Upcoming Events

ISSEA Volleyball Tournament in Harare Wed, 29 Oct - Sun, 2 Nov
ISSEA Track and Field / Cross Country Event Thu, 30 Oct - Sat, 1 Nov
PTA-Elementary Halloween, Large Amphitheater Fri, 31 Oct. - 5:00PM - - 6:30PM
 

All School Corner

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.

Can you trust the information you find online?

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 information. The downside is that anybody who wants to can publish false information online. Some people do it by mistake, others for fun, and some do it to spread misinformation.

It is important to think critically and question the information you read online. This is as true for websites as it is for messages that get sent by email. I've written a detailed post about this on my blog – do read for more information about how to think critically and check the trustworthiness of online information sites.

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

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
Tue, 30 Sep. - 1:47PM
During the month of October, the ICS elementary teachers, teaching assistants and students will be focusing their attention on the IB Learner Profile trait "Inquirer". A very important part of...

PTA 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. - 3:58PM
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...

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.