REMINDER – Teacher Records Day on Monday, January 23rd. Second Semester begins on Tuesday, January 24th.
On Friday, January 13th Protege Game Studios and iCademy Global welcomed students from Innocademy and Grand Rapids Christian to our Re:Fuel Coffee Shop for our first-ever ESports Tournament! Students participated in Smash Bros and Mario Kart Races to earn points for their team and determine a winner! With student analysts and commentators, the tournament was live-streamed on Twitch and YouTube. So fun!
KCTC OPEN HOUSE
If you live in Kent County and would like to potentially attend KCTC, please make sure to connect with Ms. Laura email@example.com
FIRST SEMESTER REPORT CARDS
Please look for your child’s first semester report card to be emailed to you by the end of the day on Friday, January 27th.
RISE PRIZES AND RISE STORE
RISE Store Opening
As we are wrapping up the semester, you might be getting questions from students about the RISE store. We are happy to announce that the RISE store will be opening Tuesday, January 24th. A few things to know:
1. Almost ALL of our prizes are virtual this year, and can be sent directly to student/parent emails. Those few small prizes that are not digital are already at the school building.
2. RISE points will not carry over to next semester, so use those points or loose those points.
3. We will be using the leveled system for prizes, and students can cash in their RISE points for 1 reward from the level of points they earn.
The big question that is on your mind is, “What will I have to do?” Well the good news is we on the PBIS team will be taking care of student prize selection, prize delivery, and confirming the delivery of RISE prizes across all three cell levels. The only thing we will need your help with is distributing this poster. So please, spread this out to your mentor students and let them know an email for prize selection will come out next week.
TECH TROUBLES? PLEASE CONTACT VECTOR TECHNOLOGY
If you need to contact Vector, CLICK ON THIS LINK and fill out the 8-question form for help. You can also connect with them via phone at Vector Support: 866-629-8005
FROM MS. ROBYN – State Testing Device Information For Families
Please remind your students to “power down” (closing the lid is different than powering down) their devices at the end of each school day. This will allow the device to check in and run Windows updates more frequently which will allow less disruption to the school day. The more frequently the device is “powered down” then the more frequent updates can run. The less frequently the device is “powered down” then the less frequent updates will run. This will cause updates to become backed up so that when the device is “powered down” updates will take a considerable amount of time to run. As always please feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) anytime with questions or concerns regarding iCademy technology. Or enter a work order using the link – https://vectortechgroup.com/support/
KNOW A FAMILY THAT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US THIS NEXT SCHOOL YEAR?
We always appreciate that most of our new families come to us because you’ve shared your stories and positive experiences with them – THANK YOU! Enrollment for Precademy, Innocademy and iCademy Global is open for the 23/24 school year. If you have a family you would like to refer to us, please invite them to one of the Open Houses listed, below:
- Tuesday, January 31st – 5-7pm
- Tuesday, February 21st – 5-7pm
- Tuesday, March 21st – 5-7pm
- Tuesday, April 18t – 5-7pm
- Tuesday, May 2nd – 5-7pm
JANUARY FOOD PANTRY INFORMATION
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.
To sign up, please fill out this application. If you have questions about the Community Passport Program, please contact Ms. Jody – email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com – 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.
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.