Monday Message for December 10, 2017

Message from the Director

Dear Parents,

We are in the last week before the holiday break and there are lots of things happening.

I hope you all will join me for “Coffee with Kaufman” at ILS, Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Also, we will be resubmitting our charter on Friday, Dec. 15. The charter process is definitely strength building and I want to thank you for all of your support!

This will be Coach Mac’s last week with us!

It is with a BIG CONGRATULATIONS and a community of GRATITUDE and SUPPORT, that we say ”Farewell Coach Mac, WE THANK YOU…and WE WILL MISS YOU!”

We alre also welcoming two new members of our team, check out the bios below.

Make sure to say goodbye and hello!

See you Monday morning for “Coffee with Kaufman!”

Mrs. Kaufman


Upcoming Events

(Please see the school calendar for more information)

  • Dec. 11: Coffee with Kaufman 8:30 a.m.
  • Dec. 13: Parent University – Novare! @ILS
  • Dec. 13: Prospective Family Meeting @PLS
  • Dec. 13: 7th/8th Grade Science POL
  • Dec. 13: 4th Grade “Walk Through California”
  • Dec. 14: Mr. Barker/Ms. Corina’s Advisory Presents “Habit 3”
  • Dec. 14: Snow Ball 2017 Dance
    — Grades 4th-5th: 5-7 p.m.
    — Grades 6th-8th: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 15: TK/K/1 Community Helper POL
  • Dec. 15: 5th Grade POL
  • Dec. 15: Girls Build L.A. Leadership Summit
  • Dec. 18 – Jan. 8: WINTER BREAK!



Coach Mac Bids a Fond Farewell

Dear iLEAD Encino Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to let you know that I will be leaving my position at iLEAD Encino at the end of December. I have accepted a full-time coaching position for the men’s basketball team at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida.

This decision was certainly not an easy one for me to make. The opportunity to work with your children in a supportive, enriching community such as this has been a true pleasure. Yet, I am excited to start this new chapter in my career. We often teach our students to pursue their dreams and to follow their passions. This has always been a dream of mine, so I feel compelled to embrace it.

I leave iLEAD Encino with much gratitude. I will always remember fondly the time I spent here. I will miss working with colleagues of such high caliber, many of whom have become friends. I will miss the support of the families I have gotten to know. Most of all, I will miss my learners, for they have made my time at iLEAD challenging, fun and rewarding. I am extremely thankful to have had the chance to teach them all. I do not doubt that they have bright futures ahead of them, and I look forward to following their stories in the years ahead. Please keep in touch!

Yours truly,

Taylor McMullin

iLEAD Encino Winter Dance: The SNOW BALL ’17!

iLEAD Encino Presents Our Winter Dance:  The Snow Ball ’17

When:  Dec. 14
Where:  PLS Social Hall
Time: 4th – 5th Grade 5-7 p.m.
6th – 8th Grade 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Ticket pre-sales start Dec. 4-13, after school @ILS

$12 presale

$15 at-the-door

  • Special Guest DJ: Alex Johnson!
  • Photo Booth
  • Pizza
  • Dessert, cookie bar
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Glitter Tattoos
  • Attire: Semi Formal/Fancy

Volunteer signup link is available through your GLP or Community Outreach:

Thank you for your support!


Snow Ball Grams on Sale Until Dec. 12

Throw a snow ball at your friends with a Snow Ball Gram!

$1 each or 6 for $5!

On sale after school @ILS until Dec. 12

Sponsored by Leadership Crew… Thank you for your support!

Welcome Our NEW iLEAD Encino Staff Members!

Sofia Varone
2nd and 3rd Grade Facilitator

My name is Sofia. I was born in the UK to two Italian parents and raised in a small family having just one brother. Growing up some of my time was spent looking after an array of different pets but mainly around the dining table, as for an Italian – FOOD IS LIFE! So if you know of any Italian stores nearby, let me know, I’ll be taking up shares!

In my early working life I had a variety of different job roles including hairdresser, nail technician and flight attendant. It was during my time as a holiday rep that I became fascinated by how children learn, and I believed that education both inside and outside of the classroom is a fundamental part of life. I therefore decided to search for a more rewarding role in which I could make a difference. As a result of this, I completed a bachelor of education degree in primary education, specializing in religious education and modern foreign languages.

