Wickham Elementary Newsletter

April 1st, 2022

Message From Principal Daubs

Can you believe it is April already?! April means we begin thinking about class placements for next school year! It is helpful, as we start this process, to know what families will NOT be returning for the 2022-23 school year. If you know you will not be returning, please take a minute to fill out the link below. Thank you!

Yearbooks for Sale!

Yearbooks will be for sale March 23rd-April 22nd. Please use the link below to order.


Wickham Class Placement Information

The placement of children in classes is an important decision. When determining homeroom placements, we strive for continuity and balance in many areas including but not limited to gender, range of developmental stages, social mixture, and culture. Our goal is to create heterogeneous homerooms that reflect the diversity of our community. Therefore, we work through an extensive process to determine class placement for each school year. This process includes much collaboration among the principal and school staff to analyze student data while considering the many factors mentioned above to compile class lists. Honoring the decisions made by the educational professionals in regard to the class make up is extremely important.

Wickham will not accept requests for placement in a specific teacher’s classroom. Principal and staff will take into consideration information parents/guardians provide regarding specific or unique academic, behavioral, social/emotional or health related needs.

Educational Consideration Forms are available in the main office. Forms are due back by Friday, April 15th.

Sibling Match

Parents may request a teacher who taught an older sibling. These requests will be considered but will not be guaranteed. Exceptions to the “Sibling Match” requests are made by the educational team, when necessary, to maximize educational services and resources for all students.

Team Krysty Store-Re-Open!!

We have re-opened the Team Krysty store. It will be open until April 14th at 9am.


Midwest One Bank Kids' Art Exhibit and Reception

WHAT: Kids’ Art Exhibit and Reception

WHEN: Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-7:30 PM

WHERE: MidWestOne Bank, 102 S. Clinton Street, Iowa City

***Open to the public and refreshments will be served

*All artwork that has been submitted is on display and open for viewing during bank hours until April 7th.

Hope to see you there! Ms. Lasansky

Blick of Iowa City is a proud supporter of the MidWestOne Bank Kids' Art Exhibit and provides the framing and matting of the winning artwork every year.



  • Two more vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)

  • Students are NOT allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of MCV vaccine according to Iowa law.

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 (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.

  • These can be completed during their regular health exam, or during their sports physical (which will also be required for all athletes!)

  • Johnson County Public Health provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045.

  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to the Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment.

  • If you have any questions, please contact the Wickham school nurse: hinman.pam@iowacityschools.org.

Square One Art -Due April 4th

Check those backpacks - hopefully, you've seen the unique artwork that your student created at school for our Square 1 Art fundraiser! The artwork should have made it home last week. Using the unique access code listed on your student's art piece you may order custom keepsakes that showcase your student's work. These keepsakes make great gifts. The order deadline is April 4. Proceeds from this fundraiser are split between Wickham PTO and the Wickham Art Department. We appreciate your support!

Wickham Spot Light

Congratulations to our 40 Book Challenge participants! There were so many that we had to take two pictures! We are proud of all of your hard work! Keep up the reading!
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We NEED PTO Volunteers!!!

Our school depends on the supplemental funds raised by our volunteer PTO group. In order to continue to provide this supplemental funding, we need parent volunteers! Three long-time board members are retiring at the end of this school year. If we are unable to recruit new members we will no longer be able to provide the level of support that our school is used to. We are looking for volunteers to join the PTO board this summer. The PTO board meets once per month. Monthly board meetings are currently held via zoom.

The PTO provides the organizational structure and financial support for:

  • Student Activities & Programs such as the Science Fair, Chess Club, Wickham's Got Talent, Lego League; Field Trips, Visiting Authors and artists.
  • Classroom supplies for each classroom and each specials classroom (P.E., art, counseling, music), playground equipment, and educational technology.
  • Family & Community Events and Programs such as the Fall Fun Fair, Family Movie Night, Taco Dinner & Bingo Night.
  • Teacher & Staff Support such as staff appreciation events, classroom assistance, and technology enhancements.

If you are interested in joining the PTO board please email wickhampto@gmail.com or reach out to any of our current board members.

Julie Hartman (President) juliehartmandc@gmail.com

Denise Seabold (Past-President) deniseseabold@icloud.com

Caren Tracy (Vice President) cftracy77@gmail.com
Sara Tapya Salem (Secretary) tapyas@hotmail.com
Jeff Wagner (Treasurer) fajigen@gmail.com
Emily Cornish (VP of Communications) emjcornish@gmail.com
Jenny Struthers (Past President) jenniferlorr@hotmail.com

Attendance Information

If your student will not be at school please make sure to let the office know. You can call the office at 319-688-1175 and leave a voicemail if no one answers or email

gilbert.sommer@iowacityschools.org and mcdonnell.karleen@iowacityschools.org

Important Dates

April 22nd - No School

May 3rd - No School

May 16th, 17th and 18th: 5th and 6th Grade Track and Field Day

May 25th - Last Day of Preschool

May 30th - No School

June 1st - Last Day of School (1 hour early release) & 6th Grade Graduation (11:30-1:30)

Non Discrimination Policy

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 Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.