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Please do not reserve seats in the auditorium, gym or multi-purpose room for any school events (concerts, 3rd grade program, graduation, etc.). The understandable desire to get good seats has resulted in parents or students placing “markers” on seats well ahead of others. This does not apply to those individuals with a physical disability; therefore, if you have the need, contact the school to make the necessary arrangements. Families that have purchased preferential seating through the auction should make arrangements through the Advancement Office or the Division Head.
Book borrowing privileges vary according to grade level. Books are checked out for 21 days and may be renewed; however, items will not be renewed if another student has requested the item. Click here for the Library Catalog.
Any student forgetting to return his/her book will not be allowed to borrow another book until the late book is returned or payment is made. Parents will receive a reminder notice (via email) for books not returned. If the book has not been returned after a third notice has been sent, the family will be billed for the replacement cost of the book. No photocopying or printing is available to students this year.
Computer loaner privileges are for grades 6-8 only. There are a very limited number of computers to loan. Computers that are signed out must be returned at the end of that school day from Mrs. Minihan. Failure to do so results in a two-week borrowing suspension.
Independence expects its students to exhibit proper manners when eating and to carefully clean up afterwards.
All children bring their own snacks, drinks, and lunch, unless purchasing lunch through the IPA (information on these opportunities will be sent to parents at the beginning of the year). Parents are responsible for providing utensils and napkins. Students may NOT use microwaves this year in any grade for heating lunches. A snack time is provided mid-morning for all students.
For this school year, there will not be milk and ice cream available through the school.
Upon occasion, teachers organize special lunches for students. Students/parents are not to "order out" on their own.
Students are not to consume food or beverages in the hallways, auditorium, gallery, or gymnasium at any time.
Gum is not allowed in the school at any time including during after hour events such as concerts, athletic events, dances, etc.
The following are email and telephone information for frequent school contacts. Visit the website full directory for faculty and staff contact information.
For phone calls, please call the main office 302-239-0330 unless otherwise indicated.
Head of Middle School (5th-8th grade): Amy Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org
School Nurse: Linza Godfrey, email@example.com
Consulting Psychologist: Dr. Dahra Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Billing/Payments: Monica Stepek, email@example.com
Special Events, Alumni, Annual Fund/Giving: Julie Goldston, firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission and Re-enrollment: Donna Sentman, email@example.com, 302-239-0332
Secondary School Placement: Vita Biddle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Extended Day: Jen Hayes, email@example.com, 302-239-9060
Facility Rentals: Jim Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors are not permitted in the school building for the safety of the children and employees according to our COVID-19 guidelines. Parents are discouraged from bringing forgotten items unless it is something very important such as a lunch or device. Parents will come to the main office front door and use the intercom to indicate that they are there to drop off the item for their child. Leave the item on the table in the vestibule. The receptionist will get it to the student. If the child is in the Early Childhood wing, the teacher will be called and will be sent to pick up the item at that inner courtyard EC door after you have dropped it off.
Students in grades 1-8 grade will have lockers or a storage area for their belongings. They are to be kept neat and clean. No student may access another student's locker without permission. Tampering with another's locker is a serious offense. Students are to keep coats and books in these lockers. Books may also be stored in desks. First thing in the morning before or during homeroom, musical instruments should be stored in the music wing in an assigned locker and athletic equipment should be taken to the gym.
LOST & FOUND
Items left unclaimed at the end of the school day are placed in the Lost and Found. Lost and Found can be found in two locations: the reception area by the multi-purpose room and by the gymnasium. Valuables may be claimed at the receptionist’s desk. Students will be given time occasionally to look for lost items. After a reasonable period of time, unclaimed items are donated to charity or otherwise discarded. Labeling children’s possessions is recommended (i.e. coats, calculators, lunch boxes, etc.). While adults will aid the student at an appropriate level when attempting to locate lost items, it is ultimately the responsibility of the family to replace the items.