Lower School


Most Recent Message from the Lower School Principals:

Lower School Families,

We have entered the enrollment season and word of mouth is one of our strongest advertising sources. Please take a minute to share the Enrollment information on our website with your friends and family. Take a minute to check out our school profile, you might learn something you didn’t know! If you would like to learn more about Upper School, we are excited to welcome current, future, and prospective families to attend one of our upcoming Upper School Panels. There are morning panels on January 31 and February 28 at 8:15 am and evening panels on February 2 and March 2 at 6:00 pm.

Now that we have been back at school for a couple of weeks, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of our uniform policy. Please ensure your student is coming to school dressed according to our uniform policy.

Mr. Jackson has released the third issue of the Kingfisher Kid! All three issues are available here: Kingfisher Kid Comics. To save some paper, we are not handing out issues to every student for Issue 3. We will have copies available at the arrival door for any student that wants one, but wanted to offer the digital versions that could be printed at home or colored digitally for those students that might prefer that!

With the cold season upon us, we are in need of boxes of facial tissues. Please bring boxes to the front desk for drop-off. Thanks for your continued support.

Do everything safely: As we move through the winter months, please ensure your student is prepared for the weather each day. We go outside whenever possible, even when it is cold outside!

I am a leader: Thank you to those of you that have already participated in our drive for the Buncombe County Animal Shelter for Poverty Awareness month! If you would like to donate, please check out their wishlist and send donations to school with your student to be collected upon morning arrival from now through 1/31/23.

Value: This week will be our last week dedicated to poverty awareness and discussing ways to value and support all members of our community. Next week, we will begin to learn about Black History Month.

Engage: We hope to see you on Monday, January 23 at 6:00 PM at the Imagine Parent Organization’s first meeting. The purpose of the IPO is to help promote the education and well-being of IC Imagine students at home, in school, and in the community. Learn more here!

Jamie Williams and Ellen Girardi

Lower School Principals



Most Recent Message from the Lower School Principals

Since this is our last newsletter before Winter Break, we wanted to share some news with you. As you know, next week will be Mrs. Beckett’s last week with us. Bethany Croese will join us as our Lower School Spanish teacher when we return from break. She is coming to us from Henderson County with over 20 years of teaching experience. We are sad to see Mrs. Beckett go, but we are looking forward to Mrs. Croese joining our IC Imagine family.

Do everything safely: Our Kingfishers did a great job with our first Lockdown Drill on Tuesday. We are so proud of them for DIVE-ing in and following our expectations.

I am a leader: We have a new opportunity for our 4th-8th grade Kingfishers to demonstrate leadership when we return from break. The newest club at IC Imagine, the IC Imagine Tinikling Club will start! See flyer for more information.

Value: This week, we are finishing our focus on Native American Heritage Month. When we return in January, our focus will be on the New Year and setting resolutions. Students will answer the question, “What do we want our community to be?.” After that, we will focus on learning more about MLK Jr. and Poverty in America. You can read more in the SEL section of each grade-level newsletter.

Engage: Giving Tuesday is next Tuesday, November 29th. This year we are focusing on getting more buses rolling. Our school goal is to raise $25,000 (roughly the cost of running one of our satellite bus routes). The first graders in Ms. Angie Smith’s class joined our efforts and helped us to make this video! Please consider supporting us and encourage your family and friends to do so as well!

Enjoy your weekend and have a wonderful Winter Break! We will see you in 2023!

Jamie Williams and Ellen Girardi

Lower School Principals




Most Recent Message from the Lower School Principals

We are looking forward to tonight’s Fall Festival from 5:00-7:00 PM!

Tuesday, October 25th, will be makeup picture day! This will be the last chance for students to take their pictures for this year’s yearbook. If you want to have your student’s picture retaken or they missed picture day, please let their teacher know so that we can be sure they have the opportunity to have their picture taken!

Do everything safely:  As we have experienced our first taste of cold weather this week, we wanted to remind everyone how important it is to be sure your Kingfishers are prepared for the weather each day. It is the goal of IC Imagine to provide time outside for all students as often as it is safe to do so.  All students should be prepared for the weather each day. We spend time outdoors during recess, arrival, and dismissal daily. Students should have appropriate clothing each day. It is acceptable for children to wear sunglasses, hats and other accessories when they are outside. We ask children to have winter outerwear such as a winter coat, hat, and gloves each day during the winter season.

