October 2nd

News from Mr. Roorda

Good afternoon everyone! We are moving right along. I only have a few new pieces of information to share.

PICTURE DAY is October 12th. Information will be coming home this week in your child's communication folder.

FAMILY PE WEEK is this coming week (October 2nd - 6th). You will find your child's PE time below. We encourage you to join us to see the exciting and fun activities our teachers plan for your students.

I still kept information about:

IHES/MGES Football Team

Family PE Week

Lost and Found

4th Grade Artists

Dad Jokes for the week:

What did the hammer say to the piece of wood?

We nailed it!

Where do bad rainbows go?

Prism - It's a light sentence, and gives them time to reflect.

Have a great weekend!



We are excited to share with you that our school will be participating in Family PE Week from October 2nd - October 6th.

We encourage you to join us to see what types of skills and activities we work on in elementary PE. Below is the schedule for each class by date and time:

5th Grade: 8:00 - 8:45

McCleary - October 3rd and 6th

Elliott - October 3rd and 5th

Wilson - October 2nd and 4th

Clossman - October 4th and 6th

4th Grade: 8:50 - 9:35

Howe - October 3rd and 6th

Bueno - October 3rd and 5th

Colletto - October 2nd and 4th

Patterson - October 2nd and 5th

3rd Grade: 9:40 - 10:25

Rider - October 3rd and 6th

Hanke - October 3rd and 5th

O'Dell - October 2nd and 4th

Buchanan - October 4th and 6th

Price-Wilson - October 2nd and 5th

2nd Grade: 10:30 - 11:15

Duer - October 3rd and 6th

Copeland - October 3rd and 5th

Adams - October 4th and 6th

Teachout - October 2nd and 5th

1st Grade: 12:45 - 1:30

Caldwell - October 3rd and 6th

Baker - October 3rd and 5th

Clontz - October 2nd and 4th

Airington - October 4th and 6th

Marley - October 2nd and 5th

K: 11:55 - 12:40

Cosper - October 3rd and 5th

Hopper - October 2nd and 4th

Bryant - October 4th and 6th

Williams - October 2nd and 5th


The schedule for the Knights Football team is below in case you want to come out and watch them play. All games are at Cherry Park!

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A Message from Mrs. Walden

We have an exciting celebration for our 4th grade artists. There are 44 IHES 4th graders featured in a gallery exhibition at LOOM Coworking, Community Center and Event Space in downtown Fort Mill (please see the list of students- below). Their gallery show is up from Sept 22nd-Dec 9th. There will be a Closing Reception to celebrate the artists on Saturday, December 9th from 11am-2pm. Fort Mill has a holiday festival this day so there will also be a fun art activity being led by one of the other featured artists during the reception.

If you are interested in seeing the work before the reception, please call 803-548-5666 to set up an appointment Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm or visit during one of our public open houses!

LOOM Coworking, Gallery and Event Space is a collaborative business community (in historic downtown Fort Mill) created for remote workers, entrepreneurs and solo professionals which also serves as a venue for churches, classes, meetings and more!

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A Message from Mrs. McCoy, our Guidance Counselor:

Happy End of September India Hook Families,

As a friendly reminder, we wanted to take this time to remind you of the attendance policy and SC law.

Students are required to attend school 170 days out of the 180-day school year. This is SC Code of Laws 59-65-50 and SC Board of Education Regulations.

Students will be considered lawfully absent when:

  1. They are ill, and their illness would endanger their health or the health of others (fever, vomiting, or diarrhea).
  2. There is a death or serious illness in their immediate family.
  3. There is a recognized religious holiday of their faith.
  4. The student is suspended from school.
  5. There is a necessary medical or legal appointment that cannot be scheduled during non-school time (please provide medical or legal excuse).

The school can only accept FIVE (5) parent notes as lawfully excused absences. Any absences beyond FIVE must fall into the above-mentioned categories and the appropriate documentation must be submitted.

Students will be considered unlawfully absent when:

  1. They are wilfully absent from school without the knowledge of their parent or guardian.
  2. They are absent without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parent or guardian.
  3. They are absent beyond the FIVE (5) allowed absences that can be excused with a parent note and additional absences do not fall into the categories listed under lawful absences and/or documentation is not submitted.

