September 22, 2023

Sep 22, 2023Newsletter


Wednesday, October 4th is our first State of Michigan Student Count Day for the year. As you do each day, please make certain your children log into every class that appears on their dashboard. On Oct 4th, they will be asked to engage in the “Count Day Activity” or lesson. Students MUST BE IN THE LESSON FOR EACH CLASS FOR AT LEAST THREE MINUTES for us to be able to “count” them as present for the day.

As a special incentive, we will be offering prize drawings throughout the day! Teachers, mentors, and iCademy staff will be looking for your students to complete logins, promptly. Finishing this requirement enters them into the drawings AND keeps us from reaching out to you throughout the day to enlist your help in getting it finished. =).

Thank you!

Thanks to all of our families who took the time to meet with teachers and mentors this week during Conference Week! We LOVE chatting about your students and their successes!

Mark Your Calendars

  • September 28th – Middle School Movie Night
  • September 29th – High School Visits Art Prize
  • October 4th – State of Michigan Student Count Day
  • October 13th – Professional Development for Staff – No School For Students
  • October 14th – October 22nd – Fall Break Week – No School
  • October 23rd – School Resumes
  • October 24th – Re:FUEL Opens for the year for MS/HS Students


Friendly Reminder – Live Lesson Attendance Requirement…

For any meeting you join as an iCademy student, whether you are using a school or a personal device, you must be using the Chrome web browser and be logged into your school Google account.

RE:Fuel to Open on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24th!

Welcome Ms. Roush – Re:Fuel Coordinator!

We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Lyndi Roush, one of our AMAZING High School Mentors who is excited to be jumping in to coordinate and lead our middle/high RE:Fuel onsite time. If Ms. Roush is currently your mentor, NO Worries! She will be continuing in that position while adding RE:Fuel. =) If you’ve not met Ms. Roush, make sure to stop in and visit (or send her a chat in Google!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning OCTOBER 24TH, between 9am – 3pm.

iCademy High School Club Sign-Ups!

Psst…If you are a middle school student, please check with your mentor for the sign up link that was completed the past few weeks! There’s still time! Clubs are a great way for kiddos to engage and get to know others based on a common interest. Please check out the clubs that are being offered this year at the high school level. Sign up and have some fun. 🙂  https://forms.gle/m4ZdSYF15KhrJj4b9

High School Students To Visit Art Prize – September 29th. Sign Up, Now!

Please join us on an iCademy High School Field Trip to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids where we will spend the morning immersing ourselves in all the art we can find! Are you taking an Art class right now? Earn extra credit for attending!

  • Where: Downtown Grand Rapids 
  • When: Friday, September 29th
  • Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
  • To sign-up, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/x9V9HrhbjJFcBTu37
    • Please plan to meet at Biggby Coffee : 146 Monroe Center St NW # 155, Grand Rapids, MI 49503  
  • Questions? Reach out to Ms. Banas, Ms. Laarman or Ms. Roush

You are responsible for bringing your own sack lunch.

Scholastic Book Fair Coming to iCademy!

Our Scholastic Book Fair will take place from Wednesday, October 4th through Friday, October 6th. If you live locally, you are welcome to come to campus (accompanied by an adult) to view and purchase books from the fair.

The fair will be open at 8:20am each morning and close at 4:00pm. The fair is also open on Wednesday evening until 6:30pm.

We would love parent/guardian or grandparent volunteers! Please see the signup link HERE to volunteer.

Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them on their journey to becoming lifelong readers. AND—as always—every purchase at the Fair benefits our school.   

If you live a distance away from iCademy or can’t make it to the Fair, then please feel free to shop at the Innocadem/iCademy Book Fair online. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Every online purchase will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:


October Lunch Menu

If your MIDDLE SCHOOL student is visiting our RE:Fuel Coffee Shop over the lunch period, they are welcome to bring a lunch from home or order hot lunch (free to all students all year) the day they are on campus.

If your HIGH SCHOOL student is visiting, they are welcome to choose either of the options, above or sign out to visit McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Blimpee or Thai Avenue. Purchasing lunch from these establishments is not free, however =).



NEW! Go Guardian Software

In order to increase students online safety, engagement, and accountability we are now using GoGuardian. What is GoGuardian software you may ask? It is designed to help us easily manage student devices, better understand our kiddos, and keep them safer online. Staff are able to see, in real-time, students following along with lessons (or not) in class and help re-direct those needing assistance. As always, please reach out with any questions you may have.

Live Locally? Nutritious Foods Available For Those Struggling With Food Insecurity

Ottawa County Food Pantry Information – September

Interested in a Part-Time Job? We Need You!

The IES Homestead Campus Staff Daycare is looking for a dedicated, passionate, and caring individual to join us! If you or someone you know is interested in a rewarding role working with children, this could be the perfect opportunity. Whether you have professional childcare experience or are simply enthusiastic about working with kids, we encourage you to apply. If interested, please reach out to IES Human Resources at jamison.andrus@iesschools.org

Schedule: 15 to 20 hours a week (8:15a to 3:45p) Wage: $13/hr

REMINDER – iCademy Spirit Wear Available Throughout the Year – Watch for Sales!

We are excited to partner with SpiritWear, this year! Our iCademy School Store will be available ALL. YEAR. LONG. to all of our families by clicking on THIS LINK. You may choose your item, pay for it and have it shipped to your home – easy! Shipping is free for orders over $75. As a bonus our school receives 10% from every sale. Please watch for special sales and new items throughout the year.

Student Support Newsletter – September

Please see the STUDENT SUPPORT NEWSLETTER for this month to meet your Student Support Team and learn about how they can help you!

Attention Middle School Families!

Synergy Session – Middle School Movie Night

Where: iCademy Global – 8485 Homestead Dr. Zeeland MI

When: September 26th @6:30pm

Who: All iCademy Middle School Students

What Movie: To be determined….Survey for students coming soon! 

Is Your Family Struggling With Housing Security?

Parent/Guardian Observer Account Access

Apologies for the delay on distributing the information for all of our observers to be able to access their child’s iCademy progress and grade information! Anytime you wish to check in on your student (we suggest daily, but definitely weekly! =), please follow the steps, below:


  1. Click on THIS LINK – you may want to bookmark it in your browser window for easy access!
  2. Username is your first name.your last name
  3. Password is #icademy8485


  1. Click on THIS LINK – you may want to bookmark it in your browser window for easy access!
  2. Username is your first name.your last name
  3. Password is #icademy8485

’23-’24 iCademy Family Resource Guide

If you’ve not already done so, please read through the iCademy Family Resource Guide for this year so that you are familiar with daily life at iCademy. As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach

Who Ya Gonna Call….(not Ghostbusters =)?

As you get started or work through the school year, we know that things will come up for your family because….well, life happens! Please use the guide, below as a starting point for your questions

Weekly Engagement Reports Via Email

Each week you will see an engagement report for your child’s engagement from the previous week. This is a detailed summary of their participation in their coursework from the week before and it will show their attendance in Live Lessons. See the video below for more information

iCademy Global School Calendar for 23-24