Okma Weekly Message November 13, 2020

Greetings IA Families,

While we are sad to have to resort to 100% remote learning at this time, we are confident that "we got this".  We've been here, we have worked out the issues.  Keeping us all healthy and safe is the most important. Here are some of the tips we included back in September.

We are starting our second week of virtual school, and kids and teachers though a bit bleary eyed from all the screen time, are doing fantastic.  It'd be a good idea to remind the kids to take a break from the screen, get outside as soon as the school day concludes and get some sunshine provided vitamin D and fresh air. (Raking leaves comes to mind ;)   -  That will go a long way to rejuvenating.  Some kids hit some hiccups logging in at times.  Our recommendation is to start each morning with a fresh reboot of their device. Please ensure the following if your child hits a snag.

Start with a fresh reboot of your device each morning.

Sign into google with your bloomfield.org email.

Sign into zoom using the Google Grid and scrolling to the bottom until you see the Zoom app icon

confirm that it is going to bloomfield-org.zoom.us

and then Click on the IA Canvas App  in your google grid and go to your class.

Be careful to select the one that has IA in the name - the other is for BHHS.

Parents looking to sign in to CANVAS should refer to the directions on the Families section (found under the Community tab) of iatoday.org

Technology Items


Parents, be sure to check out our Families page on the School Life tab of iatoday.org   There you will find answers to many of your technology related questions including how to get the QR mobile login for the CANVAS app for your phone.

Students have been advised to use  this form to report issues as completely as possible since the occasional email that states " I couldn't access..." without any further info as to what or where is not the most efficient method to get issues resolved (LOL).  So, if your student has trouble, remind them of this form. Parents can report issues there too.  It can also be found on our Quick Links for Students page under the School Life tab of our website.

Parents may be receiving notifications of assignments.  If the assignment is a google doc, parents will not have access.  Parents can customize their notification settings in their CANVAS account by clicking on notifications. This is highly recommended.

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Seniors Families!  Please be sure to check the senior portrait information that has been posted at the bottom of this page!

Tech Trouble Form for Students and Families

Health and Wellness page from Bloomfield Hills Schools

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Counseling Newsletter

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A Spiritwear has a new address!


Same great options, just at a new and easier address!

Raise Money for Your Campus

For every purchase you make, OG Tees will donate 10% back to your campus!

The Best Products at the Best Prices

Featuring brands like Nike, Champion, Sport-Tek and Port & Co., you can find the comfort and quality you desire on any budget!

Easy Delivery Right to Your Campus

All you have to do is order online and the garments will be delivered to your campus! 

New Styles Added Daily

Check back frequently so you don't miss out on the newest styles and designs!

Suggestions Always Welcome

Don't see what you're looking for? OG Tees is always looking for ideas for new items to add and would love to hear your thoughts!

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

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Mark your calendar for the picture (take) re-take date 

Lifetouch School Picture retake day


Student must bring proof packet for retake

All students who did not come in the fall, should be sure to attend to obtain an ID card.


2020-2021 Calendar

First page of the PDF file: 2020-2021IACalendar

updated 1.6 2021


Please join us on  Tuesday, November 17th at 8:00am. for our next PTIA meeting.


Meeting Agenda:
PTIA Updates
Teacher Grant Update
Treasurer Report
Principal Report
IA Psychologist, Dr. Ronda Diegel, will discuss her role at IA and provide insights on the support students need right now.
Q and A
Next PTIA meeting will be 2/3/2020 with Bloomfield Hills School Superintendent Pat Watson 

DIRECTORIES ARE IN!!!!  Thank you to all those that joined the PTIA this year.  As your special membership bonus, you will be getting your directories in the mail due to our current situation where they don’t want too many people in the building.  Please allow for 2-3 weeks for delivery.  If you haven’t received by the end of the month, email ptiaokma@gmail.com to resend it or Ann Curran has some extras in the office.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Looking for a great way to give back this Thanksgiving? Here is an opportunity from Make Food Not Waste:

Join us on Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25 as we pack 5,000 Thanksgiving meals for Detroit families.

Make Food Not Waste, in partnership with Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church and local chefs, will be preparing a complete Thanksgiving meal for families struggling due to Covid.

We're looking for approximately 50 volunteers to prepare the to-go packages at the Jefferson Avenue Church, 8625 E. Jefferson in Detroit, on Tuesday from 1-5p and Wednesday 7a-12p.

Packing will be done outside in masks for safety.

SignUp available here:

For more information about Make Food Not Waste, visit our website https://www.makefoodnotwaste.org/


The next IA Governance Council meeting is Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00pm.  More info coming soon!

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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Hello Music Families!

Please join the IA Central Campus Music Boosters for our monthly meetings the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM. Upcoming date is December 2. We will get together via Zoom at the link below. All parents of Music students are welcome. Boosters meetings are a great way to find out more about your student’s experience and ways to help out the school. Hear from Mr. LaNoue and Mr. Lewis-Ziegler how the music classes and ensembles are working this year.

See you the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM.

Questions? Contact Carol Hart at carolswebmail@yahoo.com.

Topic: IACCMB Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting

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Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 7601 7210
Passcode: 8362ac


Music Boosters Website

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Follow the IA Okma Music Boosters on Facebook 

Senior Portrait Information

2021 Graduate Info Letter

First page of the PDF file: InternationalAcademy2021Letter

Safety Protocols

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Sell Sheet

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Marketing Brochure

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Outdoor Session

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Senior Quick Shoot

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