Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: November 2018

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Koins for Kids

Mrs. Sharon Keehner, HS Business
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CRES Halloween

Clayton Ridge Veterans' Day 2018

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CRES October Awards

Clayton Ridge Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

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National Education Week: 2018 Friend of Education Mrs. Becky Hefel

Speech Written by Mrs. Brenda Bodish, Kindergarten Teacher

For those of you who know Becky and her family and her extended family, you are probably not surprised that she is receiving this award. They are a kind, giving and hard working family. When you see Becky out and about, you are most likely greeted with a smile, a hug, and her asking how the kids at school are doing. But that is just a little background. How this relates to school---

Becky has 2 grandkids in our school, Coos and Stella. Since they started, she’s been coming in to read with their classrooms. I know she’s been a part of Judy Clefisch’s, Mary Streichs’ and Kathy Connelly’s, as well as mine. Becky first approached me when Coos was in Kindergarten. Now at that time, I had a student with a 1-1, another Associate, the Special Ed teacher who came in for a time, and the speech therapist who did lessons in the class. I thought (counting the numbers on my fingers) sure, come on in!

We found a little spot in the corner where she read with each student, amongst the organized chaos. Her only polite request, after a few weeks, was for a taller chair. Taller than our 12” chairs – we have a tiny classroom. We accommodated and she stayed with us for the year. The next year when Coos moved on to 1st grade, she approached me and asked if she could come back and read with my kids again. No connections to my room, just a desire to work with the kids. Of course, I said yes. That year, I had another student with a 1-1 who would often run around the classroom and another student who would sometimes have a bit of a meltdown if she could not read with Becky – Mr. Peterson, Julie, Miss Streich – you might know who I’m referring to. It did not phase Becky in the least. In fact – I’m pretty sure that student got a little extra Becky love when it did come time for her to read.

And this year, we once again have Becky at the back of the room, reading word lists with the kids. No official grandkids – those are in Mrs. Clefish’s and Mrs. Connelly’s rooms, which she visits, too.

It is not a surprise that when the Mentoring Program started up last year, Becky signed up and was chosen to be a mentor. What a positive figure she is for our students.

We have had Friends of Education give of their money, time, crafts, but Becky is one who gives of her heart. And if that is not a Friend of Education, I don’t know what is.

Photo Credit: Mr. Adam Radcliffe
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National Education Week 2018: School is COOL

The Clayton Ridge Education Association treated students and staff to ice cream as part of 2018 National Education Week.

Preschool Enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner at CRES

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Kindergarten Celebrates Thanksgiving

The Kindergarten students from Ms. Geuder’s and Mrs. Bodish’s classes enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving by dressing as Native Americans and Pilgrims during the Thanksgiving lunch at school. They thought the lunch was delicious.

SeeSaw and iPads in Kindergarten

Mrs. Karen Gueder, Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten students each received their own iPad to use at school. The students in Ms. Geuder’s class have been learning how to use See Saw to draw pictures to go with stories they are writing. Their parents can log on to their account and check out their work online

Reading News from Mrs. Geuder's Room

Mrs. Karen Geuder, Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten students in Ms. Geuder’s class enjoy reading their sight words with a study buddy every morning as one of their center choices

Sadie Hefel Shares Rocks with Third Grade

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Osbourne Visits Third Grade: Meet Scaly and Slimy

Mrs. Tami Palmer, 3rd Grade Teacher

How Brains are Built

Submitted by Ms. Lynette Pritchard, School Social Worker

Brain Architecture, Addiction, Serve and Return, Air Traffic Control, Stress

Palix Foundation, October 2013

The AFWI is pleased to present the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format for public audiences. The AFWI developed the video with considerable input from our partners at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the FrameWorks Institute. Using metaphors developed by FrameWorks and tested with audiences both in the US and in Alberta, “How Brains are Built” infuses core story concepts with energy, accessibility, and high fidelity to the science.


Guttenberg Public Library Events

Nancy Ruzicka, Librarian

December 1- Holiday Coloring Contest for ages 2-12 years old. Pictures can be picked up at the Guttenberg Library and must be returned by December 19.

Friday, December 7at 2:15 p.m. - Movie Matinee- Polar Express
Friday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. Toddler Time for ages 2-4.
Friday, December 21 at 2:15 p.m. - Adventure Hour for grades K-5

Saturday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m. - Cards for Hospitalized Kids - Middle School and High School kids program. Supplies will be provided.

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2018 Health and Safety Information Day

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, a number of guests visited Clayton Ridge to share their expertise and experiences with health and wellness with Clayton Ridge high school students. A representative from Northeast Iowa Behavior Health presented information about mental health and suicide prevention. Matt Moser, with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office presented about the dangers of vaping. A representative from Northeast Iowa Community Action presented about teen pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted diseases. All students then listened to Mark Bigler, a Davenport man who lost his grandson in a tragic drunk driving accident, presented Courage for Drake: It's a Slam Dunk...Don't Drive Drunk.

December Lunch Menu

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Words on Wellness

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About Clayton Ridge Community Schools

Clayton Ridge Community School District has both a north and south campus. The northern campus is located in the midst of the rolling prairie of Garnavillo, Iowa and currently serves students in grades PK-5. The southern campus is situated among the picturesque Mississippi River bluffs and boasts a magnificent view of the mighty river and Lock & Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. The south campus serves middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12).