Upcoming Events

Scholarship Club Potluck, SEC Tue, 7 Oct. - 5:30PM - - 7:00PM
End of Quarter One Fri, 10 Oct
Invitational Volley Ball Event Fri, 10 Oct - Sat, 11 Oct
SAT at ICS Sat, 11 Oct. - 7:00AM - - 2:00PM
Invitational Cross Country Run Sat, 11 Oct. - 9:00AM - - 12:00PM
 

All School Corner

Hosting


158: That's the number of beds we still need to host the visiting athletes at the end of October. We need your help in making this possible as this is an important requirement of ICS membership in ISSEA. Please drop by our office to pick up a form if you want to host our visitors or sign up online. Thank you to those who volunteered this last week.

Please note: any family can host regardless of division; your children are involved in this community event and our visiting teams are very excited to meet our families who are able to host more than two athletes. Two is the minimum to make our guests feel welcome but if you have more space and beds, you can take in more guests!

Fields are still damp so we advise you to stay off the fields on weekends. We would like to remind community members that the top field is always off limits unless there is an organized practice taking place. We want to maintain its quality for the long season it will endure ahead. We thank you in advance for your support on this matter.

Learning 2.014 Conference

Learning 2.014 Conference

It was an amazing weekend! Hundreds of educators from countries all around the world came to ICS to learn about teaching, learning, technology, etc. They built robots, they learned about Genius Hour, they talked curriculum, they shared resources... and they connected with each other and built their professional learning networks.

As one participant put it: “Best Conference Ever!

One of the aspects of the conference that impressed me the most were our students. We had student photographers. We had student ambassadors. We had student tech support and they were all enthusiastic, positive and very helpful. One participant put this in the conference review: “Highlights: the ICS students were incredibly helpful, kind, patient, knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming.”

I've written a blog post about the student helpers at the conference. Thank you to all of our students who helped out: you helped make this big event a huge success for ICS, Ethiopia and all of Africa!

Plastic House Project

The National Honor Society is a student-led organization that promotes scholarship, leadership, character and service. The 'plastic house project' is one of the community projects through which we promote the pillar of service. The iconic name of this project was inspired by the plastic houses that many disadvantaged children in Addis Ababa live in. Every summer, the plastic house project offers help for a group of underprivileged children in learning basic subjects such as Math and English. The main aim of this program is to help these children to succeed in topics that they find difficult in school and to help expand and solidify their understanding. Not only do we help these kids with their education but we give them valuable love and attention.

Every summer at the end of the program, we provide these children with clothes and shoes that the ICS community donates during the school year. Last year, as the group of children had expanded in number, we were not able to offer enough for every child.

This year, however, we are determined to give the plastic house kids the donations they need and deserve. But we simply cannot do this without your help. You will find two donations boxes at school: one on the ground floor of the cafeteria (near the snack bar), and the other in the library. Please consider donating any shoes and clothes which you are willing to give away – you might be surprised by what you find in your cupboard!

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!

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

Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:10PM
Learning 2.014 ConferenceIt was an amazing weekend! Hundreds of educators from countries all around the world came to ICS to learn about teaching, learning, technology, etc. They built robots, they...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:28PM
It’s been an exciting week for wildlife in the ICS campus too, not just learning! Our neighborhood baboon, “Elvis”, has visited us for a couple of days now, and may be back before he can be chased...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:25PM
In 2012, our community gathered together to learn more about how learning has changed in the 21st century, and what it should look like at ICS Addis. The Learning 2.0 conference this weekend was a...
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...

Counselor's Corner

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...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:30PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Help Develop Organizational Skills InChildren
Mon, 22 Sep. - 2:41PM
Developing good organizational skills is a key ingredient for success in school and in life. Although some people are by nature more organized than others, anyone can put routines and systems in...
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...

PTA Corner

Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:36PM
158: That's the number of beds we still need to host the visiting athletes at the end of October. We need your help in making this possible as this is an important requirement of ICS membership in...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:35PM
It's that time of the year again and we need your help! This year, the PTA will be organizing a Halloween event only for the elementary students. We will be looking for a team of enthusiastic...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:33PM
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) PTA Coffee MorningWhen: Wednesday 1 OctoberWhere: Lower CommonsTime: 8:00 AM
Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:30PM
Parenting Tips From Derek Ferreira, Elementary School Counselor: Parenting Tips To Help Develop Organizational Skills InChildren
Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:18PM
This week saw the beginning of the local school sports league in U14 Girls and Boys basketball games which took place both on and off campus.Parent and community support in these games always boosts...

High School Corner

Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:06PM
The National Honor Society is a student-led organization that promotes scholarship, leadership, character and service. The 'plastic house project' is one of the community projects through which we...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:02PM
Stephanie Omol, Semegne Minas, Elijah Gresham, Yemarashet Yeneneh, Sarah Abennet, Saki Sato, Huizhong Wang, Aysha Agovich-Lee, Kareem McDavid, Shantanu Vijay, Afshana Yunus, Andrea Meyer, Clara Gade...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:56PM
Friday 26 September Meskel CelebrationAll high school students in grades 9, 11 and 12 will follow a special schedule on Friday morning before participating in the Demera at 11:30 AM. All high school...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:52PM
It is an extremely busy period in the high school, with many singular events and one-off projects dominating the timetable over the next few weeks. Departing from the routine of a traditional...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:19PM
This semester, high school students and parents are invited to be a part of an ICS community choir and to perform at our middle and high school holiday concert in December as well as in other...

Middle School Corner

Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:47PM
Students will be focusing on their presentation of learning TED Talk over the next two weeks and will be presenting to parents and advisory peers during the parent-teacher conferences. Grade 6 will...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:44PM
Tomorrow we will be on a special schedule for the Meskel celebration. We will begin the day in advisory where students will be working on their upcoming presentations of learning. At 11:15 AM,...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:42PM
Thank you to all the parents and students who turned out last night for the grade 8 potluck in the upper commons. The food was wonderful and there was lots of great conversation at the tables...
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...

Elementary Corner

Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:35PM
It's that time of the year again and we need your help! This year, the PTA will be organizing a Halloween event only for the elementary students. We will be looking for a team of enthusiastic...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:40PM
We are wrapping up this month’s learner profile trait, Courageous. These last few days we have been having a “modified” lock down due to a baboon’s presence on campus. All of our students have been...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 5:38PM
Starting Tuesday 14 October we will have our parent-teacher conferences. Here is some information about these new types of conferences for elementary school. It will be an early dismissal at noon for...
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:53PM
Wed, 17 Sep. - 5:02PM

Athletics & Activities Corner

Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:36PM
158: That's the number of beds we still need to host the visiting athletes at the end of October. We need your help in making this possible as this is an important requirement of ICS membership in...
Thu, 25 Sep. - 6:18PM
This week saw the beginning of the local school sports league in U14 Girls and Boys basketball games which took place both on and off campus.Parent and community support in these games always boosts...
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...

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.