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ICS Contacts

 

  School Phone: +251 (0)11–371–1544

School Fax: +251 (0)11–371–0722

info@icsaddis.edu.et

School Emergency Phone: +251 (0)911–333–650

feedback@icsaddis.edu.et

 

Schoolwide Contacts

Name

@icsaddis.edu.et

Head of School

Dr. Tim Stuart

tim.stuart

Deputy Head of School 

Dr. George Zickefoose

george.zickefoose

Communications Office

Kristi Williams

communications

 

School Offices @icsaddis.edu.et  

Elementary School Office

es.office

 

Middle School Office

 ms.office

 

High School Office

hs.office

 

Communication to Parents

ICS provides a number of ways to keep parents updated on what’s happening at school, in the classroom and with your student. We are trying to decrease the number of printed hardcopies given out.  Most of our communications will be digital and/or online or in person.

  • Newsletter-Yezare Samint: The MAIN source of information is the weekly newsletter, the Yezare Samint.  This is delivered via email every Thursday.  The email will direct you to our website for full information.  It is critical that all parents read the Yezare Samint to stay informed.
  • Website: The ICS website holds a wealth of information and downloadable documents.  Be sure to save the address in your bookmarks.
  • Communications Hub: Visit the wall next to the cafeteria with the latest events and happenings. (for 2017-18)
  • Emergency SMS: We will contact parents/guardians in the event of an emergency using email and our SMS system.  We also use the SMS for cafeteria pre-paid account notifications.
  • Back to School Nights: An evening at the beginning of the year to meet teachers and leadership and understand the plan for the year.
  • Board of Governors AGMs: The board is the governing body at ICS.  There are two Association General Meetings throughout the year that parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Strategic overviews are provided with an opportunity for parents to ask questions.
  • Monthly coffee mornings: Each month a community coffee morning is held.  Leadership will be present for you to interact with.
  • Quarterly Town Hall Meetings: Open Town Hall Meetings will take place each quarter, providing another opportunity to interact with the leadership of the school and to be informed of happenings.
  • Class Room Parents: In ES and potentially MS, each class or advisory will have a parent volunteer room parent that will support the teacher(s) and facilitate communications with parents in the class. (N.B. This program will be successful if we have the parent volunteers to implement.)  (for 2017-18)
  • Parent Portal – coming soon: A parent portal will allow parents to view and monitor student assignments, schedules, exam results and progress, through a password protected online portal.
  • Progress Reports/Teacher Conferences: Parents will receive interim and quarterly progress reports.  Additionally, formal Teacher-Student/Parent conferences are scheduled two times a year.
  • Calendar/Directory: Each year, each family will receive a printed calendar of ICS holidays and special events.  Additionally, each parent will receive a class or grade level directory.
Communications From Parents

At ICS, we believe that feedback and constructive communication is important for the success of the school. Here are a number ways for parents to communicate with the school.

  • Teachers & Administrators: Each year we provide an extensive list of teacher and administrator contact details. In addition, parents are welcome to set up an appointment with your teachers(s) and principal, assistant principle or any other administrator.  If you have any feedback, please reach out.
  • Info@ICS Email: This email is monitored throughout each day.  Any general questions or feedback is welcomes.
  • Feedback@ICS Email: This email specifically for any feedback.  Emails sent to feedback@ICS are monitored, logged and forwarded to the appropriate person, team or division.
  • Parent Community Link (PCL): Join the parent community group.  The PCL is set up to help facilitate two-way communication between parents and the school. Or email them at pcl@icsaddis.edu.et
  • Board of Governors: The Board of Governors are elected by the Association each year.  You can reach out to them directly or you can email the Board with any concerns or questions.  Email, board@icsaddis.edu.et
  • Attend events: Come to the monthly coffee mornings, come to the Association General Meetings, come to the Town Hall Meetings.  These are forums for parent communication.
Parent/Guardian Contact Information

ICS stresses the importance of providing a safe and well-balanced school program. However, we recognize that even with the most thorough preparations, accidents and emergency situations may occur. It is important that each student’s parents provide the school with the most current information that will assist in the event of an unfortunate situation. At the beginning of school, families will be asked to verify the contact data on file at the school. The parents will be asked to confirm the accuracy of this information and make amendments as needed. Should this information change during the year; parents are asked to contact the school with these amendments.

Parents or legal guardians are the only persons recognized by the school to…

  • give permission for participation in school activities
  • sign forms, write notes of absence
  • allow students to leave school in case of illness
  • pick up children from school

Persons designated to perform any of the above activities must have written authority from a parent or legal guardian. Forms are available from the Counseling Office and kept in the student's file. Temporary guardianship should also be recorded in the student's file.

Temporary Guardianship

All students must have a parent or guardian present in Ethiopia who assumes full responsibility for the student. If the parent(s) or current guardian(s) will be out of Addis Ababa, not in cell phone range or absent from Ethiopia, they MUST designate another adult as the guardian during that time. The designated guardian will be the primary contact for the named students during the dates of guardianship, including for emergencies. The appointed guardian has the authority to direct medical intervention and emergency evacuation from Ethiopia. Parents will also be contacted, whenever possible.

Guardianship forms are available on our website under Information.

 

Photography / Videography

ICS takes photos and videos of students during school and class events, performances, presentations, in the classrooms and around school.  Photos and videos are used in ICS promotional materials including but not limited to our website, information displays, brochures, flyers, banners, posters and recruitment materials.  Students may be identified by grade level and/or first name only. Videos of concerts and presentations are made available on our website to ICS parents.

If you do not want your child’s photo to be used in our promotional materials please email communications@icsaddis.edu.et with your request.

I am NOT receiving emails from ICS

Sorry for the inconvenience of not receiving emails for the school.  We know it can be frustrating to not receive important information.

We continuously update out database and monitor our server to ensure that our emails go out.

  • Please check your spam or junk folders regularly, as sometimes our emails go there
  • While emails are being sent from our server, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the email due to factors out of our control.  For example, some email providers may block activity coming from Ethiopia. 
  • Add ICS as a trusted domain to your inbox
  • Continue to monitor the Yezare Samint Newsletter and the website for information.

You can always send a question to info@icsaddis.edu.et and can provide feedback to feedback@icsaddis.edu.et

Can I put up posters or buy/sell announcements?

Yes you can!

ICS employees and students can put up school event posters at the Communications Hub.

Any non-school posters or information MUST be registered at the Reception Desk and will be posted on the community bulletin board near the gym for 2 weeks.

Internal ICS Links

Here are the links to our daily platforms, like ICS email/Zimbra, Elearning/Moodle and EdAmin, etc. 

ICS Email / Zimbra

Atlas 

Elearning / Moodle

Power School Internal Access at ICS for Teachers (Gradebook) use when on the ICS Network

PowerSchool External Access at ICS for Teachers (Gradebook) use when not on the ICS Networks

Power School Internal Access at ICS for Admin Access use when on the ICS Network

Power School External Access at ICS for Admin Access use when not on the ICS Networks

Library Catalog

Event Booking

Naviance Faculty Link

Prepaid Account Access use when on the ICS Network

Prepaid Account Access use when not on the ICS Networks

Tiger Downloads