Back-to-School Edition: August 30, 2018

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Welcome Back!

We hope you enjoyed the summer and are ready for the 2018-2019 school year.  We welcome new families, as well as our returning families, new faculty and staff.  It was great to see parents and students at the Meet & Greet Monday evening.  Don’t forget this weekend is a long weekend for Labor Day.  NO SCHOOL Monday, September 3.

Back-to-School Nights: Mark your calendars.

Due to space limitations these nights are for parents only.

Middle School (Grades 5-8): Thursday, September 13
7:00 – 7:25          Meet the Leadership in the Library (new parents only; watch for RSVP on ParentSquare)
7:30 – 8:30          Meet the Teachers in classrooms (all parents)

Elementary School (Grades K-4): Tuesday, September 18
7:00 – 7:25          Meet the Leadership in the Library (new parents only; watch for RSVP on ParentSquare)
7:30 – 8:30          Meet the Teachers in classrooms (all parents)

Back-to-School Night is an opportunity to:

  • Learn about expectations for the year from your child’s teacher
  • Meet class Parent Service Team members and learn about volunteer opportunities
  • Meet the parents of your child’s classmates

Parent Service Team Kick-Off Meeting: Friday, September 7

The Parent Service Teams will have a meeting on Friday, September 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Union. Please contact Jen Baxter to join!

First ICS Dress Down Day: Friday, September 7

Mark your calendars, the first dress down day of the school year is scheduled on Friday, September 7 for the Back-to-School Picnic that evening. Celebrate your school spirit by wearing the school colors (navy & gold) or wear any ICS apparel with our school logo. Jeans are permitted.

Back-to-School Picnic 2018: Friday, September 7

ICS’s 22nd Annual Back-to-School Picnic will be held Friday, September 7, from 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. (food, fun and fellowship) and 7:45 – 9:00 p.m. (outdoor movie).  Mark your calendar and plan on attending this year’s picnic.  Note: Rain date is September 14. Watch for RSVP on ParentSquare.

Bike Donations for Nicaragua Collected September 7 at School Picnic

Bike donations for Nicabikes will be collected again this year at our ICS Back-to-School Picnic, Friday, September 7.  Please save those bikes, any size or condition and bring them to the picnic, to help the needy people of Nicaragua.  For more information on Nicabikes, please click on the following links:


  • For questions concerning ParentSquare, contact Diane Carnahan.
  • If you have not received the invitation to set up an account or if you need another invitation, contact Diane Carnahan.
  • If two parents are using the same email address they must share an account, but can both access the same account from their computers or phone apps.
  • Don’t forget to enter the code (96167) for the time-sensitive alerts into your phone’s contact list.
  • Parents should enter in their contact list in order for messages to not be classified as junk.

Student Accident Insurance

ICS carries Student Accident Insurance underwritten by Gerber Life Insurance Company.  The program provides secondary coverage for school-time accidents. Optional 24-hour accident coverage is also available for parents to purchase. Click here for more information.

Fun Lunch and Smart Lunch

Wednesday Fun Lunch – Sign Up by September 7

First Semester Dates: September 19, 2018 – January 23, 2019.
Second Semester Dates: January 30 2019 – 22 May 2019.

Ordering closes September 7.  To sign up, click here. To see the Fun Lunch Schedule, click here. Contact Mandy Croushore for questions.

Fun Lunches are served on Wednesday during the school year starting September 19, 2018.  Subway, Malek’s Pasta, Papa Johns Pizza, and Chick-fil-A are delivered on a rotating basis. You have the flexibility to choose any or all meals, for each student, a semester at a time (NO weekly ordering). The first semester of meals must be pre-ordered online.

Items that are ordered for Fun Lunches may contain milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts (for example, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews), fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.  While we take steps to minimize the risk of cross contamination or food-sharing, we cannot guarantee that any of our snacks are safe to consume for students with food allergies.  ICS cannot assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any Fun Lunch event.  Please feel free to contact if you have concerns about Fun Lunches and your child’s allergies. 

Fun Lunch Servers and Shoppers needed
See the ParentSquare post to sign up to serve or shop! Questions?  Please email Donna Melendez

Smart Lunches:  Healthy and Flexible Lunches Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

ICS partners with Smart Lunches© to offer fresh and healthy lunch options, delivered for your convenience beginning August 29, 2018Reminder: There will be no Smart Lunches on Wednesdays.  You have the flexibility to choose how often you wish to order! Several hot or cold choices, as well as drinks and snacks are available. Fall ordering now open!  Click here for more details and to order.

