Gator Gazette

December 2020

Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events...


  • Our Toy Drive continues through December 9
  • December 1 - 7: Benchmark Testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades
  • December 3: Fall Fundraiser items arrive
  • December 8: BOE meeting
  • December 15: IES Governance Team Meeting at 7:30 a.m.
  • December 18: Early Release Day for Students (Dismissal begins at 12:30 p.m.) - NO AFTER SCHOOL this day
  • December 21 - January 4: Christmas Break for Students
  • January 5: Students return to school

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The faculty and staff will be celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas IES style, and we would love for our students to join in on the fun...




  • December 3rd K, 2nd, & 4th graders will wear RED while 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders will wear GREEN

  • December 4th Wear Your Favorite Christmas Shirt

  • December 7th Wear Holiday Headwear

  • December 8th – Dress Like Your Favorite Christmas Character

  • December 9th Dress Like an Elf

  • December 10th Dress Like a Christmas Song

  • December 11th Wear Flannel or Fleece

  • December 14th Wear Your Favorite Christmas Scarf/Tie or Accessories

  • December 15th Wear Your Christmas Slippers

  • December 16th Dress Flashy like a Christmas Tree

  • December 17th Polar Express Day - Wear Your Pajamas

  • December 18th Wear a Tacky Christmas Sweater

Pickup Day for Fall Fundraiser Items...

Our fall fundraiser items are expected to arrive after lunch on December 3. If your child's fundraiser order is small in size, we will send it home with your child that afternoon. Large items/orders will need to be picked up from school between 3:00 and 4:00 on December 3. If your child attends our After School program, we will have them ready for pick up when you sign your child out of After School. If you have any questions, please call the school.


NOTE - please do not come into the office to pick up any fundraiser items until after 3:00 due to car rider traffic.

IES Christmas Toy Drive in Honor of Captain Stan Elrod

Please remember our IES Toy Drive, which is going on now through December 9th. Our Toy Drive this year is done in honor of Department of Natural Resources Captain Stan Elrod, who died tragically earlier this school year. He was the husband of Mrs. Julie Elrod, one of our parapros here at IES, and father of two of our former Gators. His death was a tremendous loss to our community. For this reason, we are honoring Captain Elrod and his family with this year’s Toy Drive. Thank you so much for supporting our school and community!

Face Mask Reminder...

We have several students who continue to forget their face masks at home on a frequent basis. If you can PLEASE make sure there is a clean face mask in your child's book bag each night, that would be most helpful!


Note - if your child needs new face masks or neck gaiters, our PTO will be selling them each time our Swamp Shack is open.

Water Bottle Reminder...

Because our water fountains are unavailable for students to use due to COVID, it is important for your child to remember to bring his/her water bottle to school each day. (Students are able to use our water bottle filling stations to refill their water bottles throughout the day.) PLEASE double-check each morning to make sure your child's water bottle is in the outside pouch of his/her book bag. Thanks in advance for your help with this!

Parent Communication Resources


  • IES has a Parent Resource Center (contact the office for needed resources)
  • Ila Elementary School web page: www.madison.k12.ga.us/ilaelementary
  • Madison County School District web page: www.madison.k12.ga.us
  • Be on the lookout each month for our Gator Gazette
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Join our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Setting up Parent Portal and Online Meal Payments

This link provides step by step directions on how to set up Parent Portal if you have not already done so. Parent Portal provides parents with instant access to your child's assignments, grades, and attendance, as well as add money to lunch accounts.