Knights News

Unity Elementary School

May 2021

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A Message from Mr. Kilburn

Summer is here! Can you believe it?!! We made it a full 180 days (with some hybrid days mixed in there). lt has been an extraordinary year in so many ways. I'm grateful to have shared this moment in time we will never forget with you all.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and Class Dojo over the summer for upcoming dates and events. Make sure you child is actively reading EVERY DAY this summer! Keep them off of technology and outside as much as possible. If you need tips and tricks to stave off summer boredom reach out to your teacher or me and we'll make sure we help you fill the gaps.

It has been an honor and blessing to be your Principal. If there is anything I can do for you over the summer please let me know. Enjoy your time together as a family and we'll see you in the fall!

Next School Year

School resumes on Monday, August 23rd, 2021.

School hours are 8:40 - 3:30 (2:30 dismissal on Mondays)


Free Summer Meals

The Sioux City Community School District is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program, beginning June 7, 2021, through July 30, 2021 (closed July 5). Select locations will serve through August 13, as noted in the list below. Meals are available Monday – Friday for all children ages 1-18 years without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Each child present, ages 1-18, will receive a breakfast sack and a lunch sack to be taken off-site for consumption. All meals that are served hot must be eaten within 1 hour or placed under refrigeration and stored safely immediately.

Click the link below for Serving Sites and Schedule:

Summer Camp Opportunities at East High School

There are several Sports Camps being held at East High School this summer:

Strength Camp (6th-8th Grade)
Basketball Camp (3rd - 12th Grade)

Softball Hitting Camp (5th - 8th Grade)

Football Champions Camp (3rd - 12th Grade)

Please click on link below for more information and to register:

Field Day 2021

Thursday, May 27th, was Unity Field Day! The weather did not cooperate for the students to be able to go outside, but students had a great time playing the various games set up by Mr. Blake inside the gym. See some pictures of the activities below:

School Lunch Hero Day!

Friday, May 7th, was School Lunch Hero Day! This day showcases the difference that school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria on a daily basis. School Lunch Hero Day provides the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in our school cafeterias.

Habitat Show and Tell

3rd grade students researched an animal of their choice and got the opportunity to create that animals habitat by creating either a biome or similar project. This allowed students to plan and carry out tests to identify aspects of their model that could be improved to better their animals environment through the engineering design.


Have you heard?

The Sioux City Community School District launched a new website that provides timely information for parents. Everything you need to know is at your fingertips. Access tools, resources, and tips, all specifically designed to support you and your child.

From the Homepage You can Access:

· School Menus

· Infinite Campus

· Canvas

· Let’s Talk

· News

· Events

· Our Photo Gallery

· Students Spotlights

Dig a Little Further to Fin New Features Including:

· Parent Guide to Student Success

· Tools to Stay Connected

· Online High School Course Guide

· And so much more!

Explore the District Website on Desktop or Mobile

Notes from the Nurse

Use Summer to Get Required Immunizations

Your child needs these immunizations for school in Iowa. Iowa Immunization Law requires your child to receive:

Children in grades K-12 need these vaccines at required time intervals:

ü 5 doses of Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP)

ü 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine before entering 7th grade or born on or after September 15, 2000.

ü 4 doses of Polio

ü 3 doses of Hepatitis B

ü 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

ü 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) or history of disease

ü 1 dose of Meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine before entering 7th grade and 2 doses or one after the age of 16 before entering 12th grade

Children in Preschool (PS) or Transitional Kindergarten (TK) need at required time intervals:

ü 4 doses of Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP)

ü 3 doses of Polio

ü Up to 3 doses of haemophilus influenza type B (HIB) depending on age of child

ü Up to 4 doses of Pneumococcal depending on age of child

ü 1 dose of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

ü 1 dose of Varicella (chickenpox) or history of disease

SCCSD Virtual Backpack

From camps to sports leagues to family services, the SCCSD Virtual Backpack serves as a link between non-profit community partners and our students and families.

Would you like to get weekly updates about events? Sign Up for the Virtual Backpack email list here.

Box Tops

Just a reminder to keep bringing in your Box Tops. All proceeds go towards incentives and activities for our 5th grade classes!

Dear Families,

During this challenging time, our teachers and students need more help than ever.

No matter what school looks like, Box Tops for Education is a fast and easy way for

you to help out from home.

The Box Tops program has been around for over 20 years, and it really works. In fact,

Box Tops for Education has helped give almost a billion dollars to schools since 1996.

In 2019, the program evolved to become digital so that you can earn for your school

with just the touch of a button.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: Buy participating products and use the Box Tops mobile

app to scan your store receipt. The app identifies eligible products and automatically

adds Box Tops to your school's earnings online. Even if you’re shopping online or

doing grocery pickup, you can still submit your e-receipts and earn Box Tops. Twice a

year, our school gets a check!

Your earnings may seem small, but they really do add up. The more people that participate,

the bigger the impact we can make. So let's give our teachers the support

they need and help give more kids the opportunity to dream. Little by little, we can

help make a big difference!

HyVee Receipts

Keep bringing in your HyVee Receipts!! All proceeds go towards incentives and activities for our 5th grade classes.

All receipts must be from the Sioux City or South Sioux City HyVee's or the HyVee Mainstreet Store. Receipts must be dated August 1, 2020 - April 25, 2021. Please do not send receipts that are outside of the dates listed. No fuel, postal, money order, Western Union, lottery, Quest, Mid-American or gift card receipts will be accepted.

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Planning for the Future: Boundary Considerations for SCCSD

As a partner in your child’s education, we remain committed to keeping you informed about the school boundary discussions that may affect current and future students. Last school year, boundary discussions began with initial changes agreed upon for some of our elementary boundaries. Now, our work continues as we consider changes to boundary areas for the middle and high schools.

Take a moment to view the video on our boundary planning progress, view the current boundary maps, and consider new boundary map options. Share your feedback now using our online portal, ThoughtExchange. Access the ThoughtExchange portal. Through this portal, you can provide feedback, see the feedback from fellow responders, and even weigh in on portal discussions with comments or ratings. Feedback can be submitted through ThoughtExchange until December 13. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please call our school.

Planeando para el Futuro: Consideraciones de las Fronteras de las Zonas de Asistencia Escolar, SCCSD

Comparta sus Comentarios

Como socio en la educación de su hijo, quedamos comprometidos de mantenerlo informado sobre las discusiones sobre las fronteras de las zonas de asistencia que pueden afectar a los estudiantes actuales y futuros. El año escolar pasado, las discusiones sobre las fronteras comenzaron con los cambios iniciales, acordados para algunas de nuestras escuelas primarias. Ahora, nuestro trabajo continúa mientras consideramos cambios a las zonas de asistencia para nuestras escuelas medias y secundarias.

Tómese un momento para ver el video acerca del progreso de nuestro plan de las fronteras entre las zonas escolares, ver los mapas de las zonas actuales, y considerar las nuevas opciones de los mapas de las zonas de las escuelas. Comparta sus comentarios ahora utilizando nuestro portal en línea, ThoughtExchange (Intercambio de Pensamientos). Acceda al portal ThoughtExchange. Por medio de este portal, puede proveer sus comentarios, ver los comentarios de otros respondedores, e incluso participar en las discusiones de portal con comentarios o calificaciones. Se puede enviar los comentarios a través de ThoughtExchange hasta el 13 de diciembre. Si tiene preguntas, o quiere ayuda con este proceso, por favor llame a nuestra escuela.

Mandie Mayo | Director of Communications

Sioux City Community School District

Communications and Community Engagement

Ph: (712) 224-7471 | Cell: (712) 898-5627

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.