Patriot Points 10/24

Staff News

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Independence students possess a solid foundation for the next steps in their journey through life.


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.

Included in this weekly bulletin is a comprehensive listing of events, meetings and FYI. Anyone that needs something disseminated to the entire faculty should send the information to Ms. King by Thursday at 5:00pm. The publication is for faculty and staff use only. Please read carefully and govern yourselves accordingly.
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Quote of the Week

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Patriot Honors

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To Edmonds for agreeing to have her Number Talk filmed! - Christian

Hathaway & Shaver for helping out with awards!!

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Literacy Update

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.

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Math Update

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!

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Our volunteer sign up web page is up and running!

The link is at the bottom of the memo and will remain there. Thank you!
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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!!!!

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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)


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)

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Use this opportunity to teach soft skills!

Review with students how to accept an award/certificate. Practice shaking hands with their right hand and accepting the item with the right. Students should look the person in the eye.

Thank you!

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RAK Lunch Orders for Next Friday - Honey Baked Ham!

This week's RAK Free lunch Winner is...

AMBER WILBURN!! Congrats!!!

Orders to Hathaway and Shaver

Sign up for lunch will be in the office!
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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
  • Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office Paper
  • Mail

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



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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.

Thank you!

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Don't forget to meet with your mentee!

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Winthrop Partnership News

Winthrop students have arrived! You will see them in the building on Thursdays and 1 Tuesday until November 3rd.

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!

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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

Classroom Inventories

Please update your classroom inventory with all items belonging to the school.
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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!

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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.

Christi Hager

Pics from our PD Tuesday! Thanks Freeman for making skills & strategies fun!

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Did you miss Calkins Camp this summer?

Join us for a unit 3 make up session!

Wednesday, January 4th

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!

Weekly Agenda


Wear Red!

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


Mismatched Sock Day

Make-up Picture Day


PJ's 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

Staff Birthdays


11 - Holiday

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.

Links to Websites:

Rock Hill Schools Employee Handbook

School-Wide Behavior Video Independence Elementary


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