November 23 2022

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Dear IACS Community,

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words- or at least enough words for a Hawk letter! This week students and staff added leaves to a "Gratitude Tree" created by Ms. Muzerall in Landberg Hall. As you can see this tree was full of leaves, and more have been added since this photograph was taken on Monday.

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There are so many reasons to be thankful for being a part of the IACS community: the humor and creativity of our students, the support we receive from families, and the unwavering commitment of our staff who create vibrant learning experiences. My Thanksgiving hope is that all of you- students, staff, and families- take extra time for much needed rest and have a chance to extend gratitude with loved ones near and far.

In partnership,

Greg Orpen,

Head of School

All School News

Equity and Counseling Updates:

November Equity and SEL Newsletter

Care Solace for finding community-based counseling, psychiatry or behavioral health services: Care Solace Self-Referral

If you or your family could benefit from food being provided from Friday-Sunday night for your child, please complete this brief form. End68 is a program that provides a back of meals to students who may need it through the weekend. Click here for more information about End68 Program.

IACS Community Resource List

Organic Seeds Fundraiser

Hello IACS! Do you have any friends or family who would appreciate getting some flower or veggie seeds? To help the IACS Farm to School program, think about buying individual seed packets or seed gift boxes from High Mowing Organic Seeds in Vermont. Here is the complete list of seeds. Use the IACS Seed Fundraiser Purchase Form to place your order online and pay with a credit card. Please print the order form and drop it off at the main office if paying with cash or a check.Forms are due 12/09/2022 and Seeds will be distributed the week after winter break.
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Substitutes Needed

Substitutes are valued members of our community that we rely heavily on to ensure your student receives uninterrupted learning. We are looking for a few more people to join our substitute teacher pool. If you or a friend are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute at IACS please fill out the availability form and we will reach out to you with more information. IACS pays $18.50 per hour. A full day of 6.5 hours would be $120.

School Messenger

IACS Families can enroll in School Messenger to receive text notices of school closures, delays and other school notifications. To do so Text Y or Yes to 67587 on your cellphone.

IACS School Breakfast and Lunch Program

  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has extended FREE school meals for all students through SY22-23.
  • Per National School Breakfast and Lunch Program regulations, students are allowed one free breakfast and one free lunch provided the student takes a reimbursable meal (generally speaking, taking a fruit or vegetable with the meal). Go to the IACS School Nutrition Webpage to read about what constitutes a reimbursable meal.
  • These state and federal programs are designed to encourage students to consume a well balanced meal.
  • To receive financial reimbursements for meal expenses all participating schools must adhere to both the state and federal government guidelines.
  • To avoid food waste, students are encouraged to consume, take home, save for later or place unwanted fruit in share baskets located in the cafeteria.
  • Parents and guardians are encouraged to monitor student accounts by going to School Payment Portal. Email kdrake@innovationcharter.org if you have any questions about how to set up an account.

For more information go to IACS School Nutrition Program or email kdrake@innovationcharter.org.

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Theater News

The Cast and Crew of THE WIZARD OF OZ would like to thank everyone who made the show possible! Special thanks to all of the families who supported us in countless ways and the IACS staff who made the show possible. Thank you so very much!

Enjoy these photos of The Wizard of Oz! Thanks to our photographer, Bob MacKinnon! IACS Presents The Wizard of Oz!

Please notice that the date has changed for upcoming auditions. We would love to see you there!

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Middle School News

Upcoming Dates:

11/23 Early Release 12:25 dismissal

11/24 No School

11/25 No School
12/6 7th and 8th Grade Quality Night
12/8 5th and 6th Grade Quality Night

Check out the all school calendar for 2022-2023

Student Planners

Student planners are available for purchase for anyone who would like one! They are $5 a planner, and students can either ask their advisor or Miss Un in Room 502 about purchasing one.

Quality Night Store

IACA will once again be setting up a Quality Night Store in the School library on November 28th and 29th. There will be poster boards, markers and index cards for sale as students put together their Quality Night presentations.

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The Scribbler

Each year middle school students collect art and writing pieces from the IACS community to create IACS's Literary Magazine, The Scribbler. We meet in the library on Mondays from 2:45 - 3:45 pm and spend part of the hour working on the Scribbler and part of the time working on individual writing or art projects.

Please reach out with any questions. If you'd like to join, just send an email to Ms Spence (aspence@Innovationcharter.org) and she will add you to the google classroom.

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High School News

Upcoming Dates:

11/23 Early Release 12:25pm

11/24 No School

11/25 No School

11/28 Grade Close for Progress Report #2

11/29-12/2 High School Spirit Week

12/5 Progress Report #2 for Semester 1 Published to Aspen Family Portals

12/21 HS Winter Concert

Spirit Week Schedule:

Back by popular demand and created with input from staff and students, the high school spirit week will be held from November 28th-December 2nd.

Monday, Nov 28th: Onesie Day

Tuesday, Nov 29th: Decade Day: The 90s

Wednesday, Nov 30th: Sports Day (wear IACS gear or your fav team)

Thursday, Dec 1st: Dress Like a Teacher Day

Friday, Dec 2nd: Pajama Day

LRTA announces ‘Try Transit Month’ Initiative

The Lowell Regional Transit Authority is running a “Try Transit Month” initiative, which runs from Thursday, Dec 1 to Saturday, Dec 31. The state hopes to encourage new customers to try public transit by offering no-cost trips to patronize local businesses, visit with family and friends and commute to school/work. The LRTA picks up at our school everyday at 2:45 on the HS Patio and again at 3:45. Morning drop offs are at 7:40. Learn more about the LRTA bus stops and schedules at their website: www.lrta.com

High School Photos of the Week

HS Spanish teacher Ofelin Tortorelli reunited with former IACS teacher Gale Stafford to present a workshop entitled "Raising the ABAR: Immersive Language Teaching of Antibias and Antiracism at all language levels" at the ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language) National Convention last week. Alumnus Spencer Royston (now a Spanish teacher) was among the participants in the workshop. So fun! We are proud of their leadership among language teachers.

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Enjoy the long weekend!