I believe in taking risks, taking opportunities and living life to the full. As you can tell from my picture, I definitely have a bit of a wild side and can be a bit of an adrenalin junkie. I’ve also been on the UK version of the TV show “Wipeout,” which I think shows I love to have a laugh and not take life too seriously. Over the years I have had the opportunity to visit over 30 countries and have really enjoyed meeting new people, exploring new places and learning about different cultures. I absolutely love traveling – the world is an amazing place!

I am so excited to be continuing my traveling journey by moving over to the USA, especially California to join the iLEAD team!

See you in the New Year!

Jared Morrison
PE Facilitator

My name is Jared and as a PE teacher I am naturally drawn to anything sporty. As I am from the UK my favorite sport is football, which is rightly named as opposed to American football, which should be renamed to “throw and catch egg-shaped ball ball.” However I am half American on my father’s side, but have lived in the UK all my life as he was stationed overseas as part of the U.S. military. As I am a sporty person, it was only fitting that I pursued a career in PE and pass on my knowledge and expertise to the next generation. I believe that school should be an enjoyable time for learners and it is my duty to show enthusiasm and provide a fun-loving attitude to my subject area.

In my spare time I love to DJ as music is my other passion. In the UK I have performed in many clubs up and down the country, which was great. Along with music I love to dance; specifically street dance and have competed in the UK street dance championships, reaching the finals on two occasions. If I’m not spending time on my hobbies I love nothing more than to relax and socialize with family and friends. I have always wanted to live in the states and iLEAD has provided me with my dream opportunity.

I look forward to working with some amazing facilitators and learners at iLEAD and also living the American dream!


Gotta Dance? Sign Up for the Spring Musical!

Join the iLEAD Encino Spring Musical: “Singin’ in the Rain,” presented by Village Arts:

Download (PDF, 1.37MB)


Sports Camp Available During Winter Break

Sports Plus is helping out iLEAD in a major way with this camp — our school will receive $50 per camper if you register by DEC. 1!

Camp is happening from Dec. 18 through Jan. 5.

Please visit or call (818) 905-6125 for more information.

Download (PDF, 613KB)

Pre-Order Today for Pizza Fridays!

If you are not aware, we offer either pizza or meatball sliders on Fridays to all learners delivered from Fresh Bros. They offer deep dish cheese, gluten-free and meatball sliders with a couple topping options. Pizzas are 7-inch personal size.

Ordering is simple: Click the link below and choose your days, toppings and pay!  Thank you for your support!

Please make sure to have your order in by 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY for Friday’s delivery!

Order pizza link:

Hot Lunch!

Hot lunch at iLEAD Encino is provided by Chef Jackie Clarke. All orders will be delivered to both PLS and ILS at lunch time.

  • Orders MUST be placed no later than 8 a.m., the day of requested lunch…ANY ORDERS PLACED AFTER 8 A.M., WILL NOT BE FULFILLED.
  • Family dinner orders are now available!! Please place your order 24 hours in advance.  All items on the lunch menu are available for DINNER request.

Cash, Check and VENMO accepted.

Thank you for your support!

For hot lunch orders, please contact Jackie:

Below is the link to the NEW HOT LUNCH MENU!
(Please note: This is a google doc, we are trying out a new format.)

Lunch Menu

Thank you.

Field Studies Day Trips for Fall 2017

4th Grade:

  • Walk Through California – Dec. 13 (on campus, mandatory cost covered by school, not Field Studies)

2017-2018 Overnight Field Studies!

The articles below provide information on some of our 2017-18 exciting overnight field studies. Check the Monday Message each week for updates!

4th Grade Time Capsule Overnight! March 20-21, 2018

Your child will participate in an exciting adventure ranging from your classroom to the hills of the Cleveland National Forest as we take them on a journey through California history. The California Time Capsule Overnight program began in 1989 as a hands-on exploration of several of the cultures that have played a major part in the development of the California we know today. Their objective is to give students a hands-on experience with the daily lives, adventures, and accomplishments of those who have lived in California. They will begin with pre-historic Indian survival and thread their way through time until they reach into the 21st century. Along the way, they will learn about the Acjachemem Indians, the Spanish settlers at the missions, the Mexicans on the Ranchos, the forty-niners heading to the gold fields, and, ultimately, about ourselves.

