Monday Message for January 21, 2019

Upcoming Events

Monday, Jan. 21: No School in observance of MLK Jr. Day
Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-25: National School Choice Week
Friday, Jan. 25: Food Pantry available on campus 12-1 p.m.


MLK Day of Service

Being a school community that prides itself on giving back, our MLK Day of Service was one for the books!

Volunteers set out to accomplish many big tasks laid out before them. Among these tasks was a lot of relocation. Working together, our volunteers did all that was asked of them, and more. Each of our volunteers knew beyond a shadow of doubt that these projects would not only benefit our campus, but the well-being of our learners.

They dug deep in the soil, getting their hands and clothes dirty. Between laughter and anecdotes, they quickly set to work, stopping only for warm drinks and more story swapping. These volunteers truly showed what it meant to work together as a team.

Despite the cold and the chance of getting rained on, they pushed through. While for most, gloomy Saturdays mean sleeping in and drinking hot cocoa, for these determined volunteers, it meant not stopping until their tasks were finished. Their efforts will not go without recognition. To take time out of their restful weekend and give back to our school means more than they will likely ever understand. So today, we thank them!

Hello! It’s Nice to Meet You

Meet our Maintenance and Custodial Team! They work hard every day to keep our campus clean, safe, and comfortable for all of us. This team has their hands in all aspects of campus life: cleanliness, recycling, lost & found, lunch program, art projects, facility repairs, emergency cleanup, events, improvement projects, fire drills, and so much more. There aren’t enough thanks to accurately show our gratitude for Martel, Reina, Stephanie, Robert, Ryan, and Tabitha! Thank you for all you do, day in and day out!

Health Screenings

Vision, Hearing, and Scoliosis screenings were held for learners in Kinder, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. Referrals will be sent home this week. Should you have any questions, please contact School Nurse Noemi Blanco, at (661) 722-4287 or email her at

Registrar’s Corner

Hi iLEAD Families! Welcome back to the Registrar’s Corner.

As you may know, we hold a lottery every April to determine spots for new learners who will attend our school for the next school year. As a returning learner, your child’s spot is reserved as long as an Intent to Return form is submitted on time. The Intent to Return forms will be sent home on Monday, February 4th, and are due back to the front office by Friday, February 15th. If any additional siblings are enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year, they should be listed on the Intent to Return form and a new Intent to Enroll form needs to be submitted for them. New siblings will receive sibling priority and will be reserved spots before the lottery takes place, as long as a spot is available for them. If no spot is available, the sibling will be placed toward the top of the waitlist with sibling priority.

Note: Kinder enrollment requires that the child turns 5 on or before September 2, 2019. TK enrollment requires that the child turns 5 anytime from September 3rd-December 2nd, 2019. TK enrollment is a 2-year program; meaning the next year they will be in Kindergarten.   

Did you know that we are now accepting intent to enrolls for the 2019-2020 school year? You can fill one out in the Front Office or by clicking here.

It’s ROP Time!

The first semester has concluded, and K-5 ROPs were shared with parents and guardians (grades 6-8 are still being worked on). Any questions you have or clarifications you may need can be addressed with your learner’s facilitator. Requests for a printed copy may be submitted to the front office.

What is a ROP, you ask? It is a Report of Progress (iLEAD’s equivalent of a report card) for learners. Facilitators will send parents/guardians an invitation to Novare, where you can view, download, and print your learner’s ROP. You will need to create an account once you receive the invitation. It’s quick and simple! ROPs are truly valuable in that they are more that just a score. They tell you the personal learning story regarding the academic and social/emotional progress for your child.

Academic Progress is noted for the following subjects:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Exploratory Learning

Social Emotional Growth is shared through assessing the following character strengths, skills, and mindset:

  • Curiosity
  • Optimism
  • Grit
  • Purpose
  • Self-Control (Intrapersonal)
  • Social Intelligence
  • Self-Control (Interpersonal)
  • Gratitude
  • Zest
  • Growth Mindset

Any questions or clarifications may be addressed with your learner’s facilitator. Requests for a printed copy may be submitted to the Front Office.

A Few Reminders

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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

Help Support Innovation Studios

Innovation Studios Middle School is showing some love and nourishing our taste buds! Help them with their fundraising by purchasing popcorn snacks starting Monday, January 17th!

From February 1st-13th, you are invited to purchase Goody Bag Grams or Flower Grams for your friends, yourself, or even your parents!

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Food Pantry Friday This Month

One Love Food Ministry is here to help iLEAD families in need with a food pantry (fruits, vegetables, dry goods, canned goods, turkeys), Friday, Jan. 25, from 12-1 p.m. at iLEAD Lancaster in the playspace area.

One Love Food Ministry is fully self-supporting through the generosity of a wide range of donors and the dedicated services of many volunteers, meeting each need with love and dignity. “We love to support non-profit organizations throughout the Antelope Valley!”

Call today to see how we can help each other help others! Call Roberto Briseno at (661) 349-3063 or Bonnie L. Goins at (661) 839-4935.

January Lunch Menu

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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.

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!

Exploration – Home School: Lancaster Park Day

Join us for iLEAD Exploration Lancaster Park Day, Tuesday, January 29, from 11 a.m. to noon at George Lane Park,
5520 W Ave L8 in Quartz Hill.

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 outdoor sports equipment (soccer ball, football, etc…) for some fun “learner-led” games!
RSVP with your EF.

2019 Park Day Schedule- (Tuesdays 11 a.m. to noon, and same location): Feb. 26; March 26; April 9; May 14; June 11.

Exploration – Home School: Coffee Connections

Join us every 4th Wednesday of each month for homeschool Coffee Connections. Whether you are a “homeschool veteran” or “brand new” to homeschooling, collaboration is the key to success!

Date: Wednesday, January 23

Time: 10-11 a.m.

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

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). Hope to see you there!

Exploration – Home School: Family Facebook Page

We have created a NEW Facebook community page that we can use as a POSITIVE and HELPFUL communication source! This is a closed and secure group and will have regular posts of new updates and happenings in the homeschool world. You can also reach out to other parents for fun curriculum ideas, community activities, and whatever else is related to making your learners’ learning experience as fantastic as possible! We want you to stay current with the latest information while building community. Just another great resource to add to your “teacher toolbox!”

If you are interested, use your Facebook account and just type in “iLEAD Lancaster Exploration Families” in the search bar to request to join, and an iLEAD staff member will approve you. It’s that easy!

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 #3: January 16 – February 20

TUTORING: February 27

Sesson #4: March 6 – April 10

TUTORING: April 24

Session #5: May 1 – June 5


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:



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: Rockin’ Jump

Attention all homeschoolers! Rockin’ Jump has a special discounted Jump Time just for YOU! Every Thursday afternoon from 12-3 p.m. we invite our homeschool families to jump for only $10 per child for up to 3 hours! You may purchase tickets at the door or online by clicking here. Rockin’ Jump is located at 1301 W Rancho Vista Blvd Unit B, Palmdale.