2022- 2023 VOLUME 3, August 26, 2022


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Upcoming Events


September 5th: LABOR DAY - NO SCHOOL

September 6-9: MAP Reading and MAP Fluency Tests

September 8th: Family Night @ 5- 7pm

September 13-16: MAP Math

September 15th: DOT Day Celebration

October 17: TCHS Homecoming Parade

October 21: IES Truck or Treat


April 13 - 4th Grade Play Day

April 26: Reading STAAR

May 5: Field Day

May 10: Math STAAR

Mrs. Lasonia Russell

Dear Maverick Community -

We are truly enjoying being back at school! I know that everyone is still adjusting to waking up and arriving to school on time but it is so important that students do so. Teachers are starting instruction and we don't want to students to miss any opportunity to learn. So set those alarm clocks. Rise and shine in order to be on time!

Students arriving after 7:55 will receive a to go breakfast so that they can get to class. If you get your student here before the tardy bell at 7:55, that would benefit them greatly.

Mrs. Lori Strom

Thank you for helping get students to school on time safely each day and for being flexible with us as we get into a smooth dismissal routine.

Arrival Tips:

  • Doors will open at 7:30 and students will be able to eat breakfast or report to class. There will be no supervision outside the school before 7:30am. Please help us to avoid safety concerns and send students to school no earlier than 7:30am. Let's set those alarms and do our BEST to be on time.
  • Drop-offs on the side of the building are for busses and special circumstances only. Thank you for helping keep kids safe.

Dismissal Tips

Early dismissals will be permitted up until 2:45. This helps us to assist all students with preparing to go home. We appreciate your help with making plans in advance.

If you are picking up your child by car, the right hand lane is for K-1 students the left hand lane is for 2-4 students. If you have students in both lanes, pick up in the younger students' lane. Please post the large sign with your child's name and teacher in your dashboard to help dismissal run smoothly.

If your child is a North Walker (park) or a South Walker (pond), they will be released at the north or south ends of the building.

All vehicles leaving the parking lot must turn right off of Bray Birch to prevent backups.

We begin the dismissal process at 3:15 each day. Walkers will be dismissed out of the building between 3:18-3:20. Parent pick-up will begin by 3:25.

Ms. Connie Clifton


Can you support a MAVERICK H.E.R.O? Everyday Matters! Everyday is a learning opportunity for your child and it is important that they are at school on time ready to learn!! We want your child to be successful and educational gaps occur when students are absent. Our goal is for your child to be the best that they can be and to be successful. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves.

Consistent attendance will help your child do well in high school, college, and work. This year we are looking for MAVERICK H.E.R.O.S ( Here Everyday, Ready and On Time) Beginning September 1 we will start our MAVERICK H.E.R.O Challenge. Each class will be given a 100’s chart and for every day that all mavericks are present they will mark their chart with 2 As for All Attending. For every day that everyone is on time they will get a T for no tardies.

So they have the opportunity to get 3 squares a day! Once they fill in 100 squares they will receive a class reward. Let’s see how many hundred charts can they fill out? How can you support your MAVERICK H.E.R.O? Make sure your child is getting adequate sleep. It is recommended that school age children should get 9-11 hours of sleep per night! Create a positive sleeping environment for your child by turning off electronics and screens. Make sure that your child is on time everyday. Make appointments close to the end of the day instead of the beginning

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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.


PTA Membership! We need 17 more members to hit our FIRST ANNUAL Goal by August 31st! Remember everyone can be a member… Mom, Dad, students, grandma, uncle, etc!

Membership let’s PTA create events, programs and resources for your kids. Join today! We are always in need of volunteers so please consider it. Click here to complete the district application to volunteer on any campus. Please see the attachment.

Spirit Wear forms due August 30th!! Please see the attachment.

Contact with any questions.


Independence Elementary Theatre is searching for adult volunteers to come in from September 15-21st during school hours to have a conversation in 3rd and 4th grade classes and help coach them on their handshake, eye contact and their conversation skills. Each volunteer will sit down with 4-5 students and have two minutes to make a conversation and get to know each other better. Students are expected to initiate conversation and practice the skills they have been learning in Theatre Class.

All volunteers MUST have completed and passed the Keller ISD Volunteer Background Check Application Form before signing up.

We have 50 slots available so we please spread the word and sign up at the link below! If you have any questions, please let Mr. Weaver know at


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Contact Us

Principal ~ Lasonia Russell:

Assistant Principal ~ Lori Strom:

Counselor ~ Connie Clifton:

Secretary ~ Lindsay Day:

Independence Elementary School

The community of Keller ISD will educate our students to achieve their highest standards of performance by engaging them in exceptional opportunities.