Fall Picture Day: Wednesday, September 12

Lifetouch will be taking photographs of all ICS students and staff on Wednesday, September 12.  Wear your dress-up clothes (follow ICS dress code).  No jeans are allowed on this day.  These will be your yearbook pictures.  Your student will bring home the picture order form next week.  Separate order forms and checks are needed for each student, or you may pay with a credit card online before Picture Day (instructions are on the order form). Please turn in picture order forms and payment to your child’s homeroom teacher on or before Picture Day.  A few parent volunteers are needed to help that day.  Please contact Julie Neville if you can help.  Earn Parent Service Hours!

Parents in Prayer Ministry

You are invited to join other parents every Tuesday morning from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. in Room B201 to pray for our students, teachers and staff.

  • This is a vital ministry that benefits all of us here at ICS. Our ICS Prayer Guide is sent to every family via email, approximately every 3 weeks during the school year. Please take advantage of this guide and pray for the needs that are outlined there, even if you cannot come to Parents in Prayer each week.
  • You are especially encouraged to participate in Parents in Prayer when your child’s class is being featured for focused prayer. A notice via ParentSquare will be sent to you prior to this event.

Don’t Lose It – Label It! Order labels for clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.

Be sure to identify your child’s belongings by ordering some labels from Mabel’s Labels. No more searching through Lost & Found. Mabel’s Labels are waterproof and durable.  Learn more here. ICS now has an account so click here to order.

School Uniforms

Please see the attached 2018-19 Uniform List and the notes below:

  • All polos and outerwear require logos
  • All boys’ items are available on Tommy Hilfiger
  • One style of jumper and longer skirt options are ONLY available on Lands’ End
  • Polos without logos and pink polos may be worn for only 2018-19 school year

Extended Care Employment Opportunities

Extended Care is growing our team this fall. If you need part-time work, love children and want a flexible schedule, please consider joining us. Extended Care runs every afternoon immediately following dismissal and on Teacher Workdays. It is a perfect job for someone who is interested in 10-20 hours a week, but still wants to be home by 6:00 p.m.! Student applicants are welcome but must be at least 16 years of age. Please email Allison Masson, our Extended Care Director, for more information.

Big Change in Clinic **PLEASE READ**

Starting this school year, the clinic will no longer stock Over the Counter (OTC) medications for students (Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Neosporin, Hydrocortisone Cream, Tums, Cough Drops).

If you anticipate your child will need Tylenol or Motrin at various times during the school year for headaches, muscle aches, orthodontic pain or menstrual cramps, please fill out and sign our Medication Authorization Form.  Tylenol and Motrin need a parent signature only on this form. Please send in the form along with an original, un-expired small bottle/container of Tylenol or Motrin labeled with your child’s name and the dosage you want administered.

For ALL other OTC medications (i.e. Lactaid, Claritin and allergy eye drops) to be available to your child for the full school year, you will need a physician’s signature on the Medication Authorization Form.
If your child has a severe allergy and will need an Epi Pen or Benadryl available at all times, the clinic will need the physician orders and medications on the first day of school.  Please print the Allergic Reaction Care Plan and have your physician sign the orders for the 2018-19 school year.  If your physician orders Benadryl to be given for a mild allergic reaction, YOU MUST provide a pharmacy labeled container of Benadryl to the school.  Please contact the clinic if you have any questions about these changes.

Preventive checks for lice

Welcome Back!  We hope you had a restful summer with plenty of fun in the sun! Now that we are back in school it’s time to start checking your student’s head for lice! Wait?! What?! Are there already lice in the classrooms? Not exactly. The research shows that most lice transmission happens during long breaks from school AND kids usually have lice for a month before it is detected. For this reason, we recommend regular lice screenings at home, especially after school breaks. Early detection makes treatment easier and lowers the risk of transmission to other family and friends.   Mark your calendar and check your child’s head for lice once a month. There are resources on the school website for you to view at any time, or you can contact the school nurses at with any questions. Check back next time for more fun lice facts!

