September 2018 Edition
BACK TO SCHOOL!
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.
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
Other items that you believe they will enjoy
We are requesting that all items be donated by Monday, September 10.
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.
Game Day Give Back
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
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
Grilling with Grands!
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
PTA and SIC
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)
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!
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.