As a school, we will make all reasonable attempts to obtain documentation to appropriately code student absences. Excessive absences (3 consecutive unlawful absences or 5 unexcused days) can result in an attendance plan. If absences continue after the attendance plan is instituted, this can result in a referral to DSS or family court.

Thank you in advance for all that you do to support our positive learning community.


Our Lost and Found is starting to fill up. If your child is missing a sweatshirt or jacket, there is a good chance it is hanging on this rack. Remind your child to check the rack or you can check yourself when you have lunch with your child on Friday.
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Car Rider Dismissal and Blocking the Parking Lot - If you are arriving early and waiting in the car rider line, we ask that you do not pull into the left hand lane until 2:00 pm. This will allow vehicles to access our parking lot before dismissal time. Thank you.


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We are in need of representatives to serve on our School Improvement Council (SIC) here at India Hook Elementary School. Read the information below about what an SIC is and how you could serve in this capacity.

Meetings will be once every other month at IHES from 6:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.

If you are interested in serving as a member of our SIC here at India Hook Elementary School, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/CE7nXBDQwbE48uAq8

What is a School Improvement Council (SIC)?

  • SIC is a broad-based advisory body made up of a variety of members of the school community. SICs work with principals and other educators in meeting the identified needs of their schools and to continuously work toward excellence.
  • By law, every K-12 public school in South Carolina must have an SIC that is made up of parent, teacher, and community member representatives.
  • The principal is an ex-officio member of every SIC. An SIC may create additional ex-officio positions such as the school's Teacher of the Year, PTA or PTO President, past SIC Chair, or a representative of the school's Title I Advisory Committee.

What does a SIC do?

  • Provide input into the development for their school's Five-Year Improvement Plan.
  • Set annual goals to support successful implementation of the Five-Year Improvement Plan.
  • Write and publish the annual SIC Report to the Parents.
  • Work with the Principal in writing the narrative for the annual SC School Report Card.
  • SIC's serve a vital role in the lives of their schools but do not have any of the powers or responsibilities reserved for local school boards.

Why is a SIC important?

  • SICs provide additional insight, unique perspective, and vital assistance to educators and students in helping schools reach their achievement goals.
  • Repeated research has demonstrated that family and community engagement in schools lays the groundwork for improved student achievement, post-secondary school success, better student behavior, and increased appreciation and support of educational professionals.

Eating Lunch With Your Child

We welcome you to have lunch with your child starting this Friday, September 8th. Due to capacity issues, we will allow this on Fridays only. The lunch time for each classroom teacher is listed below. Please make sure you arrive early and bring your license into the building because you will be required to sign in.


Cosper 10:40

Wililams 10:45

Bryant 10:50

Hopper 10:55


Baker 11:00

Caldwell 11:05

Clontz 11:10

Airington 11:15

Marley 11:20


Adams 11:25

Copeland 11:30

Duer 11:35

Teachout 11:40


Hanke 11:45

O'Dell 11:50

Wilson 11:55

Rider 12:00

Buchanan 12:05

Perkins-Adams 12:10


Bueno 12:15

Colletto 12:20

Howe 12:25

Patterson 12:30


Clossman 12:35

McCleary 12:40

Wilson 12:45

Elliott 12:50

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Rock Hill Schools is excited to partner with the Be Great Academy for the 2023-24 school year! Come join our program where we focus on achieving academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character development!

Participants will receive snacks daily and have the opportunity to complete homework each day during our Power Hour program. We provide a safe learning environment that includes a curriculum focused on a wide range of topics such as STEAM projects, social-emotional activities, and leadership skills. After-school care will begin the first day of school and run from school dismissal until 6:00 pm each day.

For more information and to complete the online registration visit:



September 29th - PTO Movie Night

We Need You!

Are you looking for a way to get involved? How about supporting an AMAZING group of hardworking and dedicated individuals who pour into children daily?

If this sparked your interest, look NO further! The Sunshine Committee at India Hook Elementary School is looking for at least 10 groups (people, businesses, Churches, groups of parents, etc.) to commit to ONE day of the school year to shower our faculty and staff with some love throughout the 2023-2024 school year.

Please let me know if you have questions, need more information, or have additional ideas on how you might be able to support our Pirate Crew

FREE Meals at School

The District is working to set all of our students up for success in the next school year. Thanks to the federal Community Eligibility Provision program and our 2023-2024 budget, we will be able to offer all students free meals next school year without collecting free and reduced lunch applications. What a win for our children!