January 29, 2018

Jan 28, 2018Newsletter

iCademy Friends learning around the world! When your sailboat is j-u-s-t out of reach of wi-fi, you head to the dock, set up your computer and do your learning =). Blue and his dad are spending 8 months sailing through the Caribbean!

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

  • Friday, Feb 9th – Lost City Fundraising Opportunity
  • 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!


Sign Up for all iCademy students and families:


Lost City Fundraiser Information – Feb 9th!

OLD Info…In Case You Missed It =)

Calendar for 2018-2019 School Year

iCademy 18-19 School Calendar

Kid 2 Kid Sale?

Last year we hosted a Kid 2 Kid Sale in March. We have had folks ask about it this year, too! If you are interested in coordinating this event for our schools, please contact Jody Voss @ jody.voss@innocademy.com

Hot Lunch Payments

Just a reminder that hot lunch is a prepay program.  All Child Nutrition Programs are set up that money needs to be in the lunch account for a child to receive hot lunch.  Please keep your child’s account current. You may drop off a check at the front desk or go to sendmoneytoschool.com  to submit a payment – there is a transaction charge to pay online.  Thank you!

One never knows when a family may get hit with a financial challenge.  Lunch benefits are always available year round…. you may apply at lunchapp.com and fill out a confidential application. Any questions, please email Sue at slambers@hollandchristian.org.   If your family currently has a negative balance, if you apply for lunch benefits and qualify we will wipe out your negative balance.  

Services Available 

If you or someone you know needs assistance with housing, food, utilities, furniture, medical services, etc. Please see the information below for a list of available resources in Ottawa County:


Norovirus Awareness

The Ottawa County Health Department announced an upswing in the number of people experiencing norovirus and norovirus-like symptoms, otherwise known as the stomach bug.

This poster shows different steps that can protect people, especially those who live in nursing homes, from norovirus.

Weekly Update: Tech-Free Brain Breaks by Paige

Hi everyone. For this week’s weekly update writing I will be talking about tech free brain breaks, and why they are important in a virtual school. Tech free brain breaks are very important. They help you unplug and relax. This is great, especially because at a virtual school you are looking at a screen for a good part of your day. They also help lower stress and anxiety. Some great tech free brain breaks include reading a book, writing, playing outside, getting a quick drink or snack, and more. It is good to take small brain breaks, making them only 1-5 minutes instead of 30-60. But, take them often throughout the day. These brain breaks also help you to refocus. For example, if you are stuck on a question for a test and just can’t figure it out, take a quick break. When you are done, you should feel refocused and better prepared to finish the test. I hope everyone that reads this will try taking a tech-free brain break next time they need a break. Thank you everyone for reading and have a great day! – Paige

Club Survey – 6th – 12th Grade Students

Our students are so excited to think through what clubs look like at iCademy and how to do them virtually for all of our learners. We have been brainstorming ideas and below is a link for your kiddo to cast their votes on what clubs they would want to participate in during second semester. Please have them fill this out so we can keep on brainstorming together! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NNXCF2F

Join The Innocademy/iCademyHealth Advisory Board!

he Innocademy/iCademy Global Health Advisory Board is planning on having the first meeting of the year on Monday January 29th from 4:30-5:30. If you are interested in attending and/or joining the board, please send an email to katie.wilson@innocademy.com with your name!

We will plan on meeting in the circle room on top of the stairs. If you have any questions feel free to send them my way! Thanks and hope to see you there! 

Katie Wilson

What IS The Health Advisory Board, Anyway?

Our Health Advisory Board is designed to create a comprehensive scope and sequence for health and wellness for students K-12. The primary focus is on reproductive health. Once resources have been vetted and the scope and sequence for each grade level is designed, it will be presented to our school boards at Innocademy and iCademy for approval. After approval, the curriculum will be implemented by teachers at the appropriate and recommended grade levels.

Two years ago our boards all voted to proceed with an “abstinence based” curriculum. Currently, the only curriculum approved by the boards and taught each year is one HIV/AIDS lesson that is required by the State of Michigan for students in 5th-12th grades.

TTQ Scholarships Available

If your student would like to participate in Total Trek Quest this year, but cost is an issue, please contact Brandon at the TTQ office He can be easily reached at 616-450-4651 to discuss scholarship opportunities.

Community Days at Younker’s for IES!

Community Days is a fundraising event held twice yearly that benefits local schools and 501c3 nonprofit organizations. $5 coupon booklets are sold for an event taking place Thursday, March 1 – Saturday, March 3, 2018 and 100% of every $5 booklet sold will benefit over 7,000 participating organizations.

Donate $5 and get over $500 in exclusive coupon savings including:

  • $10 off coupon valid on a purchase of $10 or more
  • Up to 30% off shopping pass that can be used over and over throughout the 3-day event
  • 70% off Ruff Hewn and Chaps for Women, Men & Kids
  • $60 off Spring outerwear for her
  • 65% off fine jewelry
  • 45% off coffeemakers
  • 39.97 8-pc. comforter set
  • And many more offers throughout the store!

Coupon booklets ship for FREE with guaranteed delivery before the start of this event.

Buy a booklet today at http://bit.ly/2qqE0F2 or stop in to Homestead Campus and see Ms. Heidi to purchase a book at the front desk.

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

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. 

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