I am a leader: Today, local author, Jorge Redmond, was on campus sharing his new book (Black Boy, Black Boy: Celebrate Remarkable Moments in Black History with this Uplifting Story) with our lower school students. Our Kingfishers did a great job demonstrating leadership when he was on campus with us! It was a great opportunity for our school community, we are so thankful to him for joining us!

Value: October is LGBT History month. For the weeks of 10/24 and 10/31, we will be learning about LGBT History by studying a few of the leaders of that civil rights movement. Specifically, we will learn about Harvey Milk and Gilbert Baker. During the week of 10/24, we will read Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, and for the week of 10/31, we will read the book Sewing the Rainbow by Gayle E Pittman. Each class will engage in discussions that will focus on the diversity of families, relationships, and communities in ways that include LGBTQ+ people. The discussions will be developmentally appropriate and focus on the people whom these books are written about, their individual contributions, and the challenges they had to overcome. Most of the challenges they had to overcome included discrimination, situations where they were made to feel “othered” or excluded, and comments or discussions where they were made to feel not valued. It is extremely important to us that we make sure we never create a school community that generates feelings of being excluded, diminished, or targeted  for children.

Engage: Our Kingfishers got the chance to engage with a brand new thing at  IC Imagine today! Mr. Jackson, our lower school art teacher, released the first issue of The Kingfisher Kid, a new comic for our students to enjoy! Our Upper School students helped us to make the comic book a reality by helping copy, fold, staple and deliver them to Lower School Classrooms!

Don’t forget to answer the question, “Why Imagine?”! We want to hear from all of  you with your answers to this important question.

Enjoy your weekend! We hope to see you tonight!

Mr. Williams and Mrs. Girardi

jamiewilliams@icimagine.org, ellengirardi@icimagine.org


Open House Highlights

In case you missed the Open House, here are the highlights:

Curriculum Overviews: 

We shared Curriculum Overviews for each grade level. These are also on our website.

DIVE Survey: 

We are excited to be implementing our new behavior expectations this year. See the Expectations here. Have questions? Let us know on this Survey

Book Donations: 

We are seeking donations! 

Spirit Wear: 

We did not have spirit wear on sale at Open House, but we have an Online Store where you can purchase items. 


We have had another great week here at 110 Champion Way! Next week we will have our first late start of the 22-23 school year and we look forward to DIVE-ing into the curriculum with our teachers and helping them plan relevant, meaningful instruction that meets all students where they are.

Do Everything Safely: We have Officer Hutchinson (grandfather to two lower school students at our school) Monday-Thursday mornings and afternoons in the carline. We appreciate him joining us and choosing our school to support! Please give him a wave if you see him!

I am a Leader: This week our first group of fifth graders produced The DIVE (a weekly video show for lower school shown every Friday). This was an excellent experience for the students and they did an AMAZING job. A HUGE thank you to Mr. Jackson for creating this experience for our fifth-grade students. The DIVE captures students from all grade levels and is produced by a group of fifth graders each week. All fifth graders will have an assigned week to produce an episode of the show this school year!

Value: All Our Kingfishers are doing an amazing job valuing the learning of others by transitioning quietly throughout the building.

Engage: We saw all of our Kingfishers DIVE into the curriculum throughout Lower school this week. Everything from a “Book Tasting” in third grade, learning about mixing colors in Kindergarten, to making ice cream as a part of learning about solids, liquids, and gasses in fifth grade. Looking for a way to engage with us? We are looking for volunteers for the Fine Arts 5K now! Be on the lookout for other volunteer opportunities (Fall Festival, classroom volunteers, etc.) on Volunteer Tracker as they are available!

Don’t forget to show your Kingfisher pride on Fridays by wearing spirit wear shirts with uniform bottoms!


August is off to a great start in Lower School. The year is starting off strong– it looks like it will be our best year yet! 

As we get back into the routine here at school, Investments are a highlight for all of our Kingfishers. They are DIVE-ing into Spanish, PE, Visual Arts, Theatre and Music. This fall, you will have several opportunities to learn about what your Kingfisher is learning in Investments! Open House( September 13), Our first ever Bring Your Parent to PE Week (October 10-14) and our Investment Sharing Night (November 18) will all be great opportunities for you to join us and learn more!

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Fine Arts 5K (September 10), Open House (September 13), Math Night (November 1), and our first Lower School production of Willy Wonka kids this fall (November 8 and 9).

Our first home Volleyball game is on Tuesday, September 6th at 4:30, consider joining us to cheer on the Kingfishers!