ICS News – 6/3

The Board is pleased to announce that Dana Martin has been elected to be the 2019-2021 Board Parent Rep! Thank you to Jethro Heiko for also running this year, and thank you to all the parents who voted in the election.

In case you missed it:


Are you leaving ICS? 

If you know that your child will not be returning to ICS next year due to moving out of Philadelphia or transferring to a different school, please let Tr. Jenny know as soon as possible. This helps us immensely with enrollment planning. Thank you!


Parent Survey Fun Facts:

  • At least FIVE ICS families have won the District’s weekly $25 raffle drawing so far! (You could be next if you take the survey today!)
  • We have reached 38.1% total participation and are now ranked 36th overall in the District!
  • 4th grade currently has the highest participation at 44.9%, but 3rd grade is right behind at 44.2%.
  • To reach our goal of 50%, we just need the parents of 98 more students to take the survey. That’s about 10 families per grade.

We’ve got this! Take the survey right now!

You need your children’s student ID numbers to get started. You can find them on any report card, or just email Tr. Jenny.

You can also take the survey in the front office anytime!


On Global Citizenship Day, 4th graders chose adinkra symbols that represented them as part of their studies about Ghana.

Upcoming Events

Groundbreaking Ceremony
Thursday, June 6
9:30 am

Last Day of School – 1/2 Day Noon Dismissal
Friday, June 7

FREE Dress Down Day
Friday, June 7

June Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 12
6:00 pm

First Day of 2019-2020 School Year for 1st-8th Graders
Monday, August 26


Preparing for 2019-2020

Are you moving within Philadelphia? You will need to complete a change of address form and send us proof of new address. (If you move OUT of the city of Philadelphia, you are no longer eligible to attend ICS.)

If you have a child going into 2nd-6th grades, please make sure you have completed the online dismissal plan formStudents going into 1st grade received a paper dismissal form with introductory information about school buses. Please direct all transportation questions to transportation@icscharter.com.

All students going into 6th grade will need to submit an updated PHYSICAL EXAM report to the school nurse by the first day of school.The exam should be dated between September 2018-August 2019. You can submit any standard report your doctor issues or use the linked form.

All students going into 3rd grade and 7th grade will need to submit an updated DENTAL EXAM report to the school nurse by the first day of school. The exam should be dated between September 2018-August 2019. You can submit your dentist’s standard report or use the linked form.

Our middle school dress code begins in 5th grade. Starting in 5th grade, students must wear a RED polo shirt every day and it MUST have an ICS logo.

Other helpful info:

  • Final report cards will be emailed and posted in Alma in mid-June and mailed in mid-July with the summer mailing.
  • Supply lists for next year will be posted to the website in mid-June and mailed in mid-July with the summer mailing.
  • Teacher assignments for next year will be available to view in Alma in mid-August. We will notify families when they are released.
  • After school programs that pick up at ICS

Keep an eye out for a start of summer email with resources and tips for preventing “summer slide”. (Hint: Mostly it’s about finding great books and reading them together!)


ICS’s middle school Reading Olympics team won 1st place at the citywide competition last month! And our two 4th-6th grade teams earned blue ribbons. ICS students are such star readers! Huge thanks to Tr. Kemi, Tr. Hope, and Tr. Gaja for leading the teams.

Community Resources

Basketball: Summer is around the corner! We are introducing one-day basketball camps throughout the Summer months. These one-day camps are a great way to learn and/refine skills, develop confidence and potentially increase the likelihood of making travel/tournament teams. Our first session is SATURDAY, JUNE 15th. The cost is only $25.00. Sessions will last about 3 hours. See flyer or go to https://www.mvp360.org/basketball for more information.

Baseball: We still have a few openings for our inaugural baseball league. We are primarily in need of players ages 10-12 years old. We also have openings for Tee Ball and Coach Pitch. Please see the flyer or visit https://www.mvp360.org/baseball for more information.

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

Your Neighborhood Library
The Summer of Wonder begins in  neighborhood libraries on Monday, June 3 and will run until Friday, August 2. Visit your local library to sign up for an activity passport, which you can use to track your progress. Each neighborhood library will host a variety of enrichment activities including storytimes, arts and crafts, STEM experiments, challenges, robotics, games, and more! Participants can win prizes just for signing up. Adults can also get in on the fun at select neighborhood libraries, where there will be special raffles for reading, attending library events, and more. See what you can read and explore this summer!

Science in the Summer
GSK’s  Science in the Summer is back and this year’s theme is the Science of Me! Science in the Summer is a free, hands-on science education program taught by certified teachers for children entering grades 2-6. Twenty-nine Free Library locations will host workshops this summer. Class sizes are kept to 16 students and may fill up, so register early!

College & Career Readiness Resources 
High school students interested in pursuing post-secondary opportunities can visit the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of College & Career Readiness website to access resources, including information about scholarship search engines and also a list of over 120 searchable scholarships, which can be viewed here.

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.

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