MAVERICK MONTHLY MEMO
2022-2023 Volume 9 - January 2023
SPELLING BEE WINNER!
January 5: CEIC 4:45 pm
January 13: FANCY FRIDAY! (Wear your fanciest clothes!)
January 19: 2nd Grade Program 6 pm - 7 pm
January 25: Battle of the Books
January 27: Wear your Rodeo Gear
January 30: Coffee & Conversation with Mrs. Russell
January 30 & 31: Talent Show Tryouts 4 pm - 5 pm Library (More details to come)
February 6: Love Your School Week
February 13- 17: 9 Square In the Air (PE Classes)
February 14: Valentine's Day Classroom Card Exchange (No Parties)
February 16: School Talent Show 6 pm - 7:00 pm (More details to come)
February 17: NO SCHOOL
February 23: TELPAS Reading
February 22: TELPAS Listening & Speaking
February 20: NO SCHOOL
February 27: Bowling and Cosmic Week
February 27: Book Fair Week
February 28: 3/4 STAAR Reading Interim
February 28: Grandparent's Reception 4 pm - 5 pm
February 28: Book Fair Night 4 pm - 6 pm
February 27: Kindergarten & 4th Grade Promotion Pictures
March 7: 3/4 STAAR Math Interim
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
March 21: Family Science Night 5:30 pm - 7 pm
March 23: 4th Grade Camp Carter
April 13: 4th Grade Play Day
April 26: Reading STAAR - Campus closed to lunch guests and lunch drop-offs
May 1 - 5: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5: Field Day
May 10: Math STAAR - Campus closed to lunch guests and lunch drop-offs
May 22 - 24: Grade Level Award Ceremonies (Schedule TBA)
May 25: Last Day of School (EARLY DISMISSAL)
Fabulous First Semester
I must tell you that not only are your children wonderful, but so are you! Our parental support is AMAZING and I love it! We appreciate all that you each do on campus and away from campus. Thank you!!
We had some very talented young ladies competing in the semi-finals for Keller Shake this year. They were Ellie Gilmore, Kelsie Morris, Sadie Sowden, Kenzie Grace, and Anna Kramer. They did a magnificent job of representing our school. The following two made it to the finals in Keller Shake - Ellie Gilmore and Kenzie Grace. Great job to all of these girls!
As the year winds down I want to share an update on our campus goals. The two areas that we chose for this year are attendance/tardies and math. Our students have worked so hard this first semester and we are lucky to have them at IES. As a campus our attendance is improving - our goal is 97% for the year. Although we are not there as of yet, we are working towards it. Research shows that students that have good attendance are more successful. We are still working on tardies. When students arrive late, they miss opportunities and teachers are not always able to recreate that experience for them.
As for math, our teachers are implementing small groups, more focused individualized plans to address student needs and incorporating more integrated activities to aid in recalling information.
Please encourage your child to read 20 minutes daily as this will help them increase their reading skills. Parents, by asking them - Who, What, When, Where, Why and How questions- you can also help them read with purpose.
Thank you again for all that you do. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
1. Fill out a KISD volunteer background check by clicking here
2. Email your confirmation to Jason Graham and he will send you the Sign-Up genius link to get you plugged in at IES.
Thank you for being willing to help on our campus!
CHANGE OF DISMISSAL PLANS
Please let me know if you need anything. Ms. Connie Clifton
December Volunteer of the Month: Mrs. Zihlman
A Note From Nurse Holly
If your child is complaining of a headache, sore throat, coughing, or showing any signs of possible COVID-19. Please keep them home for monitoring. A complete list of symptoms can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
If your child tests positive for Covid 19 please keep them home for the 5-day quarantine. Fill out the self-report Veoci form on the district website: https://veoci.com/v/p/form/33rg5ap7x9fn and email a copy to Nurse Holly at email@example.com.
If your child vomits at home during the night or in the morning prior to school, or if they are having diarrhea they should not come to school until they have stopped vomiting and/or been diarrhea-free for 24 hours. This reduces the risk of a possible virus being spread to other students even if the child is no longer exhibiting symptoms.
If your child is a frequent complainer or likes to visit the nurse, please talk to them about the importance of coming only when truly necessary. All teachers will be supplied with basic first aid supplies so that small cuts and scrapes, loose teeth, chapped lips, etc. can be handled in the classroom. This will help keep your well-student from encountering a potentially sick child while visiting the nurse.
Send your child (even older kids) with a change of clothes (to be kept in their backpack) in case of a bathroom accident or a spill during lunch or on the playground.
Please talk to your child about proper hand washing and covering their coughs and sneezes. There are several videos and websites about hand washing.
Please note if there is a food allergy in class and follow all requested precautions. Food allergies may be life-threatening. Information will be posted outside your student’s classroom and notification will be sent home. If there are additional food allergies in your child’s classroom, please make sure your child’s snack is safe. Please talk to your child about the importance of not sharing food and handwashing. For more information check with your child’s teacher or the nurse.
Do not send medications to school with your child. Cough drops are considered a medication. Children are not allowed to possess any medications in the classroom. All medications must be kept with the nurse. This is for the safety of all students. Medications must be in their original containers and must be the appropriate dosage for your child (children’s, junior strength, etc.). Accurate prescription labels must be on all prescription medications. Written permission must be obtained before ANY medication can be given. There is a form that must be completed for medication administration that can be obtained from the nurse.
If your child suffers from a chronic or serious health condition, asthma or allergy, please notify the nurse.
LUNCH ACCOUNT INFORMATION
For the 2022-23 school year, breakfast will be free for all of our students. Lunch is $2.95 for students who have not qualified for free- or reduced- meal assistance.
*Click here to access our school's menu. You can also download the SoHappy app.
Parents are welcome to join their students for lunch. Please remember that state law only allows parents/guardians to provide food for their own children. You will not be able to bring food for a friend's child and have him/her join you. All parents are asked to use the restrooms outside of the Community room. We ask that adults not use the student restrooms.
If you've never had the opportunity to dine with us, be sure to bring your driver's license with you when you check in at the office. If you arrive a bit early, we'll have you take a seat in the office or our newly furnished vestibule and wait for your student's lunchtime before heading to the cafeteria. You may purchase lunch from the cafe, bring in lunch for you and your child, or just sit and enjoy the time with your child as he/she eats. We have parent lunch tables reserved for you to dine with your student. Please know that students will not be able to bring a friend to the guest table to dine with you. We ask that you adhere to the allotted lunch time for your child's class and allow your child to return from lunch on time.
IES BEST Talent Show
IES Campus Parties
Birthdays are very special and we celebrate each of our Mavericks in two ways. First, we mention their name on the morning announcements and we give them a birthday bracelet. In celebration of your child, you are welcome to send your student to school with a non-food item to share with their classmates such as special pencils, fun erasers, stickers, or something similar. Please know this is optional, not expected or required. If you do send in birthday (non-food) items, we ask that you keep it small. Teachers will ensure time is set aside for your student to share this non-food birthday item at the end of the day with everyone in the class. Invitations will be shared class wide only.
Birthday deliveries, such as balloons or flowers or cookies, will be held until 3:15 for the birthday student to pick up from the office as they are leaving to go home.
School Donation Tab on Webstore
If you would like to contribute, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-744-6100. Thank you!
MAVERICKS IN THE KNOW
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Twitter - @Independence_ES
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Please let us know if you have any questions.