Weekly News, 12/15

This week ICS students continue their observance of Human Rights Month with classroom conversations, lessons, and activities.

Somewhat fittingly, today is the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The National Constitution Center is holding many special events this winter to celebrate. They’ve also introduced an Interactive Constitution app where you can learn more about the history and interpretation of each amendment.

If you are seeking tangible ways to support human rights this month, global citizens are called to do what they can to alleviate the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria. Use your preferred sources for recommendations on how to help, or try any of these as a starting place, including Philadelphia’s own Nationalities Service Center. If you’re wondering how to talk about it with your children (or really any difficult/worrisome topic) this article from Unicef Australia provides a helpful guide.

Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, 12/20: Dollar Dress Down Day (will benefit 5th grade)
  • Wednesday, 12/21: Report Card Conferences – no school for students
  • Winter Break: 12/22 – 1/2
  • Students return from break: Tuesday, 1/3

Holiday Sweet Treat Friday! Purchase a treat for $1 at dismissal on Friday to support this year’s Take Flight travelers. We’ll have two tables set up: one in the play yard and one on Naudain Street. End your week with something sweet! THANK YOU!

Report Card Conferences are next Wednesday. If you are unsure of your scheduled conference time, contact your child’s teacher or Tr. Michelle.

The lovely PTA will be offering many resources to you and to staff that day. Quick links are below, or you can get more detailed info here:

Last call for kind words for teachers! Send your messages to Susan right now and she will make sure that teachers see your special shout out tomorrow.

Global Citizens Care for the Earth

Teacher Anne Zumbo and many of her students have been working on sustainability projects throughout ICS for the past few years. Thanks to their efforts, we have increased our recycling bin organization in classrooms, ensured that our batteries are properly recycled, created recycling awareness and education posters and more!

Now we are thrilled to announce that Tr. Anne has had a project accepted for Recyclebank’s Green Schools Program! Starting January 9, you’ll be able to donate your Recyclebank rewards to her Bags for Bags program. Look for more info in January to learn all about it! And keep saving up those Recyclebank points in the meantime–you’ll have a great cause to put them towards soon.

If you’ve never registered for Recyclebank before, now is the time to do it! https://www.recyclebank.com/philly-recycles

Community Resources

  • The City of Philadelphia is expanding free, quality pre-K for 6,500 three- and four-year-olds over the next five years. In fact, the first 2,000 pre-K seats are available now. Families should act fast because classes begin on January 4th at more than 80 locations. Please help us spread the word and share this information with your networks. Parents/caregivers can call 844-PHL-PREK (844-745-7735) to speak with a trained professional who will help them apply and locate quality pre-K programs nearby.
  • Teaching Tolerance has compiled a comprehensive resource bank for teaching and talking to children about healthy civic & community engagement.

crazypolygonsTr. Vinh’s students find the areas of crazy polygons.


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