ICS News – 4/22

Hello ICS families,

3rd-8th graders will be jumping right into PSSA testing on Tuesday, April 23. As a reminder, the testing schedule is:

  • English Language Arts – April 23, 24, 25
  • Math – April 29, 30
  • Science (4th & 8th grades only) – May 2, 3

You can set your child up for success by helping them get good nights of sleep and arriving to school on time. If they are feeling anxious (about PSSAs or anything else), here’s one good article about how to offer support

Breakfast will be free for all students on ELA and Math testing days.


In case you missed it:


ICS West is currently conducting a CEO search. We encourage you to share the job description with your networks!

For a peek at the cool things happening at West, check out an edition of the daily ICS West student newscast!


And if you just really love surveys…you’ll be THRILLED to learn it’s that time of year again when we need all ICS parents to start taking the School District’s annual family survey. The survey provides valuable feedback to ICS and to the District’s Office of Research and Evaluation, and our total participation has an impact on ICS’s annual School Progress Report scores.

You can explore the District’s past survey results here.

You can view our 17-18 Progress Report here.

Last year we achieved a record 48% family response rate on the survey, so naturally we must work together to reach 50% this year!

Be an early bird and take the survey now!

You just need your children’s student ID numbers to get started. I can email them to you if needed, just hit reply and ask!


Take Flight 2019 – Our travelers have returned!

If you didn’t get a chance to read through their blogs last week, you can take a look at their trip highlights now


Upcoming Events:

Dollar Dress Down Day
Friday, April 26
Benefits 3rd grade

Earth Day at ICS
Friday, April 26

PSSA Testing
English Language Arts (3rd-8th grade) – April 23-25
Math (3rd-8th grades) – April 29-30
Science (4th & 8th grades) – May 2-3

Mexican Dinner
Friday, May 3, 6-8pm
More info in flyer and email going home tomorrow!

Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 8, 6pm

K-5 Arts Festival
Saturday, May 18, 11am-2pm 
Rain date May 19

You can find the printable 2019-2020 school calendar here, or access it anytime on our calendar page.


Are you leaving ICS? 

If you know that your child will not be returning to ICS next year (for a reason other than graduation from 8th grade), please let Tr. Jenny know as soon as possible. This helps us immensely with enrollment planning. Thank you!


Teacher Hope’s students prepared for Earth Day this month by participating in a Skypeclassroom event with Dr. Jane Goodall!

Community Resources

Check out this great list of free and low cost Philly summer programs for kids!

WIM is offering an affordable 2-day Mindfulness Camp for rising 4th, 5th and 6th graders on June 27 & 28 this summer.

College Settlement Camp offers overnight and day camp experiences to students that are tailored to a family’s ability to pay (based on free/reduced lunch status), with additional scholarships available based on further need.

Shear Fun at Fox Chase Farm – Saturday, April 27, 12-4pm

Become a Philadelphia Parks & Rec lifeguard (ages 16+)

MVP360 will offer baseball this summer for ages 4-12! We also have Tee Ball, Coach Pitch and Girls Summer Softball. DEADLINE is June 2nd. Register at https://www.mvp360.org/baseball

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

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.


5th grade enjoyed a day at the zoo just before spring break!
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