The California Time Capsule Overnight program is designed as an experience that complements the fourth grade social science curriculum. Students will focus on four different cultural periods that, in part, make up California history. During the program, the students will build an Indian brush shelter and compare it to an adobe brick house. They will explore Indian plant uses and grind corn to make tortillas. They will pan for gold and dig for artifacts. They will explore the spectrum of lifestyles contained within the tapestry of California’s history.

To Order Tickets, Use this LINK:

Sales end March 2 (or when booked full), as final counts are required to the tour company by then. We ask that you, please, use the learner’s name as the purchaser. The roster created is based on the name entered.

All sales are final once purchased and are non-refundable.

6th Grade Catalina Island Marine Institute Overnight!

Feb 9-11, 2018

Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) at Fox Landing is a unique outdoor science school, providing an exciting outdoor educational experience for 4th through 12th grade students from public and private schools.  It is one of three outdoor science schools on Catalina Island operated by the nonprofit corporation, Guided Discoveries.

Our focus on hands-on experiential science, utilizing state-of-the-art labs and equipment, increases science literacy and environmental stewardship. CIMI’s expert instructors guide students through island terrestrial biology, marine biology labs and field activities designed to stimulate minds, build character, develop social skills, and most importantly, create excitement about science.

During our three- and five-day programs, students and teachers participate in a variety of hands-on labs and field activities. The Fox Landing campus has many great program areas that are well maintained by our resident staff.

Labs and Field Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Fish
  • Sharks, Rays & Skates
  • Invertebrates
  • Marine Mammals
  • Plankton
  • Algae (Seaweed)
  • Kayaking
  • Island Ecology Hike
  • Astronomy Hike
  • Evening Campfire
  • Night Snorkel

The Fox Landing Campus

  • Private Cove and Pier
  • Cabins
  • Dining Hall
  • Science Labs
  • Touch Tanks & Aquariums
  • Amphitheater
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Kayaks
  • Recreational Field, Gaga Pit, Volleyball & Basketball Courts

To Order Tickets, Use this LINK:

Sales end Jan. 26, or when the trip has filled. Final counts are requires to the tour company then. We ask that you, please, use the learner’s name as the purchaser as the roster created is based on the name entered.

All sales are final once purchased and are non-refundable. Please plan accordingly.


5th & 8th Grade Revolutionary War Overnight! March 8-9, 2018

The Revolutionary War Overnight on the grounds of Colonial Chesterfield at Riley’s Farm combines our popular daytime Revolutionary War Adventure with an evening of living history fun in our re-creation of a New England farmstead from the 18th century. During your stay, you can expect plenty of authentic characters, great food, fun activities and contests with delicious prizes!

A typical journey begins in the evening at 5 pm. when guests are assigned a cot in their sleeping quarters, take part in an orientation meeting and are then divided into groups called “townships.” Students then undergo martial training. After enjoying a full meal accompanied by live 18th century music in our Hawkshead Public House, guests will be paid an inspirational visit by the legendary Patrick Henry, while rounding out the evening with apple crisp! Cabins and marquis tents will typically house weary guests as they slumber soundly in preparation for a very full day!

At dawn, overnighters explore some of the farm’s vast 760 acres by reconnoitering the top of a local hill and standing watch for the British army. After skirmishing with the redcoats, guests will return to the tavern to enjoy a farm breakfast of eggs, bacon, french toast casserole and orange juice. By the time breakfast is over, games and last-minute preparation will be a welcome respite before the day’s Revolutionary War Adventure!

To Order Tickets, Use this LINK:

Sales end Jan. 26, or when the trip has filled. Final counts are required to the tour company Jan. 26. We ask that you, please, use the learner’s name as the purchaser. The roster created is based on the name entered as ticket purchaser.

All sales are final once purchased and are non-refundable. Please plan accordingly.

8th Grade Washington, D.C., Trip!

May 23 – May 29, 2018, registration open!

Click here to download the flier