November 4, 2019

Nov 3, 2019Newsletter


Big thanks to Xander for letting us interview him last week during our Thursday live session! It was so fun to learn all about Critter Barn and the work that Xander does there each week!

*NEW Information

REMINDER: Parent Survey – Please Complete by 11/8

If you have not already done so, we would love it if every family could answer a 30 question survey that takes about 5 to 10 minutes.  

At iCademy we value everyone’s input and the School Improvement Team uses these surveys to help better our school.  If you have any questions please contact amy.baragar@icademyglobal.org.   

Please complete the survey by the end of the day on Friday, November 8th.   Families completing the survey will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card.  

Click below for access to the survey

Thank you for taking the time out to do this for us!  We truly appreciate it!  

School Improvement Team

Marketplace – Everything You Need To Know

If your student is participating in Marketplace this year, please take a peek at the calendar outlined, below:

** Please note, the “parent meeting” listed for the 14th is for Innocademy Families only =)

Questions? Please contact Ms. Jody at jody.voss@innocademy.com

Lunch Menu – November


This session’s attribute is Integrity. Integrity means to be fair, honest, and kind, even when no one else can see it. This month, your student will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss what it means to have integrity.

This week with your families, try the activity below at home together to further explore the attribute of Integrity:

Elementary Students:

“Create A Recipe For Integrity

Integrity involves many different parts or “ingredients.” For this fun activity, we encourage families to think like a world-class chef and create the perfect recipe for living with integrity. Parents can ask their children to write down all of the ingredients that they believe go inside the recipe for integrity. This is a great way for parents to have a discussion with their children about the meaning of integrity, the importance of being honest and other important family values. For this activity, the ingredients should describe actions, words, and deeds that demonstrate how to live with integrity. Parents can ask their children to place all of their ingredients inside of a bowl to be displayed on a table or maybe a counter top. Or, parents can help their children turn this activity into an art project by asking their children to draw, paint or color their bowl full of ingredients for integrity. We encourage families to display their recipe somewhere that is easily visible at home as a reminder to act with integrity every day!

Middle/High School Students:

Have a discussion at the dinner table:

  • Discuss as a family what it means to have integrity.
  • Discuss examples and non-examples.
  • Discuss what barriers might be to having integrity in certain situations.
  • As a family, decide one action step you can take this month to practice having integrity.

Looking for Something To Do?

Check out GRKIDS.com . Sooo many fun things for families to do all year around!

  • Website is grkids.com
  • They send a daily email with weather, events, cheap places to eat, etc. for the following day
  • Facebook page
  • And of course we have their booklet at the front desk

They also do tons of theme related things–summer camps, free things around town, seasonal things, etc.

Robotics Team Competition Schedule

If you’d like to cheer on our team this year, they’d love to have you!

Robotics St. Joseph District – March 5th – 7th

West Michigan District (at GVSU) – March 19th – 21st

State Championships – April 8th – 11th

* Old Info – In Case You Missed it =)

Guest Speaker – Bryan Mealer

Mark your calendars! We are thrilled to announce that we have another guest speaker with international experience coming to speak to our 6-12 students! 

Who: Bryan Mealer

Where:  Zoom Link

Date: Friday, November 8

Time: 10:45am – 11:30am

Bryan Mealer is the author of The Kings of Big Spring, Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – written with William Kamkwamba. – which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and will soon be released as a major motion picture. He’s also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Associated Press and Harper’s. His other work has appeared in Texas Monthly, Esquire, the Guardian, and the New York Times. Mealer and his family live in Austin.

Note: If you would like to learn more about Bryan and William’s journey to share the story of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, check out their TEDx Talk, find the book at your local library or watch the movie (available on Netflix)!

5th – 8th Grade Middle School Capstone Trip – Spring 2020

We are excited to announce the Middle School Trip for Spring 2020. We have planned an amazing outdoor adventure experience. This opportunity is being offered to any 5th – 8th grade student and their families. Here are some important details to highlight:

Dates: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Saturday, May 23, 2020

Cost: $600 per person

Lodging: 5 days 4 night (3 nights camping – tents will be provided, if needed)


  • Day 1: Travel & Kentucky or Tennessee site seeing (Hotel)
  • Day 2: Smoky Mountains (Camping)
  • Days 3 and 4:  Smoky Mountains & Mammoth Caves (Camping)
  • Day 5: Travel home

$100 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit DUE: Monday, November 18 – Checks Payable to ‘iCademy Global’

Have your child connect with his/her mentor if they are interested in attending or have additional questions.

