who traces and directly connects with those in close contact of the positive case.  iCademy will notify the school family of the case and the actions taking place as necessary. https://icademyglobal.org/covid-19-dashboard/
    
  • Engagement & Attendance: In a traditional brick and mortar school when students show up for the day or for a class, the teacher takes attendance and that is submitted to the State of Michigan. At a virtual school like iCademy Global, three factors play a role in engagement and attendance.  Two-way communication, participation in Live Lessons/check-in with Mentors and adequate time and progress lets us know that you are engaged in your school work and are counted as being present at iCademy Global.  When a student is not meeting the expectations, they are flagged as being absent.  
    
  • Truancy: In order to meet the state expectation of 1098 hours engaged in coursework each year, it is required that iCademy Global students spend an average of 420 minutes per day doing school work – Monday through Friday. In many cases, absences from school are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, chronic absenteeism can have a drastic impact on your child’s education. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to learn to read by the end of third grade. By sixth grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign of drop-out. By ninth grade, good attendance can predict graduation even better than eighth grade test scores.

    When we see that a student is not completing his/her coursework within the coursework and/or participating in required Live Lessons, not attending mentor meetings or lacking in two-way communication, parent/guardian will be contacted via an attendance letter indicating multiple absences and requesting a virtual meeting to create a personalized Learning Plan. Parents are a huge player in the success of the students as well.  Parents will be required to walk alongside the student for accountability purposes to ensure success.  If a student does not adhere to the personalized Learning Plan, the Learning Team will begin the Truancy process which may result as a formal file to Truancy through the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.  
    
  • Got Questions? We’ve got answers! Whenever you have questions, big or small, we are here to answer them! Your first point of contact for all questions is your child’s MENTOR. Can’t remember who that is? When your child is logged-in to their Student Portal (https://portal.icademyglobal.org) with their Microsoft 365 credentials, their Student Dashboard has their mentor’s contact information. The quickest way to reach your child’s mentor is for the student to connect with them in Zoom. From there, they can direct you to the right place if they personally can’t answer your questions.  
    
  • Master Staff Contact List: To contact any staff member, please reference this updated master staff contact list. Thank you!  
    
  • Email List: Do you have another family member you would like added to our email list for school-wide communication? If so, please contact Ms. Leisa Lobbezoo at leisa.lobbezoo@icademyglobal.org to be added.
    
  • Follow Us on Facebook & Instagram! We love to keep you connected to the iCademy community on our Facebook & Instagram pages. If you haven’t already done so, follow us today! @icademyvirtual (FB), @icademyelementary (FB), @icademyvirtual (IG), @icademyelementary (IG). You can even request to join the iCademy Global Parents Facebook page!

Upcoming Events:

  • April 2 – 10 – Spring Break Week
  • June 7th – High School Graduation

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