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Conferences & Kindergarten Registration; Wood Spirit Week

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Dear Grant Wood Families:

This week is a split week, but not because of hybrid...it is a split week with Monday and Tuesday being the last two days of 2nd trimester and Thursday and Friday the first two days of 3rd trimester. Wednesday is a no school day for all students this week.

Wednesday, March 10th is also our second of two March conference dates. Conferences are virtual via zoom, you can still sign up to meet with your child's teacher - if you have not done so already. Use the hyperlinks on this page to see available timeslots and sign up. Please indicate on your sign up, if you will need an interpreter and the language for interpretation.

Also, on Wednesday, March 10th...we will process Kindergarten Registration from 7:40am-7:10pm. ICCSD Kindergarten Registration is for the 2021-22 school year for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021.

We would like to encourage only one family member to come on-site for registration due to COVID-19 health and safety requirements. District and school protocol, in an effort to encourage social distancing, asks families to sign up for a registration time by completing the following form: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50hQpMrT52zBEk6 to process kindergarten registration at your school. Please note, registration on March 10th may take up to 45 minutes.

Requirements at registration (please bring these documents with you on March 10th):

  1. Proof of residency [Examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.]
  2. Verification of your child’s birth date [Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.]
  3. Child’s immunization records

If you do not have the needed documentation, specified above please contact our school's office and we will discuss options to assist you. If you are unable to register your child on March 10, 2021, please also contact our office, 319-688-1180.

March 15-19th: Spring Break, no school for all students




Interim-Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office Secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

OLP Material Pick up - if you did not do so last week

Grant Wood families with students continuing in the Online Learning Program through the end of the year, if you have not yet picked up your student's materials for 3rd trimester, please plan to do so Wednesday, March 10th between 12pm - 6pm.

March... Women's History Month

As I've said with each Heritage Month let us all strive to not limit ourselves nor our students' learning to an isolated heritage month. Let us, however, use Heritage Months to raise awareness and celebrate the contributions of who those who we might otherwise overlook as contributors to our world and society. ~Ms. Maria

Brave Girl Rising

Unsung Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Do you know who Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Constance Baker Motley are? If you do, please share what you know with others?

If you do not, please visit your public library online catalog and start researching; or ask your teacher(s) - let us all learn together.

March 8-12 : Grant Wood Spirit Week

Grant Wood Book Fair...

March 8th (tomorrow, Monday) is the last day of the Follett online Book Fair at Grant Wood.

Please follow the link below to find some great titles for your readers!.


Extended Learning Program (ELP) for 2021-2022

The yearly screening of students for participation in the Extended Learning Program

(ELP), the elementary program for gifted and very high ability students, is underway for

the 2021-2022 school year. This program is appropriate for students who are at the

highest academic levels in their grade. Students can enter this screening pool by Iowa

Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) scores, teacher nomination or parent

nomination. More information is available on the district website


Go to: Departments --> Curriculum --> Curriculum Areas --> Extended Learning Program (ELP)

--> Elementary Services.

Only grades 3 through 5 are included in this screening process. Kindergarten and first grade students are being screened for ELP services through in-class lessons and collaboration with the classroom teacher throughout the school year. All 2nd graders will be screened in the Spring.

Parents will receive notification about second grade screening when it is scheduled at

their child’s school. No parent or teacher nominations are necessary for grades K-2. If you would like to nominate your third, fourth or fifth grade child to be tested for ELP

services, please complete a parent information form.

Forms will be available online between February 21 and March 26, 2021 at https://forms.gle/y8nRipaSbDW6fR6h8.

Paper forms will be available in the school office during the same time. No forms will be

accepted after March 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

Dress for the weather

It appears we might have left winter in the past. Spring is upon us with warmer and rainier days. The playground is bound to be muddier from the melted snow and the rain projected for this week. And our days might still be a bit windy. Snow boots can be swapped out for rain boots if you hav ethose at home...or used like rain boots - though they will be warm.

