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Attention Parents: Please Pick your Enrollment for 2nd Trimester

Dear Twain Families,


E-Registration is now open to provide parents the opportunity to indicate their child(ren)'s enrollment selection for the second trimester of the 2020-21 school year.

Please do this by November 4th. Call us at 319-688-1165 or stop by the main office if you need help.

This must be completed in PowerSchool by all families, whether you wish to switch between enrollment modes or stay in your current enrollment mode. Please sign in to your PowerSchool account and click the “Permissions” link on the left side of the page.



Scroll to the bottom of the permissions list to find the Trimester 2 Enrollment Selection permission. Here, you will indicate whether you are choosing Option A or Option B (described below). Please repeat this process for every student in your family.

Option A: Enroll the student in a standard class section (Currently this is Hybrid). This section will follow our Continuum of Learning Models and may meet fully on-site, in a hybrid scenario (partially on-site, partially off-site), fully off-site, or any combination of these throughout the year, depending upon current state guidance and local health conditions.

Option B: Enroll the student in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program (This means they have all of their instruction online), which will enroll the student in online coursework for the entire trimester.

All families should be aware that there could be changes regarding your child’s teacher assignment. Roughly 55% of our families are currently registered for the standard enrollment option and 45% for the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program. We understand that some shifting in choice may occur from the first to second trimester and this will likely have an impact on staffing and teacher assignments. This may be true even for our families who elect to stay with their current enrollment choice.

Transportation: Families moving from the online to hybrid learning program will need to complete an Application for Pupil Transportation if they would normally take a bus to school. The application can be found on the District’s website at https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/17611. Call us at 319-688-1165 if you have questions bout busing.

As a reminder, this change will be in effect beginning December 8, 2020.

If you need any help in completing this process, please contact us at 319-688-1165. If you need to come to the school, ring the buzzer outside and wait for us to help you. We are glad to help you, but we will only have one adult in the office at a time.

A Message from the Principal

Hello Twain Families,


With the cold setting in and the leaves falling from the trees, it is hard to believe we are already heading into our 8th week of school! We are so grateful for all of your work in helping us make our hybrid learning model and online learning program be successful. There are some very important events and updates listed below. Thank you for taking the time to stay informed and please let me know if you have any questions by calling the school at 319-688-1165 or emailing me at mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org.


Please remember, our Student-Family Advocate, Kayla McKee is here to serve you as well. Ms. Kayla’s has a Zoom Room set up just for for staff, parents and students: Click Here to join it and speak with her The password is TwainSFA. If she is not available, please email her at mckee.kayla@iowacityschools.org or call the school at 319-688-1165.


Also, if you haven't already, please get the district's mobile app for your phone.


Sincerely,

Jason McGinnis

Principal

Mark Twain Elementary

Twain Parent Newsletter


CHOOSE YOUR LEARNING MODEL FOR NEXT TRIMESTER


Note: If you need any help at all with this, please contact the school. We are happy to help you with Powerschool and to explain the choices available to you:


As we near the end of the first trimester, we will soon be opening the enrollment process for the second trimester. As was shared with you previously, at the beginning of each trimester, families will have two enrollment options for their students.


Option A: Enroll the student in a standard class section. This section will follow our Continuum of Learning Models and may meet fully on-site, in a hybrid scenario (partially on-site, partially off-site), fully off-site, or any combination of these throughout the year, depending upon current state guidance and local health conditions. Currently, the District is in the hybrid model.


Option B: Enroll the student in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program, which will enroll the student in online coursework for the entire trimester.


All parents will be asked to log in to PowerSchool and make their second trimester selection for their students. The second trimester enrollment process will be open from October 28 through November 4. The election that is made will go into effect beginning December 8, 2020. Families will receive instructions on how to complete this process on Wednesday, October 28.



As a reminder, we are seeking input from families regarding learning models as we move through the school year. If you have not already done so, please take a few moments to participate here: https://bit.ly/3jagdiI. The survey will be open through Monday, October 26. We appreciate your time and feedback.


