IDCS Weekly News ~ October 4, 2019

  • SURVEYS: Parents/guardians and students completed surveys in May. Click the links below to see the findings from the surveys.
  • IDEA EVENT: Hot Fudge & Fiction and High School Presentations, October 10, 5:30-7:00:  The evening starts with a potluck in the IDCS dining room. Parents are asked to bring a dish for 10 people. Then, students in PreK to Grade 5 will choose to go to three classes to listen to a fiction book. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will attend the high school presentations on the 3rd floor. Representatives from various schools will share information with parents and students. The evening will end with all students receiving a hot fudge sundae in the dining room. We look forward to all students attending the event!
  • Upcoming IDEA EVENTS:
    • Book Fair(s): IDEA plans and organizes two Scholastic Book Fairs during the school year; one in November and one in March. The fall book fair will be held November 6, 7, and 8. We need parent volunteers to help. Please sign up to volunteer HERE.
    • Caring & Sharing: Caring and Sharing is a unique IDCS event. Learning buddies work together to wrap books, create placements, create cards as well as other items for local community organizations. Parents/caregivers and staff supervise the various groups. This takes place on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the day before Winter Break.
    • Bread Feast: Bread Feast is a unique IDCS event. On November 27th, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, parents/caregivers provide different kinds of bread and spread as well as fruit and juice for the Bread Feast. The food and drinks are set up on two long tables. Then, students, staff, and parents/caregivers eat the food together in the dining room and the gym.
    • Thanksgiving Pies: Order forms went home on October 1st and are due by October 21st.  Pick up will be on November 27th between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Please share the following link with all of your friends and family to order pies and help raise funds for IDEA.  SHARE THIS LINK
    • Boon Supply: IDEA is planning a catalogue fundraiser with the company Boon Supply prior to the December break.  40% of all purchases will come directly back to IDCS.  More information coming soon!
  • Clothes from Nurse's Office: School Nurse, Kathy Dooley, has the following message for families: "Sometimes a change of clothes are needed by students.  Sometimes they are cold and just need a sweatshirt.  If your child is sent home with clothes they got from the nurse's office, please wash them and return them to the nurse's office.  This would be greatly appreciated and will keep our inventory stocked in case they are needed again in the future.  Thank you."
  • School Arrival: PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILDREN OFF AT THE CROSSWALK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL DAY. IT IS UNSAFE.
  • School Dismissal:  Please do not park on upper Thermos Ave. Several condominium owners have complained to the school. This is the area where students are crossing where there is no crosswalk.
  • Lost & Found: Bins are located near the former main entrance area. Periodically, pictures of lost and found items will be posted in the newsletter. At the end of every term, the clothes will be donated.
  • October 11 - No School: Staff will be attending professional development workshops during the day.
  • October 14 - No School: Indigenous People’s Day. Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors the Native Americans and commemorates their shared history and culture. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October. It is an official city and state holiday in various localities. It began as a counter-celebration held on the same day as the U.S. federal holiday of Columbus Day, which honors Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. Some people now reject celebrating him, saying that he represents "the violent history of the colonization in the Western Hemisphere".
  • Community Events for Norwich and the surrounding area will occasionally be shared on the IDCS website HERE.  Stop by the page for details on the upcoming Otis Library Book Sale.