August 29, 2020

Aug 29, 2020Newsletter

We’ve wrapped up another fabulous week here at iCademy! Thanks to each of you for your partnership — we count it a privilege to work alongside your family this school year.

Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Deedee, hard at work!
 Throwback to Ms. Mandy & Ms. Michelle @ Drive-Thru Orientation 🙂
 Another Orientation Throwback of an amazing 5th grader & his mom!

The ‘iCademy Global Blog’ is a weekly communication of important reminders, announcements, and upcoming events that will be posted at the close of each week.

  • Need-to-Know Information

    • Important Family/School Resource: If you have not already done so, please take 2 minutes of your time to fill-out the 2020-2021 application at lunchapp.com. While we are not in school, we do participate in the free/reduced lunch service. As a result, our school qualifies for resources and support just by you taking the time to apply for this service. Additionally, families who qualify for benefits through the service can receive support outside of school throughout the year.

      For those who have already applied last year, your benefits continue through September 2020. To receive new benefits for our school and/or for your family for the 2020-2021 school year, a new application must be completed prior to September 1, 2020. To begin an application, visit lunchapp.com, click Start an Application, and search for our hot lunch provider’s school district, Holland Christian.

      If you are in need of additional food resources, please visit the following website for opportunities in Ottawa County: http://www.ottawafood.org/find-food/ 
    • Lunch Pickup Opportunity: Not visiting campus this year, but live in the area? Are you missing out on school lunches?  Beginning Tuesday, September 8th we are launching a 5-day lunch pickup program for students in kindergarten – 12th grade. 
      • Each week the menu will differ slightly but will not be a cold sandwich every day.  Our lunch team is working on some great items for families! Fruits, vegetables, proteins, and dairy will be included with each lunch, as well as milk to drink.
      • Sign up no later than 1:30pm on Monday each week. Watch your email for the link to sign ups this next week.
      • Your child’s lunch account will be charged according to the chart, below:
        • If you are approved for free lunch = Free
        • If you are approved for reduced lunch = $0.40/lunch for a total of $2 for the week.
        • If you do not qualify for free/reduced benefits = $2.70/lunch = total of $13.50 for the week.
      • Arrive at the iCademy door in the east lot (see map below) at 1:30pm on Tuesday.
      • Stay in your car and your lunches will be delivered to you.
      • Repeat each week you wish.
      • Questions? Please contact Nancy at nmichaels@hollandchristian.org.
  • Reminders:

    • 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. A master Staff Contact List is also available at portal.icademyglobal.org/resources/.
    • K-5 Books/Materials: If your elementary student’s teacher has contacted you about materials that are waiting to be picked up, please stop by our Homestead Campus in Zeeland (8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland 49464) to pick yours up at your earliest convenience (M-TH in August from 9am – 3:30pm).
    • Laptop Cases have Arrived! Were you one of the few students who did not receive a laptop case? They’ve arrived! Please stop by our Homestead Campus in Zeeland (8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland 49464) to pick yours up! We are open M – TH in August from 9am – 3:30pm.
    • Outdoor Discovery Center Community Connection Class: iCademy Elementary is so excited to partner with the Outdoor Discovery Center this year. Students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade have the opportunity to choose this class as one of their elective classes this semester, if they choose. The class will be meeting on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30-2:30 at the Outdoor Discovery Center. The first day of class will be held on Tuesday, September 15. If you have not already signed-up for this class but were hoping to, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP! 
    • 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:

  • Thursday, September 3: K-5 Synergy Session – (details to come)
  • Friday, September 4: NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)
  • Monday, September 7-11: NO SCHOOL (Break Week)
  • Monday, September 14: SCHOOL RESUMES – Day 1 of Session 2, Week 1
  • Tuesday, September 15: Outdoor Discovery Center Community Connection Class Kick-Off 
  • Thursday, September 17: K-12 Synergy Session – Crane’s Apple Orchard (details to come)
  • Wednesday, September 23 & Thursday, September 24: Student-Led Conferences

Important iCademy Resources:

Have a great weekend!

– iCademy Global Staff