ICS News – 10/22

Hello ICS families,

We are thrilled that Tanya Ruley-Mayo will be the next CEO of ICS. Tanya’s first day at ICS will be Nov. 13. You can learn more in the letter from our Board that was sent out on Friday.

With fall weather finally here, this is a GREAT time to make sure your children’s outerwear is clearly labeled with their first and last names. When items like coats and hats get lost, they will often make their way back to you if it’s easy to find the owner’s name on it.


Upcoming Events:

Unity Day
Wednesday, October 24
Students may dress down if they are wearing something orange in support of unity!

Math Carnival
Wednesday, October 24, 6-8pm
6th-8th grade students, please bring your families for a night of fun and learning about our math curriculum.
More details here!

Dollar Dress Down Day
Friday, October 26 (Supports kindergarten)

Town Hall: Learn about ICS’s building expansion
Monday, November 5, 5:00pm
Invitation and info here!

K-2 Literacy Night
Wednesday, November 7, 5:00-6:30
Parents in grades K-2 are invited to spend a night with ICS teachers learning about how to support your child’s literacy skills and build a love of reading at home.
More details here!


Courage. At ICS we accept the challenge and joy of standing for who we are and for everyone’s right to be themselves. 

In honor of Unity Day this week, here are resources to start family conversations about kindness, inclusion, and courage:

Children’s books to request at your local library

A conversation with teens about cyberbullying

Bystanders have superpowers!


A food service message from Maestra Neyza:

Hello my dear ICS Family,

Your children eat breakfast and lunch at ICS every day, but have you ever wondered how YOU, as a parent can participate in our Food Service Program?

You are invited to become an active parent involved in our Food Service Committee meeting once every two months! If you would like to join, just email me at: neyzac@icscharter.com

🍁 The First Food Service Committee Meeting of 2018-19 will be Tuesday, October 30th from 9:00-9:30 in our School Cafeteria. We will review draft menus, talk about school food regulations and TASTE new delicious items!


Have a student birthday coming up? 

Make sure you know our handbook policy on birthday celebrations:

Check with your child’s teacher each year to find out how they celebrate birthdays in your child’s classroom. Many teachers have special birthday routines in place that are not food-centered. Never send food without communicating directly with and receiving permission and clear instructions from your child’s teacher. In general, birthday celebrations with food are not feasible in grades 4-8. If you make a plan with a teacher to send in food, consider sending more nutritious alternatives to cake/cupcakes, and remember that each student only needs one small, pre-portioned serving.

Here are some fun and simple “healthy” snack ideas for a party!

Or ask your teacher how you can be involved or contribute to a small class celebration that doesn’t involve food. Ideas include being a guest reader, helping out with a fun project, or joining the class for some silly celebratory songs and dances.


Community Resources:

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is offering free tickets for ICS families to their concert at the Kimmel Center on Nov. 4 at 3pm. Place your ticket request here.

The Business of Doing Good is offering a free workshop to middle schoolers on Nov. 11 hosted by Project HOME. You can learn more about it and register here.

Give Kids Sight Day – Free eye exams for kids at Jefferson – Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:30-1pm

MVP360 RiseUp Basketball Camp is back! Jr. NBA is the official youth basketball participation program of the NBA. We are also USA Basketball Certified. This program is instructional and developmental. It is for boys and girls ages 8-13. The focus for ages 14-17 is skills development and USA Basketball 3 on 3 preparation.

  • DAYS: Saturdays DATES: Nov. 3rd to Dec. 15th
  • LOCATION: FiDonce: 3640 G Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • AGES: 8-13 and 14-17 GENDER: Boys and Girls COST: $40.00

DEADLINE: Oct. 25th. Register at: https://www.mvp360.org/basketball.html

Shoe Carnival has a school giveback program–mention ICS anytime you shop there and they will donate 10% back to ICS. A special event this weekend will also give you 30% off.


New Voices 2018 –
Featuring some very familiar ICS names and faces!

The New Voices Workshop features six plays chosen from 700 submissions as part of Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Annual Playwriting Festival. The plays are written by middle and high school students, directed by theatre professionals, and performed by Temple undergraduate actors.

Bill Two features a play written by ICS alum Lucy Palandro (that she wrote last year as an 8th grader at ICS) and a play directed by ICS staff alum, Tr. Shavon!

You can find complete details and reserve your tickets here!

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