Upcoming Events

Grade 12 Week Without Walls Mon, 22 Sep - Fri, 26 Sep
Grade 10 Week Without Walls Mon, 22 Sep - Fri, 26 Sep
MAP Testing Mon, 22 Sep - Fri, 26 Sep
Grade 8 Potluck - Upper Commons Wed, 24 Sep. - 6:30PM - - 8:30PM
Meskel Celebration, Half Day of School Fri, 26 Sep
 

All School Corner

Game Schedules


U14 basketball and U19 volleyball game schedules are being finalized and will be confirmed soon. We will have lots of action on the courts. Make sure you support our junior and senior Eagles sports teams as they attempt to beat the best schools in Addis.

Hosting


Our magic number has gone down to 170; A very good question arose this week and this maybe one of the reasons why the number of beds has not dropped down lately. The question was, can any ICS family be a host to our guests who will be coming for the sporting event? And the answer is YES! Any ICS family can host our guests for these events, not just the athletes who are participating in this event. With so many guests coming and needing a host, please volunteer for this event which will take place from 29 October–2 November. It will be a wonderful spectacle, even more so because you will be closely involved! Please drop by our office to pick up a form if you want to host our visitors or sign up online and lets get this number down to zero!

Meskel Holiday


Ethiopian Meskel Holiday will take place on Friday 26 September. We dismiss at 12:00 PM on this day and the morning is going to be filled with music and plays as we celebrate the Meskel holiday. The grade 3 students have been working on their play called ‘Celebrations’ which focuses on the Ethiopian New Year and Meskel Celebration. The play will be performed in the morning at 8:30 AM in the large amphitheatre. After the play, elementary school parents are invited to attend the traditional coffee ceremony which will take place on the outdoor elementary basket ball court. At around 11:00 AM, we will move to the upper field to hear the church choir sing and for the lighting of the Demera. Parents and children are encouraged to wear traditional Ethiopian dress or white on the day. We are all looking forward to a lovely celebration and the grade 3 students cannot wait to perform their play for you so come and join us for this amazing festive celebration!

Please refer to the detailed schedule below.

ICS Learner Profile: Courageous

This month we continue to focus on the ICS learner profile trait, Courageous. Please encourage your child to try something new, push their comfort level or express their opinion. It could be something as simple as trying a new food or something as complex as writing a letter to support a cause. Courageous learners make a difference in the world!

Learning 2.014 Coming This Week!

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.

The Talking Head

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!
Wed, 10 Sep. - 1:46PM
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...

Technology Corner

Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:36PM
This exciting conference is here! Hundreds of teachers from international schools all across Africa and from around the world. We have people coming from four continents to ICS to learn, connect and...
Tue, 16 Sep. - 10:06AM
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...
Wed, 10 Sep. - 2:04PM
Learning 2.0 conferences have run for years in Asia and have been a great success, expanding teachers' skills and knowledge and building great networks. This is the first time the conference has been...
Thu, 4 Sep. - 6:36PM
The ICS campus will be closed between 19—20 September (starting after school on Thursday 18 September and running through Saturday) to all students and parents, as we will have hundreds of visiting...
Thu, 4 Sep. - 6:33PM
Students will be hosting a Know-How Exchange tomorrow right after school at 3:30 PM in the lower commons. Keith Liebetreu is organizing this event as a way for students to show off what they know. We...

Counselor's Corner

Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:47PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Protect Children
Mon, 15 Sep. - 10:49AM
The likelihood of a child getting abducted is one in 347,000 or .0003 percent, but if it happens to your kid, it's 100 percent. Below, please find 5 parenting tips to help keep your children safe...
Wed, 10 Sep. - 2:14PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Help Teach Your Children Self Relianceand Responsibility
Mon, 8 Sep. - 11:48AM
The focus this month in the ICS elementary school is on the IB Learner Profile trait "courageous". There has been a lot of talk over the last year about “helicopter parents,” parents who hover...
Thu, 4 Sep. - 7:13PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Teach Your Child About Charity

PTA Corner

Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:53PM
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:49PM
Come and join us on Wednesday 1 September for our coffee morning at 8:30 AM in the lower commons! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and staff members and share any ideas or...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:47PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Protect Children
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:38PM
Spanish, Art, French and Space Camp Trips will take place during the October break (18–26 October). Registration, visa and payment deadlines was this week but we have extended the registration...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:23PM
Every student in the middle school will be creating and presenting a 3–5 minute talk to their advisory peers and parents during parent-teacher conferences in October. Please see the next page for the...

High School Corner

Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:33PM
Interim reports were sent home to some students and parents this week. The interim reports offer us another opportunity to maintain close contact between home and school and are primarily designed to...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:02PM
Wed, 17 Sep. - 4:23PM
Is it community? Is it test results or engaged learning? Our learner profile? If someone asked you to name the three most important things we do at ICS, would your answers be similar to a student’s...
Wed, 10 Sep. - 2:09PM
Some of your children are not locking or securing their bags during practices and activities. Please help us help them by reminding them to secure their belongings. Losing or having belongings stolen...
Wed, 10 Sep. - 2:02PM
19 September: no school. Teachers will be taking part in our Learning 2.014 conference or collaborating with one another on this day. No student activities will be held on this day and no students...

Middle School Corner

Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:25PM
The middle school will not be having an event on Halloween this year. Many of our students will be involved with the ISSEEA Track and Field Meet and/or volunteering to help at the elementary carnival...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:23PM
Every student in the middle school will be creating and presenting a 3–5 minute talk to their advisory peers and parents during parent-teacher conferences in October. Please see the next page for the...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:20PM
The middle school will be on a special schedule on Friday 26 September with students working on their presentation of learning all morning. At 11:15 AM they will assemble at the upper field for the...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:06PM
We have some very excited middle school and grade 9 students ready to go to Space Camp in Turkey but we need a few more applicants to ensure the trip can take place. Please return the permission...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:03PM
We have the final five classes scheduled to take the MAP test next week and for students who didn't complete the entire test or who were absent during their testing slot, makeups will be scheduled as...

Elementary Corner

Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:53PM
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:02PM
Wed, 17 Sep. - 4:34PM
This month we continue to focus on the ICS learner profile trait, Courageous. Please encourage your child to try something new, push their comfort level or express their opinion. It could be...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 4:29PM
We are working fast to complete the many different assessments that give a clear picture of your child’s performance and abilities. These assessments are not capable of measuring all aspects of a...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 4:23PM
Is it community? Is it test results or engaged learning? Our learner profile? If someone asked you to name the three most important things we do at ICS, would your answers be similar to a student’s...

Athletics & Activities Corner

Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:45PM
U14 basketball and U19 volleyball game schedules are being finalized and will be confirmed soon. We will have lots of action on the courts. Make sure you support our junior and senior Eagles sports...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:44PM
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:38PM
Spanish, Art, French and Space Camp Trips will take place during the October break (18–26 October). Registration, visa and payment deadlines was this week but we have extended the registration...
Wed, 10 Sep. - 2:12PM
Today will be the last day for students to register for the October break international trips to Spain, France and Turkey. Please go to the Activities Office and register before the end of the day so...
Wed, 10 Sep. - 2:09PM
Some of your children are not locking or securing their bags during practices and activities. Please help us help them by reminding them to secure their belongings. Losing or having belongings stolen...

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.