Christine Grant Chronicle

5-20-22

Go Grizzlies!

What a great week! Students and staff have been very busy as we near the end of the year. We do our very best to keep the days consistent and learning continues at a high level. That being said, there are many unique components that go with this time of year and those will continue to create some memorable experiences.


Thanks to our Grizzly community and the many friends and families outside of the area for your support of PTO's Boosterthon fundraiser! We are at $16,881!!


Our Grizzlies enjoyed the experience and the Fun Run went quite well!


A few upcoming dates:


Preschool last day - May 25th

6th Grade Graduation - PM Tuesday, May 31st

Last day of school - Wednesday, June 1st @ 1:55


Have a great weekend!

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As a reminder, students are able to keep their device, charger and case over the summer months. Any issues with the device could possibly be supported through our tech department at the ESC.


Another option is that the device is stored in our library for the summer. We would then have the device on their desk and ready to go for the new year.


If you would like the device to be stored at school, please fill out this form.

Band and Orchestra Concerts

We recently had Band and Orchestra concerts at Liberty High School! The students did an amazing job!


Band:

Way to go students led by Mrs. Donlon, Ms. Guerpo, and Mr. Shaughnessy!

Beginner Band - https://drive.google.com/.../1wBXxD5KSoLJCq1Lth0n.../view...



Advanced Band - https://drive.google.com/.../1z8S3F6wcwpPqkLu9RIq.../view...

Orchestra

Wonderful concert and led by Mrs. Hannah Yang and Mr. Mark Awad!


Beginning Orchestra - https://drive.google.com/.../1cm03uVGcofHNKB4OFM3.../view...

Advanced Orchestra - https://drive.google.com/.../1Lqygg1fyy4nl9k.../view...

Advanced Orchestra/NCJH Chamber - https://drive.google.com/.../1HzrlePsSKgHPLg3ppqf.../view...

NCJH Chamber - https://drive.google.com/.../1-r40CkD_EOFZwX8drx.../view...

Combined Beginner/Advance Orchestras - https://drive.google.com/.../12v.../view...

Summer Reading 2022

Here is a great list of books for some fun summer reading! This was created by our district's teacher librarians. It is broken down by grade level. It also connects to all of the Summer Reading programs in the area. Students may use their district AIM card for online resources through all the area public libraries.


Summer Reading

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22-23 Pay to Ride District Message 5-11-22


Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department would like to notify you of the 2022-23 Pay-to-Ride Program. The Pay-to-Ride Program is available to families that do not qualify for mandatory transportation as required by the State of Iowa. The District provides transportation as required by the State of Iowa.

Iowa Code 285.1.a. The Board of Directors in every school district shall provide transportation, either directly or by reimbursement for transportation, for all resident pupils attending public school, kindergarten through twelfth grade, except that:

  1. Elementary pupils shall be entitled to transportation only if they live more than two miles from the school designated for attendance.
  2. High school pupils shall be entitled to transportation only if they live more than three miles from the school designated for attendance.

When measuring the distance to determine eligibility for transportation, the distance shall be measured by using the shortest distance on public roads only. In general, school buses do not travel on private roads/lanes or in private subdivisions. Distance is measured from the student's driveway to the assigned attendance point of entrance.

If you have any questions, before applying, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at Davis.Esme@iowacityschools.org.

The Pay-to-Ride Program details are listed below:

