December 2018 Edition
Greetings from Mrs. Odom, Proud Principal of Independence Elementary School
Your students continue to amaze me. They are focused and engaged in classrooms and doing wonderful things demonstrating great character as well. We hope that you all will take the holiday season to enjoy your children, family and friends.
Please encourage your children to read daily while on break. Your child's teacher can provide you with online resources that your child can access for additional practice.
We wish you all a happy holiday! Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your children.
Yours in service,
Cans for the Community
Patriot Council should bring a box to your room for non-perishable food items. These will benefit a local community program. They will be collected on December 14th after school. The winning class will receive a ice pops to celebrate. Please encourage your students and send reminders on Class Dojo. It is a great way to show this season “It is better to give than to receive!” Thank you so much for your support in this endeavor.
Children's Cancer Partners Fundraiser
It is with great joy that the Educators Optimist Club will be partnering with the Childrens' Cancer Partners Organization. We will be raising money to help families dealing with childhood cancer in North Carolina and South Carolina. The money will help the families with travel expenses and meals as they journey to the 3 treatment centers here in South Carolina. This is how it will work:
Next week: December 10-14th students may pay $1 each day to wear a hat all day. They may pay $5 for the week. The winning class on each grade level will win a Popsicle Party courtesy of our very own Educators Optimist Club.
Reading Tips from Mrs. Freeman, IDES Reading Coach
Kindergarten to College
Fifth Grade Tours Winthrop University
During the time period of December 5 through Dec 21st, your child will take Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math. Your child will take the tests on a computer.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.
Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. Your child does not need to study to prepare for the MAP test. This test is being used to assess what your child already knows. This way, your child’s teacher can use the data to better reach the needs of your child. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast the day of the test. Your child’s teacher will be able to give you the exact date of testing. We will also post testing dates on the school’s Facebook Page.
For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit at www.nwea.org
Let Me Run Participate in their first 5K
School Report Card
Saturday, Dec. 8th, 11am-2pm
2382 Firetower Road
Rock Hill, SC
Jingle Jam Flyer
Important Dates to Remember
3- Holiday Shoppe Begins
7- Spirit Day- Winter Wonderland Day- wear warm hats, scarves, gloves, etc.
Holiday Shoppe Ends
Parents Night Off- 6-9 pm
11- PTA at 5 pm and SIC at 5:30 pm
14- School Spelling Bee 8:15 am
CHMS Concert at 10:30 pm for grades 3-5
Spirit Day- Candy Cane Day
20- PBIS Celebrations-
K-2 Students /Polar Express
3-5 Students/ Winthrop University Game
21- Half Day- Dismissal at 11 am
Holiday Concert- Sip and Sing with Santa
Spirit Day- Holiday Colors
24- January 4- Holiday Break
January 6- Students Return to School