Considering/Planning International Travel...

Please note the UPDATED CDC requirement for those intending to travel internationally.

Similarly, please note the updated Johnson County Public Health travel guidance for those considering travel (domestic and international).

Guidelines for after international travel can also be found on the Iowa City Community School District website: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/19021

After International Travel:

  • Quarantine for 7 days and get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after travel.
  • If you test negative, you may return to district buildings after a full 7 day quarantine (return on day 8).
  • If you don’t get tested for COVID-19, you must quarantine for a full 10 days after travel (return on day 11).
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

2021 Climate Survey

District message:

Between March 22 and April 2, 2021, students in grades 5-12 will be invited to join their classmates in completing the 2021 Student Climate Survey. Participation in the survey is strictly voluntary and no student is required to fill out the questionnaire. The survey will take approximately one class period, 40 minutes, to complete. You may view the 2021 Student Climate Survey on our district website.

The purpose of the survey is to collect information about our youth so we can better assess how they experience the classroom and school environment. It is important to ask children to tell us what is good and working in their schools, and what needs improvement, from their perspectives.

All information collected will be confidential. Information from the survey will be linked to individual student records in order to assess whether students’ classroom and building experiences correlate with student outcomes. Individual identifiers (such as name, student email, and student ID) will be removed from the data for analysis and in any reporting (internal and external). The overall survey results will then be analyzed by our team to evaluate and develop programs to better address student needs.

If you would prefer your child/children not participate in the survey, please email Michelle Croft at croft.michelle@iowacityschools.org, or contact your child’s building by March 12, 2021, and your child/children will be provided a neutral activity during the survey class period. There is no penalty for anyone who decides not to participate.

*Grant Wood, 319-688-1180

If you have questions or concerns regarding the 2021 Student Climate Survey, please feel free to contact Laura Gray (gray.laura@iowacityschools.org).

What is a conundrum? A situation where there is no clear right or good solution. Yet, a difficult choice must be made...

Who will get to name the comet?

Watch video (http://vid.ly/9s7g6r) and discuss.

You can also click on the image on the right to watch the video.

Go to your ClassDojo account and submit your response, https://www.classdojo.com/

There is no right nor wrong answer and you'll earn ClassDojo points from Ms. Maria (Principal) for submitting your answer, an answer that includes your reason "why". I look forward to reading your responses.

Nominate a teacher...

The Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award honors outstanding educators who foster an active learning environment in their virtual or on site classroom and create opportunities for students to imagine, create, discover and explore.

Nominate an educator that has "overcome stressful circumstances, limited resources, and new technologies to connect with children and continue providing an engaging educational environment.... Any educator who has made a significant contribution to student-centered active learning is eligible for the award. Nominations can be submitted from parents, educators, administrators, students, and community members."

Nominate an educator that

  • "fosters an "active learning" environment."
  • provides "innovative & impactful lessons or activities."
  • "demonstrates a spirit of cooperation, responsibility, and respect"

Grant Wood PTO

Hello Wildcats!

My name is Brooke Engler. I’m the president of our PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization). I have 3 kiddos at Grant Wood. Henry is in 6th grade, Charles is in 4th, and Clara is in Kindergarten. During "normal" years your kids would see me at school and get to know me as Miss Brooke.

I am so grateful to be a part of our PTO the past 5 years. I’m reaching out to see if anyone would like to join. We organize Dine Out fundraisers, Family Movie Night, assist with picture day, hearing tests, school carnival(s), and anything else the school might need help with. While we may not be able to be at the school in person this year as in past years, these can still be items for discussion and planning for the future. The PTO is also open to discussing other items not centered around fundraising.

For more information you can reach me by email: tristan2915@yahoo.com

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Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?

The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.

Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

Coding for Kids (Free options)

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:

Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Amber, herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Attendance secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

District Message

We continue to keep a close eye on Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates as well as absenteeism rates related to COVID-19 among our students and staff. We will remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
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ICCSD 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, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.