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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 2019-02-17T22:19:30+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

Bear Moon Pow Wow

Indian Community School invites ICS students, alumni, families and community members to attend our first annual Bear Moon Pow Wow, a traditional winter pow wow held at the School. Free parking and admission!

Dance Specials

ICS Alumni Dance Special sponsored by Indian Community School

Junior/Teen Grass versus Junior/Teen Jingle Dance Special sponsored by Head Dancers, Diana & Loren Sanapaw

Del Porter Special sponsored by Deanna Porter Family (first session)

Teddy Porter Special sponsored by Deanna Porter Family (second session)

POW WOW HEAD STAFF

Emcee: Dylan Prescott

Arena Director: Ronnie Goodeagle

Host Drum: Iron Boy

Youth Host Drum: ICS Eagle Singers

Head Veterans: Jamie Awonohopay & Bullie Tomaw

Head Dancers: Diana Sanapaw & Loren Sanapaw

Oneida Royalty and Color Guard will be present

Open Drum Roll Call
First 3 drums to RSVP will be registered as Paid Drums. Each Drum must have six singers present. No drum hopping. List of Paid Drums will be posted on Facebook.

Food Vendor: Ho-Chunk Youth Services

FOR MORE INFO & DRUM REGISTRATION
Please contact Audra Williams at (414) 525-6144.

Bear Moon Pow Wow 2018-12-06T01:33:57+00:00

NYE Sobriety Pow Wow

MIEC Teaching Lodge NYE Sobriety Pow Wow… it’s Time to Dance in a New Year!

It’s time to greet the new year, Indian style! We’ll have a pow wow flyer out soon but for now, please mark your calendars for Dec 31st, MIEC Teaching Lodge NYE Sobriety Pow Wow at Indian Community School!
• Pot Luck Supper – please bring a dish to pass
• Our Teaching will be “have fun while learning our Native languages”
• Dancing, Community Togetherness & Culture, all wrapped up into one fantastic night!
• Vendor tables available – please email auwilliams@ics-edu.org.

NYE Sobriety Pow Wow 2018-12-06T01:23:40+00:00

Alumni Gathering November 30

We had a great time with our ICS Alumni!

Our November 30th event for Alumni was a slam dunk in more ways than one!  Alumni got to learn about and make their own essential oils and lip balm; enjoy a free massage from a professional massage therapist; have fun with oversize inflatable foot darts, play 3-on-3 basketball; reconnect with fellow students and teachers; an ample spread of snacks, beverages, plus delicious pizza and Grebe’s Bakery cake!  To top it all off, there were also many great raffles prizes for our Alumni — everything from ICS thumb drives, to gift cards, to custom embroidered jackets!

Alumni Gathering November 30 2018-12-03T15:54:47+00:00