Upcoming Events

International Trip Parent Information Night Tue, 4 Nov. - 6:00PM - - 7:00PM
Grade 5A Week Without Walls Trip Wed, 5 Nov - Fri, 7 Nov
PTA Coffee Morning, Lower Commons Wed, 5 Nov. - 8:00AM - - 9:30AM
Amharic Drama Thu, 6 Nov - Fri, 7 Nov
ASA Season One Ends Fri, 7 Nov
Activity Free Weekend Sat, 8 Nov - Sun, 9 Nov
SAT Sat, 8 Nov. - 7:00AM - - 2:00PM
ES Yearbook Photos Mon, 10 Nov - Fri, 14 Nov
Season 2 Athletic Team Registration Begins Mon, 10 Nov
 

All School Corner

PTA Elections: November 2014!

It is that time of year to elect a new PTA Executive Team consisting of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator.  The term is a calendar year from January – December 2015.

 

If you are interested in the roles of each position, or would like to nominate someone or yourself for a position, or have any questions, please contact Liza Bates

 

Here’s a list of important date.

5 November: Accepting Nominations

12 November: Nominations closed

19 November: Voting begins

21 November: Voting ends

3 December:  New Executive Team announced at PTA coffee morning

 

Elections Committee:

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES

 

SECTION I: Duties of the Executive Team

The Executive Council shall carry out the objectives and policies of the PTA. They shall have full power to take such action and make such rules and regulations consistent with the PTA by-laws as they may deem necessary and in the best interest of the Association. It is the responsibility of the Officers of the Executive Council to attend all general membership and Executive Council meetings.

  

SECTION II: Duties of the President

1.  Shall preside at all PTA meetings and the Executive Team  meetings.

2. The President or his/her representative shall attend the monthly meetings of the ICS Board of Governors as a liaison between the two entities.

3.  Shall create committees as are necessary and appoint chairpersons.

4.  Shall serve as primary contact for the ICS Director.

   

SECTION III: Duties of the Vice President

1. Shall attend all PTA meetings and the Executive Council meetings. Communicate with President if unable to attend

2. Shall assist the President as required in the performance of his/her duties.

3. Shall perform duties of the President in the absence or inability of that officer to serve.

4. Shall assume duties of President should he/she become unable to complete the term of office.

 

SECTION IV: Duties of the Secretary

1. Shall attend all PTA meetings and the Executive Council meetings. Communicate with President if unable to attend.

2. Record, publish and distribute the official minutes, including attendance of present at said meetings.

3. Create  and  maintain  a  resource  book  containing  the  PTA  by-laws  and  all  meeting minutes.

4. In the event the President and vice President are unable to attend a meeting, the Secretary will preside.

 

SECTION V: Duties of the Treasurer

1.Shall attend all PTA meetings and the Executive Council meetings. Communicate with President if unable to attend.

2. Shall create and oversee an annual budget on behalf of the PTA.

3. Shall be responsible for making purchase requests and depositing funds raised by the PTA.

4. Shall abide by the procedures for disbursement of funds as defined in the ICS Policy Manual.

 

 

SECTION VI: Duties of the Communications Manager

1.Shall attend all PTA meetings and the Executive Council meetings. Communicate with President if unable to attend.

2. Notify the Association of all meetings, announcements, and events to be published in the weekly Yezare Samint and other available ICS Media.

3. Shall be responsible for maintaining and updating ICS PTA Webpage

4. Shall abide by the procedures for disbursement of funds as defined in the ICS Policy Manual.

 

Enjoy a Well-Deserved Holiday!

I think we are all ready to take a break next week. It has been a busy start! When we come back the ISSEA Cross Country and Track & Field meet will be looming, and Halloween in the elementary. Whether you stay in town or fly out for a vacation, please come back safely, rested and ready for more learning and more activities in the second quarter.

PS: Like our Facebook page Learning at ICS Addis Ababa, and keep up with how we teacher and learn at ICS!

Elementary Halloween “Spooktacular”

PTA Website

When: Friday 31 October Time: 5:00–6:30 PM Venue: Large amphitheater

This year the PTA will be having a Halloween Spooktacular Show at the main amphitheatre. As well as some spooktacular performances, there will also be a costume parade and a chance to go through the haunted house to collect your bag of treats! For those of you that are brave enough to enter one of the haunted houses, you will need to have a wrist band. You can get one of these wrist bands when you turn in your bag of candy at the candy collection points. We will be collecting candy for this event on the following dates.

