Monday Message for August 20, 2018

iLEAD Schools 2018 Staff Retreat

As part of preparing for the new school year, our team joined the rest of iLEAD California for an inspiring all-staff retreat on Aug. 13 and 14. This retreat was an important opportunity for professional development and discussion, as well as a chance to connect with our fellow iLEAD team members!

Upcoming Events

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Monday, Aug. 20: Meet the Facilitator Event – Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug, 22: McTeacher Night Fundraiser

Aug. 21-24: Intro to the Habits Week

Tuesday, Aug. 21: First Day of School, Facebook photo contest (Like and Share)

Aug. 27-31: Habit #1 week


Sept. 3: Labor Day (school closed)

Sept. 3-7: Habit #2 week

Sept. 10-14: Habit #3 week

Sept. 10-14: Spirit Week

Friday, Sept. 14: Back to School Movie Night – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (school-hosted snack bar); kids enjoy a movie (with staff supervision) while parents attend a Back to School Night presentation with their child’s facilitator.

Sept. 17-21: Habit #4 week

Sept. 24-28: Habit #5 week

Message from the Director

Dear iLEAD Families,

We are so excited about the upcoming school year!

We have had a busy summer with summer school on site, adding new learners, and organizing all of our learning spaces for the fall. We have spent the beginning of the month as a staff collaborating, team building, and planning for another successful school year!  

This year, the leadership team focus will be on communication, attendance, and accountability. We are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of iLEAD Schools, and we want to be sure that we are meeting and exceeding the goals set forth in our charter.  

In order to ensure you are all receiving timely and essential communication, please be sure you read the updates in the weekly Monday Message. The Monday Message is the best place to read about school-wide events, projects, upcoming opportunities, and so much more.

We believe strongly that effective communication is essential to establishing and sustaining successful relationships. Because of that, you can expect a commitment to communication and collaboration.

To continue strengthening our lines of communication, you can expect weekly emails from facilitators to keep you well-informed and connected. Facilitators will also individually, or as grade levels, inform you of all volunteer opportunities. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us should you have any concerns or questions.

One of the biggest areas of concern for our school this year is attendance. It impacts both learning and funding. When learners are absent, they miss valuable instruction with their facilitators and project collaboration time with their peers. Please remember that we are a project-based learning school and much of your child’s work is part of a collaborative project with their teammates. If one person is not present, it affects the entire group. We have also observed that those learners who are present regularly form stronger bonds and relationships with not only their peers but with their facilitators, as well.  

To be clear about the funding impact of last year’s attendance, iLEAD Lancaster lost hundreds of thousands of dollars last year simply because of low attendance. Imagine what we could do with those funds: More care team? More work on facilities? More class funds for projects? Extended field study opportunities? Regardless of the possibilities, the outcome is clear: More money means a more personalized education for your learner(s) and our community.

Our leadership team is committed to supporting our staff, learners, and families to be the best we possibly can. We appreciate the feedback and welcome the input. To that end, I am putting together an advisory group composed of families. If you are interested in becoming part of this group, please contact me directly via email at

The second part of accountability is learners getting their work done. Although we as a school do not assign “busy work” homework, we understand that learners who need a little extra time or front-load work for projects or activities may need support. This year, we want to be sure that learners understand that work assigned in class is due when it’s due, and if they don’t use their time in class well, they MAY sometimes need to finish work at home. We want our learners to be responsible and independent, but they can’t learn those skills if they are not held accountable for completing work.

Finally, we are beyond excited to be a Leader in Me School. If you are not familiar with the program, please check out the link below in our “Leader in Me” section. Our goal is to become a Lighthouse School. This means we will be working hard to instill the 7 Habits in all our learners and staff. Please look out for Parent ED talks and our parent volunteer group meetings.

We have a lot ahead of us and we cannot wait to get started! If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to us. We will see you all at Meet the Facilitators Night on Monday, Aug. 20th!

Nykole Kent
School Director
iLEAD Lancaster

Meet the Facilitators

We all scream for ice cream at Meet the Facilitators night. Please join us on Monday, August 20th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and register your family to attend!

McTeacher FUNdraiser

McTeacher FUNdraiser, one of our favorites, will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd, from 4-7 p.m. at the 43645 Challenger Way location in Lancaster. Come and show your school spirit and be served by your faculty! Raffles for iLEAD swag, cookie sales, and community will make for a fun evening. See you there!

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Volunteers Needed for This Week’s Book Fair

We are hosting our book fair early this year so that our learners can be reading ready! We need a coordinator and several volunteers to help. Our parents are our power, so sign up below. To become a coordinator and manage this event, please email

Click here to sign up.

Open times are as follows:

Monday 8/20: 2:30-7p.m.

Tuesday 8/21: 12:30-4 p.m.

Wednesday 8/22: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday 8/23: 12:30-4 p.m.

Friday 8/24: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., & 6-7 p.m. for our Milk and Cookies Event

Rare Direct 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

The Leader in Me: Year 2

We are entering Year 2 of the Leader in Me process, and you are an important part of our journey. The Leader in Me is FranklinCovey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st Century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

Click here to learn more!

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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

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.

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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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.


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

Spotlight a Learner

Do you have a learner who is shining in their community? Email 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 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: Meet the Facilitators

The 2018-2019 school year is here, and we’re getting started with our Meet the Facilitators event, this Monday, Aug. 20 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

Exploration: 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: Learner Spotlight

Do you have a learner who is shining in their community? Email 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!