Jan. 29, 2019        e-Newsletter


8th grader Sam McKeown wins Indy Geographic competition


Congratulations to eighth grader Sam McKeown for placing first in the Independence Geographic Bee on Jan. 23.


Sam moves on to take the state test. If he qualifies as one of the top scorers, he will represent Independence at the Delaware Geographic Bee on March 29. The state winners then receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., to compete for cash, college scholarships and a Galápagos Islands getaway at the 31st annual National Geographic Bee Championship from May 19-22.


Seventh graders Gates Watt and Aili Inguito finished in second and third place, respectively, in the Independence Bee.


This year's other finalists were fourth grader Ari Satranfifth grader Henry Hahnseventh graders Veer PahwaBen Shaver, Aadi Varshney and Louie Zhang, and eighth grader Gautam Wadhwa, who was last year's school champion.


Way to go, everyone!




In last week's Indy Robotics article, we inadvertently omitted fifth grader Glenn Jing's name from the Star Struck Tsunamis and instead included one of his classmates, Kabir Goyal, who is not on the team. We apologize for the error and appreciate your understanding.



School-wide Food Drive

We have been notified by the Food Bank of Delaware of an urgent need for additional supplies to help support local area federal employees and others as a result of the partial government shutdown.


In response, we are holding a food drive, which will run through the evening of FebFest, next Friday, Feb. 8.


We have collection areas throughout the school and will make sure your children know where to drop off your family's contribution. Please click here for the list of suggested items. We hope you can contribute.



Re-enrollment contracts for 2019-2020 will be published to your My BackPack account this Friday, Feb. 1. You are now able to pay your re-enrollment deposit online via credit card or bank transfer. You may also still pay by check or cash if you prefer.


With the addition of new online payment options, please note a few changes to the contract and payment process. When executing the online contract, you will be required to indicate your payment plan for tuition for 2019-2020. Your choices are as follows:

  • Pay-in-full – The entire year's tuition by July 1, 2019
  • 60/40 Payment Schedule – 60% of tuition (less deposit) paid by July 1, 2019, remaining 40% paid by Jan. 1, 2020
  • Easy Payment Plan (autopay) – This new option allows you to set up scheduled automatic withdrawals for payments to be electronically transmitted to the school. This plan replaces the former Tuition Management System (afford.com). A convenience fee applies.

Watch for additional details coming soon!


Please visit our Summer at Independence website at www.SummerAtIndependence.org to browse our diverse variety of 2019 camp options in one of three easy ways:

  • By category
  • By grade level
  • By week

You will also find a helpful FAQ, and you can thumb through galleries from every week of camp last year to relive the excitement and memories or simply see all the fun your child can have this year. Don't delay on planning your child's 2019 Summer at Independence!


Please note that registration is scheduled to open this Friday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m.


(February 4-8)


Daily Themes

MONDAY: Color War

EC and K – rainbow     1st – yellow     2nd – orange     3rd – red     4th – purple

  5th – blue     6th – green     7th grey     8th – black



Sweats Day (Middle School)

Wear your comfy sweatpants and sweatshirts.

Disney Day (Lower School)

Wear your favorite Disney character on a shirt, sweatshirt, hat and/or Mouse ears.


WEDNESDAY: Wacky Wednesday

Wear mismatched clothes.



Sports Jersey Day (Middle School)

Wear your favorite sports jersey.

PJ Day (Lower School)

Wear your coolest pajamas.


FRIDAY: Indy Day

Wear red, white and blue.


Have fun with the daily themes! You may choose clothing out of dress code that fits the theme, but please remember that those choices must be appropriate for school. Shorts need to be long enough to meet dress code requirements. If you choose not to participate in the daily theme, you must be in dress code.

CWIL™ Parent Coffee

Technology and Media Literacy: Steps Toward the Future

Next Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8:15 a.m. in the Founders' Library

  • How is technology in the classroom changing curriculum now and for the future?
  • What are the characteristics of a "digital-age learner"?
  • What does it mean to be media literate?
  • What should tech and media literacy learning outcomes be?

Presented by Mrs. Margaret Ann Minihan, Technology Integration Specialist and Technology & Media Literacy Instructor, and Mrs. Cathy Bair, Librarian


All Parents Welcome!


For more on the Center for Wellness, Innovation & Learning, please click here.


Next Friday, Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m.

Advance "Play All Night" Bands for your child are still available by clicking here.

For FebFest volunteer opportunities, please click here.


FebFest will feature our "Adopt-A-Book" program, which is a wonderful way to say thank you to your student's favorite teacher, to celebrate your graduate, or to honor a loved one "in memoriam" while supporting Independence's Founders' Library. When you "Adopt-A-Book," a dedication is attached to the inside front cover, which allows your tribute to be seen by everyone who borrows the book.


Follow the steps below to complete your adoption:

  1. Click here to browse the books (by reading level) that are available to adopt
  2. Click here to select a book to adopt (you will be redirected to a SignUpGenius page)
  3. Click here for the "Adopt-A-Book" order form, with bookplate dedications




1/31 - Roller Skating Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Christiana Skating Center)


2/1 - Re-enrollment contracts for 2019-20 published online (due 3/1)

2/1 - Parent conferences (school closed, Extended Day open)


2/4-2/8 - Spirit Week

  • Monday: Color War
    (by grade)
  • Tuesday: Disney Day (Lower School); Sweats Day (Middle School)
  • Wednesday:
    Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday: PJ Day (LS); Sports Jersey Day (MS)
  • Friday: Indy Day

2/5 - CWIL™ Parent Coffee: "Technology and Media Literacy: Steps Toward the Future," presented by Technology Integration Specialist Margaret Ann Minihan and Librarian Cathy Bair, at 8:15 a.m. - open to all parents and their guest(s) (Founders' Library)


2/8 - FebFest from 6-8 p.m. -- click here for advance "Play All Night" Bands; click here to volunteer


2/12 - View-ahead Day for parents of students in ECII & K from 8:30-9:45 a.m. (Founders' Library and classrooms)


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

Click here for the full 2018-19 school calendar.

Roller Skating Night

presented by the Athletic Department


Where: Christiana Skating Center

When: This Thursday, Jan. 31

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Entry Fee - $5; Skate Rental - $3


All ECI through fourth-grade students are required to have a parent stay at the event.




Do you know an outstanding Indy alum who is doing amazing things? If so, we are looking for 2019 nominations for our two alumni awards, Outstanding Alumni and Rising Star Alumni. You can submit yours by clicking here. Award recipients will be determined in early April and presented at our annual Founders' Day assembly, scheduled for Thursday, April 18.

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