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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Elementary School News – Michael Schooler, DHoS for Student Services & ES Principal

Project Happy Feet - donate your old socks & shoes

We are Happy Feet, a student led project which is about collecting donations of unused or old  socks and shoes and donating  them to those unprivileged enough to afford shoes. Shoes and socks are an everyday necessity because they provide protection for our feet from injuries that could lead to any other complications as well as keep our feet warm during the cold season :). By donating your socks and shoes, you will be helping make the world a better place by helping little kids run around as freely as they want and help them make the their every day commutes a step easier without having to worry about complications to their little feet.

Children's sized shoes and socks are the most needed.

Donation boxes will be located in front of the cafeteria and in the 11th and 12th grade counselor, Mr. Barekman's office. 

Best regards,

The Happy Feet



ES News

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Elementary School News – Michael Schooler, DHoS for Student Services & ES Principal

We want to thank you all for coming out this week to participate in our Student Led Conferences. As we continue to develop Student Agency (ownership for learning) in our students these experiences are crucial. It is appropriate that this month’s Learner Profile trait is “knowledgeable.” With fifth grade exhibition, student led conferences, graduations, and step up ceremonies it is a month of students getting to demonstrate their learning.

IB defines knowledgeable as a learner who: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. Help your child be knowledgeable at home by talking about issues or topics from different points of view. Make sure they understand the values and beliefs behind your own point of view. Help them see how different “disciplines” like math, history, reading are needed to fully understand a significant issue. As we begin to wrap up this year we want to say thank you for all your support and enthusiasm for ICS and for your child’s learning.




ES News

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Deputy Head of Student Services and Elementary Principal, Michael Schooler

Student-Led Conferences

A student-led conference is a forum near the end of the year where students present their portfolios to their parents, talk about their accomplishments, celebrate their growth, and review and reflect on their goals set in October. Students assume responsibility for all components of their conference -- planning, conducting, and evaluating. The child is truly the “star” in the process. The role of the parent is to be present, encouraging, and to ask probing questions. The teacher will be in the room as supportive observer.

To sign up for the conference please use this link:

Student-Led Conferences:

  • Tuesday, May 23 (4:00-7:00pm) Students go home at 11:30am
  • Wednesday, May 24 (3:00-5:00pm) Students go home at 2:00pm

EC Student-Led Conferences:

  • Tuesday, May 23 (2:00-5:00pm)
  • Wednesday, May 24 (3:00-4:00pm)

Additional Information:

  • Classroom Teachers have 25 minute conferences, with 5 minute transitions
  • Classroom Teachers time slots will accommodate 3 students
  • Specialist Teachers have 15 minute conferences, with 5 minute transitions
  • French, Music, and Art will be in their classrooms
  • PE and Ethiopian Studies location to be announced
  • Specialist Teachers time slots will accommodate 3 students
  • Pick-a-time opens for ICS Parents on May 12th
  • Pick-a-time will remain open until May 24th
  • EC’s Little Eagle Camp cancelled both days during SLC

We will provide child care for siblings to help families better focus on the conference.

Location: Elementary Covered Area between first grade and second grade.

  • Some of our outstanding lunch monitors will be providing child care.

We recognize that some parents may want a one-on-one teacher conference.  This is not the time for such a conference.  Each classroom teacher will have a sign-up sheet in their room that if a parent feels the need for such a conference then please ask the teacher and sign up. 



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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Deputy Head of Student Services and Elementary Principal, Michael School

Parent input on class assignments for 2017 -18: (All requests must be submitted to the ES Office on or before May 12, 2017 in order to be considered)

The elementary school is giving parents the opportunity to provide input to help us develop class list for the 2017 – 18 school year.  This “Parent Input” form is available in hard copy form in the ES office and
available to be downloaded from our website.

We go to great efforts to ensure that children are placed in the right classroom based on their academic, social and emotional needs. Classroom placements are also balanced upon class size and gender. The factors that we must consider in organizing our classrooms are numerous. Our placement policy is based on our experience in the education system and our work with children.

Parent requests are considered, yet not as the first or only priority. Please note that in light of these considerations, we are not able to accommodate every parent request.

Student class assignments are completed by the end of each school year and are listed on the end of year report card.

Our placement procedures are also in the Student/Parent handbook. 

MAP Testing:

For the next three weeks students will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. This assessment measures academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Math.  These assessments are approximately one hour in length each. There is no preparation that should be done at home, other than making sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast and lunch. The teacher will communicate your child's assessment schedule. 


ES News

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Deputy Head of Student Services and Elementary Principal, Michael School

ES Art Department


Visiting Author

Fun Family Writing Workshop

Families are invited to work with visiting author David Greenberg.

"The purpose of Family Writing Workshop is to bring kids and parents together in an important educational activity. Greenberg starts the workshop by reading several of his poems. Next, he demonstrates a writing activity and family groups collaboratively try their hand at the same sort of writing (which always has some sort of family theme). Loads of fun!"

Date: Tuesday 18 April

Time: 3:30 PM

Location: Elementary School Library (ES Library) 

Hope to see you there!

You can order David's books with the attached Form HERE.


ES News

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Deputy Head of Student Services and Elementary School Principal, Michael School 

Elementary Art Department

Visiting Author

To help celebrate Poetry Month, ICS welcomes visiting author David Greenberg!

His poems are filled with alliteration, acrobatic meter patterns, and snazzy rhymes. Students are so captivated by the joy of Greenberg's poems they chant and quote their favorite lines. Greenberg weaves explanations of the various elements that activate good writing into his workshops.  His workshops are standards based academics wrapped within memorable entertainment. He discusses the fierce perseverance necessary to succeed and emphasizes the key importance of the writing process...and he'll be working with the ICS students and staff 17 - 21 April.

You can order David's books with the attached Form.


Elementary and Middle School

Addis Ababa World Environment Performance: Opportunity for you and your family to participate: Les animaux malades du climat

A partnership with UNESCO as well as the economic community of West Africa and Fekat Circus are supporting this show scheduled for 5 June 2017 for World Environment Day.

The organizers are looking for students to take part.

“Their participation will consist in showing the public the effects of globalization and in giving their point of view on death or disappearance of animals.

Students will be selected to interpret a song for peace and hope. Others may be able to play climate-sick animals on stage.  Spoken languages: Chinese, French, English, Wolof, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Amharic.

Older students can participate in a journalism and photography lessons and may have an opportunity to interview selected Ambassadors. After some journalism, photo and editing training workshops, their work will be added to the show along with a scientific research on climate warming.

ICS is not officially a part of this opportunity, but we wanted to pass along the information.  If you are interested or want further information, please email the organizers directly