IHES- Newsletter

October 17, 2018

Sign up to Volunteer at India Hook!

If you have the time we could surely use you! We are looking for volunteers who would love to come in to work with individual or small groups of children. If you are interested, please email Hana Sands at hsands@rhmail.org. Research says that the difference in the success and failure of a student, is based upon the number of caring adults that are in their lives.

Walking Wednesdays

Parents and students, we will begin Walking Wednesdays on October 24th. Students will enter the school as usual. If they eat breakfast at school then they should go there first. Otherwise, students will put their bookbags in their classrooms and begin to walk the hallways. We know that exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain and we're excited about this opportunity to improve our own health and academic learning. We will walk each Wednesday until 7:30 a.m. when students will enter the classroom to start their day.

Red Ribbon Week

Dear parents,

It is that time of year again in which October is upon us. Every October, we celebrate Red Ribbon Week. This month, we will learn about drug awareness as it relates to the dangers of alcohol, tobacco products, and improper use of medicine.

Grades K and 1 will watch our Danger Rangers safety videos that discuss medicine safety and other safety rules as well as complete a follow up activity.

Grade 2 will learn about the definition of a drug (something you take that alters the way the body works) and will discuss medicine safety and dangers. They will make a medicine safety book that will come home with them after they have the lesson. We will also discuss the dangers of tobacco use with this age group.

Grade 3 will discuss the definition of a drug as well, in addition to the dangers of medicine when it is taken incorrectly. This grade level will also talk about tobacco and alcohol use and how these substances affect the body. Student will act out a play in class that incorporates this idea. This week, 3rd graders are performing Charlie and His Magnificent Machine that educates students on how taking unknown medicine can affect our body.

Grade 4 will have a classroom lesson on the dangers of tobacco, play a Kahoot and have an activity to reinforce what they have learned.

Grade 5 will learn about the dangers of alcohol abuse, a play about tobacco use, and a Kahoot about alcohol.

As a school, we display our commitment to drug awareness and healthy choices by engaging in dress up days. These will occur October 29th –November 2nd, 2018.

Oct. 29th – Put A Cap on Drugs (Hat Day)

Oct. 30th - Stomp Out Drugs (Boot Day)

Oct. 31st - Team Up Against Drugs (Team Jersey Day)

Nov. 1st – Don’t Get Tied In Drugs (Tie Die Day)

Nov. 2nd - Drug Free is the Way to Be (Wear Red)

October 29th- Bicycle Day at India Hook

Monday October 29th, in coordination with the City of Rock Hill and USA BMX, we will have a Bicycle Day. This day will include an in house field trip for our fourth graders where they will learn bicycle safety and bicycle skills. The fifth graders will meet a professional BMX rider who is also a part of USA BMX Stem and learn about his profession as a BMX racer as well as a promoter for STEM activities. After the in house field trip and fifth grade talk conclude we will gather 3-5 grade students for a pep rally which will allow them to learn about the many cycling opportunities within the City of Rock Hill. The culminating activity for the day will be a family/community bike ride in the Woodlands subdivision. All students

and parents as well as community members are invited to meet in the back parking lot at 5:45 for a 45 minute ride through the neighborhood.

Camp Invention

Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets and exploring radio frequencies. Local educators will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure! Early registration discounts are available! Register and find current promotions at invent.org/camp or call 800.968.4332.

PTO News


Come join us at Groucho’s Deli on Thursday, November 1st from 4:30-9pm. 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

Groucho’s Deli – November 1 (4:30 – 9pm)

McAlisters – November 13 (5:00 – 9:00pm)

Veteran’s Day Assembly

Save the Date: We will be having our Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday November 9th.

Students may invite family members and friends who have served in any branch of the US Armed Forces. Veterans are invited to join us at 8:00am in the cafeteria for light refreshments and an assembly with our students. Note: due to space and time restrictions, we ask that only Veterans (and another adult if he/she is providing transportation for the Veteran) are able to attend this event. However, if you know a Veteran who is unable to attend, each class will make a poster with the Veterans’ names, branch of service, pictures (optional), or other relevant information. So, go ahead and contact those Veterans and invite them to attend!

Movie Night Date Change

Please note we have tentatively moved our next Movie Night from November 30th to December 7th.


Box Tops will be collected Every Other Friday. The next collection day is October 26th. Please send them in an envelope or ziploc bag with your student’s name and teacher.

Our Top 5 Classes for the Pelicans Coins contest are:

477 - Elmore

465 - Wilson

327 - Teachout

310 - Clontz

253 - McCleary



22 NO SCHOOL – Teacher work day/parent conferences

26 BOX TOP Collection Day


1 Groucho’s Spirit Night – 4:30-9:00pm

6 NO SCHOOL – Election Day

9 Veterans Day Assembly/BOX TOP Collection Day

13 McAlisters Spirit Night – 5:00-9:00pm

15 PTO General Meeting – TBD

21-23 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

30 BOX TOP Collection Day


TEXT REMIND SYSTEM: text: @ihespto2 to 81010


EMAIL: indiahookpto@gmail.com

Online Registration

Like Shelving?

If you do, than our media center needs a volunteer like you! Please contact Mrs. Smith (JSSmith@rhmail.org) for more information.

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.

Lunch Menu

2018 Read Your Way To The Big Game

Visit SCReads.org for the full contest details!
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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.

Rock Hill School District Wellness Policy

As a wellness focused school we are thrilled that our school board has approved a wellness policy. Some of the most important points of the policy are listed below.

• Candy and food will not be used as a reward for students.
• Children will have access to water during the day to stay hydrated.
• Special classroom snacks will follow the healthy snacks guidelines. Please see our website for more information about what is allowed.
• Non-food birthday recognition items are allowed if you would like to provide a treat on your child’s birthday. (Cupcakes, cookies, cakes, etc. will not be allowed.)
• Any outside snacks provided to children during school will follow our district wellness guidelines and be in sealed labeled containers with nutritional information clearly labeled. (Pizza does not meet healthy guidelines.)
• Physical activity (P.E. and Recess) cannot be withheld from a student.
• Physical activity cannot be used as a form of punishment
• All fundraisers must follow the guidelines stated in the district wellness policy.
• Valentine’s Day parties will offer a one-day exemption from wellness policy, however, all food must be clearly labeled with ingredients and nutritional information
• No home-baked items can be served to children.
• At India Hook, you may choose to bring lunch for your child occasionally on Fridays or their actual birthday. Please understand that food cannot be shared with other children.

Wellness Policy

School Improvement Committee Meeting Dates

    • October 23- Fall district meeting at Central Office 6:30-8:00 (officers only)
    • November 20 at 4:30 at India Hook in Media Center
    • December 18 at 4:30 at India Hook in Media Center
    • January 15 at 4:30 at India Hook in Media Center
    • February 19 at 4:30 at India Hook in Media Center
    • March 19 at 4:30 at India Hook in Media Center
    • April 23 at 4:30 at India Hook in Media Center
    • May 21 at 4:30 at India Hook in Media Center