ESV Student Study Bibles for 3rd- 8th Grade Students

If your student still needs the ESV Student Study Bible, the Immanuel Christian Bookstore can assist you.  They are offering the ESV Student Study Bible at a reduced rate of $20 to ICS students.  Please mention that you are purchasing it for school before they begin check out.

Orchestra Program: Beginning Band (NEW), Concert Orchestra and Beginning Strings (Grades 4-8)

Beginning Band
Beginning Band is coming to ICS! Parents, would you like your student to be involved in beginning band? Well, you can enroll them in the new beginning band class starting this fall under the direction of Mr. Morales. This is the beginning of something incredible for the Fine Arts Program at ICS and we want YOUR child to be part of this program! This class is primarily for students who have “NEVER” played an instrument but would like to learn.

Concert Band
We will continue with the full orchestra class that we had last year.

Beginning Strings
Beginning strings includes violin, viola and cello.

Schedules and Cost:
Beginning Band:  Monday and Wednesday 8:00 – 8:40 a.m. in Worship Center with Mr. Morales, $350
Beginning Strings:  Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 – 8:40 a.m. in Prayer Room with Mrs. Layman, $350
Concert Orchestra:  Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 – 8:40 a.m. in Worship Center with Mr. Morales, $350

We are excited to grow the music program at ICS and hope that you will encourage your child to sign up! For questions about orchestra, contact Mr. Morales. Questions about Strings, contact Mrs. Layman

To register for orchestra, band or strings, please complete the following Web Form below on ParentsWeb:

  • 2018-2019 Orchestra and Band Pre-Registration

Private Music Lessons

Sign up for private music lessons for piano, strings, trumpet, and voice. Lessons are available before, during and after school depending on the teacher’s availability and the grade level of the student. 

To register, complete the following Web Form on ParentsWeb:

  • 2018-2019 Private Music Lesson Pre-Registration

Carpool Notes

General Reminders: We have these rules set up for the safety of our students. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Carpool drop-off and pick-up will take place at Entrance #3.
  • Enter and exit the campus with a right turn. Carpools should enter and leave heading either northbound on Backlick or eastbound on Braddock.
  • Students should enter and exit the vehicle from the passenger side only.
  • Please refrain from cell phone use during carpool. We need your full attention!
  • If you need to pick up your student for an appointment, please do so BEFORE 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 p.m. students will be dismissed at regular time.
  • See Carpool Map here
  • Morning Drop-Off Reminders: (8:00 – 8:20 a.m.)
  • Students must enter through the Entrance 3 Glass Breezeway (not the Braddock Road entrance) and go directly to the gym.
  • Extended Care students and siblings (and other morning activities, i.e. orchestra) will enter through Entrance 8 – directly into the gym between 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
  • Please give yourself enough margin in the morning to allow for delays. You may drop off no earlier than 8:00 a.m. (unless enrolled in Morning Care). School starts promptly at 8:20 a.m., so please plan on arriving by 8:15 a.m.
  • Please remember to drive slowly and do not pass other vehicles during carpool.Afternoon Pick-Up Reminders:
  • Every family will have their own carpool number. Each family will get numbers to be brought daily to be used to dismiss students. Our dismissal system uses QR codes to be scanned daily to dismiss your student!  It is very important to bring your carpool number form daily!  If you need more than 4 copies contact Diane Carnahan.
  • Those wishing to walk inside to pick up their carpool must park and enter through the Braddock Road church entrance (Entrance #1) and wait in the Narthex. Please bring your carpool number with you.
  • Please follow the directions and instructions of the faculty members on duty.
  • Pick up students by 3:30 p.m.

Welcome to the Parent Service Organization (PSO)! PSO is the volunteering and relationship-building organization for Immanuel Christian School parents!!

We restructured our parent service opportunities and integrated them all together under one umbrella. Formerly known as Parent Service Team (PST) which supported classrooms and teachers; Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) which provided school-wide events and community building; Parents in Prayer (PIP) which met every Tuesday morning to pray over ICS; and the parent volunteer arm of Character-In-Action (CIA) which provided support during service projects and food drives; now all integrated under PSO! [PSO = PST + PTF + PIP + CIA]

There are four areas that parents can serve at ICS!
Classroom & Teacher Support: Parents partner with teachers in the classroom to provide support and encouragement. This includes class communications and encouragement, class events and field trips, and teacher affirmation. *This parent service team will function exactly as it has in the past to support individual grades and classes. We are currently seeking two parent volunteers for each class to work on a team with other parents to provide volunteer support in each classroom as well as with specific school-wide events. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve and use your gifts and abilities at ICS.

