ICS has been “…making a world of difference, one child at a time…” for 15 years, and we are celebrating!
On November 3, 2017, we will hold our Annual United Nations Day (UN Day). At ICS we welcome and value diversity. UN Day is a celebration of various cultural and ethnic communities, and last year 63 different countries we represented on the Parade of Nations, along with “The World”.
Help is needed to set up, clean up, and serve during the potluck. Please sign up HERE.
Here is a glance of our 2016 celebration: Students and staff walked along Medlock Road showcasing clothes, flags and signs, as family members and friends waved and enjoyed the the smiles and excitement.
After the parade, the celebration moved to the back of the school, where students opened the program talking about the IB Learner Profile.
They were followed by groups of kids who sang in French, Spanish and English. Inspirational songs such as “Together We Can Change The World”, “Man In The Mirror”, “Ready To Go” and “True Colors” were performed.
Traditional Burmese, Mexican, African and Indian dances energized and impressed the audience.
And what better way to show internationalism than through food and fellowship. Children and adults brought traditional dishes from their family/country: What a feast!
You can also view videos on our YouTube Chanel @ICS Georgia
We are looking forward to celebrating our 2017 UN Day with all our families. See you November 3!
We are very excited to announce that ICS is planning a 5K and 1-Mile running events on Saturday November 4th to celebrate the 15th year anniversary of our school. There will be something for everyone to do: you can run/walk, donate/sponsor, or you can volunteer in one of many ways.
Race Time and Routes: (Start & finish assembly area: International Community School’s entrance)
5k: $20 until 10/21, $25 until 11/3, $30 on race day
1mi: $10 until 10/21, $15 until 11/3, $20 on race day
Students & Teachers: $10 for either race
We would love to see EVERYONE who has been part of our school all these years, so start spreading the word to your friends and family.
Why do we fundraise? As a public charter school, ICS receives less local and state funding than traditional schools. Charter schools are not required to provide transportation, yet we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on busing, money that gets taken from teacher salaries and classroom expenses. Donations like yours will help us cover the costs for buses so our students can come to school, and for transportation for athletic activities outside of school hours.
Why are we organizing a 5K? Running has a lot of history at ICS. We were one of the schools that first teamed up with Atlanta Track Club’s Kilometer Kids Program back in 2007 at the program’s inception. Since then, our school has had a consistent and strong presence from Fun Runs, and All Comers Meets, to major races, like the Peachtree Jr, Thanksgiving, and Be Healthy GA, where we show up with winning numbers of participation. And we don’t only go to run, we also cheer for runners: ICS has been present for two years at the PNC Atlanta 10-Miler, where runners voted our cheers to be one of the best. Last fall, thanks to a grant from ATC, the 136 students who participate in the Kilometer Kids running program, received new Mizuno running shoes. We just love running.
And let’s talk about our soccer program, where about 25% of the students participate, making it one of the largest public elementary soccer programs in the state. Since 2003, ICS Soccer Program, run by volunteers, has been bringing students and families together in the form of a supportive network that breaks down cultural boundaries and inhibitions. We are also proud to say that a few of our students are now playing at a professional level, including Lagos Kunga in Atlanta United, and Dembakwi Yomba in various national and international teams. More recently, Ben Davies was asked to join the Atlanta United’s Academy Program.
You will not only find diversity in our students, but also in the ways we promote a healthy living. Aside from running and soccer, our students have had the opportunity to learn and participate in other activities, such as Tennis (sponsored by the USTA), Basketball, Baseball, Cricket, and multi-cultural dance.
Thank you for supporting The International Community School.
The Georgia Charter Schools Association wrote this article for their August 2017 Newsletter.
Just before the start of the school year, administrators and educators at International Community School (ICS) took a bus tour of the Clarkston area to get a first-hand view of where the school’s students live. Along the way, they viewed at least a dozen neighborhoods and apartment complexes. Teachers and administrators then met students and their families for a celebration party at Milam Park. During the celebration, they played soccer and ate with students and families. The purpose of the tour and the celebration was to build relationships with the community and for educators to get a better understanding of their students’ home lives.
“We took the teachers on a tour of Clarkston because it is very important that our parents, and students know we care enough to learn about their lives outside of school,” said Community Engagement Liaison and fourth grade teacher Beth White. “When teachers’ are familiar with where a child comes from both physically in terms of where they live, and mentally the teacher can connect with the student on a deeper level. When students see that teachers’ took the time to visit their neighborhoods, students feel safe and connected. This connection carries over to the classroom setting and allows for mutual understanding and respect.”
School leaders say what makes International Community School unique is its student population: half of the school’s students are immigrants and refugees. The other half of ICS’ student body is comprised of students born in the United States.
As the school year kicks off, ICS Principal Chad Velde-Cabrera is excited about the school’s academic progress. On the most recent Georgia Milestones assesments, Velde-Cabrera said the school’s fifth graders performed above the state average in Mathematics. He also said the school’s fourth and fifth graders showed tremendous growth from the prior year.
You can also read the article on the GCSA’s newsletter.
You can view important documents bellow. Access a complete list of Information and Forms from our main page.
Summer Packet -activities and reading suggestions for your children
School Supplies List – This list contains all the grade levels. Be sure to choose only the one(s) you need!
Media and Field Trip Release Form – these documents must be signed and returned to Ms. Inye.
2017 ICS Quick Guide for FAMILIES – an overview on the school’s operations, procedures, expectations, how to get involved, etc.