ICS News – 11/15

Hello families,

Don’t forget that tonight is November’s PTA meeting. Dinner at 5:30, meeting at 6pm. You can find complete information on their Facebook page!

Please RSVP to pta@icscharter.com if you need pizza dinner or childcare so they know how many families to plan for.

More Upcoming Events…

  • Dollar Dress Down Day: Friday, Nov. 17 – Benefits the 7th grade
  • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov. 22 – Friday, Nov. 24 – School closed
  • Report Card Conferences: Friday, Dec. 15 – No school for students

Tr. Monica’s advisory wrote letters of kindness to each other last week. A few days later they opened them and were overwhelmed by the kindness of their classmates. Hugs all around after!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Buy…

  • Cookbooks: Deadline to submit orders is tomorrow, Nov. 16! Complete info here, & additional order forms in front office for last-minute orders.
  • Griffin Gear: Deadline to place orders for December delivery is Friday, Nov. 17. Order now!
  • Pocono Getaway Raffle Tickets: Drawing is Friday, Dec. 8. See more info below!

Raffle Drawing for a Pocono Getaway
Funds raised support the Take Flight Travel Program.

Weekend at Camelback Mountain House
June 8th – June 10th (early check-in June 7th!)

Supporting ICS Take Flight 2017-18
Drawing:  December 8th, 2017
Cost per Raffle Ticket: $5 for 1/$10 for 3

Pick up additional sheets in the front office, or print more here!

Screen Time and Speech Delays in Young Children

This is a brief but important article (recommended by our speech teacher Annora) about the link between screen time in very young children and speech delays. Their findings support the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that screen time of any kind should be discouraged entirely for children younger than 18mos.

For older children, here are some additional current recommendations, taken from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

Have you ever wondered EXACTLY what can and can’t be recycled in Philly? Now you can use this handy infographic from GreenPhilly blog and get it right every time.


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