DISTRICT CLASSROOM PARTIES (INCLUDING HALLOWEEN) UPDATES


We have received questions from parents and students about Halloween celebrations. Please see the update from the district below. This does mean that there will no longer be Halloween parties, for instance, in ICCSD schools. Here is the district’s message that went out to all families:


COVID-19 has made us rethink many of our practices including how we serve lunch. Another traditional practice that is impacted by COVID-19 is our elementary classroom celebrations. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought several health and safety mitigation aspects to our schools this year (i.e. social distancing, restrictions on volunteers, and shared materials). The instructional time we have with students has been impacted, and we know the time we have is critical given the loss of learning that our students experienced in the spring. As such, we have determined that we will be eliminating these classroom parties for the 2020-2021 school year and then moving forward.


This consideration and decision provided time for us to reflect on the overall classroom party concept. Our workaround equity is at the forefront of everything we do, and in recent years we have looked at participation in our classroom parties through an equity lens. For cultural or religious reasons, many of our families opted for their students not to participate in one form or another. For those that do participate, access for all students is not the same (i.e. lack of costumes, food, cards, etc.).


We understand that celebrations are an important part of our students' school experience. Each of our elementary schools will continue to have PBIS celebrations throughout the school year. While these may look a bit different this school year, they will continue to be part of our system of support. We strive to make all students and families feel welcome and included in all aspects of our school day and the school community.

We hope you have an enjoyable and restful three-day weekend. Stay well.




A BIG CHANGE FOR SNOW DAYS!


The seasons have started to change and winter weather is right around the corner. We want to share some changes to our approach to inclement weather days this year and provide a reminder of where this information can be found. Moving forward, the District will provide online instruction on days when the weather prevents us from having in-person classes. Rather than our traditional “snow days”, these days will now be considered “virtual learning days”.


Schedules for students in our various models are as follows on these virtual learning days:


If Your Child Is In The Online Learning Program:


All classes will continue to meet as scheduled based on the Online Learning Program Schedule.


If Your Child is in the Hybrid Model:


Students that should have been onsite during the snow day will follow the Online Learning Program/100% Offsite Schedule. The times and Zoom links will be sent to parents by the classroom teacher prior to 8:00 am. (This applies to A students on A days and to B students on B days.)


Students that should have been working at home during the snow day will log into the morning meeting as scheduled, and complete any asynchronous activities as planned. Off-site students who are receiving synchronous off-site SDI, interventions, or ELL supports will receive those as planned. (This applies to A students on B days and to B students on A days.)


Where do I pick up a meal? In addition to virtual learning, the District will provide Grab & Go Meals at the District’s designated sites on these virtual learning days. Southeast Junior High is the closest location for most Twain families.


As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing delay, cancellation, and early release decisions can be found on the District’s website by clicking HERE.





TWAIN PTO TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION ACTIVITY!

Hello Twain Families,


Twain teachers and staff have been working overtime to try to make this incredibly challenging new learning environment better for you and your kiddos. The PTO wants to create a video presentation to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them. Remember that video we all received in the spring with messages for our kids?


We want to do the same for our teachers and staff. Please send either text or video testimonials to PTO member Brady G’sell via email at brgsell@gmail.com or via Facebook Messenger. Don’t forget about specials teachers!


Thank you for your continued support.


Twain PTO


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES


October 28 -- Parents will be granted access to make a selection for the Online Learning Program or Standard Enrollment (More information about this will be emailed to all families on October 23rd).

November 10, 6:30 PM -- Twain Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting

Zoom Link -- Meeting ID: 951 8830 7585 -- Passcode: 337736

December 2, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM -- Materials Pick Up for Online Learning Program students. Please drive up in the circle drive with the name of your student and their grade level on a piece of paper. Please stay in your cars. Thanks!

December 2, 2:10 PM to 7:10 PM - Parent Teacher Conferences

December 7, 7:40 AM to 7:10 PM - Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents will be emailed information on how to schedule these meetings soon.

December 8 - 2nd Trimester Starts

December 21 to January 1 - Winter Break (No Classes)

Twain PTO Teacher and Staff Appreciation Activity!

Hello Twain Families,


Twain teachers and staff have been working overtime to try to make this incredibly challenging new learning environment better for you and your kiddos. The PTO wants to create a video presentation to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them. Remember that video we all received in the spring with messages for our kids?


We want to do the same for our teachers and staff. Please send either text or video testimonials to PTO member Brady G’sell via email at brgsell@gmail.com or via Facebook Messenger. Don’t forget about specials teachers!


