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Thursday, November 17, 2016

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

ICS Elementary Families,

We are fast approaching the mid-year mark. I wanted to take a moment and remind parents about supporting their children in daily evening reading. Every child at ICS elementary is assigned reading at home for 20 to 30 minutes. This reading can be in the form of independent quite reading or it could be parents reading to a child.  The research is clear, the more time students spend engaged in reading practice with a “just right book” the higher their reading achievement will become. Reading and reading with higher order thinking skills is the doorway to inquiry. We strive to help your children become better inquires so they can be great thinkers and the kind of young men and women that can make a difference in the world. Please help us support your children by supporting reading every day for 20 to 30 minutes at home.  Read in English or your primary language, it does not matter. Model reading and discuss and reflect on a good book with your child.  Show them reading is fun and good way to spend time together. 

We have two big Action/Service projects going on that we are supporting right now.  The Ethiopian Diabetes Run/Walk this weekend and the Girl Scout Book Drive. Please do all you can to support these two worthy events that are directly connected to our students and families here at ICS. 

Elementary PE Department: Elementary Track and Field Day

The Annual ICS Elementary Track & Field meet for Grades K-2 has been scheduled for Thursday morning December 8th between 8:30 and 11:15. The Grades 3-5 meet will be Friday afternoon December 9, 2016 between 12:45pm and 3:15pm, both on the ICS main soccer field (upper field).

There will be a total of 8 events, namely, Sprints, Hurdles, 3-Legged Race, Ball Throw, Sack Race, Long Jump, High Jump, & Relays. Kindergarten students will participate in 3 events, while Grades 1-5 participate in at least 3 events, and a maximum of 5. All children will be identified as “Red” (Falcons) and “White” (Hawks).  Students on the Red team will wear red or mostly red T-shirts, while students on White team will wear white or mostly white T-shirt on the day of the event. Your child should be able to tell you which team he/she is on soon.

We appreciate parents’ cooperation in providing and helping their children put on their appropriate colors on the day of the meet.

Parent volunteers to help out with officiating the various events are most welcome. No expertise other than willingness to help is needed.  A sign-up sheet will be sent home through your child next week. 

Stay tuned for more information.


Mr. Nathan & Mrs. Ethiopia

Holiday Concert

The Elementary School children are busy working very hard on learning their songs for the Holiday Concert!

All parents are invited to attend the performances!

KG, 1st, 2nd Grade: 14 December, Wednesday, 8:15 AM, Large Amphitheatre

3rd, 4th, 5th Grade: 15 December, Thursday, 6:30 PM, Large Amphitheatre

DRESS: All children must please be dressed in white tops and black shorts, trousers or skirts.

If the children would like, they may wear a festive hat or a small decoration in red or green pinned to their shirt.