January Updates!
Parents, please CLICK HERE to let us know if you would like to change your child(ren)'s learning path for the 3rd quarter. Requests for changes are due Friday, January 15th.
WINTER MAP TESTING THIS MONTH
The Winter 2020-2021 testing window is January 11th-28th. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help your child(ren) have a more successful MAP experience.
No School Jan 18th
LOOKING AHEAD:
No School next week
Monday, January 18th
in honor of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
LOOKING AHEAD:
Parent Group Meeting January 21st.
This month's topic will be the
I Can Soar Scholarship.®
We encourage parents of students in grades 5-8 to attend.
CLICK HERE to download the flyer or scroll down to learn more.
This Week @ICS
January 11-15, 2021
www.ics-edu.org
A Message from our Head of School on Recent Events at our Nation's Capital
The events of January 6, 2021 were unsettling and we are here to support students and families navigate challenging times. We have staff onsite to support students and staff, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or just need to talk. When we face challenges, as we have seen several over the last 10 months, we remain centered and grounded in our Seven Sacred Gifts: Humility, Love, Respect, Wisdom, Bravery, Honesty and Truth. We continue to encourage students, staff, and the community to live these gifts and be a light and source of hope for those we encounter. Adversity, discrimination, violence, distrust, and traumatic events are not new to Native communities. We continue to persevere and thrive through the challenges by working together, leaning on one another and seeking opportunities to share the beauty in the world.

Please see the attached resources around how to have conversations with your child(ren). Encourage them to reach out to staff if they need space or opportunity to express how they are feeling. We will continue to do everything we can to keep our community safe, loved, and supported.

(American Academy of Pediatrics)

(National Association of School Psychologists)

Pemātesonon, Mino-ayaan, Satate nikú•lalak - Be Well!
Jason P. Dropik
Head of School
Attendance Matters!
We know that there are many needs that families face each day. Sometimes, school attendance may not seem like a high priority given everything else that is going on with your family. We want to support and encourage you and your child(ren) to have the best attendance that they possibly can. While attendance may not seem to be a priority, regular attendance can often be one of the most important ways to keep your child well and prepared for the challenges they will face in the future. When students have inconsistent attendance, there is a direct impact on their ability to grow socially, academically and emotionally. Keeping routines, building successful habits, preparing for their future, overcoming obstacles and many other benefits result from regular school attendance, be it in-person or remote. 

Please do everything you can, even when it is difficult, to make sure your child(ren) attend school each day. This is one of the greatest commitments that a parent can make to put their children in the best position to overcome the challenges they are sure to face. If you have questions on the importance of attendance please reach out to ICS Social Workers or Mr. Dropik. 

CLICK HERE for a helpful flyer from AttendanceWorks.org that can be downloaded, printed out or shared.
Get Text Alerts from ICS!
Announcing a new way for ICS families to stay informed!
Now, there’s a new way that our school can send you important and timely information about the school. We encourage each of our families to Opt-In to receive important text messages from ICS and you can add as many family member devices as you want!

These are the kinds of alerts you can expect to receive from us after you opt-in:

Emergency messages that:
  • Affect the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, families and staff.

Important reminders such as:
  • Severe weather
  • Security issues
  • School closings
  • Early releases
  • No school
Tips to care for yourself one small way each day
While we continue to encourage everyone to follow all of the safety protocols provided by the CDC and followed here at our school, we also realize that these are stressful times. With that in mind, we are sharing information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with two posters that you can download, print or share with your loved ones. If you have questions or concerns, please know that we are here to help and can also connect you with resources.

You may experience increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. It’s important to take care of your family and friends, but it should be balanced with care for yourself.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The changes that can happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways we try to contain the spread of the virus can affect anyone. During times of increased social distancing, people can still maintain social connections and care for their mental health.

Coping with stress during a COVID-19 outbreak will make you, your loved ones, and your community stronger.

The posters below are from the CDC and include some tips for students and for parents on self care / taking good care of yourself!

To download posters, click on them below:

Pemātesonon, Mino-ayaan, Satate nikú•lalak - Be Well!

Laughter is Good Medicine
The ICS Exclusive News Team & Yearbook Club members are working on a number of exciting projects and wanted to share something each week in our family newsletter. Our News Team is made up of the following 7th grade students: Nayeli M, Arhianna P, Chloe K and Wynonna C. Together, they remind us that laughter is good medicine and they hope you really like this week's "korny jokes!"

Pemātesonon, Mino-ayaan, Satate nikú•lalak - Be Well!
Words of the Week
As language and culture are at the heart of ICS, it is essential to use language in our daily routines throughout our school and at home too! We encourage you to follow along and learn the common greetings and phrases along with us!
This week’s Words of the Week are:
“Friend”
Family Resource Center Updates
Save the Date for the next Parent Café on January 14, 2021

Virtual FAST Program for 4th-5th Grade Families coming in February!

Play & Learn is a program for adult caregivers and children, ages birth to 4, who come together to socialize and play.

Virtual Parent Group Meeting Next Week!
January 21, 2021 • 6:00 pm
This month's topic: I Can Soar Scholarship®

The “I Can Soar Scholarship” is a financial resource for middle school students as they prepare for the transition to high school. Mr Valtierra, ICS Transition Coordinator, will discuss the scholarship criteria, timeline and how students and families can apply. This is an essential informational session if you have a child in 5-8th grade. It’s never too early to start thinking about high school! We can't wait to see you!

For more information and the Zoom Meeting link, please contact us by calling (414) 525-6117 or by emailing cjanechek@ics-edu.org.

To download the flyer, CLICK HERE.
Wāēwāēnen •  Miigwech •  Yawʌɂkó
INDIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
(414) 525-6100 • www.ics-edu.org