ICS News – 3/8

Tr. Suzanne’s 3rd grade readers enjoyed buddy reading with their 8th grade reading partners last month. The 8th graders helped the 3rd graders with main idea by asking them to read parts of their book and answer the question, “What was this mostly about?” 

Hello ICS families,

Monday, March 11: No school for students – Teacher Professional Development

Friday, March 22: No school for students – Report Card Conferences

You should receive your conference invitation in the mail (4th-8th grades) or in your child’s homework folder (K-3rd grades) by Wednesday of next week. Please return the signed form to your child’s teacher to confirm your attendance. Please direct all questions about conference scheduling to your child’s teacher or to Michelle Coats at michellec@icscharter.com.


In case you missed it:


Tr. Charish’s 4th grade Team Building class learned the Olympic styled 6 stack and competed in a one on one competition. They then had to use the same strategy plus effective communication to work in a team using a rubber band contraption to up stack and down stack the cups. See them in action on Facebook!

Upcoming Events:

No School for Students
Monday, March 11

Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 13, 6-8pm
Board meetings are open to the public.

Vision Van Eye Exams
Thursday, March 14
See complete information below.

Middle School Career Day
Friday, March 15
Find more details here.

PTA Spring Meeting
Wednesday, March 20 5:30-7pm
RSVP to pta@icscharter.com

Report Card Conferences – No School for Students
Friday, March 22
The PTA will provide a hot lunch for teachers! Sign up now to contribute something!


Kindergarten and 1st graders enjoyed a nutrition assembly last month. They learned about healthy and delicious food choices and met a special apple mascot (DJ Fuji Fresh) to get them excited for the Pennsylvania CRUNCH. All ICS students got to bite into a crunchy apple at the same time (along with thousands of other students across PA) on Wednesday this week!

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


Congratulations to Tr. Kemi, Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant recipient! 76 people were chosen for the Fulbright out of 500 applicants nationwide. Kemi will be headed to Peru (with the other fellows pictured above) this June for 3 weeks, where she will use a global education model to teach students. She’ll be blogging about her experience and presenting a final project along with the other fellows.

Community Resources

On Sunday, March 24th, at 3:00 p.m. all six ensembles of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization (PYO, PYAO, PYMO, Bravo Brass, PRYSM, and Tune Up Philly) return to the stage of Verizon Hall for the Fourth Annual Showcase performance. Reserve Your Complementary Tickets Early!

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

MVP360 is proud to announce that we will be running Youth Soccer at the Lighthouse! Note to Parents: We are a recreational, instructional and developmental program.

  • DATES: Saturday: March 23rd to May 18th
  • TIME: TBD: (Approx 11 am Sats)
  • LOCATION: 101 E. Erie Ave, Philadelphia, Pa 19134
  • COST: $45.00 per child AGE: 4-13 Boys and Girls
  • REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: MARCH 9th 2019 Register and Pay at: https://www.mvp360.org/

We are also hosting a FREE PITCH HIT and RUN Competition. Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division and have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition. We will be hosting this event on Saturday, April 27th. Location is the Lighthouse Fields 101 E. Erie Ave. Philadelphia PA 19134. There is a two-step registration process. First step: register at https://www.mvp360.org/

Drexel’s Philadelphia Teacher Residency program is now accepting applications for our new cohort that will begin this June. Accepted Teacher Residents receive a generous tuition scholarship that covers nearly the entire cost of the program, as well as salary and health benefits through the School District of Philadelphia. Drexel’s Philadelphia Teacher Residency program currently offers certification in middle grade and secondary science and math subjects. If you are interested in learning more about our program or applying,visit us online.

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.

Murals of the Mind Project is offering a week-long High School Readiness summer program for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Complete details here! Space appears very limited, so don’t delay in registering if interested.

We love this complete list of Penn Summer STEM Programs for middle and high school students.

ICS shares this information for your convenience in accessing free or low cost community resources and does not endorse any of these programs, individuals, or organizations.


Thanks to all the participants and organizers of last month’s Sunday Funday skating fundraiser where a great afternoon was had by all!
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