Upcoming Events

High School Back to School Night Tue, 26 Aug. - 7:00PM - - 9:00PM
Middle School Back to School Night - Gymnasium Wed, 27 Aug. - 7:00PM
Elementary School Back to School Night Thu, 28 Aug. - 7:00PM - - 9:00PM
PTA Get Together - Upper Commons Fri, 29 Aug. - 5:00PM - - 7:00PM
After School Activities (ASAs) Begin Mon, 1 Sep
 

All School Corner

Mother Tongue Maintenance Program

Mother tongue maintenance classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 2:15—3:15 PM beginning 3 September. They are offered for students in grades 1—12. If you are interested in signing your child up to participate in the MTMP, or if you are interested in facilitating a home language group, please email Monday Wa-kyendo. For more information, click here.

Reminder: ID For Campus Access

New parents and students can have their pictures taken at the new reception “The Residence” to get an ID. Nannies and drivers will also need an ID to pick up or drop off students. Please collect a form at the reception desk and submit the completed form along with the nanny/driver’s passport sized photo.

 

ICS Track Use


Due to scheduled PE classes and ICS athletics and activities, the track will only be available to parents on the following days.

- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (between 6:00 AM—8:00 AM and after 5:15 PM)
- Wednesdays between 6:00 AM—8:00 AM and after 3:30 PM (except when ICS games or community events take place)
- Saturdays between 6:00 AM—8:00 AM and after 2:00PM (except when ICS games or community events
take place)
- Sundays, available all day (except when ICS games or community events take place)

Our facilities are intended to supportstudents curricular and extra-curricular activities and these must be given priority over occasional use by members of the community. Please schedule your exercise times around these hours so as not to cause any inconvenience to your times. There will also be times throughout the year that the track will be off limits and we reserve the right to close off the track at short notice on such occasions.

Thank you for understanding and supporting our educational programs.

Responsible Use Policy


Students in all grades have been given handbooks to take home, which includes information about technology and our responsible use policy.

This policy governs the actions of all members of the ICS community – students, parents, teachers, staff members, etc. while using the internet and our school network. This policy document is also posted on our website.

We ask all parents to help us by both discussing this policy with your children – and helping us to enforce it with them – and by following it yourself when at ICS. In particular, we ask all parents to please respect the fact that we have one shared internet connection for all students, teachers, staff members and parents. Streaming videos, heavy downloading of files, video chats all use up large segments of our bandwidth and can make it difficult for teachers and students to use the internet for academic purposes. Parents are asked to restrict these uses of the internet to times outside of class hours.
 

Mother Tongue Maintenance Program


It's time to think about signing up for the ICS Mother Tongue Mainte- nance Program (MTMP)! Research tells us that children learn English bet- ter when they can scaffold their learning alongside their home language. Home languages are also fundamental to a child’s identity in a new envi- ronment.

The MTMP will not establish its own curriculum or attempt to follow other programs, but will simply reinforce the work done in English at ICS and strive to meet the language needs of the students enrolled. They will be multi-age groups.

Last year the following languages were offered:
Amharic, Arabic, Bangla, Danish, Estonian, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Setswana, Shona, Somali, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish.

Mother tongue maintenance classes will be held on Wednesday after- noons from 2:15—3:15 PM beginning 3 September. They are offered for students in grades 1—12. If you are interested in signing your child up to participate in the MTMP, or if you are interested in facilitating a home lan- guage group, please email Monday Wa-kyendo.

Please include your child's name, grade and home language, or if you are volunteering to facilitate a group, include the language you would like to offer. Facilitators will be provided a classroom on campus and access to school resources when needed.

The Talking Head

Fri, 15 Aug. - 8:36AM
Welcome to the new school year! It’s exciting to see the campus filled with the sounds of learning and laughter. Although there are heavy gray clouds in the sky right now, I can see middle and high...
Fri, 15 Aug. - 8:37AM
We’ve selected a project management firm and are preparing the tender package now for a new classroom block with 30+ classrooms. We will be working together as a community at defining and...
Fri, 15 Aug. - 8:42AM
Accreditation is a “stamp” of quality assurance that many parents want for their child’s school, and that colleges look for as they assess our students’ admissions. The team from the Middle States...
Fri, 15 Aug. - 12:52PM
Welcome to the new school year! It’s exciting to see the campus filled with the sounds of learning and laughter.
Thu, 5 Jun. - 3:06PM
The following notice was sent to all parents via email earlier today. We want you to be aware that one of our early childhood staff has recently been identified as being a suspect for tuberculosis (...

