Nov. 20, 2018        e-Newsletter

Counting our blessings




As a school community, we have much to be thankful for. Today, we expanded our community to include grandparents and special friends. It was truly wonderful to witness our students' excitement as they showed their special guests what makes them proud to be a part of Independence.


I hope that, at this special time of year, you are all able to take a moment to stop, be present, and appreciate all with which you have been blessed. As we give thanks for this wonderful school community, let's also remember those who have experienced losses and struggles.


We feel truly fortunate to have the opportunity to learn every day with your children. Several of them joined members of our administration, faculty and staff to share the many blessings for which they are thankful in a special episode of our student-run talk show, INDY Live! We hope you will visit our Facebook page to watch.


Thank you for your trust and support, and we wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.


With spirit,


Head of School




My BackPack Access Closure

Parent and student access to My BackPack will be closed from next Monday, Nov. 26 until Friday, Dec. 7 at approximately 3 p.m., so that teachers can work on report cards.


Travel Abroad Meeting Rescheduled

The Travel Abroad Meeting for all parents of students in grades 7-8 who are interested in the summer trip to the Dominican Republic has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Innovation Station. Please join us! 


IPA Lunch Volunteers Needed

The IPA is still in need of lunch delivery volunteers. We welcome parents and grandparents to sign up and spread lunchtime cheer to our students.


On Nov. 14, Mrs. Rodeheaver and Mrs. Spence's sixth-grade Spanish classes traveled to the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, N.J. to view two performances by the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet from Miami.


The shows, entitled "Latin American Spectacular" and "Bailando España," perfectly complemented our Spanish program, as the cultures of Latin America and Spain are explored throughout our world language curriculum. Some of our students even received an opportunity to dance on stage with the performers, demonstrating their skills and delighting their classmates.


The trip enabled our sixth graders to further develop their writing skills, as they used recently acquired grammar to craft paragraphs in Spanish about the performances. Additionally, they applied new information and an appreciation of different cultures to what they learned in fifth grade when they studied Latin America.


2018 Holiday Shop


The Holiday Shop is a fun way for your child to pick out holiday gifts for family, friends and even pets. Students will now have the opportunity to "shop" during their physical education classes from Wednesday, Nov. 28-Wednesday, Dec. 5.


If you would like your child to participate in this fun tradition, complete the following steps:

  • Fill out the online form here and make payment.
  • Print out the Holiday Shop form so your child has a list of who to shop for and send it in to his or her homeroom teacher. On the printed form, fill out the amount that you want your child to spend (in increments of $5) and the people and/or pets for whom they are shopping.

Gifts range in price from $2-$10, and they are high-quality gifts that our secret shoppers have been hunting for all year round! Middle school volunteers will help your child shop, check out and wrap gifts. The gifts will then go home with your child.




Independence kicked off the 2018-19 Math League schedule by placing all four of its teams in the Top 3 at H.B. duPont on Nov. 7.


The seventh-grade "Gamma" team (Kate Connolly, Rai Kahlon, Veer Pahwa, Om Patel, Louie Zhang) earned first out of eight teams in the region, followed by the seventh-grade "Delta" group (Ria Agrawal, Olivia Kessler, Grace Koch, Jessica Luo, Katherine Niu, Aadi Varshney) in third. Additionally, Om scored a perfect 7-for-7 individually.


The eighth-grade "Alpha" squad (Sean Allen, Michael Connolly, Eason Li, Heidi Li, Mia Lu) garnered second out of eight teams, while the eighth-grade "Beta" unit (Ben Chen, Bradley Hu, Sam McKeown, Zubin Park, Rich Smith, Trisha Srikanth) finished third. Individually, Mia answered all seven questions correctly, and Eason scored a six out of seven.



11/20 - End of Trimester 1


11/21-23 - Thanksgiving Break (school and Extended Day CLOSED)


11/26 - In-service day (school closed, Extended Day open)


11/27 - Travel Abroad Parent Meeting for grades 7-8 at 7 p.m. (Innovation Station)


12/3 - Eighth-grade Consumer Product Showcase from 3:30-5 p.m. (gym)


Click here for the 2018-19 calendar at a glance.

Click here for the full 2018-19 school calendar.




By Dr. Dahra Williams, Consulting Psychologist,

& Ms. Vita Biddle, LeApps™ Specialist

Have you ever wondered why some children seem to just give up on certain aspects of their schoolwork, believing they simply can't do it? Or, conversely, there are those who stubbornly refuse to quit despite poor grades and struggles. What triggers some students to take one path or the other?





Our annual Gift Card Fundraiser is now open! This program allows families to purchase a wide selection of gift cards at face value, and a portion of each gift card goes directly to our school. If every family purchased just $100 in gift cards to their favorite restaurants or retail stores, the IPA could make $2,500 or more! You can use your gift cards for your own holiday shopping or to give as gifts to family, friends, teachers, employees, etc.


PLEASE NOTE: If you would like your gift cards by Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, please order by Tuesday, Dec. 4. If you order between Wednesday, Dec. 5-Tuesday, Dec. 11, your gift cards will be available by Tuesday, Dec. 18. You can pick up your gift cards in the Development Office.



  • Send in the paper order form to the Development Office, with cash or check made out to the IPA; OR...
  • Order online and send cash or check made out to the IPA to the Development Office (You do NOT need to link a bank account). Ordering online allows you to see all the products available and the amount the school makes from your purchase.

ORDERING ONLINE: Go to If you do not already have an account, select Join a Program. Enter the enrollment code DFFBDC785581 to register. Create a user name (suggest your first and last name) and password and complete the registration process. You will then be ready to shop!


For questions, call Barb Woodland at 302-229-2832 or email


Have you checked out our official Alumni page? You can keep up with all the latest news on our talented graduates. If you have your own alumni submission, please fill out the new form on the page or email Tanya Godsey, Alumni Relations Coordinator.


The Independence School

1300 Paper Mill Road | Newark, DE 19711

302-239-0330 |

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