Patriot Points 10/5

Staff News


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.

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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.

Quote of the Week

"Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so."

-David Brooks

Patriot Honors

From Byers:

I would like to give a shout to Martee, Robin, Pam, Pene, and Elizabeth for assisting in getting all the iPads set up and ready for MAPS testing.

I would also like to give a shout out to all the teachers, Sharise, Pene, and Caroline for being flexable and patient as we completed this first round of MAPS testing, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers did a great job using the iPads. Caroline, thanks for testing Hunter Collins when his vision teacher could not be here to test him.

Native American/Indian Grant

Teachers - please let Lesley know ASAP if you are interested in being paid to tutor students before or after school.

United Way

You will be receiving forms for this in your boxes. Our goal is to surpass our total of $480 from last year.

Veteran's Day Production

Tuesday 11/10 @ 1:30 - Rehearsal

Wednesday 11/11 @ 1:30 - Production

Colter will be communicating the details to you soon!


You are all invited to attend an optional review of running records on Monday @ 2:45 in the Media Center. This will last no more than 1 hour.

Running Record Proficiency Task will be offered on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, October 6th @ 3

Monday, October 12th @ 9, 10, and 1

Other times, if needed, just see me!

Reminder of things due:

Classroom Environment Checklist

Sept Exit Slip (in Canvas)

Read and respond to one article on Classroom Environment (in Canvas)

Thanks for all you do!

Science Information

Benchmark tests need to be completed by the end of the 9 weeks.

Grades 3, 4, and 5 will do this on Canvas. You should have gotten an email regarding this information from Kimberly.

Grades K, 1, and 2 will do pencil and paper tests. Pene has these. Afterwards, you will enter the test information in Canvas. You should have received an email regarding this from Kimberly. Remember these are percentages and you will not include the percent symbol.

Any questions??? Ask Pene.

Math Notes of Importance


IDES Social


Faculty Fall Festival

Thursday, October 15, 2015

5pm until…

Debbie Keener's house

Spouses/Fiancé/Significant Others are welcome

Look for more info to come!!

To Do

  • Join Hospitality if you have not already.
  • There is a new Safety Training on SafeSchools. Please complete this by the deadline. You should have received an email.

Weekly Agenda


12:20 - K5 - Lesslie Fire Department Visit

2:45 Optional Running Record Refresher @ Media Center


10 - I Policy Meeting @ DO - King

2:45 - Gift of Time

3:00 - Running Record Proficiency Task - Option 1 @ Freeman's Room

6 - PTO


Duty Free Lunch




Jean Day - Wear your IDES shirt of your choice!

8:30 - Finance Meeting

9:00 - Admin Meeting

Recess on RHHS field behind playground

6:00-8:00pm Fall Festival

Staff Birthdays


11 - Holiday

15 - Sylvester

21 - Scott

26 - Dushime

Upcoming Dates to Remember:



  • Conference/Workday (1st 9 week conferences should be held by this date)
  • 9, 10 & 1 - Running Record Proficiency Task Times - Freeman


  • Grades Completed by 5:00 PM with verification


  • IDES Social @ Keener's


  • This morning: TK Awards due to the R Drive and the number of awards you need in each category should be emailed to Anne. We will use the data for our SIP plan.
  • Thursday - 8:15 - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Awards
  • Friday - 8:15 - 4th & 5th Grades, 9:00 - 2nd & 3rd Grades



  • Election Day - Bag Lunches - More to come about breakfast and dismissal.


  • 1:30 Veteran's Day Production Practice


  • 1:30 Veteran's Day Production - Cafeteria


  • Monday - Thanksgiving Lunch for Kindergarten, 3rd & 4th Grades (Bag lunches for 1st, 2nd and 5th in classrooms)

  • 12/14 - Christmas Lunch for 1st, 2nd & 5th Grades (Bag lunches for K5, 3rd & 4th)
  • Make sure that you have spent the money allotted on your card no later than 12/31/15. You have the envelope Jackie gave you to keep receipts.

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