Happy Thanksgiving!!

Indiana Life Sciences Academy wishes everyone a safe, fun-filled family Thanksgiving Break! We appreciate that you have chosen to partner with us for your child’s success, and we know that working together we will continue on our path to success for all.

Enjoy your holiday break, November 26, 27 and 28. We will welcome everyone back to school on Monday, December 1.

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The ILSA Eagle Newsletter for the Week of November 24

Girl Scouts and Eagle PIE Meetings Set for Monday

Two meetings designed to give parents more opportunity to become involved in our school will take place Monday evening from 5:30-6:30.

Girl Scouts invites all Kindergarten – Sixth grade girls and their mothers for a night of games and fun! Parents will learn how to help increase our scholars’ participation in this worthwhile service-based organization, while girls will experience first-hand some of the activities which take place during Girl Scout meetings.

Eagle Partners in Education invites anyone interested in helping us strengthen our parent involvement to join us as we discuss fundraising opportunities, family activities, and ways to bring our talents together to improve our school.

ILSA Displays Overwhelming Generosity!

More than $900 and countless canned food items were collected during ILSA’s Spirit Week and Canned Food Drive held earlier this month to benefit families in need of holiday assistance. Students participated in a week of themed dress-down days for the cost of $1 per day, and collected canned foods and other non-perishable items over a two week period. Mrs. Hollowell’s fifth grade class collected 100 canned food items and is the winner of a special celebration to take place after Thanksgiving. Thank You for your generosity, and for supporting our character education and service learning efforts!

Thanksgiving Assistance Available

 Area outreach groups are offering Thanksgiving meals this holiday season, with many offering delivery within Marion County: La Plaza (890-3292), Calvary Temple (www.calvarytempleindy.org), Flanner House (925-4231), Mozel Sanders (636-4964, 636-7985), St. Vincent de Paul (687-0169), Hawthorne Community Center (637-4312), Wheeler Mission (245 N. Delaware), 33rd Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner (327-7175).

 

 Thanksgiving Break is November 26, 27 and 28. School resumes December 1

 

Board Meeting/Public Hearing Set for December 1

ILSA’s monthly Board Meeting will be held on Monday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at our school. Included on the agenda is the opportunity for the public to comment on our improvement status. ILSA parents, staff, students and interested community members are welcome to attend our Board Meetings, which are open to the public.

 

ILSA wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, joy, and happiness. We are thankful to be able to serve your family.

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ILSA thanks our community partners Indy Met HS, Indiana Achievement, Gambold HS, Providence Cristo-Rey HS, Nexxus Academy, North Central HS and the Center for Leadership Development for attending our High School Fair.

ILSA thanks our community partners Indy Met HS, Indiana Achievement, Gambold HS, Providence Cristo-Rey HS, Nexxus Academy, North Central HS and the Center for Leadership Development for attending our High School Fair.

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Weather-Related School Closings/Two Hour Delay Notification

Indiana Life Sciences Academy Administration will refer to school districts such as IPS, Wayne, Pike, and surrounding school districts for school closing concerning snow and icy conditions only.  The decision to delay or close will be made by 6:30 a.m.  Please watch for Closings, Early Closings, or 2 Hour Delays on television channel WTHR 13, Fox 59, WTTV 4, and WISH-TV 8. Information will be relayed directly to you through our phone blast and text system, our Facebook page, and our website www.indylifescience.com

Closing – means that school is cancelled for that day. AYS (At Your School) Before/After Care operates a snow site at First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church. Families not registered can receive a full day of care for $25, morning or afternoon care only is $15.

Early Closing – means that students are being dismissed earlier than our usual 3:45 dismissal time. AYS will operate their program until parents arrive to pick up their children.

2 Hour Delay – means that the start of school is being delayed by two hours. Bus riders should expect their bus to arrive two hours later than the usual time. Car riders can begin entering the building at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will not be served. AYS will operate on their normal schedule.

 

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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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Websites Recommended to Help Students Learn at Home

There are many fun, educational websites with free activities available to help your child continue to learn and grow. Many will help strengthen basic grade-level skills needed to be successful on our upcoming IRead 3 test (3rd grade) and ISTEP+ (3rd-8th grade).

Check out these website recommendations:

www.prepdog.com

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/

http://www.factmonster.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/mstoddroom10/istep-iread-test-prep-practice

http://www.funbrain.com/

http://www.playkidsgames.com/

http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/

http://www.coolmath-games.com/

In addition, students can use their Acuity password at http://www.acuityathome.com to practice Acuity activities.  Continue reading
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Library Offers FREE Homework Help

The Indianapolis/Marion County Public Library offers FREE homework help to students in Kindergarten – College. Students can receive help from 3:00-11:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Help for adult students is available each day from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Assistance is available through live online chats with tutors familiar with Math, Science, English and Social Studies. Simply visit www.indypl.org to take advantage of this free homework help.

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