  • The program is provided on a space-available, time-available, first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited according to capacity as determined by the District and is available to students in grades K-12.
  • The program is only available on existing bus routes and at existing stops. No additional routes and or stops will be considered for pay-to-ride students after the deadline.
  • Buses provided specifically for special education students are not eligible for this program.
  • Bus stop locations and times are assigned by North America Central School Bus (NACSB).
  • Availability of seats and location of bus stops is subject to change based on changes in enrollment, boundaries, and other factors determined by the District or North America Central School Bus and can occur at any time. When changes to routes or stops occur, families utilizing pay-to-ride busing will be notified at the same time that the families of eligible students are notified.
  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at their assigned location only. Pick-up and drop-off must be at the same location.
  • Requests for a change in a student’s bus stop will only be honored if the student’s address has changed.
  • No guest students will be allowed to ride along with pay-to-ride students.
  • All students riding the bus are subject to the rules and regulations of conduct and safety established by the District and NACSB. The District and NACSB use video cameras on school buses as a means to maintain a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Refunds will be granted for any unused full trimester purchased for the current school year.
  • No refunds or rate adjustments will be made for days buses cannot operate because of weather or other circumstances beyond the control of NACSB or the District.
  • Payments can be made online via the District’s website. A fee is charged on a per-year basis.

Payment and Fees for Service

  • Pay-to-Ride fee is:
    • $575 per student, per year, round trip
    • $345 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for reduced-price lunch
    • $0 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for free lunch
  • Full payments must be made no later than June 9, 2022, to be included on a bus roster for the start of the school year.
  • Applications will be accepted after the due date while capacity remains on existing routes. (Note: Students will only be assigned to existing bus stops and routes; buses will not be re-routed to accommodate requests.)
  • Students are not eligible to ride until payment is received and the application is approved.

Application Process

  1. To apply for pay-to-ride busing, please download the following form:
    Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Application: 2022-2023 Pay-to-Ride Application
  2. Payment can only be made online: https://www.myschoolbucks.com
  3. Mail or bring your application and receipt, from MySchoolBucks to the following address:
    Iowa City Community School District
    Transportation Department
    1725 N Dodge Street
    Iowa City, IA 52245

If you are interested in participating in the Pay-to-Ride Program, please return the application and payment no later than June 9, 2022, to be considered for a bus roster for the start of the school year.

Sincerely,

Esme Davis
Transportation Manager
Iowa City Community School District

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DPO (Districtwide Parents Organization)

    • Hello!

    • The ICCSD Districtwide Parents Organization (DPO) wants to make sure all schools are represented in DPO and that all parents are aware of our organization and what it does for ICCSD students!


    • So first, who are we? The DPO is an independent organization that represents parent organizations across the district with the goal of promoting active engagement and awareness through monthly open meetings that include speakers on matters related to education as well as opportunities to interact directly with the ICCSD administration, foundation, and school board.


    • Now that you know a bit about the DPO, how can you get involved?


    • Become a Representative for your school: Each school building has up to two voting members of DPO (the PTO President and an appointed DPO Representative) but meetings are open to all. The DPO board is asking all school PTAs/PTOs to assign their 2022-23 DPO Representative before this school year ends so we can start the new school year with all schools connected.

    • Consider Volunteering as DPO Secretary: The DPO Executive Board has two open elected secretary positions in need of being filled immediately. Please contact the DPO if you are interested!

    • Attend DPO meetings: The DPO Board also encourages all district parents and caregivers to attend DPO meetings to:


    • - Connect with parents from other schools’ parent organizations

    • - Find out what is happening in our district directly from the school board & administration

    • - Learn from experts about important matters related to children, youth, and education

    • - Exchange ideas and gain information on local, state and national legislative issues


    • Meetings occur at 11:30 AM on the second Wednesday of the month, September–May (unless otherwise noted) currently over Zoom with hopes of rotating meeting locations among the schools in the future. We are excited to involve all of our parents! Please reach out to us with questions, and we look forward to seeing you at meetings this fall!


    • Sincerely,

    • The ICCSD DPO Board of Directors

District 4-22-22

Dear Families and Staff,

Our District was introduced to the Be Smart program earlier this year which focuses on adult education on gun safety and the prevention of child gun deaths and injuries. As a result, we recently adopted a resolution bringing awareness to the importance of secure firearm storage in the home as an effective strategy to keep schools and students safe.

With the assistance of the Be Smart program, our District has integrated information on secure firearm storage and the legal obligations to protect minors from accessing irresponsibly stored guns into our annual registration process. Parents will be asked to review the information provided through Infinite Campus during registration at the beginning of each school year and provide a signature to acknowledge their awareness.

