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This Week @ICS
March 4-8, 2019
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Free Dental Sealants Available for Students on March 11th
On Monday, March 11, 2019, ICS students whose parents have given approval, will receive free dental sealants.  This important program offered by the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program, ensures this very special service to students at no cost to their families. However, please know that a permission form must be filled out and submitted before any child can participate.

Your Child and Dental Sealants
Dental sealants prevent most cavities in the back teeth, where 9 out of 10 cavities occur.  Sealants are quick, easy, and painless! This free service saves your child time away from class and prevents your child from developing painful cavities.  And as a parent, you don’t have to take time off of work to take your child to the dentist.

Dentists and dental hygienists will apply dental sealants during school hours from 7:30 am - 2:00 pm on Monday, March 11, 2019.

Parents: if your child did not bring home a permission slip, please call us at (414) 525-6100.
The Ho-Chunk Experience & Snow Snake!

In late February, ICS students in grades K4 through 8th, learned how to play Snow Snake, a favorite winter game for many of our Woodland tribes. Our Ways guests Bill Quackenbush and Lucas Quackenbush of the Ho-Chunk Nation, coached students and teachers during the school day and after a hearty community supper, they coached adults and teens as well.

In case you are unfamiliar with the game, Snow Snake involves propelling a carved wooden snake down a narrow path that is formed of compacted snow and ice. As the Snow Snake makes its way down the path, it glides back and forth, resembling the movements of a snake. The goal is to have fun and to see whose Snow Snake goes the furthest. The top two distance Snow Snake throwers from each class received a prize for their efforts and everyone had a great time cheering one another on and playing!

A heartfelt “Wa'įniginąp šąną - Wāēwāēnen - Miigwech - Yaw^ko - Thank You,” to Lucas Quackenbush, who took over for Jon Greendeer on Wednesday. Lucas stayed all night Wednesday and then he worked all day Thursday with his father, coaching students and community members!  We also recognize Jon Greendeer, Bill Quakenbush and our facilities staff, who worked hard preparing the Snow Snake path for our students and the community! Howah guys — we all loved it and have continued playing Snow Snake on the path you made for us!
Why Having a Growth Mindset is So Important for Our Students
By Dr. Melissa Deutsch, Director of Instruction

ICS students are encouraged to have a “growth mindset” which is the belief that everyone can get smarter if they work at it and that most things in life are difficult before they become easy.

Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck spent decades researching education.  Her research shows that people either have a “growth mindset” or they have a “fixed mindset.”  People with growth mindsets embrace challenges, learn from them and adapt better to future challenges.

How we praise our children has an impact on their mindset.  When we praise children for being smart , it promotes a fixed mindset. It sends a message that their accomplishments are pre-determined and tied to something else. In contrast, praising children for working hard, promotes a growth mindset.  It sends a message that their efforts are what led them to success.

Tips for Parents
  • Pay attention and praise kids for their efforts (hard work, persistence, rising to a challenge, learning from a mistake), rather than being “smart”.  
  • Be a growth mindset role model. Discuss with children how much you’ve learned from making mistakes. Try to finish any sentence about something they are currently unable to do with the word “yet”!
  • Encourage your child to skip the easy route. This is where little learning is done!  Instead, embrace challenges. Spending time on a skill your child already knows the answers to won’t “grow the brain”.  If an answer is incorrect, discuss everything that was learned along the way.
  • Remember growth mindset isn’t just about school work — it applies to music, athletics, social and emotional health.  Children should work hard at school and in other areas of life too.
  • Discourage the envy of peers. Talk with your child about what they can learn from others who appear more successful. While skills may appear to come more easily to some, most likely its practice, persistence and hard work that leads to achievement.

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