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Thursday, December 15, 2016

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

KG – grade 2 Arts Showcase

All students in grades K-2 have selected a piece of their artwork to be displayed on 14 December. Please take the time to view this art exhibition before or after the holiday concert.

Happy holidays! Happy reading! From the staff of the ICS Libraries

Chill Out & Read 4!

“Summer slide” is a phrase given to the trend of children not reading during the summer holiday and the resulting regression of their reading skills. Although our upcoming holiday is a shorter time, the same thing can happen during this three-week break from school.  To prevent “winter slide” and help encourage our students to keep up with their reading during this time the ICS Elementary Library is again offering a reading challenge - “Chill Out & Read 4!”

All KG – grade 5 students are invited to set their own individual reading goals and to use a log to keep track of the books they read between now and 13 January. Materials will be distributed during library classes the week before the holiday. Prizes will be given to students who return their log to the library in January.

Please contact Librarian, Martha Langille, if you have any questions about this literacy initiative.

Make reading a fun part of your family holiday!  Happy holidays, all!

Library open hours over the holidays:

  • Saturday mornings (17, 24 and 31 December) between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon)
  • Closed on Saturday, 7 January 2017 for Ethiopian Christmas.

 

 

ES News

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Date Posted: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016

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

KG – grade 2 Arts Showcase

All students in grades K-2 have selected a piece of their artwork to be displayed on 14 December. Please take the time to view this art exhibition before or after the holiday concert.

Happy holidays! Happy reading! From the staff of the ICS Libraries

Chill Out & Read 4!

“Summer slide” is a phrase given to the trend of children not reading during the summer holiday and the resulting regression of their reading skills. Although our upcoming holiday is a shorter time, the same thing can happen during this three-week break from school.  To prevent “winter slide” and help encourage our students to keep up with their reading during this time the ICS Elementary Library is again offering a reading challenge - “Chill Out & Read 4!”

All KG – grade 5 students are invited to set their own individual reading goals and to use a log to keep track of the books they read between now and 13 January. Materials will be distributed during library classes the week before the holiday. Prizes will be given to students who return their log to the library in January.

Please contact Librarian, Martha Langille, if you have any questions about this literacy initiative.

Make reading a fun part of your family holiday!  Happy holidays, all!

Library open hours over the holidays:

  • Saturday mornings (17, 24 and 31 December) between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon)
  • Closed on Saturday, 7 January 2017 for Ethiopian Christmas.

 

 

ES News

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

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


KG – grade 2 Arts Showcase

All students in grades K-2 have selected a piece of their artwork to be displayed on 14 December. Please take the time to view this art exhibition before or after the holiday concert.

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, Grades 1, 2:  14 December, 8:15 AM, Large Amphitheatre

Grades 3, 4, 5: 15 December, 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.

ES News

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

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

The December Learner Profile Trait:  COMMUNICATOR and 10 tips for improving communication with your child that you can do at home. Please click Here for the full article.

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 8 December between 8:30 and 11:15 AM. The Grades 3-5 meet will be Friday afternoon 9 December 2016 between 12:45 and 3:15 PM, both on the ICS main soccer field (upper field).

Purpose:  Promote Teamwork, Perseverance, and Healthy Competition.

Which skills we are working on: 

  • Social Skills: Cooperating, Respecting Others  
  • Self-Management Skills: Gross Motor Skills, Spatial Awareness, Physical & Emotional Strength

Learner Profile Trait & Attitudes: 

  • Learner Profile: Inquirers, Courageous, & Open-minded
  • Attitudes: Commitment, Cooperation, Appreciation, & Enthusiasm 

Central Idea: "Through a commitment to individual pursuits of body movement, we build our skills and character."

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.

Thanks,

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, Grades 1, 2:  14 December, 8:15 AM, Large Amphitheatre

Grades 3, 4, 5: 15 December, 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.

K-2 Arts Showcase

All students in grades K-2 have selected a piece of their artwork to be displayed on 14 December. Please take the time to view this art exhibition before or after the holiday concert.

ES News

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Date Posted: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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

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 8 December between 8:30 and 11:15 AM. The Grades 3-5 meet will be Friday afternoon 9 December 2016 between 12:45 and 3:15 PM, both on the ICS main soccer field (upper field).

Purpose:  Promote Teamwork, Perseverance, and Healthy Competition.

Which skills we are working on: 

  • Social Skills: Cooperating, Respecting Others  
  • Self-Management Skills: Gross Motor Skills, Spatial Awareness, Physical & Emotional Strength

Learner Profile Trait & Attitudes: 

  • Learner Profile: Inquirers, Courageous, & Open-minded
  • Attitudes: Commitment, Cooperation, Appreciation, & Enthusiasm 

Central Idea: "Through a commitment to individual pursuits of body movement, we build our skills and character."

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.

Thanks,

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, Grades 1, 2: - 14 December, 8:15 AM, Large Amphitheatre

Grades 3, 4, 5 - 15 December, 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.

ES News

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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.

Thanks,

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.

ES News

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Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016

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

Elementary Music Department

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 Christmas hat or a small decoration in red or green pinned to their shirt.

ES News

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Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Michael Schooler, Deputy Head Of School, Student Services 

Dear ICS Elementary Families,

A BIG thank you goes out to the ICS Community for the excellent Elementary School Halloween party last Friday. Over 400 kids attended, dressed up, went trick or treating, visited the haunted house and danced on stage! A truly great event for our ES students. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the ICS Community.

