Monday Message for March 11, 2019

Message from the Director

 

  • Our iSupport Parent Collaborative Breakfast this month is Thursday, March 14, at 9 a.m. Your support makes a difference.  Please join us.
  • The book drive is going well and has been extended into March.  Please continue to donate new or slightly used books. Thank you to everyone who has donated books. A special thanks to Mr. Russell, who donated a Barnes & Noble gift card!
  • Re-Enrollment Applications for iLEAD AV are due. If you have not had the opportunity to do so, click here to guarantee your child’s placement for the 2019-2020 school year!
  • iLEAD Antelope Valley received a Learner Achievement Grant to fund after-school tutoring and a Saturday Academy to support all learners.
  • Please be sure to sign up for Learner-Led Conferences, which begin this week, Friday, March 15. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with your learner to discuss their progress toward the goals you set with them at the beginning of the school year.
  • We are happy to report we are welcoming two new 2nd-grade facilitators who are joining our team. Please join us in welcoming Alicia McReynolds and Lauren Stilson!

 

 

Congrats, DreamUp Patch Design Finalists!

We are thrilled to announce that we had well over 850 incredible patch designs submitted for this year’s 2019 mission patch design challenge. Nearly all of the patches were proudly displayed at this year’s Student Space and Innovations Expo and it was an impressive showing of design thinking and artistic execution. Congratulations to every learner and facilitator who participated, mission accomplished beyond our wildest dreams!

Congrats to iLEAD Antelope Valley learners Mark Painter Ramols and Korie Dougherty!

Mark Paynter Ramos, 3rd Grade

Korie Dougherty, 7th Grade

This year’s designs finalists were carefully selected by each participating school or program’s Art Facilitator and we are pretty sure they had a tough time narrowing it down.

Click here to read the full article on the iLEAD Student Aerospace Projects website.

AV Athletics

 

  • Our girls’ basketball game is Tuesday, March 12, here at iLEAD Antelope Valley, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Many of the boys’ basketball games had to be rescheduled because of the rain. The boys’ games this week are scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, at Adventist, and Thursday, March 14, at Bethel. Both games begin at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Parent Resources

Last week’s the 7 Habits focus was Habit 1: Be Proactive. It is the first habit. To Be Proactive means to take responsibility for what you do and say. Please review the online resource, 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Proactive.

Click here and learn how Leader in Me (7 Habits) can help parents and guardians establish a powerful framework to nurture and develop life-ready leadership skills at home.

Catching Character and the 7 Habits in Action

Last week, the 7 Habits focus was Habit 1: Be Proactive. Kudos to Mr. Z and his 4th graders for their work on Black History Month biographies.  Thank you for celebrating the exceptional work of Victoria Nuckles, whose biography included a display, demonstration, and presentation about the mathematician Katherine Johnson. Very inspiring and proactive!

 

Curriculum Corner

Georgia Math

  • To support the learners, we have adopted a new math curriculum! Click here to watch a short video about the Georgia Math strategies that are all aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
  • There are many ideas and strategies to support our learners at home.  GeorgiaStandards.Org allows parents easy access to information about the state’s standards, which are aligned to our California Common Core State Standards.
  • This website also offers a variety of free resources to help you motivate and support your child’s curriculum at home while reinforcing the standards your child is working on in the classroom. Click here for more info.

Daily 5

  • We are also fine-tuning our implementation of Daily 5 and the CAFE strategies. Read to Self and Read to Someone are strategies that learners can also do at home with you.  Please encourage them to do so at least 20 minutes a day.
  • We purchased a total of 1,300 narrative and informational texts so that each classroom received 100 new books for their libraries. This will support our implementation of Daily 5. Please continue to encourage your learners to Read to Self, Read to Someone, or Listen to Reading at home.

The Importance of Reading

Please take a moment to click here and review a great article on “How Reading 20 Minutes a Day Impacts your Child,” and join us as we continue our schoolwide reading initiative.

Educators have long said reading makes people smarter, and there’s research backing them up. A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found reading to children of any age wakens a number of regions in the left part of the brain. The areas in the brain that become active involve understanding the meaning of words and concepts tied to memory.

Upcoming Events

March 2019

Friday, 3/15: Learner-Led Conferences (LLC)

3/21-3/22: Learner-Led Conferences

April 2019

4/15-4/22: Spring break

 

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.

Keeping the Valet Process Moving

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 to improve the process:

  1. In the mornings, the Valet gate now opens at 8 a.m.;
  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 on site to pick up your learners in the afternoon. To honor your request, we added to our process. Please park on 22nd Street West, walk on to 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 learner/learners;
  4. Please remember the valet traffic flow pattern. There are no left turns to enter or exit the lot.
  5. To help us continue to be good neighbors, please do not block the driveways for Miller Elementary School or KinderCare on 22nd St. West. To assist us with that, our leadership and maintenance team has designed a new flow pattern to get more of our parents inside the valet area.

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.

Additional 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…

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Lunch Program and March Menu

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

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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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