A STEM Summer Program That Turns Curious Kids Into Innovative Thinkers

Camp Invention provides a lot of fun and learning in a healthy environment.

Now more than ever, kids need fun, open-ended experiences that can help them build their problem-solving power and make their own creative mark on the world. This year’s all-new program is designed to build essential STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills while also boosting reading abilities. This is all accomplished through hands-on activities that offer so much fun and excitement, kids don’t even realize how much they’re learning!

Camp Invention reaches more than 130,000 children a year, and this summer, the Grande Innovation Academy is happy to announce that we’re offering summer camp this year.

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Grades:
Current Kindergarteners-6th graders

Location:
The Grande Innovation Academy

Date:
June 28-July 2, 2021

Time & Cost:
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM | $35

Camp Director:
Patty Messer

Register Today!

Parents and Guardians

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Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

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

A:

ALERT at all times

B:

BE Patient

C:

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.
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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.

Sibling and Single Pick up Map

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.

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Lunch Orders

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.

To sign up for My School Account go to:

  1. Go to www.myschoolaccount.com.
  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 www.myschoolaccount.com 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 www.myschoolaccount.com service should be directed to support@myschoolaccount.com.

**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.

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 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.

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Scholar Handbook

Handbook 

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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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.

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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The Grande Innovation Academy Book Share Program

All Kindergarten-2nd Graders at the Grande Innovation Academy will participate in our Book Share Program. The program is simple!

  • Each week your scholar will receive a book to take home.
  • The book will be chosen based on your scholar’s reading level.
  • As he/she grows throughout the year the book level will change.
  • Scholars are very excited to receive a new title each week and share it with parents and other family members.
  • The book must be returned each week in order for a new title to be handed out.
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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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National Center on Improving Literacy

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.

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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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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.

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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:

Acceptable Uniforms

Unacceptable:
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.

 

DRESS CODE

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

 

After School Clubs

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At Grande Innovation Academy, we encourage scholars to participate in after-school enrichment programs.  We have a variety of clubs that meet on different dates. Each scholar must be prepaid in full before joining the club and scholars participating in clubs must be picked up promptly.

Please check with the front office for a list of after-school clubs available to scholars.