The 5th Grade Transition Meeting is scheduled for December 9 at 5:00 in the cafeteria. Parents will be able to learn about what is available for them regarding Middle School options. We will have representatives from area private, charter, and public middle schools present to discuss what their schools have to offer.
I am pleased to announce that ICS now has a visually engaging and dynamic website that will help facilitate communication within the community and tell the story of our school.
The mobile-friendly website, www.icsgeorgia.org, will launch Nov. 20. It prominently features recent news articles, a school event calendar and other ways to stay in touch with the latest happenings. Parents will find it easy to stay up to date with downloads for the most recent school lunch menu, Parent Handbook and annual calendar; information about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP); and an archive our bi-weekly newsletter.
The website was built as part of the event 48in48, in which Atlanta organizers rallied more than 150 digital media specialists to build 48 customized websites for 48 nonprofits within 48 hours. In addition to the website design and development, the program provided training for two staff members in the web publishing software, WordPress. For more information about this great event, visit 48in48.org.
I would like to say a special thank you to Emmalee Hackshaw, our former development director, who discovered and pursued the opportunity, and Claudia Rule, communications coordinator, and Maureen Sweatman, director of finance and operation, who along with Emmalee, worked at a record pace to ready the site for launch and fill a long overdue communications need at our school.
The school will continue to refine and add to the information currently available on the site, as well as research expanded opportunities to communicate with our community, with possibilities that include site translation. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email them to Claudia at [email protected]
Marcy Criner, Principal
Why do we celebrate UN Day at ICS? It is important for us to celebrate our global community through sharing our heritage but it goes further. We are celebrating the most powerful gift of all. That gift is education. At ICS, we have created an environment that focuses on learning through an understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As I visit classrooms, I see many examples of this. From students discussing what a peacemaker is to how to write your own personal narrative, I see the development of empowered learners.
Malala Yousafzai said, “Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons.” She was speaking to the United Nations Youth Assembly on education. Giving our students an education that helps them to be engaged global citizens is the core of what we do at ICS. Seeing each and every child at ICS participate in UN Day warmed my heart and gave me a feeling of hope for the future.
Marcy Criner, Principal
In celebration of Decatur’s “On the Same Page” reading program, ICS welcomed Newbery Award-winning author/illustrator CeCe Bell on Thursday, November 5th! CeCe gave an author talk to some of our students about her latest book called El Deafo, and she also signed books!
Cece Bell has been writing and illustrating children’s books for over a decade, but in her latest she refers to her own story about growing up hearing-impaired, after meningitis left her “severely to profoundly deaf” at the age of 4. In El Deafo, she tells her story in a way children understand and can relate to, and illustrates as a graphic novel with the purpose of using ‘speech balloons’ to “visually show all the ways a hard-of-hearing or a deaf person might or might not be hearing”, explained Cece to the attentive audience.
We want to thank our good friends at Little Shop of Stories book store for making this event possible.
This visit was part of a long bullying awareness unit that Ms. Lori and Ms. Scott have been co-teaching. As part of this effort, the 5th Grade students made ‘Warm Fuzzies’: ‘compliment’ bags that their classmates filled with anonymous compliments and little trinkets.