Feb. 26, 2019        e-Newsletter

Celebrating Diversity


In a month full of cultural observances, such as the Chinese New Year and Black History Month, fifth grade celebrated many impactful, world-renowned individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds by hosting its first-ever Diversity Fair on Feb. 22.


As part of this project for Mrs. Godsey's English classes, students researched a public figure of their choice. The impressive list of people included Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi, legendary talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, Pope John Paul II and many others.


This multifaceted project included a research paper, Google Slides presentation and poster detailing the lives of the fifth graders' selections. Judging by the large crowd that eagerly funneled through the rotunda area, the event proved to be both informational and fun for all those attending.


For more photos, please click here.


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

Spots for many camps are filling up fast, so don't delay - make your plans today!



Admission Information Sessions

The Admission Office is hosting a series of Information Sessions for parents interested in learning about our program. The next one, focusing on Lower School (ECI-grade 4), will take place this Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8:30 a.m. Please help us spread the word. Registration can be found here.


"Adopt-A-Book" availability

A limited number of books remain for our "Adopt-A-Book" program, which supports the Founders' Library.


Follow the instructions below to complete your adoption:

  1. Select a book to adopt (you will be redirected to a SignUpGenius page).
  2. Complete the order form, with bookplate dedications.

If you have any questions, please email our librarian, Cathy Bair.



Re-enrollment contracts for the 2019-20 school year can be found in your My BackPack account and are due back, along with deposits, by this Friday, March 1. Please email Donna Sentman, Admission Manager, with any questions. Thanks!


CWIL™ Parent Coffee

Language & Learning:

The Impact of Experiences on the Brain's Development

Next Tuesday, March 5 at 8:15 a.m. | Founders' Library

  • How do children learn to speak and read?
  • How does your brain help you understand and use language?
  • How does your child's brain change as they develop and grow?
  • Learn about opportunities to get involved with research at University of Delaware!

Presented by University of Delaware Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science and Mrs. Illene Courtright, Speech & Language Pathologist


Open to the Public!


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



By Ms. Vita BiddleLearning Specialist


While working with a group of fifth-grade students on creating study strategies for an upcoming test about Mexico, one student posed an excellent question that became a lesson for everyone in the room.




2/27 - Annual Independence Update with Board President Kevin Heitzenroder and Head of School Vicky Yatzus at 6:30 p.m. (Founders' Library)


2/28 - SGA Volunteer Night at Food Bank of Delaware (Newark branch) from 6-8 p.m.


3/1 - Re-enrollment contracts and deposits due


3/5 - CWIL™ Parent Coffee: "Language & Learning -
The Impact of Experiences on the Brain's Development," presented by University of Delaware Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science and Mrs. Illene Courtright, Speech & Language Pathologist, at 8:15 a.m. - open to the public (Founders' Library)


3/7 - End of Trimester 2


3/7 - Fourth-grade Mini Society Business Session I


3/7 - Student Dance Party for grades 1-5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (multi-purpose room)


3/8 - In-service 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.

Student Dance Party

Sponsored by
The Independence Physical Education Department

Thursday, March 7, 2019
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Multi-purpose room
(Pick up and drop off outside the multi-purpose room in Loop B)


**This event is for Independence students in grades 1-5 ONLY**


Registration is available by clicking here or on the graphic above.


Cost is $10 per student, with payment to be made at the door the night of the dance (cash only, please). If you have any questions about this event, please contact Heather Horsey, Athletic Director, at 302-239-0330 or hhorsey@tisde.org.


We look forward to dancin' the night away!


From Feb. 4-8, the entire Independence student body participated in one of our school's most enduring traditions: Spirit Week. Brian and Brooke host a very special INDY Live! episode that highlights each day of this memorable week, complete with photos, video clips and of course, interviews. Join us as we celebrate #PatriotPride by either visiting our Facebook page or clicking here for the show's website archive.


In celebration of the 100th day of school, kindergarten and first-grade students worked on an extended homework assignment finding different ways to present the number 100. This fun family project also taught time management skills and the importance of creating an appealing presentation.


The assignment led to some amazing results and demonstrated a variety of wonderfully creative ideas, including several projects that incorporated items from nature, such as sticks, rocks, seeds and pine cones. Each student's project went on display in the 100 Day Museum on Feb. 22 for classmates, teachers, administrators and parents to see.


For a complete gallery of the 100 Day Museum, please click here.



Two Indy Robotics teams competed in the First State FIRST LEGO League Champions Tournament on Feb. 23 at Delaware State University, and both left Dover with reasons to be proud.


The Star Struck Tsunamis, composed of fifth graders Peter BrennanSophie CrainGlenn Jing, Colin KippAashritha KoyaAditya RustagiJai Thacker and Tyler Williams and fourth grader Ajay D'Souza, finished in second place overall in points at the event. The Astrobots, composed of sixth graders Doruk ElbeyliDaniel HongMatthew Laird and Lorenzo Santos, won the Innovative Solution Award for research.

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