IPS News for You
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Friends of IPS,
It is hard to believe that we are in the month of October! A new school year presents opportunities for various beginnings-new classes, new faces, and new material. It is a pleasure to be your principal and I welcome you to a new school year!
Our first PTO meeting was held, and the attendance was great! A special thanks to all the members and committee heads of PTO. Thanks for the countless hours of hard work from everyone. I hope that families new to IPS will join our PTO, support our school, and become a part of the positive energy that supports our children in so many ways.
We have had some wonderful events like National Anthem and 9/11 Remembrance Day, Buddy Breakfast, and hosted over 500 grandparents during Grandparents Day! We have some wonderful events coming up as well. Conferences will be on Thursday, October 17th and November 14th. The annual Party for a Purpose will take place on Saturday, October 19th at Pokrova Party Center in Seven Hills from 6:00 PM-11:00 PM. I look forward to this evening with our IPS families and raising money for student resources, specifically Makerspace items.
We are off to a great start and are excited for a wonderful year! Please feel free to contact me at the school office or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or concerns. On behalf of the entire IPS Staff, I wish you and your family an excellent school year with us.
TJ Ebert, Principal
Congratulations, October Students of the Month!
(L to R) Jonathan Kaczmarczyk, Reagan Moennich, DJ Peluso, Kevin Kasperski, & Sehajveer Rai
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
10th - IPS Choir Rehearsal (Grades 3 & 4) - 7:45-8:25 a.m. - Music Room
11th - NEOEA Day - NO SCHOOL - Have a wonderful three-day weekend!
14th-18th - IPS PTO Fall Book Fair
14th - 3rd Grade Intramural Football - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - IPS
15th - Medical Club (2nd Grade) - 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Gym
15th - 4th Grade Green Thumb - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - Cafeteria
16th - K-Kids (2nd/3rd Grades) - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - Cafeteria
16th - 4th Grade Green Thumb - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - Cafeteria
16th - 4th Grade Intramural Football - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - IPS
17th - Spanish Club (Grades K-4) (Cleveland Spanish Academy) - 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Flexible Learning Space
17th - IPS Choir Rehearsal (Grades 3 & 4) - 7:45-8:25 a.m. - Music Room
17th - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 3:30-8:00 p.m.
19th - PTO "Party for a Purpose" - 6:00-10:00 p.m.
21st - 3rd Grade Intramural Football - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - IPS
22nd - Medical Club (2nd Grade) - 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Gym
23rd - 3rd Grade Green Thumb - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - Cafeteria
23rd - Art Club (3rd/4th Grades) - 7:20 a.m. - Art Room
23rd - 4th Grade Intramural Football - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - IPS
24th - Spanish Club (Grades K-4) (Cleveland Spanish Academy) - 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Flexible Learning Space
28th - 3rd Grade Intramural Football - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - IPS
29th - 4th Grade Field Trip to Severance Hall - 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
29th - Medical Club (2nd Grade) - 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Gym
30th - 4th Grade Intramural Football - 3:15-4:15 p.m. - IPS
31st - Spanish Club (Grades K-4) (Cleveland Spanish Academy) - 7:30-8:15 a.m. - Flexible Learning Space
SCHOOL COUNSELOR'S CORNER
This year we have revamped our IPride Program and we are so very excited about it!
Our new expectations are: PRIDE
I-Stands for I Am
What else is new?
Blue TIckets: These have replaced our smileys but will act in the same way. Every student has the opportunity to earn a blue ticket for showing one of our PRIDE expectations. Students then collect and save their blue tickets to turn in for prizes at the school store! The store should be opening soon and will be run by PTO volunteers! A big thank you to all of them!
Golden Tickets: Does your child want to have the opportunity to win "Lunch of a Lifetime" with Mr. Ebert??? Here's how.... Each staff member who works inside IPS has 5 GOLDEN tickets to pass out per month. These tickets go to students who go above and beyond and exhibit our PRIDE characteristics all the time. Golden tickets are then placed into grade level boxes for a drawing at a chance to win "Lunch of a Lifetime" with Mr. Ebert. Two students from every grade will be chosen at our monthly IPride Assemblies. :)
Student of the Month: Name change from Citizen of the Month. One student per grade level will be announced at our monthly IPRIDE assemblies as our Students of the Month. Students can only receive this award one time during their IPS career.
PRIDE PUZZLES: Each homeroom class has a PRIDE Puzzle that consists of 15 pieces. Every time they receive a class compliment from ANOTHER teacher/staff member, they are to add one piece to their puzzle. Once the puzzle is completed, the class will vote on a class prize given by their teacher!
We are so excited about our New and Improved Pride Program. Please help us in reminding our students of all the wonderful things they can earn by being an IPRIDE Kid! Every morning we recite the IPride Pledge as a school!
I am an I Pride Kid
I'm Positive, Respectful
I am an I Pride Kid!
EVENT AND PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
National Anthem Day/Remember 9/11
FATHERS FIGURE WALK/BREAKFAST BUDDIES
GRANDPARENTS/SPECIAL PERSONS DAY
A special thank you to our PTO for a delicious lunch and beverages. Our guests thoroughly loved the hospitality the PTO had shown.
Party for a Purpose
Last Chance to purchase tickets for our largest annual event, IPS Party for a Purpose! Visit www.IPSPTO.com to RSVP and get your ticket to what is guaranteed to be a FUN NIGHT OUT for the benefit of our students! Invite your friends and family to attend and support our school!
*This year’s funds raised will go towards a MAKERSPACE for IPS Students, and all IPS PTO year-long initiatives*
Why will a Makerspace be great for IPS students? From Principal TJ Ebert:
"A makerspace area would allow our students to be exposed to 21-century skills, and the four C’s - Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. A makerspace allows for innovation through hands-on experimentation and solving real-world problems. It allows students to experiment and turn failure into a learning experience. The ability to think critically and effectively at a young age helps develop young minds for future success."
Visit www.IPSPTO.com for event information and to purchase your tickets!
Questions? E-mail IPSPTOWaysAndMeans@gmail.com
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Civic Center - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 6, 2019 - Primary School - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - Civic Center - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 7, 2020 - Primary School - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Civic Center - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 3, 2020 - Primary School - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Civic Center - 6:00 p.m.
My name is Carol Offtermatt, RN and I am the District Nurse for the school district. I am loving every day with your students!
Just a reminder that vision and hearing screenings have begun for students in kindergarten. Grades 1 and 3 will soon follow. I will call and send home paperwork if an issue arises. Also, when taking your child to the doctor for a check-up, please share a copy with the clinic so we have the most recent physical and immunization list on hand.
Any questions, please contact me at 216-642-5870, ext. 1403.
- IPS PTO
- City of Independence
- Independence Police and Fire
- Independence Kiwanis
- Independence Public Library
- 25 and Alive
- Independence Garden Club
- North Coast Construction
- Yours Truly
- Tom + Chee
- Rockside Family Dental
- Angie's Pizza
- Drug Mart