We're celebrating our students' incredible achievements all week long! Please scroll down further to see our IPD 2020 CELEBRATION PLAN!
Parents/Guardians, please scroll down for information on this year's Parent-Teacher Conferences taking place on Thursday & Friday!
This Week @ICS
October 12-16, 2020
We hope you're celebrating Indigenous People's Day on Monday, October 12th because we sure will be!

We have some very special activities planned for our students and staff that will keep everyone SAFE and celebrating our students' accomplishments of helping to attain INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY for so many of us in Wisconsin! Below is a snap shot of what our special week will look like:

Indigenous games & activities are planned with our special guest, Mr Dan Ninham of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Hopefully, all of our students will spend a lot of time outdoors!

Other surprises are planned for Monday as well... stay tuned two special announcements! We don't want to spoil the surprise, so you'll just have to wait and see!

We will watch "All Our Relations" – a play written last year by ICS Alumnus, Ty Defoe, in collaboration with ICS students. We filmed last year's performance and students will watch it here in our classrooms to learn about our school's special story and history.

Water takes center stage as classrooms conduct their own Water Walks, based on the teachings of Grandmother Josephine-ba, known everywhere as "The Water Walker."

This will also be Wear Your IPD T-shirt Day! We will be taking photos all day and hope to receive lots of photos from all of you! Please send your best pics to socialmedia@ics-edu.org so that we can share them with everyone!

This is a half-day of school AND "Lunch with Mother Earth" where everyone is encouraged to take their lunch and go eat outside. Students will enjoy their lunches sitting on Mother Earth's lap and will help cleanup afterwards to show her their gratitude and love.

Half Day Thursday • No School Friday

THURSDAY, OCT. 15TH • 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, OCT. 16TH • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ICS Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 15th & 16th

This year, we are excited to offer two options for ICS families — VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON Parent-Teacher Conferences!

For those choosing to attend In-Person, we will be following all of the school's safety protocols which include:
  • Everyone must wear a mask and stop at the Front Desk first to fill out a brief health survey, have their temperature taken and use hand sanitizer.
  • Only the student and their parent/guardian may attend in-person conferences with ICS teachers. If a student is part of a blended family, they can choose to send one guardian from each family (scheduled together) or schedule two separate conferences. 
  • No children other than the ICS student are permitted inside the school. If families do not have child care, we ask that a virtual conference or phone conference be scheduled with your child's teacher instead.
  • Families may also schedule a phone conference between the family and teacher. 

PLEASE NOTE: Teachers will be contacting all parent/guardians to schedule conferences. Art & Music are offering OPEN GOOGLE MEETS (please see that information below).
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Foley at (414) 525-6100 or by email at kfoley@ics-edu.org.
ICS Art and Music Departments are happy to offer an open Google Meet for October 2020 Parent Teacher Conferences.

Your child is attending one or the other, so please be sure to ask them about all the things they are learning! If you are not able to attend the Google Meet, please feel free to email or call us to set up an alternate time to discuss your child's progress.

Art and Music Google Meets will be open Thursday, October 15th, from 12:30 pm - 7:45 pm and Friday, October 16th, from 8:00 am - 11:45 am.

We look forward to seeing you!
Christina Ramirez, Art Teacher cramirez@ics-edu.org
Hannah Leverence, Student Teacher hleverence@ics-edu.org

Or dial: (US) +1 316-512-3965
PIN: 669 408 059#
Amy Meyer, Music Teacher ameyer@ics-edu.org
Or dial: (US) +1 813-603-8892 
PIN: 246 530 972#
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
— Shelly Cornelius Roman, ICS Social Worker
We're already in our second month of the school year. As we continue to do everything we can to help keep one another healthy and able to attend school, it is also important to recognize the important prevention work that goes into making sure we are treating each other in a safe and supportive way.

The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying prevention is important to each student, adult and our school community because it offers a reminder that how we interact and treat someone else can have a lasting impact on them. We want our students memories of ICS to be positive, we also want them to remember how safe they felt while attending our school.  

While the month of October may be the nationally recognized time for bringing about awareness, at ICS we work on bullying prevention throughout the year. In Second Step classes we learn about empathy, compassion and self-advocacy. We also have curriculum lessons specifically designed to talk with students about bullying prevention.

If you have questions about bullying prevention at Indian Community School, please contact one of our school administrators or our social work staff. We want your child(ren) to feel welcomed and cared about each and every day.

Click on the posters to view posters, download or print.
Bullying Information for Parents:
Bullying Information for Students:

Spirit Pole by the Sweat Lodges
Spirit Pole in Front of Our School
ICS Spirit Poles
We all appreciate having the Spirit Pole in front of the school. As you probably remember we were able to put up a new Pole on the first day of school. And, everybody here had the opportunity to put their prayers and tobacco into the tie at the top of that Pole. We are grateful to the 8th grade class for taking on a leadership role and helping with the responsibilities of standing that Pole up. This was a great event and was able to be done safely and with social distancing.  

The Spirit Pole that had been in the front of the school has been stood back up in the back of the school near the sweat lodges. That Pole had only been up for two years. When it was put up two years ago, it had been given a four year responsibility. So, it was a mistake to take it down early. I apologize for that mistake and take responsibility for that. I have had several conversations about the origins of the Spirit Pole here at the school, as well as some of the teachings that came with the Pole that was stood up two years ago. Writing this brief article is part of my reparations for this mistake. Hopefully this is a good lesson that any of us can make mistakes and work through those in a good way.  

Both of the Spirit Poles are here to help each and every one of us. We use them for the Spirit plates when we have a feast or event. We use them to put tobacco ties on, or place tobacco near when we have a pressing concern or something to give gratitude for. Sometimes, it is helpful and healing to spend some quiet time near either of the Poles. We are fortunate to continue to have these ways and to have two Poles to go to. The one in the front of the building has a one-year responsibility, while the one in the back will continue there until the spring of 2022.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to ICS and Our Ways.

Mac waewaenen, Chi miigwech, Yaw^ko!

Mark Powless, Ph.D. • Our Ways Director
mpowless@ics-edu.org • (414) 525-6193

FRC Programs for Families this Fall
FRC has much in store for ICS families this year! Aside from providing ongoing support for students and their families, FRC hosts a number of events and programs designed to empower parents as their children's first teachers and to encourage healthy, resilient families. Upcoming FRC programs include:
We're planning for a special event on Oct. 30th! Please contact Mary Cook at 414-525-6140 or by email at mcook@ics-edu.org if you'd like to decorate your car trunk.
Would you like an opportunity to spend more time as a family?
Families of K4 grade students are invited to attend our school's popular FAST Program! For more information, please CLICK HERE
ICS families in need of extra support this winter/holiday season can apply to our Families in Need Program. FRC will be accepting applications on October 19th and November 3rd. For more information, CLICK HERE
Please contact FRC for more information
on our Play & Learn Program.

For more information on FRC programs and events, please contact Cindy Janechek at (414) 525-6117 or by email at cjanechek@ics-edu.org.
How to Access Your PowerSchool Account
The PowerSchool Parent Portal gives parents and students access to realtime information including attendance, standard grades and assignment descriptions. If you're having trouble accessing your account, this handy guide can help you navigate the login process.

Wāēwāēnen •  Miigwech •  Yawʌɂkó
(414) 525-6100 • www.ics-edu.org