Patriot Pages

March 2019 Edition

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The Leader in Me- Begin with the End in Mind

Begin with the End in Mind means that "I HAVE A PLAN!"

Here are some "Baby Steps" that you can put in place with your child in order to practice this habit at home:

1- Lay out your clothes for tomorrow before you go to bed tonight.

2- Get out a pencil and piece of paper and write down three goals you want to do. Put the paper in a safe place where you can see it.

3- Talk to your child about what they want to be when they grow up.

4- We all have something we need to get better at, like doing homework, brushing teeth at night, or obeying parents. Pick one thing you need to do better. Start doing it.

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March Events

4- STAR Testing/ G/T Begins

5- Ned Show 1 pm

Bag Lunches

6- Dental Van

8- Western Day

11- STEM Week

11:30 am Magic Show for Pre-K, K and 1st Grade

12- PTA and SIC

13- Pre-K and Kindergarten Balance Bike Program at IDES with the City of Rock Hill

14- Publix Math Night

15- Donuts for Dads

End of Quarter

Green Day

18- Teacher Workday

19- Discovery Place

20- Animal Ambassadors

21- ELA Mock SC Ready

22- First grade field trip to Discovery Place

Jersey Day

Kindergarten Writing Celebration 1:30

25- Math Mock SC Ready

26- Report Cards Distributed

28- Spring Picture Day

29- Terrific Kid Ceremony

College Day

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Patriot Steppers

The Patriot Steppers performed at the Winthrop Coliseum on Saturday, March 2 for the Ladies Eagles' last game of the season. They did an awesome job performing for the crowd! These fourth and fifth grade students represented Independence well!
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Little Caesars Fundraiser

We are sponsoring a fundraiser to support leadership initiatives in our school. For two weeks, you can order through an Independence student or online. There are three simple steps:

1- Go to and click on "Products" then "Shop".

2- Enter the Independence Fundraiser ID# 365342 so that Independence will earn the profit.

3- Start shopping! All products will be shipped to Independence.

Thank you for supporting our school!

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Momo Challenge- Information for Parents

At Rock Hill Schools the safety of our students is our number one concern.

This letter is to inform you of a disturbing social media challenge called the “Momo Challenge”that is accessible on Facebook and WhatsApp (a free messaging app). The challenge first surfaced in 2018 but has recently been gaining more attention. The “Momo Challenge” targets children and young adults and is characterized by a statue of a distorted woman’s face with bulging eyes and scary features. Children are given a series of dangerous,potentially violent and even suicidal acts to perform and asked to provide photos as proof of the tasks in order to meet the “Momo”. If the acts are not performed the child receives threatening messages.The “Momo Challenge” character is also appearing randomly on YouTube Kids in certain videos.

Please carefully monitor your children’s use of the internet and social media and remind them never to accept any invitations from unknown numbers and not to click on unknown links. Inform your school counselors of the issue as well. The school district safety office has been made aware of this challenge circulating via social media. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the district office.

You can learn more about the“Momo Challenge” by visiting the link below. Please be warned that some of the images and stories may be disturbing:

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Texas Roadhouse Spirit

Independence Elementary

Thursday April 9th 4-10 pm

10% Donation Night

Support this cause by presenting your child's invitation flyer to the waitstaff and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total food purchase to our school.

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Readers are Leaders

Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

To support your child in growing into a READER LEADER, use the questions listed below after your child reads their text.

Questions to ask when your child is reading fiction text

Who is the main character?

What was the setting?

What do you predict will happen next in the story?

Why do you think the author chose the title for the story?

Do you like the title of the story? Why or why not?

Can you think of another title for the story?

Which character from the story would you choose to be your friend? Why?

What part of the story was the most exciting? Why?

Did you like the ending? Why or why not?

Questions to ask when your child is reading nonfiction text

What is the main idea of the text?

What did you learn from reading the text?

Are there any words that you do not know what they mean?

What are some new words that you learned?

Do you have any questions after reading this?

Were there any special features (charts, diagrams, pictures) that were important?

Where could you find more information about this topic?

Did you like this text? Why or why not?

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Title I Information

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.
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Board Approved Snack Policy

In the interest of providing our students with healthy snack options, the school district has provided us with guidance for snacks for the 2019-2020 school year. Please read the attached.