The Hawk: October 19, 2018

October 18, 2018 6:48 pm

IACS Hawk

IACS Newsletter for the week ending October 26th

Dear Families:

As I write this letter, our high school students are finishing up their Spirit Week. From my window I can see students in their class colors of white, red, blue, and black eating lunch on the patio getting ready for the culminating event of Fall Fest, coordinated by their student government. School spirit is simple and also important as it helps students and staff connect and feel pride about being at our school. School spirit unites us.

Next week, middle school students will be participating in a walkathon as a fundraiser for IACS. Students on the Self-Direction and Effective Communication teams will walk on Monday, 10/22 and students on the Problems-Solving and Community Membership team will walk on Tuesday, 10/23 during advisory. Awards and prizes will be given to the top 3 individual fundraisers as well as the top advisory for each team (as well as a prize for the advisory that shows the most school spirit). Students may use either a paper form or online fundraising page to collect donations until October 22nd. Proceeds from this event will go toward updating our campus trails to increase walkability, while adding fitness and mindfulness stations to improve wellness and balance. The walk-a-thon will lead into Thursday afternoon’s Pumpkin Run. In addition to the race, there will be trunk or treat and other activities for the whole family. For more information go to the Pumpkin Run page on our website or contact Heather Landis. Show your IACS spirit!

Best,

Melissa Kapeckas

Middle School Principal

Important Dates

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Tyngsborough Fire Department has invited the community to their open house tomorrow. The flyer is here.

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All School News

2nd Annual Pumpkin Run – 3K Trail Race and Celebration

Please join us on Thursday, Oct 25th for an afternoon of fun. There will be a trail race (register here ) music, games, HS Girls Varsity soccer game, awards ceremony, food, and Trunk or Treat for more information go to the Pumpkin Run page on the school website.

Questions? – Contact Heather Landis

IACS School Nutrition Program:

The breakfast and lunch program is off to a great start with a significant increase in participation over this time last year! Thank you for participating in the School Nutrition Program! If you would like more information about this program, please contact Karen Drake, kdrake@innovationcharter.org.

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Theatre News

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Tickets just became available for the IACS production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Join us for this beautiful show! IACS students may use the code "Student" for $10 student tickets, available through October 15. You can get your tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/innovation-academy-charter-school-16651675468

Middle School News

Walkathon – Please turn in all money on Monday

Middle School students will be participating in a walkathon on 10/22 or 10/23 during advisory as a fundraiser for the school. Awards and prizes will be given to the top 3 individual fundraisers as well as the top advisory for each team (as well as a prize for the advisory that shows the most school spirit). Students may use either a paper form or online fundraising page to collect donations until October 22nd. Proceeds from this event will go toward updating our campus trails to increase walkability, while adding fitness and mindfulness stations to improve wellness and balance. For more information go to the Pumpkin Run page on our website or contact Heather Landis Help us reach our goal!

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Good work Destramp Advisory:

You’ve never seen more enthusiastic car washers and vacuumers than the Destramp Advisory! They nearly doubled their goal and are sending a donation of $392 from the proceeds of their carwash to the Lawrence Police Department to support families impacted by the gas explosions. Thank you to everyone who supported this event!

Winter Athletics Registration: It is time again for winter sports. This year, we are offering the following sports for middle school students: basketball, cheer, archery and high school indoor track (7/8 only). Please find the registration packet here. This packet includes specific team offerings, practice times/locations and the steps to register. All middle school athletic registration paperwork is due October 29th. Please do not hesitate to contact the Athletic Department at iacsathletics@innovationcharter.org with any questions or concerns.

High School News

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Spanish Class Field Trip

Esta semana la clase de español "El arte callejero" tomó un viaje a El Punto, Salem, MA para ver los murales sobre cuales hemos estado aprendiendo en la clase. El Punto museo de arte urbano es "un programa de justicia social enfocado en romper las barreras socioeconómicas invisibles". Todos los 50+ murales están en paredes de edificios de alquilo restringido, y colectivamente tienen una meta de subir el orgullo en la comunidad y crear oportunidades de negocios para personas que viven allí. Estudiantes han estado estudiando la vecindad y los efectos positivos de los murales en la vecindad, entonces en dos días bonitos (pero fríos), ¡fuimos para ver por nosotrxs mismxs!

This week the Spanish class "Street Art" took a trip to El Punto, Salem, MA to see the murals we have been learning about in class. El Punto Urban Art Museum is "a social justice art program focused on breaking down invisible socioeconomic barriers". All of the 50+ murals are on walls of rent-restricted buildings, and collectively aim to raise pride in the community and increase business opportunities for people living there. Students have been studying the neighborhood and the positive effects of the murals in the neighborhood, so on two beautiful (if chilly) days, we went to see for ourselves!

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Internship Update

Yearbook

Order forms for the high school yearbook were distributed in advisory this week. Yearbooks are $40.00 this year, and must be purchased by March 22, 2019. Paper order forms may be turned in (with cash or check) to the Main Office.

Semester 1 Progress Reports & Family Portals

Semester 1 Progress reports are available on your X2 Family Portal. Students were also given a hard copy in advisory on Thursday. If you do not know your log-in information please reach out to Crystal McKiel.

Yearbook

Order forms for the high school yearbook were distributed in advisory this week. Yearbooks are $40.00 this year, and must be purchased by March 22, 2019. Paper order forms may be turned in (with cash or check) to the Main Office.

Yearbooks may be personalized with student’s name and icons for an additional cost. If you would like to personalize your child’s yearbook, please order online at schoolannual.com.

If you have photos from school events that you would like to see in the yearbook, please submit them to yearbook@innovationcharter.org.

Photo of the Week

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HALLOWEEN DANCE TONIGHT: The grade 5/6 Halloween dance is tonight. We’re looking forward to seeing all those spooky and fun costumes. Thanks to all our parent volunteers who help make our socials a success for the kids!

PUMPKIN RUN PREP: Volunteers and candy donations are needed for the Pumpkin Run’s Trunk or Treat event. Please be sure to let Ozzy know when you are parking that your car is a Trunk or Treat car, he will let you know where to park. If you can donate candy, you can label it and drop it off to the main office on Thursday morning.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Get to know our IACA President, Caitlin Theriault, this month’s featured volunteer. Visit iaca.weebly.com/volunteer.html.

Bakers Needed for Pumpkin Run

Kelly, our volunteer coordinator is looking for bakers to make Apple Crisp and/or Pumpkin moons (whoopie pies) to sell at our Pumpkin Run event. Don’t have time to bake but still want to help? We could use donations of candy for the Trunk or Treat event, (just in case folks run out) Please email me with questions or if you’d like to donate candy. Thank you – Kelly Ash