March 12, 2019        e-Newsletter

Making a Difference


Our third-grade students recently completed a service project inspired by their reading unit entitled "Making a Difference." This unique learning experience served as a great example of our technology & media literacy curriculum in action, as it involved the students' first use of Google Slides to create presentations and handouts of information for an audience of peers, parents and administrators in the Founders' Library.


The third graders worked in trios or groups of four to research a nonprofit organization that gives back to our community, whether locally or globally. The students were asked to find out its history, describe its mission and services, and brainstorm some ways that they could help that organization.


The list of organizations chosen follows: Wounded Warrior Project, Faithful Friends Animal Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Animal Sanctuary Society, Inc, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Red Cross, Food Bank of Delaware, World Wildlife Federation, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, PAWS, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, and Warrior Dog Foundation.


Independence fosters a sense of community and encourages its students to become strong leaders and good citizens who can make a difference in the lives of others. This project certainly helped these young learners to continue traveling down that path. In addition to their leadership and citizenship, the third-grade students also impressed the audience during their presentations by demonstrating exceptional poise and their growing confidence as public speakers.



Lost & Found

Lost & Found items will be on display in the rotunda until this Friday, March 15. After that date, any remaining items will be donated.


Though summer may seem very far away, buying an auction raffle ticket will heat things up! Even if you can't attend "A Date at the Derby" on Saturday, April 13 at Deerfield Country Club, you can still buy a raffle ticket to win a Tundra 65 YETI cooler filled with adult beverages, a cornhole set with a custom design of your choosing, and a pair of Tommy Bahama beach chairs! This is literally a PARTY just waiting for the summer to arrive. Total value is over $800!


Click here to purchase auction or raffle tickets.



On March 7, Ms. Gilmore and Mrs. Saggese's creative young entrepreneurs presented their first of two "Mini Society" Business Sessions for the 2018-19 school year. "Mini Society" serves as a cornerstone of our Economics curriculum – Economic and Entrepreneurial Education (E3) – which focuses on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and business leadership. Students created unique, inventive goods and services that were available for students and teachers to purchase using "MiniBucks" in $1 or $5 increments. In the days leading up to the event, the fourth graders utilized our BrightSign TV screens throughout the school to showcase ads of their products that they created in Google Slides. What a great marketing opportunity!


Parents of our fourth-grade students are invited to attend the second session on May 17. Click here for photos from Business Session I.



By Mrs. Bernadette Gilmore, Director of Academics & Curriculum


What happens to the infinite array of questions that preschoolers have? They can be endless, tiresome, even embarrassing when asked in public. What happens when I sneeze? Why is that dog sniffing the tree? Why am I tall in my shadow? Why is that lady in a wheelchair? Interestingly, such questions are a perfect vehicle for cognitive development, asked right at the time that information is needed by the child to resolve the uncertainty or disconnect with what is already understood. 




3/14 - Third-grade Young Writers' Scholarship Writing at 3:15 p.m.


3/15 - Middle School Dance for grades 6-8 from 7-9 p.m. (gym)


3/18 & 3/21 - Board Presidents Scholarship Writing from 3-4:15 p.m.


3/25-29 - Spring Break (school closed, Extended Day open)


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

Click here for the full 2018-19 school calendar.

The Independence School Night


Opening Day

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Frawley Stadium
Wilmington Blue Rocks vs. Salem Red Sox

Game starts at 6:35 p.m.


Come cheer on the Blue Rocks AND our third-grade students, who will be performing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

A block of tickets has been reserved for an evening of fun. Please click here for the online registration form, which must be completed by next Friday, March 22.


Thank you to everyone who attended our Lower School Student Dance Party on March 7, and a very special thank you to our physical education department for organizing this wonderful event and all of our chaperones.


Please visit 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!

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

The Independence School

1300 Paper Mill Road | Newark, DE 19711

302-239-0330 |

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