Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: December 2020

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Daily Health Screenings

Jody Pierce BSN RN

Clayton Ridge MS/HS Nurse

With COVID-19 cases continuing to climb in Northeast Iowa, as well as Cold and Influenza season quickly approaching, the Clayton Ridge Nursing Staff would like to remind parents to screen children for symptoms of illness before leaving for school in the morning.

If your child has:

One High-Risk Symptom

New Cough

Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

New loss of taste or smell


Two Low-Risk Symptoms

Fever (greater than 100.4)


Muscle/body aches


Sore throat

Runny nose

Sinus Congestion




If your child falls into either of these categories, please keep the child at home and speak with your doctor for further direction. If you have any questions, please call school and speak with one of the nurses, available at both campuses.

CRES Eagle Awards

November Awards

Mrs. Stephanie Thomas

On Friday, November 20, Clayton Ridge Elementary School again recognized students for excellence in academics and character at each grade level. Keep up the great work!

December Awards

CRMS Eagle Awards

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Heartfelt Thanks

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Snow Detectives in Third Grade

Abbey Harkrader, from Osborne, presented the program “Snow Detectives” to Clayton Ridge third-graders during Christmas week. Students learned to identify animal footprints in the snow and as an added bonus, made their own plaster cast animal footprint.

Abbey is pictured with third graders from Mrs. Connelly’s room. Left to right are Donte, Blair, Amelia, Katelyn, and Harper.

Christmas Masks for CRES

Mrs. Stephanie Thomas

Rosalie Kickbush has been at it again. Today she donated another mask for each of our elementary students at Clayton Ridge! I just love her spirit of giving. The kids were just elated to have a holiday-themed mask and it is so appreciated to help keep our students safe and healthy!

Another Donation to Make Students' Days Brighter

Thank you Rosalie Kickbush for donating Beanie Babies to our Clayton Ridge Preschool Classes!

Winter Recess Fun

These 5th grade boys enjoyed recess and sharing their hats with the snowmen!

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Amazing Experience, Amazing Students

Mrs. Sara Lawrence

This class of 5th graders is always amazing to me!

Today we were able to Zoom with several students, share computer screens, and explain math using IXL all at the same time!!!! Thank you 5th graders for sharing your technology skills with your classmates!

Mrs. Kickbush shared her sewing talents with our Clayton Ridge Elementary students, all students were given a Christmas mask that is reversible!

Mrs. Troester and her daughter and son-in-law, Anna and David Wilson, presented a dairy program and shared cheese sticks! Yummy!

We had a great day in 5th grade!!!

Seniors Get CPR Certified

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One group of seniors after their CPR traning.

Photo Credit: Ms. Tina Hefel

CRES Holiday Spirit Week

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Mr. Wahls "Horsing" Around with His New Socks

Fifth Grade Sings

Mrs. Jill Stannard

Fifth graders sang on Thursday, December 17 at Towers Living Center in Garnavillo. They stood outside and sang to the residents through the Windows. It was heartwarming and cheerful! #eaglepride

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Tie-dye Masks for Peers

Ayva Prince and her mom made awesome tie-dye masks for everyone in her 3rd-grade class! The kids were so excited! Thank you so much for your kind gesture!

Fifth Grades Make Their Teachers' Hearts Grow

Mrs. Sara Lawrence

5th Graders were very busy crafting and singing today!

*Sharing is Caring. We are still collecting food.

Sharing the magic of the season, singing Christmas carols at Tower Living Center in Garnavillo.

We had a great day!

My heart grew three sizes today watching all the 5th graders sharing the Christmas Spirit!!

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Fourth Grade Spelling Bee

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4th grade Holiday Spelling Bee winners!

1st Place - Lainey Hansel

2nd Place - Adelyn Helle

3rd Place - Tyler Gaul

Holiday Decorating Contests in FCS

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Lunchroom Christmas Carol Karaoke

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English III Students Don’t Let COVID Get in the Way

Mrs. Valeria White

After reading the trial scene in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, English III students were tasked with creating a skit that would depict what would have happened in the jury room as the jurors deliberated Tom Robinson’s fate. Some students were quarantined, but we didn’t let that stop us. Using technology (Google Docs and Zoom), students were able to collaborate and create. One group presented their entire skit over Zoom during our online learning trial run, while others presented in the classroom with one or more members participating via Zoom. All skits were recorded using an iPad, then skits were uploaded to Google Classroom to be viewed by the whole class. All in all, this successful project contributed to students’ education in ways beyond traditional classroom learning. They learned how to be resilient, how to troubleshoot, and how to come up with creative ideas to overcome obstacles and make something happen.

Chloe F, Mara P., Trey L, Ethan B., and Boston P. present their jury skit project over Zoom.

Sixth Grade Social Studies: 99 Counties of Iowa Project

White Elephant Writing

Mrs. Michelle Scott

Students in English II participated in a White Elephant thank-you writing activity. Students were instructed to bring a weird and useless gift from home. After the white elephant exchange activity, the sophomore students learned about how to write detailed and thoughtful thank-you notes for their gifts. Students pretended the gifts were from their crazy Aunt Ethel, and wrote a personal thank you note to her for their weird gift. Lots of fun was had in English II!

Spreading the Christmas Cheer

Students and staff went to the Guttenberg Care Center on Wednesday, December 16 after school.

Photo Credit: Mr. Adam Radcliffe

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What's New at the Guttenberg Library?

Nancy Ruzicka
Youth Services Director

Nancy Ruzicka

Youth Services Director

What's new here at the library?

Well, a lot!

Because of the Covid-19 cases on the rise, the Guttenberg Library has changed our procedures. The library is open by appointment only and masks are required. The appointments are 30 minutes long and can be scheduled by calling the library. If you prefer not to come into the library you can call and request specific books or reserve books online, and we will set them out on our cart for curbside pick up.

Our Grab-N-Go craft bags are now available for December. We have 2 different crafts available. Pre-3rd. grade and 4-8th grade. The crafts bags have been moved outside also. They will be in a plastic tote by the front door.

Visit the Guttenberg Public Library's Facebook page for Ms. Nancy's online storytimes. A new storytime will be posted every month along with other educational videos for kids to watch.

Remember to join our Great Stay At Home Winter Reading Challenge for adults. You can download the reading log from our website or request one from the library.

The Guttenberg Library will be closed the following dates in December: 24 and 25 and closing early on the 31.

Happy Holidays!

Words on Wellness

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2020-2021 District Calendar

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NEWS from Iowa State Extension

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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).