To learn more about the Be Smart program, visit www.besmartforkids.org. Thank you for being a partner in educating our community about the safe, responsible storage of firearms in the home.

Sincerely,

Matt Degner
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

Messages from the District are sent in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Swahili based on the language preference for communication that is designated by parents in Infinite Campus. Messages may be distributed through multiple channels, including e-mail, phone, text message, mobile app, district and school websites, and social media. Many of these channels offer multiple language options for users. Through collaboration with our Principals, Teachers, Student & Family Advocates, and Cultural Liaisons, messages may also be distributed through additional channels such as WhatsApp and Remind.

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District Message 4-21-22

Dear Families and Staff,

Our District remains committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. We have continued to track COVID-19 transmission data in our schools, in our county, and across the nation. Unfortunately, the Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates are beginning to trend upward again. This is the same trend we are currently seeing with the COVID-19 positivity rates within our schools. As a reminder, our District continues to follow our health and safety guidelines, which are adjusted based on the county transmission level. For your reference, the current COVID-19 Johnson County transmission level is “low”.

We urge you to remain vigilant as case counts continue to climb locally to ensure we do not experience another significant surge in cases. Please remember that wearing a mask indoors when appropriate, practicing social distancing when possible, and staying home when sick continue to be effective health and safety measures. In addition, it is highly recommended to get vaccinated (and boosted) if you are eligible.

These health and safety precautions play a critical role in controlling the spread of COVID-19 within our community and protecting those that are most vulnerable to the virus. We appreciate your support and collaboration in keeping our community safe.


Sincerely,

Matt Degner
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

Messages from the District are sent in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Swahili based on the language preference for communication that is designated by parents in Infinite Campus. Messages may be distributed through multiple channels, including e-mail, phone, text message, mobile app, district and school websites, and social media. Many of these channels offer multiple language options for users. Through collaboration with our Principals, Teachers, Student & Family Advocates, and Cultural Liaisons, messages may also be distributed through additional channels such as WhatsApp and Remind.

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Summer Camps - West High

Iowa City West HS will be offering summer camps and clinics as listed on our website at www.icwestsportscamps.com/


Please contact the West High athletic office for any questions.

319-688-1050

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is ongoing for any incoming students. If you were not able to attend, please call Beth Whitty in the office at 319-688-1500 to set up a time to register your student.


As a reminder, you will need the following:


  1. 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.]
  2. Child’s immunization records
  3. Proof of residency [Examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.]

Please note, registration may take up to 45 minutes.

Birthday Boulders

BIRTHDAY BOULDERS

The celebratory boulders have been fun! For a $10 donation to the PTO, you can “rent” the large boulders in front of the building and paint a special birthday message for your child on their big day.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for a date to “rent” a boulder. Reserve both if you’re extra ambitious! The $10 reservation fee goes straight to the PTO support teachers, students, and staff at Grant.

  2. Pay through our secure payment portal (you’ll get instructions after reserving your date)

  3. Come up with your birthday message design idea. Is your kiddo into sharks? Cover the rock with blue and put Jaws on there. Does your child love all things strawberries? Paint a bushel of them around their name. It's all up to your imagination.

  4. Gather your materials—we’ll advise you on the best kind of paint to use. You can begin painting after 4pm the day before your rental.

All the guidelines and details can be found on the sign up sheet >> Reserve a Birthday Boulder

ATTENTION ALL 6th GRADE PARENTS

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR INCOMING 7th GRADERS

  • Two more vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)

  • Students are NOT allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of MCV vaccine according to Iowa law.

Please check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.


  • These can be completed during their regular health exam, or during their sports physical (which will also be required for all athletes!)

  • Johnson County Public Health provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045.

  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to the Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment.

