ABOUT THE IPA
The kind of exceptional educational experience that we provide at Independence is only possible when our faculty, students and parents go above and beyond. We have a very strong community tradition of giving back at Independence, and we hope that you will consider sharing your time and talent with the Independence Parents’ Association (IPA) to enrich our students’ experiences.
The IPA’s creation occurred nearly 40 years ago to provide needed programs and services for the betterment of the school community. Over the years, the IPA has raised and donated thousands of dollars by organizing and carrying out fundraising and outreach activities, which have supported enhancements such as special field trips, educational and cultural speakers and programs, yearbooks, and iPad carts. Members of the IPA foster a closer relationship among students, faculty and staff to further strengthen the Independence education.
IPA-SPONSORED EVENTS & INITIATIVES
- Ice Cream Social after the Informal Visit Day:
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m.
- Gym uniforms -- click here to purchase
- Patriot apparel -- coming soon!
- Lunch Program: Pasta Monday, Taco Tuesday, Pizza Wednesday and Mac & Chicken Thursday
- Individual and Class Picture Days
- Lower School - Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
- Middle School - Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
(Rain dates - Wednesday, Oct. 4-Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017; Retake date - Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017)
- Class - Taken same day as Individual
- Family Bingo Night: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
- click here for photos
- Gift Card Fundraiser: This fundraiser is now closed. Thank you for your participation!
- Holiday Festival: Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
- click here for photos
- May Fair: Saturday, May 5, 2018, from noon-4 p.m.
- A Night at the Blue Rocks 2018: Date TBD
- Field Day Order Forms
- T-Shirt: K-3
- T-Shirt: 4-8
- Hot Dog Lunch
- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Days
Communications from the IPA about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities will appear in the weekly Patriot Page, as well as in this space and on our social media channels.
Meet the 2017-18 IPA President
As mother of two amazing boys, Rahul (sixth grade) and Ajay (third grade), I have been a part of the Independence community for six wonderful years. With each passing year, my husband, Rohan, and I have become increasingly blessed and grateful for such an outstanding group of teachers, parents and administrators who are positively shaping our children’s future.
The dedication shown by my children’s teachers inspired me to get involved. I was humbled by their individual approach to ensuring that each child reaches his or her full potential, and I knew I wanted to play a greater role in being part of this incredible team. In addition, my involvement sends a valuable lesson to my boys about what it means to give back to our community.
The Independence School is a community based on vibrant parent involvement. With your support, we can continue to make Independence academically inspiring and nurturing for our children. Whether it is your time, knowledge or resources, your contribution makes a difference.
We personally invite you to become an involved member at the school. Thank you in advance for helping in any way you can and showing your children how highly you value their education!
UPCOMING 2017-18 IPA meeting sCHEDULE
- Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Food Bank of Delaware - Newark Branch (Delaware Industrial Park, 14 Garfield Way, Newark, DE 19713), 6-8 p.m. **NOTE NEW DATE, TIME & LOCATION**
- Tuesday, March 13, 2018
- Tuesday, April 24, 2018
All meetings take place in the Founders' Library at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change.
HOW TO JOIN
Because the activities and initiatives of the IPA enhance the experience of all Independence students, we ask that each family pay a $25 membership fee, which is included on your tuition bill. Membership fees provide the necessary start-up funds for IPA’s various activities and programs that occur throughout the year. Without your financial support, these events would not be possible.
Parent participation remains vital to maintaining the spirit and traditions that make our school unique. Please consider volunteering and becoming a part of one of the many events planned for the upcoming school year. In addition to helping out Independence’s students, IPA also provides a great way to meet and know other parents.
If you have any questions regarding the various IPA events or how you can help, please contact the Development Office at 302-234-9715.