Thank you for your continued support.


Twain PTO

Winter Gear Request Form

Twain Families:


If you need a coat or other winter gear for you child, please fill out this form. We are glad to help! Winter Gear Request Form


Thank you,

TWAIN LIBRARY BOOK CHECKOUT

Twain Library Checkout Procedures:


Hi Parents, I’m sending this out to families again to make sure everyone has received this information. If you have any questions, please let me know at mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org. Thank you!


FIRST, Go to this link and find Twain Elementary http://iccsd.follettdestiny.com/. Use this site to put a book on hold.


THEN, complete this form: Twain Library Checkouts


We ask that you check which day works best for you so that we can have your books ready.

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER the BUILDING. Thank you!


IMPORTANT: When you are in front of the school please TEXT TWAIN LIBRARY at 319.318.2234 and say "I am here to pick up ***'s books!" and we will run the books out to you in the Twain pick up lane!


If you send your student, they can text the same number and someone will run the books out to them.


*To return books, you can text the same number and we will run out to your car to retrieve them or you can drop them in the box next to the front door between the hours of 7:30 and 4 Monday-Friday.


Remdinder to Parents: All Meals are Free Through December of 2020

Hello Twain Parents,


This is just a reminder that:


Iowa City Community School District will have meals available for students in the hybrid and online learning models during fall 2020. All meals, regardless of model, will be free through December 2020.

  • Hybrid:

    • Breakfast and lunch will be available through onsite cafeterias for students while they are on campus. Students and staff will follow district health and safety protocols during onsite meal service.

    • Meals are free and can include a carton of milk. A “meal” is defined as any three different items, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable.

    • If a student is only wanting to purchase a single carton of milk, there is a $.50 charge. However:

      • If a student takes a milk and 2 other items (one being a fruit or veggie), it counts as a meal and the milk and two items would be free. Even if a student brings a lunch from home and only wants a milk, he/she can still participate in this free lunch service by taking two items in addition to the milk.

    • Secondary students, the first meal is free but additional meals or entrees will be charged at a la carte prices. Remember students must take a fruit or veggie to count as a meal, otherwise entrees will be charged at a la carte prices.

    • Grab & Go Meals for any students not on campus will be distributed Monday through Friday (with the exception of No School days) from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm at designated locations (City HS, Liberty HS, West HS, NCJH, NWJH, SEJH, Hills ES)



  • ICCSD Online Program: Breakfast and lunch will be available for students participating in the online program.

    • Grab & Go Meals for any students not on campus will be distributed Monday through Friday (with the exception of No School days) from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm at designated locations (City HS, Liberty HS, West HS, NCJH, NWJH, SEJH, Hills ES)

Twain PTO Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our PTO meeting last night. Our next PTO meeting will be November 10th at 6:30 PM. Here is the Zoom Link.


Last night we discussed the following:


Our new masks and water bottles have arrived and will be delivered to the building soon.

We have a T-shirt design created by one of our students and I will work with the staff to get T-shirt sizes.


We are going to make sure everyone gets the lesson and/or information on how to request library books. I'm sure Mrs. Zortman and Ms. Hansen can help with this.


We want to create an appreciation project that we can share with teachers. I'm willing to communicate this out to all parents when we get a platform or application that the PTO thinks will work best.


Sarah has moderator rights now on the Facebook Group page because she has expressed interest in helping to communicate, share apps, and so on. This is much appreciated, thanks!


At this point, the following people are admin or moderators for our Mark Twain Elementary Facebook Group:


Katie Iverson

Ellie Alberhasky

Sarah Mahoney


I also informed the PTO that plans are in the works to prepare a Sign-Up Genius to sign up for conferences and that there will be information coming out soon regarding when parents will need to decide if they want their children to move to hybrid learning at the trimester. Look for communication within the next week or so from the district.


A special thanks to Ms. Lienen for joining us for this PTO meeting as well. It was great to have a teacher voice in the conversation!


Take care, and please let me know if I have missed anything here or if you have any questions.


