Patriot Pages

February Edition

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A Message from Ms. Odom, Proud Principal of Independence Elementary School

It's hard to believe that it is already February! There are a number of events taking place in the life of our school that we hope you will take part in. Two events that I'd like to highlight are the Back the Pack Basketball Game at Winthrop University and the Sip and See with Ms. Odom and Friends at our school.

Winthrop Athletics hosts the annual Back the Pack with a Winthrop Basketball game benefiting our elementary schools and Back the Pack. The 2018 game will take place on Saturday, February 3rd at 2 pm. Chase Rollings, a fifth grader, will represent Independence at the game. The school with most attendees will receive $1000! Let's Go Patriots!

I also hope that you will seriously consider attending the Sip and See. We want to hear from you. This event will begin at 8:30 am in the cafeteria. We look forward to seeing you there. Our goal is to have at least one parent from each classroom attend.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you and your child!

Yours in Service,

Kimberly C. Odom, Ed.S.

Happenings Around the School

Beta Club Induction

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Our FIRST Beta Club!

43 fourth and fifth grade students were inducted into the Junior Beta Club on Friday, January 27. We are proud of these student leaders and look forward to them providing service and leadership in the school community.
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Kindness Week

February 12-16, 2018

Kindness Week is one week dedicated to practicing random acts of kindness and creating a kind culture within our school.

Independence is proudly participating in this proactive, positive kindness initiative. All students will receive a Great Kindness Challenge checklist. Please encourage your child to have fun and complete the checklist. Teachers, staff and students will all be participating in acts of kindness and modeling how simple gestures make our community more welcoming and KIND.

Monday, Feburary 12th - “Kindness Is My Superhero” - wear super hero shirts

Tuesday, Feburary 13th- “Let Kindness Shine”- wear sparkles, shiny things, neon

Wednesday, Feburary 14th – “Have a Heart- Be Kind to Others”- wear red

Thursday, February 15th- “Ride the Kindness Wave” – wear beachy attire

Friday, Feburary 16th- “Hats Off to Kindness” – wear hats

We are also happy to invite YOU to participate using the Family Edition checklist. Your family can complete the checklist anytime and anywhere.

Together, let’s show the world that...



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Class Celebration expectations for February 14th

Because we have children with potentially life threatening food allergies or sensitivities, we ask that you talk with your child’s classroom teacher BEFORE bringing any items into the classroom to share or send home for the Valentine’s Day celebration. We take these issues very serious and strive to keep children safe and free from allergens while they are at school. There are a few important reminders regarding items being brought into classrooms:

**Please NO home baked items.

** Store label must be attached to item(s) being brought and NOT contain class allergens (if applicable). PLEASE check with your child’s teacher before purchasing any items for classroom celebrations. For the safety of the children, we cannot allow items into classrooms that have not been approved by classroom teacher or nurse prior to the celebration.

Thank you for working together with us to provide a safe, fun celebration that can be enjoyed by all.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself.

Sally Jackson, RN BSN

School Nurse

A few additional reminders:

  • Room Parents will support the teacher with facilitating and organizing the celebration. Unfortunately we can not accommodate all parents for this event due to space and safety.
  • The celebration will begin at 1:30 pm.
  • When sending in treats, make sure that you have enough for the entire class.
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Read, Write and Inspire

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Read Across America Week

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

NEA's Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.- From the NEA's website

At Independence, we celebrate Read Across America the last week in February. Spirit Days and Special Guests will be announced later on in the month. We have some great surprises in store for your children to celebrate being lifelong readers!

Homework Changes for Third through Fifth grade students

Third through Fifth grade students will receive one reading comprehension passage and no more than three math word problems beginning Monday, February 5. The homework should be completed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Students who may need additional support with their homework will have the opportunity to go to a homework help center in our cafeteria. Please contact Ms. Odom, Ms. Christian or Ms. Freeman if you have any questions.
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Title I

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. Rock Hill School's Title I allocation for 2017-2018 is $4,446,809.52.

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 the principal at 803-981-1135. Thank you!

A Visit from Mayor Gettys

Second Grade students were able to learn more about local politics from Rock Hill's Mayor John Gettys. We would like to thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule to share with the "smartest kids in Rock Hill!"


Mind in the Making

Ms. Crute and Ms. Humphries continue to do an awesome job providing families with great learning opportunities. Above, you will see pictures from the Mind the Making parent session for 4K, Kindergarten and First Grade families.
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Important Dates to Remember



Back the Pack Game at Winthrop Coliseum at 2 pm


SIC at 5 pm

PTA at 5:30 pm


Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night


Candy Gram Order Forms Due

Sip and See with Ms. Odom and Friends at 8:30 am


Kindness Parties to begin at 1:30 pm


Make Up Day for weather


Make Up Day for weather


Terrific Kids Celebration at 8:15 am


Read Across America Week kick off


Independence Night at the Winthrop Coliseum

Spirit Days

2- National Wear Red Day

9- Patriot Day/ Red, White and Blue

16- Hat Day

23- College Day