Parents and Scholars 2017-12-12T06:35:03+00:00

Parents and Guardians

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FamilyLink is the parent portal giving a scholar’s parents or guardians web and mobile access to their scholar’s grades, assignments, and communication with the teacher. In FamilyLink it’s easy to access your scholar’s class schedule, calendar, and additional classroom resources. Below is a brief tutorial video to learn how to use FamilyLInk.  Click here or on the icon to log in.

School Way App

Schoolway App

The Schoolway App allows for users to save time and energy with one app that sends you instant push notifications with the Grande Innovation Academy’s information, everything from classwork updates to sports schedules, lunch menus, scores and event and organization updates. Now you can use the app on any device with a web browser, including Blackberry, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire and home computers.

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2017-2018 Bus Registration Form


Scholar Transportation will be available with bussing in Casa Grande, Eloy and AZ City. Please note, this is not house-to-house destination drop off and pick up. To download the form, click here.


Bus AM 

6:06 A.M. 1) N. Shira St. and W. Shedd Road (Toltec)

6:16 A.M. 2) W. 8th St. and N. A Street (St. Helens)

6:34 A.M. 3) Sunland Gin Road and W. Santa Cruz  Blvd (Tumbleweed AZ City)

6:52 A.M. 4) Tucker Road and Empty Field (Circle K)

7:03 A.M. 5) O’Neill and Casa Grande Ave (at the Park)

7:13 A.M. 6) N. Garden Ave at the Dirt Lot  by Western Manor Park

Bus PM 

4:09 P.M. 1) Boys and Girls Club

4:16 P.M. 2) N. Garden Ave at the Dirt Lot  by Western Manor Park

4:24 P.M. 3) O’Neill and Casa Grande Ave (at the Park)

4:35 P.M. 4) Tucker Road and Empty Field (Circle K)

4:57 P.M. 5) Sunland Gin Road and W. Santa Cruz  Blvd (Tumbleweed AZ City)

5:14 P.M. 6) W. 8th St.and N. A Street (St. Helens)

5:22 P.M. 7) N. Shira St.and W. Shedd Road (Toltec)

Cost: $25 a month per scholar; $35 for 2 or more scholars from the same family. Pre-payment is due the 1st Monday of the Month. Transportation runs Monday – Thursday. The cost is a flat fee, and will not be prorated for months with holidays or breaks. There will be NO REFUNDS for missed buses, absences, vacations, etc. Pre-registration is mandatory.

Behavior expectations are the same as school behavior expectations. Any referral for poor bus behavior will result in loss of bus privileges. No refund. Parent and scholar signatures are needed.

This year you can track your scholar with the Durham Bus Tracker. To download directions, click here.

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Drop Off Procedures
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Pick Up and Drop Off

ABC’s of Pick-Up

A: ALERT at all times

B: BE Patient

C: CELL Phone Zone FREE!

The Grande Innovation Academy has over 30 staff members conducting pickup every day come rain or shine! Our #1 priority is getting every scholar into their car safely and efficiently. It’s impossible to know every car and every family member, so please follow these directions precisely.  The process goes smoothly when everyone follows the rules, the procedures and is patient.

  • Bussers and walkers are released at 3:55 p.m. The bus will depart at 4:00 p.m.
  • All others released from classrooms at 4:00 p.m.
  • We will not release scholars during Protected Time (3:00-3:30 for kindergarteners and 3:30-4:00 for 1st-8th)
  • We will not allow scholars to walk across the parking lot unassisted. If you park you must walk to the location your scholar is waiting and pick them up.
  • Walkers can walk with staff members to the Home Depot parking lot. We have Home Depot’s permission to park there during pickup.
  • The information below contains important parking lot pickup information and procedures for pick-up.
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Lunch Orders

Grande Innovation Academy has partnered with for the managing of lunch pre orders and payments. This service offers you the ability to preorder your children’s meals, make deposits directly into their student account, track what your children have been eating for the past 30 days, transfer funds between students and have an email reminder sent to you when an account balance gets low. Deposits and payments can be made through ACH (checking or savings) or Credit Card payments. Each child’s account will be updated nightly so that pre orders and account balance information will be current the following day.

In order to take advantage of this service, you will need to create a parent account.

To sign up for My School Account go to:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Create Account” on the top menu bar.
  3. Fill in the required information on the “Parent Account Sign-Up page.”
  4. Select AZ for the state
  5. Create a User ID and Password
  6. Choose Grande Innovation Academy from the “School District” drop down menu.
  7. Click the “Accept” box, and then click “Signup.” An email will be sent to your email address that will contain a “verification code.”