Jason McGinnis

Principal, Mark Twain Elementary

mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org

Attendance Reminder

Dear Twain Families,

I am writing to clarify our attendance expectations for this school year. Most importantly, we are here to support you and help you navigate through this difficult time.. We know this is a difficult time for everyone and many things can happen that will impact attendance. Please reach out to us if you need any support or know your child will be absent. Here are a couple of important points to remember:

  • Attendance is taken for all students based on their participation in Class Meetings from 8:00-8:30 Monday through Friday. Students that are not on site, will participate in this online via Zoom. Students at the building will of course participate in person for these class meetings. If you know your student was unable to attend, please contact the main office at 319-688-1165 or email our secretary Molly Debrock at debrock.molly@iowacityschools.org or Jason McGinnis at mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org.
  • Students will be marked tardy if they are in the hybrid program and show up to school after 8:00. Please drop students off at the school between 7:40 and 7:55 on the days they attend.

This Friday and every two weeks following, we will send attendance letters home if a student is missing 20% or more of their class meetings. If you receive these letters and have questions, think there is a mistake, or simply need help please let us know. We are here to help you and are glad to do so.

Sincerely,

Jason McGinnis

Principal

Mark Twain Elementary

mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org

319-688-1165

A Message for Parents

Dear Families and Staff,


We are looking forward to welcoming our students back into our schools in a hybrid learning model beginning Monday, September 28, 2020. As we shared earlier, we have implemented comprehensive health and safety mitigation techniques to help create a safe learning environment when students return. Expectations reflect guidance and consultation from the CDC, IDPH, and JCPH.


One important note, face coverings will be required for students and staff while in our schools, on District property, and while riding the bus or in other District vehicles. We will provide a minimum of two cloth face coverings for each student; however, students are encouraged to bring their own if they so choose.


This transition to the hybrid learning model only applies to students who opted for standard enrollment during registration. This does not apply to students who have enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program. Families who opted for standard enrollment received notification on ‘A’ group and ‘B’ group designations several weeks ago. We will follow the hybrid calendar, beginning with the ‘A’ group on-site Monday (9/28) and Tuesday (9/29) and the ‘B’ group on-site Wednesday (9/30), Thursday (10/1), and Friday (10/2). The schedule will then rotate each week as detailed in the calendar. We encourage you to visit the District’s hybrid web page for full details on the teaching and learning schedule within this learning model. We also encourage you to review our COVID-19 Decision Matrix and our COVID-19 dashboard, both of which will be utilized to determine if there is another need to transition between learning models.

Full details regarding meals, athletics and activities, technology, and transportation can be found in the 9/18/20 Return-to-Learn Update located on the District website. For students who plan to ride the bus, a letter with your bus information can be accessed in your PowerSchool account following the directions that were sent earlier this week.


Keeping our students and staff safe will be a collaborative effort. Conducting daily health screenings with your children, keeping them home if they are sick, practicing effective hand washing, and learning how to properly wear a face covering are just a few ways in which families can help prepare for a safe return to in-person learning. We have been anxiously awaiting this moment and we cannot wait to welcome students back into our schools next week.


Sincerely,

Matt Degner
Interim Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

Online Program Parents: Please Complete Our Assessment Form

Message to Families

Online Program Families,

Please complete this Twain Online Assessment Preference after reading below:

This letter shares information about a statewide reading and math test we are using at our school. The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) is given to every student three times a year to identify students who are performing at or above grade level in reading and math, and those students who might need additional help.

The K-6th grade reading assessments are administered in a one-to-one setting. The K-1st grade math assessment is also administered in a one-to-one setting, however the 2nd-6th grade math assessments are completed independently by the students through an online system.

We will begin these assessments this week and would like to allow students in our Online Learning Program the option to take the one-to-one tests onsite, or to complete this virtually with a teacher through a one-to-one zoom meeting. You can choose which option works best for your family. All testing needs to be completed by October 8th.

IF you would like your child to test onsite, please fill out this form by September 28 (Twain Online Assessment Preference. If we do not hear from you, we will proceed with setting up a virtual testing time for your child.

Onsite Testing Information:
For students in grades K-1: Testing will take approximately 30-45 minutes
For students in grades 2-6: Testing will take approximately 10 minutes

Keeping Everyone Safe and Healthy:
When you bring your child to school during the designated test dates and times please be sure to follow the safety guidelines below.

