Monday Message for September 23, 2018

Upcoming Events

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September

Sept. 24-28: Habit #5 week

Sept. 25: First 7 Habits Training (every Tuesday for 6 weeks)

October

Oct. 1-5: Habit #6 week

Oct. 6: Bark in the Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Oct. 8-12: Mid-Fall Break, Habit #7 week

Oct. 13: Laps4Literacy, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Oct. 17: Fall Picture Day

Oct. 25: Fall Festival, 6-7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27: BOOlvd

Oct. 31: PM Costume Parade —more info soon!

Celebrating Habit #5: Understanding

This week’s habit is “Seek first to understand, then be understood.” Communicate effectively at all levels of the organization. Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being? Probably none, right?

Watch this video from Franklin Covey to learn how most people listen.

Back to School Night Sets Us Up for Success!

Thank you to our families and our staff for an informative and fun back to school night. Understanding our community and our culture ensures we have a successful year, and we know that with your help, the 2018/19 school year will be one for the books. Thank you to everyone who attended. If you missed it, please ask your facilitator for the very important info you missed.

It’s Time for ILPs

ILPs are here! You should be receiving, or may have already received, an invitation from your child’s facilitator to schedule an ILP meeting. These meetings are where our learners, along with guidance from their facilitator and you, take time to review their assessments, set goals to begin with the end in mind and discuss differentiation of instruction and core beliefs of iLEAD Schools. For more info, contact your child’s facilitator.

Students Heading Down Under for Drone Challenge

In a partnership with two other local Antelope Valley high schools, four iLEAD middle- and high-school students, Jacob Williams; Chloe Williams; Ryan Monroe; and Christian Balaton will prepare, practice, and compete in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Challenge held in Queensland, Australia, on September 24-25. This preparation includes developing a payload that meets the requirements of the challenge, which is to represent a life-saving medical delivery to a person in need.

Dubbed “Team Hybrid,” each member has also been gaining expertise in operating and flying a UAV. To ensure the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems, each learner has become familiar with required protocols and regulations.

To contribute to the team’s success, iLEAD Lancaster used funds raised to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) projects to purchase a hexacopter drone which was selected for its speed and controllability. Additional funding originated from the Lancaster/AV Vision in Education Benefit Dinner, individual gifts, and learner fundraising.

Team Hybrid will be raising funds through snack sales, car wash, and team sponsorships through local businesses and members of the community. Each family has also committed to supporting their young people to fill any fundraising gaps. The team is also seeking sponsorships.

Payload development has gone through several iterations. The mission of UAV Challenge 2018 is to replicate dropping an EpiPen to a lost hiker. To meet the challenge, Team Hybrid created a controllable dropping mechanism which delivers the payload. An additional payload factor is to protect the delivery from the impact. The team is required to write a technical report, mirroring the work done by engineers, as well as a video documenting the team’s aircraft ability to display stable takeoff, flight, payload drop and land. The technical report and payload development will also be presented orally during the challenge.

iSupport Meeting a Success

Last Monday, several parents and our new iSupport team met to discuss the volunteering program at iLEAD Lancaster. Our new Director of Family Engagement, Charlene, was there to introduce a new system and discuss growth for our school. If you missed it, she can be contacted by emailing Charlene.spiteri@ileadfoundation.org

A date for our next meeting will be shared soon. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Spanish Translation and Assistance available!

Hello iLEAD families,

Some of you may already know me, but I’d like to formally introduce myself. My name is Noemi Blanco, and I am the school nurse at iLEAD Lancaster. I also help support the front office staff by utilizing my Spanish skills to help translate and communicate with our Spanish-speaking families. I am on campus Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m to 4 p.m. I am also available via email at noemi.blanco@ileadlancaster.org and by phone at (661) 722-4287. I am here to answer any of your questions or concerns that may need translation, and assist your family as best as I can. Thank you all for your time, and I look forward to being of assistance!


Hola familias de iLEAD,

Algunos de ustedes ya me conocen, pero me gustaría presentarme formalmente. Mi nombre es Noemi Blanco y soy la enfermera de la escuela iLEAD Lancaster. También ayudo a apoyar al personal de oficina al utilizar mis habilidades en español para ayudar a traducir y comunicarme con nuestras familias que hablan español. Estoy en el campus de Lunes a Viernes de 7:30 a.m. a 4 p.m. También estoy disponible por correo electrónico a noemi.blanco@ileadlancaster.org y por teléfono al (661) 722-4287. Estoy aquí para responder a cualquiera de sus preguntas o inquietudes que puedan necesitar traducción y ayudar a su familia lo mejor que pueda. ¡Gracias a todos por su tiempo y espero poder ayudarlos!