School Wide Events & Community Building: Parents help promote fellowship within the ICS community through school-wide events, parent education and faculty and staff affirmation. This area focuses on the Back-to-School Picnic, Grandparents’ Day and Christmas program, dinner events, speaker events, parent education seminars, faculty and staff appreciation, Sports Day, Fun lunches and Box-Tops. *We are looking for parents to help lead individual school-wide events. If this sounds like something you would like to support please click here.

Prayer: Parents connect the ICS community in prayer through Parents in Prayer meetings, HS prayer initiatives, monthly prayer guides and classroom prayer sheets. *Parents in Prayer will continue on Tuesday mornings with each month having a different class and school focus. 

Character-in-Action: Parents build relationships through hands-on service activities that challenge and encourage Christ-like qualities in our students. *Serve-A-Thon is during the month of October and class community projects begin in January. Please click here if you would enjoy serving in this capacity. 

Please email Jen Baxter, Organization (PSO) or if you would like more information. We are so thankful for the many parents who volunteer their time and talents for our children each year. We couldn’t do it without you!

Fall Soccer Tryouts and Cross-Country Begins

Fall Soccer Tryouts and Cross-Country Begins

  • Soccer:   Tryouts for girls soccer teams are Friday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 5; tryouts for boys soccer teams are Tuesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 6 until 5:00 p.m.
  • Cross-Country:  The cross-country team starts on Tuesday, September 4.  Practice will begin after school and runners should be picked up at 4:30 p.m. at the picnic tables next to the soccer field.
  • All sports require a signed “Intent to Participate” Form and a signed Concussion Form which can be retrieved from the ICS website or in hard copy from the information rack located outside the main office.  The schedule may be viewed via the calendar on ParentSquare.
  • Picture Day: ALL fall sport athletes will have picture day scheduled during the season.  As soon as we have the date scheduled we will let you know.  Please ensure that your child brings his/her game uniform to school that day.

If you have any questions about our soccer or cross-country teams, please contact our Athletic Director, Brad Osborn.

General Mills Box Tops: Contest ends late September

Keep clipping and saving box tops!  Contest for the Fall: The class with the most Box Tops submitted by the end of September earns a Dress Down Day! Please contact Jennifer de Vallance with any questions or to help with our fall Box Top clipping and counting drive. 

Women’s Bible Studies at Immanuel Bible Church

Women of Immanuel desire to live by God’s Word.  We can only do this if we know God’s Word.  Immanuel offers a variety of women’s Bible study groups during the week that offer a place to study His Word together with a group of friends willing to encourage and support one another.  Bible study groups will start soon and meet right here at Immanuel, as well as in homes in the community.  There are both morning and evening groups with childcare available for most groups that meet at Immanuel.  Whether or not you call Immanuel Bible Church your home church, we would love to have you join us.  To find out more about the many Bible study choices available this fall and to register, click here.  Come be a part of Women’s Bible Study group this Fall.

MUMS (formerly MOPS): Meeting Sept. 10

Are you a mom who is pregnant or has a child in kindergarten or younger?  If you answered yes, then MUMS, Moms Uplifting Moms, (formerly known as MOPS) is for you! We invite you to join us for our first meeting on Monday, September 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Room A207. We will have great food and edifying conversations.  Bethany Drum will be introducing our theme for the year, “Equipped with the Good Stuff.”  Come find out about our new direction and meet other MUMS.  Please invite your friends – their first meeting is free!  You can find out more and register on the Women’s ministry page on our website.

Immanuel Christian Bookstore

The bookstore welcomes the Immanuel Christian School families back for the 2017-2018 school year.  Shop with us and enjoy the discounts throughout the year. Be sure to shop on our new and improved website

  • 20% discount every day on all regular priced items
  • $10 coupons issued when you use your frequent buyer phone number.  These coupons may be used in addition to your ICS discount and other store specials
  • Special ordering for books, cds, gifts, cards and DVDs.  We order for you and you don’t pay the shipping.
  • Free gift wrapping.
  • Great customer service.  We are glad to help you!

Bookstore Hours:  Open Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Closed Monday, Friday and Saturday.

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