ICS News – 11/18

Hello ICS families,

Last week we welcomed Tanya Ruley-Mayo, our new CEO, to ICS! Tanya will be spending her first days and weeks talking to as many people in the ICS community as she can. You might see her at arrival or dismissal or any number of community events this winter. She can’t wait to meet you!

In case you missed it:

*Remember to email Attendance to excuse your child’s absence. Excuse notes must be received within 3 days of a child’s absence.


Winter Weather Woes

When ICS has a closing due to winter weather, you will be able to find the information in the following places:

  • Emergency alert sent out via Alma (An emergency alert sends an email and a phone call/text to all parent primary contact numbers listed in Alma and posts the alert to the Alma portal notifications.)
  • Alert at the top of our website’s home page
  • KYW school closing listings
  • ICS Twitter account: @icscharter

(In other words, you will know if we close school.)

You can check that we have your correct phone number in Alma by visiting the Alma parent portal. Please note that each parent (even if they share a household/child) can only see their own personal info and must log in with their own parent account to check their info. Please send any phone number corrections or updates to Tr. Jenny.

You can select text message alerts by visiting the “My Account” tab in Alma under the “Hi, Your Name” menu in the top right corner.



Upcoming Events:

1st Trimester Ends
Tuesday, November 20
4th-8th grade families can check for any missing assignments that need to be turned in before the end of the trimester by visiting the Alma Parent Portal. Contact Tr. Jenny if you need help accessing Alma.

Fall Break – School Closed
Wednesday, November 21 – Friday, November 23
Students return to school on Monday, 11/26

Dollar Dress Down Day
Friday, November 30 (Supports 8th grade)

ICS Night at Chipotle
Tuesday, December 4, 4-8 pm
You can help fund our Take Flight program when you eat dinner at the 1512 Walnut Chipotle and ask that your purchase support ICS on 12/4!

December Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 12, 6 pm
The October meeting minutes are now posted to the website.

Report Card Conferences – No school for students
Friday, December 14
Sign up now for Teachers are Souper! (Brought to you by the ICS PTA)

PTA Winter Meeting & Family Potluck
Wednesday, December 19, 5:30-7 pm



The Future Ready PA index has launched!

Pennsylvania has released a new index of school performance called “Future Ready PA”. This replaces the former “School Performance Profile” and is meant to be a more holistic and comprehensive measure of student and school performance than standardized test scores alone. Learn more about it by watching this short video.

You can search for ICS or any PA public school on the Future Ready PA website.


Support Take Flight and win a vacation!

This spring, 45 7th graders will travel to Colombia, Ecuador, or Guatemala for a week of service learning.The Take Flight team is raffling off a week of vacation at a Camelback Mountain house from June 10-16.

Check out the house here!

Raffle tickets were sent home in student folders. You can print more raffle tickets here or find more in the front office.

Raffle drawing will be held on December 7.


A big thank you to the students and parents who took part in the first Food Service Committee meeting of the year. We appreciate your commitment to making ICS meals the best they can be!

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