Rare Enrollment Opportunity

We have a very limited number of 6th grade openings for immediate start, so tell your friends and family! Call today or enroll at https://ileadlancaster.org/enrollment/

Student Support Supports You!

iLEAD Lancaster has assembled a new caring and passionate team to serve the learners of the Lancaster community. Here is a message from their Regional Student Support Coordinator, Jenner Jose: “We are excited to be at your service and we welcome your thoughts and support as we go through the school year. We look forward to meeting you!”

 

Free Class on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Have you ever wondered what the “7 Habits” are, what the “Leader in Me” is, or how we use them on our campus and in our homes? Great news: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People class is now available to the masses for FREE at iLEAD Lancaster.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 25, the class will run from 6-7:30 p.m. in the iLEAD Lancaster Village for six weeks. Classes will meet on 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30. These are consecutive Tuesdays. This training is open to our iLEAD community, including families and staff, at no cost. We encourage all families to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge. The iLEAD Lancaster campus is located at 254 E. Ave K-4.

Please RSVP to Kinder Kim or via the front desk at iLEAD Lancaster by calling (661) 722-4287.

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Early Arrivals

If your learners arrive before or at 7:45 a.m., they should either be eating breakfast or be signed up with Champions (click here) for before-school care. Learner arrival time is 8 a.m.

Calendars for the 2018-2019 School Year

Click here to view and download the 2018-2019 academic calendar.

Click here to view the 2018-2019 community calendar.

We Need Volunteers

Are you interested in learning how to positively impact our school community by volunteering to booth at outreach events? If you LOVE iLEAD, please email kristan.vanhouten@ileadschools.org.

Enrollment for 2018-2019

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now open online HERE and in the office. If you are a prospective family or are currently on our waitlist, please fill out the 2018-2019 intent to enroll to be added to our 2018-2019 waitlist.

Let Us Know What You Think!

Do you LOVE your school? Have you had a fun experience with a staff member? Has someone left a positive impression on you or your learner? Visit this link to leave us a great review so more people know how your family fits within our iLEAD community.

A Few Reminders

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iSupport: Get involved and help make change! Join iLEAD’s version of PTA. We need you! Click to learn more.

Mark Your Calendar: Download this calendar of important events. 

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Spotlight a Learner

Do you have a learner who is shining in their community? Email mm.avregion@ileadschools.org with their school name and what they are doing to make a difference. We want to share with our school community the difference-makers on our campus!

Traffic is a BEAST! This is How We Slay…

Hello, parents! We encourage the use of VALET for all dropoff and pickup for safety reasons. K-4 is a busy commerce street, and we value the safety of our learners! Remember, if you are not using valet, all children should be walked to the front door by their parent/guardian. Learners without a chaperone will warrant a call home.  

  • No learners will be released without a valet card and proper ID.
  • Please always enter our lots via driving eastbound on K-4. DO NOT turn left into our driveways and always pull as far to the right (curb) as you can get when using the valet line. PLEASE PULL TO THE CURB WHEN WAITING FOR VALET TO BEGIN. STAGGERING PICKUP PREVENTS A BACKUP DOWN AVENUE K-4. Blocking traffic is illegal. Please DO NOT park in our neighbors’ lots — your vehicle will be towed.
  • Be very mindful when choosing where to park when visiting our campus for any reason. If you need to drop off your learner and valet is over, please park and walk your learner in. Learners without a parent cannot be properly checked in late.
  • Please do not double-park or pull up and let your learner out in front of the school, ever. It is very dangerous.
  • Please remember that our neighbors are very supportive of our site — despite the impact we have on their daily operations — and that all of our neighbors love iLEAD. Let’s show them the same support by parking in iLEAD parking lots ONLY as well as not blocking driveways and always yielding to our neighbors when using valet.

If you need clarification as to where to park, please ask ANY iLEAD employee. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TURNING LEFT INTO THE VALET ENTRANCE AND OUT OF THE EXIT IS A HAZARD TO BOTH YOUR VEHICLE AND OUR LEARNERS. IT IS ALSO A TRAFFIC PATTERN DISRUPTION.  

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our learners and your vehicles safe!

About Those Heelys…

We’ve seen an influx of Heelys on campus. Learners are zipping along the halls and on the playspaces. While we LOVE fun and seeing our learners enjoying themselves, we have to ask that they don’t use the wheels while at school. Please understand this is a safety concern for learners and staff. We want to prevent accidents and keep everyone safe. Heelys brand shoes can be worn; just please remove the wheels for school.

General safety guidelines also include no skateboards or bicycles being ridden on campus; they must be carried and walked.

Thank you for your understanding and support!

Exploration – Home School: Lancaster Park Day

iLEAD Exploration Lancaster Park Day is coming up, Tuesday, October 9, at 10 a.m., at George Lane Park, located at 5520 W. Ave L8 in Quartz Hill.

