Parent Newsletter

July 2020

Hello Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to read our parent newsletter. We will have one released each month to keep you in the loop of current and upcoming events happening in our school. We hope that you enjoy the information that is presented.

IMPORTANT: Parent Reentry Letter

Hello ILH Families,


I am reaching out to communicate our re-entry plan. I know you are all anxious to know the plan and be able to set your own plans for your children! First, I want you to know that we had two goals with this plan. First, we wanted to ensure safety for all staff and students. Second, we wanted to choose the plan that allowed us to provide the best possible learning experiences within the current health guidelines.


After a lot of planning and seeking feedback from school leaders, the Marion County Health Department and our authorizer, we have developed the following plan:

  • We will run the same school calendar and start school on July 27.

  • Students will attend school Monday through Friday from 8:00-2:00 which is a shortened day which will ensure there is time for a full cleaning daily.

  • Students will have their own materials and desks and stay cohorted in one classroom for the duration of the day. Teachers will move room to room to provide instruction.

  • Students will be temperature screened daily.

  • Students will eat breakfast and lunch in the classroom at their desk.

  • Students and staff will wear masks in all common areas. While they are at their desks masks will only be worn if the student chooses to wear it.

  • Students will have an assigned bathroom stall and it will be cleaned after every use.

  • Every classroom will have hand sanitizer pumps and students and staff will be encouraged to sanitize regularly.

  • We will not use backpacks. All homework will be submitted by picture on Class Dojo or Google Classroom. Any item sent home may stay at home and students are not to bring anything to school except for a coat/jacket, bottle of water, and lunch boxes for those who bring a lunch.

  • We will not be using the water fountains. Students are encouraged to bring their own bottled water and teachers will have water in case a student needs a water refill.

  • Visitors will not be allowed into the classroom wing and if they enter the office they will need to wear a mask.

  • Students will be kept socially distanced within classrooms and will be provided their own computer to use while in class.

  • Any student who shows signs or symptoms of illness will be separated from the staff and students and must be picked up immediately from the school. We will follow all CDC and MCHD guidelines for their return.


These are the basic parts of our plan. Please feel free to reach out with questions via class Dojo or by email at aostler@inventlearning.org. You may also call the school office at 317-832-4900. I am more than willing to talk individually with parents by appointment. We can schedule a virtual meeting or talk by phone. I also want to share that I will run 2 virtual parent meetings where I will go through our plan and answer any questions you may have. Those meetings will happen at the following dates and times:

  • July 8 at 11:00 am

  • July 8 at 6:30 pm

Please remember that I am here to discuss any individual circumstances or questions. We want this to be a success for staff, students and parents!


Sincerely,

Aleicha Ostler

Executive Director


2020-2021 School Calendar

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The school day will be 8A-2P.


Key ILH Calendar Dates

  • First Day of School: July 27th, 2019

  • Fall Break: October 9th – 16th

  • Winter Break: December 21st – January 1st

  • Spring Break: March 22nd – 26th

  • Last Day of School: May 21st, 2020

Virtual Back to School Night

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To limit the amount of guests in the building, we are only providing tours to new incoming families. These must be scheduled in advance with Mr. Edwards by calling our office or email (jedwards@inventlearning.org) The tours will be limited to just the child(ren) and their parents. Whenever possible we would prefer that only one parent accompany the child. Face coverings must be worn for the entire duration of the visit.


The back to school grade level meetings will be held via Zoom call. Pay attention to Class Dojo for the link to join. Log on to learn a little bit about your teachers and what to expect when we return to school later this month. Each meeting will take place on a single zoom call with 10-15 minutes for each meeting. If you have any questions contact our offices.

$10 Supply Fee

A supply fee of $10 will be charged for each student. This fee will be used to provide all the supplies the student will need for the year. To limit the amount of cross contamination student supplies will be kept at the school and it is asked that students not bring backpacks to school.

Help Grow the ILH Family and earn FREE School Uniforms

Know someone who is going into Kinder - 7th Grade? You can earn a FREE uniform shirt if someone you refer completes the enrollment process. If you would prefer us to talk to them about our program, you can also give their contact information to our office at 317-832-4900 and still earn the uniform if they enroll.

Teacher Spotlight

Hello ILH families! My name is Maddie Paraskos and I am the new 3-4 ELA teacher! Originally from Ohio, I fell in love with Indianapolis when studying at Butler University and decided to stay and teach in this wonderful city! I chose to teach because I believe every child is capable and every child has that spark for life-long learning—and I want to help them find it! I was drawn to ILH because of their focus on teaching the whole child and their dedication to seeing each and every child find the right path for them once they leave our classrooms! Thank you so much for welcoming me into the ILH community!


Thank you,

Ms. Paraskos

3rd & 4th Grade ELA

Order Your Uniforms Now!

You can order your student's uniforms now at www.ILHuniformshop.square.site, if you would like to pay with cash or check you will need to contact our office at 317-832-4900. Remember that it will take 2-3 weeks for orders to be fulfilled. To get them before school starts you will need to order soon!
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Uniform Reminder

Top: A shirt with the school logo. These can be ordered at www.ILHuniformshop.square.site or directly from our front office.


Bottoms: Any solid colored short shorts, pant or skirt without decoration or holes. Including jeans. Shorts and skirts should extend at least to the student's finger tips.


Shoe: Any closed toe shoe without wheels, light or sounds.


Face masks: Face masks will be required for all student. They should be worn as part of the student's daily uniform. Marion county residents can request free face coverings at indy.gov/masks.

Need Food?

During the summer if your family is in need of food please call our office at 317-832-4900. We have a limited food supply that will be provided to families on a first come first serve basis.