Family Inquirer

Week of 1/25/21

Greetings ICEF Innovation Families,

We hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy. Over the next week, students will continue to test in both Reading and Math. Please make sure that they are in a quiet place where they can focus. Students are to take their tests independently. Please do not help them. We want to gather data on their current performance and can only do so, if they test alone.

Please also make sure that your children are in attendance EVERYDAY! It is important during this testing period, but is important in general, so they receive all of the learning being delivered by their teachers.

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

Have a WONDERFUL week!

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

ICEF Innovation Staff Spotlight

Ms. Jewell, Community Relations Coordinator

Hello ICEF Innovation Parents and Guardians. My name is Jewell Pearson but everyone calls me Ms. Jewell. I started working for ICEF Innovation which was formerly Frederick Douglass in 2008. I have held several positions within our school and have loved each one. I enjoy working with parents and working through concerns and challenges. When we were all together on the school campus, it was great to see the smiles and sometimes sad faces of all of our students. I'm always inspired by their resilience and ability to rise above some of the challenges they experience everyday. I am here to help.

I am a mother of 2 biological children and 3 foster and adopted children. I have 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. I am a true believer in helping children in need and raising all of my kids has brought me joy and contentment (well most of the time.) I love weekend movie/series binges and I am an avid DIY crafter. The pandemic has challenged my patience and sanity but I am an optimistic person so I am looking forward to a better 2021.

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Important Dates


22nd—Trimester 2 Progress Period Ends

25th -- See's Candy Fundraiser Begins

25th -- School Choice Week

25th -- Great Kindness Challenge Week (click here for resources on ways to Show Kindness)

27th— STAR Character Award Ceremony

28th -- COVID Testing - ICEF VISTA

28th—Embrace the Mind – Wellness Celebration 6:00p

29th—Trimester 2 Progress Reports Sent Home

29th—Fun Friday Event

Here is our School Calendar.

School Fundraiser

Please be sure to support our See's Candy fundraiser. This is one of our biggest fundraisers and an opportunity for you to buy sweets for your sweets and have them just in time for Valentine's Day!

We've been told because of COVID 19 guidelines, the order process for Valentine's Day is different this year. The last day to order will be Friday, 1/29/21. This doesn't give us our usual 2 weeks to purchase but the process is easier. Now you can send the attached link to all of your family and friends across the country because they can order online and their items will be sent directly to their home. Please put the link on your Social Media to reach as many people as possible to support ICEF Innovation. Feel free to call the main office if you have any questions (323) 290-6997.

Storefront Link:

Open Enrollment

We are currently accepting new students in grades TK-3rd grade. Please refer your neighbors, relatives and friends who are interested in joining our family to one of the links below. Feel free to contact the main office if they have any questions. (323) 290-6997. Registration form will be available on 2/1/21.



Office Schedule for the Week

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Character Award Ceremony

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 8-8:15am

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 95775404263 Password: 844357

Come and celebrate the Character Award recipients with us!

Fun Friday

Friday, Jan. 29th, 11:30am-12pm

Zoom Location will be shared by the teacher

This event is Invitation Only!

School-Wide Expectations

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STEM, Music, Art, & P.E. Classes: (ICEF Core Values of COMMITMENT, COMMUNITY, EQUITY, and GROWTH)

It is important that your children attend their STEM, Music, Art, and P.E. live sessions. Your child's teacher should have shared the scheduling for each of these sessions with you. If they have not, please ask!

Intervention Groups and Office Hours: (ICEF Core Values of COMMITMENT, COMMUNITY, EQUITY, and GROWTH)

If your child has been invited to an intervention group or teacher office hours, please make sure they attend. These opportunities are not being offer to every student, so if your child has been invited, it is very important they attend, so they can get the additional support from the teacher. If you have questions about the invitation, please reach out to your child's teacher directly, or to the main office. Attendance will be tracked!

Elementary Virtual Learning Schedule Change: (ICEF Core Values of COMMITMENT, EQUITY, and GROWTH)

The virtual learning schedules have changed. There are two different schedules now. One for (TK-2) and one for (3-5). 25 minutes have been added onto both schedules to make time for direct instruction in Phonics (K-2), and Writing (3-5). An additional 40 minutes has been added to the (3-5) schedule dedicated to SBAC preparation. SBAC is the state standardized assessment that all (3-5) grade students will take in May. Please see the updated schedules linked here (TK-2) and here (3-5) Please prepare for your children to be in their live session for an extended time.

