Okma Weekly Message September 11, 2020

Greetings IA Community,

We are leaving many previous reminders below as we are still in the process of welcoming new students and families to the IA.

A very important new item that students need to pay immediate attention to is to establish a BHS Zoom account with their BHS Gmail.

Beginning Monday, all students will be required to access their Zoom session with the BHS Zoom account only.  Personal Zoom accounts will not be admitted to Zoom sessions. The directions are linked below.

STEP 1 is for establishing BHS Zoom account.

If your personal Zoom account was already with a BH email address, you may get an email to confirm... pay attention to that step as that confirmation link is only good temporarily.

STEP 2 is for configuring the APP if you used the desktop or mobile app. Pay attention to the sign in with SSO details of this step.

If you have trouble or the APP still doesn't work, uninstall and re-install the APP.


BH ZOOM Step 2 (for desktop app)  


Attendance protocols for students

  • If a student is going to be absent, a parent/guardian must call in the absence to the attendance office.

  • The attendance secretary will email the student and teacher when a student must leave class early.  

  • Students are expected to maintain their attendance during Zoom breakout sessions.  Their camera should remain on unless there is an arrangement that has been made with the teacher.


Welcome Back Night

  • Teachers have recorded a "Welcome" presentation for each course.  These presentations are posted on Canvas.  

  • You can use your Canvas login and then click on each of your student’s courses to view the videos which will detail course expectations

  • If you have not had a chance to check it out yet, you still can.  Teachers will keep the recorded presentations up one more week.


Parent/Guardian Canvas Login Information

  • Go to:  ia.instructure.com/login/canvas

  • Login with MiStar ID:  P200xxxxx ---DON'T FORGET THE PRECEDING P

  • Enter your password (please note - your MISTAR password MUST be at least 9 characters in order to sync with CANVAS)

    • if you have previously changed your password to less than 9 characters, please update it at once to include at least 9. The accounts must then re-sync overnight for your CANVAS account creation to be successful.

  • You should now have access to your student’s courses

  • Parents who need their log in info can retrieve it by going to 


and choosing the link below the input box - the Pin and Password - you will be prompted to input the same email address you have on file in the Student Information System (the same email to which you are receiving this message ). 

Parent Connect Log in retrieval

Check out the Community-Families section on iatoday.org for more CANVAS parent information as well as a video detailing how to enable the Canvas Parent mobile app.

PSAT/SAT testing

  • As of today*, students are scheduled to take state required testing in the building.  We will communicate details once we have information on the specific arrangements.

  • October 14th:
    • 12th grade SAT (7:45am-12:00pm)
  • October 28th:
    • 9th grade PSAT (7:45am-11:00am)
    • 12th grade SAT make-up
  • October 29th:
    • 11th grade PSAT/NMSQT (7:45-12:00pm)
    • 10th grade PSAT (7:45-12:00pm)

*this could change

Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held virtually. Parents/guardians will receive sign-up information as we near these dates.  

October 28th:



October 29th:



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.

Canvas and Google Docs are integrated and should sync.  There have been issues when students are logged in to a personal Google Account and the syncing gets confused.  Here is the remedy we have found:

The log in issue with Google on Canvas is a known issue.

Please read through some of these remedies.

In particular, students have found that logging completely out of GMAIL as well as Chrome and turning off sync has resolved the issue.

You then have to re-authorize.

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.

screenshot of CANVAS account

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5 Day Hybrid - Begins October 1

First page of the PDF file: 5DayHybrid_2

Yes, You Can Still Check Books out from our Library!

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Virtual Learning Attendance Reminders....


Please be sure to  call in your student's attendance on 248.341.5910

Examples include:

  • out ill for the entire day
  • arriving late or leaving early.  
  • home school athletics/events

Please provide specifics as to when your child logs in if they arrive late, or if they are logging back on after an appointment.  Have them either respond to the ePass, if they receive one or email -   iaattendance@bloomfield.org.



Oct 30 - Nov 1 Three Day Weekend 

Nov 25-29 Thanksgiving

Dec 21-Jan 3 Winter Break

Jan 23-24 End of Semester

Feb 13 - 21 Mid-Winter Break

Mar 27-Apr 4 Spring Break

May 29-31 Memorial Day

robotics Team 469

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please fill out this form to apply to be on the team

 We are looking forward to another robotics season!!


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Hello Parents!

We are so excited to kick off the 2020-2021 school year! With virtual learning, we understand that it may be difficult for students to get help with homework, educational content, and emotional support when they need it. Helping Hands: A Students for Students Movement INC is relaunching our free virtual tutoring services for all students to utilize. If your child need help with classwork or just want someone to talk to, you can fill out this Google Form to request Helping Hands Virtual Tutoring.

Is your child looking to get volunteer hours or just to give back to the community? They can use this Google Form to sign up to be a Helping Hands Virtual Tutor. As a tutor, they will be able to help PreK-12 grade students across the country access the educational support they need.  


Helping Hands: A Students for Students Movement INC

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Please join us for our first PTIA google meet on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00pm.  All are welcome.



I.  Call to Order-Angel Lau, Co-President PTIA

II.  Teacher Grant Review and Vote-Ranya Shbeib, Co-Chair Teacher Grants 

III.  Current Year Budget Report- Dawn Jensen, Treasurer

IV.  Principal Report and Updates-Dr. Smith

V.  Questions and Answers

VII.  Adjournment

Upcoming Events:

9/16-Free yoga classes outside on Okma Campus (Pending enough student sign up to participate)

9/14- Free Volleyball outside on Okma Campus (Pending enough student sign up to participate)

9/30-Cultivating Mental Health in the Era of COVID-19 Webinar

Feel free to send us any questions you have for IA Administration at ptiaokma@gmail.com.  We will make sure we pass along your questions to Dr. Smith before our meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00pm.


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PTIA and Bloomfield Hills Schools Presents:

Thanks to the Workers on the Beautification Project!


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Hello Music Families!

Please join the IA Central Campus Music Boosters for our first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 PM. 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 they are adapting to online teaching and their hopes for the school year.

See you Wednesday, September 9 at 7 PM

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

Topic: IACCMB Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 7601 7210
Passcode: 8362ac


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