Monday Message for September 10, 2018

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September

Sept. 10-14: Habit #3 week

Sept. 10-14: Spirit Week

Sept. 12: Family Dinner Night, Chipotle Lancaster

Friday, Sept. 14: Back to School Movie Night – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (school-hosted snack bar); kids enjoy a movie (with staff supervision) while parents attend a Back to School Night presentation with their child’s facilitator.

Sept. 17-21: Habit #4 week

Sept. 24-28: Habit #5 week

Message from the Director

Dear iLEAD Families,

What a great start to the school year! Thank you for your continued support in getting your learner to school on time and read to learn. With your help, we are laying a wonderful foundation of collaboration and community.  

Speaking of community, please help your learner join in the fun as this week is Spirit Week. You’ll find more information about Spirit Week as you scroll through the Monday Message.

As you know, part of our school’s culture is based on Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Habit 3 is “Put First Things First”. Putting first things first is important when planning classroom parties and school fundraisers. iLEAD Schools has a Student Wellness Policy in coordination with the Federal Nutrition Regulations.  To help meet these guidelines, we ask if you plan on bringing in a birthday treat, please choose an option that is low in sugar and fat, or consider a non-food option. Please contact the facilitator beforehand for approval and to check if there are any food allergies (i.e. dairy, nuts, gluten, etc.) as well as to coordinate logistics. Please drop off all birthday items in the front office.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Apple, carrot, banana, pumpkin, blueberry muffins in child serving sizes instead of cupcakes;
  2. Cut up fruit and veggies with dip;
  3. Whole grain crackers, pretzels, or vegetable chips;
  4. Cheese and raw nuts (if there are no allergies within the class);
  5. Non-food treats, such as pencils, erasers, notebooks, or bookmarks;
  6. You can donate a book or recess equipment in the child’s name to the Facilitator.

We also ask in order to support our nutrition education program to consider nutritional quality when selecting snacks, which may be donated for occasional class parties. You are encouraged to eliminate items such as Capri-Suns, Hi-C juice boxes, soda, Hot Cheetos, large bags of chips, and any form of cakes or candy from your learner’s lunch or snack provisions.

With your support we can ensure the health of our children.

Nykole Kent
School Director

It’s Spirit Week!

Monday: Cartoon Day
Tuesday: Sports Day
Wednesday: Twin Day
Thursday: Animal Day
Friday: iLEAD Spirit — shirts available in the front office for $10

Family Night Out

Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 12, for our Family Night Out fundraiser for iLEAD AV and iLEAD Lancaster! This fundraiser will be at the Chipotle restaurant located at 855 W. Avenue K, Suite 101 in Lancaster. Help us raise funds for our programs on campus.

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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 noemi.blanco@ileadlancaster.org 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 noemi.blanco@ileadlancaster.org 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!

5th Grade Spotlight: Inspirational Journals

This year, 5th-graders are creating inspirational journals for each learner as a class, reflecting the uniqueness of each learner, but also as a fun way to keep a running memory book of the year. Learners have been supplied with a journal, and facilitators have asked each of them to bring in things that describe themselves, as well as fun events they attended or places they would like to visit. Items to bring in include items such as pictures, stickers, movie tickets, plane or travel tickets, napkins from restaurants, and receipts.

Exploring the 7 Habits: Put First Things First

Habit #3 is about focusing on the tasks that help you achieve your most important goals and fulfill your personal mission.

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project Based Learning

We offer a dynamic classroom approach in which learners actively explore real-world challenges to acquire deeper knowledge. Research shows that learners’ retention of content and attitude toward and interest in learning increase when PBL is done well.

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 https://ileadlancaster.org/enrollment/

Back to School Movie Night

September 14th is our Back to School Movie Night, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with a school-hosted snack bar. Kids can enjoy the Pixar movie Coco (with staff supervision) while parents attend a Back to School Night presentation with their learners’ facilitators. Then, the parents can join their learners and purchase snacks from our learner-led snack bar. Come on out!

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.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 25, the class will run from 6-7:30 p.m. in the iLEAD Lancaster Village for six weeks. Classes will meet on 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30. These are consecutive Tuesdays. This training is open to our iLEAD community 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.

Calendars for the 2018-2019 School Year

Click here to view and download the 2018-2019 academic calendar.

Click here to view the 2018-2019 community calendar.

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.

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.

Mark Your Calendar: Download this calendar of important events. 

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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: The Studio Experience

The Studio Experience offers the perfect balance of freedom and structure 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).

Learners will then choose their own projects as inspired by the thematic topic. During each session, EFs will provide materials, mini-lessons, activities, guidance, and expertise on an as-needed basis to support each learner in their 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 ready for an authentic audience!

The Studio Experience is offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. as a “drop-off day” on the following 6-week rotation schedule:

1: Aug. 29 – Oct. 3

2: Oct. 17 – Nov. 28

3: Dec. 5 – Jan. 30

4: Feb. 6 – March 13

5: March 20 – May 1

6: May 8 – June 12

To sign up, submit your requests to your Educational Facilitator for one of the three session time options:

Session 1: 10 a.m.-noon (A.M. ½ day)

Session 2: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (P.M. ½ day)

Session 1 & 2: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Full day)

All Sessions include Lunch Alive! (11:30 a.m.-noon)

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:

1: AUGUST 21 – OCTOBER 26

2: OCTOBER 29 – JANUARY 25

3: JANUARY 28 – MARCH 29

4: 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, September 26

Time: 10-11 a.m.

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

Topic: Curriculum

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: Learner Spotlight

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!