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This Week @ICS
January 7-11, 2019
www.ics-edu.org
The Second Grade Ceremony is on Friday, January 11th
Want to Get Fit With Your Family?
Here’s How You Can Make it Happen

It’s no secret that healthy living is important, but getting in shape when you have kids can be tough. Maybe you stopped exercising when you had kids because you were tired. Maybe your job schedule made it difficult to squeeze in workouts. Perhaps you just got busy with life and stopped jogging as much as you used to. No matter the reason you stopped exercising, it’s time to start again. Even if you have kids, you can still reclaim your health and get fit. Working out with your family can be a great bonding experience that brings you closer together. Here’s how you can make it happen.

Create a Schedule
One of the biggest mistakes families make when starting an exercise program is expecting things to just fall into place. Unfortunately, most families need a set workout schedule. Between driving your kids to school, getting to work on time, balancing meetings and handling after-school activities, you’re probably already incredibly busy. While there’s nothing wrong with throwing a fitness plan into the mix, it’s important to schedule your workouts to ensure they happen. Remember that even the best intentions are useless when you’re busy with other things. Consider starting with two or three workouts each week and marking them on your calendar. Make sure your kids know when you’re going to exercise, so they don’t make plans during those times. If you don’t already have a family calendar, consider downloading an app you can use together to sync your schedules.

Make it Interesting
Many families want to exercise together but find that working out can be incredibly boring. It doesn’t have to be! No matter what type of exercise program your family wants to participate in, there are ways you can spice things up and keep them interesting. For example, you could listen to fun music while you exercise. You could go walking in a different neighborhood. You could try a dancing video game. You could play an active video game like Pokemon Go. You could even sign up for a dance class together. The possibilities are endless! Don’t be afraid to get creative with your workouts.

Focus on Togetherness
Make sure you focus on building your relationship as you exercise. Your goal shouldn’t be to compete with one another. Instead, make sure you’re communicating during your workouts. Use this time to talk with each other, share experiences and grow together as a family. Something as simple as asking your kids how their day was can go a long way in opening communication. You can also allow your kids to take turns choosing how you’ll exercise. This will make your kids feel included and important.
Whether you want to lose weight or simply live a healthier lifestyle, don’t be afraid to get your kids involved in your fitness routine. Exercising together as a family can be an incredibly rewarding experience in more ways than one.

Pam Myers, BSEd
Child Development Institute
www.childdevelopmentinfo.com
THE HO-CHUNK EXPERIENCE
NEXT SESSION: January 24, 2019
Student Program takes place during the school day. 

Community Program: 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm 

For more information, please contact Our Ways at (414) 525-6144.
Student Behavior on the Bus
Riding the school bus is a pleasant and safe experience for everyone when students respect and demonstrate good behavior to one another. When behavior incidents take place, bus drivers submit reports of misconduct to Mrs. Weber, the Dean of Students and if the problem persists, the child who is involved, may be excluded from bus service.

How can parents help?
  1. Remind your children of the importance of good bus behavior.
  2. Remind your children that inappropriate language is never acceptable on the school bus or at school.
  3. Encourage your children to be the ICS Eagles that we know they are!
  4. Review the Sacred Gifts document with them (see attached).

Working together, we can help our students grow and learn, be happier and be safe on and off the bus! If you have questions or concerns, parents are encouraged to contact Mrs. Weber at (414) 525-6113 or by email at cweber@ics-edu.org.

Wāēwāēnen! Miigwech! Yaw^ko! Pinagigi! Thank You!
Musicality was a Big Hit for our Students!

Last week Friday, ICS welcomed Musicality , a group like the TV show "Glee" who traveled from Chicago to perform for our students! The majority of the singers are teenagers with their youngest member being 14 years old. As America’s Got Talent semifinalists, they performed songs from Panic at the Disco!, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Platten and songs from two popular movies: The Greatest Showman and A Star is Born.

After each performance, our students were given the chance to ask questions and among them, “How do you become part of a group like yours?” was asked. Michael Gibson, Musicality Director, responded by saying that the first thing he looks for in a singer is not simply natural singing talent. Instead, he looks for singers who are enthusiastic, engaging and willing to work hard. Many of our students walked out of the Drum feeling inspired and ready to give it all to their own music and education. And that was a win-win for everyone!

Wāēwāēnen! Miigwech! Yaw^ko! Pinagigi! Thank You! to our Music Teacher, Mr. Luke Moyta, for bringing this amazing group to our school!
INDIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
(414) 525-6100 • www.ics-edu.org