Monday Message for February 19, 2018

Message from the Director

Hello iLEAD Families,

I hope you have received your login information and have accessed your learner’s reports of progress. Did you know our learner-led conferences are coming up! This is a time where your learner will demonstrate the skills they have been learning in class. This process makes it a more meaningful and reflective experience for both the child and the parent. Please look for updates on when your scheduled LLC date will be.

I wanted to thank all of you for your continued support and dedication to your learners and our iLEAD family. We have been knee deep in project development and creating new innovative projects for our learners to dive into. Some examples are: the Genes in Space project, the Maker Faire exposition and we are so excited to team up and explore with DreamUp, our space program. See the graphic below for more info!

We have enjoyed your learners and look forward to having them return next year. Please fill the forms out and return them as soon as possible. Tell your friends: our 2018-19 enrollment is now available online and in the office.

Thank you!

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) 
  • Feb. 19 – Presidents Day, no school
  • Feb. 21 – Benefit Dinner Committee meeting @AV at 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 21 – Jersey Mike’s Dinner Night
  • Feb. 22 – No iSPIRIT Thursday!
  • Feb. 22 & 23 – Minimum Day for Learner Led Conferences
  • Feb. 23 – Middle school dance: 6 p.m., $5 pre sale, $7 at the door, “Hollywood!”
  • Feb. 26 – ED Talk with the Director – Intro to Leader in ME 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.


  • March 2 – AVBOT: Exhibitors (Our learners and staff)
  • March 10-11 – Almond Blossom Festival- Need Volunteers: Sat and Sun 9-5.
  • March 12 – STEP UP Night 6-7 p.m.: Experience your classroom for next year-meet the facilitator
  • March 16 – Open Mic Night: Open Mic performance for our learners to showcase their talents: screenings on 2/7 & 2/8- 20 spots available.
  • March 23 – Family Movie Night- what movie should we screen?
  • March 24-25 – AV Air Show:  Exhibitors in STEAM tent and outside- 2 booths…Need Volunteers (4).
  • March 26-30 – SPRING BREAK

iSupport Update

Did you miss our iSupport meeting? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here is the information you missed and we look forward to your participation at our upcoming calendar events. Lots of amazing things coming to the learners and families at iLEAD Lancaster and we NEED your support to make them happen. We hope you’ll take the time to read through this document and send  Kristan or Christy a message to discuss how you can contribute to a fun, safe, and community driven school environment.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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2nd Graders POL: Dinosaurs!

Our iLEAD Lancaster second-graders had a fantastic presentation of learning (POL). They shared all their learning about dinosaur extinction, endangered species and brought awareness to those who came to their POL.

Driving Question: How can we use our knowledge of the extinction of dinosaurs to predict the survival of animals in the future?  

         Our second-graders explored the three theories of dinosaur extinction, and after learning about what might have killed the dinosaurs, our learners researched what is endangering our animals today. This mini-project led to learning about deforestation, pollution, and global warming. Each learner then chose an endangered species to study. Their task was to create a non-fictional book about their chosen animal. They also created costumes and habitat depictions as a part of their P.O.L. The other part of their presentation included a commercial asking people to please protect our earth and save our animals.

     Although this project has come to an end, it is not finished. On Friday afternoon our second graders went out to the playground with trash grabbers, gloves and trash bags to collect litter from our playground. We had a fantastic discussion about how they felt after picking up all the litter and their words/feelings included: amazing, awesome, good, and happy. We hope this project will help inspire others to take care of our planet and protect our animals.

iLEAD Lancaster Second Grade endangered Species Commercial:

Photos: 7th Grade Presentation of Learning


California Missions Presentation of Learning

On Feb. 9, learners presented their project on the California Missions. There were four parts to the project: an informative paper, an artifact specific to their role, group table display of their mission and a costume.

Driving Question: How can I understand the origins of California from different perspectives?

Learners have begun brainstorming for their informative essay describing the perspectives from each group of people at the missions. They chose their role  from either a Native American, Padre, Soldier or Craftsman.

Feb. 21: Benefit Dinner Info Meeting

Info and committee meeting 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at iLEAD AV for both campuses. Please join us!

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Enroll Now for 2018-19!

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

Feb. 23: Middle School Dance!

Get your tickets!

Come Support Our iLEAD Youth Ballroom Competitors!

The annual Antelope Valley Dancing Feet Youth Ballroom Competition is at the AV Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Tickets are $5 per competition.

8:30 for the 6th grade competition

11:30 for the 5th grade competition

and 2 p.m. for the 7th/ 8th grade competition

Future Innovation Studios Parents!

We are happy to announce that intent to enroll forms for incoming freshmen are now available! If you weren’t able to make it to our parent meeting on Feb. 12, no worries — there is still time to come and fill one out at the front office. Intent to enrolls must be turned in by Feb. 26 to secure a spot for your learner.

Don’t Miss Step Up Night!

You and your learners get to experience the next grade level and meet the faculty. More info coming soon!

Feb. 21: Fundraiser Night Out at Jersey Mike’s!

Please join us for a combined dinner fundraising evening for iLEAD Lancaster and iLEAD AV on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Jersey Mike’s located at 1006-A Commerce Center, Lancaster, CA 93534. We hope to see you there!

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March 16: Open Mic Screenings

Open Mic Night is March 16 in the Village! Entry for non performers is $2. Snacks provided.


Lancaster Pageants

Seeking the next Lancaster royalty!

Breaking News! Breakfast & Lunch Update…

Nutrition is important! iLEAD encourages healthy eating so learners feel their best with stamina and focus during their school day. With that in mind we are informing parents/guardians that breakfast and lunch will be served to those children who are hungry. We’ve discovered that many children do not bring snack, do not bring a healthy sustainable snack, eat their lunch (from home) for snack, or have simply lost their lunch and then are hungry at lunch and ask for a meal. There are also many learners who decide they want school lunch instead of what they brought. For all of these reasons our lunch team has been directed to serve the meal. Menus are posted on the information board by the front doors and are available to take home at your request. They will also be attached to the Monday Message. 
Meals will be charged to learners’ accounts and billed to parents. Pre-payments are encouraged and will be applied to their accounts. We accept cash, check, and cards at the desk. 
Full Price:

Breakfast $1.60

Lunch $2.75
Breakfast $.30
Lunch $.40
If you DO NOT want your child to receive a meal please inform the office staff immediately @ 661-722-4287 or email Brandy, our lunch coordinator, at and we will note their accounts.
If you have done so previously then there is no need to do it again. This change will not apply to your learner(s). Please talk with your learner(s) about your decision as well. 

It’s Time to DreamUp to Space!

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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

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.


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 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!

Looking for New Stars!

Mark your calendar!