Despite some fear that the weather would be wet for the first annual ICS Open, Mother Nature played nice, with temperatures in the low 60s and cloudy-but-friendly skies, as 94 golfers hit the links to benefit the ICS safety program. Although not all the golf balls were hit straight and true -- hey, you'll have that! -- what really mattered was the coming together of community members and ICS staff for a great cause -- improving school safety resources. To that end, more than $7,000 was raised as a result of this first-time event.
ICS is indebted to the yeoman's work put on by the Golf Outing Planning Committee: Susan Britain, Shelley Welty, Tony Ferrell, Jonathan Stowring, Amy Spurrier, Jana Goebel, and David Nidiffer. The committee members did a tremendous amount of footwork and spent countless hours into making this event an incredible success. We couldn't have done it without them! And our appreciation goes to all the volunteers who staffed the event and made it such a great success.
ICS would like to also thank the many local sponsors who supported the open:
Audrey's Place Furniture
Audrey's Place Thrift Store
Preferred Advertising, Inc.
Edge of the Web Radio Show
BookKeeping Plus, Inc.
Geoffrey Slaughter (ICS Board Secretary)
Sheri Ranis (ICS Board member)
Mike Welch (ICS Board member)
David, Dene, and Delaney Nidiffer
Bailey & Wright Dentistry
Research & Evaluation Resources, LLC
Dezelan Insurance Agency
Madison Yeoman (Dwyer/Yeoman Family)
Indianapolis Firefighters Emerald Society
Community Association Services of Indiana
Dufour's in Irvington
Tenth Street Dental Care & Denture Center
Wine & Canvas
Ralph's Great Divide
Sun King Brewery
George Thomas Florist
Police & Fire Insurance Agent Steve Kemp
American StructurePoint, Inc.
Ajamie Brothers Realty
The Stowring Family
The Lannan Family
C&M Cabinet Co.
Inglis & Wallack Family
Black Acre Brewing Company
Lazy Daze Coffee House
Black Sheep Gifts
And special thanks to our friends at Pleasant Run Golf Course for the smoothly managed golf outing and their influence on the weather. We hope to see everyone again next year on Saturday, May 31, 2014, for the second annual ICS Open!
To honor the memory of one of our former students and celebrate his life, the fifth annual Jesse Terry Memorial Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, April 11th, 2013, in the IPA Gym. The drive will run from 2-7 p.m. As with previous blood drives, for your convenience you can register to donate online at www.donorpoint.org. Also, keep in mind that an iron-rich diet will help avoid deferrals. Iron deficiency is the most common reason for being denied as a potential donor – and easily avoided.
Parent consent forms will be sent home with all interested IPA 16- and 17-year-olds the week before the drive. Please note: 16- and 17-year-old students must show a driver’s license or Indiana identification card with picture ID at the blood drive; student IDs will not be accepted. Mrs. Harmeyer and Ms. Brinsley are happy to assist IPA students with donor registration. Ashley Lesage of the Indiana Blood Center will be on hand on Thursday, April 4th, during advisory period to tell students about the drive and to set donor appointments.
Gov. Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, a former elementary public school art teacher, visited two Irvington Community Schools’ campuses on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Mrs. Pence’s first stop was ICES, where she watched Mrs. Stuckey’s 5th grade artists work on their wood cuts and printmaking project. She had plenty of questions for the gregarious kids, who were delighted to be asked and didn’t hesitate to answer! Then Mrs. Pence traveled the short distance to IPA. There she received a tour of the former Children’s Guardian Home from ICS CEO David Nidiffer, who explained the building’s rich history. While at IPA, the First Lady was treated to a traditional African song by Ms. Shuck’s choral group, fresh from their “International Choral Experience” performance the evening before. Mrs. Pence also met with Mrs. Aldrich to talk shop about teaching art – kindred spirits! – and observed a lab experiment in one of Mrs. Halquist’s Chemistry classes. Mrs. Lannan and Mrs. Pryor had the distinct pleasure of speaking in person with the First Lady about the many attributes of their schools.
We were deeply honored to provide Mrs. Pence with a snapshot of a “day in the life” of Irvington Community Schools.
First Lady Karen Pence -- a former elementary school art teacher -- "jumps in" with Mrs. Stuckey's art students during her visit to ICES on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
One of Mrs. Halquist's Chemistry students shows Mrs. Pence the ins and outs of a lab experiment during the First Lady's visit to IPA.
ICS, Inc. CEO David Nidiffer discusses the artistic merits of the T.C. Steele oil painting "Landscape with Figures" at IPA with Indiana's First Lady Karen Pence.
Back by popular demand, Indy Parks’ “Birds of Prey” visited ICES on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The predatory birds native to Indiana captivated the kids as the handlers brought the assortment of hawks and owls out of their cages one at a time to show the birds and explain some of their most interesting characteristics and behaviors. For example, did you know…
The Indy Parks handlers displayed a screech owl, barred owl, great horned owl, red-shouldered hawk, and a kestrel. All of the birds had been injured, and so they are living out their lives at the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center and go on the road to help educate young and old about the fascinating world of predatory birds and how they contribute to the natural world. Our thanks to Kevin Carlsen and Brittany Swinford of Indy Parks for the outstanding educational experience!
Brittany Swinford of Indy Parks displays an eastern screech owl during the "Birds of Prey" program at ICES on March 14, 2013.
Golfing on a Saturday morning in May, and for a great cause -- what could be better!
The first annual ICS Open Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2013, at Pleasant Run Golf Course. It's an 8 a.m. shotgun scramble (registration begins at 7 a.m.) Proceeds will go toward Irvington Community Schools' safety program. ICS, Inc. is the first charter school operator in the state to feature a school resource officer. This event will assist ICS in raising our school safety program to the next level.
Cost of the outing is $300 per team (foursome) or $75 per individual golfer. Early bird registration saves $5 per golfer if payment is received by April 24th. Registration forms are available at all three Irvington Community Schools. Please send registration and payment to:
Irvington Community Elementary School
6705 E. Julian Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Checks should be payable to Irvington PTSA. For your convenience, credit card or PayPal payment can be made at www.ics-charter.org/support (please note "Golf Outing" when paying online). Sponsorships are being sought and sponsorship level information is available here. Lunch will be catered by Sahm's Catering. A prize raffle will be held.
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