Take your child’s temperature before coming to school. If your child is not feeling well, please reschedule! Please make sure your child uses the restroom before arriving at school Your child will need to wear a mask at all times (adult testers will also be wearing a mask). Parents are asked to stay outside and/or in your vehicle when dropping off and waiting during testing. Desks, chairs and any other items touched will be sanitized between testing groups.

If your option is to not test in person, your child/ren will be tested online by their homeroom teacher during their regular school day.

Materials Pick-Up September 22nd

Elementary Student Materials Pick-Up


We will offer a second opportunity to pick-up student materials for our elementary students. This will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. We will send additional details regarding the elementary materials pick-up next week.




Preschool Supplies


Kindergarten Supplies


1st Grade Supplies


2nd Grade Supplies


3rd Grade Supplies


4th Grade Supplies



5th Grade Supplies


6th Grade Supplies

Message From the Principal - Hybrid Model Return to School

Dear Twain Parents:


It's hard to believe we are already in our 3rd week of the new school year. While it hasn't been without difficulty, our attendance and participation has increased dramatically since our first day, and I know this was not easy for anyone. It is very much appreciated and we are taking all of your feedback in improving this process for you and the children. Thank you!


Please see this very important information, especially if you have students in the hybrid (standard enrollment) model:


Cohort A and Cohort B Students Return to School


We are excited to announce that the District will transition into a hybrid learning model beginning Monday, September 28, 2020.


If you do not know which Cohort you are on, or are not sure if your child is in the Online Program or not, please call the office at 319-688-1165 or email Secretary Molly at debrock.molly@iowacityschools.org.


The A Cohort group on-site Monday (9/28) and Tuesday (9/29) and the Cohort B group on-site Wednesday (9/30), Thursday (10/1), and Friday (10/2). The schedule will then rotate each week as detailed in the hybrid calendar. We encourage you to visit the District’s hybrid web page for full details on the teaching and learning schedule within this learning model.


This transition only applies to students who opted for standard enrollment during registration. This does not apply to students who have enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program. Families may choose to have their students join the hybrid model at the end of the first trimester, which is December 4th.

Fun Musical Options for 5th and 6th Grade! -- Band, Orchestra, and UAY Music Club

Parents of 5th and 6th Grade Students:

Students have the opportunity to join Band, Orchestra, or both in 5th and 6th grade. Registration is now open!

To find additional information, check out our website here: https://tinyurl.com/iccsd-elem-performance-music

Band Registration Link: https://sites.google.com/iowacityschools.org/joinband/registration

Orchestra Registration Link: https://forms.gle/jrjwmnMn8k5wnZhf8

Below are some dates to know:
September 25: Registration is due for both Band and Orchestra
Friday, Oct. 2: Lessons begin! Lesson schedules will be distributed via email and posted on Seesaw.

We understand that having a child participate in band or orchestra comes with many questions. Hopefully, the answers to most of your questions can be found on our website! Feel free to email us with any additional questions or concerns:
Band: Dana Ransom at ransom.dana@iowacityschools.org
Orchestra: Hannah Yang at yang.hannah@iowacityschools.org

There is also a Music Club that is run by the UAY that is a lot of fun. I'm attaching the flyer to this email. You can contact Kylie Buddin at Kylie.Buddin@unitedactionforyouth.org for more information.

Thank you,

Who to Contact for Help - From your SFA, Kalya McKee

Helpful Resources when Troubleshooting with Families


No internet-complete this form: https://forms.gle/b9heXujgnWPDZZ2H9


Troubleshooting apps and devices not working properly-contact Lisa Zortman, Twain Librarian @ zortman.lisa@iowacityschools.org


Broken devices, district issued hot spots-Give parents Help Desk contact information (Help Desk is using Language Line to assist ELL families as well: all The Help Desk at (319) 688-1950. or email the Help Desk: helpdesk@iowacityschools.org.


