Monday Message for November 26, 2017

Mark Your Calendar

(Please see the school calendar for more information)
  • Nov. 27-Dec. 1 – Scholastic Book Fair
  • Nov. 28 – K-2 Dance
  • Dec. 1 – Winter Boutique 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 – Parents Night Out 6-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 18-Jan. 5 – Winter Break 
  • Jan. 9 – First day back from break
  • January: Coming soon – Middle School Winter Ball
  • Jan. 13: MLK Day of Service (School cleanup 8 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • Jan. 15 – No school, MLK Day
  • January/February: Coming soon: 3-5 dance
  • Feb. 7 – Open Mic Night Showcase auditions. Show is on March 16
  • Feb. 17 – Learner Led Conferences
  • Feb. 19 – Presidents Day, no school


Winter Boutique Coming Dec. 1

Save the date: Our next all-school fundraising event is Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is a winter boutique! We have over 30 vendors already registered. Many of our classes will have crafts for the children while their parents shop. We will even have a special visit from Frosty the Snowman and a Sweet Cafe for some winter treats. Shop local, shop smart, and help our campus raise money for field studies! Our book fair will also be that same week. Save the date! If you would like to volunteer email Kristan. 

Winter Production Coming Dec. 14

Winter Production:

  • Where? Our Winter production will be held at Highland High School, 39055 25th St W, Palmdale, CA 93551
  • WHEN? Dec. 14. We will host three showings for your convenience.

Last names:

A-H, 5-6 p.m.

I-P, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Q-Z, 7:45-8:45 p.m.


  • My last name time doesn’t work for my family, what do I do? If a time doesn’t work for you, please let your facilitator know which time you will be attending so we can plan to support.
  • My family has multiple last names, what do I do? If your family falls into multiple times, just pick one and let their facilitator know.
  • Will my learner be part of the show? Each learner will be part of the show. From the set design, design tech performances, class performances, hosting and stage help, each learner is part of the show. This is such a fun event every year and we sincerely hope we can plan on you attending.
  • How do I buy tickets? Tickets on sale in the office beginning Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. at the Winter Boutique. Sales will continue through the 13th for $5. On the 14th cost is $8 at the door if available. THIS IS ALSO A FUNDRAISER, so your $5 pre sale donation and $8 if available at the door goes directly back into our school!
  • When do we need to arrive? Learners must arrive 10 minutes before show time and will be checked in with their facilitator. Doors will open five minutes before show time. Please prep for cold weather and standing. *Unfortunately late learners will have to wait for the following show. We will do our best to accommodate your family if this happens.
  • Drop off and pick up of my learner takes at least 10 minutes! Please be patient dropping off and picking up as the safety of your child is our biggest concern. Drop off instructions to follow in your facilitator updates and via parent square. Bring your valet card for faster pick up.

Parents! Take the Evening Off and We’ll Watch the Kids…

RSVP by sending names of learners and parents, plus grade level, to

Nov. 28: Cultural Dance Troupe Visits

8th Grade Guests: On Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. we will have a cultural dance troupe on campus as an entry event for our 8th graders. They will begin “The Melting Pot” project this week. If you have not seen the beautiful painting hanging in the front office entry way, we encourage you to come in and take a look. This was from last year’s project. We can’t wait to see what our learners come up with for this year’s P.O.L.

Kindergarten-Second Grade Families: Dance Party Nov. 28

Kinder-Second Grade families: Save the date, Nov. 28! We want to host a dance party for our learners. Please watch your Facebook pages and parent square for more info.

iLEAD Lancaster Participates in Toys for Tots

We will be collecting new toys for our community by partnering with Toys for Tots. If you can find it in your heart to support, please send in an unwrapped toy any time. We have met so many of you who, at a time when hardship may have struck your lives, have received these needed toys for your families. Now is the time to pay it forward. A great opportunity to do so would be our Winter Boutique event on Dec. 1. We thank you for supporting our community.

Holiday Book Fair Nov. 27-Dec. 1

The book fair is this week!

Monday Message

Did you know that there may be multiple pages of the Monday Message you are missing every week by not scrolling to the bottom? Now also available: PDF’s of the Monday Message in the front office by noon on Monday. We are working on a Spanish version — please let us know if this is something you would like to earn volunteer hours for.

Please let us know how we can help you stay informed. Email Kristan with your ideas.

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!

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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.

Innovation Studios Corner

New Guide: Rubin Garcia

Please join me (Mrs. Wampler) in welcoming our new guide, Rubin Garcia. While subbing for the past couple weeks he has shown genuine interests in each learner, and is always willing to assist anyone at the drop of a hat. Mr. Garcia will be the guide to all 9th graders, while I focus on grades 10-12. Of course we will both support each learner in any way we can. But, enough with the logistics, let’s hear from the man himself:

My name is Rubin Garcia, I graduated from CSUN with a bachelor’s in English and a multiple-subject credential as well as a single-subject authorization in English. I have been interested in teaching since I was 14, when I got my first job as a tutor. I have worked as a teacher for grades 3-8 in LAUSD. I am happy to be part of iLEAD because we get to teach students based on their needs and not the district’s needs. I am very thankful to be here. 

Dear Innovation Studios’ Parents/Guardians,

We need your help to plan a school dance. If anyone is interested in heading a committee please email Mrs. Wampler (

Progress reports will be going out this week. Each learner will be given two copies, one to keep and one that needs to be signed and returned.

Sam Mendez Enters Space Foundation International Art Contest

Sam Mendez, a 10th grader in Innovation Studios, entered her artwork in the 8th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. Each year, the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest invites students ages 3-18 from around the world to submit original artwork based on a space-oriented theme. We wish her the best of luck!


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!


Leader in Me Spotlight: David Williams

3 words that describe iLEAD: family, trailblazers, people builders

My why: My “why” is my family. My family will always be the most important aspect of my life. It drives me. It gives me motivation. It’s the reason I set goals. It helps me become a better person, coach, facilitator and leader. By keeping this focus , I ensure that I will continue to grow in all aspects of my life and who I am. It helps me utilize the skills I develop in every aspect of my life, including work. I am nothing more than an amalgamation of pieces and influences that I have picked up from individuals who have inspired me throughout my life. By keeping an open mind and being willing to learn new things, I continue to grow and develop new talents and skills.

How long have I been here: This is the third year I have been @ iLEAD.

One word that describes me: I really can’t give myself a word to describe myself. Myself, myself, myself. Anyway. I asked a few of my fellow iLEADers and here is what I was told:

  • Soothing
  • Selfless
  • Calm and collected
  • Driven

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!