After you receive the “verification code” you may begin to add your children’s information. To do this, you will need to:

  1. Go to and login using your previously created user ID and password.
  2. Enter the “verification code” to verify your account and email address.
  3. Begin adding your children’s information according to the guidelines provided. You will need each of your children’s student ID** numbers to add each student.
  4. After the students are added you will be able to preorder your student’s lunches, view account activity and make payments to the student account.

Note: A parent account can be linked to many children, but a child can only be linked to one parent.

We urge you to take full advantage of this system by preordering your student’s meals a month, a semester, or the entire term in advance.

Note: There will be a per transaction convenience fee of $2.00 at check out. If you opt to use a credit card, there is a 4.75% convenience fee at check out. These convenience fees are only associated to financial deposits and not necessarily preorders.

Any money that is not spent by the end of the school year will be available the following school year. If you have any questions about this or any other food service program, please contact the office at 520.381.2360.

* Questions regarding the service should be directed to

**If you do not remember you children’s ID numbers, they can be obtained by contacting the office at: 520 .381. 2360

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School Supplies

Welcome back to school!

We look forward to seeing our returning scholars and to welcoming our new scholars to The Grande Innovation Academy. Supply lists are created at the beginning of each year for each grade level. Please click here for a list of recommended school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year.

School Supplies Made Easy!

EduKit School Supplies

We’re excited to introduce EduKits as a convenient option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 2017-2108 school year. EduKits are custom made kits with the supplies needed for your scholar’s grade level. Click here for the list. EduKits may be ordered online at and the supplies will be delivered and in your scholar’s classroom by the first day of school. Order by June 30th for the best pricing and FREE shipping.

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The Grande Innovation Academy provides the Parent and Scholar Handbook so that all scholars and their parents are familiar with the guidelines, operations, scholar responsibilities and policies regarding the school and enrollment. Please download and keep a copy for reference.

Friday Care

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 Fee-based before and after care programs are available Monday through Thursday. After care is available from 4 PM to 6 PM.

A Friday EduCare program is also available to all Grande Innovation Academy scholars. This is a fee-based program provided by Knight Academy and will run every Friday (except holidays) throughout the school year from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This program includes lunches and any field trips. For more information visit the Knight Academy website here:           Knight Auto Payment Form          Knight Enrollment Form

Boys and Girls Club

Investing in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley is investing in our future. Kids in after-school programs are less likely to be involved in crime, use controlled substances or engage in other risky behaviors.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley

798 N. Picacho Ave.
Casa Grande, AZ, 85122
(520) 876-5437

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Read On Arizona

Reading is vital to a child’s ability to learn and be successful in school. Click on the icon for information regarding the early literacy guidelines for families.

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Literacy Guide
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AZ Child Find

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AZ FIND provides information and resources to parents, public education agencies (PEAs), state agencies, and professional organizations regarding child find statutes, policies, and procedures.

For the safety of all staff and scholars, please follow the procedures we have in place. Please follow the route for the oldest scholar you are picking up. Scholars will be directed to stay with the oldest scholar in their vehicle. This includes Kindergarten scholars. Kinder is picked up at 3:30 on the north front patio.

Please do not arrive before 4pm to pick-up your 1 – 8 grade scholar. They will not be out before that time. Planning to arrive between 4:05-4:15pm will help traffic flow smoothly.

If you do not have a copy of our Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures map, please download a copy of it. Print the Pick-Up placard and write your scholar’s name in LARGE BLACK letters. Display the card in you window when picking up your scholar.

The ABC’s of pick-up:

Act kind
Be patient
Cell phone free

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After School Clubs

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At Grande Innovation Academy, we encourage scholars to participate in after-school enrichment programs.  Programs are offered quarterly.  The deadlines to sign up clubs each quarter varies. Please contact the club sponsor directly for more information.

Clubs Meet: 4:15-5:15 on specified day; refer to club information. Pick-up occurs promptly at 5:15 in the front office. If you are late your scholar will be sent to the Knight Academy After School Program and charges may apply. Each scholar must be prepaid in full before the first club date. Payment can be made in the office: Cash, check, credit/debit card.

Dates: January 16-May 11, 2017

Registration Form

The following clubs will be held at Grande Innovation Academy:

Girls in Action 

If you are a girl in grades 5-8 and seek an opportunity to learn and grow check out Girls in Action.  Through discussion and activities, Girls in Action provide girls the opportunity to think about and discuss challenges encountered in real-life while developing self-confidence, respect and leadership skills.  Service learning activities will be completed as well.

Contact: Ms. Fogarty,
Grades: 5th-8th.
Cost: $75
Day(s): Tuesday


Learn basic chords …and what to do with them! Learn guitar techniques and playing styles with unconventional but effective lessons. Learn different picking styles, different genres of music, different rhythm techniques. Learn the difference between acoustic and electric playing. Learn electronic/digital guitar effects and…how guitarists make their guitars sound like that!

