Christine Grant Chronicle
Please note below that PTO will be hosting Cookies and Cocoa from 5:30-7:00 on Friday, February 10th in the Grant cafeteria!
Here are a few upcoming dates of notes:
Tuesday, January 31st - Hearing Van @ Grant
Friday, February 17th - No school
Conferences will be coming soon. Sign-up options will be released in the near future.
Wednesday, February 22nd - 3:10-7:10
Thursday, March 2nd - 2:20-7:10 (and Kindergarten Registration)
Friday, March 3rd - 7:40-3:40 ( and Kindergarten Registration) - No school
Chilly days ahead next week...please have your child(ren) dress accordingly.
Have a great weekend!
Girls on the Run!
Girls on the Run will be at Grant Elementary this spring!
First Practice: Monday February 27
Schedule: Monday & Wednesday 3:00-4:30pm
At an age when girls’ confidence begins to decline, they need a program that reminds them of their excellence. Compared to organized sports or other clubs, Girls on the Run uplifts the whole girl – mind, body and soul. Take the first step to igniting your girl’s spark by signing her up this season. You won’t regret it!
Register by February 2nd & learn more: www.girlsontheruniowa.org/3rd-5th-grade-program-details
Hearing Van Volunteers
Here is the link.
Liberty High Mini Cheer Camp
Registration closes February 2, 2023.
Cheer Clinic registration: https://register.ryzer.com/camp.cfm?id=235198
Check us out: https://www.iowacityschools.org/domain/3876
District - Inclement Weather Guidelines
Good Afternoon Families and Staff,
As a reminder, our District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing delay, cancellation, and early release decisions can be found on our website at www.IowaCitySchools.org/WeatherGuidelines. Please note the change to the school day if there is a late start issued on a Thursday.
As decisions are made regarding school day changes, we are committed to providing families with information in a convenient and timely manner. In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone, and text, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also encourage you to download our mobile app, where you can find everything school and district-related in one spot.
If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.
Director of Community Relations
Iowa City Community School District
Cold and Flu Season
Cold and flu season is upon us and we are seeing an increase in seasonal illness within our community. Please review our school districts health and safety protocols Is your Child Too Sick to Go to School? and keep your child home if they are ill. If your student reports symptoms but seems well enough to be at school, please consider checking their temperature before sending them. To help prevent the spread of seasonal illness, please help us reinforce the following good hygiene habits:
- Wash hands frequently
- Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Thank you for your help!
Taryn McGuire, MSN-RN
Christine Grant Elementary
ICCSD Online Program 7-12
Phone: Grant: (319) 688-1500
Google Voice: (319) 853-8484 (call or text)
Breakfast is available daily for all Grizzly students from 7:40-7:50. Cost is $2.15 for full priced students, $0.30 for reduced students and free for students who have qualified for free benefits .If opting to have school breakfast, students need to use the front doors. Students will then be released directly to their classroom from the cafeteria to start their day. We offer lots of student friendly options and each meal contains a serving of fruit and a carton of milk.
Breakfast menus can be found at Meal Viewer.
District - Open Interviews
Join our team! The Iowa City Community School District will hold open interviews seeking paraeducators, nutrition services employees, and custodial staff. Interviews will be held on the following Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the District’s Educational Services Center, 1725 N. Dodge Street in Iowa City.
- Friday, December 2, 2022
- Friday, January 27, 2023
- Friday, February 24, 2023
Assistance will be provided, if needed, to complete the application process. To view available positions or to apply online, visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/Jobs.
Thanks to those who have already volunteered! All seem to be enjoying their time being with our Grizzlies!
Expectations are in place for students in both locations, and a volunteer would be paired with an experienced staff member. Some cafeteria duties include opening containers (milk, juice, etc..), giving out napkins and spending some time interacting in a positive manner. Playground expectations are also in place. Duties are primarily connected to being visible and available for student needs while monitoring for safe choices.
This link offers opportunities to sign up for specific days and times. We included the lunch/recess schedule so you will know the grade level and location.
The district does have protocols for volunteering. This link will direct you to the online background check.
Not only do we appreciate any support, we are also excited that parents have the opportunity to get into the school and add to our positive and supportive atmosphere!
District Cultural Diversity & Equity Newsletter
Music Concerts! Save the Dates!
I am excited to announce that Christine Grant students will be participating in music concerts this year! Due to covid cancellations during our first year open, this will be our very first set of concerts for Grant! With performances, especially when a child is not used to performing, comes anxiety (“butterflies in the tummy”), slightly heightened stress response, excitement, and then a sense of pride once the performance is finished. This is all completely normal. I will be working with students throughout the school year to provide a clear picture of what they can expect during a performance and how to manage those feelings. If your child exhibits signs of higher than average anxiety due to the idea of performing, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can work together to find solutions and hopefully ease those fears. There is a great article on helping children through stage fright at https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/kids-health/performance-anxiety-2/.
I will send detailed information at a later date. I understand that many students have extra commitments in the evenings. In my experience, most coaches/dance teachers/etc are very accommodating when they know in advance that a special performance is happening just once during the year. I can’t wait to watch our Grizzlies sing with pride! Please put the following dates onto your family calendars.
Kindergarten-2nd Grade Concert
When: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Where: Christine Grant Elementary
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
3rd-6th Grade Concert
When: Thursday, April 13, 2023
Where: Christine Grant Elementary
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Jennifer Jones-General Music
District: Holiday Celebration Reminder
DPO - District Parents Organization
Join the Monthly Meetings of the District Parents Organization
The Districtwide Parents Organization (DPO) promotes active engagement and awareness at the school and district level 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.
The DPO meets on Zoom during the school year at 6:30-8:00pm on the second Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted at this DPO General Meeting Zoom Link.
When you join a DPO meeting, you can:
• Connect with parents and caregivers from other schools’ parent organizations
• Find out what is happening in our district directly from the school board and 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
The Iowa City Community School District Shine Award recognizes employees who positively influence, inspire, and make a lasting impact on those they work with every day. At least three District employees are selected for the honor each month throughout the school year from nominations submitted to the ICCSD by students, parents, other staff members, businesses, and community members. Awards are presented to recipients in their classroom environment, among the students and peers they have impacted through their work.
Shine Award sponsors make it possible for the District to provide this recognition program for their staff. A monthly sponsorship purchases the Golden Apple award and a T-shirt for each honoree and provides them with community recognition.
This is the link to nominate!
To become a Shine Award sponsor or to receive more information, contact Theresa Weeks at the Iowa City Community School District Foundation at email@example.com or (319) 688-1012
HRS (High Reliability Schools)
Our initial focus will be on Level 1: Safe, Supportive and Collaborative Culture. In the near future, surveys will be administered to assist us with identifying areas of focus.
This is very timely for Christine Grant Elementary as we enter our 4th year and we are excited to put an emphasis on our school culture!
Here is a brief introductory video of HRS delivered by Mr. Turnis.
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:
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.
Pay through our secure payment portal (you’ll get instructions after reserving your date)
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.
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
Get social with the Grizzlies: