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.
ABC’s of Pick-Up
ALERT at all times
CELL Phone Zone FREE!
The Pick-Up System:
Siblings/Carpools: Pick-up will take place in front of our gym. You’ll enter the parking lot and drive straight back. Stay in your car and a staff member will bring him/her to you. You’ll turn in the bus circle and exit out the same place you entered. ALL cars, all families/friends who are picking-up MUST have the BLUE placard in their passenger’s side dashboard/window. You’ll get this at your Meet-the-Teacher time.
Kinder: pick-up is at 3:30 along the south (Home Depot) curb. Your scholar will be standing there with their teacher. Stay in your car and a staff member will bring him/her to you. If you have a kinder with older sibs follow the directions for Siblings.
1-8 Singles: No change from last year. You’ll line up along the south (Home Depot) curb. Stay in your car and a staff member will bring him/her to you.
Grande Innovation Academy has partnered with MySchoolAccount.com 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.
Enter the “verification code” to verify your account and email address.
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.
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 www.myschoolaccount.com service should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
**If you do not remember you children’s ID numbers, they can be obtained by contacting the office at: 520 .381. 2360
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.
School Supplies Made Easy!
We’re excited to introduce EduKits as a convenient option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 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 www.edukitinc.com 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.
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.
A Friday EduCare program is available to all Grande Innovation Academy scholars. This is a fee-based program provided by the Grande Innovation Academy and will run every Friday (except holidays) throughout the school year from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. $35 – Full Day ; $20 Half-Day till 12:00 PM. This program includes lunches and any field trips.
Pre-registration is required. No drop-ins will be accepted. Please call the front desk for more information.
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.
Your scholar benefits when you and the school work together to support his or her literacy development. Working together promotes faster development and catches trouble spots early. The National Center on Improving Literacy is your source for improving outcomes for students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia.
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.
The Grande Innovation Academy is a uniform school. Wearing uniforms enhances school pride, unity, and community spirit and may improve attendance and discipline. School uniforms make getting ready for school easier, which can improve punctuality, attendance, and discipline. School uniforms can save parents money.
Scholars may wear school t-shirts with their uniform pants and tie shoes on the last Thursday of every month. There are a variety of Grande Innovation Academy approved t-shirts. Check out our top-notch merchandise available at the Owl’s Bookstore. Uniforms and t-shirts are available for purchase through the front office.
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
Unacceptable: Cargo and Skinny Pants:
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
Tucked in at the waist at all times
Be pulled up and snug above the hips
Be no longer than just above the sole of the shoe
Be no shorter than knee length
Be no longer than the top of the knee
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
Be required at all times
Be lace up athletic shoes tied snugly at all times
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
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
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
At Grande Innovation Academy, we encourage scholars to participate in after-school enrichment programs. Clubs meet from 4:15 – 5:15 PM on the specified day. Pick-up occurs promptly at 5:15 PM in the front office. Each scholar must be prepaid in full before joining the club. Payment can be made in the office: Cash, check, credit/debit card. Clubs begin the week of August 20th and run through December 13th. Please contact the club sponsor directly for more information.
The following clubs will be held at Grande Innovation Academy during the 1st Semester:
Love to sing? Join our new glee club! You’ll be performing at GIA events.
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 with the opportunity to think about and discuss challenges encountered in real-life while developing self-confidence, respect and leadership skills.
Learn basic chords …and what to do with them! Learn guitar techniques and playing styles with unconventional but effective lessons. After we learn some basics, you will learn what each of these electronic effects pedals do, as well as how my guitar synthesizer works…and be able to play through my effects pedals, to learn what each effect does to the guitar sound. So join the GIA Guitar Club and learn how to make and create some of the coolest sounds on earth! Oh yeah…you’ll a need a guitar to join…acoustic or electric.
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!
The GIA Lego after-school club emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the use of what students 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 collaborative and problem-solving skills across primary grade levels.