Monday Message for November 05, 2017

Just a Reminder!

Daylight Saving Time ended Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m.  This is a friendly reminder to turn your clocks back, if you haven’t already done so!

Message from the Director

Hello iLEAD Families,

I would first like to say what a wonderful first quarter we have had. Thank you to all the parent volunteers for coming and supporting our learners and facilitators. Also, thanks to all of you for being proactive (Habit No. 1) and beginning with the end in mind (Habit No. 2) for what you do at home with your learners to make sure they are here at school and ready for exciting and fun learning.

Thank you to all our community members, families and staff for all your support and attendance to this year’s Fall Festival. Because of all of your commitment to our school, this event was a tremendous success. 

Come join us on Nov. 8 at the McDonald’s on K and Challenger for McTeacher Night, where Mr. David and I, along with our staff, will be serving you, our families!

Thank you!

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

Mark Your Calendar

(Please see the school calendar for more information)
  • Nov. 7 – Visit From Al Bowers
  • Nov. 8 – McTeachers Fundraiser, Challenger & K McDonalds
  • Nov, 10 – Veterans’ Day- No School
  • Nov. 17 –  Multi Cultural Feast
  • Nov. 20-24 – Fall Break
  • Dec. 1 – Winter Boutique


Special Guest from NASA to Visit iLEAD

Attention attention! Al Bowers is the Chief Scientist of NASA Armstrong, the second in command to the director. He will be joining us on campus to visit with our middle school learners and will be presenting on the Prandtl Wing, Nov. 7. Please wear your NASA or iLEAD gear to show Mr. Bowers our excitement for his visit.


Mark Your McCalendar for Nov. 8!

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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. 

Home Study Families Hit the Pumpkin Patch

Our home study families had a fabulous time on their field trip to the pumpkin patch last week. The weather was nice and warm for our homeschool families to enjoy their time outside together! Everyone had a great time on the mechanical rides, slides, bounce house, obstacle course, and petting zoo! 

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.

Leader in Me Spotlight: Kelsi Firsick

Hi! My name is Kelsi Firsick and this is my third year at iLEAD Lancaster teaching 5th grade. I am a member of The Lighthouse team as well as an iSPIRIT coach. The reason behind my “why” for iLEAD Lancaster is that I am able to teach as uniquely as my learners learn. iLEAD allows me to meet each of my learners’ individual needs without compromising the education of the class as a whole. I love that I can go from teaching math with food, to ELA with an art project, to science with hands-on experiments, all in a day’s work.

Learners take ownership of their education in my classroom, and it allows them to feel accomplished and responsible when a goal is achieved or a math lesson finally clicks. I love iLEAD because of the small “family feel.” I am able to create and maintain relationships with not only my own learners and their families, but also with learners from kinder all the way to high school.

Once word that describes me: Diligent