Patriot Pages

December 2018 Edition

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Greetings from Mrs. Odom, Proud Principal of Independence Elementary School

Greetings Parents!

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,

Mrs. Odom

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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.

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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

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Kindergarten to College

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Fifth Grade Tours Winthrop University

To support our KINDERGARTEN TO COLLEGE initiative, fifth grade students participated in a college tour at Winthrop University. They listened to a presentation provided by an admissions counselor. The presentation focused on how universities look for students who are balanced: academics, character, and leadership. They were given the opportunity to tour a college dormitory and enjoy lunch in the cafeteria. The National Panhelenic Council provided students with a step show and a Q & A session about college and Greek Life. Our district's superintendent spent the day with us! We were excited to have him join us as a chaperone on this special field trip.
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MAP Testing

Dear Families:

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

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Spelling Bee

Your students participated in a classroom spelling bee on November 30. Classroom winners will compete in the school spelling bee on Friday, December 14 at 8:30 am. We're excited about this great opportunity for our students. The school winner will compete in the regional competition in the spring of the school year.
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Let Me Run Participate in their first 5K

Our FIRST Let Me Run team, under the leadership of Mr. Ben Oliver, participated in a 5K run with other LMR teams from North and South Carolina. Our team represented Independence well. We are proud of all they have accomplished in their first season.
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School Report Card

SC School Report Cards have been released. IDES received a score of 57- Good. Please access the attachment below for additional details. The link below will provide you with comparison across the school district and state.

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Jingle Jam

Saturday, Dec. 8th, 11am-2pm

2382 Firetower Road

Rock Hill, SC

Please join us for the FUN, FESTIVE, FAMILY event! Armbands will be sold for $10 per person.

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

Please review the attached flyers and guides for additional information.

Cans for the Community

Parents Night Out

School Report Card Guide