Shimek Shout Out

May 29, 2020

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Dear Shimek Families,

I want to start by thanking all of you for your support and patience this year. You have been absolutely wonderful, especially given all of the change this spring. I can't thank you enough for all you've done and for all you've sacrificed. You are the best.

Second, I want to congratulate all of our graduating 6th grade students - we hope that you are able to enjoy the summer and that you are looking forward to junior high. I want to thank our amazing PTO for purchasing the congratulatory graduation signs for our 6th graders and all of the teacher and staff volunteers who distributed/will distribute them to our more than 40 students' homes. And a huge thank you to Ms. Cordova and Mrs. Mueller for putting together an online version of our graduation ceremony and the graduation certificates for the Shimek Class of 2020. Thank you!

Looking ahead to next year, there are obviously a lot of 'what ifs' that are being worked through. At this point in time, the district is planning to stick with the calendar timelines that you can see on the district website found here: Our hope is that we will also be doing some version of cherished traditions like Ice Cream Socials as the new school year approaches. Please be on the look-out for this and other information as the summer progresses.

For those of you who are curious about what the coming school year might look like I cannot yet provide specifics/details, but I can share this. In addition to working off of the 2020-21 calendar, districts across the state of Iowa will be submitting three-pronged plans for learning during the next academic year. To begin, the learning will be required K-12, unlike the voluntary model the majority of Iowa school districts chose for at least their K-8 grade levels this spring.

One part of the plan will include what learning would look like if normal looks similar to what we had been doing prior to March 14th, 2020. A second plan will be submitted for what school might look like if we can only allow a certain number of students/staff into the buildings at a given time (perhaps something like an A/B Day schedule, for example). Finally, the third plan would outline what online, or remote learning would look like... Our teachers at Shimek have been preparing for this through professional development training this spring - learning a new platform for teaching online, should we need to cross that bridge in the future. This model should allow districts across the state some flexibility in what they implement based on what the circumstances are in their given community. Obviously, we will do our best to communicate with you on these pieces every step of the way.

With that, we have also been working on class lists for next year. Currently, our kindergarten numbers are such that we are slated to have one section of kindergarten. If this remains consistent through the start of the school year, our grade level classroom structure would look like this:

Kindergarten - Ms. Kalsem

First Grade - Mrs. Buxton

Second Grade - Ms. Cordova & Mrs. Muhlenbruch

Third Grade - Mrs. Schneider

Fourth Grade - Mrs. Chapman

Fifth Grade - Mrs. Skay

Sixth Grade - Ms. Mueller

*If the district were to add a second section of kindergarten at Shimek, our structure would look like this:

Kindergarten - Ms. Kalsem & Mrs. Muhlenbruch

First Grade - Mrs. Buxton

Second Grade - Ms. Cordova & Ms. Montrose

Third Grade - Mrs. Schneider

Fourth Grade - Mrs. Chapman

Fifth Grade - Mrs. Skay

Sixth Grade - Ms. Mueller

With that, we will also let families who will have students entering kindergarten and/or second grade know as soon as possible what this will mean for their child's class and who their teacher will be this fall. I am sorry that we don't yet know for sure whether or not we'll be adding a second section of kindergarten. One thing that certainly helps allow the district to make these moves in a more timely fashion is having all of our families complete eRegistration in July. Additionally, if you know any families with children entering kindergarten at Shimek, or families who are new to your neighborhood, who haven't registered with us yet, please encourage them to reach out to Amy Brandt as soon as possible. Thank you!

In closing, I wish you all the very best this summer. I hope that you and yours will remain safe and healthy throughout these coming days and months. While we miss you incredibly, I do find some comfort in knowing how special it will be the next time we're able to see you in person. Take care, my friends, and we'll see you soon.

Most sincerely,

Chris Pisarik

Nutrition Services

We have a few updates to share regarding our Grab & Go meal service program. Since the beginning of our school closures in March, we have served over 250,000 free meals to local children and we are excited to announce that we will be able to continue providing meals to students beyond the end of the school year.

While the meal program will continue, the sites and schedule will change slightly. The Grab & Go sites will run from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted in the schedule below. The new schedule will begin on Monday, June 1, 2020, and continue through Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The schedule for July will be communicated to families during the last week of June. Meals are free and available to anyone age 1 – 18 and children do not need to be present in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.

Grab & Go Meal Sites beginning June 1, 2020:

  • City High School
  • Garner Elementary School
  • Hills Elementary School (Monday and Wednesday only, from 12:30 - 1:00 pm. Multiple days worth of meals provided.)
  • Lakeridge Mobile Park
  • Liberty High School
  • Mann Elementary School
  • Northwest Junior High School
  • Regency Mobile Park (Monday and Wednesday only, from 11:45 am - 12:15 pm. Multiple days worth of meals provided.)
  • South East Junior High School
  • West High School
  • Wood Elementary School

We would also like to take a moment to thank the amazing members of our nutrition services team, along with our building administrators and facilities team, as they have been a driving force behind making the Grab & Go meal program a success. They have been our essential heroes throughout our school closures. #ICCSDtogether

Immunization Reminder for current 6th Grade students

All incoming junior high students must have 1 Tdap any time after age 7 y/o, and 1 Meningococcal vaccination anytime after age 10 y/o. These are required to be in compliance with Iowa State Immunization Law. Please check your students records at this time to make sure your student is current. Clinics are now open to make appointments for routine physicals and immunizations. Thank you, Jodie Obermueller BSN Shimek School Nurse

Student & Family Advocate

Michael Shaw is Shimek (and Lucas) Elementary's Student and Family Advocate. If there's anything you would like assistance with, please feel free to reach out!

Summer Sports and Programs

All summer camps, workouts, practices and competitions will not be offered through July 5th. This date is subject to change based on guidance from the Department of Education, Governor Kim Reynolds, and the Boys and Girls Athletic Associations. Should the decision be made to ease restrictions prior to July 5th, the ICCSD will reevaluate and adjust accordingly. City High will continue to be an active member in both associations and will participate in all activities when given clearance to do so.

Summer camps scheduled in June will be postponed. New dates will be shared when known. Anyone signed up for a camp that is postponed will receive a full refund. CLICK HERE to stay up-to-date with all City High camps.

Camps scheduled for after July 5th will remain as scheduled.

Iowa City Community Food Resources

Community Crisis Services and Food Bank

1121 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA, 52240.

Food Bank Open:

Mon, Wed & Fri 12pm-4:30pm

Tuesday 12pm-7pm

Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm

Saturday 9:30am-2pm.

IC Compassion Food Pantry

1035 Wade St, Iowa City, IA, 52240

Food Pantry Open:

Wednesday 12pm-4pm

Thursday 5:30pm-7:00pm.

During this time make sure you get outside, drink lots of water, and take care of yourselves.

ICCSD Technology Support Page

This page provides information on how students, families, and staff can get technology support during the COVID-19 school closure. Technical support is available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.

For those families who have already reached out to the district inquiring about internet support, please contact Mediacom directly to see where they are at in the install process. The Iowa City Mediacom number is (855) 633-4226. Thank you!

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 and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,