Okma Weekly Message September 6, 2019

Greetings IA Community,

C-Day is Wednesday, September 11th. In remembrance and service, we will spend the day building community, appreciating new experiences, and supporting our neighbors. The school day will begin and end at the usual time. Breakfast will be provided beginning at 7:15. 9th and 10th graders will stay on campus to complete service projects, being creative and active while 11th and 12th graders board buses for their service experiences. We thank you for your support of this day for giving back and continuing to grow as a school community. Please ask your child how they feel about the upcoming C-Day, what they did after the day happens, and keep an eye out for updates on social media!

Here is a complete list of places we will be serving: 

Cass CommunityDetroit PrepO'Hair Park AssociationForgotten Harvest FarmsNorth Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy,Cards for Hospitalized KidsMeals on WheelsGleaners: WarrenForgotten HarvestLighthouseChrist the KingNeighbors Building Brightmoor

DROP-OFF/PICK-UP CONCERNS     We are concerned about student safety while crossing Square Lake Rd.   While we realize the drop off and pick up takes some time and patience, it is never OK to drop the child off across the street or park and wait on the side of the road to pick up. We would much rather have your child arrive late than not at all due to an accident.  The police have and will again be on alert to ticket anyone stopping or driving on the shoulder or utilizing the neighborhood as a drop off.  The lines will move much quicker if drivers move up all the way to the front of the circle so as many car loads can disembark at once and the kids are ready with all their gear and hop out as quickly as possible. Car pool lists are available on the board across from the main office.  Less cars would equal shorter lines!  Let's keep the lines moving and keep our kids safe!  

Welcome Back Dance Tonight  The Welcome Back Dance is tonight from 7-10 in the ISC.  The theme is Glow in the Dark.  Tickets are available at the door for $15.  

Next Friday the 13th is a Phone Free Friday!     Kids will be asked to stay off their phones for the entire day.




service learning coordinator quote of the week

Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit


Enrichment News

Counseling News

September is Suicide Awareness Month. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides great resources for anyone needing support.  Click on this link to be directed to these resources.


Crisis Text Line --text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support


ptia news

September Is Suicide Prevention Month The PTIA Health and Wellness Committee will be providing information this month to help bring awareness to suicide prevention.  Learn how you can make a difference by reviewing the link below.  


We hope to see you all at Common Grounds Suicide Prevention Presentation on September 25th.  See flyer below for more information.  

Free Yoga Classes for ALL IA Central Students: Mondays, Sept 9th - Oct 21st, ISC 2:45pm-3:45pm. Please see flyer below for details of the sessions and how to sign up

JOIN PTIA!!!  Thanks to all those that have already joined the PTIA. Your support is much appreciated.

For those that haven’t filled out their membership form yet, there is still time! Remember, joining doesn’t mean that you need to volunteer your time and help out at the school... 100% of the membership fees and donations go to help the kids and staff.  Added bonus is all donations are tax deductible.

JOIN US 1st PTIA meeting for the school year!!! on Wednesday 9/18 at 7pm. This is a perfect way to meet other IA families.  

Upcoming PTIA Meeting Date9/18/2019, Wednesday, 7pm

PTIA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PTIAOkma/

PTIA website:  Home | International Academy PTIA


free yoga for all students mondays in the isc sept 9 thru Oct 21
september is suicide prevention month  - informative session wednesday september 25 okma campus 7-8:30 pm
Family Mini photo session fundraiser September 22 9am - 6PM Troy Farm

Moments Photography is a non-profit 501c3 organization.  We capture beauitful pictures at competitve prices.

Moments Photography believes in GIVING BACK to the community.  We are partnering with the International Academy (IA) Central Campus to host Family Mini Sessions at Troy Farm on Sunday, September 22nd from 9am-6pm.  30% of the profits will go directly back to your school to purchase specific supplies and equipment that have requested by the IA Central Campus department heads.

Please sign up a time slot that is best for your family!  

Share this with friends and family members.  You do not need to be an IA family to sign up.  This event is opened to all community members.


Weekly Announcements

Enrichment Travel Opportunities

Picture of Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
Mary Miner

The Civil Rights Movement:  6-Day ‘Then & Now’ IA History Enrichment Trip  February 17-22, 2020 (during Mid-Winter Break)

This engaging & meaningful experience will begin in ATLANTA, continue in BIRMINGHAM SELMA and end in MONTGOMERY, before traveling home again.  Highly relevant connections with our school’s MYP Humanities Program will be made in both Georgia and Alabama.  E.g. the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for Voting Rights will come alive by reflectively crossing the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge together.

Join us!  Cost: $1,679; this is an all-inclusive price: round-trip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations (Quad Occupancy), three meals per day, sightseeing and evening activities, as well as medical insurance.  Price is based on 35 travelers.

For more information, please read the attached FLYER and/or contact Mr. De Zwaan at mdezwaan@bloomfield.org  

Costa Rica picture
Mary Miner

Are you interested in sustainability and a more eco-friendly future? Are you curious about biodiversity and learning more about the environment? Join us in Costa Rica over Midwinter Break 2020! We will be spending a week exploring the biodiversity and sustainable practices in Costa Rica's Northwest region.

Website for more information: https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2213616RZ

Estimated dates: February 15-21

Contact info: amcsween@bloomfield.org