Monday Message for April 16, 2018

Message from the Director

Hello iLEAD Families,

Each spring, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

This year, your child will take the following test(s), depending on his or her grade level. Testing will begin April 30 and go through May 29. The schedule is listed below:

English Language Arts

  • Grades 3 – 5  – Monday 4/30, Wednesday 5/2
  • Grades 6 – 8 – Tuesday 5/1, Thursday 5/3

Math

  • Grade 3 – 5  – Monday 5/7, Wednesday, 5/9
  • Grades 6 – 8 – Tuesday, 5/8, Thursday, 5/10

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (grades three through eight and grade 11)

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics (grades three through eight and grade 11)

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your child knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your child can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school.

California is in the process of implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards. As part of that implementation, students in grades five, eight and high school will take a new test called the California Science Test, or CAST. iLEAD Lancaster Learners will take the test on two days: 5th graders on Tuesday, May 8, and 8th graders Wednesday, May 9.

To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.

You can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which
can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. David at david.williams@ileadlancaster.org


How can I help my child get ready for the CAASPP?

  • You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child are:
  • Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
  • Tell your child that you and his or her teacher have high expectations and that you are both there to help, every step of the way.
  • Take a practice test with your child.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.

Sincerely,

Nykole Kent
School Director
iLEAD Lancaster
254 E. Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 722-4287

Mark Your Calendar

(Please see the school calendar for more information) 
  • April 20-21 – Poppy Festival at Sgt. Owen Memorial Park
  • April 28 – Vision in Education benefit dinner
  • May 3 – STEAM Night, 5:30-7:30
  • May 6 – Flea Market Boothing at AV Fair 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • June 9 – Backyard Bash June 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., save the date

Be Proactive, B-E-Proactive: New Traffic Pattern-Expect Delays

You may have noticed the new crosswalks as well as red curb along the front of the school. More changes are coming. On Tuesday the City of Lancaster began road work to update the traffic pattern in front of our school. Please pay special attention to detour signs and new traffic signage and patterns.

Tip of the week: Use valet to avoid most of the traffic. Valet will run from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. These changes are to ensure the safety of our learners. Thank you in advance for your patience as we put learner safety first.

Volunteers Wanted!

We have lots of volunteer opportunities! Please check below to see which volunteer opportunities are best suited for you!


Backyard Bash

Parent volunteers needed to help with the Backyard Bash. We need your support to make this a successful and free event. Please contact Brittany.ward@ileadlancaster.org to sign up to help.


Garden Grant: Got a Green Thumb?

We need your help to use our garden grant. If you have a green thumb please contact Cynthia.williams@ileadlancaster.org to help us plant our garden before the year ends.


Graduation and Step Up

Please contact Kristan.VanHouten@ileadschools.org to sign up to help with graduations and the 8th grade “Step Up” event.


Outreach Booths

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

Pennies for Patients and Spirit Week

Thank you to everyone who sent in your pennies to benefit those struggling with cancer. Each grade level began collecting pennies this past Monday-Friday for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Antelope Valley. The winning grade level gets a frozen yogurt party. Winning grade level was second grade, which swept the competition by collecting over $325!

Leader in Me Parent Survey

Please click on the link to complete the survey: https://theleaderinmeonline.org/assessments/assessment/69e6a1f3f69a23c4

Reminder: We Value Your Input

We would like to hear your thoughts on what education means to you personally and what makes education at iLEAD Lancaster different. Your voice is important as we strive to continuously improve the iLEAD experience for everybody and showcase what makes iLEAD special. We appreciate your help and look forward to your feedback. If you have not done so already, please click here to complete the survey.

Vision in Education Honorees and Info

  • Vision in Education Honoree (community member) – Albion Bowers 
  • Founders Vision Award (Staff member) – iLEAD AV Honoree – Shyrelle Tillman & iLEAD Lancaster Honoree – Zenaida Morales
  • Founders Family Vision Award (Family Members) – The Van Houten Family
  • Baskets being collected for the Benefit Dinner. Please ask your learner’s facilitator for more information on your grade level theme or contact volunteer basket coordinator, Michaela.
  • We are still collecting valuable members of our iLEAD family to help us reach out to businesses for our Benefit Dinner. Contact Chairwoman Patricia to volunteer.
  • If you are a business owner and would like to see our sponsorship opportunities, please contact Charlene Spiteri.
  • Website link: www.visionineducation.org

Enroll Now for 2018-19!

2018-19 enrollment now open online HERE and in the office! If you are a prospective family or are currently on our waitlist, please fill out the 2018-19 intent to enroll to be added to our 2018/19 waitlist.

We’re Looking for Your Reviews

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.

Attention Parents: Learner Information and Registration

1) Parent Square – Download the app to your smart phone for free and get instant alerts
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/parentsquare/id908126679?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.parentsquare.psapp&hl=en

2) Monday Message – Sign up and read the weekly message for upcoming events and opportunities.

3) iSupport – Get involved and help make change! Join iLead’s version of PTA. We need you! Learn More

4) Website – Check out the iLEAD website for a calendar of important dates.

If you have not filled out your learner’s registration in person or in Pathways, please contact 661-722-4287 immediately.

Traffic is a BEAST! This is how we slay…

Hello parents! We encourage the use of VALET for all drop-off 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!

Share Info on Difference Makers!

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!

About Those Heelys…

We’ve seen an influx of Heelys on campus. Learners are zipping along the halls and on the play spaces. 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!