Okma Weekly Message August 29, 2019

Greetings IA Community,

On September 11th, we will participate in the National Day of Service and Remembrance to commemorate 9/11/2001. 9th and 10th grade students will stay on campus to participate in activities designed by the staff to memorialize this day. 

Juniors and seniors will board buses to participate in service experiences in and around metro Detroit with their classmates and teachers. This week they heard a little about this experience and will hear more next week. Juniors and seniors must turn in  permission slips to travel by bus to the locations.  The permission slips are due 9/6.

Permission Slip to Travel for Juniors and Seniors

This is a school day - your child will be back by 2:35 pm-  in time to participate in their after school activities and students' responses to their experiences are overly positive, citing it as a day of bonding, eye-opening service. Please encourage your child to be a part of this important community effort to serve our community.    Sarah Clancy, MYP & DP Service Learning Coordinator

It's a "no homework weekend".  We hope everyone takes advantage of this hopefully "laborless" Labor Day Weekend. Next weekend is the Welcome Back Dance -  September 6 from 7-10 in the ISC. The theme is "Glow in the Dark". Check out this flyer and send your kids out to shake it up and get their glow on.  The PTIA is still in need of volunteers and donations.  Check the signup genius to see how you can help.

Please join us for Coffee with the Counselors
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 7:45 - 9 am
Meet the counselors at your student's campus for an informal discussion and sharing of information. 
Okma: Room 108
East: Library
West: Conference Room
September Topic: Focus on the freshman year




Weekly Announcements

service learning coordinator quote of the week

This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, a federal holiday dedicated to celebrating the joy and tears that come with hard work well done. Booker T. Washington, educator, author, and African American civil rights leader, said, "Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work". Short cuts are so easy to make and often taken when we've run out of time or think we are going to. But how can we prioritize what we value, that which is worth having, in a way that requires we do the Work (with a capital W) to make it so? As we think about our strength, prosperity, and well-being not only as a country this weekend but also that of us as individuals, celebrate the time it takes doing the hard work and look around to appreciate the reward: relaxation after a job (in this case TEN FULL SCHOOL DAYS!) well done.

Booker T Washington Quote  "Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work


Enrichment News

Counseling News

ptia news

A BIG Thank You from the PTIA to everyone who stopped by the PTIA table on Curriculum Night to drop off donations, sign up for membership or pick up a membership form! 

Do remember to drop off your completed forms in the office or join anytime online.  We are striving for 100% membership by all IA families. Please join us. Thank you again!

One year membership - $ 30 or Four year membership - $120 (comes with a gift) 

Free Yoga Classes for ALL IA Central Students: Mondays, Sept 9th - Oct 21st, ISC 2:45pm-3:45pm. Please see flyer for details of the sessions and how to sign up

Common Ground Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Wednesday, Sept 25th, 7pm-8:30pm. Presentation by Ms. Melissa Bowman regarding the impact of mental health stigmas, warning signs of suicide crisis and how you can help make a difference. See attached flyer

PTIA Website                                            PTIA on Facebook

Upcoming PTIA Meeting Date: 9/18/2019, Wednesday, 7pm

Volunteers are needed for the Welcome Back Dance

welcome back dance 2019 Sept 6  7-10 PM

use this link to sign up



free yoga for all students mondays in the isc sept 9 thru Oct 21
september is suicide prevention month  - informative session wednesday september 25 okma campus 7-8:30 pm

Enrichment Travel Opportunities

Picture of Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
Mary Miner

The Civil Rights Movement:  6-Day ‘Then & Now’ IA History Enrichment Trip  February 17-22, 2020 (during Mid-Winter Break)

This engaging & meaningful experience will begin in ATLANTA, continue in BIRMINGHAM SELMA and end in MONTGOMERY, before traveling home again.  Highly relevant connections with our school’s MYP Humanities Program will be made in both Georgia and Alabama.  E.g. the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for Voting Rights will come alive by reflectively crossing the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge together.

Join us!  Cost: $1,679; this is an all-inclusive price: round-trip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations (Quad Occupancy), three meals per day, sightseeing and evening activities, as well as medical insurance.  Price is based on 35 travelers.

For more information, please read the attached FLYER and/or contact Mr. De Zwaan at mdezwaan@bloomfield.org  

Costa Rica picture
Mary Miner

Are you interested in sustainability and a more eco-friendly future? Are you curious about biodiversity and learning more about the environment? Join us in Costa Rica over Midwinter Break 2020! We will be spending a week exploring the biodiversity and sustainable practices in Costa Rica's Northwest region.

Website for more information: https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2213616RZ

Estimated dates: February 15-21

Contact info: amcsween@bloomfield.org