Okma Weekly Message October 30, 2020

Greetings IA Families,

The IA appreciates our significant family involvement.  The week of conferences always highlights how invested our school community is in making the school year a success for the students.  Our statistics show that over 95% of our families participated in conferences this year.  Additionally, the staff is thankful for the continued PTIA support.  When the gift boxes were delivered to the new teachers on Tuesday you could see how surprised they were by the overwhelming support.   Thank you!

Christopher M. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Principal


The Social Justice Product Team has created some clear and concise non-partisan voting resources for IA students and families.  In the following links you can find voting locations, clerk's offices, and other resources from the Michigan Secretary of State's Office. These are helpful for anyone interested in learning more about the voting process.

Thank you to these students for their civic engagement!

Here are the resources: 

2020 General Election Information for US House District MI-09 

MI-09 US House Ballot Box Dropout Locations



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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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

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

First page of the PDF file: 2020-2021IACalendar

updated 1.6 2021


The next PTIA meeting is Tuesday, November 17th at 8:00am.  More info coming soon!

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

TEACHER APPRECIATION: A big shout out to all of our parent volunteers on the PTIA’s Teacher Appreciation Committee that organized an amazing act of kindness for our IA staff.  Each staff member picked up a fall box filled with goodies from Leonardo’s Produce compliments of the PTIA members!  Each box had apples, doughnuts, a pumpkin, cider, pears, raspberries, and a Carmel apple!  To top it all off, one of our students made a thank you card for every single staff member!  Thank you IA staff for doing such a great job with our kids everyday!  Thank you parents for your generous spirit, and thank you IA art students for your thoughtfulness and work ethic!   

ptia volunteers passing out teacher appreciation fruit boxes

FALL CLEANUP:  A HUGE THANKS to all the volunteers that came out to help with fall cleanup. All the beds have been weeded and trimmed.... ready for the winter. We also had a group trim back all the buckthorn from the back field and front of the school. The IA has never looked better with all the colorful flowers fall flowers in bloom. Hooray!  A special shout out goes to Christine Schmidt, head of the Beautification Committee.

picture of school front courtyard
side garden with mums

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE -  The Virtual workshop will be held on November 10, 2020 at 7pm. Please register here: 
Here is the 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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Follow the OKMA PTIA on Facebook

DP Program Presentation

First page of the PDF file: PTIADPpresentation1


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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

First page of the PDF file: InternationalAcademy2021Letter

Safety Protocols

First page of the PDF file: COVIDSafetyProtocols_PrestigeDL


First page of the PDF file: Prestige_SchedulerSheet_DL

Sell Sheet

First page of the PDF file: Prestige_SellSheet_DL

Marketing Brochure

First page of the PDF file: MarketingBrochure-DL

Outdoor Session

First page of the PDF file: OutdoorSessionDL

Senior Quick Shoot

First page of the PDF file: SeniorsQuickShoot