ICS News – 2/13

Hello ICS families,

To start, here are your important items of business in February!

Text and phone call notifications from Alma

  • To ensure families know when their children are arriving late to school, the daily attendance notifications by phone/text will now include students marked Late in addition to students marked Absent (Unexcused).

If you would like to opt in to text messages for attendance and emergency alerts instead of a voice call, you must do that in your Alma Settings menu (under the “Hi, Your name” drop down in the top right).

If you need to update your primary phone number(s) listed in Alma, please email Tr. Jenny!


2nd Trimester Interim Reports

  • All 4th-8th grade families should have received a 2nd trimester interim report for your child.
  • K-3rd grade families received interims only if your child’s teacher is concerned about your child’s progress in one or more academic areas.

The 2nd trimester marking period ends on March 1. Report card conferences will be held on March 22 (no school for students).


2019-2020 Student Lottery

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 you must apply using the lottery application, and you must apply by the March 1 deadline.

You can read more about the sibling enrollment process and requirements here (Spanish on page 1, English page 2).

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


In case you missed it:


It’s African American/Black History Month at ICS!
Look for a special newsletter in March with highlights of learning and celebrating from all around ICS. You can find last year’s newsletter here.


Upcoming Events:

Griffins Basketball Playoffs
The first playoff games are tonight (2/13) at Discovery Charter. Subsequent games and locations will be determined by tonight’s results, so keep an eye on our web calendar if interested!

Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 13, 6-8pm
Board meetings are open to the public. You can find the agenda here.

“Sunday Funday No-School-Monday” ICS Skating Party
Sunday, February 17, 1-4pm
Rolling Thunder Skating Rink, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Admission is $12 and includes skate rental.
Proceeds support Take Flight.

Presidents’ Day – School Closed
Monday, February 18

Dollar Dress Down Day
Friday, February 22
Supports the 5th grade

ICS Musical: Willy Wonka, Jr.
Evening shows on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, Mar. 1
Save one of these dates if you’re interested in seeing an evening production of our annual middle school musical! Tickets will go on sale to entire ICS community next week.
Note: All ICS students will see the musical at a daytime production during school hours on these dates.


Eye Institute Vision Van of Salus University coming to ICS!

On March 14, students can have their eyes examined onsite at ICS. If students require glasses, the program will also provide glasses. If you have vision insurance, the program will bill your insurance. If you do not have vision insurance, the Eye Institute’s Looking Out for Kids program will cover the cost of the exam and glasses.

To sign up for an examination, you must complete and sign all required forms. You can also find extra copies in the front office.

If you have any questions, you can contact Nurse Natalie at x2232


M. Marcela’s students enjoy some silly (and delicious) community-building fun during advisory.


Community Resources

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 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!

SING Philadelphia is a summer choir camp for children ages 7-12 who love to sing. Date are June 17-21. 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.

ICS shares this information for your convenience and does not endorse any of these programs, individuals, or organizations.


M. Amaya’s students explore French artifacts at the beginning of their country study.

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1 thought on “ICS News – 2/13”

  1. My husband and I saw the Willy Wonka performance this past weekend, and we thought it was just fabulous!! Seeing 80 kids on stage singing, dancing, and telling the story of Willy Wonka and his factory, while teaching children to have empathy for others, mind some rules, and be decent human beings is so appropriate (especially now)! Our grand daughter played the role of Grandma Georgina. Of course, the Oompa Loompas provide comedy while dancing and telling the story. They were wonderful!

    As a former music teacher who worked with 8th grade students to perform this musical at a school in Massachusetts, I know how much time goes into this labor of love.

    Bravo/Brava!!

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