Okma Weekly Message September 4, 2020

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


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.

CANVAS App for your phone

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

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Coffee with the counselors calendar reminder


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.



Sept 4-7 Labor Day

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 Meeting and Application News

As we all navigate these unprecedented times the mentor team has been making plans for an unprecedented robotics year.  We have been working hard to make plans to keep kids both safe and engaged in STEM and our robotics family.

 Our normal fall season, OCCRA, has been postponed for the 2020 season, but the mentor team has come up with a plan to engage and teach the kids everything we would normally go over in the fall along with working on some new stuff that we have always wanted to do.  We are also making arrangements and plans to keep the kids healthy and safe.

 Currently, we are planning on splitting the team up into pods of 10 students and mentors per pod and each pod will have a scheduled day(s) to be at the shop.  Masks will be required in the shop, temps will be taken when entering the shop, and hand sanitizer will around the shop.  After about a month or so in one pod, we will take a week off from any in-person shop meetings(we will still have on-line meetings) and then mix up the pods so that students can get to know more of their teammates and other mentors on the team.  We will go over this and more at the parent meeting.

 We will be having a

virtual parent meeting on Sep. 9th @7pm. 

Please only have 1 computer logged into the meeting as it will only allow 100.

 Please fill out this FORM before the meeting.

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

 We are looking forward to another robotics season!!

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


Music Boosters Website

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