The philosophy behind houses:
Houses are intended to encourage virtue and life skills that are important, but challenging to acquire in the average student’s day to day life as they are not always modeled in the broader culture. At ICA we feel like who you are is just as important as what you know, and this is one way we can support families in the effort to nurture the character qualities and skills needed for life.
It is not a teacher directed program, but is entirely left up to the initiative of the student and/or parents (especially at a younger age). Houses meet together a few times a year for games or to interact as a house and encourage one another to support the team.
Each quarter all students are invited (but not required) to join in four different quests. A new quest is presented every two weeks in chapels and/or at our Monday morning and Friday afternoon all-school gatherings. Each quarter a challenge is presented that emphasizes development in the social, physical, spiritual and mental realms. Each challenge is assigned a point value, and each quarter a 5 point “boost” is given to one of the four quests for each house. So, for instance, this quarter the first quest is a social quest worth up to 100 points with a yellow house boost. Every student can earn up to 100 points, but the yellow house members who choose to do this quest get five extra points. Every house has a boost every quarter.
Other ways to earn house points:
Academics: each quarter students earn house points by their placement on honor roll with varying points for the levels reached.
Extra-curricular activities: Students can earn house points by submitting a form to a coach or instructor at an after-school activity they participate in. The instructor/coach answers a few brief character questions, and students receive awards when it is turned in to the office. (50 points)
Above and Beyond: Some teachers assign extra activities that go beyond the normal requirements of an assignment, giving students an incentive to excel if they choose.
Chapel Awards: Each time we have chapel, the elementary teachers pass out awards to students whom they have noticed exhibiting desirable character qualities. We try to be sure every student is noticed throughout the year. This helps other students understand desirable qualities for an ICA student, hopefully encouraging them to emulate that behavior. Each chapel award earns 10 house points.
Friday house colors: Students who wear a shirt that represents the color of their house earns 10 house points. It doesn’t have to be an official house shirt, just the house color.
House awards: Points add up for the individual, and cumulatively for his or her house. Two individual house awards are given quarterly. The first is the “Head of House” award given to the student in that house earning the most individual points. The “Go-Give” award is given to a student from any house who exhibits the virtue attached to a specific house. These are usually selected by staff, but occasionally given by an entire house to someone outside their house.
Readers of the Round Table: The last two years the Readers of the Round Table was a very visible piece of our house points system. This year it is more in the background, but still a valid way to earn credit. We have a list of classic books organized by reading level we think all students should read during their school career. In order to encourage students to engage with these books, we have offered house points for reading them. We haven’t featured this program with the students yet this school year, but it is available for those who would like to participate.
Quest Club: This year, as further incentive to participate in houses, we initiated the Quest Club. This is a quarterly “club” attended by every student who successfully completes at least three of the four quarterly quests during that quarter.
The first quarter club was attended by about 15 students during the last hour of the last day of the first quarter. At the club we presented a couple of different scenarios students may face from time to time. As a group we talked through and practiced the protocol related to those events. One was receiving and opening gifts. The principle was that gifts are not about things but about relationships. The saying we learned was “people are more important than things”. Each student was able to practice by opening a gift they may or may not like, and then found something to say that would be appropriate even if it wasn’t a gift they really would use (which some weren’t). It was a fun way to reinforce manners that are already being taught at home.
House of Distinction: Each year the house that collects the most points receives the title of “House of Distinction” for the following year. As a reward, they participate in their own house field trip in early June.
That was long! I want you to have the knowledge and terminology to help your student fully benefit from the house system if you choose to do so.
Thanks for sticking with me!
I'll attach the list below of items that are available for bidding until the end of this week. We added a few new items this week. If you would like to place a bid, please send it to email@example.com. We'll let you know if you are in the running. You can also check to see if you've been outbid!
Parent/Teacher conferences: Teachers and staff now have a feel for the individual students in their classrooms, and would like to sit down and chat with you about ways we can work together to see your student get the greatest possible benefit from their time at ICA this year. Please call the office to schedule your conference. We would like to connect with at least one parent for every student. (The preschool conferences are optional.) The days set aside for conferences are next Friday, the 16th, Monday and Tuesday, the 19th and 20th from 1:00-4:30. Thank you for making this a priority.
Auction volunteers requested: As we come into the final stretch toward this year's auction, there are a number of jobs that, when divided among many, will be light work. Many of these can be completed at home. All count toward your volunteer hours for the school year. Please email or call Angela if you would like to claim one!
Projects you could do at home or school:
Buy It Now display certificates (Publisher knowledge helpful)
Paint small table and chairs in preparation for a class project
Create displays for experiences being auctioned.
