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The Indian Community School cultivates an enduring cultural identity and critical thinking by weaving indigenous teachings with a distinguished learning environment.

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Spring Social Dances

ICS parents and families are invited to join us for a series of Haudenosaunee social dances to celebrate Spring and the arrival of warm winds!  If you’re unfamiliar with traditional Haudenosaunee social dances, this is a wonderful opportunity to come watch and learn!

Monday, May 6, 2019: K4 through 2nd grade, 1:30 pm – 2:55 pm

Friday, May 17, 2019  : 6th through 8th grade, 1:30 pm – 2:55 pm

Monday, May 20, 2019 : 3rd through 5th grade, 1:30 pm – 2:55 pm

Social Dances will be held in the Gym

Each social dance begins and ends with the Thanksgiving Address recognizing the life-sustaining gifts from the Creator. Our students will do their very best to express gratitude to all of creation as they sing and dance. Everyone is encouraged to wear ribbon skirts, ribbons shirts or vests, moccasins and a big, bright smile!

For more information, please contact Our Ways at 414-525-6144 or by emailing auwilliams@ics-edu.org.

Spring Social Dances 2019-05-02T11:40:51+00:00

Ho-Chunk Experience: Oral Traditions

Our next Ho-Chunk Experience focuses on an interactive program that explains the value, importance and use of traditional oral practices which the Ho-Chunk people have used to keep their language, songs, teaching and ways of life vibrant and alive. You’ll learn about oral traditions and see some great examples (like the Ho-Chunk Courting Flute!), that will demonstrate how the passing on of cultural information through generation after generation, can be done in an accurate way. The community is invited to join us from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm!

Ho-Chunk Experience
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Student program during the school day.
Community program 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

For more information, please contact Our Ways at 414-525-6144 or by emailing auwilliams@ics-edu.org.

Ho-Chunk Experience: Oral Traditions 2019-04-21T20:28:26+00:00

ojibwe language classes for the community

The presence of Native American people in Wisconsin dates back thousands of years — before any of us knew America’s Dairyland to be what it is today. But as the population decreased, so did the prevalence of its languages.

However, places like the Indian Community School (ICS) in Franklin, Wis., are continuing to move the culture forward and keep the languages current with biweekly language courses.  READ MORE HERE

ojibwe language classes for the community 2019-04-08T16:00:12+00:00

Sewing Saturdays: Week #6

     Our Sewing Saturdays groups are going great and we are so grateful for the love and support the community has shown us!  Together, we’ve made 62 garments and are very close to having enough of one size to outfit an entire classroom!  Each skirt, shirt and vest is unique and carries a tag that says “handmade with love by” with the maker’s name so that every child who receives one, will know their ceremonial garment was made by hand, just for them.

Miigwech  – Yaw^ko -Wāēwāēnen – Wa’įniginąp šąną   (THANK YOU) to Theresa Seidel and Candice Truesdell Nokes for their donations!  And to everyone who is helping us sew or has donated supplies!  It all matters – it all counts – just look at these fabulous images!

PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE SEWING ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 DUE TO WINTER CEREMONIES IN BAD RIVER.

ABOUT SEWING SATURDAYS:  Indian Community School has committed to sewing ribbon skirts, shirts and vests for our students to wear during our ceremonies, pow wows and cultural celebrations. That means 255 ribbon skirts for our girls and 175 ribbon shirts or vests for our boys, ages K4 through 8th Grade!  If you would like to donate your time, fabric or finished garments to this effort, please contact Siobhan Marks at smarks@ics-edu.org / 414-525-6118 or Audra Williams at auwilliams@ics-edu.org / 414-525-6144.

Sewing Saturdays: Week #6 2019-02-21T16:42:31+00:00

our ways trip to lco & bad river

     We began our culture trip in Lac Courte Oreilles, attending the “Reclaiming Our Children Round Dance” on Friday, February 8th. The community welcomed us with a feast of wild rice “manoomin”, elk, berries, walleye “ogaa” and frybread. A few of our students participated in the youth hand drum contest and won 3rd place! Yay ICS Eagles! This was an amazing experience for our ICS families! LCO’s community came together to show how they take care of each other in everything we do.
      Throughout the weekend, ribbon skirts were flowing and the men were dressed to impress with their traditional gear including appliqué ribbon shirts and moccasins.
      On Saturday, we attended the Bad River Biboon Gabeshiwin Winter camp where we learned about “kinickinic” and how to make yarn sashes.This was a first time experience for most of us — everyone was very welcoming and shared their teachings with us. There were a few familiar faces which always makes us feel right at home!
       That evening, our group participated in the Bad River Wellbriety Round Dance which was a great example of how much care goes into taking care of their community. Our families volunteered their time in setting up for the round dance and we helped with clean up as well. During the round dance, our students and alumni won third place in the youth hand drum contest and we all danced the night away until the early morning. In all, we made new friends and brushed up on our dance moves! Please be on the look out for more Our Ways culture trips in the future!
      For more information, please feel free to stop up in Our Ways on the 3rd floor or email Audra Williams at auwilliams@ics-edu.org.

