Falcon Focus

Archibald Alexander Elementary: March 12, 2021

Alexander Elementary is committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence for each and every one of our scholars. We believe in our students, staff, and families and dedicate ourselves to creating a community that prepares our scholars for college or career.

Chris Gibson, Principal, Gibson.Chris@iowacityschools.org

A Message from the Principal

Dear Falcon families

Spring conferences were a success! It is always our goal to meet with 100% of our families and we appreciate the teamwork to be sure our scholars are soaring. If you missed your conference, there is still time. Please feel free to contact the office or your child's teacher to reschedule.

Next week is spring break. We love working with your children, but are also excited to spend some time away from school to rest and rejuvenate. School resumes on Monday, March 22.

As always, thank you for your support and have a super spring break!

Chris Gibson, Principal

Extended Learning Program Nominations: Due March 26

Grades 3, 4 and 5 ELP Parent Nomination

The yearly screening of students for participation in the Extended Learning Program (ELP), the elementary program for gifted and very high ability students, is underway for the 2021-2022 school year. This program is appropriate for students who are at the highest academic levels in their grade. Students can enter this screening pool by Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) scores, teacher nomination or parent nomination. More information is available on the district website www.iowacityschools.org: Departments: Curriculum: Curriculum Areas: Extended Learning Program (ELP): Elementary Services. Only grades three through five are included in this screening process. Kindergarten and first grade students are being screened for ELP services through in-class lessons and collaboration with the classroom teacher throughout the school year. All second graders will be screened in the Spring. Parents will receive notification about second grade screening when it is scheduled at their child’s school. No parent or teacher nominations are necessary for grades K-2. If you would like to nominate your third, fourth or fifth grade child to be tested for ELP services, please complete a parent information form. Forms will be available online between February 21 and March 26, 2021 at https://forms.gle/y8nRipaSbDW6fR6h8.

Paper forms will be available in the school office during the same time. No forms will be accepted after March 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

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Scholastic Book Fair: Last Call

We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online-Only Book Fair from March2 - March 15 2012.

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive booklist.

Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:


Some amazing features of our online store:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25

We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!

Anne Coatar

Teacher Librarian

Alexander Elementary


REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS: Per Iowa law, 7th-grade students must have a Meningococcal vaccine (to prevent meningitis, a bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord) and a Tdap booster (to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough).

Please check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and Meningococcal vaccines and make an appointment if needed. Johnson County Public Health also provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045. If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment. Please turn in an updated “Certificate of Immunization” before the new school year begins. Your child will not be able to attend school without these required vaccines.

Important Dates to Remember:

March 15-19 SPRING BREAK

April 1 Dine Out for Education

April 7 School Picture Make Up Day

May 5 Kindergarten Round Up

June 11 Last day of school

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, Tabor.Jeremy@iowacityschools.org.