Okma Weekly Message November 20, 2020

Greetings IA Families,

We hope this email finds you all healthy and happy.  Next week is a short week for the Thanksgiving holiday with only 2 days of virtual classes on Monday and Tuesday.  Please stay safe this Thanksgiving holiday, keep your kids home, and remind them the risks they take may not be their own.

Student Shout-out!


Congratulations to 11th grade clarinetist Ryan Jin and 9th grade oboist Sri Saanvi Brahameshwarapu! Ryan earned the top honor of a place in the All-State Orchestra. Saanvi earned an Honorable Mention for All-State Band. This honor, based on video-recorded auditions, places them among the most accomplished high musicians on their respective instruments in the state of Michigan. Ryan and Saanvi, we are so proud of you, and how you represent the IA so well! 

Applications for the Class of 2025 are now 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.

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

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Creativity, determination, and flexibility has allowed the Phoenix Theater Company students to move ahead with a fall show! Phoenix Theater Company is presenting  "Crazytown" by Jonathan Rand. It will be streaming on December 4 at 7 pm, December 5 at 7 pm, and December 6 at 1 pm. 

A link to the show will be available in the near future on iatoday.org and the next weekly update.  Be sure to put this wonderful event on your calendar now. This is a great way to bring your family together for fun entertainment and to support these fabulous students!

IAC's very own Phoenix Theatre Company will be hosting a virtual fall play in early December. 

Please scan the QR Code above to RSVP! Also, feel free to submit a short, encouraging message using this form. It can be funny, loving, creative, or somewhere in between!

Counseling Newsletter

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2020-2021 Calendar

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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 contact Ann Curran to pick one up from the main 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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Senior Portrait Information

2021 Graduate Info Letter

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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 is now TBD due to COVID Restrictions

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