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Thursday, October 6, 2016

All School News: Important Notices for All Parents

Thefts on Campus –Resolved and all items recovered

We have had a few unfortunate thefts upfield at ICS, a couple wallets, a couple phones and some money.  Because these items were reported immediately to ICS officials, our ICS security and tech teams were able to move quickly to launch an investigation.

We are very happy to report that all of the items have been recovered and returned to their proper owners.  ICS Security was able to identify the thief, recover all items, report him to authorities and ensure that he will not be allowed on campus again.  The thief was identified as someone from our contracted cleaning service. 

How to report missing items

As a reminder, we have a centralized reporting process for missing items.  If you or your student have an item gone missing, please do report the missing item to your school office, main reception or to our security office.  We will have more information on this process in the coming week, but be sure to make a report so we are informed and can help in the recovery process

United We Dance

A BIG thank you to everyone that came out to watch the performance last week and supported Temesgen’s Cultural Group (a.k.a. Yetenesgen Lijoch).  United We Dance was an exciting, ambitions and amazing production.  The event raised over 8,000 birr that will go directly to the dancers and to support Temesgen’s Cultural Group.  Here are a few photos in case you missed this great performance!


To find out more about TCG or to make a donation, please contact: Saron Mechale 

at: (+251) 963-130-088 or


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held next week, 11-13 October.  You can schedule time with your child’s teacher/s by using our Pick A Time scheduler. 

Our libraries will be open during the Parent Teacher Conferences.  Be sure to stop by to see the fantastic selection of recently added new materials, explore our databases, and sign up for your very own library account.

Refreshments will be served, so come on down, meet the library staff and see what’s new in the libraries.

  • Martha Langille, Kim Tyo-Dickerson and the library staff


In addition, the Office of Teaching & Learning will be facilitating a variety of Parent Presentations. 

Please join us!

Elementary School

Location: ES Library Classroom


Common Sense Media

Tuesday, 11 October: 4:00 / 5:00 PM

Wednesday, 12 October:  4:00 PM

Thursday13 October: 2:00 PM


Come explore the large array of resources available free of charge from Common Sense Media to help you talk with your children about movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Parents will be invited to create a free account, subscribe to the Parent Blog, download the app, and search the site for answers to their parenting questions. We will also demonstrate a lesson from the classroom using Nearpod interactive presentation tool.


Supporting Literacy at Home

Wednesday, 12 October: 5:00 p.m.

Thursday13 October:  1:00 PM / 3:00 PM


This short workshop will discuss how parents can best support your ES child’s literacy at home. It will include best practice and research for both teachers and parents to keep in mind, as well as tips for reading and writing according to child’s reading level, grade, and age.

Middle / High School


Common Sense Media

Tuesday, 11 October:  6:00 PM

Wednesday12 October: 4:00 PM / 5:00 PM

Thursday13 October: 4:00 PM / 5:00 PM


Location: MS/HS Library  30 minutes each



Come explore the large array of resources available free of charge from Common Sense Media to help you talk with your children about movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Parents will be invited to create a free account, subscribe to the Parent Blog, download the app, and search the site for answers to their parenting questions.


 Assessment Basics

What Does The Information on the MS and HS Reports Really Mean?


Tuesday11 October: 4:30 PM

Wednesday12 October: 4:30 PM / 5:30 PM

Thursday13 October: 4:30 PM / 5:30 PM


Location:  L003 (Classroom attached to MS/HS Library)   30 minutes each

Come and learn what we mean by standards and how we use them at ICS.  We will also go over the grading scale, what the indicators really mean and what the difference is between effort and achievement.


This session will help parents understand what the report card is telling you about your child’s progress and performance in school so that you can have a meaningful conversation about learning with your student.


International Day

You are invited….

Date:  Saturday, 8 October

Time:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM   Doors open at 9:30AM

Place: Upper soccer field/ track

Entrance:  Main gate

  • Flag parade will begin promptly at 10 AM followed by Food & Entertainment which will both start at the end of the flag parade - estimated around 12:00 PM. Please follow the flag parade instructions attached to help the event run smoothly.
  • Entertainment and performances will comprise of cultural dances/acts by students.
  • There will be vendors selling food from different regions of the world.
  • Guests are welcome but they need to be accompanied by you and must bring their IDs (passport, driving license, local ID or any other type of official identification). Guests without ID will not be allowed entrance.   

Food prices will mostly be 50 birr or less with a few exceptions for imported cuisines (e.g. sushi, pork sausages).

Drink prices are as follows: 

Water:  20 birr

Soft drinks: 25 birr

Beer: 35 birr 


Tomoca coffee (100g ground coffee packs)



General Advisory: 

For the purposes of the International day on Saturday 8 October, there will only be access to the upper fields and designated restrooms. This is to ensure the safety and security of everyone within the premises of the school campus. The cooperation of all families/attendees/guests is paramount to achieving safety and security at all times.

We will have additional ICS Security, US Embassy Security and Federal Police on Saturday.

All ICS parents/staff/guardians must have their ICS Identification Cards (IDs) to gain entrance to ICS.

ICS Badges/IDs, vendor passes and guest passes MUST be visible at all times.

Please expect body and bag searches to be conducted, so please allow extra time to enter the campus.


Guests are welcome but must be accompanied by an ICS parent, faculty or staff member with a valid ICS ID and are requested to bring valid IDs and register at the main gate entrance. Visitors will be asked to show their personal ID.                                                                                                                                  


 All guest alumni will be given their SECURITY BADGE/ALUMNI PASS upon registration at the ICS main/front gate registry.


1.  All vendors/suppliers are requested to pre-register at the Advancement office prior to the event.  A list of names of arriving personnel/staff, along with photocopies of valid IDs, will be submitted to the Security Office before the day of the event.

2.  All pre-registered suppliers/vendors are requested to present their IDs and register at the ICS field gate, to gain entry to school premises.  Their SECURITY BADGE/VENDOR’S PASS must be worn at all times.

3.  All goods are to be delivered at the field gate entrance at the appointed time.


1. ICS family friends and invited guests will have access through the main gate only.

2. ICS staff and family members can use both the main gate and the admin gate

3. All venders will use the field gate.


1.  ICS staff will use the main parking lot as usual. 

2.  Parents and guests will park around the school. 

3.  ICS Security personnel will monitor the security on the streets around the school.

Contribute funds to the ICS Scholarship Endowment While Shopping on!

The ICS Addis Ababa Education Foundation (ICSAAEF) has partnered with the AmazonSmile Foundation in the US. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases on Amazon to the ICSAAEF, for anyone that shops on Amazon.

It is very simple to do. When shopping online, instead of going to, simple go to and register "International Community School of Addis Ababa Education Foundation" as your charity of choice and shop away.  

On, you will have access to all the same products and services as you would on the site, only now 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated by AmazonSmile to our ICS Scholarship Endowment through our Education Foundation.  AmazonaSmile does not charge any administrative fees or take any deduction from the donation amount, and there is no cost to you or to the ICSAAEF to participate.

So the next time you do a little online shopping, you can donate to the ICS Scholarship Endowment.

Happy Shopping!

For more information on the ICS Addis Ababa Education Foundation, visit our webpage here or contact