Monday at ICS
ICS students whose parents gave permission, will receive FREE dental sealants on Monday, April 22, 2019.
This Week @ICS
April 22-26, 2019
A Message from our Head of School

Helping Your Child Get Ready for Testing

Whether you’ve been out of school for five years or 15, the thought of taking a test probably still makes your heart race. Now imagine what it is like for your child. As a parent, you can help.

Get them fed. The more nutritiously your children eat, the better they will do in school. Properly fueled and with stable blood sugar levels, their concentration is enhanced. Always give them a healthy breakfast while cutting back on high-sugar cereals, pastries, and undiluted juices (which can have the same sugar content as sodas.) Most kids are ravenous after school, so before they settle down to study, provide a healthful, non-junk food snack to carry them through to dinner.

Get them moving. Exams cause stress, but, sports, exercise, and dancing can relieve it. Physical activity that gets students completely away from academics for a few hours each day can actually help them perform better on tests.

Get them breathing. Teach your kids a simple breathing exercise that you’ll do with them once or twice a day and in times of stress (as in right before a test): Take a deep breath, hold to the count of three, then exhale slowly through the nose to the count of 10.

Get them to bed on time. Elementary and middle school children need up to 10 hours of sleep each night to do their best in school. They also need to curtail the excitement from video games, television, movies, and texting for at least 30 minutes before sleep. 

Practice their confidence. Ask the teacher or principal if there are practice tests or worksheets your child can work on at home before the big day. These can help your children get used to how the questions are worded and how to properly fi ll in test sheet bubbles.

Put piecework into action. Pre-exam cramming does not work. In fact, four 15-minute periods of study are actually superior to one continuous hour when it comes to memory retention. Therefore, see to it that your child preps for tests in small bursts, in some small way, every day. 

Unplug already. When it comes to distracting videos, television, telephones, or social media (basically anything with a screen or speakers that’s not directly related to school work), study time is the time to turn the devices off.

Offer super support. As much as you value good exam grades, it’s more important that kids understand that your love and respect for them is not dependent on their test scores.

Review results together. Once the graded exam comes back, sit with your child and review what went right, what didn’t, and how to do better next time. This is not the time for you to lecture. Subtly prompted, your child should do most of the talking.

Source: National Association of Elementary School Principals •
Girls & Boys Lacrosse
Starts This Week!
Practice Schedule
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
April 23, 25, 30 
May 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Coaches: Mark Denning (boys)
Jamie Kellicut and Lea Denny (girls)

The goal of the Lacrosse Program is to provide boys and girls, grades 5-8, a chance to learn the basic skills and rules of the game. Students will gain hands-on experience with modern lacrosse equipment which will be provided. Cleats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students participating are required to wear a mouth guard, which will also be provided. All students will learn about four different games: womens and mens field lacrosse, chamush and traditional lacrosse, with a basic understanding of the rules of each game. Students will also learn about the cultural history and future of contemporary lacrosse. In addition, students and families are encouraged to attend lacrosse movie screenings here at the school to further their understanding (stay tuned for dates and times)!

The first 20 students who join will receive free tickets to the Marquette University Men’s team game against Denver, Friday, April 26 at 8:00 pm -or- the Women’s game against Georgetown, Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm.
We sew together each Saturday at ICS from 9am to 3pm. We welcome the community to join us!
You can also sew at home and send us completed ribbon skirts, shirts or vests! We love donations!
Boys shirts and vests can be purchased and THEN the ribbons sewn on. We appreciate your help!
We've been meeting each Saturday morning and sewing together. We help one another, laugh, share stories and we enjoy a meal together as we sew. It's a wonderful time!

We've done some great work but really need additional help! We have 95 more ribbon skirts to make and 118 more ribbon shirts or vests to finish by June 1st. Can you help us?

The size chart relays approximate sizes by grade and tells you how many items we need for our students. You can download a printable PDF here.

Questions? Please contact: or 414-525-6118.

Wāēwāēnen • Miigwech • Yaw^ko • Wa'įniginąp šąną • Thank You!
ICS Kids Ran the Show!
ICS third graders learned the “Art of Interviewing” in class. Immediately, they transformed this unit into a unique, cultural experience. “It was truly kid-driven,” said their teacher, Karen Weishan. 

With inspiration from Ellen DeGeneres, the third graders created a talk show from scratch about how students and the community can stay tribally connected. Tribal connections is April’s theme. Students interviewed Ronnie Preston, Katinee Shawanokasic, Audra Williams and Dylan Jennings. They also included a traditional food cooking segment and an Oneida Duck Dance that sixth graders assisted with.

The students handled the entire live production with very little assistance from adults. There was a role for every third grader, whether their preference was on stage or behind the scenes. Third graders operated stage equipment such as lights and cameras, wrote cue cards and even created commercials for SEOTS, UWM American Indian Student Services and GLIIHC. They chose furniture from around the school to build the talk show set. Students even played the part of security detail and checked visitors IDs.

ICS Librarian, Amy Zembroski, talked about Native books and the students relished in the opportunity to shower the audience with gifts, "Oprah style", by chanting “you get a book, you get a book, you get a book!” There was a surprise special guest at the end — Hannah BigJohn (former third grade teacher). Hannah shared that she stays tribally connected with the help of her family and by spending quality time on the land she lives on.

"Students learned how to interview and how to extend an interview by asking more questions to get information. They learned how to put together a production, work together, communicate and be brave. They learned that staying tribally connected takes work but they can do so through traditional song and dance, speaking their language, connecting with others or connecting to Mother Earth,” shared their teacher, Karen Weishan. Well done, third graders!
(414) 525-6100 •