So join the GIA Guitar Club and learn how to make and create some of the coolest sounds on earth…and YOU can make them!! Oh yeah…you’ll a need a guitar to join…acoustic or electric.

Contact: Mr. Rebecchi at:
Grade: 5th-8th
Cost: $75
Day(s): Tuesday and Thursday


Love to grow veggies and help raise the chickens and ducks? Any scholar in K-8th grade can join the garden club. It’s recommended that scholars bring in an extra pair of old shoes or boots because the garden gets messy!

Contact: Ms. Bazan at:
Grades: K-8th
Cost: $75
Day(s): Wednesday or Thursday! (choose ONE day only)


Scholars will develop basic skills of stitch work and walk away from the class with confidence and hopefully a deeper love/talent for sewing! No sewing machines will be used in the sewing club. All hand stitch work.

Contact: Mrs. Martinez,
Grades: 2nd-8th
Cost: $75
Day: Wednesday

Lego Club

The Lego Club emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through the use of what scholars love most: toys and computers! The hands-on experiences through Lego’s relate to real world activities by not only enhancing daily Common Core curriculum skills through rigorous, basic engineering, but builds problem-solving skills across promary grade levels.

Contact: Mr. Salazar,
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $75
Days: Tuesday and Wednesday


Running Club

Come get in shape and have fun!

Contact: Coach Holloway,

Grades: 2nd-8th

Cost: $50

Day(s): Tuesday and Thursday, (both days)


Drama Club

Love acting? Join the drama club where you’ll to learn how to act and will perform a play in May. Additional practice days may be required.

Contact: Mrs. Gardner,
Grades: 6th-8th Grade
Cost: $75


The Kiwanis offer this club to elementary scholars who are interested in leadership and service learning.

Contact: Mrs. Bielski,
Grades: 2nd-8th
Cost: $20
Days: Monday





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2017-2018 Fall Uniform Order Form
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Uniform Policy

The Governing Board of The Grande Innovation Academy supports the establishment and enforcement of a school uniform. It is their belief that the wearing of a school uniform by scholars of The Grande Innovation Academy assists in creating an environment conducive to a quality learning opportunity for the children that attend GIA. Parents enrolling their scholars in The Grande Innovation Academy agree to comply with the Uniform Policy at all times.  Uniforms are available for purchase through the front office.


  • The ONLY APPROVED shirts for boys and girls are the short sleeved royal blue uniform shirt with The Grande Innovation Academy logo.


  • The ONLY APPROVED pants/shorts for boys and girls are black uniform line pants/shorts.
    • Shorts must be a minimum 4-inch inseam
    • Sits at the waist
    • No cargo shorts/pants
    • No “skinny” pants
    • No saggy pants/shorts, belts are allowed.
    • No black denim
    • No Skirts
    • No skorts


Acceptable Uniforms

Cargo and Skinny Pants:     

Unacceptable Uniform Options

  • Any appropriate jacket may be worn to school but only the approved GIA sweatshirts may be worn in the classroom. GIA sweatshirts and hoodies may be purchased at the school.



All clothing will:

Be clean and neat

Be the appropriate size (not skin tight or too large)

Not be torn, tattered or written on

Not interfere with the educational process or present a safety hazard as determined by The Grande Innovation Academy administration

Uniform shirts will:

Have only a short-sleeved undershirt or BLACK or ROYAL BLUE long-sleeved

Shirt (Optional)

Tucked in at the waist at all times

Pants will:

Be pulled up and snug above the hips

Be no longer than just above the sole of the shoe

Shorts will:

Be no shorter than knee length

Be no longer than the top of the knee

Jewelry/Piercings will:

Be kept to a minimum

Not include any piercing of visible body parts other than the ear/ears

Not include large hoop or large dangle style earrings

Include only appropriate neckwear, bracelets and belts

Not interfere with the educational process or present a safety hazard

Footwear will: 

Be required at all times

Be lace up athletic shoes tied snugly at all times

Hair will: 

Not be an extreme style (ex: no Mohawks)

Be only natural hair colors

Not interfere with the educational process or present a safety hazard as determined by the GIA administration

Headwear will:

Only be worn outside the building and can be worn during recess and P.E.

Be restricted to school appropriate designs that are not vulgar, violent, obscene, or gang related

Not include “do-rags”, bandanas or sweatbands

Tattoos and body art will:

Not be allowed (including permanent, temporary, henna or any other types of tattoos or body art)

Temporary tattoos or body art will be washed off immediately

Permanent and henna tattoos or body art will be covered at all times

Backpacks/Binders will:

Be free of patches and any student writing

Be free of logos, symbols or pictures that represent something illegal, violent, illicit or suggestive

Subject to search by a GIA employee at any time, without warning


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