Cut out gift tags and attach to student projects
Tie ribbon on student ornaments
Create Reserved Table signs
Projects you could stop by and complete at school (at your convenience):
Laminate bidder number cards
Next week either Thursday or Friday we will need a few people who are comfortable on ladders to help put up some stage decorations. Please email or call Mrs. Chittim if you think you could help.
Thank you for bringing in your items and ticket stubs this week. If you have not yet accomplished this, please do so ASAP.
A few more item sneak peeks:
Deako Smart Lighting Starter Kit: Kit includes 5 smart switches, 1 Deako connect (Bluetooth to wifi Bridge). Uses voice controlled integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. App control with Keoko app for android or IOS. Control any switch from anywhere in your home with the Bluetooth mesh network. Retails for $399.99
Two Day Fishing Trip on the North Olympic Peninsula. Your choice of Coho/Chinook salmon or wild steelhead (catch and release). Stop by the reception area for more details.
Lots, lots more!
Financial award: In case you didn’t know yet, Ben Criswell and Eagle Construction have agreed to pay $250 toward tuition for the family with the highest procurement total! We will name the winner November 13th in Message Tuesday.
November 5th (This coming Monday): : Please have all procurement forms, items, and ticket stubs submitted to the office. Exception: If the items are unusually large, they could be delivered the week of auction.
November 5th Last day to be included in the catalog or live auction. We put all the donors’ names in the catalog, so if your form isn’t submitted, your donor will be left out.
November 14th: Last day to be included in the auction. Any submissions after this date will welcomed, but sold in another venue.
Have you found your place to serve? There are several areas still in need of help:
Kitchen crew needs helpers in the days leading up to and day of auction. Email me (Brenda) for times.
Clean up crew is still a bit anemic.
Ironing seems to be a fading art form, but I am willing to train you! This is the only job that can be done anytime YOU want to do it! We have a room dedicated to the ironing party.
Item preview: Sometimes it helps to know some of the larger items that will be sold in advance so you could possibly be better prepared to bid.
One of those items this year that has come in recently is a DeWalt double bevel sliding compound miter saw valued at $700. You can see it in the copy room behind the reception area if you would like to take a peek. Please thank our amazing neighbors at Sebo’s for their generous donation!
Mariner’s “view level” tickets (4) to a home game!
Thanks for any part you have in making this a fantastic event that makes the mission of ICA possible!
As an organization, we try to place emphasis on celebrating the harvest season, as American Christians have done for many generations. The key hymn we are singing this month is Great is Thy Faithfulness, which reminds of God’s unchanging nature and the way He provides for us in every season. We also have a candy-raiser to support the Harvest Carnival put on each year by Island Church, where many of our students participate in the celebration in a God-honoring way. This Friday the Parents of ICA organization is also sponsoring a Pumpkin Carving/decorating party as a way to connect families of ICA students.
Some of the younger classes also celebrate the harvest by having class parties. In the coming week. Some classes will encourage students to dress up for the party (not the whole school day as it can be quite a distraction) in friendly costumes. We ask students to not come dressed in anything that would represent the dark or scary, but take the opportunity to display the true, good and beautiful in creative ways.
On another note, I recently ran across a short video by one of my favorite authors on raising children, Dr. James Dobson called Kids Watching Violence. It’s less than two minutes, but serves as a great reminder to guard the hearts of our children.
Thanks for taking the time to read today! See below for announcements.
House report: House Auxilium is currently leading the way for the year!
I would like to announce that the following students were elected by their houses last week as student leaders for this year:
Virtus/House of Strength (purple): Henry Ohme & Duncan Permenter
Auxilium/House of Help (red): Elizabeth Chambers & Zetta Prendergast
Adoratium/House of Encouragement (yellow): Danika Hudec & Shannon Justus
Gratius/House of Friendship (blue): Alysha Ackerman & Sierra Wilmoth
We are thankful for each one of our students who boldly put their ideas forward and gave speeches in their house meetings. We have many students with emerging leadership qualities in our secondary classes, and are very thankful for each one's willingness to serve. Mrs. Wilmoth will be meeting with the group twice a month this year developing their skills, learning to work collaboratively and provide some added interest for all students throughout the school year.
We are looking forward to the well-loved event Grandparent's Day next Tuesday at 10:00 am. Any friend of the student is welcome to come share the day if a grandparent is not available. We even have a few grandparents who would be glad to be adopted for the day if they are needed!
See below for upcoming events and details.
See below for some important details about the coming week!