ICS News – 5/23

Hello families!

HUGE thanks to all who have taken the District’s Parent Survey–I’m expecting a big jump in our participation rates by this Friday’s report from the District. Get included in Friday’s count by taking it right now!

  • Take the District Parent Survey – Reply to this email RIGHT NOW and I’ll send you your students’ ID#s if you need them. Please take the survey for every child in your household. (Two children at ICS? Take the survey 2 times! Three children? Take it 3 times!)

If you need to catch up on any other recent announcements, here are the links:


Upcoming Events…

2nd & 3rd Grade Evening with SpecialistsThursday, May 24, 5:30-6:45pm – 2nd & 3rd 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 DayFriday, May 25 – benefits the 1st grade
Reminder: This is a full day of school!

Memorial Day: Monday, May 28 – School Closed

Alumni Reunion BBQ: Saturday, June 2 – ICS alums are invited to the ICS play yard from 11-3pm for a cookout and a chance to see old friends and teachers! View Facebook Event here and be sure to help spread the word to the alums out there!

6th-8th Grade Field Day: Monday, June 4

Last Day of School: Friday, June 8 (12:00 noon dismissal)


Have you heard?

Last week our 8th grade Reading Olympics team, led by Tr. Kemi, earned a blue ribbon in the citywide competition!


Help our young engineers go to DC!

Last month Tr. Greg’s Intro to Engineering students won Pennsylvania Rookie School of the Year through the NEED Youth Awards, an Energy and Engineering competition that over 200 schools from all over the country take part in. The group is raising money to travel Washington DC for the National Finals of the NEED Youth Awards which happens June 22-25!

You can help them by:

  • Donating to their GoFundMe campaign (and sharing it)
  • Eating dinner at the Liberty Place Chipotle on June 4–a portion of every purchase will go to ICS if you mention you’re supporting us!

Emergency resources for families

Dear ICS Community,

We are gathering an emergency supply of gift cards to assist ICS families if/when they face a crisis.

If you would like to contribute a drug store or grocery store gift card to our supply (in whatever amount you can), please bring it to our front office in an envelope clearly marked “Counselor Anne”.

Thank you for your support!
Counselor Anne


Family Resources

Got seasonal allergies? Nurse Simone has put together a handy tip-sheet for recognizing and managing seasonal allergies. Talk to your doctor to find out what is recommended for your child, and be sure to check the pollen count so you know when your child will need medication!

FringeArts is casting 250 diverse movers for a group dance performance in front of the Art Museum. Read more about the opportunity here and see if it’s right for someone in your family!

SING Philadelphia is a summer choir camp for children ages 7-12 who love to sing. Camp tuition is $325 with a sliding scale ranging from $50 to $325 to ensure children have equitable access to SING Philadelphia, regardless of financial resources. Lunch can also be provided upon request.

This year’s camp runs from June 25-29. To learn more or to register, visit the website.

*Also, I did not have time this year to update a Summer Camp list for 2018, but last year’s list is still a great resource!


The Mexican cultural dinner fundraiser was so much fun and SO delicious! Thank you to the many ICS families who organized it and who donated and cooked the food from scratch! Wow! And the event raised over $1000 for the PTA–extra wow!

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