Patriot Points 11/23

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

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."

- Michael Jordan

Specials "Alarm"

Please have a method of making sure you are picking up your class on time from specials. One suggestion is to set an alarm on your iPad. I know that sometimes you may be in a PD/meeting(IEP/504/RtI/other)/training. When the alarm rings, let the presenter know that you need to leave to pick your students up.

Thank you!

Patriot Honors

From Melton:

I would like to thank everyone who supported Patriot Council with their UNICEF service project. I was overwhelmed when we got the official total of $478.02. We have never raised more than $325! $400 buys a well for a entire village to have clean water!- Jennifer

I would also like to thank Caroline Roueche for going to the bank with me and the Educator's Optimist club for letting us use their account to use the bank's coin counter. We had $314 just in change! -Jennifer

4th grade would like to thank Lisa Brown for organizing the 4th graders to go swimming. This is a unique opportunity for children to learn how to swim. All too often, students are not taught because the parents do not know how to swim either. They are not only taught on their level in small groups, but also taught swim safety. So many children learned how to float, tread water, and more. They were smiling ear to ear!


If you are interesting in tutoring after the holidays for $20.50/hour, please let Lesley know. This would not be a long-term commitment and can be shared with another teacher.

Heun's Presentation - Link Below

Girls on the Run

Our IDES Girls on the Run team will be running their Reindeer Romp 5K in Downtown Rock Hill (meeting at Fountain Park) on December 5th at 8am! We would love to see you there cheering us on! If you are interested in running the 5K, you can register online before December 3rd OR let Mrs. Pavone know if you are interested in becoming a "Running Buddy" for a student who needs someone to run the 5K with!

Science Information

Science Benchmarks are available for K, 1, 2 from Pene. Let her know when you need them.

Consumable Textbooks

Remember that we need to keep consumable textbooks for students who move. These textbooks should be used for those moving in.

Literacy Reminders


Math Notes of Importance



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.

Weekly Agenda


Thanksgiving Lunch

K, 3 & 4

All other grade levels have lunch in their rooms.


Leadership @ DO

Jean Day - Wear the shirt of your choice! :)

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break!!




Happy Thanksgiving!!!



Staff Birthdays


7 - Cooper

10 - Colter

Upcoming Dates to Remember:



  • Christmas Production @ CHMS


  • 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.



  • Winthrop University Back the Pack basketball game. Juice boxes and crackers are recommended items to donate or you can pay $3 for admission. All proceeds go to BTP.

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