Monday Message for October 01, 2017

Message from the Director

Hello iLEAD Families,

Thank you to all who participated in our super-fun STEAM night. We had a blast!

This week our learners in grades 5-8 will participate in the Gallup Student Poll.

Gallup launched the Gallup Student Poll in 2009. Gallup provides analytics and advice to organizations around the world. The Gallup Student Poll is a brief, 24-item survey available on the web for learners in grades 5 through 12. One time per year in the fall, the survey is provided at no cost to schools. The Gallup Student Poll includes the following themes:

  • Engagement is the learner’s involvement in and enthusiasm for school.
  • Hope is the ideas and energy learners have for the future.
  • Entrepreneurial Aspiration is the talent and energy for building businesses that survive, thrive and employ others.
  • Career/Financial Literacy is the information, attitudes and behaviors that learners need to practice for healthy participation in the economy.

The Gallup Student Poll gives learners a voice in building great schools, and results provide schools with important, actionable information beyond standard measures, such as grades and test scores, to help schools make kids ready for the future. Please visit the Gallup Student Poll homepage on the web at to view the survey items and learn more. To date, there have been over 4 million completes of the Gallup Student Poll.

This survey is anonymous and voluntary. That means Gallup cannot identify your learner, and your learner’s individual responses will not be shared with anyone. Only grade-level and school-level information will be shared with our school. Your learner does not have to participate in this survey. There are no consequences or penalties if your learner does not participate. Please email me directly if you have any questions or if you would like your learner to opt out of this poll.

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)
  • Oct. 5 – Save the date — Picture Day!
  • Oct. 7-8 – Bark in the Park, Steve Owen Memorial Park
  • Oct. 9-13 – Mid Fall Break – enjoy your week off! (October is “KIDS FREE” month in San Diego)
  • Oct. 14 – Laps4Literacy, CCRC Event at Lancaster Jethawks  — View video of last year’s event here
  • Oct. 22 – ALL iLEAD Amazing Race family day
  • Oct. 27 – Fall Festival 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Oct. 28 – BOOlvd on Lancaster BLVD
  • Oct. 31 – AM Costume Parade

Check out the details on some of these events (and more!) below:


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!

Empower Generations Diaper Drive


You can bring your donations to iLEAD Lancaster!

Empower Generations Website

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.

Leader in Me Spotlight: Brittany Ward

I’ve known since I was a small child that, when I grew up, I wanted to work with children. It has always been my passion, even as a child myself. My entire life up until my senior year of high school, I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I was on my way to becoming an adult, and I realized that I really did not want to do what I had been planning on doing my whole life. I felt lost, and I didn’t know what to do.

I was working for Westside Union School District as a playground supervisor at 20 years old, feeling out of place, like I didn’t belong. I was on the kindergarten playground, being lectured by other staff if I didn’t write enough students up at recess or make them sit on the bench. I was the “detention lady,” and I had the same kids with me almost every day for simple offenses: not turning in homework, running on the playground, talking in class. I started to really dislike my job, and after a year and a half I knew I needed something else.

My nephew was attending SCVi, and my sister called me one day to tell me that she heard they were opening a school in Lancaster. All I knew about SCVi was that the children had more freedom during the school day, and that my nephew was happy at his new school. I had been to SCVi to pick him up a few times, and every time I was amazed at how the building looked nothing like a school. The kids seemed happy, the staff seemed loving, and I knew that I had to look into the new school opening.

After being interviewed by Lynn Boop and Dawn Evenson, I felt something I hadn’t felt before — a sense of belonging. I told them that I was the detention lady, and they exchanged a glance that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. Dawn looked at me and said, “Oh, we don’t have detention here…”

I responded, “Thank goodness!”

When I got the call two days later that they had a position for me, I jumped on it. I would be making less money per hour than I was at Westside, but I knew that I would be happier. I quit my job as a playground supervisor, and I started with iLEAD Lancaster two days before school opened. I volunteered for two hours on the Sunday before school started to call all of our families (all 125 learners at the time) and remind them that school was starting on Tuesday. I instantly felt at home.

It has been more than five years since I made the leap to join iLEAD. It has not always been easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. I have been part of the “First Year” twice, once with iLEAD Lancaster and once with iLEAD Antelope Valley. I love my job, I love my work family, and I love the children that I am blessed to work with day in and day out. I truly believe that iLEAD Schools’ vision is the future of education, and I am so thankful that I get to be part of the process. I have found my home.

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.

Learner Spotlight: Jean Nasser

Jean Nasser, an Innovation Studios high school learner,  is a working actor, director and writer who obtained his first milestone as a director at the young age of 14, with his short “Oliver.” His second short, “FLYTRAP,” has already been screened on several film festivals including Peekskill, NY, and the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. His love for the arts started since he was a little boy, and at the young age of 8, he started taking acting classes. At 10, he participated on the IMTA NY, Winning first place under the monologue category, plus eight medals in every other category.

Follow Jean’s adventures here:

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.

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.

We’re a ‘Leader in Me’ School

You may have seen the banner hanging up on campus — DID YOU KNOW? We are a Leader in Me school! As we begin the “Leader in Me” journey, we ask that our families please fill out the following this week so we can better understand and map our growth.


We are looking forward to sharing this journey with you.

Champions Updated Pricing

Champions has heard your feedback and is responding with new pricing. Please contact Champions directly for more information or with any questions. We are passing this info onto you for them.

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Save the Date! Join Team iLEAD for ‘Amazing Race’ on Oct. 22!

iLEAD Schools’ 3rd annual Amazing Race will be Sunday, Oct. 22. This all iLEAD Schools event is fun for all ages, and a great way to connect with other iLEAD Schools families. Watch upcoming Monday Messages for more details!


Homeschool Field Trip: Seasonal Adventures

Friday, Oct. 27,  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch located at 1010 ½ Ave. L West, Lancaster CA 93534 

  • Mechanical Ride
  • Slide
  • Bounce House
  • Petting Zoo 
  • Obstacle Course

Sign up with your educational facilitator by Oct. 12!

Park Days: Learn About iLEAD Home Study

Do you need to take a break and unwind from your busy day-to-day homeschooling schedule? This is a great networking opportunity to meet other homeschooling families and build a support system. Parents can collaborate informally while their children socialize and play together…What a ‘Win-Win’!
Every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
George Lane Park
5520 W Ave L8, Quartz Hill, CA 93536

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!