Weekly News, 11/3

Hello families!

There is a Board meeting next week on November 9, and there will be no school on November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

SEPTA Strike

We recognize that the SEPTA strike has been immensely taxing to our school community and we appreciate everything you are doing to make sure your students still make it to school. If the strike continues into next week, look for updates from CEO Tom on how we can further support you during this difficult time.

PTA News

Save the date now for the November PTA meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, featuring an exploration of inclusivity and perspective led by Teacher Shavon and Principal Kristen. You can RSVP now, and watch for more info/complete details in next week’s news!

Thanks to the generous support of the ICS community, the PTA has exceeded their goal in the Pretzels to Pollock campaign! The campaign is still open for another week if you’d like to support the cause–any additional dollars contributed will continue to offset the cost of pretzel purchases, leaving more dollars available to fund classroom trips and projects. Look for a full wrap-up of the campaign in next week’s news.

Keep up with all things PTA by visiting their page regularly. They post notes and summaries from board meetings, helpful resources for families, and more!

If you haven’t joined the PTA yet, now is the time to do it! Becoming a member of the PTA each year is the number one way you can support their work.

Lottery Application is now available

The student lottery application for 2017-2018 is now available. The deadline for submission is February 9.

If you are submitting an application for a sibling for next year, you must complete a lottery application online by the deadline in order to be eligible for sibling preference. 

Remember that siblings entering kindergarten are guaranteed a space if they meet all deadlines and requirements, and siblings entering any other grade are placed on a preferred waiting list, with no guarantee that there will be space.

Note from Nurse Simone

Please be sure to read the letter from Nurse Simone that went home in K-3rd grade folders and can be found in our web news if you’re a 4th-8th grade parent. While we want students to be in school as much as possible, it’s also important that students stay home if they are actively sick.


We don’t really need to remind the ICS community–some of the most engaged of folks out there–to vote on Tuesday, but we will because it’s our duty! Research shows that you should make a plan ahead of time so that nothing will stop you from getting to the polls on Tuesday. (And because you probably already know your plan, take that next step and help someone in your life who might need that extra nudge to make their plan now too!)

Community Resources

  • Executive function is increasingly recognized as a key skill for success in school and beyond. The great news–every adult can support every child in strengthening these skills and brain pathways through simple strategies incorporated into your everyday life. You can empower your children to “be the boss of their own brain”!
  • Spanish Storytime at Charles Santore Library in Bella Vista – Friday, November 4 at 11:00am – It’s back – at a new time! Our popular monthly program with Senora Yenni will be taking place on the first Friday of each month at 11:00am. This program is perfect for Spanish speakers and learners alike, and is aimed at toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers. Thanks to our Friends Group and a Philadelphia Activities Grant, we will have free bilingual books to give to attendees, starting in December.

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