Monday Message for March 18, 2019

Upcoming Events

Saturday Academy: March 23, April 6, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 24 – 8 a.m. to noon

Monday, March 18th: Kinder Round Up, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20th: Prospective Parent Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 21st – MINIMUM DAY – Dismissal at noon

March 21st and 22nd: Learner-Led Conferences

Friday, March 22: Food Pantry on campus, 12-1 p.m.

Friday, March 22: ALL-SCHOOL PANORAMIC PICTURE at 9 a.m.

Monday, March 25: iSUPPORT Parent Volunteer Meeting, 9 a.m.

Thursday, March 28: SPRING PICTURE DAY

Looking Ahead:

Kona Ice Fill Party: Friday, April 5th, 11 a.m. to noon

Spring Break: April 15-22

MINIMUM DAY Thursday, March 21st for LLCs!

There will a minimum day this Thursday, March 21st, to accommodate Learner-Led Conferences.

Two dates are available for your scheduling needs: Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22.

What is a Learner-Led Conference? We’re so glad you asked! Here is an explanation shared by our 1st grade team (thank you Ms. Geri, Ms. Mayra, and Mrs. Jonsen!)

We are very excited to invite you to Learner-Led Conferences! This is a time for your child to showcase their growth and reflection of this school year. Your learner must be present in order for this to take place. As such, below is a list of your role, your child’s role, and the facilitators’ role during the conference.

Learner Role: Learners lead their parents through classroom subject stations. They will discuss what they have been working on at each station. They will discuss their progress and their challenges. They will also share their Leadership Notebook and reflection on their ILP goals.

Parent Role: Parents walk through stations with their learners, listening attentively. They may prompt and ask questions for more information, if needed. At the end, parents reflect with children on the process, discussing progress challenges. Parents and learners might discuss updating goals, if needed.

Facilitator Role: During this time, facilitators will be roaming the classroom to check in with families. They might provide some prompting, if needed, but the learners are truly in charge of this conference. Facilitators can provide clarification as needed.

Remember, other families will be present at the same time. If you are interested in discussing your child’s progress, please make a separate appointment. Please schedule a time with your child’s facilitator.

Thank you, and we look forward to hosting you in our classrooms!

Blue iLEAD Spirit Tees Are Back!

Spirit tees are back, just in time for our ALL-SCHOOL Panoramic Picture, Friday, March 22nd at 9 a.m.! Purchase tees for only $10 each at the front desk. Cash, check, and credit/debit cards are accepted! The goal is for EVERY learner to have a blue spirit tee for the picture. Monetary donations are welcome for those learners who are unable to purchase their own — let’s share some community spirit! Order forms went home with learners last week and are available at the front desk.

Picture Day

Spring Picture Day is happening this year, on Thursday, March 28! Our learners grow so quickly, and Lifetouch is here to capture it! Lifeftouch will also donate $1 to our school for every learner photographed on picture day!

More detailed information regarding the ordering process will be sent home with learners prior to picture day.

Registrar’s Corner

Hello families,

We are so excited to begin our enrollment for the 2019/2020 school year. In fact, we are welcoming interested families to come and learn more about what makes iLEAD special. So bring your friends and family who may be wondering if iLEAD is the place for their learners and show them around.

We will have a meet and greet with our iLEAD Lancaster Leadership Team, tours conducted by our learners, and facilitators in their spaces to discuss curriculum and instruction. We will discuss the 7 Habits, Project-Based Learning, Love and Logic, Restorative Practices, and much more. There will be a drawing for a family gift card from In-N-Out that was generously donated! Each family that attends gets an entry. The winner will be awarded on Thursday morning and notified via email. Who will you bring?

Here are the events coming up to inform our community that iLEAD is the place to be:

  • Monday, March 18th, we have Kinder Round Up at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20th, we have Prospective Parent Info Night at 6:30 p.m.

Help others be Free to Think, Inspired to Lead at iLEAD Schools.

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Saturday Academy

If your child has been absent, (EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED) this school year, iLEAD Lancaster is providing learners with an opportunity to recover lost instructional time due to a full day absence in our Saturday Academy Program. The goal of our Saturday Academy is to provide learners not only a chance to recapture “lost learning,” but also an opportunity to work on their
academic skills with our facilitators in the areas of English, Math, Science, and History, AP and Honors tutorials, and computer lab time. In addition, enrichment activities, such as fine arts, performing arts, hands-on science, and other curricular areas may be offered.

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Vision in Education Volunteer Team Meeting

We are still in need of volunteers for the 2019 iLEAD Antelope Valley Region Vision In Education Benefit Dinner, coming up Friday, April 26.

Please join us at our next meeting on Monday, March 25th, at 10 a.m. on our iLEAD Lancaster campus (254 E. Ave. K-4 Lancaster, CA. 93535).

This is our LARGEST fundraiser of the year! In addition to raising money for our Learners and OUR schools, it is a great opportunity to bring in the community to spotlight our learners and what iLEAD is all about!

The excitement is building and volunteers are needed, and that’s where you can help! This SignUP Genius has several different items that we are looking for to create baskets, experiences, or packages for our live and silent auctions.

We are in need of volunteers for the following roles:

  • Stage Manager
  • Photographer
  • Silent Auction Support
  • Live Auction Support
  • Learner Support
  • Floaters
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Click here to sign up!

For questions and donations, please contact Charlene Spiteri at (661) 645-6495 or email


Parent volunteers are an important component of our school community.  iLEAD Lancaster asks each family to volunteer 40 hours per school year in any way you can. No contribution is too small!

This is also the perfect time to volunteer if you love planning events! Our annual Vision in Education Benefit Dinner is just around the corner, and we need parent volunteers to help plan and set up.