13–17 October and 27–29 October at the following locations:

Elementary back gate after 7:40 AM
PTA notice board after 7:40 AM
Kindergarten area after 7:40 AM
Little Eagles Nest (LEN) after 8:00 AM

Due to security reasons, no student will be allowed entry if the following conditions are not met:

- Elementary students must be accompanied by an adult
- Parents/guardians must show school ID at the gate
- Creative costumes are welcome but please be aware that weapons or pretend weapons will be confiscated

SO CLOSE

We need 27 more beds. That's right, only 27 to go and all boys! The aim was to be at zero by Friday noon, so if you haven't yet signed up please do so if you can host our ISSEA male athletes. Thank you, ICS community, for the push this week. Awesome effort!

Passwords – Changing and Protecting

Recently, we required all ICS staff members and students to change their passwords. This was not due to any breach of our security, but because one email account was compromised (probably) because the password had not been changed in years.

It is important to change passwords periodically. Recent cases of compromised passwords for Dropbox and Snapchat have highlighted the importance of changing your passwords. (If you have an account with either Dropbox or Snapchat, please change your password today!)

There's a lot of debate about the best way to have a secure password. I'm posting an entry on my blog this week about passwords and how to keep them secure.

The Talking Head

Thu, 16 Oct. - 12:57PM
Teachers and schools are already making plans for the next school year. Thus, some of our teachers have given us “early notice” of their intent to leave in June 2015. Definite openings and possible...
Fri, 17 Oct. - 12:59PM
I think we are all ready to take a break next week. It has been a busy start! When we come back the ISSEA Cross Country and Track & Field meet will be looming, and Halloween in the elementary....
Thu, 9 Oct. - 4:15PM
Last week teachers, students and administrators gathered as a “Core Planning Team” to develop clearer statements for our community about our beliefs, identity and mission and vision. This is an...
Thu, 9 Oct. - 4:24PM
The best part of my day or week is walking through our campus to visit classrooms to see students learning. I see engagement, curiosity and reflection everywhere. Students are ready and eager to tell...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 4:15PM
Please RSVP to jim.laney@icsaddis.edu.et if you are interested in this conversation or would like to attend the World Café!

Technology Corner

Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:55PM
We have created an online course in our Moodle eLearning platform that we are requiring all students (and all teachers and staff) to complete this month. This is about spotting email and web-based...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:52PM
Recently, we required all ICS staff members and students to change their passwords. This was not due to any breach of our security, but because one email account was compromised (probably) because...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:46PM
The world-wide web is fantastic. You can get answers to nearly any question, and find out information about nearly any topic. You can create your own webpages and tell people about all kinds of...
Fri, 10 Oct. - 3:22PM
Inspired by the recent Learning 2.014 conference, Amy Hughes and John Meinz started up a chat about Genius Hour (or 20% time – a chance for students to pursue something they are passionate about)....
Fri, 10 Oct. - 10:56AM
As we use the web and social media more, we're looking at ways to organize and keep people in the loop. We're working on some policy documents and ways to keep everything connected – we'll announce...

Counselor's Corner

Tue, 28 Oct. - 9:48AM
At school sporting events, parents can act as role models for their children, even while standing on the sidelines. Children are excellent imitators so parents should give them something great to...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 9:13AM
Taking a road trip with the kids during a Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Break? Road trips are a wonderful way to explore the country, learn about new places and enjoy family bonding time. Read on...
Fri, 10 Oct. - 3:49PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Help Teach Your Child/Teen Gratitude
Wed, 8 Oct. - 10:10AM
Gratitude is central to our kids' health and happiness. But you can't just tell your child to be grateful. Gratitude practices are nurtured over time. Here are ten ways to start teaching your...
Fri, 3 Oct. - 10:14AM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Help Develop Your Child's CuriosityCharmaine Gunther, Middle School Counselor: ReadiStep Assessment

PTA Corner

Tue, 28 Oct. - 3:17PM
Fri, 17 Oct. - 12:59PM
I think we are all ready to take a break next week. It has been a busy start! When we come back the ISSEA Cross Country and Track & Field meet will be looming, and Halloween in the elementary....
Thu, 16 Oct. - 4:05PM
PTA WebsiteWhen: Friday 31 October Time: 5:00–6:30 PM Venue: Large amphitheater
Thu, 16 Oct. - 4:01PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips for Car Travel During Holidays
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:58PM
ICS teams were still busy in action this week and the highlight was the ICS Red vs ICS White U14 Basketball match that saw a big crowd watch a humdinger of a match that red team clinched by three...

