Weekly News, 3/30

PTA Meeting: April 5

Join the PTA and Principal Kristen for a school climate & culture update next Wednesday. Dinner at 5:30 and meeting at 6pm. Childcare and pizza dinner provided. RSVP here.

Silent Auction: May 13

Follow all things Silent Auction on our website here!

PSSA’s begin on April 4

Check out this news article to find the complete schedule and information for families about this year’s PSSA testing for 3rd-8th grade students. If you have questions about testing, please contact Tr. Odamis.

  • English Language Arts, 3rd-8th grades: April 4-April 7
  • Math, 3rd-8th grades: April 25-April 27
  • Science, 4th & 8th grades: May 2 & May 4

On Math & ELA testing dates, free breakfast will be available to all ICS students.

Important Spring Reminders:

  • If you have a student in 4th-8th grades, please help them remember to dress appropriately for their fitness/movement days with Tr. Nicole. They are doing a lot of active lessons, and students must wear sneakers and comfortable pants/shorts in order to participate fully and meet fitness class dress code requirements.
  • Students have started bringing slime to school, and it is causing quite a lot of messes & distractions. Slime is not allowed at school and will be confiscated if brought to school.
  • Students may not use cell phones to text or make phone calls for any reason during the school day. If a student feels sick, they must visit Nurse Simone, and she will determine if a student needs to go home. Students are never permitted to contact parents by cell phone to request to be picked up from school.

If you have a student who is not returning to ICS next year (for reasons other than graduating), please let Tr. Jenny know by email. Even if you have told another ICS teacher, I need written confirmation so that we can proceed with enrollment planning for next school year. Thank you!

Ever wondered what’s happening at ICS-West? The short answer is: TONS! A longer answer can be found in our news article here!

Community Resources

Math Day for Middle School Girls: The Department of Mathematics at Temple University is very pleased to announce that we will hold a sixth annual Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day for Girls at on Saturday, April 29th, 9am – 3pm. The event is free and open to all young women currently in grades 5 through 8.Registration and information for this event are online at:


Other than assuring that each age group is represented in a balanced way, participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Once you register, you will receive an automated confirmation email. Registration does not guarantee acceptance; you will be notified of acceptance no later than Friday, April 14th. The demand for this program is great and we appreciate your consideration of others. Please only register if your child is committed to attending the event for the entire day.

Philadelphia Family Pride is proud to present a School Fair for LGBTQ Parents (and Allies!) on Saturday, April 29th from 12-2pm at the William Way LGBT Center at 1315 Spruce Street in Center City Philadelphia. This event will feature representatives from public, charter and private schools as well as information on homeschooling. We’d love for you to be a part of this event. If you are interested in participating, please register here. We have sponsorship opportunities to help us pay for the event, including ad space in the program booklet and thanks via social media and our newsletter.

Madeline Moore Summer Camp Grant gives students with behavioral health challenges grants of up to $400 to attend summer camp.

Give Kids a Smile Day – Smile Day is free dental care for children 1-18 years old, particularly children who are uninsured, have no dental insurance or haven’t been to the dentist in over 6 months. Children will receive care in dentist’s offices in Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia counties. Call PCCY to make an appointment (in any language) starting on March 27th at 215-563-5848 x32. They are also in need of volunteers to answer phones to make dental appointments for kids March 27th – April 14th at PCCY’s office in Center City. Especially interested in speakers of Spanish, Chinese, French and Vietnamese. Sign up at http://bit.ly/2l1RthL or contact Karianna Simpkins at 215-563-5848 x21 or gksd@pccy.org

Library Literacy Program: The Free Library has launched the Sunday Literacy Program, a free reading assistance initiative for young children in grades K-3. Through the program, children can be tutored each Sunday by volunteers under the supervision of a teacher, or someone with a bachelor’s degree in education and experience in literacy education. Complete info here!

Save the Date: Young Men’s Conference on June 24 hosted by the School District and community partners. Tickets only $5 and on sale now!



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