2022-2023 Volume 9 - January 2023


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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


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)

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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.


We are excited to have IES WatchDOGS back on campus. If you are interested in joining the fun, contact our Top Dog, Jason Graham, for more information at

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!


If your student's plan to go home will change, you must call prior to 2:45 pm. The only person that can call and make a change is the enrolling parent or guardian. Emergency contacts listed for students may not make changes to pick-up plans. This is part of our safety protocols. Thank you for understanding.

Counselors Corner

Caring is our Character Trait for the month of December. We celebrated this a little early this year and had a fuzzy sock drive at the end of November. Thank you so much for showing support to our drive. We had loads and loads of socks! This month we are talking about being a caring friend and how to build stronger friendships.

Please let me know if you need anything. Ms. Connie Clifton

December Volunteer of the Month: Mrs. Zihlman

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A Note From Nurse Holly

The school district considers 100.00 F a fever. If your child wakes up running a fever prior to the school day, please keep them home. Please do not give them fever-reducing medications and send them to school. The district guideline this year is 24 hours fever free without medications.

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

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: and email a copy to Nurse Holly at

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.


Please be sure to add funds to your child's lunch account if he/she will be purchasing meals at school. This can be accomplished by linking to Schoolcafe' and loading funds electronically. Through the Schoolcafe' system, you are able to set alerts for a designated low balance in the account, load the account, and track purchases. Schoolcafe' also offers you the opportunity to specify dietary or purchase restrictions (i.e.- student not authorized to purchase snacks OR student may not have dairy or peanuts).

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.

If you have a financial need and would like to apply for meal assistance, follow this link to learn more about the options available to you.


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 will be hosting the BEST Talent Show on February 16th from 6 - 7:00. This will be a family affair! If a parent or guardian would like to sing a song with their student or play instruments together they can! Students can choose to perform by themselves or with another current IES student. Staff will also be able to perform. Although we would love to see everyone's talent, we will only have 12 slots available. Each performance will be limited to 3 minutes. Tryouts will be on January 30th and 31st from 4 - 5 in the library. To sign up for a time slot, please complete the google form attached below.

IES Campus Parties

As a campus, we can have two parties during the school year. Our two parties are the Holiday party and the end-of-the-school-year party (celebration). The Holiday party was a HUGE success and our students LOVED it! We appreciate and thank each of you for your donations, time, and support! We will send out details for our end-of-year party in March. Thank you again!

Celebrating Birthdays

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.

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School Donation Tab on Webstore

We are searching for community partners to assist with donations for various purposes. By partnering with us, we will publicly thank you- by giving you some advertisements for your company on our Facebook page, in our Twitter feed, and in our newsletter.

If you would like to contribute, please contact me at or 817-744-6100. Thank you!


There are so many avenues of communication in order for you to stay in the know. They are:

school website -

Facebook ~ Independence Elementary School

Twitter - @Independence_ES

PTA webpage -

Maverick MEMO Newsletter - Your email that you shared when you registered is how you receive the monthly SMORE newsletters.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Birthday Wishes Sent Your Way!

If you have a birthday this month - we hope it is AWESOME!


Principal ~ Lasonia Russell:

Assistant Principal ~ Lori Strom:

Counselor ~ Connie Clifton:

Secretary ~ Lindsay Day:

Attendance Clerk ~ Elena Lizcano: