Amana Elementary

Newsletter

Friday, December 4, 2020

My sincere appreciation to you all

Thank you all! Your baby sitters, your neighbors, grandma and grandpas, the Omas and the Opas, older siblings, and of course the parents who shoulder the brunt when we have had to go virtual. It’s not an easy decision to make. I frequently get asked, “what do you think the odds are we go virtual again?” I can say with 100% confidence, I have no idea. We’ll keep doing what we do to the best of our ability. We do encourage you all to have a plan B in case we do go virtual!


We did get to go to the Tannenbaum Forest today! That was fun. Ms. Collia is busy creating an opportunity for the elementary to have a virtual Winter Concert! That will be so cool. We have also incorporated some of the talents of the staff for this year!


Although it feels as if we as adults are doing our best to just tread water, I’m really proud of the students who have done an amazing job and adapting to whatever reality they are put in. It’s a sentiment shared by all the administrators district wide too. I am of course, partial to the Amana kids of course.


Other than that, things are going fairly well. You can’t tell by today, but the weather inevitably will get worse, so please send your child dressed for the weather. We will be going outside if the conditions are right. Sometimes a morning recess will be cancelled but the afternoon we will go outside. Do not assume recess will be inside and fail to send your student accordingly. Back in the old days...you know, like last year, we had additional snow pants etc. to borrow. If you are in need of winter gear, please let me know. We have resources that can help with that.


Have a GREAT weekend. It is Prelude in Amana this weekend, so it might be fun to get out and see all the Christmas lights!


PEACE


Ben Macumber,

Principal

Greetings

It's about that time again... time for the Winter Music Concert! It will look a little different this year, but we are very excited to host our first ever Livestream Concert! All students segments will be pre-recorded by cohort/grade during their regular school day and then we will "premiere" the final video via a Youtube link that will be shared out to all families on Monday, December 21st at 6:30pm, which is when the concert will be viewable. This link will only be live for a limited time on December 21st so make sure you don't miss it (just as if it were a live concert).


To prepare our students, K-5, will be recording their performance songs NEXT MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH during their regular music class time. Students are encouraged to wear their festive concert clothing or nicest outfits to school that day, or they can bring it to change into. (**If students are planning to change into clothing, it needs to be something that they can get into ON THEIR OWN. We will not have enough time to help everyone change.) Santa hats, elf ears, and reindeer antlers are all welcome! We look forward to sharing what our students have been working on! Thank you for your support!


Ms. Collia

Thanks

A big THANK YOU to the Amana Bakery and Cafe for the awesome gingerbread cookies! The kindergartners enjoyed their traditional hunt and then loved eating the delicious cookies! We appreciate the support from the community to make this possible this year!

Food Pantry

The Amana Church food pantry will be open on Wednesday, December 9th, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Christmas dinner items and other goodies!).


The Amana Church is located at 1112, 26th Ave. Middle Amana. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who might be in need.


Thank you Amana Church for your continued support to the community!

Classroom Snacks/Birthday Treats

Classroom Snacks must follow the Healthy Snack guidelines to meet the Smart Snack Requirements as set by USDA. No soda, candy and other such items are allowed.


Daily student snacks in the classroom will be brought in by the individual student for their own consumption. While we have no control over what that snack item may be, we ask that you help to provide a healthy snack option for your child.


Due to COVID19 restrictions, we are not allowing classroom snacks for special days such as birthdays, holidays, etc. be brought from home by the parent that do not meet the following standards:


  • 1. Item must be individually packaged for each student to open
  • 2. Item must meet Smart Snack Guidelines
  • 3. Item must not require refrigeration
  • 4. If Item is brought in from another source other than the school purchasing, it must be in its original bulk purchase box.**example if purchasing individual bags of popcorn from Costco that come packaged in a box or bag, the bag or box cannot be opened before coming into the school. It must come in as purchased. This includes a purchase made from any other store or source.


Items produced or made at home and then individually wrapped are not acceptable.


A parent or teacher or PTG group may purchase items from the CCA School Food Service Department via the attached Order Guide which was updated 9/2/2020. We understand that a classroom size is much smaller than the case count of most of these products. We cannot purchase partial cases from our Distributor. Suggestions are for the classrooms to combine orders and split the case. Or a parent may purchase a case and take the rest home for what is not needed that day and allow their family to consume.


Some things to remember:


  • Snacks orders need to be emailed or faxed to Debbie Klein, Food Service Director at debbieklein@ccaschools.org or 319-828-4743 (FAX)
  • Snack orders need to be pre-paid before they are ordered, please write checks to "Clear Creek Amana Food Service"
  • Orders are due Mondays and delivered to appropriate school on Thursdays



Click here for a link to the Snack List/Snack Order Form

BackPack Program

Through a partnership between HACAP and the CCA Community School District we are able to offer families a weekend food BackPack Program. The BackPack Program provides a small food bag of kid-friendly, non-perishable snacks for children each Friday and during school breaks. This is a FREE program, with no specific requirements that families must meet. It is also kept completely confidential – only the counselor will be aware of participating families. If the BackPack Program would be helpful for you and your children, please contact your building counselor or social worker.


Kelsey Koffend, Amana Elementary Counselor

kelseykoffend@ccaschools.org

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Non-discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its 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 the district’s Equity Coordinator, Lori Robertson, 327 S. Augusta Avenue, Oxford, IA 52322, 319-828-4510.