Monday Message for May 14, 2018

Message from the Director

 

Hello iLEAD Families,

I would like to first thank you all for your support and patience during our lockdown and school closure this past Friday. Please be sure to commend your learners for their cooperation during this situation. We’re so proud of them and we are so grateful to work with such amazing young people.

Our third through eighth grade learners have been working hard on their state testing. We will be continuing for the next two weeks on make up tests for those who missed testing sessions. Thank you for partnering with your
facilitators to continue to bring your learners on time to school every day during our testing window.

With less than a month of school left, there are a few updates:

I would like to cordially invite everyone to our Backyard Bash on June 9.

Now is a great time to check on your student’s lunch account balance. Please see Brandy for balance updates and payment arrangements.

Lastly, it’s registration time — don’t forget your registration appointments.

Sincerely,

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

Innovation Studios Middle School Parent Meeting

For all of those interested in Innovation Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year, there will be a parent meeting on May 17 at 5 p.m. A brief overview of Innovation Middle School will be provided. You will also be able to pick up the intent to enroll forms for the program.

June 9: Backyard Bash!

Mark your calendar!

Lockdown Followup

In case you had not seen it, below is a link to a copy of our followup communication that went out on Friday after the morning lockdown:

Lockdown Followup

 

Enroll Now! iLEAD Schools Summer Session!

Message from iLEAD Schools:

We are excited to announce our iLEAD Schools summer session:

When? July 2-Aug. 3 on-site programs; Aug. 6-17 independent learning.
Who can enroll? Learners entering grades k-12 for for 2018-19 school year; TK learners who turn 5 between Sept. 5 and Dec. 2, 2018

Please click on the button below for more information and to sign up for this exciting opportunity.

Summer Session Info

Your school site will be sending out more detailed information about the summer session program at your iLEAD site.

Questions? Please contact your iLEAD School director for more information.

Backyard Bash and Leader in Me Event

We are now accepting vendors for our June 9 event. Please contact Kristan Van Houten for more information. Raffle item must be donated and you must provide your own table and chairs and we suggest an EZ-Up with weights. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. The City of Lancaster has begun 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.

Parent Alert: Upcoming Return-Registration Requirements

Hello returning iLEAD Lancaster families!
 
As you may remember from last year, registration must be updated every school year. In an effort to be as efficient as possible, we are scheduling an appointment for every single family to come in and update registration with us. This appointment will also provide the opportunity for you to learn more about our school such as calendar events, volunteer requirements/opportunities, valet cards and procedures, attendance guidelines, before and after school care, and so much more! 
 
** This is mandatory, and failing to update registration may affect your child’s enrollment status for the 2018-2019 school year. 
 
Certain grade levels also need to submit documents before the school year begins:
  • 1st grade – Dental and physical assessment forms due
  • 7th grade –  Immunization record showing that the TDAP vaccination has been given 
Also, if you have any new learners starting this year, we will need their birth certificate, immunization record, and IEP/504 if applicable. 
 
All documents must be brought to your registration appointment. If any items are missing, another appointment must be scheduled to complete registration. 
 
Please call us at (661) 722-4287 OR email our registrar at Brittany.Ward@iLEADLancaster.org to schedule your registration appointment before Friday, May 4. 

Backpackers Share Their Experience and Rally Support for Puerto Rico 2019

After their rewarding trip to Puerto Rico, the iLEAD students who spent their spring break this year helping the island territory rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Maria have received several invitations to share their experience. From March 22 through 29, the group, who dubbed themselves “Backpacks Full of Hope,” worked in various regions of Puerto Rico replanting forests, building “Earthship” sustainable dwellings, and distributing the thousands of dollars in donated supplies that they had gathered from their family, friends and community.

Following their return, the 10 students, who were accompanied by several iLEAD staff members and parents, shared the things they were able to accomplish as well as how the trip impacted their own lives with iLEAD Schools’ staff and students. Last week, several of them had the opportunity to share the experience with the Santa Clarita community on the KHTS radio program “Our Way on the Highway.” If you missed the live interview, you can listen here.

Joining the backpackers in their radio interview was Colene Riffo, representative of the Rotary Club of SCV, who discussed the Rotary’s various partnerships with iLEAD and SCVi and their commitment to fostering service and leadership. The Rotary Club of SCV was also a significant supporter and donor to the Backpacks Full of Hope humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico this year, and the Backpackers will make their presentation to the Rotary Club at their meeting on May 23. 

The success and impact of their trip has generated a great deal of excitement. And, due to the great and continued need for support in Puerto Rico, the group has decided to return next spring. Many of their classmates, teachers and other community members have expressed interest in joining them. If you, too, would like to join Backpacks Full of Hope’s Team Puerto Rico 2019, email backpacksfullofhope@culturalbridges.global or contact Matt Watson at (661) 434-1045.

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

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.

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!