Report Cards Delayed until November 6

Report Cards for the first marking period have been delayed until Thursday, November 6 due to a system error within our PowerSchool gradebook data base. Students brought home letters today outlining details of the delay – we apologize for the inconvenience.

As always, please feel welcome to contact your child’s teacher by either phone (297-9100) or email (firstname.lastname@imagineschools.com) with questions regarding progress in class. The opportunity to speak in person with teachers will take place November 19 and 20 during Parent/Teacher/Scholar mid-semester conferences. Notices to sign up for a conference time will be sent home next week – please mark your calendars as these are early release days for students.

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EMBODI Program Motivates Teen Males

ILSA’s middle school male scholars will bring home information today regarding Delta Sigma Theta’s EMBODI program, which offers supports to African-American male students ages 13-17 as they pursue educational, social and emotional success.

Applications are due Monday, November 3.

Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence provides monthly opportunities for collaboration on such topics as STEM education, culture, leadership, physical and mental health, character, college readiness, and service learning. Guest speakers include members of the EMBODI committee, guest speakers and community partners, and activities include both service learning and community service projects.

For more information, please contact EMBODI at www.embody@dstiac.org.

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This Week at ILSA

Here’s some News You Can Use for the week of October 27 …

Welcome Back!!

We hope that all students were able to enjoy their Fall Break! Please remember that our school doors open at 8:30 a.m. for students, and that breakfast is served each day. Students are marked as tardy at 9:05 a.m.

 

 Become a Piece of the Eagle P.I.E.

Parents, we want to hear your voice! Eagle P.I.E. (Partners in Education) is being formed to bring our parents, teachers, staff members and community members together to make ILSA our best school possible. We will hold our second parent organization meeting this Monday, October 27th from 6:00-7:00 PM. Please come out if you can! 

Lunch Forms Needed

 Parents, over break lunch application forms were mailed to some families that still need to have a form on file. If you received a lunch application in the mail this week, please complete the form in entirety and send the completed form to school with your child on Monday. We thank you for your help in getting all forms returned.

Friday = Character Costume FUN!!

This Friday, October 31st students are allowed to dress out of uniform and wear book character costumes! Students will not be allowed to wear masks of any kind or bring in any props such as play weapons to accompany their themed costume. Some suggestions might be having your child dress up as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dr. Seuss, or a rainbow fish for the day. Let’s have FUN as we celebrate our favorite book characters!

 

GIRL SCOUT NEWS

Parents, if your kindergarten, first , fourth, or fifth grade daughter took part in our first Girl Scout session, please remember that they will NOT meet again until the Spring. Thank you parents, for allowing your daughters to take part in Girl Scouts during our last marking period!

This marking period, we will hold Girl Scout sessions for interested second, third, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade young ladies. Sessions for second and third grade girls will be held on Mondays from 3:45-4:45PM. Sessions for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls will be held on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45PM. Permission slips will be sent home on Monday, October 27.

 

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home with your child this Friday, October 31st. Please be sure to go over your child’s report card with them on Friday.

 

UPCOMING Events …

Board Meeting – Monday, November 3 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Principal’s Office

Parent/Teacher/Scholar Conferences – Wednesday, November 19 from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 20 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Students released from school at 1:00 both days.

High School Fair – Wednesday, November 19 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Gym

Thanksgiving Break – Wednesday, November 26 – Friday, November 28 No school

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Bring in Your Box Tops!

ILSA’s Box Tops for Education fundraising program continues, with the next collection window closing on Friday, October 31. So far, we have 1,000 Box Tops to turn in – that’s $100 towards exciting programming for our scholars!!

Remember to look for Box Tops for Education on many food products you already purchase, such as cereals, crackers, and baking products. Looking for, cutting out, counting and sorting the Box Tops  into stacks of 50 each can keep the whole family engaged while teaching Math skills, and at 10-cents per label our school benefits, too.

Please send your Box Tops in when we return to school from Fall Break, next Monday, October 27. Thank you for your support!!

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Eagle P.I.E. Will Meet 10/27 at 6:00

The next meeting of our Partners in Education parent group, Eagle P.I.E., will be on Monday, October 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at school. All parents interested in helping form committees to address various needs of the school, and who would like to become partners with us in improving ILSA, are urged to attend.

