IHES NEWSLETTER

Week of September 20th

PTO NEWS

PTO FUNDRAISER - LAST DAY for orders is 9/20

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Hello Pirate Families!

Hope you're having a great week! We wanted to reach out to let you know about a few volunteer opportunities we have coming up over the next couple of months.


First we're looking for a few volunteers for our first ever Outdoor Movie Night next Friday night at the school! There are spots for a minimal setup and teardown, and helping run concessions.

Movie Night 9/24 Sign up -------->

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a4ac22a4fd0-ihes


Our next big event will take place on Friday October 29th as we host our first ever Trunk or Treat event at the school. Sign ups are available for both volunteering as well as participation.

Trunk or Treat 10/29 Sign up --------->

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a4ac22a4fd0-ihes1



In November, we'll be running our first Family Food Drive! We have a few volunteer opportunities for both packing donations as well as delivery available. Food Drive Sorting/Delivery 11/22-11/23 Sign Up ---------->

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a4ac22a4fd0-ihes2


If you would like to participate but are not available to volunteer, you can still help! As we send out event info, please pass the word along, share the events, and of course keep an eye out for more ways to help our IHES family! Thank you for your time and as always please reach out if you have any questions!


IHES PTO

PARENT NIGHT for CANVAS

Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. or Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.


Central Office, 386 E. Black Street


Parents of students in grades 3-12 are invited to join a special training session for the CANVAS platform. The training will be hosted by district Instructional Technology Specialists and will go over how to use the learning technology platform. Space is limited, so registration is necessary.


Sign up using JotForm: https://form.jotform.com/212496028294157

IMPORTANCE OF MASKS and COVID Update


The District launched a new central location for COVID-related information for all district families. The new hub includes updated responses to the Frequently Asked Questions in addition to clear definitions and scenarios for contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation.


When it comes to quarantining close contact students, the District will still recommend a 14 day quarantine. Rock Hill Schools will allow students to opt for a 10-day quarantine if that student properly wears a mask and makes every effort to physically distance when back on campus for days 11-14. The 10-day option is only applicable if no symptoms are being experienced by that student.


It is our goal to keep students in school much as possible but we cannot do this alone. We are hoping each and every one of you will send your child to school with a mask on. Please work with your student to recognize how far away three to six feet is. And if your child is eligible, talk to a health professional about getting vaccinated.


Below are some scenarios that clearly show how wearing a mask can keep your child in school. If everyone is masked and one student tests positive, only the positive student is isolated.


Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.

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NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

India Hook is starting the process to become a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. You can find more information about it through the link below.


There are nine different performance categories we will be assessed on. Each week I will highlight a different performance category.


https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/awards-programs/national-blue-ribbon-schools-program/


PERFORMANCE CATEGORY: PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY:



  • The school recognizes the vital role continuous professional development plays in achieving the school’s mission.
  • The school has developed a culture that encourages teachers, administrators, and school staff to work together as members of a professional community, supporting each other in the improvement of student learning.
  • Professional growth and development, both inside and outside the school walls, are continuous and thoughtfully planned, based on analysis of data on student and faculty needs, and are integrated into new school initiatives and/or changes in curriculum.
  • Formal and informal support is provided to beginning and experience teachers.
  • Staff members are given opportunities for leadership and recognition.
  • Finally, teachers, administrators, and support staff are provided with the time and opportunity to reflect on what is working and to change what is no longer effective.



From a former principal and NBRSE assessor:

“What are teachers doing to collaborate? What are teachers doing to stay on top of their game? What are they doing to help their students being successful? The best schools have ROBUST PD for their teachers. The teachers are just as much a learner as the students. Teachers need to be willing to learn and develop themselves and not have a fixed mindset on teaching. “We are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with.”-Jim Rohn. What are we doing to drive our average up?”

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

Morning Drop Off

We will have Safety Patrol helping us unload students. Please make sure your child is ready to get out of the car as you pull up. Students should exit from the right side of the car if possible.


We are working on fostering independence in our students and discourage you walking your child into the building. However, please use the left lane and pull into our parking lot if you are still needing to do this for a few more days.


Afternoon Pick Up

Please have your "Car Rider" tag visible in your windshield so we may call your child's name. Stay consistent with the side you pick up on for familiarity and ease for your child.


Change in Transportation

If you have a change in transportation for your student, please notify the office in writing on the day of the change.

A Message from the Transportation Department

Information about Bus Transportation can be found at:

https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Domain/303


Issues with E-link and the MyStop shoudl be resolved. If you continue to have questions please contact transportation by emailing them to: bushelp@rhmail.org


Please remind your student the importance of following the rules of the bus at all times. The safe transportation to and from school of all of our students is our highest priority.

PAINT OUR ROCKS!

Our fantastic PTO has purchased a rock at the front and back of the building so YOU can have an opportunity to paint them. It is only a $10 donation to the PTO to paint the rock.


Sign up for your date(s) using the links below - this will take you to a "Sign Up Genius". (The calendar in the Sign Up Genius only populates a certain number of days. The remaining days of the school year will be available in November.)


Be sure to click "Submit and Sign Up" on the Sign Up Genius page so that your dates will be reserved. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO ROCK OPTIONS. Please be careful when signing up! Thank you for your support!


Be on the look out for our first fundraising event of the year. We will be selling Attraction Coupon Books beginning in September.

INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW ABOUT IHES:

WHAT MITIGATION MEASURES ARE WE PUTTING IN PLACE?

  1. Encouraging masks for all students and faculty.
  2. Social distancing will be practiced when possible.
  3. Increased hand-washing opportunities
  4. Enhanced cleaning procedures, sanitizing and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces


BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW...


  • We are operating in a "cohort" model. We are not mixing classes.
  • We are not using plexiglass shields.
  • All efforts will be made to socially distance (3 ft) in the classroom, but it is not guaranteed.
  • We will be eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria
  • We are unable to use drinking fountains - please make sure your child brings a water bottle each day

WE ARE IN NEED OF A BUILDING LEVEL SUBSTITUTE

This is a full-time position for a candidate that is willing to be a substitute and/or work every day at India Hook. Read below for the full description. If you know someone who would like to take advantage of this opportunity, they can sign up to speak with Jaelyn Skinner directly by using the link below:

https://calendly.com/jaes458/30min