IES News and Events

November 2018

Notes from the Principal

Wow, it is hard to believe we are already entering the month of November. Time is certainly flying by and while it has been a tough couple of weeks due to the weather, our students have been doing a great job. We are in the middle of our drug/bully free week. Please talk with your student about the guidance lessons that were presented this week. We are also preparing for UIL competition. Many of our 2nd through 5th graders will be competing in December in a variety of events like Chess Puzzle, Story Telling, Music Memory, Art Smart and much more! We can't wait to celebrate how well they represent our school. We are looking forward to a great month of November. We will be providing a career day opportunity for students as well as honoring our community Veteran's. In addition our upper grades will be taking benchmarks for state assessments. We are so thankful that you share your students with us. They are growing and learning more each day. Please feel free to contact your child's teachers with any questions or concerns that you might have at this time.


Did you know you can communicate with the office through Class Dojo? You can either send a message to Rebecca- Attendance Clerk or Penny- Secretary as well as your classroom teacher to communicate when your student will be out or have other office communication needs.
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Upcoming Events

Nov 1-2 Red Ribbon/Bully Free Week

Nov 1 Fall Festival/Wampus Cat Night Out 5:30-7:00 SEC parking lot

Nov 8 Dress as your favorite career

Nov 9 Career Day/Noon Release (end of the 2nd 6 weeks)

Nov 12 Veteran's Assembly

Nov 13-14 5th grade math/reading Benchmarks

Nov 15 Report Cards Home/Picture Re-takes

Nov 16 3rd-5th grade boys to Baylor University

Nov 19-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 26-27 3rd grade benchmarks math and reading

Nov 28 5th grade science benchmark

Drug/Bully Free Week October 29-Nov 2

Monday- Follow your Dreams- wear pajamas

Tuesday- Stay in the Game, Be Drug/Bully Free! Wear your favorite team shirt/jersey/workout gear

Wednesday-Say Boo to Drugs: Wear costumes

Thursday- Sock it to Drugs- Wear silly socks

Friday- Anything is Pawsible! Wear your favorite Wampus Cat gear

Student Handbook Reminders

Dress Code Reminders:

*All shoes must have backs

*Shorts/Skirts/Dresses no shorter than 5" above the knee (NO FRAYED CLOTHING)

*Sleeves must be three to four inches wide

*Tights and leggings must be worn with a long shirt that covers the behind

See pg. 48 of the student handbook for additional information


Please remember that school begins at 7:55 am. Students will be given two free tardies and on the third tardy lunch detention. After a student's fifth tardy, they will receive a morning detention. Our classes start phonics or classroom lessons promptly at 7:55 and it is important that students not miss instruction.

Staff Spotlight

This month we are spotlighting our kinder staff. In kinder this school year our teachers are Michelle Cole and Angel Parsons. Working with them are Gabby Rivera-Mayberry and Sara Saad. Mrs. Parson's wants our community to know :I love teaching Kindergarten because they are so curious and are eager to learn. I love seeing their eyes light up when they realize they are learning to read. Plus all the hugs and “I love you” everyday is very rewarding!" Mrs. Gabby stated "I enjoy lending a helping hand to the kindergarten team and am thankful to be able to observe and assist the amazing kindergarten teachers on a daily basis as I finish up school myself. My favorite thing about working with kindergarten is of course the students. Their little personalities are adorable. It is such a joy to see them grow, learn and expand their knowledge." Mrs. Cole notes "Getting to teach Kindergarten is truly rewarding. In Kindergarten we begin to read, spell simple words, add, subtract and many other skills they will build on in the grades to come. So to get to see the aha Moment when they catch on is beyond rewarding!! The sweet notes and kid illustrated pictures are pretty awesome too!! I count my blessings everyday for being allowed to teach kindergarten."

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50 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff can be found at

Parents, go step by step through the materials and the procedures. Have your child predict what will happen before you do the experiment. They can draw or write out their results & conclusion.

Box Tops

Don't forget to save your box tops. IES participates in Box Tops for Education. This provides us with additional funds for student activities.
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Please take note that there are a few changes this year to our attendance policy and how/why students would need to make up attendance hours. Every student must attend 93% of the days class is in session to receive credit. Once a student misses more than 93% they must complete attendance makeup to receive credit. Attendance make up is $5 per hour and completed during Night School (Tuesday/Thursday)(3:35-7:30pm) or Saturday school (8-3:30pm).

** Changes ** A student will be required to make up hours even with a doctor's note if they do not attend school on the day of the note. For an absence to count as a medical excuse and not count in the 93% rule, your student MUST attend school during the day either before or after their appointment. If they do not attend school it will count against their 93% rule and be subject to attendance makeup, even with a doctors excuse.

Please do not hesitate to call the school office (254-687-2922 ext 120) with any questions regarding this change.


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