Feb. 13, 2019        e-Newsletter

Thank you for a FEBulous event!


We hope everyone had a wonderful time at our first-ever FebFest on Friday night! We would like to thank all of the parents, students, faculty and staff who volunteered their time to make this new event a huge success. Events like this simply don't happen without the help of our community. A special thank you goes out to Indy parent Ryan Haydu for his leadership and First State Orthopaedics for its generous sponsorship.


Check our website later this week for the FebFest gallery.




During drop-off and pick-up times, please remember to leave the center turn lane into Meadowdale open so that residents can access the neighborhood when trying to make a left turn in. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!




Independence Annual Update

Please join us for the Independence Annual Update on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Founders' Library.


Board President Kevin Heitzenroder and Head of School Vicky Yatzus will provide an update on our program and initiatives, followed by a Q&A. We will have wine & cheese beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation starts at 7.


Please email Development Manager Pooja D'Souza to RSVP so that we may plan refreshments. Please note this is a "Parent Only" event. We look forward to seeing you!


Re-enrollment contracts now available

Re-enrollment contracts for the 2019-20 school year were published to your My BackPack account on Feb. 1. Contracts and deposits are due back by Friday, March 1. Please email Donna Sentman, Admission Manager, with any questions. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our school-wide food drive in support of local federal employees and others affected by the partial government shutdown. Your support is greatly appreciated in the community!


We are thrilled to announce that the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) has awarded Independence and Archmere Academy an Edward E. Ford Foundation grant designed to fund innovative, collaborative projects between our schools.


The grant will underwrite the academic work of administration and faculty at both schools to develop a joint three-day winter program for January 2020, collaborative faculty professional development, and action research. 


The research will focus on two areas - students' acquisition and mastery of critical thinking skills and students' overall health and wellness as they relate to stress and anxiety.


We are excited about the opportunity to join with another strong school in our commitment to faculty professional development and to inform our curricula around child and adolescent development.



In celebration of Black History Month this February, fourth-grade Economic & Entrepreneurial Education (E3) students investigated the life and entrepreneurial endeavors of innovative, influential leader Booker T. Washington. The fourth graders began the lesson by discussing Washington's experiences as an enslaved child carrying school books for his master's daughters right after the Civil War, and they concluded with a celebration of his profound accomplishments, most notably as an educator and founder of the Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, in Alabama. Pictured below are some of the students evaluating the resources involved in Washington's many jobs.




2/14 - Happy Valentine's Day!


2/15 - Presidents' Day Weekend (school closed, Extended Day open)

2/18 - Presidents' Day (school closed, Extended Day open)


2/20 - Third-grade field trip to Alpine and Rafetto Orthodontics


2/25 - Seventh-grade field trip to National Constitution Center in Philadelphia


2/25-2/26 - Eighth-grade trip to UD STAR Campus


2/26 - ECII field trip to Delaware Museum of Natural History


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

Click here for the full 2018-19 school calendar.



Independence hosted the Indy Scholastic Chess Challenge on Feb. 2. The tournament featured three sections - K-3 Unrated to 4-9 Unrated, U-900 and Open (Rated) - with our students earning various awards at multiple levels.


The achievements are as follows:


K-3 Unrated

  • First Place Individual - Raphael Lombardi
  • Third Place Team - Nate Cohen, Raphael Lombardi, D.J. Martin, Colin Schneider and Sam Wyant

4-9 Unrated

  • First Place Individual - Bradley Hu
  • Fourth Place Individual - Aditya Rustagi
  • First Place Team - Sean Allen, Bradley Hu and Aditya Rustagi

Open Section (Rated)

  • Third Place Team - Kabir Goyal, Colin Kipp, Varun Pappu, Sam Perny, Daria Tigan and Johnny Wyant

Congratulations to all!


Students in all grade levels had a wonderful time celebrating 2019 Spirit Week with us from Feb. 4-8! Be sure to check out the newest episode of INDY Live! on our Facebook page later this week for a special look back at all the festivities! #GoIndy #PatriotPride


Registration is now available for 2019 Summer at Independence!


Please visit www.SummerAtIndependence.org to browse our diverse variety of 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!

The Independence School

1300 Paper Mill Road | Newark, DE 19711

302-239-0330 | welcome@tisde.org

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