Garner Gator Gazette
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Message from the Principal - February 28, 2020
It's hard to believe February is almost finished, and spring is just around the corner! "Spring" parent teacher conferences started Thursday evening and will continue on Monday, March 2. you aren't sure when your conference time is, please contact our school office or reach out to your child's teacher.
We can't wait to welcome our incoming Kindergarten parents during Kindergarten registration on Monday. If you know of someone who has a child that will be 5 on or before September 15, 2020, please remind them to stop by our school office to register. Please call our school office if you have any questions about the registration process.
We have four full tables of lost and found items! Everything from boots to water bottles to coats have been turned in. Please check out the tables in our main foyer during conferences. Unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year.
Happy Leap Day!
Important Dates - Mark Your Calendars
March 2: No School, No BASP, Elementary Conferences 7:40-7:10 PM
March 2: Book Fair from 8:00-7:00PM in the Garner Library
March 2: Kindergarten Registration 7:40AM-7:10PM at Garner
March 7: Garner Family Night at Iowa Children's Museum 6:30-8:30 PM
March 9: Spring Photos by Halvorson's Photography
March 13: 2nd Grade Music Sharing
March 16-March 20: No School, No BASP - Spring Break, School Office Closed
March 28: PTO Waffle Breakfast at Garner
March 30: PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM in Team 3
March 31: PTO McTeacher Night
April 3: 3rd Grade Music Sharing
April 6-8: Grades 3-6 Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Proficiency (ISASP testing)
April 10 : 4th Grade Music Sharing
April 15: PK-6 All School Photograph (rain date April 16)
April 17: No School, No BASP - Exchange Day for Evening Conferences
April 23: Kindergarten Round-up at Garner 2:30-3:30 PM
April 27: PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM in Team 3
April 29: PTO Subway Fundraiser
May 8: Kindergarten Music Sharing
May 11: Gr 5 & 6 Elementary Track Meet at Liberty in PM
May 15: North Liberty All-Elementary Bike Rodeo 4:30-6:30PM at Centennial Park
May 21: PTO BoosterThon Fun Run at Garner
Last Day of School: 6th Grade Graduation
Black History Month Spotlight: Grade 6
Growth mindset has been an important topic of conversation all year for 6th grade. We learned what it means to have a growth mindset and have done activities to challenge us mentally and test our resolve. With February being Black History month, we used it as an opportunity to spotlight African Americans that have (had) a growth mindset and overcame many things to achieve their goals.
Students completed a digital "breakout" where they researched "famous first" African Americans. Ruby Bridges (first student to integrate into an all-white school), Guion S. Bluford Jr. (first African American astronaut at NASA), and Barack Obama (first African American US President) were a few of the people featured in the breakout. The goal of the breakout was to collect the necessary information that would "unlock" the case that held Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech. (We also dissected his "I Have a Dream" speech back in January to make sense of the historical references and figurative language that made the speech so powerful!)
Another way students reflected on what it means to have a growth mindset and to overcome obstacles has been to highlight successful black individuals. Students watched short video clips, and then responded in writing to a prompt. Click on the link below to watch one of the videos. Ask your child how they responded to the prompt. How would you have responded?
Writing Prompt: Write about a time you faced challenges to accomplish something or improve a skill.
Writing Prompt: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to give up on something?
Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21
Garner PTO News
Thanks to everyone who turned in their paper box tops! Remember, you can continue scanning your receipts using the box tops app!
We are providing dinner for our staff during conferences next Monday night. If you’re able to help, please sign up here:
Some important dates coming up:
3/7- Garner Family Night at Iowa Children’s Museum, 6:30-8:30pm. $4/person, no passes accepted.
3/28- Waffle Breakfast at Garner, 7:30-10:30am
3/30- Garner PTO meeting, 6:30-7:30pm
3/31- Garner McTeacher Night, 5-7pm
4/27- Garner PTO meeting, 6:30-7:30pm
4/29- Garner Subway Night
5/12- Boosterthon Kickoff
5/21- Boosterthon Fun Run
ICCSD Inclement Weather Policy
District Snack Guidelines & Birthday Celebrations at School
Snacks in the classroom, birthday and celebrations: what can we bring? Find out the district snack guidelines on our district webpage at: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/1167
Here is the list(s) of examples of foods that are acceptable to share with other students for classroom celebrations or classroom snacks at: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/1165
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 & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, email@example.com.