Solicitation Letter

Dear ICS Supporter:

Somehow, there are only a few weeks left before the end of this school year! It seems like just a few weeks ago we hosted our first Fall Harvest Pizza Party and now our students have begun to make plans for their garden for the new season knocking at our door!

As you may know, our garden adds to the language and culture-rich program for which ICS is known--by promoting environmental awareness for our students; demonstrates seasonality and life cycles; reinforces cooperative and hands-on-learning; and is in the process of becoming fully integrated into our science, math, social studies, health, and language arts curriculums in all grades K-5. As well the garden curriculum provides nutrition education as part of state mandated wellness plan for our students and their families.

As an example of how we can integrate the garden into our current academic goals, in science our K-1 students learn how to classify organisms, distinguishing between living and non-living things. They identify and sort items based on similar or different external features, and they observe and record the external features that make up living things - like roots, stems, leaves, flowers, legs, antennae, and shells. What better place to do this than in our emerging outdoor classroom?

The next phase in the Garden Development Plan includes the ongoing expansion of curriculum materials. To do this, available materials must be translated into Spanish and Portuguese. We also plan to construct and install bollards to separate the garden from street traffic, and a bench for both students and visitors has been added to our garden.

Looking past our school walls we see signs of a struggling economy with higher costs for everyday items. This has affected our buying power as well, and if we are to continue to cultivate our garden we need your help.

All around us we see many signs of growth - new readers, new mathematicians, new historians, new linguists. It's been a wonderful year for us at the ICS, with progress made by every one of our eager students!

Thank you so very much for your response to this appeal. With your support, we will be able to keep our promise to you - making sure your child has the tools they need to succeed.


Julie Nora, Ph.D.