School News

Our next Parent Education Night wi ll be April 29th at 7PM!

Join us for PYP Night at ICSAtlanta! Did you know that our school is an International World School for the Primary Years Programme? If your student is in grades K-5, it is vital that you understand the PYP and know how your student is taught through this program. If words like "learner profile attributes", "inquiry based learning", or "PYP" leave you scratching your head, this night is for you! Please let us know that you will attend by clicking HERE.

You can find the Zoom Link for the meeting on the ICSAtlanta School Event's Calendar.


Next week, April 5th through the 9th, is spring break!

Have a fun and safe break! We'll look forward to seeing you all back on Monday, April 12th.

Hat Day

LC and UC School-wide Reward

Our students at both the LC and UC have worked very hard earning blue tickets (LC) and positive classroom points (UC) over the past weeks. Through their hard work, they have earned another school-wide reward! On Friday April 16th, we will have a Hat Day at both campuses! On this day, all students may wear a hat of their choosing (along with their uniform). Congratulations LC and UC students for working so hard!


Update Student Code of Conduct Handbook

We have a minor update to our 2021-2022 Student Code of Conduct Handbook. As you've already signed that you read and understood our 2021-2022 Student Code of Conduct Handbook when you re-enrolled your child(ren) for next school year, we wanted to make you aware of a small update.

On page 14, the handbook previously stated:

Upon a finding by a Disciplinary Hearing Officer that a student in grades six (6) through eight (8) has committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year, such student shall be expelled.

On page 14, the handbook NOW states:

Upon a finding by a Disciplinary Hearing Officer that a student in grades six (6) through eight (8) has committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year, such student shall be assigned to an alternative education program or alternative school that meets the requirements set forth in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-154.1(d).


Cyber Bullying and Cyber Safety Workshop

You are invited to attend a virtual family workshop on Bullying and Cyber Safety. If your student is online at any point of the day, this workshop is for you and your child! Join the conversation on Tuesday March 30th at 7PMto learn more about how to keep your child safe in this everchanging virtual world. Please register your family here. You can find the Zoom link on the school's Events Calendar.

No place for Hate Week

Our school will celebrate No Place for Hate next week March 29th-April 2nd. Students will engage in lessons and activities centered around diversity, justice, and action. Friday, April 2nd will be Upstander Day, a day where we invite all students to dress up like a famous upstander. An upstander is someone who speaks or acts in support of another. We encourage students to be knowledgeable about who they represent, and how they helped others.

Please remember that all students must adhere to the ICSAtlanta Out of Uniform Dress Code found on pages 13 & 14 of our Parent & Student Handbook .


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We are getting closer to our Spring Georiga Milestone Assessment Testing Window and are making final preparations. Our Window opens on April 23rd and closes on May 14th. We wanted to make you aware of our testing schedule for 2021 so that you could help prepare your children for their scheduled testing days and give you some more information for this year's testing. Please read the Parent Information Letter - Final Preparations for Testing.


Georgia Milestones Testing Dates (also found on the letter):

Friday, April 23 English/Language Arts (section 1: essay portion); grades 3, 5, 6, 8

Monday, April 26 English/Language Arts (sections 2 & 3); grades 3, 5, 6, 8

Tuesday, April 27 Math (section 1); grades 3, 5, 6, 8

Thursday, April 29 Math (section 2); grades 3, 5, 6, 8

Friday, April 30 Science (sections 1 & 2); grades 5 & 8

Monday, May 3rd English/Language Arts (section 1: essay portion); grades 4 & 7

Social Studies; grade 8

Tuesday, May 4th English/Language Arts (sections 2 & 3); grades 4 & 7

Algebra (section 1); grade 8

Wednesday, May 5th Algebra (section 2); grade 8

Thursday, May 6th Math (section 1); grades 4 & 7

Friday, May 7th Math (section 2); grades 4 & 7


Retest Date for Math EOC Algebra: Wednesday, July 14.


Please note that state law regarding promotion/retention based on Milestones results will not be implemented this school year. In order to be promoted, students must still demonstrate on-grade-level ability in reading and math. Promotion/retention recommendations, however, will be determined with input from teachers and parents, placement committees, class performance, and formative tools--Milestones results will not be utilized for this purpose.


Algebra students who score below a 70% on their EOC Assessment will be given an opportunity to retest on Wednesday, July 14th.


As always, you can assist your child by ensuring that he or she:

  • gets plenty of rest during the testing weeks

  • eats a healthy breakfast

  • is present and punctual each day of testing (we will begin testing promptly at 8:00 AM at the Upper Campus and promptly at 8:30 AM at the Lower Campus)

  • brings a snack and a bottle of water

  • understands that this test is a positive opportunity to demonstrate what she or he knows.

We appreciate your continued interest in the education of your child(ren) and your support of our school. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and caring school community of parents, teachers, staff, and students!


