Monday Message for October 29, 2018

Upcoming Events

October

October 29: iSupport Meeting, 9am in Synergy – All parents and guardians welcome

Oct. 31: Costume Parade, 10 a.m.

November

Nov. 3: Dia De Los Muertos (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Event) Boothing VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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!

Message from the Director

Hello iLEAD Families,

I would like to thank all of you for coming out to one of our largest Fall Festivals. We all had such a great time! I look forward to this week’s Costume Parade. The parade will begin on Wednesday, October 31st, at 10 a.m. We invite you to join us and wave as our Learners walk the parade route. Just a quick reminder: no weapons or masks. Also, please make sure costumes are appropriate for school. See you all Wednesday!

Thank you

Nykole Kent
School Director

Costume Parade this Wednesday

Our costume parade is this Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 10-11 a.m. It begins in 8th grade, then learners travel in this order: 7th, 6th, Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 4th, back through 5th and then outside. We would like to have parents outside in the Playspace cheering and taking pictures of their learners in the designated parent area. Staff will be happy to direct you!

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.

Important iSUPPORT Survey

We want to encourage you to share how we can get more parents like you to join us at our monthly iSUPPORT Team meetings.

These meetings are a perfect time for our site director to tell you what is new and share any other pertinent information regarding all grade levels. We will also discuss upcoming events, school safety, and more! Each meeting will conclude with a positive open forum for you to share what is working and where improvement can be made.  

Please click here and take 5 minutes to answer some questions that can help us make these meetings great, including telling us about what you would like to see on the agenda.

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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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!”

 

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 has run from 6-7:30 p.m. in the iLEAD Lancaster Village for six weeks. The remaining class will meet on 10/30. 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 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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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: 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)