Jan. 17, 2017        e-Newsletter



On Jan. 11, our fifth through eighth graders gathered in the gym with faculty and staff members for the Winter Sports Pep Rally. Students participated in a variety of games and activities that challenged them both athletically and academically. That afternoon, the girls' basketball team capped off a great day for Patriot sports by dramatically earning its first victory of the season in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Special thanks to Mrs. Horsey and Mrs. Kacmarcik for organizing and running the pep rally!



The Admission Office is hosting a series of Information Sessions for parents interested in learning about our program. The next one, focusing on Middle School (5th-8th grade), will take place next Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 8:30 a.m. Newly added dates can be found here. Please help us spread the word.


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On Saturday, March 18, from 7-11 p.m., The Independence School will be transformed into a luxury cruise ship. Get your tickets and board The Patriot for an unforgettable evening to benefit the students of Independence.


  • Dinner
  • DJ and Dancing
  • Signature Cocktail
  • Live Auction
  • Silent Auction
  • Black tie optional


A night out without the kids
that benefits the kids!


Just a few of the amazing auction items follow below:

  • Tickets to Billy Joel – In Concert at New York City's legendary Madison Square Garden
  • Tickets to the "24K Magic World Tour," starring Bruno Mars, at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
  • A stay in an all-inclusive Alaskan fishing resort


Email Sandy August, Director of Development, if you have a luxury item that you are willing to donate or with any questions.



1/20 - Dance for grades 6-8 from 7-9:30 p.m. (gym)


1/27 - Parent conferences (school closed, Extended Day open)


1/31 - Parent Coffee: "Helping Your Child Prepare for Assessments," presented by fifth-grade teacher Vita Biddle and the Independence Wellness & Learning Team, at 8:15 a.m. (Founders' Library)


2/2 - Third-grade field trip to Alpine and Rafetto Orthodontics


2/6 - IPA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. (volunteer room)


2/10 - Last day of winter sports


2/10 - "Family Bingo Night" from 6-8:30 p.m. (gym); click here to register!

For the 2016-17 calendar at a glance, click here.


For the full 2016-17 school calendar, click here.

Preschool Playtime is as popular as ever, and our next session on Feb. 28 is now full! However, in the event of a cancellation, we will notify those on our waitlist, so please register by clicking here if you're interested in this FREE program.

Did you know that Extended Day offers a variety of special programs throughout the school year? Click here for all the details.

Click the logo above to visit the winter "Teams & Results" page, where you can stay up-to-date on all the latest news and recaps about Patriot athletics!

When you shop at amazonsmile by clicking the logo above, Amazon will donate 0.5% of qualified purchases to our school.

Upon clicking the link and logging in with your regular Amazon account, "Independence School Inc." will automatically be selected as your charity, and you will receive a confirmation email.

It's that simple!



February is American Heart Month, and we can't think of a better time of the year to learn how to perform potentially life-saving Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Tri-State Training and Consulting will come to Independence and teach CPR to our parents on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost will be $50 per person. In order for Tri-State to provide this service, a minimum of 10 participants (adults only) is needed. If you are interested, please email Denise Axe, school nurse, by this Wednesday, Jan. 18. Once Mrs. Axe has the required 10 participants, more information will follow on registering for the class.



Engineer Mark Love and his "Engineers Teaching Algebra" program returned to Independence on Thursday, Jan. 5, for eighth graders in Mrs. Finocchiaro and Mrs. Kacmarcik's classes. Founded by Mr. Love in 1994, "Engineers Teaching Algebra" includes a 90-minute session that uses math in real-life, hands-on experiences and promotes STEM education in the process.


The incredibly popular "Family Bingo Night," sponsored by the Independence Parents' Association (IPA), returns for another night of fun, prizes and excitement on Friday, Feb. 10, beginning at 6 p.m., in the gym.


This event always sells out fast, so don't delay – click here to register today! Cost is $5 per person, age 3 and up.


PLEASE NOTE: Families who were unable to attend Bingo Night in September will have priority registration! We will email each family to confirm registration.



The IPA is excited to announce a NEW lunch offering on Tuesdays! Students can order macaroni & cheese, grilled chicken tenders or breaded chicken tenders for $93.50, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7, and continuing through the end of the school year. Each lunch comes with baby carrots.


We are also accepting add-on orders for anyone who would like to participate in the Monday pasta lunch or the Wednesday pizza lunch.

Please see below for the forms, which are due by this Friday, Jan. 20.

These forms can also be found in the new IPA section of the Parent Portal.


The IPA Lunch Program would not be possible without our volunteers to help us deliver these lunches to the classrooms. Thank you to all of those who have volunteered so far! If you are able to help deliver lunches, please click here to sign up.

The Independence School

1300 Paper Mill Road | Newark, DE 19711

302-239-0330 | welcome@tisde.org