Parents and Scholars Mark Weber
Parents and Guardians
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.
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.
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 SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE 9/25/17
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
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.
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.
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. Please click here for a list of recommended school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year.
School Supplies Made Easy!
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Days: Tuesday and Wednesday
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