Sincerely,

Your 4th Grade Level Team


ICSAtlanta Dance Challenge

In honor of our school's Black History celebration, ICSAtlanta's staff has joined with millions of people around the world to perform the Jerusalema--a song and dance of hope during these turbulent times.

Upper Campus Carpool

We would like to ask parents to please be patient with the loading and unloading process at the Upper Campus. Our carpool is very quick, but we need to ensure everyone's safety! Please do not pull around other cars (even if your child has already loaded or unloaded) unless directed to do so by a staff member. We have many students that load their car on the passenger side, and we need to ensure their safety while loading. In addition, students should always walk around the front of their own car when loading/unloading. If possible, please have your children enter your car on the driver's side. Please remind your children to watch for their car during afternoon carpool and make them aware of what type of car you will be driving to pick them up, so they are able to be on the lookout. Thank you for helping to ensure carpool remains quick AND safe!

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we will participate in Read Across America Week NEXT week (March 1st to the 5th)!


During this week, we will celebrate reading in various ways and encourage our students to read all week! To celebrate Dr. Seuss' actual birthday, on Tuesday, March 2nd, we invite all students and staff to join us by dressing up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or by wearing pajamas (no gowns or shorts) in recognition of the Sleep Book.

Please be sure to read over ICSAtlanta's Out-of-Uniform Rules on pages 13 & 14 of our Parent & Student Handbook.



Fox in Socks Drive:

Inspired by Dr. Seuss' Fox in Socks and in honor of Read Across America week, ICSAtlanta is hosting a 'Fox in Socks' Sock Drive for the homeless. New socks will be collected Monday, March 1 - Friday, March 5. Students may place new socks in the bins found in the front lobby of either campus. These socks will be donated to local charity, Giving Grace to then disperse to our local homeless community.


Hello Upper Campus Parents,

We are excited to share some great news. Our awesome students have earned enough points to receive their school-wide reward!

As you know, upper campus students earn points or tickets for positive classroom and school-wide behavior. Our students have now earned a combined total of 5,000 points, and their reward is a WACKY SOCK DAY. WAY TO SHOW PRIDE!

All upper campus students (grades 4-7) will be allowed to wear some crazy socks (along with their uniform) on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 as a reward for their positive behavior!!

Congratulations, ICSAtlanta students, for showing ICSAtlanta PRIDE!!!

-ICSAtlanta Admin Team



Carnival

We will celebrate Carnival on Friday, February 12th in our language classrooms (both online and in-person).

Spanish:

As Carnival in Spanish-speaking countries is typically very colorful, students in the Spanish track may dress in jeans with colorful t-shirts. Students will create masks in their classes.

French:

Students in the French track are encouraged to dress up as knights, queens, and kings.

German:

Students in the German track may dress as children do for Carnival in the German-speaking countries. Costumes are usually simple and may involve some face paint. Masks are not typically needed (e.g. instead of wearing a lion mask, the face would be painted as a lion face). Please remember that costumes should be funny/happy rather than scary.

Here are some suggestions:

Jobs (e.g. baker, police officer, firefighter, etc.)

Animals (e.g. cat, lion, panda, etc.)

Magical (e.g. witch, wizard, fairy, etc.)

Story or Book Characters (e.g. princess, prince, Pippi Longstocking, etc.)

Mandarin:

Choose one of the options above.

Special notes:

- Students are not allowed to bring toy weapons (e.g. swords, knives, guns, etc).

- Whole-face masks are also not allowed.




100th Day of School

Tuesday, February 9th is our 100th Day of School!

Students and staff are invited to come to school dressed in ways that express celebration and/or the number 100! Students can wear bright, festive colored clothing and/or clothing expressing 100 (polka-dots, tally marks, numbers, etc.)!

Please note: We will NO longer be dressing as centenarians for the 100th day of school!



Valentine's Day

ICSAtlanta's Valentine's Celebration will take place Thursday, February 11th!

Even though Valentine's Day falls during our winter break, we would like to give our students the opportunity to exchange cards and/or gifts (non-food). Participation is completely optional; however, if your student does choose to participate, please make sure that he/she brings in enough cards for each student in the class and that these items do not contain food/candy. Erasers, pencils, trinkets, and even handwritten notes are all wonderful examples of what students may bring for the Valentine exchange. Please send in a container (cereal box, shoe box, paper sack, etc.) for your child's received Valentine's cards (unless your child's teacher reaches out to indicate otherwise). Your child's teacher (K-5) will send out a list with the first name of each student in the class prior to February 12th.



ICSAtlanta Celebrates Black History

Our month-long celebration will include many in-class activities, including special activities such as our 5th grade Black Heroes Video Contest and our 7th grade HBCU student presentations. We also have two out of uniform days during this month.