Weekly News, 9/14

Back to School Nights are next week!

  • Wednesday, September 21 – K-4th grade BTSN, 5:30-7pm
  • Thursday, September 22 – 5th-8th grade BTSN, 6-8pm (Please note the corrected time! 6:00-8:00pm.)

The PTA needs volunteers for the Book Fair and for the PTA Back to School Night table next week. Volunteering is a GREAT way to meet new folks and jump right in to the ICS community!

Cafeteria Portal inside MMS is working again – If you access your child’s cafeteria account through the MMS Portal (as opposed to using the separate LunchTime link) the payment portal inside MMS should be working again.

Hate Speech Policy

Our 2016-2017 Handbook, which will be ready for Back to School Nights next week, will have a section on hate speech, its definition at ICS, and consequences for using it.

At ICS, we refer to hate speech as any derogatory word having to do with another student’s race, religion, origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation at school. As a school that prides itself on developing our students to become global citizens, ICS takes this matter very seriously.

Hate speech makes others feel unsafe and it not permitted at ICS. If a child uses hate speech at school, we will notify parents and ask that you please follow up at home to ensure that this type of language does not continue. It is very important that all students at ICS feel safe and accepted. Any additional instance of hate speech will result in the assignment of a Wednesday School.

The internet has a wealth of resources for parents on how to instill compassion and social justice/awareness in children. They all include two key components: Modeling compassion and kindness at home and being open to honest conversations and questioning/learning together as a family.

Dollar Dress Down Day Schedule

On Dollar Dress Down days, students may bring in $1 and dress down in non-uniform clothing. Please be sure to follow the dress down day guidelines in our dress code. The dates have been posted to the web calendar. Dollar Dress Down Days are typically on the last Friday of each month, except in the case of months with major holiday breaks at the end of the month (November & December), in which case they are on the day before the students leave for break.

This year the funds from each day will go into a specific grade’s student activities fund, which supports field trips and other special learning events & opportunities for that grade. When it’s your child’s grade’s month, feel free to send in $2 if you like–because all money will directly support your child’s grade, and unused funds from any year will stay with their class as they move through ICS!

  • September 30 – supports 8th grade
  • October 28 – supports 7th grade
  • November 22 (Tuesday) – supports 6th grade
  • December 20 (Tuesday) – supports 5th grade
  • January 27 – supports 4th grade
  • February 24 – supports 3rd grade
  • March 31 – supports 2nd grade
  • April 28 – supports 1st grade
  • May 26 – supports kindergarten
  • June 9 (last day of school) – FREE dress down day

Violin Classes at Tenth Church

Starting Wednesday, September 28th

Affordable beginning/intermediate violin classes are being offered to all interested 7 to 17 year-old students in the area.

  • The one-hour classes take place Wednesdays at 4:00 pm at Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1701 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA. The cost is $160 for 16 weeks.
  • The classes are taught by Judy Harvey, Cheltenham Township School District strings teacher and Eric Jones, Philadelphia School District strings teacher.

For more information and registration visit www.tenth.org/violin.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Stay Home on Election Day

October 11 is the deadline to register to vote. Pennsylvania now has online registration at www.votespa.com.

Questions? Call Philadelphia’s voter registration office at 215-686-1591.

If you are interested in doing election protection work, Every Vote Counts – Cada Voto Cuenta is a non-partisan initiative committed to ensuring that Latino voters are able to vote in Pennsylvania. They are looking for volunteers, Spanish-speakers especially, leading up to the election and on election day.


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