Patriot Pages

September 2018 Edition


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Message from Mrs. Odom, Proud Principal of Independence


We thank you for a great start to the school year. Meet the Teacher Night was a success! It was great seeing all of our returning families and meeting our new Patriots as well. We also welcomed Fly Ty and Hugo from the Charlotte Hornets to our school. We enjoyed an exciting assembly wherein students were encouraged to make reading a priority.

We had our first "Tribe Day." Tribe Day is simply a way for our grade levels to show unity. Each grade level wore a color to show their pride in being apart of the grade level team.

As a school family, we appreciate you entrusting the education of your child to us. We look forward to an amazing school year.

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September 11 Service Project

To commemorate 9/11, student scholars of Independence Elementary would like to recognize active and inactive military personnel, police officers, fire fighters and EMS workers with special snacks. In order to make this event a success, we need your help. We are requesting the following items:




Bottles of Water

Breakfast Bars


Other items that you believe they will enjoy

We are requesting that all items be donated by Monday, September 10.

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PBIS- Positive Behavior Intervention System

Rock Hill School District Three has implemented PBIS as a district initiative. We focus on students exhibiting Responsible, Respectful and Safe Behaviors. Students earn blue tickets for being great students. This year, they can redeem their tickets for items in our PBIS store.

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Game Day Give Back

We'd like to congratulate Anthony Russell. Anthony is a 5th grader at IDES. He was recognized for his outstanding character on August 31st by Coach Martin and the Northwestern High School athletic program. Way to go Anthony! Keep up the great work.
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Every Minute Matters!


It is imperative that students attend school daily and that they experience a full school day. It is important for students to arrive at school every day on time. The school day begins at 7:45 am. Breakfast closes at 7:40 am. We will keep weekly records on tardies by grade level. The grade level with the fewest number of tardies will receive a special surprise!

Student Clubs and Organizations

Our clubs will begin to get in the swing of things in the very near future. Patriot Council, Beta Club, Chess Club, Girls on the Run, INN, and so many others are offered to your children. New this year will be the Geek Squad and Let Me Run. Look for flyers in your child's Tuesday Folder and contact us if you're interested.
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Super Kids

Parents / Guardians of 4th and 5th Graders,

We are launching a new program this year for all of our 4th and 5th graders. Beginning on Sep 10.

Superkid is an initiative to help shape the character of your child so that they are better prepared as preteens to go to middle school.

Every Monday morning at 7:15 in the library we have adults and high school students who have a passion for connecting with kids that

will engage your child in games, activities, video, and small group discussion that will teach various character traits.

This year we will focus on the following good character qualities: Wisdom, Initiative, Contentment, Cooperation, Compassion, SelfControl,

Service, Individuality, and Hope.

Students are still encouraged to grab breakfast first before they come to the library. Students are free to join us up until 7:30am. After that time

they will go to their normal spots to wait for the beginning of school for the day. All students will be released at 7:40 to go to their classrooms.

There is no cost for the program and students are free to come when they are able to attend. We will take a break during the holidays and also

during any other special times of the year like testing sessions, etc.

We look forward to engaging with your child on these topics and encouraging their preparation for Middle School.


Super Kid Team

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Grilling with Grands!

PTA will be hosting our first Grilling with grands on September 21, 2018 and invite grandparents to come enjoy lunch with their grandchildren. Please invite grandparents to come enjoy a lunch with their grandchildren. More information about this event will be sent home next week.
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Upcoming Events


12- Title I Literacy Picnic

13- Title I Meeting/ Open House Night

17- 4th Grade Swim Lessons 9:30 am- 10:10 am and 10:15 am- 10:55 am

18- 4th Grade Swim Lessons 9:30 am- 10:10 am and 10:15 am- 10:55 am

Ms. Valk's Class to Brattonsville


19- 4th Grade Swim Lessons 9:30 am- 10:10 am and 10:15 am- 10:55 am

Ms. Sawyer's Class to Brattonsville

20- 4th Grade Swim Lessons 9:30 am- 10:10 am and 10:15 am- 10:55 am

Ms. Gaines' Class to Brattonsville

20- Book Fair Begins

21-Ms. Bradley's Class to Brattonsville

Grilling with Grandparents

26- Fall Picture Day

28- Book Fair Ends

Please "Like Us" on Social Media!

Open House 2018

Open House 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

5:00-5:30- Gifted and Talented Meeting

5:30-6:00pm- Annual Title I Meeting in the Cafeteria

Open House Schedule

6:00-6:15 pm- School News and Introductions in the cafeteria

6:20- 6:40-Class 1

6:45-7:05pm- Class 2 (if needed)


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Title I Information

Independence Elementary School is a TItle I School. Title I is a law under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 which provides federal funds for compensatory educational services. Compensatory means "extra." Title I provides extra teachers, instructional assistants, funding for staff development, additional materials and additional supplies in the areas of reading and math for eligible schools. Title I programs offer opportunities for parents to make suggestions and recommendations regarding programs and use of Title I funds.

Independence Elementary School Educators and Leadership continually monitors the implementation of the Title I plan and welcomes input from parents, families, school staff, and community members regarding its current and future Title I plans. If you would like to participate on the school’s Title I planning team or make comments on the plan, please contact me.