Garner Gator Gazette

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Message from the Principal - November 22, 2019

November is a month of gratitude and thanksgiving. On behalf of the staff and myself, we wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28. Our next school newsletter will be on December 6!

With thanks and appreciation,

Mrs. Langenfeld

Important Dates - Mark Your Calendars

November 25: PTO Meeting 6:30 PM in Team 3

November 27-29: No School, No BASP - Thanksgiving Break, School Office Closed

December 3: McTeacher Night at McDonalds

December 11: 6th Grade Music Sharing

December 20: All School Sing-a-long K-2 1:15-1:45 PM 3-6 2:00-2:30PM

December 23-January 3, 2020: No School, No BASP - Winter Break, School Office Closed

January 6: Classes resume

January 20: No School, No BASP - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 24: Dance Marathon at Garner

January 27: PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM in Team 3

February 7: 1st Grade Music Sharing

February 14: Valentine's Day class parties in PM

February 24: PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM in Team 3

February 27: Elementary Conferences 2:10-7:10 PM

March 2: No School, No BASP, Elementary Conferences 7:40-7:10 PM

March 13: 2nd Grade Music Sharing

March 16-March 20: No School, No BASP - Spring Break, School Office Closed

March 30: PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM in Team 3

April 3: 3rd Grade Music Sharing

April 10 : 4th Grade Music Sharing

April 17: No School, No BASP - Exchange Day for Evening Conferences

May 8: Kindergarten Music Sharing

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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!

Garner Construction Update

Good news! Construction has officially started on our new fine arts addition to the northeast corner of our Garner schoolhouse. Over the next 9 months, we will be sharing construction updates in our weekly Garner Gator Gazette Newsletter. Anticipated completion of construction is August 2020.

This week they are breaking concrete in the north parking lot to reroute the water main. Water will be shut off to the building for a short time during Thanksgiving break.

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Langenfeld if you have any questions at

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.

Garner PTO News

Important Dates:

* Next PTO meeting- Monday, November 25, 6:30-7:30. Childcare provided.

*Garner McTeacher’s Night- Tuesday, December 3, 4-6pm

Looking Ahead: We are on the hunt for someone (or a couple people) to lead the charge on our mini dance marathon efforts. If this is something you're interested in please reach out to

Thank you!

Your Garner PTO

Holiday Shopping Helps Garner PTO

Starting your holiday shopping? Amazon will donate a portion of all purchases through Amazon Smile to Garner. Go to: and select Garner as your preferred charitable organization.

*Have downloaded the Box Tops app yet? Make sure you’re scanning your receipts to earn money for Garner!

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:

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,