ICS News – 4/25

Hello families,

We continue to be so grateful for your endless support in ways big and small for our school community and for Luz Marina’s family over the past few weeks. If you are interested in contributing to a GoFundMe campaign for her family, the link is here.

In case you missed any recent ICS news or updates, you can find links to them below:


Upcoming Events…

Science PSSA Testing for 4th & 8th Grades: This Thursday & Friday, April 26 & 27

4th & 5th Grade Evening with Specialists: Thursday, April 26, 5:30-6:45pm
4th and 5th grade families, join us for an evening of celebrating and enjoying your children’s work in their specials classes this year. View the schedule here!

Dollar Dress Down Day: Friday, April 27, benefits 2nd grade

Earth Day: Moved to Monday, April 30. Students may wear a green shirt on Monday to celebrate! (Uniform bottoms still required.)

K-2nd Grade Field Day: Thursday, May 3

CEO Search Update: Friday, May 4, 5-6pm. RSVP to pta@icscharter.com if you need childcare.

Celebremos la cultura Mexicana-Americana: Friday, May 4, 6-9pm. Full details here!

Board Meeting: Wednesday, May 9, 6pm


Thank you to the ICS families and community members who helped make our Lower School Career Day a success!


Building expansion update from Kristen & Ramzy

If you couldn’t make to last week’s PTA meeting, you can view the presentation and discussion summary below.


Update from your ICS Board Parent Representatives 

ICS Parent Representative Summary: Special Board Meeting, April 25, 2018
Note: for approved full board meeting minutes, please refer to the Board of Trustees page on the ICS website

A special board meeting occurred via conference call on April 25, 2018.

The meeting came to order at noon to approve condensing a 10-page employment contract for teachers into a one-page offer letter (at the request of the ICS leadership team).

Teachers offered employment are still asked to agree to the same rules and terms in the ICS employment handbook. For simplicity, the single page letter refers them to the handbook for policy details instead of itemizing them all in the former 10-page contract.


Annual “Right to Know” Notice

Our school receives federal funds for programs that are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). You have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s) or paraprofessional(s). A paraprofessional provides academic or other support for students under the direct supervision of a teacher. You can find more information here.


Family Resources

Do you use SpanishDict.com for your at-home Spanish translation & dictionary needs? It’s a really helpful (and usually quite accurate) website, and they also have an app!

Share your thoughts with Philly’s new school board: Beginning this week, the new Philadelphia Board of Education will participate in a series of community listening sessions across the city. Students, parents, educators and residents are invited to attend one of these upcoming events and share their views on the challenges and opportunities facing public education in Philadelphia. For meeting locations and dates, and to RSVP visit their site.

The Barnes Foundation’s next First Sunday Family Day is coming up on May 6 from 10am-5pm. Their free First Sunday Family Day events offer no-cost admission to the collection galleries (families with children under 18 receive priority to the limited # of tickets available) as well as an array of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, musical performances, and interactive workshops (no tickets needed for the family programs).

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