December 1, 2023

Dec 1, 2023Newsletter

Fun at iCademy this week…

Thanks to those BRAVE souls who joined us for the Zeeland Christmas Light Parade on Monday! Wowza! And another HUGE Thank You to the Nyhof Family for heading up this project each year! We appreciate you!

Mark Your Calendar, Please…

  • December 5th – College Day on Campus – Come meet reps from area Colleges and Universities and learn more!
  • December 5th – College Info Night @ 6:30pm
  • December 5th, 6th, and 7th – $5 PaperPie Book Fair on campus
  • December 22nd – No School For Students and Staff – Holiday Break Begins
  • December 22nd – January 7th – Holiday Break
  • January 8th – School Resumes


REMINDER Angel Tree Donations Needed

We have connected with 18 different families from Innocademy Zeeland, Innocademy Allegan, and iCademy who have expressed a need for help in making the holidays special for their families.

They have shared with us items that their family members not only want for the Holidays but need as well. If you are interested in helping these families, please take a look AT THIS SIGN-UP

  • Select items you are willing and able to contribute
  • Please make sure all items are new, and not previously used
  • Bring (or send via Amazon) UNWRAPPED items to Homestead Campus (8485 Homestead Dr., Zeeland, MI 49464) on or before MONDAY, DECEMBER 11TH
  • Please make sure to include the family number, age, and gender of the gift recipient with each item (ex: Family #1, female, age 5). This will help us greatly with the sorting process!
  • If you would like to contribute to the purchase of a gift, but are not able to shop for an item, money donations can be left at the front desk of your school building.

Feel free to reach out to Ms. Rachel at rachel.potter@innocademy.com or Ms. Marisol at marisol.arvizu@innocademy.com with any questions. 

Thank you so much for helping make the holidays brighter for some of our IES families!

December Ottawa County Food Pantry Calendar

Live Locally? FREE Monthly STEM Workshops – December Info!

The program is called Exploring Engineering and STEM and is for tweens 8-12years old. Each month we focus on a different career area of STEM. One or more professionals will share what they do for a career with the kids and how they got into it, plus answer questions. Then kids do a hands-on activity related to the career area. The program meets once a month on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM, at the North Branch of Herrick District Library located at 155 Riley Street in Holland. No need to sign up ahead of time, simply show up if you would like to attend.

REMINDER – “Give A Gift” Capstone Fundraiser

For our iCademy students we are offering a fundraising opportunity this Christmas Season. Please see the INFORMATION FLYER HERE for more details and how your student can participate!

iCademy Spirit Wear – Holiday Sale ends December 8th!

The iCademy Holiday Sale is live! Choose from hundreds of designs and garments that are delivered to your home! You’ll save 20% off the entire site, including all new designs and product lines! Shop at https://1stplace.sale/109333

NEW items include

  • Pajama pants in school colors with youth and adult sizes
  • Short sleeve hoodies
  • Belt bags (fanny packs)
  • Women’s-cut Adidas 1/4 zips

FREE Piano

Piano! Free to a good home!

Innocademy has a FREE Kimball piano for sale. It is in need of significant repairs, including a wobbly leg and broken keys. This piano comes AS IS and is first come first serve. Buyers are responsible for moving the piano themselves. If interested, contact Austin Shumaker at austin.shumaker@iesschools.org

Bittersweet Ski Club Information

For those of you looking forward to the sale of ski passes, I’m very sorry, but we won’t be participating this year. Bittersweet announced programming changes significantly reducing the benefits to our students and families, while instituing more stringent requirements for schools to participate.

I did contact Cannonsburg to see if they have a ski program for schools. While they do have a “program”, it is simply the purchase of the 6 or 10-visit punch pass for sale on their website. The passes could be a slight savings to students in grades K – 12th if you wish to investigate, further.


December Lunch Menu



THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE? JOIN US FOR COLLEGE INFO NIGHT (FAFSA, scholarship, college search, and application info too!) – December 5th

The new, and hopefully improved, 24-25 FAFSA form (for those attending college July 1, 2024-June 30,2025 will be available in December (date not yet released).

If you intend to apply to college and would like some help understanding the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form, scholarship tools, general college search, and application information, join us for our VIRTUAL College Info Night on December 5th at 6:30pm. Please use THIS GOOGLE MEET LINK to connect at 6:30pm.

This evening is targeted towards seniors applying for college starting in the 24-25 school year, but 11th graders are welcome to attend to get a head start for the following year. If you are interested in attending, please complete this form or if you would like more information, be in touch with Ms. Laarman rebecca.laarman@icademyglobal.org.

iCademy Counselor Information

Parent/Observer Account Update for Middle/High School Families

Lincoln Learning has recently updated what you will see when logging into Pulse to get to Buzz.


Because we have students and staff with life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts it’s incredibly important that we are vigilant about remaining a completely nut-free campus.

If your child visits Re:FUEL please make sure anything they bring for a snack or lunch does not contain peanuts or tree nuts. For some of our students and staff, unknowingly touching an area besmudged with nut residue or nut butter of any sort and then touching their mouth, eyes or nose is enough to send them into anaphylactic shock, closing their airway and necessitating immediate life-saving medical attention. Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students and staff safe.

Get Outside Initiative

Let’s Highlight Your AMAZING Kiddos!

We want to showcase the awesome things our school community is doing across our social media pages! Did one of your children accomplish something awesome outside of school? Do you have pictures from a Field Trip / Special Event that should be highlighted? Did a student submit an assignment that impressed you? Please use THIS FORM to simplify the process! *please note, there is a 5 image MAX, choose wisely.* -Social Media Team

’23-’24 iCademy Family Resource Guide

If you’ve not already done so, please read through the iCademy Family Resource Guide for this year so that you are familiar with daily life at iCademy. As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach

Who Ya Gonna Call….(not Ghostbusters =)?

As you get started or work through the school year, we know that things will come up for your family because….well, life happens! Please use the guide, below as a starting point for your questions

Weekly Engagement Reports Via Email

Each week you will see an engagement report for your child’s engagement from the previous week. This is a detailed summary of their participation in their coursework from the week before and it will show their attendance in Live Lessons. See the video below for more information

iCademy Global School Calendar for 23-24