IHES- Newsletter

November 15, 2019

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Important information about the 2nd and 3rd Grade Musical

Who: All IHES 2nd and 3rd Graders

What: A Bugz Christmas

When: Thursday, December 12 at 6:00PM (arrive at 5:40PM to get into stage positions)

Where: Sullivan Middle School Auditorium (1825 Eden Ter, Rock Hill, SC 29730)

What to Wear:

  • Blue Jeans
  • Long or short sleeved plain green, brown, black, red, or yellow t-shirt (Shade does not matter since the kids will be a colorful collection of “bugs”! )
  • Sneakers or boots
  • Optional accessories: Bug antennae headband, dots or stripes may be added to the t-shirt.

**Students will also perform at IHES for the Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 5th grade students on Thursday, December 12 at 8:15AM. The children need to wear their performing clothes that morning. It is suggested that students pack another shirt to change into after the performance.

Información importante sobre el musical de 2do y 3er grado

Quién: Todos los alumnos de 2do y 3er grado de IHES

Qué: A Bugz Christmas

Cuándo: jueves 12 de diciembre a las 6:00PM (lleguen a las 5:30PM para ocupar sus puestos en el escenario)

Dónde: Auditorio de la Sullivan Middle School

Cómo ir vestido(a):

· Jeans azules

· Playera verde, marrón, negra o amarilla lisa de mangas largas o cortas (¡La oscuridad no importa porque los niños serán una colección colorida de “insectos”! J)

· Tenis o botas

· Accesorios opcionales: cinta para la cabeza con antenas de insecto, se pueden agregar puntos o tiras a la playera.

**Los estudiantes también actuarán en IHES para los alumnos de Kindergarten, 1er, 4to y 5to grado el jueves 12 de diciembre a las 8:15AM. Esa mañana, los niños deben usar su vestuario de actuación. Se sugiere que los estudiantes lleven a la escuela una camisa extra para cambiarse después de la actuación.

PTO News

Re-Sign Up for REMIND!

You must sign up for REMIND again this year to get updates and reminders, even if you’ve signed up before. Our previous system was archived. Please sign up by texting: @ihespto2 to 81010



Spirit Night

Don’t forget to register for our Spirit Night at Kidcreate Studio THIS Friday night! Three time slots are available at 5:00, 6:15, and 7:30! And 40% of the registration goes back to the school!


November 15- Kidcreate Art Studio 5pm, 6:15pm and 7:30pm

December 3– Shane’s Rib Shack 5pm-8pm


Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. All you need to do is scan your receipt in the app!!



15 Kidcreate Art Studio Spirit Night

27-29 No School- Thanksgiving Break


3 Spirit Night – Shane’s Rib Shack

12 2nd and 3rd Grade Musical

20 ½ Day of School

21 Start of Winter Break


TEXT REMIND SYSTEM: text: @ihespto2 to 81010


EMAIL: indiahookpto@gmail.com

Fun Family Music Opportunity! 🎶

The Showtime Theatre Company will present Frozen Jr ❄️ November 21-24. The actresses performing the roles of Elsa and Middle Elsa are former IHES students, and Mrs. Odom is serving as the music director! For ticket information and to purchase tickets use the following link: https://www.showtimetheatrecompany.com/frozen-jr1.html
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Friendly Reminders

Please remember we can NOT accept transportation changes over the phone or through email. We MUST receive a written note to make the change.

Also, if you are emailing your child's teacher about your child's absence, please include Mrs. Merck (kmerck@rhmail.org) and Mrs. Wright (gwright@rhmail.org) in the email as well.

Volunteer Information

IHES is so fortunate to have wonderful parents willing to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, please be sure to follow the application process outlined below.

All volunteers must go through the application process to get an ID card and to be an approved volunteer. Name on volunteer card and state issued id should match.


Safety and Security / Volunteer Application


Rock Hill Schools is committed to providing equal access to educational and employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, pregnancy, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, spousal affiliation, or any other protected trait or characteristic, as may be required by law.

Challenger Information

What is Challenger?

Challenger is an after-school enrichment program for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program is housed at each of the district's elementary schools. The Challenger enrichment program is separate from the regular school day. Challenger is an optional, self-supporting, academic program. The Challenger program operates daily during the school year from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Enrollment for Challenger is on a full-time basis during the school year. Enrollment is based on the expectation that students are able to actively participate in the program and meaningfully benefit from being with other children. Registration forms must be turned in to the Site Director for their review. Site Directors are available 3:30-6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. At the time of your application submission, the director will provide you with a start date. The daily schedule includes homework and snack time, healthy activities and Challenger curriculum.

Please Visit the District Challenger Site for more Challenger Information

Greetings from Nurse Bosdell!

Please see the below information about our school exclusion policy for sick children.


Please contact me if you have any questions.

Nurse Bosdell



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2019-2020 Battle of the Books!

Don't forget to start reading over the summer!!

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M Draper

Masterminds by Gordan Korman

Zane and the Hurricane by W.R. Philbrick

One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Confessions from the Principal's Kid by Robin Mellom

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.

Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert

Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Board Approves School Calendars

At the December 17, 2018, Board of Trustees business meeting, the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school district calendars were approved. In the event SC State Law is changed to allow an adjustment to the school start date, district administration may request a change to this calendar. However, in being considerate of all involved, should it become an option to adjust the start date district officials will be mindful of the timing and the amount of flexibility allowed.

Download the 2019-2020 calendar.

Download the 2020-2021 calendar.

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Erin's Law

Erin’s Law and Comprehensive Health Education:

Section 59-32-20 (B) of the South Carolina Code of Laws

York 3 – Rock Hill School District Overview and Implementation

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The South Carolina Legislature passed legislation in 2014 known as Erin’s Law. This law requires that South Carolina school districts extend their current mandated educational programs regarding personal safety, abuse education and prevention curriculum to students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. The goal of the law is to teach children to avoid situations that may lead to abuse and to report any instances of abuse they may have endured.

The intent of the law is to give students skills in knowing how to stay safe from sexual assault and how to report any incidents of sexual assault. Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss all health safety topics with their children. Specific to Erin’s Law, The Committee for Children and Darkness to Light (D2L) provides excellent resources for parents and families. Links to these resources are included here:

http://www.cfchildren.org/families/sexual-abuse-prevention http://www.d2l.org/site/c.4dlCljOkGcISE/b.6035035/k.8258/Prevent_Child_Sexual_Abuse.htm#.Vrj3SE_ wtaQ

Providing abuse education in schools is not a new initiative. Mandates under the Health Education Act and Internet Safety Education Curriculum require instruction beginning in sixth grade. Erin’s Law simply extends this education into grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. Some sample topics in elementary school include: Self-Esteem and Personal Power, Fitting In and Acceptance, Grooming and Boundaries, Staying Safe in the Virtual World; S.A.F.E.: It’s Ok to Tell.

Our district guidance counselors, health teachers, and physical education teachers, under the leadership of our Lead Clinical Nurse and Associate Superintendent for Planning and Programs, worked together to select developmentally appropriate curriculum that will give our students the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves. Your child’s school guidance counselor will present age appropriate lessons Pre-K – 5.

Parents are welcome to view the instructional materials at Safer, Smarter Kids. https://safersmarterkids.org/.

Luanne Kokolis, Associate Superintendent for Planning and Programs

Important Weather Information

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Friday Lunch Visits

We will have tables set up on the stage in the cafeteria 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