Additional Internet providers customer service numbers:

Mediacom Iowa City-(855) 633-4226

CenturyLink Iowa City-(319) 855-1549

ImOn Communications Iowa City-(319) 519-6484


Tech Video Supports-Click Here

Back to School Resource Slideshow-Click Here

Tech Visual Guide-Click Here


Student Attendance Concerns?-Click Here


District Approved Communication Resources:

District Website: www.IowaCitySchools.org

Return-To-Learn: www.IowaCitySchools.org/ReturnToLearn

COVID-19: www.IowaCitySchools.org/COVID19

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IowaCitySchools

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IowaCitySchools

Instagram: https://instagram.com/IowaCitySchools

Official District App: Download the free Iowa City Community School District app today from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Find more information here: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/14220.

Online Learning Schedules: Click Here

Grab and Go Lunch Info- Click Here


Ms. Kayla’s Zoom Room for staff, parents and students: Click Here Password: TwainSFA

Mr. H’s Virtual Break Rooms- K-1 Click Here, 2-6 Click Here

Mr. H’s Virtual Adult Wellness Office- Click Here


A Message from the Principal: Welcome Back!

Hello Twain Families,


I hope that you have all had a good Labor Day Weekend. Thank you to everyone that was able to join us for our Virtual Meet and Greets on Thursday. By now, you should have received an email from your children's teachers inviting them to their first class meeting for tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. If you have not received this invite or zoom link information from your teacher, please call the office at 319-688-1165 or email our secretary at debrock.molly@iowacityschools.org.


There have been some last minute changes in some online classes that have had to occur in order to make the classroom sizes more manageable and equitable. I am sorry for the inconvenience and anxiety this has caused some parents, but we believe the smaller classroom sizes will result in our teachers being able to focus more on the needs of all of our students.


While we are all nervous, we are excited about getting to know and teach your children. This is a bumpy ride, but we are here to support you and I am absolutely confident the Twain team will do everything it can to ensure the academic and social-emotional success of your children.


All district information and guidance about our Return-to-Learn here: https://www.iowacityschools.org/domain/4605


Sincerely,


Jason McGinnis

Principal

Mark Twain Elementary

mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org


See the district's Comprehensive Return-To-Learn Guide which includes information on the District’s two different learning options (Hybrid and ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program), health and safety measures and mitigation techniques, athletics and activities, COVID-19 quarantine procedures, as well as other important pieces of information for families as we begin the school year.

Computer Not Working?

District Computer Support & Repairs
In the event that a student is having trouble with a school-issued computer, or if a device is in need of repair or replacement, please contact the ICCSD Technology Help Desk. The Help Desk can be reached by phone at (319) 688-1950, by email at helpdesk@iowacityschools.org, or by using the chat option available during business hours in the bottom right corner of the technology support page.

Grab and Go Meal Update!

We would like to provide information on school meals for all students beginning September 8, 2020. As was previously announced, we will begin the school year in a 100% off-site learning model. Due to this, we will continue our Grab & Go meal program to provide breakfast and lunch to District students.


The Grab & Go meal sites are outlined below. Meals are served from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Each meal includes breakfast and lunch. Menu information can be found at MealViewer, under the Grab & Go menu. Meals are free and available to all Iowa City Community School District students and children do not need to be present in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.


Grab & Go meal sites beginning September 8, 2020:

City High School
Hills Elementary School
Liberty High School
North Central Junior High School
Northwest Junior High School
South East Junior High School- Closest to Twain
West High School


We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended our waiver allowing us to continue to offer free meals to all students. The waiver has been extended through December 2020. While meals are currently free for all students through December under this waiver, it is critical that families still complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application since meals may not be free beginning in January 2021. The District provides free and reduced meals to families that qualify; however, you must fill out an application each year as federal income guidelines change. Please be aware that even if you applied last year, you need to reapply by September 30, 2020, to prevent a potential loss in benefits. If you have already filled out an application or have received a benefits notification from the District’s Nutrition Services Department for this year, NO additional action is necessary. Please contact the Nutrition Services Office at (319) 688-1021 if you have any questions about your student’s meal status or if you are unsure about whether an application is needed at this time.

Thank you again to our Nutrition Services team for their continued dedication to the students in our community. We will provide additional guidance for meal pick-up during the hybrid learning model prior to the District moving into that model. #ICCSDtogether

Online Learning Webinar - Recording

Twain Parents,


Here is a recording of the webinar held by the district, explaining the online learning program. Since we are all starting the year online now, this may be something helpful for you to see in regards to how learning will look like for all students:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWF-s0mhxS8&feature=youtu.be