  • If you have any questions, please contact the NCJH school nurse: philipp.christel@iowacityschools.org

District Message - 3-01-22

Dear Families and Staff,

This evening, the Board held a special meeting to discuss our District’s current mask requirements. This comes after the CDC recently released updated guidance on face coverings in indoor spaces, including school settings. While the CDC is recommending continued mask use in areas categorized as having high transmission rates, the new guidance states that mask requirements can be relaxed in communities with low or medium transmission rates. Johnson County is currently in the “medium” transmission rate category.

Therefore, the Iowa City Community School District will no longer require face masks to be worn in our buildings, on our campuses, and on school buses as long as our county remains in the low or medium transmission rate category. Should the county move into the high category, this decision will be revisited again at that time. This change will become effective immediately; however, we still encourage indoor mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Student and staff health and safety continue to be our priority, and our practice throughout the pandemic has been to anchor our health and safety protocols to the recommendations of the health experts. We recognize the significance of this change because of the vital role the use of face masks plays in controlling the spread of COVID-19 within our community. However, we make this decision with the confidence that we continue to follow CDC and JCPH recommendations.

While we are relaxing this individual COVID-19 prevention strategy, it is critical that we remain vigilant as a community to ensure we do not experience another surge in cases. We urge everyone to get vaccinated (and boosted) if eligible and to stay home if sick. We appreciate your support and collaboration in keeping our school community safe.

Sincerely,

Matt Degner
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

2022 Summerships

The 2022 Summerships program is open for application submissions and can be located on our website (https://www.unitedwayjwc.org/summerships) This is a wonderful program for families that will cover the cost of Johnson and Washington County K-12 students, who are eligible for free & reduced lunch, to attend one summer camp or summer activity of their choice up to $250.00.


A "Summership" scholarship will fund up to $250 of one summer camp or summer activity cost per child.

Click HERE to Print the 2022 Summership Application

For questions regarding the Summerships program or applying, please Email: Wendy.Nolan@UnitedWayJWC.org or call 319.338.7823.

To see a listing of previously requested summer camps and summer activities click Here



  • Summerships are awarded annually for the cost of one summer camp or one summer activity up to a maximum of $250.00 per student
  • Eligible programs are summer camps or summer activities
  • Household income must meet the free and reduced lunch income thresholds
  • Submitted applications must be complete and include a copy of completed camp or activity registration form (If online provide screen shots, confirmation receipt or email)
  • Summership applications are reviewed by the Summership committee for eligibility
  • Eligible Summership applications are awarded scholarships in the order received
  • Payments are made directly to the summer camp or summer activity organization
  • Annual program limit of 5 Summerships awarded per specific camp or activity organization

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PBIS - Braggin' on a Bear!

We are starting a new monthly acknowledgement for students here at Christine Grant Elementary. It's called Braggin' on a Bear. Classroom teachers and Specials teachers are given the opportunity each month to nominate students who have been great role models in demonstrating our expectations of Respectful, Responsible and Resilient.


Nominated students have their names read aloud over the intercom and all are awarded a certificate. Two student names are randomly drawn from all nominees. Those two students earn a free Kids' Meal from our North Liberty Subway. A display will be in the front hallway recognizing our Grant Grizzlies.

SECURLY

A reminder that our district tech team has put together information about filters and a parent's ability to access the online activity of their child at Securly Info. With the goals of student safety and responsible technology usage, this is an option for our parents to access.

Birthdays

The ICCSD is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. In line with that goal, changes were made to the district’s Wellness Policy.

We do not allow birthday treats to come to school. We do announce birthdays via morning announcements and students come to the office for a birthday pencil. Classrooms may have a special acknowledgment that is non-food related.

The District Wellness Policy has additional information about general snacks sent to school.

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ICCSD

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 Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.
The Iowa City Community School District remains committed to our COVID-19 health and safety practices. The well-being of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. We are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines to ensure we can safely, effectively, and consistently provide access to learning and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The District’s measures are meant to keep our community safe, but they are only fully effective if we are diligent and responsible in adhering to them. For further information on our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/HealthandSafety.