Johnson Weekly e-Reminders

March 2, 2018

Calendar for Next Week

*Monday, March 5 (DAY 3)

Jump Rope/ Hoops for Heart

Red Cedar Chamber Music guest artists residency

JSA Orff Ensemble @ 7:45-8:25am

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:25am

Academy Expansion @ 3:50-5:30pm

JSA Harmony Strings @ 3:50-4:50

JSA Orff Ensemble @ 3:50-4:50pm

Writers Workshop @ 3:50-4:50pm

What you Wear @ 3:50-4:50pm

Comic Club @ 3:50-4:50pm

JSA PTA- Dinner @ 5:30pm, Meeting @ 6:00pm

*Tuesday, March 6 (DAY 1)

Jump Rope/ Hoops for Heart

Red Cedar Chamber Music guest artists residency

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:25am

Girls on the Run 3:50-5:00pm

JSA Dance @ 3:50-4:50pm

Primary Potters @ 3:50-4:50pm

Book Club @ 3:50-4:50pm

STEAM Challenge @ 3:50-4:50pm

GREAT Kindness! @ 3:50-4:50pm

We Power Up @ 3:50-4:50pm

Jane Boyd @ 3:50-6:00pm

*Wednesday, March 7 (DAY 2)

Jump Rope/ Hoops for Heart

Red Cedar Chamber Music guest artists residency

JSA Band @ 3:50-4:50pm

Gospel Choir @ 3:50-5:00pm

Green Team @ 3:50-4:50pm

Collage Art @ 3:50-4:50pm

Jane Boyd @ 3:50-6:00pm

*Thursday, March 8 (DAY 3)

Red Cedar Chamber Music guest artists residency

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:25am

Rites of Passage @ 3:50-4:50pm

JSA Ambassadors @ 3:50-4:50pm

Lego Club @ 3:50-4:50pm

Titanic Search @ 3:50-4:50pm

Story Art @ 3:50-4:50pm

We Power Up @ 3:50-4:50pm

Girls on the Run 3:50-5:00pm

Jane Boyd @ 3:50-6:00pm

*Friday, March 9 (DAY 1)

Early Dismissal @ 2:20pm

School Store 7:45-8:25am

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:25am

STEAM Discovery Day @ 9:30am-1:30pm

JSA Band @ 2:20-4:00pm

Harmony Strings @ 2:20-4:00pm

Garden Club @ 2:20-4:00pm

Jane Boyd @ 2:20-6:00pm


Breakfast Menu CLICK HERE


Remember to send coats, hats, and gloves with your students.

Students cannot enter the building until 8:10 am

March 5-7th - Jump Rope/ Hoops for Heart

March 9th - STEAM Discovery Day

March 12-16th - Spring Break

March 26th - Spring Pictures

**Classes will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018, to make-up for class time lost to weather-related cancellations. This date is designated on the District calendar as a make-up date; it will be an Early Dismissal Day.

Magnet School Lottery Information

The Magnet School Lottery is now open until March 9! Students who live within the Johnson attendance zone are not required to enter the Lottery and are allowed to automatically attend. Students who previously lived in the Johnson neighborhood attendance zone and moved out during the 2017-18 school year, incoming siblings of students who were accepted via the magnet school lottery, and those residing outside of the Johnson STEAM Academy neighborhood attendance zone need to enter the Lottery. Contact Cassidy Reinken,, 319-558-1612 with questions.

Visit to access the JSA Lottery.

Click Here for Kindergarten Registration Information

ONLINE registration starts on Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 7AM.

Johnson STEAM Academy is excited to support the Linn County Community Food Bank this year.

We collected an amazing 402 pounds of non-perishable food items for Cedar Rapids area families.

Way to Go Johnson!

Amy Conyers

Transition and Attendance Specialist

Johnson STEAM Academy



*Kindergarten BMI testing March 21st @ 9am-12noon- we need a Volunteer to escort students from their classroom

*Spring Picture Day March 26th- Am & Pm Volunteer needed to assist students getting pictures taken

Assistant Coach for Boys Let Me Run- Monday/Wednesday @ 3:50-5:00pm (especially looking for someone to help on Wednesdays)- the group meets late March thru May,

Winter Gear and Clothing Organizer- an hour once a week or once bi-weekly to help insure our small storage space in the clinic is orderly. Anytime between 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday.

Reading Buddies Needed- 1 hour a week working with students on reading


*Gatorade/Powerade, vitamin water, or any other similar size lid for the next Steam Day. Please bring them to Room 118,

*Plastic lids- Any plastic lid that is washed and ready. Milk jug, cottage cheese, juice, Gatorade. The more colorful the better! No clear lids. Please bring them to the Art Room

Variety Show at McKinley Middle School on March 6th

McKinley's annual "Little Bit of Somethin' Community Variety Show" is on March 6th. This night promises to be a lot of fun with great performances from students and staff. The Silent Auction has a variety of awesome things and check out the Bake Sale!

General admission is $5.00. This ticket includes reserved seating in the auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the McKinley School main office.

