Family Inquirer

Week of 3/8/21

Greetings ICEF Innovation Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you SAFE and WELL!

We are just over a week away from our TK-2 students returning to campus for Hybrid learning. We have sent Class Dojo messages individually to each student whose family opted in for Hybrid learning. All other students will remain Fully Virtual. If you have not complete the Reopening Questionnaire, we still need to hear from you, whether you are choosing Hybrid or Fully Virtual learning. Please use the English or Spanish link to complete the questionnaire. YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE IT ONCE! You may call the main office if you have any further questions.

Please note that K-5 students currently in the Challengers Learning Hubs will continue to participate in that program, even if you have opted your child into Hybrid Learning. Your child will attend their cohort for two days and will rejoin their Challengers Learning Hub the other 3 days. In this instance, students who participate in Hybrid Learning and attend the Challengers Learning Hubs will be on campus 5 days a week. If you have any questions about your child's schedule, as a Hybrid Learner, please reach out to the main office.

Be sure to read the Family Inquirer in its entirety. If you have any questions, please reach out to the main office.

Have an AWESOME week!

IILA...Planting Seeds for All to Grow! --- Stick Together! Grow Together!

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ICEF Innovation Staff Spotlight

Amiekoleh Usafi, TK/Kindergarten Teacher

Amiekoleh Usafi, a Los Angeles native, is determined to leave no gift unused. She is a teacher, artist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, author and illustrator! With a calling for children and a master’s degree in education, Ms. Usafi has taught elementary school art and other subjects at ICEF for over 15 years. She is currently joyfully teaching Kindergarten and sharing her book Gladstone with children of all ages!

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Important Dates

8th - Grab & Go 8:30AM - 11:30AM

9th - COVID Testing @ ICEF Innovation 12pm-4pm

11th - Grab & Go 8:30AM - 11:30AM

11th- COVID Testing @ ICEF Innovation 12pm-4pm

17th - St. Patrick's day (wear green)

24th - Character Award Ceremony 8AM

25th - Embrace the Mind Workshop

26th - Pupil-Free Day-No School

29th - Spring Break (3/29 - 4/2)

April 2 - Spring Picture Day & 5th Grade Promotion Pictures 9am - 12pm

Beginning 3/15/21 Grab & Go Meal Service will be Mondays & Thursdays

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Open Enrollment for TK - 5th Grades

Open Enrollment is for new Students ONLY

The links below are for families interested in enrolling a new student. Current students do not need to complete anything at this time.



Please post Open Enrollment on your social media networks and refer your neighbors, relatives and friends who are interested in joining our family. We are also offering Incentives to Parents who refer new students to our school. Each Parent that refers a new student who enrolls and stays enrolled for at least 3 months will receive a Thank you gift and will be included in a drawing for a grand prize scheduled for Oct. 15th, 2021. Feel free to call the Main Office with any questions. (323) 290-6997

Attendance Matters!

Attendance Everyday Spanish
Tray Chaney - Attendance (Official Music Video)

Perfect Attendance Winners

  • The class with the highest % of students w/ Perfect Attendance in February is ... Ms. Usafi
  • Second place is Ms. Ancheta

Congratulations to Sariyah Dye in Mrs. Rhee's class for being the recipient of our February pizza delivery drawing.

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Dodgers RBI Spring Training- Virtual Fitness Clinic

Tuesday, March 9th, 4-4:45pm

This is an online event.

Dodgers/UCLA Health are excited to announce our third Virtual Fitness Clinic with EXOS! Participants ages 5-18 will learn fun and interactive exercises that will encourage them to develop a healthy lifestyle. UCLA Health Sports Performance powered by EXOS is a collaboration between two of the top organizations in the medical and sports performance fields. They are experts in providing high-quality training, nutrition, and wellness support to athletes, teams, and clients of all ages and abilities. Participants will be led through a live 45-minute clinic including warmup and circuit workout as they are encouraged to stay home, stay healthy, and stay active. For this clinic, the primary exercise that will be focused on squats!

In addition, all participants who complete the fitness clinic survey will be entered in a raffle to receive an authentic 2020 Team Issued Jackie Robinson jersey.


Little Sunshine Foundation

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Monique (right) founder of The Little Sunshine Foundation donated 400 books to our students this past week. This will give our students some additional reading material as we continue to learn from home virtually. We are grateful to Monique and her team for their donation.

The Little Sunshine Foundation also offers FREE tutoring to students in TK-12. Please see the flyer below and reach out if your are interested in tutoring for your child.

