Mrs. Smith's Scoop

February 10th Weekly Newsletter

Kimberly Smith

Lower School Teacher
Skype: icademyksmith

Hello Friends!

Valentine' Day is this Friday. Make sure to tell the people important to you, how much you love them. I would like to share one of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or concerns.

BlackBoard Update: Action Required Before Your First Class Connect Session the Week of February 10th

Due to the new BlackBoard version 12.6 release, families will have to log into Blackboard to load and run the new software prior to attending a Class Connect or conference.

The download is 8 MB and will take extra time to launch the first session after the update. ***This means that students and Learning Coaches may be really late or miss their first session due to the length of time the download will take.

The following action is required:

  • Go to the Class Connect configuration room at least 1 hour prior to the Class Connect you plan to attend.
    • Access the Configuration Room any time after 6 a.m. (MT) Sunday, February 9th but BEFORE your 1st scheduled session of the week. The room is available 24/7.
  • As long as you access the above link at least one hour prior to your Class Connect session, it will give you the needed amount of time for the download to finish. This will be essential, since the Class Connect sessions will not allow you to log in "early."

If you cannot get the link to work, please copy and paste the link into your web browser.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out and ask.

Progress Goals

Important Dates

February 17th- Presidents Day

Mid Term Dates

50% is your goal at semester in all courses:)

Term 4 ~ 2.19.14

Term 4a ~ 3.3.14

Term 5 ~ 3.11.14

Term 6lsA ~ 4.10.14

Attendance expectations for FULL TIME students at semester:

K-2 360 hours

3-8 450 hours

Part time hours will vary.

**Mid Year Progress Reports will be sent at semester.**

Kids Corner

Journal and Weekly Riddle

Journal Topic:

If you could be an athlete going to the Winter Olympics, what sport would you compete in and why?

Riddle of the Week:

Which month has 28 days?

Last Week’s Riddle:

What did the calculator say to the other calculator?


"You can count on me!"

Send your guesses to me or wait until next week for the answer :)

January: Time Management and Scheduling

Create note cards with the different lesson assignments and goals for the day and give to the student. Allow the student to organize the note cards in the order he/she would like to work on each of the lessons. Sometimes, Learning Coaches need students to work on certain lessons at particular times of the day, so the Coach can establish those times and let the student fill in the rest of the schedule.

~Submitted by Jo Phillip

For more great tips, suggestions, and schedule examples, check out the session recording! The link is below:

Class Connect Recording Links

Math+ Blue

Language Skills Blue

Math+ Green

Language Skills Green

Language Skills Orange (PG 1) Math Orange (PG 2)

Math+ Purple

Language Skills 3

Math+ Red

Language Skills 4

Math+ Yellow

Language Skills 5

American History A

Science K2

Science 3-5

iCadmey has a Pinterest Page

Are you a fan of Pinterest? If not, now might be the time to become one. We have our own k12 International Academy page with several Lower School Boards! Come take a peek!