Community Pow Wow
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
June 7, 2019

For more information,
please contact Our Ways
at 414-525-6144.
This Week @ICS
May 13-17, 2019
It's Spring Social Dance Time!
Join Us May 17 & 20!
ICS parents and families are invited to join us for a series of Haudenosaunee social dances to celebrate Spring and the arrival of warm winds! If you’re unfamiliar with traditional social dances of the Haudenosaunee, this is a wonderful opportunity to come watch and learn! 
Friday, May 17, 2019 
6th through 8th grade, 1:30 pm - 2:55 pm 

Monday, May 20, 2019 
3rd through 5th grade, 1:30 pm - 2:55 pm 
Social Dances will be held in the Gym 

Each social dance begins and ends with the Thanksgiving Address recognizing the life-sustaining gifts from the Creator.
Our students will do their very best to express gratitude to all of creation as they sing and dance. Everyone is encouraged to wear ribbon skirts, ribbons shirts or vests, moccasins and a big, bright smile! 

Of special note... the 4th-8th grade Oneida language and culture students have been working hard to prepare for these social dances and are particularly excited to introduce them for the very first time to our youngest ICS learners, the four-year-old kindergartner students. 

Our students and their teachers Ms. Kal^na Niko Lee Daniels, Ms. Renee Pfaller and Ms. Lori Faber, hope to see you there with us on May 17 and 20! 

For more information, please contact Our Ways at 414-525-6144.
Sew Your Story Skirts and Student Regalia
First Nations Fashion Show
Students who studied under Ms Kal^na, learned about many things, including how our oral traditions evolve over time, how to sew, the importance of gifting to others first and to express their unique identity through thoughtful reflection, use of language and by making a garment that is unique to them and tells their story. 

Beginning with the basics, students learned how to work with patterns, become familiar with sewing terms, use a sewing machine and to seek patience when their project became difficult. 

As students learned the basics, they celebrated their accomplishments by sewing something and gifting it to a loved one. They were encouraged to be of a good mind throughout the entire project — mindful of who they were sewing for as they chose color schemes, cloth, ribbons and appliqué designs. Each gift displayed their love for another person important to them. 

With the sewing basics covered and gifting responsibilities taken care of, it was time for each student to roll up their sleeves! Students were encouraged to put everything they learned into action and use their new found knowledge to help them design a garment that tells their story — who they are and what Nation they belong to. 
Ideas explored included reflection on what their family is known for? What gifts did their grandparents have? What is their clan and what are their clan responsibilities? Which nationalities resonate with them? Are there family members who could be interviewed to learn more? After students did their research, sewing assistant, Audra Williams, helped them work through their designs, taking what they learned and applying that to their skirts.

Upon completion of their sewn skirt, each student was asked to write about what their design represents and to use as much of their native language as possible. Students have the opportunity to read their paper aloud or have a language teacher read it for them as they model their creation during the First Nations Fashion Show. 

In preparing for the First Nations Fashion Show, students were also asked to keep an open mind when someone gifts their time and expertise. There are thousands of teachings that will cross our paths in our lifetime and we are continually learning. It’s up to us to learn what we can and pass on those teachings for generations to come! 
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!
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 30 more ribbon skirts to make and 87 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!
Musical "Dear Edwina JR"
Performances June 1st!
Shown at left:
Vanity Y., has the lead part in the musical
"Dear Edwina JR" playing Edwina Spoonapple.

Shown at right:
ICS student cast members strike a pose!

JUNE 1, 2019
More information
coming soon!
ICS students are redefining etiquette lessons for the swingset set through their production of Dear Edwina JR. The storyline follows the adventures of a thirteen-year-old advice columnist and problem-solver named Edwina, who dishes out advice and wisdom with the help of her friends and a little song and dance.

Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-A-Palooza Festival. While her siblings all have proof “up on the fridge” of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has nothing. When a talent scout from the festival visits her hometown of Paw Paw, Michigan, she trots out her musical advice-giving show live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight.

“It’s important, real important that you don’t insult your host, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat octopus toast…,” confirms Edwina in the song “Say No Thank You,” “… for in many cases you’ll find it’s right, even if you don’t like something you can be polite,” she counsels.

ICS will present Dear Edwina JR. on June 1, 2019. There will be two performances — more information about them coming soon!

For more information, please contact us at (414) 525-6100.
Dear Edwina JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY, (212) 541-4684,
(414) 525-6100 •