Monday Message for September 17, 2018

Upcoming Events

September

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. 21 & 28: Individual Learning Plan (ILP) family conferences

Sept. 24-28: Habit #5 Week

October

Oct. 4: Minimum day (all grades)

Oct. 4 & 5: Individual Learning Plan (ILP) family conferences

Oct. 8-12: Mid-fall break

Message from the Director

Thank you to all the parents who joined us last week for our first iSupport collaborative. Parents are truly the glue that holds our school together. If you missed last week’s collab, join us next month on October 4th from 6-7 p.m.

Please join us for Back to School Night this Friday, September 21st, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet your learners’ facilitators and enjoy the Disney feature, Coco. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. All of the popcorn and other refreshments will raise funds for our schools field studies.

Thank you to the team members and families who came out to our first fundraiser at Chipotle.

Last week you received the iLEAD AV Parent handbook. They are due today Monday, September 17.

Supporting Our Learners

At iLEAD AV, we are a school that utilizes Restorative Practices to support learners.

Please read the Restorative Justice Council article, “Restorative Practices in Schools”.  It states: “Becoming a restorative school has many benefits, including increased attendance, reduced exclusions and improved achievement.”

Click here to read more.

Exploring the 7 Habits: Think Win Win

Habit #4 is about focusing on problem solving in ways that help everyone.

Catching Character and the 7 Habits in Action

Last week, we caught these learners exhibiting the Character Lab Traits: Self Control, Growth Mindset, Gratitude, Kindness, Purpose, and Zest!

Since the first week of school, 1st grader Chance Gordon has grown exponentially in his ability to put first things first and remain on task. He has grown to be one of the first learners to have his journal ready and waiting patiently for his classmates to join him during our daily “Word of the Day” journal writing. He listens attentively and is an active participant in group discussions. In addition, he has learned to make good choices and sit away from peers who could cause him to be distracted. I am so proud of his progress already this year and look forward to watching him grow even further as the year progresses! – Ms. Basty

Levi Crotzer, in 1st grade, has continuously shown growth, putting first things first as he is always ready to listen for instructions and encourages those around him to do so, as well. He shows kindness to his peers and has grown to have great self control during lessons. I look forward to seeing this positive behavior continue throughout the school year. – Ms. Teachout

Isaiah Smart, currently in Ms. Standley’s 5th grade class, bought me a book about my ancestors from a museum last week. Although he was not in my class last year,  he remembered my lessons on family heritage and the example I gave about myself. – Mr. Z.

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 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.

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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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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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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