Technology Corner

Fri, 15 Aug. - 12:56PM
Greetings and welcome to all new and returning ICS students and parents!
Fri, 15 Aug. - 10:17AM
All middle and high school students use a laptop computer as part of their learning. All students have been given a parent/student handbook which includes guidelines, information, our responsible use...
Fri, 15 Aug. - 10:13AM
Greetings and welcome to all new and returning ICS students and parents! I post news, advice and the occasional opinion piece on education and technology both in this newsletter and in my ICS blog....
Fri, 15 Aug. - 10:11AM
Students in all grades have been given handbooks to take home, which includes information about technology and our responsible use policy. This policy governs the actions of all members of the ICS...
Fri, 30 May. - 11:06AM

Counselor's Corner

Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:25PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Help Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem
Tue, 19 Aug. - 3:13PM
Self-esteem is a very important ingredient for a successful and happy life. A person can be blessed with intelligence and talent but if he or she lacks self-esteem, this can be an obstacle in...
Fri, 15 Aug. - 10:25AM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips for Help Your Child Adjust to School
Thu, 14 Aug. - 8:52AM
So your child is off to school every morning now, like a big kid. But instead of the exuberance you expected, you find many days - especially Monday -- starting with tears, or maybe a tummy-ache. Don...
Tue, 3 Jun. - 12:03PM
The extra time kids have over the summer can bring on more than boredom. According to the National Summer Learning Association, students can lose just over two months’ worth of smarts during the...

PTA Corner

Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:55PM
The PTA Executive Committee has approved a grant for the ICS Charity Run/Walk to support cancer treatment in Ethiopia. The charity that is involved in this event is the Mathiwos Wondu - Ye Ethiopia...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:54PM
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)                  PTA WebsiteUpcoming event: PTA 'Get Together', wine and cheese evening (babysitting will be available),...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:47PM
We would like to welcome old and new ICS families, hoping this school year will be a success as it has always been. The ICS Booster Club is well-known for its great ideas, partnership with the...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:16PM
Very soon you will be receiving information regarding three enrichment trips being scheduled for October break. ICS students will be traveling to Spain, France and Turkey for the Spanish/French...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:06PM
Families, this week we are sending home the Elementary Student/Parent Handbook. Inside you will find useful information on the policies and procedures for the elementary school. Also inside is an...

High School Corner

Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:45PM
* U14 cross-country and basketball and U19 volleyball, cross-country and track have all started with great enthusi- asm and skill on show already. It is not too late for students to sign up and join...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:41PM
Signups Sign up for the afterschool activities will be on the following days:Elementary school: Elementary school students will bring home a hard copy of the program tomorrow, Friday 22 August, in...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:23PM
Please plan on joining us at the annual Back to School Night on Tuesday 26 August from 7:00—9:00 PM. You will want to mark your calendars for this opportunity to meet our teachers. More detailed...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:22PM
This year we are revitalizing a former ICS high school practice known as “Sustained Silent Reading” (SSR). SSR is a thirty-minute period of individual reading that takes place every Tuesday morning...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:21PM
Again, welcome back to school! For those of you who are new to ICS and to the “veteran” parents, my best wishes for a successful beginning to the school year.

Middle School Corner

Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:45PM
* U14 cross-country and basketball and U19 volleyball, cross-country and track have all started with great enthusi- asm and skill on show already. It is not too late for students to sign up and join...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:41PM
Signups Sign up for the afterschool activities will be on the following days:Elementary school: Elementary school students will bring home a hard copy of the program tomorrow, Friday 22 August, in...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:16PM
Very soon you will be receiving information regarding three enrichment trips being scheduled for October break. ICS students will be traveling to Spain, France and Turkey for the Spanish/French...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:14PM
Middle school will be having its Back to School Night on Wednesday 27 August, beginning promptly at 7:00 PM in the upper commons. Unlike the potluck evenings, students are not invited to attend. We...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:13PM
Requests to change student timetables are being handled by Mrs. Gunther in the Counseling Center. Friday of this week is the deadline for schedule changes.

Elementary Corner

Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:45PM
* U14 cross-country and basketball and U19 volleyball, cross-country and track have all started with great enthusi- asm and skill on show already. It is not too late for students to sign up and join...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:41PM
Signups Sign up for the afterschool activities will be on the following days:Elementary school: Elementary school students will bring home a hard copy of the program tomorrow, Friday 22 August, in...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:06PM
Families, this week we are sending home the Elementary Student/Parent Handbook. Inside you will find useful information on the policies and procedures for the elementary school. Also inside is an...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:02PM
Back to School Night schedule:6:00 to 6:30 - mix and mingle in the gym6:30 to 6:50 - grade 5 choir performance and a very short message from Mr. Schooler 7:00 to 7:20 - Rotation 1 7:25 to 7:45 -...
Thu, 21 Aug. - 3:58PM
We are well into our second week of school, the students and teachers are settling into their routines and really getting down to some great inquiry learning in the classrooms.

Athletics & Activities Corner

Thu, 21 Aug. - 4:45PM
* U14 cross-country and basketball and U19 volleyball, cross-country and track have all started with great enthusi- asm and skill on show already. It is not too late for students to sign up and join...
Fri, 15 Aug. - 12:59PM
Season 1 ASAs
Fri, 15 Aug. - 11:01AM
Due to scheduled PE classes and ICS athletics and activities, the track will only be available to parents on the following days.- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (between 6:00 AM—8:00 AM and...
Fri, 15 Aug. - 10:58AM
Middle and high school music, drama, art, student council, math team, languages, MUN, NHS and all other clubs will be starting shortly and students involved in those programs will be receiving news...

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.