A BIG thanks and shout out to:

  • All the parents, for the generous donation of candy (and we had lots of it!)
  • All the parent volunteers for decorating; specifically, Anka, Sima, Savitri, Maha, Adriana, Sylvia, Dorothy, Arifa, Erin, Julie and Ted.
  • ICS staff and teachers who helped with decorations; in particular thanks to Mr. John Gaston, Mr. Michael Schooler, Ms. Susan Ballantyne, Ms. Abenet Asnake, Ms. Helen Iglar, Ms. Colleen Wilson, M.s Rianne Anderson, Mr. Bill Graham, Ms. Marcelle Ridder, Ms. Etsegenet Taffesse and Ms. Rodas Yemarshet.
  • The lunch monitors: Yoseph, Rekik, Abenet, and Yalemwork.
  • The Boy Scouts and Webelos and the Scout masters, Mr. Tom and Mr. Dave for all their work in the haunted house.
  • The students - in art classes who worked on the beautiful decorations which created the atmosphere
  • All the other students who volunteered in the haunted house.
  • Sonia Meyer and the Booster Club and Sisay Zewde and the Scholarship students for the food and drinks
  • And big thanks especially to Senay Kassaey and the setup crew and Daniel Abebe for the sound system who were extremely efficient and gracious

It was truly a community event with parents, teachers, students and administration collaborating. We look forward to more of these!

               

 

Student Action and Service

One of the key principals of an IB school is that we support student action and service. What is student action exactly?  

Using inquiry as the primary mode of instruction in the classroom will generate student action. Student action is taking the learning further, going deeper, connecting the learning to something else, or simply asking more questions about the learning - but all done by the student on their own.  Student action is student initiated and furthers the learning. 

Sometimes the action stops after one or two steps but in a few cases, it leads to service.  Service in the IB is something students do to “make the world a better place.”  We have numerous examples of this happening around the campus.  On 3 December ICS staff will lead multiple educational workshops for our neighborhood government school, Mekdela. 

We also have an example of action/service from our local ICS Girl Scout Troup. Here is a note about their action/service, we would appreciate your support. 

Do you have overflowing bookshelves, or books your children no longer read? Be courageous and dare to share! The Brownies Girl Scouts troop is happy to help you recycle your books. The girls, as responsible global citizens, care about Ethiopian children without enough books to read, and are asking for your donations to their book drive in support of local Ethiopian schools. Please bring your gently used children’s books, in English and Amharic, to the marked boxes at central public areas throughout the school for collection and distribution. This book drive will be open for donation until school is out for Winter Break on 16 December.  Your donations are appreciated!

 

Walk/Run Fundraising Event

ICS Parents can also take action as well. We have the Ethiopian Dilapidates Association walk/run fundraising event on 19 November.  

ICS Learners, students, teachers, TAs, staff, and parents get involved and make the world a better place.  Please encourage your child to take action and see where it leads. 

Elementary School News

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Michael Schooler, Elementary School Principal

 

ICS Learner Profile for November: Reflective

ICS Learner Profile Trait for November is Reflective. ICS Learners give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. You can help your child be more reflective by asking questions that require more than a simple yes or no answer. Ask them to explain their learning, behavior, or point of view on a topic. Talk to them about your own point view and guide them in understanding areas they can grow in. 

Elementary School Halloween Celebration 28 October, 5:00 – 7:00 PM 

We hope you all had a restful and relaxing break.  Thank you all for your support and participation in the Student Goal Setting Conferences. The time between now and the end of the semester will pass very quickly, it is a very busy time of the year. This Friday, the PTA is hosting our annual Halloween Party at school.  Halloween is big in the United States and if you wish to learn more about Halloween, HERE is a good website with some history and context. Basically from our point of view it is a fun time to dress up and enjoy some trick or treating.   

PTA Halloween Party will be tomorrow, 28 October and begins at 5:00 PM

Please be aware that we DO NOT allow students to be dressed in costumes during the day (28 Oct).  Parents, drivers, or nannies can bring their costumes after school and students can change at school or at home. All students must be supervised by an adult during the Halloween party. 

Entrance cost: 1 bag of candy per child to secure a wrist band before the event.

Candy collection: 24 - 28 October near the cafeteria during morning drop-off (7:45 -8:15 AM) and afternoon pick-up (2:45 -3:20 PM) times.

 

Yearbook Photos next week.

Here is the schedule:

 

 

News of the Week

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Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Elementary School News, Michael Schooler, Principal

Dear ICS Families,

I want to thank you all for making time to come in with your children and discuss their goals and see their progress.  If you could not attend the conference for some reason or you feel that you need one-on-one time with teacher/s, please do not hesitate to request a teacher conference after the October break. You can do this by simply contacting the teacher directly or the elementary office to make an appointment. 

Read, Read, Read.

During the October break, please make sure you and your family relax and have fun and if possible build in some time for quite reading for the students. Model for your children by reading a magazine or eBook. While on the plane, at the beach, or by the pool, help motivate your child to be a lifelong reader by setting aside a few minutes to simply read a good story.  If you have some time, stop by our amazing library and check out some fun books to read over the break.

Have a wonderful break! 

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