First Parent Meeting: Monday, November 18 @ 6:00 pm via Zoom – https://icademyglobal.zoom.us/j/4584264168

Fundraising Opportunities:

  • Current School-Sponsored
    • Marketplace
    • Scrip Fundraising
    • Save Around Coupon Book
  • Upcoming School-Sponsored
    • We will share all final school-sponsored fundraising opportunities by the end of Session 3.
  • At-Home Ideas
    • Pass out garbage bags to your neighbors for them to collect cans for you!
    • Do jobs around the house if your parents are on board to pay you for them. 😊
    • Garage sales
    • Family donations
    • More suggestions to come!

Bodies Revealed – MS and HS Science Field Trip

Mark your calendars for November 21st as our Middle and High School groups will be leaving from iCademy or meeting at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to experience the exhibit Bodies Revealed.

In this phenomenal exhibition about the amazing and complex machine we call the human body, 10 full body human specimens and hundreds of organs are respectfully displayed to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us. With a reverent, academic approach, this display allows people of all ages to more closely observe the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems, and to absorb information normally reserved only for medical professionals.

Cost will be $10 per person – I think the sign up might mistakenly say $11, but $10 is the real deal ($3 for museum entry and $7 entry to the exhibit, itself).

Please click on the link, below for more details and to let us know if you are attending and if you will be meeting us there or need a ride from school.


Having Tech Troubles?

If you are having issues with your computer and need technical assistance, asap, Mr. Kevin, our offsite Vector tech team lead, has said the smoothest way to get solutions in place would be to email support@vectortechgroup.com or call 616-502-2572 or 866-629-8005.  

Fundraising Opportunities

Fundraising season has begun at Innocademy & iCademy Global! Fundraisers are designed for your kiddo to earn money to put into his/her field experience account for overnight travel on some of the incredible experiences offered by both schools.  Fundraisers are always optional and never required.  Before break we rolled out our first fundraisers of the year, Marketplace & SaveAround Coupon Books.  All 3rd-8th graders were presented with the information attached here and were sent home with the information for both fundraisers.  If you have a Younger/Youngest friend (Young 5-2nd) and you would like to have him/her start saving for their overnight trips, you may participate in the SaveAround Coupon Book sale. Below is the information needed for both fundraisers.  

Another fundraiser we offer is SCRIP.  SCRIP at its core is a gift card fundraiser.  You purchase a gift card from list of over 700 vendors and percentage of your purchase (2-20%) goes back into your child’s account for field experiences.  This is a very short video about how SCRIP works.  There will be an informational meeting on Thursday October 24, at 4:00 in the circle room, the small room at the top of the stairs. Please reach out to Ms. Jody at jody.voss@innocademy.com with questions.
SCRIP rebate bonuses this week (more can be found at shopwithscrip.com):

Bath & Body Works  – 17% Blimpie – 15.75%Outback – 9.75%PetSmart – 8% 




When visiting Homestead Campus, PLEASE do not park in the parking spaces next to the building unless you have a handicapped sticker/pass. We have families who are in that situation and need to utilize those spots. Thank you.

Homestead Campus – Smoke/Tobacco/Vape Free

Just a reminder that no smoking/vaping/tobacco products should be used anywhere while onsite at Homestead Campus. This includes the playground and parking lots as well. Thank you.


Does your child plan to attend any onsite time at iCademy Global this year? For those families who have a child with a medical concern (ie. Bee allergy, peanut allergy, asthma…) it is important that a copy of their Emergency Action Plan/Asthma Action Plan is on file.  Please complete the attached documents and return them by August 30th.  Thank you!

What’s Parent Portal?

In order to receive updated training videos and to access your student accounts, you can always log into the icademy portal located on your student’s desktop or found at the link, below:


Live Lesson Schedules

iCademyGlobal.Org Website

If you are ever lost – – or at another computer and would like to login to the Orientation section where you will find all of the videos, your coursework OR your parent portal, you are able to do so with one simple click!

At the very top of the website found at iCademyGlobal.org, you will see “Student Portal”

This “Student Portal” is where you will find your orientation information and be able to login to view any videos you wish! Pssst… this is great for parents, too! It’s always a GREAT place to start if you are rusty on how to do something. =) Simply login with your firstname.lastname@icademystudents.org and your password

If you are a parent and are hoping to quick take a peek at how your student is doing for the day finishing his/her assignments, you can click on the “Parent Portal” link. Psst….this also works if you are a student working on a different device for the day. Simply click on the link and login as you always do =).

The login screen may look like this…

Or it may look like this. Either screen will get you to your course content or parent observer account. Remember, username is firstname.lastname and your password.

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