March 5, 2021

Mar 5, 2021Newsletter



  • THIS SIGN UP is open for next week’s breakfast/lunches
  • Sign ups are for any iCademy family
  • Deadline for sign-up are TUESDAYS AT NOON. Late responses cannot be accepted.
  • Pick up will be at iCademy on FRIDAY AFTERNOONS from 2:00 – 2:15pm
  • Please contact Ms. Stacy at hot.lunch@innocademy.com with questions.
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STEM Club Meeting Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The following are the materials list for our next project and the link to zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Parents, please make sure your students have all the materials ready prior to the meeting.

Materials List : –

•      index cards

•      Scissors

•      rubber bands

•      Plastic straws

•      Sponge or foam pieces

•      1 piece of cardboard, 4″ x 5″

•      1 paper cup (dixie cup size)

•      1 roll transparent or masking tape

•      2 marshmallows

•      Pencil

•      Paper

Topic: SWE STEM Club
Time: Mar 9, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Below is the updated March schedule for the Michigan Learning Channel:

During March, the Michigan Learning Channel will also be observing National Reading Month, with special programming for families on Saturday evenings.  The acclaimed program Reading Rockets will air on Saturday’s at 7:00 p.m.  Reading Rockets has resources to help young children build phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension at www.readingrockets.org.   There are also online materials and resources for teachers looking for new classroom strategies when teaching reading.

Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., the Michigan Learning Channel will air episodes of The Great American Read.   The series looks at 100 best-loved books, and groups them by grade level with video assets on PBS Learning Media at https://dptv.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/great-american-read/.   PBS Digital Studios also weighed in on this series with a number of short videos with a less formal take on great books called It’s Lit!  https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/watch/digital-studios/.


OLD INFORMATION (In Case You Missed It =)


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Please find the Family Engagement Newsletter for this month in the pdf, below:March-Family-Engagement-1Download


The family engagement SR has planned two events for the month of March that are centered around literacy.  The first event is local author Amy Young she writes and illustrates children’s books.  She will be doing a read aloud and a Q&A about being an author and illustrator. 

The 2nd event is for parents only.  Our literacy coach from the Ottawa ISD will be giving two presentations, Young5s-4th grade and 5th-8th grade.  The theme is developing a reading tool kit for home to help your growing readers.

You can find out more details by opening the pdf, belowMarch-reading-events-final-224Download


Registration for GRACEAC spring sports with our partner school, Corpus Christi is now open! GRACEAC will be offering girls soccer and boys & girls track & field for 5th-8th graders this spring. Spring sports are permitted to begin practice on Monday, March 15 (subject to change), and the GRACEAC spring sports calendar typically ends before Memorial Day weekend. Parents can register for GRACEAC spring sports at the following link: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/256711 

Documents for Participation: Please print and complete the following documents.  Return them to the coaches at Corpus Christi who will keep them on file for the school year.


Corpus Christi belongs to Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council (GRACEAC).  The school athletic director attends all GRACEAC meetings.  Information regarding GRACEAC and the sports schedules can be found on their website – www.graceac.com. Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to sign up! Corpus Christi’s “no-cut” policy gives all athletes an opportunity to improve their skills and contribute to their team.

Physicals/Consent Forms

The GRACEAC requires each student-athlete wishing to participate in a sport to have a sports physical or wavier on file at school prior to the first practice with any team and dated no earlier than April 15 of the prior school year.  No student-athlete will be allowed to practice until this form is on file – no exceptions. 


All students are expected to put forth their academic best in all subject areas just as they are expected to put forth their athletic best in all athletic areas.  Throughout all athletic sports seasons, student-athletes are expected to be able to answer yes to the following three questions.  If a student, parent/guardian, teacher, or administration fails to respond “yes” to either question – ineligibility may result.

  1. Have you turned in all of your homework assignments on time and completed to the best of your ability?
  2. Are you giving 100 % effort in your classes, in regard to your studies, homework, and tests?
  3. Are you showing respect to teachers, classmates, fellow team members, etc?

The student-athlete will maintain good academic standing in the opinion of his/her teachers as well as positive school behavior.  The player’s academic performance and behavior will be reviewed on a weekly basis.  The Athletic Director will notify the parent(s) in writing if the player received a warning or ineligible rating from any one teacher.  If a student-athlete receives two or more warnings in one week or a warning from the same teacher for two consecutive weeks, the player will be ineligible to participate in that review period. If a player is ineligible twice, the student-athlete will be removed from the team.

Uniforms & Fees
Every athletic team is provided a Corpus Christi uniform.  The uniform varies depending upon the sport.  At the conclusion of the sports season, it is your responsibility to return a clean uniform.  Failure to do this will result in a replacement fee.

We strive to offer a quality athletic experience for your son/daughter.  The participation fee is $60.00 per student, per sport for the coming year. 


If you have a child(ren) in grades 3rd – 11th, please see, below, for the day or days they will be required to report to Homestead Campus (8485 Homestead Drive, Zeeland or Summit Church (15020 Stanton Street, West Olive) for mandatory state testing.

Many more details will be sent out as testing dates get closer, we just wanted to make sure these were on your family calendars sooner, rather than later.

April 13th

  • Morning – PSAT 8 (Summit Church
  • Afternoon – MSTEP 8th (Homestead)
  • PSAT 9/10 (testing for students with additional accommodations only)
  • SAT 11th (Summit Church)

April 14th

  • PSAT 9/10
  • PSAT 8/9/10 (testing for students with additional accommodations)
  • 11th Grade – SAT (testing for students with additional accommodations only)
  • 11th Grade – ACT WorkKeys – AM (church)
  • MSTEP 11 – PM (Homestead Campus)

April 27

  • MSTEP 5 (ELA, SS)

April 28

  • MSTEP 5 (Math, Sci)

May 4

  • MSTEP 3rd/4th & 6th/7th


On THIS PAGE you will find the most up to date guidelines, restrictions and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.


