Okma Weekly Message January 15, 2021

Greetings IA Families,

We are looking forward to the return to in-person learning in a hybrid model.  It will be great to see the student's smiling eyes again. The Okma Campus will return to the hybrid model on January 25, which coincides with the beginning of the second semester. 

There is no school Monday, January 18 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a national day of service. John Conyers (D-MI) first introduced legislation for a federal holiday to commemorate King on April 8, 1968, just four days after his assassination. The legislation was not signed until 1983, by Ronald Reagan, within a year after Coretta Scott King and Stevie wonder brought a petition to the speaker of the house with more than 6 million signatures in favor of the holiday. The first national celebration took place on January 20, 1986, and was designated as a national day of service by Congress in 1994. In 1999 New Hampshire was the last state to adopt a holiday honoring King.

Tuesday will be an "A" day.  Friday is a 1/2 day schedule with classes dismissing at noon.

Families, staff, and visitors/vendors are required to complete the daily pre-screen before coming to school. It is advised this be done before leaving the house or in the parking lot in order to prevent a jam up at the school entrances.  

The pre-screen is available at www.bloomfield.org/pre-screen and can be completed from any computer, tablet, or mobile device. Paper copies are also available for those who wish to print the checklist for a home reference.

Students and staff do not need to display a screen or paper upon building entry according to guidance received from the Oakland County Health Division. Visitors/Vendors must complete the digital pre-screen prior to building entry and visitors/vendors will be greatly limited to minimize exposure risk.

Thank you for your cooperation and daily diligence in this process!  Here are just a few 

  • The building will open at 7:15. Students are asked to use the entrances nearest their first class and report directly to their first class:
  • All students should bring a fully charged mobile computing device 
  • All students must wear masks - refer to the handbook for appropriate types
  • Students must retain a physical distance - please no congregating in the halls.
  • Drinking fountains spouts have been disabled - students should bring a water bottle to refill at the refill stations.
  • Lunch will be free for all students for the remainder of the school year. Lunches will be pre-packaged using a grab-and-go model. Students are welcome to bring their own food. Microwaves are currently unavailable.
  • Students must leave the building at 2:45 

  • In inclement weather, students will be allowed to wait in rooms 108 and 105 until their rides arrive.

  • Students should dress warm as windows will be opened to improve air quality.

A comprehensive listing of all staff and student protocols are contained in the IA Okma Student and Staff Handbook. Please be sure you and your child have consulted.

Applications for the Class of 2025 are still being accepted.  If you have an 8th grader or know off any that are interested in attending our world class school, please direct them to our Prospective Students page to fill out an application.

The application window for the class of 2025 closes on January 24, 2021. Only applicants who apply before January 24th will be considered for the respective district lotteries. Late applications will be added to the bottom of the district waitlist in the order they are received.


Updated Remote Schedule until January 25

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BAttle of the books


Join Troy Athens, Troy High, the International Academy and the Troy Public Library in the book battle of the year!

Books are selected by a student committee with final librarian approval. These students read potential books over the summer. The books must have been published in 2020. They are typically young adult books, with a few adult books. The various reading levels are designed to capture the attention of reluctant readers all the way to AP/IB advanced readers.

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Thank you so much and we look forward to working with you!

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Perry Initiative has paused all in-person programs for the foreseeable future. While we are disappointed we cannot meet new participants at Perry Outreach Programs, we are still committed to our mission of inspiring women to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. As we navigate through these extraordinary times, we will be transitioning to virtual learning.

We’re very excited to announce upcoming sessions of the Perry Virtual Experience in February 2021. The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online orthopaedic simulations and biomechanics experiments. Additional information can be found on our website: https://perryinitiative.org/pve/

Women in high school and college who have an interest in science, medicine and/or engineering are now invited to register for a session of the Perry Virtual Experience. We would appreciate it if you could pass along this information to any educators or students you may know. Students should be directed to fill out the online registration for one session that best fits their schedule. Most sessions are available to participants in any location, but some sessions are for a focused geographic area. Dates and details for each session can be found at https://perryinitiative.org/calendar/

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have. Again, we sincerely appreciate your help in spreading the word about the Perry Virtual Experience.

All the best,

Hannah Heuschneider, Program Coordinator


2020-2021 Calendar

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On Jan. 18th at 1 pm, please join JSA in welcoming:

Shane Sperling - a Jewish and Black guest speaker who will share his experiences with discrimination based on his intersectional identity. 

We will also be discussing past and present collaboration between the Jewish and African American communities. This event counts as a CAS experience. 

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Upcoming Events:

1/27/2021 Restorative Practice Webinar    6:00-8:00pmattached flyer

2/3/2021 PTIA Meeting -Superintendent Pat Watson Dialogue  7:00pm

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting


I Superintendent Pat Watson Dialogue
A. JSC Updates
B. Bond and IA Building Updates
II Meet The New BHS BOE Members
III Principal Report
A. Back To School Update
B. Important Dates
IV PTIA Treasurer Report
V PTIA Announcements
VI Meditation
VII Adjournment

Submit questions to Superintendent Pat Watson using form below

Questions for Superintendent Dialogue

Shop at Rite Aid to raise funds for PTIA: Hello Parents, Teachers, and Staff -- The PTIA has partnered with Rite Aid

for a new Passive Fundraising opportunity! By linking your RiteAid Wellness+ card to our PTIA we will earn funds every time you fill prescriptions or

shop at Rite Aid. Please visit http://support.rxfundraising.com/IAOKMAPTA for further information.

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Tutoring Resources Looking for some tutoring support from an adult in a variety of subjects? Please see the attached Bloomfield Hills Schools Adult Tutor list for you to review.

HELP RAISE MONEY BY SHOPPING: Kroger & Smile Amazon!  If you shop at either of these places, you can help raise money for the PTIA.  These companies will automatically donate a percentage of your purchase to us once you designate the International Academy OKMA PTIA as your charity.


KROGER: log into your account.  Go to “My Account” then to “Community Rewards”.  Select your charitable organization.  You can find the PTIA by either entering the code VQ814 or International Academy OKMA PTIA.  DONE! 

SMILE AMAZON: when ordering anything with Amazon, use smile.amazon.com.  Log into your account.  Click on “Your Account”, then find “Change you Amazon mile Charity” under “Other Programs”.  Type in International Academy OKMA PTIA.  DONE!!!

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Items will be available starting 2/1 at the office

Short and long sleeve shirts, hoodies, pants, and tote bags! 

Everything must go, $5-15! (itemized prices will be listed in next week's newsletter)

Payment is exact cash amount (we cannot make change) or check made out to IACCMB 

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