Okma Weekly Message September 18, 2020

Greetings IA Families,

We are starting our second month of school and kids and teachers, though a bit bleary eyed from all the screen time, are doing fantastic.  It'd be a good idea to remind the kids to take a break from the screen, get outside as soon as the school day concludes and get some sunshine provided vitamin D and fresh air.  That will go a long way to rejuvenating.  Some kids hit some hiccups logging in at times.  Our recommendation is to start each morning with a fresh reboot of their device. Please ensure the following if your child hits a snag.

Start with a fresh reboot of your device each morning.

Sign into google with your bloomfield.org email.

Sign into zoom using the Google Grid and scrolling to the bottom until you see the Zoom app icon

confirm that it is going to bloomfield-org.zoom.us

and then Click on the IA Canvas App  in your google grid and go to your class.

Be careful to select the one that has IA in the name the other is for BHHS.

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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5 Day Hybrid - Begins October 1

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

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Remote Learning Attendance Reminders~



  • Calling the attendance line at (248)341-5910 or emailing: iaattendance@bloomfield.org is the only sure way that your message is received.  Emailing an individual staff member may not ensure that the message will be received.   
  • If a student will be missing a class they need to be called out with a specified reason, ortho, doctor appointment, home school sports, funeral etc. 
  • If a student will be logging off early, they MUST have a call into the attendance line or they will be marked an unexcused absence for the entire block.  They are not allowed to just disappear in the middle or towards the end of a session.  We do our best to get the ePasses out, but at times that doesn't happen.  The important thing is that the call into attendance by a parent/guardian has been made.  Make sure your teacher knows what you are doing.
  • If you leave for a mid day appointment or log in later the the beginning of the day, either reply to the ePass you received or send me a note letting me know when you logged back in, so I can mark your attendance correctly.  You can email: iaattendance@bloomfield.org 
  • Our arrival times to classes have NOT changed.  Students must be logged in and ready to go at the beginning of class.  If they arrive late (within the first 5 minutes), they will be marked TARDY.  If they log in AFTER 5 minutes, they will be marked an unexcused absence.  
  • We all understand that while working remotely, internet issues may occur.  These issues will be noted by your teacher on a case by case basis.  



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

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SWE Pals - Mentoring Program for High School Juniors and Seniors interested in Engineering

SWE Pals Are you interested in pursuing a STEM field? Are you curious about engineering? Do you have questions about college? Sign up to be virtually paired with a pal, a current University of Michigan engineering student (SWE member), who can answer all your questions! Additional opportunities in this program include virtual admissions presentations, Q&As with current students, and presentations from engineering faculty.Who: Junior/Senior high school students

Where: Registration is open at LINK to Sign up

Questions? Contact: Anjana (swe.highschool@umich.edu)

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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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DRAFT 2020-2021 Calendar

First page of the PDF file: 2020-2021IACalendar

updated 1.6 2021

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Are you interested in a career in business or finance? Do you want to learn how to make passive income and develop skill sets that will benefit you for the rest of your life?

Investing Club teaches you everything that you need to know to be successful while investing in the Stock Market, from basic to advanced concepts, setting up a brokerage, interpreting current events, analyzing a new asset each week, and then applying those skills in the real world. We run meetings in a seminar-like manner and let you teach the club about things that you have learned! Moreover, you will get the opportunity to practice investing in the real world through our year-long school-based competition, and win scholarships and awards through national events like the Capitol Hill Challenge. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!

Board Members: Jonah Liss, Dhravid Kumar, Om Joshi, Rida Rida

Google Classroom Code: 7z7pibo 

Membership Form: Link

Website: Link

Meetings: Every Thursday from 2:45-3:15 in room 408 (Mr. Morrison's room) or over Zoom

From the Investing Club Board


IT IS NOT TOO LATE to JOIN the PTIA!!!  Please consider supporting the IA by joining the PTIA.  Because the PTIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all donations are tax deductible.  100% of the funds collected go directly to helping our IA community.  It’s easy as 1-2-3.

STEP 1: Complete this online membership form

STEP 2: Pay using one of the following methods:


2. CHECK - Mail/drop off a check to the main office c/o Ann Curran.  1020 E. Square Lake Rd. Bloomfield, MI 48304

3. CREDIT CARD - login to Bloomfield Community Pass   Put  the “International Academy OKMA Campus PTIA Membership Fees" into your shopping cart.

STEP 3: Reap the rewards of your PTIA membership

PTIA Website 

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Volleyball for All

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PTIA Yoga at IA

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PTIA and Bloomfield Hills Schools Presents:


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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 October 7, 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


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