Monday Message for August 27, 2018

Upcoming Events

August

Aug 27-31: Habit #1 week

September

Sept. 3: Labor Day (studio closed)

Sept. 3-7: Habit #2 Week

Thursday, Sept. 6: iSupport – 6-7 p.m. at Cali Cafe, Lancaster

Sept. 10-14: Habit #3 Week

Sept. 17-21: Habit #4 Week

Friday, Sept. 21: Back to School Movie Night 6:30-8:30 p.m. on field (bring blankets, low-profile chairs); kids enjoy a movie (with staff supervision) while parents attend a Back to School Night presentation with their child’s facilitator.

Sept. 24-28: Habit #5 Week

Thanks for Attending Meet the Facilitator Night

Thank you to all of our learners and families for attending Meet the Facilitators Night on Monday, August 20. With the participation of the learners, parents, staff, and KONA ICE truck, we had a wonderful turnout.

Valet is Going Smoothly

Dear iLEAD AV families, thank you for your patience as we perfect our new valet procedure on 22nd Street West. The morning and afternoon process is going smoothly. With your support, each day became more efficient and every learner was directed to class or walked in by their parents or an iLEAD AV team member.

Thank you for your feedback on the new valet procedure. As a result, we were able to make a few changes improve the process:

  1. In the mornings, the Valet lot will open at 8 a.m., and it will open at 3 p.m. for dismissal. If you are walking your learner to class in the morning, we will have a parking area in the lot just for you.
  2. Based on parent requests, in the afternoon the valet gate opens at 3:00 p.m.;
  3. Many of you requested the opportunity to walk onsite to pick up your learners in the afternoon. To honor your request, we added to our process. Please park on 22 Street West, walk onto the valet lot using the exit gate, and present your valet card. You will be able to walk to the classroom to pick up your learners;
  4. Please remember the valet traffic flow pattern. There are no left turns to enter or exit the lot;

Pick-up is from 3:30-4 p.m. Learners who have not been retrieved by 4 p.m. will go to extended care and accounts will be billed at $3 per hour, per learner.

Welcome Our New Facilitator

We are happy to welcome and introduce our new 1st-grade facilitator, Ms. Basty.

“I am enthusiastically ready to start 1st grade,” she said. “I look forward to meeting the learners, the families and becoming part of this amazing team!”

5 Ways to Start the Day

I recently read an article that helps support our learners in the morning before school, on “5 Things Your Child Should do Before School.”

“Setting up a routine with regular tasks that parents or caregivers and children are responsible for makes a huge difference in how smoothly the morning goes.”

Click here to read the full article.

Catching Character in Action

Last week, our character focus was kindness. We define kindness as the quality of being intentionally friendly, generous, and considerate. We saw learners and parents all over campus who exhibited this quality. Here are a few examples:

Mark Paynter in 3rd grade greeted a new learner on the first day of school and decided to explain the 7 Habits at lunch time. “He’s a new learner and I wanted to tell him about the 7 habits,” Mark said.

Ronald Velasquez stopped another learner from eating the corn husk of a tamale at lunch. He said, “Don’t eat that, you have to open it to eat the tamale.”

Izaiah Appleby came to the office and asked, “May I have the basketball, please?” He was commended for his kind request. 

Mr. and Mrs. Salyards donated markers, pencils, glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, dry-erase markers, and erasers. Due to their kindness and generosity, every classroom has additional supplies for the learners and facilitators.  


Our Goals

Our planning and preparation is consistent with our three Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals. I am looking forward to sharing how we are meeting each goal throughout the school year, and I have listed the goals below:

Goal 1: Provide optimal conditions of learning through providing basic services, implementation of California State Standards, and access to an academic and educational program.

Goal 2: Provide all learners with a rigorous, creative, and broad curriculum to maximize academic achievement and college and career readiness.

Goal 3: Generate active engagement between parents/families and the school, and connections with the community, to promote learner achievement and communication among all stakeholders.

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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Exploring the 7 Habits: Be Proactive

Our learners are exploring the 7 Habits. Habit #1 is “Be Proactive”: Having a “can do” attitude and doing the right thing.

Click here to watch a helpful short video on being proactive versus reactive.

Valet Procedures

As promised at the end of last school year, we have created a solution for our parking dilemma.  The owner of the shopping center asked all parents and staff to stop parking there and posted signs warning us that cars would be towed, so that is no longer an option.   

I am happy to report we will begin using our lot on 22nd Street West for Valet before and after school. The lot is very large.  As a result, we will no longer have Valet in front of the school.

To access the lot, please turn right on K-4 from 20th Street West. You will pass Miller Elementary School, drive right around the bend, and make a right into our lot. At the start of the day, your learner will be greeted and escorted onto campus.  At the end of the day, your learner will be summoned and escorted to your car. Please be sure to post your Valet card on the dashboard daily. Once your learner is safely in your car, you will exit the lot and make a right, which will take you to Avenue K. We will have cones, signs, and iLEAD team members to support you and the learners.

In the mornings, the Valet lot will open at 8:00 a.m., and it will open at 3:00 p.m. for dismissal. If you are walking your learner to class in the morning, we will have a parking area in the lot just for you.

A Few Reminders…

Parent Square: Click the Apple or Android links to download the app to your smartphone for free and get instant alerts.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/parentsquare/id908126679?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.parentsquare.psapp&hl=en

iSupport: Get involved and help make change! Join iLEAD’s version of PTA. We need you! Learn More

Mark Your Calendar: Download this calendar of important dates.

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Message from the Front Office

Welcome packets will go home next week with your learner. Please sign and return them as soon as possible.

Lunch Program at iLEAD AV

Please submit your Free/Reduced lunch application to the front office as soon as possible. Lunch balances must remain under $20 this school year. Please make payments in the front office. NO LUNCH on Fridays.

Meal Prices:

Breakfast: $ 1.60

Lunch: $2.95

Reduced prices:

Breakfast: 30 cents

Lunch: 40 cents

Healthy Food Policy

Learners will be more active and exerting much more energy outside. With that said, they will need refreshing fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and as much water as possible. We’d like to share with you our health and wellness policy to 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!  

What 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!

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