ICS News – 1/24

Hello ICS families,

The lottery application for new students for the 2019-2020 school year is available on our website through March 1, 2019. Please share the application widely to help get the word out about ICS!

If you have a student who qualifies for sibling preference (siblings must share a legal parent/guardian and share a household, and one sibling must be attending ICS at time of lottery drawing), you must apply using the lottery application, and you must apply by the March 1 deadline.

If you have any questions about the lottery process, please contact Tr. Jenny!


In case you missed it:


In ELA,Tr. Monica’s 4th graders worked together to identify the main idea and details in nonfiction articles. Her advisory has been strengthening their teamwork skills through cooperative challenges!


Upcoming Events:

Dollar Dress Down Day
Friday, January 25
Supports the 6th grade

Griffins Basketball Season is here!
If you would like to attend any games to cheer on our Griffins, you can find the current schedule of games and their locations below:

January 29 West Oak Lane Girls 4:15/Boys 5:15
January 31 (Rescheduled) Belmont Girls 4:15/Boys 5:15
February 5 Wissahickon Girls 4:15/Boys 5:15
February 7 KIPP Girls 4:15/Boys 5:15

* Please note! The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We will post upcoming games each week to the web calendar when they are confirmed. Please check the web calendar for real-time information if you plan on attending a game.

High School Confidential
Wednesday, January 30, 6-7pm
A panel discussion about making a successful high school transition. See below for details and registration link.

High School Info Night
Tuesday, February 5, 6-7pm
Counselor Anne will answer all your questions about how the high school application process works. 7th grade families will benefit the most from this event. RSVP to anneh@icscharter.com.

K-2 Literacy Night
Wednesday, February 6, 5-6:30pm
Contact your child’s K-2 classroom teacher for more information about this great event that will help you support your child as they grow into a reader!


High School Help!

There are two events coming up at ICS over the next few weeks that families might find helpful for navigating the big transition to high school.

High School Confidential – Wednesday, January 30, 6-7pm – Join high school teachers and students for their thoughts on making a successful transition from a K-8 school to high school (featuring ICS alums Lily Greer, Hali Ryans, Dennis Smith, and Cinthia Perez). Registration requiredAll families welcome; we especially encourage 6th & 7th grade families to attend.

High School Info Night – Tuesday, February 5, 6-7pm – Counselor Anne and the ICS PTA are hosting their annual event to answer all your questions about the high school application process. RSVP to Counselor Anne at anneh@icscharter.com or x2266. This event is designed especially for 7th grade families, but anyone is welcome to attend.


M. Antonia’s 3rd graders sharpened their skills with their fifth grade math buddies in M. Marcela’s room! They used playing cards as factors and the third person gave the product. Those with cards had to guess what number was on their own card! Another simple and creative way to practice multiplication thanks to M. Marcela. 


Community Resources

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – Saturday, February 9 – Grades 7-10 (ages 11-15) – Details and registration link here!

Youth Radio at PhillyCAM – Apply to be part of our supportive and collaborative environment of youth media makers! If you are an awesome youth who wants to work in radio as a career, between 14-21 years old, you are eligible to apply. Application deadline is February 7.

Princeton Summer Journalism Program  The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) offers a free, innovative journalism and college prep institute for high achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Learn about eligibility and apply here. Application deadline is February 15.

Youth Employment Workshops – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and her staff will be available to assist young constituents, 14 to 18 years old, with information on applying for local summer jobs, local union apprenticeships and state government-related programs. Dates, locations, and registration info here.

The Coalition Against Hunger is providing critical SNAP benefit updates and other helpful resources and information during the government shutdown.

The ScreenAgers TechTalk blog offers useful advice for creating healthy screen time limits at home. Check out this recent post on creating consequences that work for your family.

Family Academy – The School District offers ongoing family workshops on many topics and at many locations through the city. Find one that fits your interests and schedule today!


Tr. Rosemary’s 1st graders proudly showed off the skills they’ve learned for reading nonfiction aloud like an expert by buddy reading with Tr. Pam’s kindergartners.

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