Okma Weekly Message October 16, 2020

Greetings IA Families,

Conference Sign-ups are available - Sign up for Conferences here

IA-Okma Directions to Register for Virtual Parent-Guardian-Teacher Conferences

We are pleased to continue the online system to schedule Parent/Guardian and Teacher Conferences.  This system – Conference Manager – is user-friendly for families and was very successful last year. This fall all conferences will be conducted virtually through Zoom.

This year conferences will be the following times:

Wednesday October 28th: 1:00-4:00 pm  

Wednesday October 28th: 5:00-8:00 pm

Thursday October 29th: 5:00-8:00 pm

The process for booking conferences is broken into the following steps:

Step 1:   Pre-Register here Conference Sign-up

This can be done at any time.  It is suggested you PRE-REGISTER .  You can set up a Parent Account by following the link above. Click the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration form. Your login credentials (email and password) will remain in the system to make it easy to access the Conference Manager in the future.

If you used the system last year, then you just need to log in.  If you forget your password, you can select the “Forgot Your Password” link and have it sent to you.

In order to ensure that your email program does not block emails sent from the Conference Manager, we suggest adding appointments@schoolsoft.com to your address book.

Step 2: Conference Manager Opens to Parents/Guardians on Sunday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m.

You can access the Parent Login Page using the link in the Confirmation Email. If you do not receive a Confirmation Email, you can login by going directly to https://ia-okma.schoolsoft.com

Step 3:   Book your Time Slots for the teachers

  1. Select the session you want to attend (Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening). Please be aware of the following details:

  • Mr. LaNoue is not available for conferences because he is on paternity leave

  • Ms. McCarty (Ms. Stevens’ Long Term Substitute) is only available on the Wednesday sessions because she is split between campuses

  • Mrs. Peplinski will only be available on Wednesday afternoon because she is split between campuses

  • Mr. Connolly’s conference sessions may fall outside of the regular time slots

  1. Then select the teachers you need to see.  In general, parents will visit 5 or 6 of the 8 teachers on the schedule.  You do not need to meet with the seminar teacher.

  2.  Now you will see each teacher’s schedule for that session. Please try to leave five minutes after the end of one session before booking the next.  For example, if a conference is from 6:00 to 6:05, please try to select the next one to start at 6:10 to give yourself time to transition between teachers. 

  3.  After booking your appointments you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email containing the teacher name and time of the conference. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or re-schedule appointments.  You have the option of submitting comments or questions to the teacher as part of the booking process.

  4. Prior to October 28th you will receive detailed instructions regarding joining conferences via Zoom.


Important Dates:

Monday, October 26 – Conference Manager closes at 11:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29 – Parent/Guardian and Teacher Conferences conducted through Zoom

If you have questions or need assistance please call the IA-Okma Main Office 248-341-5902



OKMA Silver/Blue Hybrid Days

hybrid schedule with silver and blue designations

Silver Days: Bloomfield Hills, Berkley, Clawson, Lake Orion, Waterford, and West Bloomfield School Districts

Blue Days: Birmingham, Avondale, Royal Oak, and Rochester School District 

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

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IT IS SPOOKY SEASON! Join NHS for Trunk or Treat NEXT WEEK Friday 10/23/2020 to celebrate the kickoff of Halloween at Trunk or Treat with the National Honors Society! Slated to occur from 6:00 to 8:30, join as a participant with your family and loved ones (entry is completely FREE) or bring your own trunk and trick the participants! Show us your creativity and spooky season spirit by participating! If you would like to bring your own trunk, please reach out to a board member of NHS to let them know. (Pietsch.Soenke14@Bloomfield.org or Purimetla.Vynateya40@Bloomfield.org) We hope to see you there! 

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Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program during which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The title Students of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates that raise the most funds for cancer research. This program is great for CAS, resume building, and volunteering!

If you are interested in joining a team or donating, please fill out the form. The informational meeting on October 23rd at 3:30 PM over Zoom. Email Chinedum Aguwa at aguwa.chinedum19@bloomfield.org for any questions! 

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!


2020-2021 Calendar

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updated 1.6 2021

Are you looking for a past Weekly Message post?  The last few weeks are always available on the Okma Campus main page.

You will find them on the left sidebar.  

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NOTE FROM THE PTIA TREASURER -  If you filled out the PTIA Membership Form but have not sent your check in, we would still like to include you in our membership. We have 19 applications where we have not received the checks.

You can send it to:

International Academy ATTN: PTIA
1020 East Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

or for those whose children are attending in-person school you can have them deposit it in the blue box outside of the main office.

If you don't remember if you sent your check, please send us an email at PTIAOkma@gmail.com and we can let you know. 

Thanks for your support! 

FALL CLEANUP: Volunteers needed!!!  Whether you have a green thumb or would just like to get to know more of the IA community by working together to beautify the school… please join us on October 25th from 11:00-1:00 for a fall cleanup at the IA. 

MINI OLYMPICS - The games started off with a bang last Friday with the Seniors winning the mural design with a bright colorful masterpiece.  Congratulations to all the teams… they did an amazing job and had a great time!!!  While the traditional Olympics had to be cancelled, the PTIA has decided to organize events spread over 3 weeks for some fun competition amongst the grades to take place after school.  Can’t make the events???   Don’t worry, keep track with the electronic scoreboard

LAST WEEK for YOGA - Both parents/guardians and students are all invited to join the last week of Yoga on the lawn on Tuesday 10/20 from 3-4.  It’s a great way to stretch and unwind from a day in front of the computer!!  Reserve a spot by clicking this link

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!!!


Recording of PTIA meeting can be accessed here

Access Code: h0.1bI#B

The DP presentation slides are included. 

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DP Program Presentation

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Mark Your Calendars! Pre-Registration Link Coming Soon!


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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 dates include  November 4 and 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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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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