School News

latest school news (week of may 10th)


Discontinuation of ICSAtlanta's Online Learning Option

Hello, Parent,


As we draw near the conclusion of our 2020-2021 school year, we wanted to take a moment to thank our ICSAtlanta staff, parents, and students for the amazing flexibility and grace you have demonstrated through these unprecedented, often surreal, days. Our ICSAtlanta family has remained steadfast through it all, and we want to express how deeply grateful we are to work in such a strong community.


Beginning in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, ICSAtlanta will no longer offer an online learning option. This was not an easy decision, but several factors such as student academic regression and teacher stress/burn-out weighed heavily in our decision. We understand that this means some will choose to leave ICSAtlanta. We respect everyone's personal decisions, however, and understand that all parents must make the best decisions for their own families during these unusual times. If you do plan to withdraw your child(ren) from ICSAtlanta, we ask that you notify admissions@icsatlanta.org as soon as possible so that we are able, if necessary, to roll up our waitlists in Kindergarten and 1st grade or open 2nd through 6th grade enrollment.


We will send information later in the summer regarding updated COVID-19 policies and procedures for the coming school year, but as it stands now, mask usage will continue to be mandated for all students and staff. Additionally, students will, to the greatest extent possible, be limited to 2 to 3 groupings per day (in Knd through 5th grade). Most classrooms, however, will be at normal class-size, and students will not have increased social distancing (within their class groupings).


We are happy to announce the following ICSAtlanta 21-22 staff vaccination statistics:

87.6% are now fully vaccinated.

6.8% have stated they will be vaccinated over the summer.

94.40% is our projected 2021-2022 full-staff vaccination rate.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out, and we will be happy to assist you.




(1) As a graduation congratulatory gift, ICSAtlanta's administration has decided to provide a graduation yard sign for all 5th & 8th grade graduates (free of charge)!

If you have already paid for a sign, you will be refunded over the next few days.

If you would like a yard sign, please click HERE to let us know (as we do not want to order signs that will go unused).




(2) Join us tonight for PYP Night at ICSAtlanta! Did you know that our school is an International World School for the Primary Years Programme? If your student is in grades K-5, it is vital that you understand the PYP and know how your student is taught through this program. If words like "learner profile attributes", "inquiry based learning", or "PYP" leave you scratching your head, this night is for you! Please let us know that you will attend by clicking HERE. You can find the Zoom Link for the meeting on the ICSAtlanta School Event's Calendar.

(3) The entire school (both campuses) will hold our first-ever ICSAtlanta Day of Play on Monday, May 24th. This is a student-only event! Students will engage in playful explorations, games, and activities in all classes throughout the day. Some activities might include, but are not limited to, building blocks, puzzles, board games, chess, trivia games, teamwork activities, and outdoor games. NOTE: Online students will not have live classes this day, but will be given a list of possible play activities they can complete at home.

(4) Uniform donations: We have a good supply of uniform donations at this point--thank you to those who have donated! At this time, the only sizes we still need are pants, shorts, and jumpers size 14 or 16 (for the upper campus).

A Message from ICSAtlanta's PTO:

Please join us in showing our appreciation for ICSAtlanta's Teachers, Staff, and Administration during the week of May 3 through May 7!

Please donate by clicking here! Help us make sure EVERY Teacher, Staff, and Admin gets a note of appreciation by clicking here!


March 1-5: read across america week!


In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we will participate in Read Across America Week NEXT week (March 1st to the 5th)!

During this week, we will celebrate reading in various ways and encourage our students to read all week! To celebrate Dr. Seuss' actual birthday, on Tuesday, March 2nd, we invite all students and staff to join us by dressing up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or by wearing pajamas (no gowns or shorts) in recognition of the Sleep Book.

Please be sure to read over ICSAtlanta's Out-of-Uniform Rules on pages 13 & 14 of our Parent & Student Handbook.

Fox in Socks Drive: Inspired by Dr. Seuss' Fox in Socks and in honor of Read Across America week, ICSAtlanta is hosting a 'Fox in Socks' Sock Drive for the homeless. New socks will be collected Monday, March 1 - Friday, March 5. Students may place new socks in the bins found in the front lobby of either campus. These socks will be donated to local charity, Giving Grace to then disperse to our local homeless community.


ICSAtlanta Celebrates Black History

Our month-long celebration will include many in-class activities, including special activities such as our 5th grade Black Heroes Video Contest and our 7th grade HBCU student presentations. We also have two out of uniform days during this month.

Friday, February 5th: Traditional African Attire

This day is meant as a celebration of all the various African nations and cultures represented by our ICSAtlanta staff, parents, and students. Students are invited to wear and share with their friends and teachers the traditional attire of their families' recent or ancestral African home countries. For those of you who are new to ICSAtlanta, please see the attached photo for an example of past celebrations.

Friday, February 26th: HBCU spirit wear

We invite students and staff to wear the spirit wear from their favorite Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Chinese New Year

The ICSAtlanta Mandarin track would like to invite all ICSAtlanta families to join us for 5 online sessions celebrating the Chinese New Year! These sessions will take place Monday through Friday (February 22nd-26th) and will begin at 6 PM. Each session will include interactive activities and prizes for select participants! You will find the Zoom session links on our school's calendar (found on the homepage of our website).

Monday: Fashion Show

Tuesday: Crafts

Wednesday: Martial Arts

Thursday: Songs

Friday: Magic Show


Tuesday, February 9th is our 100th Day of School!

Students and staff are invited to come to school dressed in ways that express celebration and/or the number 100! Students can wear bright, festive colored clothing and/or clothing expressing 100 (polka-dots, tally marks, numbers, etc.)!

Please note: We will NO longer be dressing as centenarians for the 100th day of school!


Carnival

We will celebrate Carnival on Friday, February 12th in our language classrooms (both online and in-person).

Spanish:

As Carnival in Spanish-speaking countries is typically very colorful, students in the Spanish track may dress in jeans with colorful t-shirts. Students will create masks in their classes.

French:

Students in the French track are encouraged to dress up as knights, queens, and kings.

German:

Students in the German track may dress as children do for Carnival in the German-speaking countries. Costumes are usually simple and may involve some face paint. Masks are not typically needed (e.g. instead of wearing a lion mask, the face would be painted as a lion face). Please remember that costumes should be funny/happy rather than scary.

Here are some suggestions:

Jobs (e.g. baker, police officer, firefighter, etc.)

Animals (e.g. cat, lion, panda, etc.)

Magical (e.g. witch, wizard, fairy, etc.)

Story or Book Characters (e.g. princess, prince, Pippi Longstocking, etc.)

Mandarin:

Choose one of the options above.

Special notes:

- Students are not allowed to bring toy weapons (e.g. swords, knives, guns, etc).

- Whole-face masks are also not allowed.


Valentine's Day

ICSAtlanta's Valentine's Celebration will take place Thursday, February 11th!

Even though Valentine's Day falls during our winter break, we would like to give our students the opportunity to exchange cards and/or gifts (non-food). Participation is completely optional; however, if your student does choose to participate, please make sure that he/she brings in enough cards for each student in the class and that these items do not contain food/candy. Erasers, pencils, trinkets, and even handwritten notes are all wonderful examples of what students may bring for the Valentine exchange. Please send in a container (cereal box, shoe box, paper sack, etc.) for your child's received Valentine's cards (unless your child's teacher reaches out to indicate otherwise). Your child's teacher (K-5) will send out a list with the first name of each student in the class prior to February 12th.