Three weeks from today, October 20th, ICA will be hosting grandparents and special guests of our elementary students for Grandparents Day. Your student’s teachers have already requested addresses to send out invitations, but I just wanted to take a minute to give you a snapshot of the day, and maybe help your parents or another friend feel comfortable attending.
On Grandparent's Day we give them an opportunity to visit their grandchild’s classroom, and give time for the students to show them around the school. We showcase some of the art the students have produced so far this year and give them a chance to take a picture together before convening in the gym for a short program and meal.
If you don’t have a grandparent who lives near enough or is available to attend, we have a few honorary grandparents who would be glad to be hosted by your child. Alternatively, you are welcome to come in their stead if you choose. One particularly creative parent added some levity to the event one year when she dressed up as a grandma! It's always an enjoyable day!
The festivities begin at 10:00 AM and end by 12:30. We will be sending invitations out this week, but thought you may also want to pass along some more detail. Don’t worry if two or more sets of grandparents would like to come. We are happy to have them all!
Another tradition we have at ICA in October is to help out the Annual Harvest Party coming up on October 31st at Island Church of Whidbey. This is their 24th year of hosting a trick-or-treat alternative for the children of our community, and we regularly help them out by conducting a candy drive. Starting this week, we have a contest between classes to see which class can bring the most candy (measured per pound per student). Each class has a large black tub to fill. The candy will be counted Wednesday, October 28th, and the winning class will receive either a pizza or ice cream party.
The Junior High and High School Fall Leadership Retreat is just around the corner, coming up on Thursday and Friday, October 8th and 9th. This well-loved tradition gives the JH and HS an opportunity to get to know one another and provides a foundation of relationships for the rest of the school year. It also gives students an opportunity to participate in team-building exercises and learn leadership principles. We will leave ICA at 12:40 on Thursday, the 8th and return by 12:15 on Friday the 9th (half day). We will be staying the night at Calvary Chapel on French Road, and will also have activities at other south end locations (like Double Bluff). Dinner Thursday and breakfast Friday will be provided. Please watch for the permission slip in the next couple of days!
Before School Coding Class with Rob Chappelle. The informational form is attached. Please email or call the office to sign up!
Please read the attached Message Tuesday for plenty of other important information!.
Thanks for sharing your students with us! It is truly a joy to invest in them.
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