High School Corner

Fri, 17 Oct. - 12:59PM
I think we are all ready to take a break next week. It has been a busy start! When we come back the ISSEA Cross Country and Track & Field meet will be looming, and Halloween in the elementary....
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:58PM
ICS teams were still busy in action this week and the highlight was the ICS Red vs ICS White U14 Basketball match that saw a big crowd watch a humdinger of a match that red team clinched by three...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:55PM
We have created an online course in our Moodle eLearning platform that we are requiring all students (and all teachers and staff) to complete this month. This is about spotting email and web-based...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:46PM
The world-wide web is fantastic. You can get answers to nearly any question, and find out information about nearly any topic. You can create your own webpages and tell people about all kinds of...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:38PM
A well-deserved break is just around the corner for us all! We look forward to the week away from school, as it gives us all a chance to recharge and rest. Students in grades 9 and 10 do not have any...

Middle School Corner

Fri, 17 Oct. - 12:59PM
I think we are all ready to take a break next week. It has been a busy start! When we come back the ISSEA Cross Country and Track & Field meet will be looming, and Halloween in the elementary....
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:58PM
ICS teams were still busy in action this week and the highlight was the ICS Red vs ICS White U14 Basketball match that saw a big crowd watch a humdinger of a match that red team clinched by three...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:55PM
We have created an online course in our Moodle eLearning platform that we are requiring all students (and all teachers and staff) to complete this month. This is about spotting email and web-based...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:46PM
The world-wide web is fantastic. You can get answers to nearly any question, and find out information about nearly any topic. You can create your own webpages and tell people about all kinds of...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 2:04PM
Please be reminded of our absence policy as we move into the second quarter. Our parent handbook states that: "We request parents to avoid absences for travel or vacations during regularly scheduled...

Elementary Corner

Fri, 17 Oct. - 12:59PM
I think we are all ready to take a break next week. It has been a busy start! When we come back the ISSEA Cross Country and Track & Field meet will be looming, and Halloween in the elementary....
Thu, 16 Oct. - 4:05PM
PTA WebsiteWhen: Friday 31 October Time: 5:00–6:30 PM Venue: Large amphitheater
Thu, 16 Oct. - 4:01PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips for Car Travel During Holidays
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:55PM
We have created an online course in our Moodle eLearning platform that we are requiring all students (and all teachers and staff) to complete this month. This is about spotting email and web-based...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:46PM
The world-wide web is fantastic. You can get answers to nearly any question, and find out information about nearly any topic. You can create your own webpages and tell people about all kinds of...

Athletics & Activities Corner

Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:58PM
ICS teams were still busy in action this week and the highlight was the ICS Red vs ICS White U14 Basketball match that saw a big crowd watch a humdinger of a match that red team clinched by three...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 3:57PM
We need 27 more beds. That's right, only 27 to go and all boys! The aim was to be at zero by Friday noon, so if you haven't yet signed up please do so if you can host our ISSEA male athletes. Thank...
Thu, 16 Oct. - 1:25PM
ICS will be hosting hundreds of track athletes from all over the world. I want you to be aware that there will be large numbers of participants all over our campus participating in track events. If...
Fri, 10 Oct. - 3:46PM
All the rosters from our ISSEA schools are in, so we know exactly when and how many athletes are coming. The ISSEA event will be underway in less than three weeks so this is a plea for hosts from our...
Fri, 10 Oct. - 3:44PM
It has been a great week for the ICS teams who have won most of their games in U19 Volleyball and U14 Basketball against the local schools in ISSAAA. Our supporters are also growing and this has made...

Emergency Procedures

We held a very efficient safe haven drill on 29 April which was observed by the Middle States Association (MSA) visiting team. Thank you to the parents on campus who were knowledgeable about our procedures and participated appropriately.

Board of Governors Elections, Please Vote!

There are only five school days remaining to vote for the Board of Governors for 2014-15 school year, please stop by and vote during the day in the Head of School’s office or at the Association General Meeting (AGM) meeting on 16 April at 6:00 PM. For parents who can come early that day, please stop by the student technology fair in the cafeteria, lower commons, at 5:00 PM.

ICS Celebrates 50 Years of Growth

Please join us as we launch our year-long celebration in honor of our 50

Board News 03.04.14

Board Elections

All Association members have received an election packet via email with the candidates’ letters of interest. Candidate information is also posted in the ICS reception area. Ballots are available now so please stop by the Head of School’s office to vote.
How to vote:
1) Register and pick-up your ballot in the Head of School’s office
2) On the ballot, vote for exactly two candidates
3) Fold and drop your vote in the sealed ballot box in the Head’s office

Board News

Upcoming ICS Board of Governors Election: 16 April 2014.

Every year at the Association General Meeting (AGM) in April, parent volunteers stand for election to the ICS Board of Governors; this year three seats will be open for new board members to join for a two year term.