Monday Message for October 15, 2018

Valet Update

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 (a 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 EFFECTIVE Monday 10/15:

  • 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.

NOTE: 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 p.m. when staff can do ID verification and issue a pass.

Please note that from 3-3:30 p.m., 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 3:30 p.m. 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!


  • 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 slowly 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!

Upcoming Events

Click here to see our community calendar.


Oct. 17: Fall Picture Day/Family Dinner Nights Fundraiser at Panda Express

Oct. 25: Fall Festival, 6-7:30 p.m. (Volunteers needed!)

Oct. 27: BOOlvd

Oct. 31: PM Costume Parade —more info soon!

Save the Date: Winter Production December 13th! 6:30 p.m. More info to follow soon.

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!

Family Nights Out Fundraiser

Join us for our October Family Nights Out fundraiser on Wednesday, October 17, at Panda Express at 840 W. Avenue L in Lancaster. Panda Express will donate 20% of the event sales to iLEAD Schools, which will be shared with iLEAD AV and iLEAD Lancaster.

Please note that Panda Express will also recognize the digital version of the flyer on your phones, and they will also allow online orders, but all supporters must enter the following code for online orders in order for iLEAD to receive credit: iLEAD Online Order Code – 256472

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Volunteers Needed for Fall Festival

We need volunteers for our Fall Festival on Oct. 26. Please contact or to sign up for our list. A job list will be available soon. We need volunteers from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Email your name, learner’s name, grade, and time window available to the above emails.

iSPIRIT Meeting This Week

If your learner in grades 4-8 is interested in cheer and dance, come meet with us this week for an iSPIRIT information meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 3:45 p.m. in Ms. Firsick’s 5th-grade class. There are some changes implemented for iSPIRIT this 2018-2019 school year. We will be hosting a three-week boot camp of cheer and dance, followed by a tryout. The reason for this change is for iSPIRIT dancers to be committed and dedicated to not only iSPIRIT but their leadership in their academics and learning as well. Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays.

Celebrating Habit 7: Sharpening the Saw

Our learners are studying the seventh and final of the 7 Habits: Sharpening the saw — Seek continuous improvement and renewal professionally and personally. “Sharpen the Saw” means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have — you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting;
Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others;
Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching;
Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service.

iSupport Meeting a Success

Recently, several parents and our new iSupport team met to discuss the volunteering program at iLEAD Lancaster. Our new Director of Family Engagement, Charlene, was there to introduce a new system and discuss growth for our school. If you missed it, she can be contacted by emailing

A date for our next meeting will be shared soon. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Spanish Translation and Assistance available!

Hello iLEAD families,

Some of you may already know me, but I’d like to formally introduce myself. My name is Noemi Blanco, and I am the school nurse at iLEAD Lancaster. I also help support the front office staff by utilizing my Spanish skills to help translate and communicate with our Spanish-speaking families. I am on campus Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m to 4 p.m. I am also available via email at and by phone at (661) 722-4287. I am here to answer any of your questions or concerns that may need translation, and assist your family as best as I can. Thank you all for your time, and I look forward to being of assistance!

Hola familias de iLEAD,

Algunos de ustedes ya me conocen, pero me gustaría presentarme formalmente. Mi nombre es Noemi Blanco y soy la enfermera de la escuela iLEAD Lancaster. También ayudo a apoyar al personal de oficina al utilizar mis habilidades en español para ayudar a traducir y comunicarme con nuestras familias que hablan español. Estoy en el campus de Lunes a Viernes de 7:30 a.m. a 4 p.m. También estoy disponible por correo electrónico a y por teléfono al (661) 722-4287. Estoy aquí para responder a cualquiera de sus preguntas o inquietudes que puedan necesitar traducción y ayudar a su familia lo mejor que pueda. ¡Gracias a todos por su tiempo y espero poder ayudarlos!

Rare Enrollment Opportunity

We have a very limited number of 6th grade openings for immediate start, so tell your friends and family! Call today or enroll at

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!”


Free Class on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Have you ever wondered what the “7 Habits” are, what the “Leader in Me” is, or how we use them on our campus and in our homes? Great news: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People class is now available to the masses for FREE at iLEAD Lancaster.

The class runs from 6-7:30 p.m. in the iLEAD Lancaster Village for six weeks. Remaining classes will meet on 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30. These are consecutive Tuesdays. This training is open to our iLEAD community, including families and staff, at no cost. We encourage all families to attend. Child care will be provided free of charge. The iLEAD Lancaster campus is located at 254 E. Ave K-4.

Please RSVP to Kinder Kim or via the front desk at iLEAD Lancaster by calling (661) 722-4287.

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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

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.

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.


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 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: Picture Day This Week

Fall Picture Day is Wednesday, October 17. Please mark your calendar and save the date!

You are welcome to come to campus anytime from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1-3 p.m.

Learners will received an ID card and parents can also request an ID for themselves, as well.

Exploration – Home School: Learn about PBL

Learn about Project-Based Learning (PBL) for Homeschool, Wednesday, November 7, from 10-11:30 a.m. Do you need some fresh ideas on how to make your lessons more fun and engaging at home? This free workshop is for both parents and learners to come learn about how to create PBL lessons specifically for homeschool.

Come see how to implement this dynamic approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. The PBL approach will be introduced in a hands-on, interactive way to give parents and learners the opportunity to experience PBL firsthand through a learn-by-doing method. Sign up with your EF by Oct. 24th.

Exploration – Home School: Veterans Home Trick or Treat!

Dress up in your favorite costume and trick or treat with our town’s beloved veterans! We have limited space, so sign up quickly by letting your EF know you are interested!

When: Wednesday, October 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: William J. Pete Knight Veterans 45221 30th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536
Cost: FREE