Eagle P.I.E. is a collaboration of parents, guardians, and educators who have the common goal of student success in mind. Monthly meetings are open to anyone willing to volunteer and have conversations which will lead to improving our school!

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Fall Break is October 13-24, 2014

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UNIFORM Reminder

As the weather turns chilly parents are reminded that ALL scholars must be in the appropriate school uniform. This means ILSA logo tops (yellow or purple) and ILSA logo bottoms (black pants, black shorts, or black skirt). Uniforms should be purchased from School Zone, which presently carries long-sleeved ILSA logo tops.

Scholars can wear a plain white or black long-sleeved shirt underneath their short-sleeved ILSA logo top, and girls can wear plain white or black tights with their black skirts. Jackets, hoodies, sweaters, etc., can be worn outside for recess but scholars will not be allowed to wear these clothing items inside the building. This is a schoolwide expectation which must be followed. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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Our FUTURE Starts Now!

ribbon cutting pic

With the snip of a purple ribbon we celebrate our partnership between Imagine Schools and Trine University. Thank you parents, staff, scholars, board members, and interested community partners for working together tirelessly to make us a great school!

 

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Indiana Life Sciences Academy Welcomes our EAGLES!

Welcome Eagles to the 2014-15 school year! We are excited to begin a new chapter in the history of our school, and we appreciate the role our scholars, families, and staff will have in our success. Here’s a breakdown of a few NEW things going on:

New Name/New Authorizer: Our school name changed to Indiana Life Sciences Academy (ILSA) on July 1, 2014 which is the day our partnership with Trine University became official. We continue to be operated by Imagine Schools.

New Uniforms: Purple or Yellow shirts, along with Black bottoms – all featuring our Eagle logo – will identify our ILSA scholars and set the tone for serious academics. School Zone, our uniform provider, can be reached at (877) 478-7889. They are located at 5425 N. Keystone.

New After Care Provider: AYS (At Your School) provides before and after care services featuring structured activities, arts and crafts, homework help, and a snack. Please call them at (317) 283-2817 for more information and to register your child.

New Push for Parent Involvement: Volunteering doesn’t always mean coming into the building, although that is great, too! This year we are renewing our efforts to have a Parents in Education group to work with us to make improvements to our school, offer feedback and advice, and help strengthen our school-to-home partnerships. Please call our Front Desk at (317) 297-9100 for more information.

New Academic Calendar: ILSA will provide 195 instructional days this year, along with a later start to our school day. Scholars can enter the building beginning at 8:30 each morning, class begins at 9:00 and the tardy bell rings at 9:05. Additionally, all scholars receive 150 minutes of supplemental, individualized instruction each week through our Eagle Success Time.

New Transportation Company: Miller Transportation is providing bus service for ILSA this school year. Please call our front desk (317) 297-9100 with any transportation questions.

New Associate Principal: Mrs. Bianca Rivers is ILSA’s new leader, with Mr. Keith Marsh assuming Regional Operations responsibilities for our campus as well as some Imagine Schools campuses in Ohio.

More information regarding all of these exciting changes will be shared as the year goes on. As always, we THANK YOU for choosing to partner with us in your child’s education. We know that working together, this will be a wonderful year!!

 

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Arrival/Dismissal Reminders for Car Riders and Walkers

ARRIVAL – Please remember that students who are driven to school in cars or who walk to school can enter the building beginning at 8:30 each morning.

Parents driving students to school should pull as far forward as possible in our single-lane car rider line so a staff member can get students safely from their vehicle. Students should not be left unattended in the parking lot or on the sidewalk.

Students walking to school should cross the street at the corner with the stop light, and go directly to the front entrance of our building.

DISMISSAL – Dismissal of students who are driven home in cars or who walk home from school begins at 3:50.

Parents picking up students should again pull as far forward as possible so students can safely walk to their vehicle. Parents should remain with their car to ensure a safe and smooth dismissal process.

Students walking home will be escorted to the corner with the stoplight by a staff member.

Our front doors will remain locked from 3:15-4:15 daily as we transition our scholars for dismissal as bus riders, car riders and walkers. Thank You for helping us keep ILSA safe!

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