iCademy Christmas Break Begins at 4pm on Friday, December 23rd. School resumes on Monday, January 9th.
WEAR YOUR UGLY SWEATER ON DECEMBER 19TH…AND THE 20TH….AND THE 22ND =)
Join us for a Holiday Party – In Person or Online – December 22nd!
Reminder…All coursework must be completed by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 20th
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL iCADEMY SKI DAY AT BITTERSWEET – January 26th
Whether you are an experienced middle or high school skier and/or snowboarder or you have always wanted to learn, come join us at Bittersweet Ski Resort for a fun day on the slopes!
- WHO: iCademy Middle and High School Students
- WHEN: Thursday January 26 with a makeup day of February 2, 2023.
- TIME: 10am-3pm
- TRANSPORTATION: meet at Homestead Campus at 9am for transportation to Bittersweet.
- COST: $35 (this includes a lift ticket, equipment rental, and ski lesson) Have your own equipment or an iCademy Ski Club Pass? Cost is $25.
More detailed information to follow, soon!
Questions? Contact Ms. Tori @ firstname.lastname@example.org
If you come across any problems with technology, try checking for Zoom or Windows updates (see directions below). If running these updates does not fix the issue, please make a Vector tech ticket as soon as possible so the tech professionals can dig into the problems you are experiencing.
How to Check for Updates in Zoom:
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Scroll down to “check for updates” four lines up from the bottom.
Run any Zoom updates.
How to Check for Windows Updates:
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K/5 SAVE THE DATES
Monday, December 19
- Ugly Sweater Spirit Day (virtual)
- *Blended can also participate on Tuesday, December 20th
Thursday, December 22
- Pajama Day for all K5 students
- Blended program onsite party
Friday, December 23
- Virtual holiday read-aloud and celebration during Ms. Haley’s read-aloud time!
JANUARY LUNCH MENU
COMMUNITY PASSPORT OPPORTUNITY – 2ND SEMESTER
Community Passport 2nd Semester Sign-up is OPEN!
The time to sign – up for 2nd semester Community Passport electives is now open! Community Passport electives are courses taught by experts in your community, in a subject matter, your child is passionate about or interested in. The electives cover a wide range of activities from music lessons (ukulele, guitar, piano, voice, and more) to PE activities (gymnastics, taekwondo, dance, rock climbing, etc) and Art classes (drawing, painting, etc). If your student is already involved in something in your community as an extra-curricular type of activity, they may be able to receive school credit for it. If the organization teaching the activity is willing to partner with us, we will be able to pay up to $300 toward your child’s activity/lessons.
You may sign up to take a class with one of our currently approved Community Passport Partners or you may request to take a class with a new partner. We will make every effort to create a partnership so your child can receive school credit AND pay for some or all of the activity cost.
NEED CAR REPAIRS OR A NEW VEHICLE? READ ON…
Does your family need car repairs or is in need of a car? Does your family receive benefits from Family Independence Program, Child Development and Care, Family Medicaid, or Family Food Assistance benefits through MDHHS? You could be eligible for free or low-cost repairs or purchases. Please check out the documents, below
TUITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM (TIP) OPPORTUNITY
What is TIP?
The Tuition Incentive Program encourages students to complete high school by providing college tuition assistance after graduation.
How does TIP work?
TIP helps the student pursue a certificate or associate degree by providing tuition and mandatory fee assistance at participating Michigan institutions.
After earning a certificate, associate degree, or even 56 transferable credits, the student can then be eligible to receive up to $500 per semester while pursuing a bachelor’s degree, not to exceed $2,000 total.
Learn more by clicking on THIS LINK
CHILD CARE SUBSIDY – SEE IF YOU QUALIFY!
More families are eligible for help paying for child care than you might think. To help families know if they are likely to qualify, Governor Whitmer partnered with the Michigan Department of Education and Early Childhood Investment Corporation to create an online eligibility calculator. Now families can know in less than two minutes if they could get help lower childcare costs by visiting https://greatstarttoquality.org/calculator/.
To qualify for the Child Development and Care Program (commonly called the child care subsidy), families must:
ï Have a child under the age of 13
ï Need child care because they’re working or going to school
ï Have a qualifying income, up to:
ï $36,620 for a family of 2
ï $46,060 for a family of 3
ï $55,500 for a family of 4
Families can visit Michigan.gov/childcare for a complete list of reasons they may qualify for low or no-cost child care and qualifying income levels for larger families.
DECEMBER FOOD PANTRY SCHEDULE – OTTAWA COUNTY
HIGH SCHOOL CAPSTONE TRIP INFORMATION – PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Details
TOTAL cost will be $750 per student for the entire trip! Cost includes flight, meals, lodging, transportation, entrance and tour fees. iCademy is capping out of pocket student cost at $750. Actual cost of trip will be approx. $1600, but iCademy will cover the cost difference of $850 per student. The only thing not included in the $750 cost are any souvenirs or additional snacks students wish to purchase.
Refundable deposit of $150 due on 12/15
$250 due Jan 27th (non-refundable)
$350 final payment due (non-refundable)
MIDDLE SCHOOL CAPSTONE TRIP INFORMATION – WASHINGTON D.C.
