Okma Weekly Message October 23, 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

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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! 

Phoenix Forensics


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Phoenix Forensics, a competitive public speaking team at IA, will have their first meeting on Tuesday, October 27th. Join their Google Classroom (code: vbo3lfm) to learn more about this amazing opportunity!


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PSAT 9 Testing - Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Students should arrive at normal time 7:45 am.  Testing will be finished before noon.

PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11 - Thursday, October 29, 2020

Students should arrive at normal time 7:45 am.  Testing will be finished shortly after noon. 

All students testing received an email this week with details.  They will receive a room assignment email before test day.

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Picture retakes will be

December 7 (silver group) 

& December 10 (blue group) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Food Donations will be accepted

November, 10 and 12

from 3-4 pm in the IA parking lot

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Items accepted include: canned foods, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes/sprays, hand sanitizer, and masks.



Student Food Drive Letter

Pre-Medical club is hosting a panel with multiple pre-medical and medical school students from colleges such as the University of Michigan, Oakland University, Wayne State University, etc on 10/28 at 2:45PM. You do NOT have to be a part of the club to join, this is an amazing opportunity to hear more about programs and schools that you are interested in and to have the opportunity to ask current students about their medical experiences and receive their advice! If you have any questions feel free to contact either Zayna Masri or Andreea Beu.

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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!


2020-2021 Calendar

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updated 1.6 2021


MINI OLYMPICS - THANK YOU!!  We really appreciate all the volunteers that turned out to help with the Olympics!  Big shout out goes to Walt Connelly for being our awesome umpire for both kickball and the races!

CONGRATULATIONS JUNIORS!!  The Juniors pulled into the lead on the last day of Olympics events going from 3rd place to 1st over the Seniors.  Great job to all the participants.  Hopefully everyone enjoyed a little sunshine and fun.

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. 


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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Follow the OKMA PTIA on Facebook

DP Program Presentation

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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

Join Zoom Meeting
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

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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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