Alternative Kindergarten Informational Night

Thursday, March 8, 2018

From 6:00 – 7:00PM

Where: The ELSC

2500 Edgewood Rd NW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

*For questions, please call 319-558-2247

Your child must be turning 5 by September 15, 2018

Cedar Rapids Civil Right Commission: Fair Housing Poem & Poster Contest

The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission is kicking off its 4th Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest! The 2018 theme for this contest is “Fair Housing For All: Building a Better World.”

The purpose of the contest is to educate Cedar Rapids students about fair housing, including the right to obtain housing free from discrimination. The competition is for students in grades K-12. Students will compete in three grade categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There will be one grand prize winner and two runners-up from each grade category. First prize winners will have an opportunity to win up to $500 towards post-secondary education, through a College Savings Iowa 529 Plan. For more information about the Iowa 529 Plan, please visit Runners-up will receive Civil Rights “swag bags.”

The contest deadline for submission is 5:00 P.M. on Friday, March 16, 2018. Poster entries may be submitted at the following locations: Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, Cedar Rapids Public Library, or Ladd Library. Information packets will be available at all of the above-mentioned drop off locations. You may also download an information packet and learn more about this contest by visiting

If contest information is needed in another language or any special accommodations are needed, please contact our office at your earliest convenience. Contestants must submit the Applicant Entry Form (included in the information packet) along with their poster entry in order to be eligible. If you’d like to learn more about fair housing, please contact the Commission or visit the Cedar Rapids Public Library (Downtown and Ladd locations) to check out their “Fair Housing” display.

For more information, questions, or concerns contact Keenan Lee via e-mail at or via phone (319) 286-5036.

***Neighborhood Events***

March 2 :

Event: Coffee Night at Lowe Park

Where: Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th St., Marion

When: 7:00pm

Cost: FREE

Info: Folk, jazz, Irish tunes and a little rock 'n' rock can be expected

March 2 & 3:

Event: Stories of Tug and War

Where: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

When: 7:30pm

Cost: $25

Info: Enjoy a night of true and personal stories performed by featured storyteller Raymond Christian. He is joined by special guests: nationally renowned Chicago storytellers Scott Whitehair and Nestor Gomez, musician Kevin "B.F." Burt, and Cedar Rapids own Akwi Nji

March 3:

Event: Community Cultural Celebration and Expo

Where: Cedar Rapids Public Library- downtown, 450 Fifth Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

When: 10am-2pm

Cost: FREE

Info: Activities include live music, live action cultural demonstrations, dances, and exhibitors from across the community.

March 3 & 4:

Event: The Art of Wood Carving

Where: Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha

When: 9am - 5pm

Cost: FREE

Info: Featuring lathe and carving demonstrations, exhibits and sales.

March 3 :

Event: Anamosa Home & Garden Show

Where: Lawrence Community Center, 600 E. Main St., Anamosa

When: 9am to 3pm

Cost: FREE

March 3 :

Event: Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project

Where: Iowa Raptor Project, 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE, Solon

When: 11am to 3pm

Cost: FREE

March 3 :

Event: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime

Where: Barnes & Noble Bookseller, 333 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

When: 11-11:30am

Cost: FREE

Info: Activities to follow

March 4 :

Event: Garden Forum: Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Oh My!

Where: Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St, Iowa City

When: 2 to 4 pm

Cost: FREE

March 4 :

Event: KidsFest Summer Camp & School Expo

Where: Kids First Gymnastics, 4900 Bowling St. SW, Cedar Rapids

When: 12-2pm

Cost: FREE

Info: Enjoy giveaways, a bounce house, huge play and tunnel fun area, games and entertainment. Visit and speak with camp directors, summer activity programmers and learning representatives. Contact:

March 9:

Event: Physics and Astronomy Demonstration Show

Where: University of Iowa, Lecture Room 1, Van Allen Hall, Iowa City

When: 7-8 pm

Cost: FREE

Info: Come join us to celebrate "Kaboom" as we demonstrate how the air we breathe can crush a 55-gallon drum, launch rockets, fire ping-pong balls through cans, plus many other visual demonstrations. special hands-on display feauring the unique University of Iowa planterella and gravity sandbox will also be presented.

March 16:

Event: Maker Workshop Day Camp

Where: The Iowa Children's Museum, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville

When: 9am-4pm

Cost: $25 per session

Info: During spring break, kids can come be an engineer for a day, Morning and afternoon sessions available. Go online to

March 17:

Event: Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair

Where: Lindale Mall, 444 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids

Cost: FREE

Info: Students in 6th thru 12th grade compete with science projects to earn awards, prizes and scholarships. For more info..


JSA PTA Facebook page CLICK HERE

PTA meeting on Monday, March 5th

Dinner at 5:30pm

Meeting at 6:00pm

Johnson STEAM Academy Magnet School

Johnson STEAM Academy provides an innovative, respectful, educational environment for all its students. It does this by focusing on academic achievement through a curriculum infused with STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.