Patriot Points 10/24
Independence Elementary believes that nothing is more important than children. We are continually committed to the social, emotional, and academic development of every child. Our school is a safe, challenging, caring, and supportive environment where teachers, parents, students, and community members work together to ensure all Independence students have a solid foundation for life. We strive to make the learning experiences at Independence fun and engaging while holding everyone accountable for reaching his or her highest potential.
Quote of the Week
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
To Edmonds for agreeing to have her Number Talk filmed! - Christian
Hathaway & Shaver for helping out with awards!!
If you would like for me to work with you on the next unit in writing, let me know as soon as possible. I have one slot still open for my next coaching cycle.
Make sure to read chapters 4, 5 and 6 in the Making Number Talks Matter book and write down at least one "Aha" moment you had OR one strategy that you want to try in your classroom.
Complete the PLC Survey as an individual - not as a PLC - by Thursday. Thank you!
Our volunteer sign up web page is up and running!
Random Acts of Kindness
It is so nice to see our staff carrying out the RAKs at school! The notebook for ideas is in the workroom.
Thanks to our anonymous Random Acts of Kindness sponsors who are making the RAK lunch drawing possible!!!!
From the student recognition action team
News from the Student Recognition Action Team
The awards ceremony is fast approaching and we have IMPORTANT information to share with you. Please see the documents attached to the email explaining all of the awards that will be given during the award ceremony. Dates are on the document and on the Canvas calendar. Mrs. Hathaway will have the award certificates in the office. You can email her the number of awards you need and she will place them in your box. Mrs. Shaver will be sending you the perfect attendance names. If you have questions, please see a member of the Action Team or a grade level team member. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE NEW STAFF MEMBERS ON EACH GRADE LEVEL UNDERSTAND THE PROCEDURES FOR THE AWARDS CEREMONY.
There is also a sample letter to go home to invite parents. All of the documents are on Canvas.
Remember that you will pick 2 students for Terrific Kid:
T(Thoughtful) and E(Enthusiastic)
Terrific Kids Acronym:
T=Thoughtful(1st 9 weeks)
E=Enthusiastic(1st 9 weeks)
R=Respectful (2nd 9 weeks)
R=Responsible (2nd 9 weeks)
I=Inclusive (3rd 9 weeks)
F=Friendly (3rd 9 weeks)
I=Inquisitive (4th 9 weeks)
C=Capable (4th 9 weeks)
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
November 3rd- TK slides due to Anne Shaver on the R Drive
November 10th-Awards Ceremony for K&1(8:15) 2nd & 3rd(9:00)
November 11th Awards Ceremony for 4th & 5th (8:15)
Use this opportunity to teach soft skills!
RAK Lunch Orders for Next Friday - Honey Baked Ham!
This week's RAK Free lunch Winner is...
Orders to Hathaway and Shaver
Recycle Bowl - Roueche
Hey Independence Recyclers!
The Recycle-Bowl began on Monday October 17. Email notification of this event just came to me this afternoon, Wednesday! Please read details below and help our school win!!
From Elizabeth Morgan, Environmental Educator with the city of Rock Hill:
Hello Recycle-Bowl Participants,
The Recycle-Bowl competition started Monday, we are halfway in to the first week! Thank you for participating in the nationwide K-12 recycling competition, we have an exciting 4 weeks ahead of us. Tracking runs until Tuesday, Nov. 15, on America Recycles Day. The City of Rock Hill is tracking your weights and will report them for you.
What materials should you be tracking?
You may recycle the following materials:
- Aluminum Cans
- Cartons (Milk and Juice)
- Glass Bottles and Jars
- Plastic Bottles and Tubs
- Steel Food Cans
- Office Paper
Now that the competition has begun, check out our resources on how to educate and engage your school in the competition. You can find lesson plans, posters, score sheets, interactive activities and more https://www.kab.org/recycle-bowl/resources
Save the date... Fall faculty party @ Debbie Keener's house on November 10th.
