Monday Message for October 22, 2018

Message from the Director

Please join us for the Fall Festival on Friday, October 26, at iLEAD AV from 6–7:30 p.m.  Invite your friends and family to join us for an evening of fun with face painting, food, fun games, a costume contest, and much more!

I am happy to announce our first Spirit Week of the year, starting this week!

Monday: Superhero Day;

Tuesday: Picture Day (Order forms for school pictures went home last week);

Wednesday: Crazy Hair and Silly Sock Day;

Thursday: Disney Day;

Friday: iLEAD School Spirit Day (This is the day to wear our iLEAD shirts).

We have a host of other festive events in the month of October:

  • The BOOlvd on Lancaster Boulevard on Saturday, October 27th, from 1-5 p.m.  Join the Lancaster community for this family Halloween and Harvest Festival event. We will have a booth at the event. We are delighted to ask our parents and learners to booth with us. If you would like to sign up for an hour or two,  please contact us in the office at (661) 494-7442.
  • Antelope Valley Partners for Health Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 30, from 4-7 p.m.   
  • Our own iLEAD AV is also hosting a Costume Parade on Wednesday, October 31, at 9:30 a.m. Families are invited to attend. You won’t want to miss it!

I am happy to report that we have acquired enough technology at AV for every learner to have access to a device. There are various educational benefits to using technology in the classroom, and we want to ensure the total amount of screen time learners have access to does not exceed the medical recommendations in a recent CBS News article.  

“Children are also exposed to unhealthy food advertising while on their devices. In addition, the blue light from screens can hinder their ability to fall asleep, and lack of sleep may contribute to obesity risk.”

Click here to read the full article.

Living the 7 Habits

At iLEAD Antelope Valley, facilitators and staff members live the 7 Habits and coach our learners in doing the same. Come join us for our  7 Habits of Highly Effective People Training. It is a 6-week training at no cost for our families on the remaining Tuesdays: Oct. 23 and 30. Free childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP to or call the front office at (661) 722-4287.

Upcoming Events


Oct. 23-26: iLEAD AV Spirit Week

Oct. 23: Picture day

Oct. 26: Fall Festival, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Oct. 27: BOOlvd, Lancaster Blvd, Boothing 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Oct. 30: Activity Booth at AVPH Halloween Party

Oct. 31: Costume Parade

Catching Character and the 7 Habits in Action

Our third-grade learner, Ace Smith in Ms. Ellington’s class, exhibited our character lab traits of curiosity, a growth mindset, zest, and kindness. He found a book on Alexander Graham Bell for his facilitator to use for the A.G.B. Unit. He researched potential science experiments and brought a crystal that he grew at home. He explained part of the crystal growth process to the class. 

Noy Russell was caught being kind, holding a learner’s hand and walking the learner all the way into his workshop.





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.

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.

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.

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…

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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

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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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