Monday Message for November 05, 2018

Upcoming Events

November

Nov. 16: Multicultural Feast: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Nov. 19-23: Fall Break — enjoy your time off!

Nov. 30: Winter Boutique & Open Mic Night #1; VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, more info coming next week

December

Dec. 1: Lancaster Christmas Parade, all-school community outreach and iSPIRIT Squad

Dec. 8: Magical Blvd — Boothing volunteers needed

Dec. 12: Winter Production School Performance; 9-10:15 a.m.;need parent volunteers’ support for this rehearsal

Dec. 13: Winter Production, 6:30 p.m. — more details to follow

Dec. 16-Jan. 7: Winter Break — enjoy your time off!

iLEAD Aerospace is Out of This World

Did you know that iLEAD Student Aerospace projects are so out of this world they have their own website? Click here to visit the ISAP website and stay up to date with what our learners are up to.

Family Dinner Night for November

Make Wednesday, Nov. 14, a pizza night and help support iLEAD! Pizza Rev will donate 20% of the event sales to iLEAD Schools, which will be shared with iLEAD AV and iLEAD Lancaster.

Pizza Rev is located at 748 W Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale.

Please note that Pizza Rev will also recognize the digital version of the flier on our supporters’ phones. Please share this via social media and with family and friends to help make this as successful as possible for our schools.

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November Lunch Menu

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Ballroom Dancing

iLEAD has an after-school ballroom program for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade learners. If your child is interested in learning four ballroom dances and competing with other schools in February, come to the 4th grade space on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Permission slips and paperwork will be given when your child comes to practice. We teach etiquette and proper dance behavior. We’d love to have a wonderful ballroom team this year. It’s dancing with the iLEAD stars!

Multicultural Feast

We need volunteers for our Multicultural Feast, coming up Friday, Nov. 16. This event puts the “i” in iLEAD — International. We come together for a feast of mega-proportions and share our best dishes from our cultures. ALL dishes are welcome, and we could also use decorations themed for fall and lots of round and rectangular tablecloths. More info is coming next week. If you have questions before then, contact Christy Monroe at christy.monroe@ileadlancaster.org.

Valet Reminders

We are always thinking strategically about how we can make processes faster, easier, and more efficient for our school community. One of the “big rocks” for us is front office valet. In considering office congestion (fire hazard due to large crowds), general campus safety, and a quick process for dismissal, we’ve made the decision that parents will now be allowed to go pick up their children from class!

Below are the details on the process:

  • One line into the Office
  • One line to exit the Office
  • Parents/Guardians/Daycare MUST have a valet card in-hand to be permitted to the classes.

** We will no longer be writing passes at the table as this takes our attention away from the learners and adults coming in/out of the office. **

  • Parents/Guardians/Daycare that DO NOT have a valet card in-hand will be asked to wait until 3:30 when staff can do ID verification and issue a pass.

Please note that during 3-3:30pm facilitators are very busy with ensuring drive-through valet learners are sent outside and that office valet learners are picked up by an adult with a valet card. For this reason we ask that you hold discussions with them AFTER 3:30pm. As you know, we encourage parents to foster healthy communication with facilitators, we just need to be mindful of their attention during this very busy process.

We would also like to bring to attention that all adults visiting campus are required to sign in and out at the desk and obtain a visitor’s pass. This includes our parents that volunteer daily. The “why” behind this is for safety. In the case of an emergency we must know who is on campus and be able to account for them just the same as staff and learners. Our visitors and volunteers are important to our community so we must keep them safe too!

DRIVE-THROUGH VALET REMINDERS

  • Valet cards are required to be displayed in windows until learners are placed in cars.
  • Cars without valet cards will be parked and directed to the front office to verify ID for release of learner(s).
  • Drive slow and considerate.Please keep in mind the safety of learners and staff.
  • Questions or concerns can be shared with staff in safety vests during valet.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in finding a win-win for all!

Rare Enrollment Opportunity

We have a very limited number of 6th grade and Kindergarten openings for immediate start, so tell your friends and family! Call today or enroll at https://ileadlancaster.org/enrollment/

Student Support Supports You!

iLEAD Lancaster has assembled a new caring and passionate team to serve the learners of the Lancaster community. Here is a message from their Regional Student Support Coordinator, Jenner Jose: “We are excited to be at your service and we welcome your thoughts and support as we go through the school year. We look forward to meeting you!”

 

Early Arrivals

If your learners arrive before or at 7:45 a.m., they should either be eating breakfast or be signed up with Champions (click here) for before-school care. Learner arrival time is 8 a.m.

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 kristan.vanhouten@ileadschools.org.

Enrollment for 2018-2019

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now open online HERE and in the office. If you are a prospective family or are currently on our waitlist, please fill out the 2018-2019 intent to enroll to be added to our 2018-2019 waitlist.

Intent to Enroll forms for the 2019-2020 school year will be available online and in the office on February 4th, 2019. All forms received between February 4th and April 4th will be included in our Lottery in April. An exact date for the Lottery will be published soon.

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.

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.

Traffic is a BEAST! This is How We Slay…

Hello, parents! We encourage the use of VALET for all dropoff 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!

Spotlight a Learner

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 playspaces. 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!

Exploration – Home School: Learn about Local Wildlife at this FREE Event

Come join us for a visit with our park rangers from the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, who will be sharing facts on local wildlife. Learners will see and touch items including deer antlers; turtle shells; rabbit, snake, and coyote skins; and more.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 10-11 a.m. in the Village at the Lancaster campus, located at 254 E. Ave. K-4. RSVP with your EF.

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: Vendor Webinar: Bridgeway Academy & Elephango

Join us to learn about innovative personalized curriculum! Please register for Get to Know Bridgeway Academy & Elephango, on Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Bridgeway Academy/Elephango offers all-inclusive and supplemental curriculum. Come learn how we assess learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic), and personalities (otter, beaver, lion, golden retriever) to ensure the best curriculum match for the learner! Packages include popular publishers, exciting kits, interactive projects, online connections, and more!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Exploration – Home School: Mad Science & Crayola Imagine Arts Academy for K-6 at iLEAD

The Mad Science

Oct. 30 to Jan. 15 on Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. in the Holodeck.

Crayola Imagine Arts Academy

Nov. 1 to Jan. 17 on Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Holodeck.

Once you register with the vendor directly to see if a spot is available, you will then need to submit a VCI order request form to your EF.

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Exploration – Home School: MAP Testing

We are excited to announce that fall MAP testing is underway. This assessment is free to all our families and provides a detailed report on your learner’s progress in dozens of sub-categories in reading, writing, and math. The test is taken from the comfort of your home at a time convenient for you and your EF. You can explore the test and how to use the results on the NWEA website here. Contact your EF to sign up!

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 #2: Oct. 31 – Dec. 12

TUTORING: January 9

Session #3: January 16 – February 20

TUTORING: February 27

Sesson #4: March 6 – April 10

TUTORING: April 24

Session #5: May 1 – June 5

TUTORING: June 12

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:

OCTOBER 29 – JANUARY 25

JANUARY 28 – MARCH 29

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: Coffee Connections

Join us every 4th Wednesday of each month for homeschool connections. 

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28

Time: 10-11 a.m.

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

Whether you are a “homeschool veteran” or brand new to homeschooling, collaboration is the key to success!

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). We hope to see you there!

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.