Hospitality dues are $25 and due. Checks can be made out to Mary Freeman.
Don't forget to meet with your mentee!
Winthrop Partnership News
WU students should remain with you their entire time at IDES. They should not be left with a substitute teacher or another teacher at IDES. They should not supervise students or be in a situation where they are alone with students. *This is for safety.
Thank you to the host and mentor teachers for welcoming these Winthrop Students in your room!
From Nurse Keener:
Please continue to keep allergy precautions on your mind during your school day by talking with your class on an ongoing basis as to precautions for having an allergy aware classroom. Remember that our allergy students need to be having lunch with other students that have lunch items that contain no allergen foods. Also, keep in mind that anyone sending in a snack for the class needs to give you a 48 hour notice and the shared snack must contain an ingredient label. Let me know if you need any help.
I still need to see quite a few of the staff for your EpiPen demo. Remember to bring the course completion certificate with you for the "Medication Administration: Epinephrine Auto-Injectors". I do not need the certificate on the "Health Emergencies" Safe Schools video. The due date is 10/31/16.
Flu Shot Dates:
Piedmont Medical Center will be providing all district employees FREE flu shots again this year. They will hold four clinics at the schools listed below. No appointments necessary. Please see Keener to pick up the consent form and vaccine information sheet prior to the clinic. Forms will also be available at each clinic.
Wednesday, October 26th 2:45pm – 4:45pm
Richmond Drive Elementary - Media Center
Thursday, October 27th 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Northwestern High School – Media Center
Media Center is located in A Building
FALL WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE
Don't forget your Friday weigh-in for you all participating in our Fall Weight Loss Challenge. Hope you are doing well with your weight loss goals!
Ends: Friday, December 16, 2016
Thank you to Nurse Keener and Ashley Christian for handling the this!
Red Ribbon Week is This Week!! See Weekly Schedule.
In need of....
I am in need of 20 small butter tubs with a lid for some math games. If you have any at home or that you would be willing to save for me, I would appreciate it.
Pics from our PD Tuesday! Thanks Freeman for making skills & strategies fun!
Did you miss Calkins Camp this summer?
Join us for a unit 3 make up session!
8:00 - 4:00
Lunch is on your own
Bring: unit 3 spiral, writing pathways, laptop
This session will include an "orientation" to the units, tips for personalizing the lessons, and time to read, plan, and collaborate with other teachers.
Please let King know if you are interesting in attending!
WARD Services @ IDES - Please sign up to meet with them.
3:00 - Class Dojo Training in Bar's Room
6:00 Walter Brown's Last Board Meeting
Super Hero Shirt
WARD Services @ IDES - Please sign up to meet with them.
Leadership @ DO
2:45 - PLC Meetings
6:30 - District SIC Meeting
Make-up Picture Day
ELA Grade Level Meetings in Freeman's Room - All Certified Staff need to attend one meeting. (Attachments to the weekly memo email have Mosaic instructions.)
OEC Principal's Meeting
Jean Day - Team Day for RRW
15 - Bar
21 - Scott
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
10 - K&1 Awards @ 8:15, 2&3 Awards @ 9:00
Fall Faculty Party @ Keener's House!
11 - 4&5 Awards @ 8:15
Veteran's Day Program @ 1:30
15 - Thanksgiving Lunch for K5, 3rd and 4th Grades, (Others will have bag lunches in classrooms)
10:15am - Thanksgiving K5 Play in the Cafeteria
5 - Holiday Program @ 6:00pm
9 - Patricia Pollaco is visiting
12 - Holiday Lunch for 2nd and 5th Grades (Others will have bag lunches in classrooms)
16 - Weight Loss Challenge Ends! Last weigh-in!
21 - Half Day - Dismissal at 11:00am
3 - Workday
4 - Workday - PD @ 8:00am in Media Center
17-18 PLC Conference - This is the Monday and Tuesday this year. Dr. Anthony Muhammad is the presenter - the link below gives you some information about him.