Monday Message for September 17, 2017

Message from the Director

Hello iLEAD Families,

What an incredible couple of weeks we have had! I am so excited so see all of the learning and fun our learners have been experiencing. Last week we had our first iSupport meeting and I would like to thank all who participated. Many of you have expressed that you are interested in getting involved and iSupport is a great place to start. We do ask that each of our families contributes 40 hours a year of volunteer service to our school community and we try and make those hours easy to come by. Please join us for our next meeting on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.

If you missed last week’s iSupport meeting, the PowerPoint is available below:

iSupport Slideshow


We had our introductory meeting with our “Leader in Me” coach this past week and we are putting together a leadership team to support every stakeholder involved in our campus. Find out more about the Leader in Me here: As we develop our committees and leadership teams we are also interested in your feedback. Please complete the survey you were sent in Parent Square as soon as possible. The survey is also listed in the Monday Message (below) for your convenience. 

Next, we have noticed a great many of you turning left into or out of our driveways. Please remember this is a traffic pattern disruption, a hazard to our learners and your vehicles, and may warrant a citation from local law enforcement. 

Lastly, I would like to invite you to STEAM night on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. This event will allow you to experience some of the wonderful STEAM activities that your learners experience every day on our campus.

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)
  • Sept. 22 – Intro to STEAM Event 6:00pm
  • Sept. 29-Oct. 1 – Streets of Lancaster on Lancaster BLVD
  • 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. 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:




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.

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.

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.

Sign Up for Novare!

You should have received an email prompting you to sign into Novare. Novare is a great way to be up to date on your learner’s academics. Facilitators can upload documents and work samples, ILP forms, and our reports of progress. If you have not received an email to log in, please contact the front desk : 661-722-4287


Innovation Studios Corner

Workshop Schedule

 Miss Back 2 School Night?

For any families that missed Back 2 School Night, you can view our presentation here. 

Ms. Johnstone and Mrs. Wampler will continue ILP meetings this week. If you have not received an invitation to sign up please contact your learner’s guide immediately.



Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Yoga 9-9:30 PE w/ Coach Ralph


All 10th Grade Workshop

For Personal Project


Yoga 9-9:30

Literacy Bootcamp 9-9:30

Literacy Bootcamp


PE w/ Ralph:


(10 seats)

Social Studies Workshop


Social Studies Workshop


Science Workshop:


PE w/ Ralph


(10 seats)

Science Workshop


Independent Projects


Yoga 12-12:30 Foreign Language Cafe


Yoga 12-12:30
Integrated Math I


Integrated Math II and III


Independent Projects


Integrated Math I


Daily Schedule


9th Grade 10th Grade* 11th Grade* 12th Grade*
Everyday Tuesday, WednesdayThursday Tuesday & Wednesday Wednesday

* Learners are encouraged to come everyday, unless they have other academic appointments, such as internship, service learning, etc. The above are mandatory. 


We are asking all learners to bring a 1″ binder.


Parents/guardians, you can find our Innovation Studios Playbook using this link.  It will guide you through your kiddo’s journey in our wonderful program. 

Empower Generations Diaper Drive

You can bring your donations to iLEAD Lancaster!

Empower Generations Website

Park Days: Learn About iLEAD Home Study

Interested in learning more about iLEAD’s Home Study program?
This is for current homeschoolers and those who want to learn more about homeschooling!
This is a great networking opportunity to meet other homeschooling families and build a support system. Parents can collaborate on teaching practices and ideas while their children socialize and play!
Every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
George Lane Park
5520 W Ave L8, Quartz Hill, CA 93536

New Healthy Snack and Lunch Info: Microwaves Not Allowed

The health and wellness of our learners is very important to us at iLEAD Lancaster. Knowing that information, iLEAD Lancaster is no longer allowed to provide microwaves on campus for lunchtime use. The Health Department has regulations which prohibit us to continue using them. Please be advised no learners will have access to microwaves at any time and if you pack your learner lunches, do so with this information in mind.

With summer here and fall around the corner, we know the warm and eventually cool weather is upon us. What this also means is that many of our favorite yummy garden veggies will also be in season!

We’d like to share with you our health and wellness policy to reference and support you and your learners in making good food choices for nourishing the body and mind.

Please keep healthy choices in mind when packing snacks and lunches for school. Thank you for helping us support your learner!

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!

Leader in Me Spotlight: Christy Monroe

Why iLEAD?  I’m sure the reason behind choosing iLEAD over traditional school is the same as many other families; my children are really something special! We were a family that was actively involved in school. Ryan and Celina participated in school sports, cultural dance performances, and had good relationships with their teachers and peers.

When they were in the 2nd and 4th grade the culture changed and all of a sudden they weren’t enjoying school anymore. There was no connection with their teachers. They had limited friends. When volunteering I felt the shift in the pulse of the school environment for myself. It was undeniably time to move on.

My sister shared information about this new charter school that had open enrollment. There was a parent information night; in a meeting room of a local bank! Come to find out they didn’t have a location yet. Yikes! My mommy senses were tingling… So we attended this information night and that’s where the magic began. After the introduction from the Director Lynn Boop, and co-founder Dawn Evenson, facilitators from the first iLEAD school, SCVi, presented. They explained daily life at their campus and presented various projects that their learners collaborated on. They were warm, inviting, personal, informative, and very invested in their learners and their school.

I remember leaving that meeting so energized and excited. It felt right! From that night forward we have been an iLEAD family, now in our 6th year. Ryan and Celina are thriving in 8th and 10th grade, have flourished into young leaders, and last year I joined the iLEAD team as the office manager. I am so happy to say that choosing iLEAD was one of the best decisions my husband and I made for our children and ultimately our family. Now I am proud to say that I am one of those staff members who make it a point to be warm, inviting, personal, informative, and invested in ALL of our children!

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.

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!