2016-2017 Family & Student Handbook
This year’s Family Handbook is posted to the website under the About menu. Please take time over the next few weeks to read it and become familiar with schoolwide guidelines and expectations. We will have paper copies available at both Back to School Nights in your teacher’s classroom and in the front office—but please only take a paper copy if you need one so that we can save trees and our paper budget!
Scholastic Book Fair is also available online – Can’t make it to the ICS Book Fair in person? You can shop at www.scholastic.com/fair. You can put in our zip code or choose the state, then the city and then the list of fairs will come up, alphabetically. Click on Independence Charter School to shop for yourself and see any teacher wish lists available. The online fair runs until 9/26!
Pretzel Friday special – This Friday, just for a treat, the PTA is saying goodbye to the wheat flour pretzels and selling the standard white flour pretzels. Bring your 50 cents and enjoy a throwback snack!
Picture Days – Picture Days will be on Thursday & Friday, October 6th & 7th. (Schedule those haircuts!) We usually do lower school the first day and middle school on the second. Stay tuned for more specifics from the picture day coordinator as October approaches.
Meet Tr. Lance!
In order to have more staff support during dismissal and other times of high staffing demand, ICS has contracted with McGinn Security Services for an additional support staff member. Tr. Lance Moore will be helping out at dismissal on a regular basis, so give him a wave and welcome him to the ICS community.
Dental & Medical Assessments Past Due
If your child is in kindergarten or 6th grade this year, you were required to submit an updated (less than one year old) health assessment and immunization record from your provider’s office before school started. The final deadline to submit these is September 30.
If your child is in 3rd grade or 7th grade, you were required to submit an updated (less than one year old) dental assessment from your provider’s office before school started. The final deadline to submit this is September 30.
Over the next week we will be notifying individual families if your child’s medical file is out of compliance, but if you know you have not yet submitted your child’s required medical assessments, please do so as soon as possible.
The start of the school year is a great time to get back into the routine of checking your children regularly for head lice. Early detection and immediate treatment are the key to preventing outbreaks in school. Always report head lice cases in your family to Nurse Simone.
Also, it’s good planning to own a lice comb so you’ll be prepared if it happens to you. There is one you can conveniently purchase from this website that will give a percentage back to ICS!
Food Services Committee
We are inviting parents to participate in our Food Service Committee! Meetings are held every other month. Parents are welcome to come and participate in all our Food Service Committee meetings. We review draft menus, we taste new products, we talk about likes and dislikes of items offered in the cafeteria, and more. We meet every other month on the first Thursday of the week. The first meeting will be October 6 in the morning after arrival. RSVP to Neyza at x2228 if you’d like to attend!
Black Lives Matter – The Free Library has compiled a comprehensive collection of Black Lives Matter resources for global citizens of all ages who are searching, learning all they can, and wanting to take action.
Low-Cost Computer/Internet Access
- Comcast Internet Essentials: Families who qualify for free/reduced lunch and who are not already Comcast internet customers can apply for their Internet Essentials program. It offers an internet connection (not wifi) for $10/month. Once you have joined the program, you are also eligible for a $150.00 computer. Their website also has resources on free computer classes and tutorials for families.
- TeamChildren: Nonprofit that refurbishes computers and resells them to families for between $65-$225.
- KeySpots: A list of organizations in Philly that have public computers and offer free computer classes to families. KeySpot also offers a low cost internet connection option for families who attend trainings, for $15/month (with wifi!).
- Your neighborhood Free Library has public computers. They also have a cool section on their website with computer instruction resources and tutorials.
St. Simon the Cyrenian Church is excited to invite children, ages 6-16, to St. Simon’s Saturday Arts Camp beginning Saturday, October 1. Each Saturday we will offer an art class, alternating professional instructors, in song writing, African Dance and Drumming by Kulu Mele, painting and cooking arts. Camp will be Every Saturday from 9 – 11:30 a.m. until the end of May. Classes will not be held Christmas and New Year’s Eves and Holy Saturday. Each class is only $5 with a one-time registration fee of $35. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, call the Rev. Betsy Ivey at 267-422- 2191. The Episcopal Church of St. Simon the Cyrenian, 1401 S. 22 St. Philadelphia PA 19146.
Scratch Classes at the Free Library – EPAM Systems is hosting software programming classes for kids ages 8-12 at the Free Library of Philadelphia. We’ll be teaching the basics of computer science using Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/) through projects like virtual pets, games, animations, and interactive stories. Parents are also welcome to join these complimentary classes. Classes are held every Monday at 4p.m. at the main branch of the Free Library – they’ve started already, but the projects are ongoing, so kids can join whenever they can. Here’s a link to more details for next week’s: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/calendar/event/59799
DonorsChoose – Check our Tr. Monica’s DonorsChoose project and share with family/friends who are looking for a worthy educational cause.