Black Lives Matter in Education Week: (ICEF Core Values of COMMUNITY, EQUITY, and GROWTH)

February 1st-5th is Black Lives Matter in Education Week. Our Language and Literacy Specialist, Ms. Clark, has compiled some activities for students. Some teachers may do some of the activities with their classes, but we encourage you to review them as well, with your children, if you so choose.

Books Drop-Off: (ICEF Core Values of COMMUNITY, COMMITMENT and EQUITY)

The book drop-off has been postponed until the STATE has lifted the Stay At Home order. Please make sure that students are keeping their school reading books in their plastic book bag and that they are completing the reading log that was inside.

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SBAC Parent Post

Some of our parents asked about information on SBAC during this past Evening Chat with the Principal. 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

  • Make sure your child is up and ready for class on time
  • Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast
  • Create a quiet learning space in your home
  • Have all school related materials ready for class and assignments

Stay At Home Order: (ICEF Core Values of COMMITMENT, COMMUNITY, EQUITY, and GROWTH)

The state has issued another Stay at Home oder, due to the rising COVID cases in California (Los Angeles being one of the highest cities). The campus will have limited access. Here is what we are attempting to do as a school:

  • Only have office/admin staff on campus for food service days (as limited as possible)
  • Accept families, on campus, by appointment only to conduct business (swapping out computers, signing/turning in paperwork, picking up student materials, etc.)

What does this mean for families. Families will still be able to reach the main office by telephone and email. Please do NOT visit the campus unannounced, as there will more than likely be no one there. Staff will not have access to the campus until around 8:30-9, when Challenger's staff arrives. Please reach out if you have any questions.


ICEF is providing regular COVID-19 testing at ICEF Vista and ICEF View Park on alternating Thursdays for students and their families. You can use the links below to schedule your appointment. These links will be the same from week to week, so feel free to sign up early.

Vista Campus Pre-Registration Scheduling Link:

View Park Pre-Registration Scheduling Link:

Scheduled Testing Locations:

January 28th, 2021 1-4pm Vista

February 4th, 2021 1-4pm View Park K8

February 11th, 2021 1-4pm Vista

February 18th, 2021 1-4pm View Park K8

Reporting Attendance: (ICEF Core Values of COMMUNITY, COMMITMENT, EQUITY, and GROWTH)

PowerSchool will now send an automative message to students who are absent to their live sessions. Teachers will take attendance in PowerSchool within 15 minutes of the class period starting. PowerSchool notices will go out at 8:45 and 12:15. If your child is not in attendance within the first 15 minutes of class, you will receive the notice. Please make sure your children are in their live sessions daily and on time!

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!

Link to the Parent & Caregiver Workshops:

Workshops coming soon!

Education Through Music-LA, the organization that provides music classes to our students, is hosting an event (see flyer below). This is a great opportunity to Embrace the Mind through music, enjoyment, and relaxation!

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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.

An ELL Chronicle from Ms. Favors!

Jason is in one of my LLI groups. I feel that it is important to get to know my students both inside and outside of school environment. At the end of one of our sessions, Jason and I began talking about food. That is when Jason shared with me that his family owned a restaurant called “Fuente Restaurant”. I asked him for the address and he didn’t hesitate to get it from his sister. It was near the Thanksgiving break, so I told Jason I would visit during the Thanksgiving week. Jason was so excited that I was going to come to the restaurant. I also told him that I was going to bring someone with me. He tried to guess and even asked me to tell him, but I insisted it be a surprise. I kept my promise and visited “Fuente Restaurant" that week, Even better was I got the opportunity to use the Spanish I was learning in a class I was taking at West LA. The food was delicious and my surprise guest was none other than the principal of ICEF Innovation, Ms. McGee. When Jason’s family told him that Ms. McGee and I had visited the restaurant, he was surprised. I even share the photo with him, for proof. He was smiling from ear to ear!

Ms. Favors and Ms. McGee at Fuente Restaurant

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Give them a try - Fuente Restaurant - 5916 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angles, CA 90044

Challenger's Boys and Girls E-Club

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Kool & The Gang - Celebration (Official Music Video)

Shout out to...

...those students who participated in the Winter Reading Challenge and the parents who supported them

...the 2020-2021 ICEF Innovation L.A. Student Council

...all the families who attended the Evening Chat w/the Principal on Tuesday

...Families who have referred students to our school

...Families who get their children on line, and on time each and every day

...Students who had perfect attendance for the month of December (more to come)

Please feel free to email me your SHOUT OUTS. I will place them in the Inquirer (Family Edition) for all to see!

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