To volunteer on campus, you simply need to complete a TB questionnaire (available at the front desk), and sign in. To chaperone Field Studies, you must submit a Live Scan, as well. Parents and guardians are also needed for our iSUPPORT parent volunteer group. We are all happy to have you on campus with us showing support for our staff and learners!

Questions? Please send an email to our Office Manager, Christy Monroe, at, or our connect with out iSUPPORT Chair Patricia Margosian Terrell on the Parent Squares iSUPPORT.

Personalized Bunnies for our Book-in-Hand Project

Get a personalized bunny for $10 and all the profits will go to our Book-In-Hand Project! We have been able to provide 150 books for our kiddos so far! Let’s keep the momentum going. Thank you so much for your continued support. Email to order yours while supplies last!

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.

Art Club Needs Donations!

Our Art Club has grown so big that we are in need of more supplies! Please help keep our Art Club available by donating supplies or sending $5 per learner. It will make a tremendous contribution!

Also, please remember that Art Club is on Monday OR Friday.

Please do not send your learner both days, so that there is room and supplies for more to enjoy.

Thank you!

Soccer Season

Mr. Robert is looking for 6 players to join his co-ed SC Antelope Soccer Team! This team is not associated with iLEAD Lancaster, but he wanted to share the opportunity with our families.

If your learner was born between 2012-2013, he/she can join the team. There is a one-time registration fee of $55, and a $5 referee fee every game. Games are on Saturdays. Practice is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6-7 p.m. at the Lancaster soccer park off of 30th St. East and Ave L. If you are interested or want more info, please call or text (661) 236-5265.

Drama Club

Drama Club is open to iLEAD Lancaster learners in 3rd-8th grades. We would love parent volunteers to help with rehearsals, costumes, props, fundraising, and potential field trips! There are no club fees for learners to participate, but there may be times when supplies such as costumes or stage makeup will need to be provided by each learner’s parents. Please see Miss Tiffany or Miss Daniela on campus to sign up, or send an email to and we will forward it!

Meetings are on Thursdays after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. We ask all participants to meet in the amphitheater at 3:30 p.m and we’ll go to the rehearsal space together.

Thank you to our club facilitators, Miss Tiffany, Miss Daniela, and Miss Jenna!

Congratulations to our Makery Program

Congratulations to our Makery Program! Recently, Director Nykole Kent and Mr. Robert accepted an award for our Makery program here at iLEAD Lancaster, in recognition of an outstanding program in DESIGN THINKING.

  • The Lancaster Makery has been a cornerstone of  iLEAD Lancaster’s program. The Makery focuses on promoting innovation through design. Learners use the Makery to support the projects that they participate in. Each year,  learners in the makery participate in the 2×4 project — where they design a product using only a 2×4.
  • Learners in the Makery Design Tech program have also created video games, including the actual casing and the wiring to play multiple games.
  • A team of ambassadors from the Makery Design Tech program have done presentations for civic organizations. Local businesses have also donated materials and funds to redesign and organize the entire Makery, which will  enable more productivity.

For their Design Thinking and Project-Based Focus, iLEAD Schools was excited to present this award to Nykole Kent and Mr. Robert Hutson and the Makery of iLEAD Lancaster!

Little Makers, We’ve Got the Club for You

Your learners can now join Mr. Robert in the Makery to build their own projects. From 3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays the Little Makers Club will be open to learners that want to express their creativity through woodworking. The opportunity is open to all grades! The first 12 learners that sign up and submit a permission slip will be in the first 6-week session. See Mr. Robert in the Makery. 

In Little Makers Club, learners will learn about the processes of building different things. From drafting out the project to putting it together, they will create with their own hands. The first project is to design and make their own clock. This project will cost $25. So come and join Mr. Robert to learn new skills and have some fun!

Questions? Pease email

Curious About the Makery? Check Out This Short Video!


Inside the iLEAD Lancaster Makery from iLEAD Schools on Vimeo.

Wash Your Hands!

Nurse Noemi wants to you to know how important it is to wash your hands! Look for helpful health updates regularly!

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Help Support Innovation Studios

Innovation Studios Middle School is showing some love and nourishing our taste buds! Popcorn is for sale every day

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March Lunch Menu

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Calling All Pancake Lovers!

There is a fundraiser opportunity to help our Empower Generations friends.

Applebee’s Flapjack Breakfast! Come and enjoy breakfast with your loved ones with a surprising twist! Applebee’s will be staffed by the learners! Hosting, serving, and waiting will be provided by familiar smiling faces. Tickets are on sale for $10.

Tickets can be purchased at the front desk, with Mrs. Tori, or with your IS learners.

Exploration – Home School: Save the Date!

– CAASPP/ SBAC state testing (for grades 3rd-8th & 11th) is scheduled for the week of April 29-May 3rd. Your EF will be sending you details to sign up for your preferred testing days.

– The deadline to submit your EMR (Materials) order request is Monday, April 1st, by 11:59 p.m.

– The deadline to submit VCI (Class/Service) order request is Monday, May 20th, by 11:59 p.m.

– MAP testing #2 will begin Monday, March 11th. This is a good way to practice in an informal setting at home for the year-end state test. Your EF will be sending scheduling details to begin testing at home in order to measure your child’s academic growth and progress made since the beginning of the school year!

Exploration – Home School: Lancaster Park Day

Join us for iLEAD Exploration Lancaster Park Day, Tuesday, March 26, 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): April 9; May 14; June 11.

Exploration – Home School: FREE Home Study Webinars: Sign Up!

Home Study families are invited to attend FREE webinars to help guide you in your homeschooling journey. Just click on this link to see the second semester schedule and list of topics.

You will receive the login information by email once you RSVP. Make sure to save the date!

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, March 27th

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:

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.