Please take note of the important dates, below:

May 28th – Last day for Seniors. All semester coursework and requirements must be met for graduation.

June 7th – GRADUATION. To be held at the Holland Civic Center – Marketside Room. At this moment each graduate will receive 4 tickets.We may be able to give out more tickets as the event gets closer. Take a look, below, to see the event space.

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For those hoping to receive the Covid-19 Vaccination, you may learn more about when you are able to receive the vaccination as well as how to schedule an appointment when the time comes. Please visit THIS LINK .


In the event your child receives a positive COVID diagnosis, please make sure to contact us, immediately. We must continue to update the COVID transparency page on our website and be able to work with the health department in their contact tracing efforts.


If you need to visit campus in order to exchange a device or charging cord, please make an appointment with your mentor as there may not be someone on campus readily available to help you without an appointment.

  • IMPORTANT LUNCH INFORMATION: Being a virtual school it seems a silly request, but if you have not yet filled out a free/reduced lunch application at lunchapp.com, please do so prior to Thanksgiving break. You will select HOLLAND CHRISTIAN as the district as they are our food service provider. 

    Even if you think you may not qualify, our school receives credit for each form submitted. What is “credit”? Having our families complete these forms allows us to participate in grant opportunities and funding that directly impacts student learning and academic support. Not only that, but should there be another time where schools are not in session, if your family DOES qualify for benefits of any sort, you will be sent an EBT card in the mail to be able to assist with purchasing food for your family. If you end up qualifying and do not wish to take advantage of any benefits associated with the program, you do not have to participate.


  • 2-1-1: This service provides access to food, health, mental health, and various other needs. For assistance, call 2-1-1 on your mobile phone or dial 877-211-5253. Texting is available by texting your zip code to 898211. To access online, go to www.call-211.org.  
  • Feeding America: Mark your calendar and share these dates with friends and neighbors! Feeding America Mobile Food Distribution takes place at Zeeland Public Roosevelt School’s west parking lot (175 W. Roosevelt Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464). This is a drive-thru, no contact distribution. All are welcome. No income guidelines or proof of residency required.  Event runs 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on March 9, and April 13.
    • Contact your local ISD: If you are out of range, but would like to take advantage of the week’s worth of free meals for your children, please connect with your local Intermediate School District for information on receiving free meals. As long as your local ISD has a virtual school program, you can qualify for free meals.
    • Meet UP and Eat UP: This is another incredible program (sponsored by the United Way) providing meals for families throughout Michigan. Please view the interactive map HERE for more information on food distribution near you.  
  • COVID-19 DASHBOARD FOR iCADEMY: iCademy Global will share updated COVID-19 data each Monday afternoon.  Due to HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) laws, no personal information will be shared. When iCademy receives communication of a positive case, we will notify the county health department who traces and directly connects with those in close contact of the positive case.  iCademy will notify the school family of the case and the actions taking place as necessary. https://icademyglobal.org/covid-19-dashboard/
  • Engagement & Attendance: In a traditional brick and mortar school when students show up for the day or for a class, the teacher takes attendance and that is submitted to the State of Michigan. At a virtual school like iCademy Global, three factors play a role in engagement and attendance.  Two-way communication, participation in Live Lessons/check-in with Mentors and adequate time and progress lets us know that you are engaged in your school work and are counted as being present at iCademy Global.  When a student is not meeting the expectations, they are flagged as being absent.  
  • Truancy: In order to meet the state expectation of 1098 hours engaged in coursework each year, it is required that iCademy Global students spend an average of 420 minutes per day doing school work – Monday through Friday. In many cases, absences from school are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, chronic absenteeism can have a drastic impact on your child’s education. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to learn to read by the end of third grade. By sixth grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign of drop-out. By ninth grade, good attendance can predict graduation even better than eighth grade test scores.

    When we see that a student is not completing his/her coursework within the coursework and/or participating in required Live Lessons, not attending mentor meetings or lacking in two-way communication, parent/guardian will be contacted via an attendance letter indicating multiple absences and requesting a virtual meeting to create a personalized Learning Plan. Parents are a huge player in the success of the students as well.  Parents will be required to walk alongside the student for accountability purposes to ensure success.  If a student does not adhere to the personalized Learning Plan, the Learning Team will begin the Truancy process which may result as a formal file to Truancy through the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.  
  • Got Questions? We’ve got answers! Whenever you have questions, big or small, we are here to answer them! Your first point of contact for all questions is your child’s MENTOR. Can’t remember who that is? When your child is logged-in to their Student Portal (https://portal.icademyglobal.org) with their Microsoft 365 credentials, their Student Dashboard has their mentor’s contact information. The quickest way to reach your child’s mentor is for the student to connect with them in Zoom. From there, they can direct you to the right place if they personally can’t answer your questions.  
  • Master Staff Contact List: To contact any staff member, please reference this updated master staff contact list. Thank you!  
  • Email List: Do you have another family member you would like added to our email list for school-wide communication? If so, please contact Ms. Leisa Lobbezoo at leisa.lobbezoo@icademyglobal.org to be added.
  • Follow Us on Facebook & Instagram! We love to keep you connected to the iCademy community on our Facebook & Instagram pages. If you haven’t already done so, follow us today! @icademyvirtual (FB), @icademyelementary (FB), @icademyvirtual (IG), @icademyelementary (IG). You can even request to join the iCademy Global Parents Facebook page!

Upcoming Events:

  • April 2 – 10 – Spring Break Week
  • June 7th – High School Graduation

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