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!

Mrs. Langenfeld


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?

John Legend video

Writing Prompt: Write about a time you faced challenges to accomplish something or improve a skill.

Derek Redmond video

Writing Prompt: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to give up on something?

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21

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SEISTA Honors Orchestra Event

Congratulations to Carson and Julius for being selected for this year's SEISTA Honors Orchestra event! They rehearsed and performed with the large group on Thursday. Thanks to our orchestra teacher, Hannah Yang, for her support.

Garner PTO News

PTO Update

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:!/showSignUp/5080a4aaca62fab9-final2

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

Thanks Gators!!

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Student Illness

Is your child not feeling well? Is he or she well enough to come to school? Check out the district guidelines on student illness at: If your student will be out sick, arriving late or leaving early, please be sure to call the school office and leave a voicemail message at 319-688-1190. Thanks!

ICCSD Inclement Weather Policy

The safety and well-being of students and staff is our top priority and the decision to close, delay or release school is no simple matter. Before deciding to modify the school day due to extreme weather conditions, the Superintendent consults with a variety of experts both inside and outside of the District. Our commitment is to keep students, families and staff safe, as well as keep the community informed of weather-related school closings, delays and cancellations: Click here. This policy is located on our district webpage.

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:

Here is the list(s) of examples of foods that are acceptable to share with other students for classroom celebrations or classroom snacks at:

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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 Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000,