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Our STEM program has exciting lessons to share with the students, but they have to be there to enjoy them. Please take a look at the attached video to find out more about our STEM program and make sure your child attends his/her weekly class.

STEM to the Future Sample Lesson Video

Lexia & Achieve 3000: (ICEF Core Values of COMMUNITY, EQUITY, and GROWTH)

Students should logon to Lexia (TK-3rd and some 4th and 5th graders), and Achieve 3000 (4th and 5th only) daily. These programs allow students to practice reading and reading comprehension, improving on their skills and being exposed to a variety of different texts to include fiction and non fiction. Make it a habit to ask your children if they are using these programs. You can also see how they are progressing by looking at their accounts or reaching out to their classroom teacher to get a comprehensive report.

Progress Reporting Period: (ICEF Core Values of COMMUNITY, EQUITY, and GROWTH)

T2 is over! It is progress report time. Take a look at the Google Classroom to make sure your child has ALL of their assignments turned in. Teachers will be finalizing grades this weekend. Any assignments submitted after Sunday, will not be counted in the T2 grades. If you have any questions about your child's grades, please reach out the your child's teacher.

SBAC Parent Post

This link (English/Spanish-page 2) gives you a brief look at what the SBAC looks like. You can always visit the CAASPP website and find sample questions and practice tests your child can take.

We will continue this section, for our 3rd-5th grade families though May, after testing is complete. Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Jundef (, Mr. Rodriguez (, Ms. Clark (, or Ms. McGee ( with any SBAC related questions.

We are here for you!

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Operations and Logistical


You can use the link below to schedule your appointment. ICEF Innovation will have testing every Tuesday and Thursday, 12pm - 4pm. These links will be the same from week to week, so feel free to sign up early. Reminder: Students participating in Hybrid Learning must be tested weekly. Student must register for testing as well. If you would like your child to be tested while on campus, please contact the office, so you can complete the COVID Testing release.

Registration Link

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IILA Data Spot

Our school-wide goal is to get 80% usage Lexia and 2 lessons/week on Achieve 3000 on a consistent bases. Please encourage your children to log on daily to reach their goals. They will be rewarded with class-wide incentives like certificates, Dojo points, and shout-outs! We can reach our goal, if we continue to encourage our children.

IILA...Planting Seeds for All to Grow!


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Achieve 3000

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Embrace the Mind/Mindful Moments

There are some wonderful things happening with our Embrace the Mind program. We invite all family members to attend!

Workshops coming soon!

English Language Learner (ELL) Chronicles!

In this section we will highlight the language and culture of our English Language Learners and their families. I would love to share your stories with the school community. Feel free to email stories, pictures, or examples of how you see the language and culture of our ELLs and their families incorporated in the learning environment.

ELL Chronicles From Our Staff:

We were reading a book that had both English and Spanish title and my EL students were really excited to read the title in Spanish to me since I didn't read it well (according to them, LOL). It was great to relate how some words look similar and sound similar in both English and Spanish. --Anonymous

I'm beginning to hablo mas Espanol en mi clase. Some of mis estudiantes are really enjoying it. One of my students gives me thumbs up when I say things correctly en Espanol. --Anonymous

Challenger's Boys and Girls E-Club

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Kool & The Gang - Celebration (Official Music Video)

Shout out to...

...Families who posted our enrollment efforts on their social media

...Families who attended the ICEF-Wide Reopening Town Hall Meetings

...Families who have already participated in COVID testing

...Students who have participated in ELPAC testing (and the families who supported them)

...Mrs. White and Mrs. Gibson for working with intervention groups on campus this week

...Members of the leadership team for supporting families on campus this week

...Ms. Maner for supporting from the campus this week

...Mr. Juan for keeping our school site cleaned and sanitized

...Our first group of student who came to campus this week and the great work they did

...Ms. Pealer for supporting one of our families at home

...Our families who participated in IEP meetings this week

Please feel free to email me your SHOUT OUTS at I will place them in The Inquirer for all to see!

School-Wide Expectations

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Daily Reminders – every day please remember to do the following:

  1. Make sure your child's learning environment is clean and ready for the next day of learning
  2. Make sure you have shut down and put away your child's device in a safe place
  3. Ask questions if you have them
  4. Check in with each family member and ask about their day
  5. Do something kind for yourself or for someone else

Your IILA Staff

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ICEF Innovation Los Angeles

Jewell Pearson

Community Relations Coordinator