Just because I don’t want you to miss it, I am letting you know right at the top that the Classic Christmas, a program put on by our elementary students each year, will be presented two weeks from this very evening. Put it on your calendar and let Grandpa and Grandma and the neighbor know. If you haven’t attended before, it is a heartwarming evening of presenting the Christmas story with sing-along carols, Mary and Joseph, bell choirs and more. Tuesday, December 15th at 7 pm – A Classic Christmas at ICA
Electives Week is our next big event this year wedged in between first and second quarters. This year’s dates are February 2nd-5th, and the general theme of many of the classes will be related to history in conjunction with the spring Culture and History Fair in March. There is an explanation of electives week below for those of you who are new to ICA.
As you may be aware, we rely not only on the ICA staff, but parents and community members as well to inspire the students with their knowledge and passion during this event. The teachers have brainstormed some possible topics, but we don’t necessarily know people skilled in these areas. We do, however, think you might have some ideas! Please look at our list and take a couple minutes to ask yourself two questions:
Here are a few of our thoughts so far:
Cooking through history
Needlepoint (knitting, macramé)
Costume making (to go with their fair projects)
Additional ideas are most welcome, even if they are outside of the historical theme.
Second Quarter Quests are attached to this email as well. Many more of our students than ever before completed quests last quarter! I believe the new ones will challenge them once again in self-leadership and development of great life habits. Hopefully you can encourage your student(s) to accept one or all of the challenges!
Have a superb week!
Electives Week explanation: Each year between the 2nd and 3rd quarters, ICA hosts four days of classes presented by our staff, parents of ICA students, as well as various members of the Whidbey community. The electives week theme each year follows whichever spring fair is next in the three year rotation. For instance, last year we put on a science fair, and our electives trended toward art (maybe 60%), but this year’s rotation is Culture and History Fair (the third year rotation is the Arts), so we are leaning in to more history-related subjects; however, we would like to include some classes from the other disciplines as well.
During Electives Week (actually four days), each student chooses four electives and attends the same four each day for one hour Tuesday-Friday starting at 10:00 (after math class). It is available to students in 2nd grade and up, but each elective teacher can decide how many and for which ages their class is most appropriate. Last year we offered 22 classes.
The PreK-1st grades also have special classes, but we have presenters come into their classrooms and teach them as a class so as to avoid too much disruption to their schedule.
Island Christian ACademy
Decidedly Academic - Distinctively Christian.
A few of our wax museum participants
Electives week with Detective Farr from Island County
Service Project, Langley
High School students visit the capital building in Olympia
Spelling bee winners
Sno-Isle Skill Center graduate and ICA senior
Secondary Leadership Retreat
Community service project at the Island County Fairgrounds
Northwest Institute of the Literary Arts winners