January 2, 2018

Jan 2, 2018Newsletter

Welcome Back! Hope the Holiday Break was fantastic!

Looking forward to kicking off a great year with everyone as school resumes on Wednesday, January 3rd! 


Wow! We cannot thank our families enough for their generosity in giving to our Angel Tree families and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. When all was said, done and wrapped, our IES Family collected over 622 items for both drives!!! These 622 items represented THOUSANDS of dollars and immeasurable love from our families to those in need or spending the holidays in the hospital. Thank you, again!

Just some of the wrapped items ready to be delivered to our Angel Tree Families.

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Thanks Ms. Mel and Macie for delivering the collection to DeVos Children’s Hospital!

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HUGE thanks to Ms. Ruth for all of her service to our students, staff and families at Homestead Campus these past several years! We wish you the best of luck as you enjoy retirement and snuggle those grand babies (Congrats on your newest little one, Octavia, pictured below.)! Words cannot express how much we will miss you!!!

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BIG, BIG, BIG Thanks, also, to the Navigator Group! They built a “Buddy Bench” for our playground area! You can find out all about the Buddy Bench by viewing the video the group created, below:

Mark Your Calendars, Please! NEW items in BOLD=)

  • Friday, January 19th – All coursework due at midnight for semester
  • Monday, January 22nd – Teacher Records Day – No School
  • Wednesday, February 14th – State of Michigan Count Day
  • Friday, February 16th – Professional Development Day – No School
  • Monday, February 19th – February 25th – iCademy Break Week – No School
  • Monday, February 26th – School Resumes
  • March 15h & March 16th – Professional Development Days – No School
  • March 30th – April 8th – Spring Break Week – No School
  • Monday, April 9th – School Resumes
  • May 9th & May 10th – 1/2 Day for Tulip Time – ReFUEL Closed/Students Dismissed at 12:30pm
  • Friday, May 25th – Professional Development Day – No School
  • May 28th – June 3rd – iCademy Break Week – No School
  • June 4th – School Resumes
  • June 8th, 15th, 22nd – Enjoy Fridays – No School!
  • June 10th – 16th – Middle School East Coast Trip with Innocademy

NEW Info For This Week!

January Lunch Menu

InnoHomestead-January 2018

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Total Trek Quest – Registration OPEN!

TTQ Registration is going ONLINE! Parents, starting January 2 you can register for the Total Trek Quest program ONLINE by clicking the link HERE. This new partnership will allow us to respond faster to your registration questions, will reduce the time it takes to have your son listed on the roster and will give prompt updates on wait lists. We do our very best to keep registration costs low, but in order to accommodate this change and to ensure we are still able to give out scholarships to all who need it, we will be raising the Total Trek Quest Registration fee to $45. You can still stop in to our offices to register your son, as we are working on ensuring kiosk style access to RacePlanner. Look for our info sheets to come home-and if you have any questions, please email Brandon at bmelnyk@arborcircle.org

OLD Info…In Case You Missed It =)

Attention All Barton Tutors or Those Who WISH to Tutor Students:

First of all thank you all so much for all of your time working with our students this year! What a blessing you are to each of the kids you work with!
We would like to take some time to say, “Thank you” for all of your time and energy – yes snacks will be involved – and also share with you some activities and information that we have gathered over the past few months. So we are planning an appreciation/learn something new/training evening for all current Barton tutors as well as anyone interested in being trained as a tutorWill you please save-the-date of January 15 from 6:00 – 8:30pm on your calendars? We will plan to meet with everyone; current tutors as well as new people interested in learning the Barton System, from 6:00 – 6:30ish. We have some games that we would like to teach you that go along with each Lesson and Level of the Barton System, as well as some insights from Susan about sight word practice and more. Then, from 6:30-8:30pm we will be training all of our new tutors!

Girls Running Club Sign Ups!

Girls in grades in 3rd-8th grade should have received running club sign up sheets this past week. We are excited to start end of February and must receive sign up and payment no later then February 15th to make sure we are ready to go. I have attached the forms for you in case you missed them among the busyness of the season. InnoMazing girls is for 3rd-6th grade and GLOSS for our 7th-8th grade.

Girls Running Club 2018.

Job Opportunity!

Innocademy-Homestead Campus has a great “hot lunch” opportunity for someone who wants to work around their student’s schedule.  This position is Tuesday through Friday from 10:00-2:30pm.  Innocademy Homestead food service is under the Holland Christian food service Child Nutrition Program and compensation would be through Holland Christian.  You would co-work with another team member preparing and serving hot lunch. Please contact Nancy at nmccarthy@hollandchristian.org if you are interested. 


Thanks to all of our families for sending winter gear with students every day. Students will always go outside for recess if the temperature and/or windchill are 10 degrees or above. Looking forward to some winter fun! Also a reminder that slippers are encouraged at school. Many students (and teachers! =) keep a pair in their cubby so they can change from their wet boots into something cozy and warm for learning time.


Part Time Help Wanted!

Do you have a teenager looking for a part time job working with kids?  If so, we have a position available that could be a great fit.  We are looking for an Afterschool Enrichment Helper.  This person would assist the Afterschool Enrichment Coordinator in implementing the lesson plans for that day, supervising kids, helping with snack time, and cleaning up at the end of the day.  Hours are 3:30 – 5:30 pm for 2-3 days per week.  Must be 15 to apply.  If you are interested, please email sara.vereeke@innocademy.com

Weather Delays/Closed Campus

When Mother Nature decides to make travel to campus dangerous we may find it necessary to cancel or delay on site options for that day. We determine morning cancellations based on Zeeland Public Schools; If they are closed due to weather, our campus will be closed. If they delay due to weather, we will delay. GREAT news, though! Since we are an online school, students can continue their learning at home for any days where we experience a delay or closing of campus. All due dates are still in effect. If campus is closed, we will notify you by the following methods:

  • Email to parents
  • Facebook post
  • WZZM 13
  • WOOD-TV8
  • iCademy group text message through Rained Out (sign up for this service by texing “icademy” to 84483. You will receive a message back saying you are signed up. Please contact Leisa if you have trouble leisa.lobbezoo@innocademy.com)

In the event of a 2 hour delay, campus will be open at 11am. On these days, there will only be a HOT lunch choice for the day as Ms. Rosie won’t have time to prepare both choices..

Have You Accessed Your Parent/Observer Account?

Each parent/guardian should have a parent/observer account associated with your student. If you do not have one, please email Deedee at deedee.defrell@icademyglobal.org so that she can set one up for you. If you aren’t sure, simply go to this link:  https://icademy.ems.connexus.com/ and enter your firstname.lastname as the username and password will be #iCademy17.

Why Do You Need A Parent/Observer Account?

This is the primary way that your child’s teacher will communicate with you and makes it easy for you to connect with them on questions. It’s also the place you will look for general communications from your grade teams. This account also helps you clearly see what your student needs to do and has already completed. If you have questions, please contact your child’s mentor or teacher.

Virtual Office Links!

Middle School Virtual Office Information:


UserName: MSvirtualoffice    Password: #iCademy09

High School Virtual Office Information:


UserName: HSvirtualoffice    Password: #iCademy09

School Calendar for 2017-2018

iCademy Calendar 2017-2018 FINAL

Live Lesson Schedule

17-18 Live Lesson & RE-FUEL Schedule

Reminder that live lessons happen each Monday and Wednesday of the school year, beginning August 7th!

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