Monday Message for March 25, 2019

Message from the Director

 

  • Thank you to the parents who attend our first ELAC meeting last week. Your participation supports our English Language Learners.
  • Thank you to all of the parents, learners, and staff members who joined us for the Family Fundraiser at Red Robin.
  • Please join us for the 6th-grade fundraiser at Chili’s in Lancaster Wednesday, March 27th. They are raising funds for a field studies trip. The fundraiser is all day long, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and includes to-go orders!

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AV Athletics

This Week’s Games

Girls

 

  • Girls Basketball Game: Wednesday, March 27, at St. Mary’s at 3:30 p.m. (1600 East Ave R4, Palmdale).

 

Boys

 

  • Boys Basketball Game: Monday, March 25, at iLEAD AV at 3:30 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball Game: Tuesday, March 26, at iLEAD AV at 3:30 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball Game: Wednesday, March 27, at Sacred Heart. (625 W. Kettering St. Lancaster, CA 93534) The game is at American Heroes Park.

Tickets Available for Vision in Education Benefit Dinner

The 2019 iLEAD Antelope Valley Region Vision in Education Benefit Dinner is just a little over a month away, coming Friday, April 26, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Fair Center.

This gala evening helps raise funds to support iLEAD Lancaster, iLEAD Antelope Valley, and Empower Generations, as well as honor some of our dedicated community members and staff.

At the Vision in Education dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with iLEAD faculty, staff, and other families in our school community, and you’ll hear more about our exciting plans for our shared successful future.

Community Honoree: Raj Malhi, Lancaster City Councilmember
Staff Honoree: Margaret Wassner
Family Honoree: The Terrell Family

Click here to reserve your tickets today!

Parent Resources

This week the 7 Habits focus is Habit 4: Think Win Win!

Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not me or you — it is both of us. It is a belief that there are enough good things for everyone; it is an abundant way of thinking. Think Win-Win is being happy for others when good things happen to them. As a parent, not everything is negotiable, but if you go into discussions with your child with a win-win mindset, you’ll find a lot less resistance.

Younger Child Activities To Try At Home.

  1. Play a game with your children that has a definite winner. Explain how competition is okay when you play a game, but it is not okay in relationships. Discuss how tense it would be in your home if every situation had to have a winner. A better way to think is win-win. This means we think of solutions that we can all feel good about when there is a problem. The more we Think Win-Win, the fewer problems there will be. You may want to display a chart listing the days of the week. When someone is “caught” thinking win-win, he or she gets to write his or her name on the chart for that day.
  2.  Encourage win-win solutions to sibling disputes. Don’t always be the mediator; let them work out a solution and be sure to be lavish children with praise when they do.
  3.  Read Chapter 4 of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids book with your child and then complete the Parent’s Corner.

Teen Activities To Try at Home

  1.  Say you are sorry when you yell, overreact, or accidentally blame one of your children for something he or she didn’t do. Modeling this behavior will set expectations for how your child should behave.
  2.  Set clear expectations with your children about chores, curfew, grades, car privileges, etc. It’s hard for you both to win if you are playing by different rules.

Works for All Ages.

  1. Think of an ongoing conflict you tend to have with your child (homework, cleaning his or her room, feeding the dog, putting gas in the car) and then discuss a win-win solution to the conflict. Write down the solution and then remind each other of it the next time the situation arises.
  2. Remember not to compare your children in front of each other. Try not to say to Marcelo that “Juan always remembers to clear the table.” That’s win-lose thinking. Instead, just concentrate on praising Juan for a job well done Marcelo will get the message.
  3. Think about your relationship with your child. Is it generally win-win? If not, how is that affecting your family life? What should YOU

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.  The excerpt above is from The Leader in Me Parent’s Guide. Click here for access to the entire resource.

 

 

 

Catching Character and the 7 Habits in Action

Last week, the 7 Habits focus was Habit 3: Put First Things First. This week, during the 5th and 6th grade multi-age class Presentation of Learning, 5th grade learner Mikaella Wnetrzak did an outstanding job sharing her project. She mastered the material and was able to share important details with all who attended.  The fact that she Put First Things First was evident!

iLEAD DreamUp Mission Patches Headed To International Space Station

iLEAD Student Aerospace Projects is pleased to announce the top two selected patches for the DreamUp Mission 2019.  The selection process was very difficult for our esteemed panel of judges, and we wish that we could send all 859-plus patch designs to the International Space Station. We want to thank our judges: Jeff Courtney, iLEAD Director of Creative Services; Mercedes McDonald, professional artist and College of the Canyons Arts Facilitator; Mark Pestana, Aerospace Consultant, Test Pilot and Fine Artist; Sara Brown, Arts Coordinator for iLEAD Schools; and Liem Bahneman, NASA Mission Patch Designer.

The two selected designs from Byron Aguilar, 4th grade, iLEAD Lancaster (TK-4th grade category); Gabby Ismail, 7th grade, SCVi  (5th – 12th grade category) will be sent to the International Space Station later in 2019.

Byron Aguilar

Gabby Ismail

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

Wednesday, 3/27: iLEAD Schools FAMILY NIGHT FUNDRAISER at CHILI’S (43510 10th Street West in Lancaster). Hosted by Ms. Rhonna’s 6th grade class.

April 2019

4/15-4/22: Spring break

Friday 4/26: Vision in Education Benefit Dinner; Tickets go on sale this week.

 

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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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 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!  

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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