Come one, come ALL! Join us for our FIRST Park Day/Nerf Battle of the 2018-2019 school year!

This is an opportunity for parents to connect with other homeschool parents in a informal, relaxing setting while learners build friendships through play and interaction!

Feel free to bring your favorite Nerf toy and/or outdoor sports equipment (soccer ball, football, etc.) for some fun “learner-led” games!

You have all worked so hard. Everyone deserves a break from the busy schedules from time to time to have a little fun.

RSVP with your Educational Facilitator (EF). Hope to see you all there!

Exploration – Home School: New Studio Classes & Tutoring

Studio classes are offered to home study learners exclusively to explore a variety of academic topics! We will start each 6-week session with a thematic topic and guide the learners to explore multiple aspects of it. This will include a fun activity, a group discussion, and individual guidance from the Educational Facilitator (EF). During each session, EFs will provide materials, mini-lessons, activities, guidance, and expertise on an as-needed basis to support each learner with their thematic project. Parents will be updated on how they can support at home, if needed. By the end of each session, the learners who engage with the available resources will provide evidence of their growth that is related to an authentic experience!

Cost: Studio Class prices have been discounted to only $75 each per 6-week session.

Need Tutoring Help?

Sign up for any 5th-8th grade tutoring session and work one-on-one or in a small group with a qualified, credentialed teacher. This is a great way to complete work samples to turn into your EF at your monthly Learning Period (LP) meetings. Use your school stipend to cover the individual tutor sessions at only $13 for 1 ½ hours each or sign up for all five sessions for $65. Space is limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot. Be sure to bring all needed supplies and homework with you!

Studio classes are offered every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. on the following 6-week session schedule:

Session #1: Aug. 29 – Oct. 17 (No class on Oct. 10th)

TUTORING: October 24

Session #2: Oct. 31 – Dec. 12

TUTORING: January 9

Session #3: January 16 – February 20

TUTORING: February 27

Sesson #4: March 6 – April 10

TUTORING: April 24

Session #5: May 1 – June 5

TUTORING: June 12

All sessions include an optional Lunch Alive! period from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

To sign up, submit your VCI order request form to your EF and indicate the Session # and/ or Tutoring dates.

Exploration – Home School: Blended Classes

Mix and Match! Sign up for both the Studio Experience and/or blended classes. Blended classes are individual, 30-minute sessions that are not designed as a “drop-off” day. Classes are held in on-campus classrooms by grade level and are integrated with both on-campus and home-study learners. This gives learners the opportunity to gradually build stronger social skills as they interact with their peers during short collaborative sessions.

Classes are only $45 each per 9-week rotation schedule:

1: AUGUST 21 – OCTOBER 26

2: OCTOBER 29 – JANUARY 25

3: JANUARY 28 – MARCH 29

4: APRIL 1 – JUNE 14th

Ask your EF for specific dates/times offered by grade level class, then submit your request for any of the following blended class options:

  • Musical Theater
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Art
  • P.E.
  • Exploratorium (Computers)
  • Makery (Woodshop)

Exploration – Home School: Veterans Home Trick or Treat!

Dress up in your favorite costume and trick or treat with our town’s beloved veterans! We have limited space, so sign up quickly by letting your EF know you are interested!

When: Wednesday, October 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: William J. Pete Knight Veterans 45221 30th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536
Cost: FREE

The deadline for signing up is Friday, September 21, 2018

Exploration – Home School: MAP Testing

We are excited to announce that fall MAP testing is underway. This assessment is free to all our families and provides a detailed report on your learner’s progress in dozens of sub-categories in reading, writing, and math. The test is taken from the comfort of your home at a time convenient for you and your EF. You can explore the test and how to use the results on the NWEA website here. Contact your EF to sign up!

Exploration – Home School: Coffee Connections

Join us every 4th Wednesday of each month for homeschool connections. 

Date: Wednesday, September 26

Time: 10-11 a.m.

Location: In the Village at iLEAD: 254 E. Ave.K-4, Lancaster, CA 93535

Topic: Curriculum

Whether you are a “homeschool veteran” or brand new to homeschooling, collaboration is the key to success!

Come for an informal gathering over coffee and make connections with other homeschooling parents! This is a time for parents to get some homeschooling ideas and build a support system. Networking is a powerful resource tool, so bring your notepad and get ready to learn & connect!

Please RSVP to your Educational Facilitator with the total number of adults and children (if childcare is needed). We hope to see you there!

Exploration – Home School: Learner Spotlight

Do you have a learner who is shining in their community? Email mm.avregion@ileadschools.org with their school name and what they are doing to make a difference. We want to share with our school community the difference-makers on our campus!