Still time to signup and fundraise!
Here are some of the details:
WHERE: Washington DC
WHEN: May 9th – May 13th 2023
WHO: All Middle School Students
COST: $250 Student – includes all transportation, food, lodging, and admission tickets
iCademy is investing in students who are committed to travel and fundraise and will support those students with up to $500. This means student cost is $250 to travel! Space is limited – sign-ups are happening NOW!
If you are interested in finding out more details about the trip – please fill out the survey below. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org – SIGN UP BELOW:
REMINDER: HOMESTEAD CAMPUS IS NUT FREE
We have students on campus who have severe allergies to nuts of any kind. Please use extra caution when packing snacks, bringing treats to school, and enjoying lunches so that we can keep all of our students safe.
BITTERSWEET SKI INFORMATION & PASSES
We are again offering Bittersweet Ski Passes for students (7 + years) and their families (extended families and friends, too! Open to anyone!) through Innocademy and iCademy Global.
Ski passes are a great opportunity for folks to purchase a pass ($29) that acts as a coupon throughout the season, reducing the prices on lift tickets, helmets, and rentals. The pass can be used, repeatedly, at any time throughout the ski season (please read the restrictions on timeframe and days as well as black-out holidays), by the pass holder! ANYONE can be part of the ski club…student, parent, family friend.
If you are interested, please…
- Read through the attached information
- Fill out the attached form for student and/or adult
- Secure in an envelope with payment (checks payable to BITTERSWEET SKI RESORT)
- Label envelope: BITTERSWEET SKI PASSES – LEISA LOBBEZOO
- Return to campus. If you would like to mail the forms and payment via US mail, that is great, too! Please use the information, below:
Attn: Leisa Lobbezoo – Ski Club, iCademy Global, 8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland, MI 49464
Once we receive the application and payment, there is usually about a 14 school-day turnaround for your information to be processed at Bittersweet and passes to be issued so please plan ahead. =)
Just in case you were wondering, “Hmmm…what does Bittersweet usually charge for lift tickets and rentals?”
WITH SKI CLUB PASSES ($29 each pass – every skier must have one to receive the discounts.)
Adult (anyone not still in high school)
- $33 lift ticket
- $33 Rentals
- $15 helmet
Student (7 years old and older)
- $29 lift ticket
- $29 rentals
- $15 helmet rental
- + 2 FREE Lessons
WITHOUT SKI CLUB PASSES
DECEMBER LUNCH MENU
MORE TECHNOLOGY HELP
Sadly, Zoom has been giving lots of folks fits, lately, including teachers! So sorry for the frustration. If you DO get kicked out of Zoom, please follow the directions, below:
If you are a K/5 Family and get kicked out of a different platform that you need, please check, below for instructions on connecting.
HIGH SCHOOL 2ND SEMESTER SCHEDULING MEETINGS
Believe it or not, we are looking into 2nd semester courses, and Ms. Laura would like to connect with each high school student to confirm/change/create a course plan for next semester and beyond.
Note: If you are interested in exploring dual enrollment, tech center programs (CTC, KCTC, or others around the state), Community Passport options, work-based learning, or other ideas you have to leverage the flexibility of our virtual programming for meaningful learning opportunities, please sign up for TWO MEETINGS back to back.
NEED TECHNOLOGY HELP? PLEASE FOLLOW THE STEPS, BELOW
Please note…if you work through the problem with Vector Tech Group and they request that you return your computer to campus for a technology exchange, please connect with Robyn.email@example.com, directly, to make an appointment or to work with her regarding shipping.
ARE YOU FOLLOWING US ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
We’ve enjoyed celebrating our K5 students this month and coming up next we have Middle and High school students spotlights 🙂 Don’t miss out, check us out on Facebook or Instagram!
And don’t forget to join us in our iCademy Parents group on Facebook!
This is the first Fall Open House in several years, and there is no better way than to attend the Open House to get a feel for if CTC is a good fit for you!
ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL IF YOU VISIT CAMPUS
Just a reminder that, if you are visiting campus for Re:FUEL or Blended Learning, please adhere to the “ONE WAY” traffic moving to the right immediately upon entering the East (Taco Bell =) parking lot. Need a refresher? Here’s a short VIDEO to help!
NEED TO CONNECT WITH YOUR TEACHER/MENTOR?
Please remember that teachers and mentors are excited to help answer questions each school day. Please, please, please always use zoom to reach out to them instead of email. They do not want to miss your message!
HAND 2 HAND – SIGN-UP OPEN – IF YOU LIVE LOCALLY AND CAN PICK UP FROM CAMPUS EACH THURSDAY
OK, Hand2Hand is firing up again for the year, and attached is the sign-up form. A few things to know:
- Hand2Hand is a weekly food bag distribution, provided by Vertical Church (yay to them for this partnership!!). Read the attachment for more info.
- There are no qualifications, other than just signing and returning the form. Families can continue to sign up throughout the year.
- Bags are distributed on Thursday mornings and we attempt to put in lockers/cubbies during the lunch hour.