Upcoming Events

Scholarship Club Potluck, SEC Tue, 9 Sep. - 5:30PM - - 7:00PM
Grade 12 College Night Tue, 9 Sep. - 7:00PM - - 8:30PM
PTA Coffee Morning Wed, 10 Sep
PTA Coffee Morning, Lower Commons Wed, 10 Sep. - 8:00AM
Ethiopian New Year, No School Thu, 11 Sep - Fri, 12 Sep
MAP Testing Mon, 15 Sep - Thu, 18 Sep
 

All School Corner

Trips and Upcoming Events

Two hundred and six - is the amount of beds we need to fill for the upcoming ISSEA Track and Field/X-country event here at ICS and it will be taking place from 29 October—1 November. We have many of our students who fly away on similar trips around the region during the year who will get to enjoy not just a fantastic ISSEA experience but also a memorable hosting. Part of the deal of traveling on these trips is that the student family reciprocates in kind and the call is going out now to give you plenty of time to think and act on this.

Visiting schools will be here for four nights and your parental responsibility is to feed, transport and find a bed for a minimum of two guests as well as giving them the traditional ICS hospitality welcome. A BIG thank you to the Roos and De Jong family who became our first families to open their doors. Come and see Ms Selam in the Athletics office if you can help or have any questions. The race is on each week to see the number two hundred and six go down.

The international trip parent information night will be on Friday 5 September in the upper commons from 6:00PM—7:00 PM. Come and meet the trip leaders and hear the facts, figures and details regarding the following trips this season.

  • Spanish and French trips
  • Art trip to Barcelona
  • Space camp to Turkey
  • Varsity volleyball trip to Harare which will take place in late October.

ASA Sign Ups

It was a busy but a smooth week for the elementary, middle and high school students who signed up for various after school activities. The variety of activities kept the disappointment to a minimum to those students who had their hearts set on certain areas only to find them full and Thank You parents for educating your children with this.

We are sure they will still have a terrific time in their chosen activities and though we understand it is not the perfect sign-up system it seemed to operate very efficiently. If your child has signed up for U12 Soccer and X-country, it will always run on Mondays and Thursdays. X-country will finish at 4:30 PM and soccer at 5:15 PM. Please ensure your child has the appropriate change of clothing for these potentially wet activities. Soccer students should also bring indoor and outdoor shoes too!

Well done to our middle and high school students who are working extremely hard in their Athletic team practices in tricky conditions this month.

Learning 2.014 Coming Next Month!

19—20 September , the ICS campus will be closed (starting after school on Thursday 18 September and running through Saturday) to all students and parents, as we will have hundreds of visiting teachers on campus, learning about using technology and teaching. It's a great opportunity for the school and a showcase for Addis Ababa.

We'll have some students helping out as ambassadors, media and tech support. We've asked students to come to an organizational meeting after school tomorrow. Students will need training at other times outside of school over the next few weeks.

Please find more information on the Learning 2.014 website here.

Grade Level Potluck Coming Next Week!

Next Wednesday 3 September, all grade 7 families are invited to a potluck dinner. This will be an opportunity to meet all the grade 7 advisory team and socialize with other grade 7 parents and families. Please return the invitation that was sent home by Tuesday 2 September. There will be activities provided for the children in the gym.

Community Time

This week's community time focused a reminder of our ICS Way:

• Take Care of Yourself
• Take Care of Others
• Take Care of This Place


Students also examined a real-life hero, Terry Fox, and identified his ICS learner profile traits. Students are encouraged to participate in the upcoming Cancer Charity Walk/Run on Saturday 6 September from 9:00 AM—12:00 PM. Donations are collected on the track during the event. All donations are then distributed to an Ethiopian child who is undergoing cancer treatment here in Addis.

This session was followed by an After School Activities symposium where students were introduced to all the options for activities this season and encouraged to peruse the offerings, ask questions of the teachers in charge of the activities and sign up for those that interested them.

The Talking Head

Thu, 28 Aug. - 1:24PM
School is in full swing this week, and many parents have taken the time to meet our teachers at the Back to School Nights this week. Good teachers in partnership with parents will ensure that all of...
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.

Technology Corner

Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:05PM
19—20 September , the ICS campus will be closed (starting after school on Thursday 18 September and running through Saturday) to all students and parents, as we will have hundreds of visiting...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:00PM
Managing technology and media with your children can be a challenge! In this weekly column, I'll try to offer advice and tips – both my own and others'.
Thu, 28 Aug. - 1:10PM
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...

Counselor's Corner

Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:41PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Help You Talk To Your Children AboutScary News
Tue, 26 Aug. - 3:26PM
As a parent there are questions that go through your mind as you watch and listen to current events on the television and radio and through the internet. Questions such as how much do you share...
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

PTA Corner

Tue, 2 Sep. - 8:36AM
The Booster Club is a fund raising club that supports and promotes ICS school activities in partnership with the Athletic and Activities Office. We organize various events throughout the school year...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:41PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Help You Talk To Your Children AboutScary News
Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:38PM
Two hundred and six - is the amount of beds we need to fill for the upcoming ISSEA Track and Field/X-country event here at ICS and it will be taking place from 29 October—1 November. We have many of...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:09PM
It was a busy but a smooth week for the elementary, middle and high school students who signed up for various after school activities. The variety of activities kept the disappointment to a minimum...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:00PM
Managing technology and media with your children can be a challenge! In this weekly column, I'll try to offer advice and tips – both my own and others'.

High School Corner

Thu, 28 Aug. - 3:48PM
We are offering three educational trips during the October break. A French Language Trip, a Spanish Language Trip, Space Camp and an IB Art trip to Spain. All of these excursions extend our students...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 3:43PM
All grade 9 students will be taking the MAP tests between 22—25 September. ICS uses the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as an assessment for students in grades one through nine. The test is taken...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 3:39PM
Thank you to all parents who attended the annual Back to School Night on Tuesday 26 August. It provided an invaluable opportunity to meet our teachers as well as a memorable occasion to sing our new...
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...

Middle School Corner

Thu, 28 Aug. - 3:34PM
Thank you to all the parents who attended this year's Back to School Night. Parents were introduced to their child's teachers and heard curriculum presentations. A highlight of the evening was...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 2:19PM
Students are reminded to sign up for activities that interest them in order to become 'balanced' learners. Sign up is done through this link on the ICS website. If students are having difficulty...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 1:59PM
This week's community time focused a reminder of our ICS Way:• Take Care of Yourself• Take Care of Others• Take Care of This PlaceStudents also examined a real-life hero, Terry Fox, and identified...
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...

Elementary Corner

Thu, 28 Aug. - 1:49PM
Speaking of the ICS learner profile, this month we are focusing on being a Communicator. ICS communicators can understand and express information creatively. They use different forms of communication...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 1:44PM
We have been really busy this week! After School Activities (ASA) sign ups are going on this week - children in grades 1 to 5 can still sign up through Friday at 2:00 PM. If your child is still...
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...

Athletics & Activities Corner

Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:38PM
Two hundred and six - is the amount of beds we need to fill for the upcoming ISSEA Track and Field/X-country event here at ICS and it will be taking place from 29 October—1 November. We have many of...
Thu, 28 Aug. - 4:09PM
It was a busy but a smooth week for the elementary, middle and high school students who signed up for various after school activities. The variety of activities kept the disappointment to a minimum...
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

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.