our ways trip to lco & bad river 2019-04-01T16:45:23+00:00

Pennies for Health: 7th Graders Organize Fundraiser

ICS 7th grade students are organizing a fundraiser and have come up with fun incentives to encourage participation for students and staff here at the School!  Here is their plan:

Friday January 18th:
Donate $1 to wear pajamas.
Thursday January 24th:
Donate $1 to wear a hat
Friday February 1st:
“Delay the Day” Students will have choice time until the homeroom teacher finishes counting the money that was donated. (If you would like to have a 7th grader come down and count for you, please email us to make arrangements.)
The middle school classes will also be competing against one another.  The middle school class that raises the most money will have a school pizza party where Mr. Dropik will challenge a teacher or possibly a student to “Egg Roullette.”
The whole school will also have a chance to win a class “Pasta Party” sponsored by Olive Garden. If we reach our goal of $750 school wide, the class that  raises the most money will win the pasta party catered by Olive Garden.
Remember, students can donate any denomination of coins or cash, not just pennies.

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  There are several videos that can be used to teach your students about the cause.  You can find them through the following site:

http://www.studentseries.org/about/who-we-are/video-library 

 

Pennies for Health: 7th Graders Organize Fundraiser 2019-02-17T22:52:38+00:00

Sewing Saturdays: Week #2

Week number two was fantastic!  We had 17 people come to help us sew including grandmothers, moms, aunties, alumni, students and two dads! Board members from Spotted Eagle joined forces to work on a beautiful ribbon skirt as did a new family to our school (mom, dad and daughter), sewed a ribbon skirt as a family project.
MIIGWECH  – YAW^KO – WAEWAENEN – PINAGIGI (THANK YOU) to Dawn Hamilton who donated ribbon – she saved the day!  We know there are more donations coming and we will be sure to acknowledge everyone who sends supplies or garments each week!
PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE SEWING ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019 DUE TO THE BEAR MOON POW WOW.
ABOUT SEWING SATURDAYS:
Indian Community School has committed to sewing ribbon skirts, shirts and vests for our students to wear during our ceremonies, pow wows and cultural celebrations. That means 255 ribbon skirts for our girls and 175 ribbon shirts or vests for our boys, ages K4 through 8th Grade!  If you would like to donate your time, fabric or finished garments to this effort, please contact Siobhan Marks at smarks@ics-edu.org / 414-525-6118 or Audra Williams at auwilliams@ics-edu.org / 414-525-6144.

Sewing Saturdays: Week #2 2019-01-14T09:47:43+00:00

Sewing Saturdays are Off & Running!

We were so excited to have 10 women from our community join us for our very first Sewing Saturday on January 5, 2019.  Dr. Mark Powless prepared the spaces for us, smudging and then some beautiful words in the Oneida language to get us started in a good way. We incorporated some language learning as we delved into pattern making so that we have all of the sizes for skirts, shirts and vests ready for cutting cloth and ribbon!  For those who are new to sewing, understanding patterns is valuable knowledge to have and will help them as they move forward.
MIIGWECH  – YAW^KO – WAEWAENEN – PINAGIGI (THANK YOU) to everyone who donated fabric this week:  Diane Amour, Carmen Flores and Our Ways. We know there are more donations coming and we will be sure to acknowledge everyone who sends supplies or garments each week!
ABOUT SEWING SATURDAYS:
Indian Community School has committed to sewing ribbon skirts, shirts and vests for our students to wear during our ceremonies, pow wows and cultural celebrations. That means 255 ribbon skirts for our girls and 175 ribbon shirts or vests for our boys, ages K4 through 8th Grade!  If you would like to donate your time, fabric or finished garments to this effort, please contact Siobhan Marks at smarks@ics-edu.org / 414-525-6118 or Audra Williams at auwilliams@ics-edu.org / 414-525-6144.

Sewing Saturdays are Off & Running! 2019-01-14T09:46:43+00:00

ICS Alumni Event – Great Turnout!

There was something for everyone to enjoy at the Alumni gathering on November 30, 2018!  Alumni were treated to learning about essential oils, making their own scents to take home and homemade lip balm and also free massages from a professional massage therapist — all in our beautiful Place of Nations. Also enjoyed were pizza, cake, beverages and snacks; basketball / open gym;  oversize inflatable foot darts;  how-to beadwork sessions and the chance to provide valuable input on future Alumni events and programs. A great time was had by all and we can’t wait to do this again!

ICS Alumni Event – Great Turnout! 2018-12-17T00:07:20+00:00

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa welcomed over 600 guests for a fun-filled Saturday, December 8, 2018!  Our families enjoyed cookie decorating, craft making, the chance to sit on Santa’s lap, a pancake breakfast and an extensive craft fair with dozens of Native craft vendors who showcased their beautiful handmade items.

Breakfast with Santa 2018-12-16T23:35:29+00:00