September 6, 2018
Parents, please check here for all the up to date news and fun happenings from the PTO. Together we can make this one of the best school years for IHES and for our children.
UPCOMING SPIRIT NIGHTS
Come join us at Eggs Up Grill on Saturday, September 8 from 11:00am – 2:30pm. Make sure to mention India Hook Spirit
We have scheduled a wide variety of spirit nights this semester. IHES PTO receives a percentage of proceeds from meals purchased on the scheduled nights. Each restaurant has different times and information. To get updates and reminders about spirit nights sign up for our text system by texting: @ihespto2 to 81010
EGGS UP GRILL – SEPTEMBER 8 (sat) – 11:00am-2:30pm
McDonalds - September 17 (5:00-8:00pm)
Chick-Fil-A – September 27 (ALL DAY)
Box Tops will be collected Every Other Friday. Send them in an envelope or ziploc bag with your student’s name and teacher.
Prizes for top collectors!!
ATTRACTIONS COUPON FUNDRAISER
Coupon Books are coming home Monday September 10!!!!!
IHES will once again be selling the amazing Attractions Dining and Value Guide September 10-25th! These awesome coupon books have over $5,590 in actual savings and over $800 in VIP gift certificates- for only $20! Such a fantastic value!
Stay tuned for more info- including all super fun prizes your kiddo will win for selling 1 or more books!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
8 EGGS UP GRILL Spirit Day (sat) 11:00am-2:30pm
10 ATTRACTIONS COUPON Fundraiser Begins
13 PTO Meeting 5:15
14 BOX TOP Collection Day
17 McDONALD’S Spirit Night (mon) 5:00-8:00pm
21 MOVIE NIGHT (fri)
25 ATTRACTION COUPON Fundraiser Ends
27 CHICK-FIL-A Spirit Day (thurs) ALL DAY
28 BOX TOP Collection Day
PTO CONTACT INFORMATION:
TEXT REMIND SYSTEM: text: @ihespto2 to 81010
Challenger Enrollment Start Dates and Deadlines
Children may begin Challenger once a month; the first Monday of the month unless Monday is a holiday. Then, the first Tuesday of the month will be the starting date. Parents waiting until the deadline date to turn in the registration packet will need to bring the completed registration packet the Central Office.
Monday, April 1 is the last day students may begin Challenger. Completed Registration packet must be at the Central Office before or by March 18th.
4th and 5th grade holiday musical dates!
The 4th and 5th graders will perform their holiday musical, Holly Jolly Jukebox, on Thursday, November 29 at 6:00 pm in the Rawlinson Road Middle School Auditorium. That morning, the children will perform for K-3rd grade at 8:30.
Friday Lunch Visits
Parents may begin Friday lunch visits. We will have tables set up on kindergarten patio or in the center of the building for families to eat while they visit. Parents may also come have lunch on their child's birthday.
Quote of the Week:
Culture represents the unwritten mission of the school and district--it tells students and staff why they are there.
From Dr. Cook:
Have you ever noticed how service can vary from restaurant to restaurant? At some, you walk in and are greeted by a friendly, well groomed host who whisks you away to an available table; at others, you can't get anyone to make eye contact with you, let alone greet you in a friendly way. Often, such a disparity can be found among restaurants that are part of the same chain! What is going on? How can two restaurants from the same company be so dramatically different?
Similar disparities can be found between and within schools and school districts: You walk into some schools and immediately feel welcome; you walk into others and you feel like an intruder. In some schools, every teacher seems to be out from behind the desk, lessons are infused with technology, and students appear to be highly engaged in learning; in others, teachers seem to use their desks as fortresses and students appear distracted or disengaged. In both schools and districts, teachers and employees will tell you that what they're doing is effective.
Why is it that some schools and districts embrace new ideas, while others consider them distractions? Why do some administrators and teachers roll up their sleeves, while others simply roll their eyes? More important, is there anything we can do to address these differences? Often, disparities within schools and districts are the result of separate cultures having been established over time. For schools and school districts to be effective, educators and including those in support roles need to understand the organizational cultures in which we work and be able to modify them if necessary.
Each day last week as I visited our schools I had the most amazing interactions with administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents and witnessed first-hand some key components of our existing culture as well as evidence of what the future holds as we strive for continuous improvement and build upon the successes we have had in the past but insight into what greatness we are in store for. I heard so many of our administrators talk about this being their best start ever. I heard some of our new principals and teachers share the excitement they felt and were overwhelmed by the feelings of joy and positive energy from their parents and students. I, like some of you, had the opportunity to experience other emotions through experiences that we hope never happen or exist. I am unable to fully articulate in words how overwhelming it was to see our team members come together to support one another, to support our students, to support our parents. I witnessed what One Team on One Mission for One Rock Hill intimately looks like in our school district. We are in the business of building and forming relationships that are so powerful they can be used to propel our work in educating the future. We, like all districts, have some opportunities for growth, but I am extremely proud to be part of this team.
The effectiveness of a new culture depends on the strength of the people behind the change and the strength of the pre-existing culture. We must be ELITE in OUR 20 square feet to ensure nothing keeps us from focusing on Safety and Security, Recruitment and Retention, Student Achievement, Organizational Culture and Effectiveness and Communication with ALL Stakeholders. Let's make sure we are not distracted. Students First!
Have a great week ahead!