Jan. 8, 2019        e-Newsletter

Welcome Back!


We are gearing up for a wonderful 2019, and we'd like to take this opportunity to share just a few pieces of news and event information with you.

  • During the holiday break, Independence was awarded a $150,000 grant from Crystal Trust, a local charitable foundation, to support building our outdoor classroom! We will continue to keep you informed as this project moves forward.
  • Our next CWIL™ Parent Coffee will take place next Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 8:15 a.m. in the Founders' Library. Margaret Ann Minihan, our Technology Integration Specialist and Technology & Media Literacy Instructor, will present and lead a discussion on "Digital Citizenship and Online Safety." All Indy parents are welcome to attend and may bring a friend. To learn more about CWIL™, please click here.
  • Finally, we are so happy to announce the launch of our inaugural "FebFest!" event, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8. Food will be available at 5:30 p.m., and games will start at 6. More details, as well as the link to register, purchase tickets and volunteer, will be available in the next Patriot Page.

We hope you share in our excitement about this news and will join us for an upcoming event in 2019!



Follow our Patriot athletic teams this winter

Winter Sports action is now underway! Be sure to click here or on the logo below to visit the "Teams & Results" page, where you can stay up-to-date on all the latest news and recaps about Patriot athletics!

Winter Wonderland Concert & Sing-along




Next Thursday, Jan. 17

9:30-10:15 a.m. | Gore Auditorium

All of our Early Childhood I-II and Kindergarten students will attend this concert with their teachers. Parents are welcome to join us but are not required to do so. Independence students do not need to register for this event.


If you have friends or family members who you think may be interested in this fun and free event, please let them know. We'd love to have them join us!


Registration available by clicking anywhere on the above graphic


Engineer Mark Love and his "Engineers Teaching Algebra" program returned to Independence on Jan. 7 for eighth graders in Mrs. Kacmarcik and Mr. Lazar's classes. Founded by Mr. Love in 1994, "Engineers Teaching Algebra" prides itself on "bringing a field trip into the classroom." The program features a 90-minute session that uses math in real-life, hands-on experiences and promotes both collaborative problem solving and STEM education in the process.



1/10 - IPA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. (Volunteer Room)


1/15 - CWIL™ Parent Coffee: "Digital Citizenship and Online Safety," presented by Technology Integration Specialist Margaret Ann Minihan, at 8:15 a.m. - open to all parents (Founders' Library)


1/17 - "Winter Wonderland" Concert & Sing-along" with We Kids Rock! from 9:30-10:15 a.m. (Gore Auditorium)

1/21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (school closed, Extended Day open)


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

Click here for the full 2018-19 school calendar.



Congratulations to 22 of our eighth graders who have qualified for scholarships to Archmere Academy as a result of their excellent performance on the high school's entrance exam. The complete list is as follows:

  • Sean Allen
  • Benjamin Chen
  • Michael Connolly
  • Marty Coyne
  • Amelia Gattuso
  • Alex Genoese
  • Bradley Hu
  • Benjamin Jordan
  • Edward Kang
  • Tara Kedda
  • Eason Li
  • Heidi Li
  • Mia Lu
  • Stephanie Ng
  • Clare O'Dwyer
  • Zubin Park
  • Jacob Poplawski
  • Riley Slowik
  • Richie Smith
  • Trisha Srikanth
  • Holly Urbanek
  • Gautam Wadhwa

All of these students also received an invitation to attend Archmere's Annual Eighth-Grade Scholarship Dinner and Reception tomorrow night, Wednesday, Jan. 9. Way to go, everyone!


We are thrilled to present our new 360° Virtual Campus Tour to you! Please enjoy, and be sure to share with friends so they can get an inside look at Independence. Thanks to our students and faculty for helping to create the fun 360° photos. Click here or on the graphic above to check it out!

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 | welcome@tisde.org

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