Amana Elementary

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Friday, January 22, 2021

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Some of the unsung and behind the scenes type heroes!

I think it goes without saying that teachers, (CCA and AES in particular) have super hero type tendencies. I love this image just as a good reminder that we’re all human and none of us can do it alone. We at Amana are graced beyond measure with the support we get from parents, students, PTO!!! I did want to take a moment to share with you some folks who you might not be aware of, who have a direct and very positive impact on our students and staff. Two people that come to mind immediately are Barb Hunt and Angi Hoyer . Barb is our Director of Student services (if a student needs special services in any way, Barb is the guru!) and Angi is our elementary Director of Curriculum and Instruction (essentially what gets taught and how it gets taught). Both are extraordinary at what they do and their passion for student learning is amazing. Any time spent with them will get you motivated to tackle any issue!


Kathy Campbell, Director of Health services (second only to Dr. Fauci in terms of keeping us updated on all things Covid) may actually be the closest individual to a superhero I know. Talk about a job that is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Covid cases don’t take the weekend off and neither does Nurse Kathy!


Maury Gallagher, Director of Buildings and Grounds. We have beautiful, well cared for facilities. Maury has enlisted an amazing crew of building engineers and custodians to keep us warm, safe and free from snow and ice (another one of those 24 hours, 7 days week type jobs!). Maury’s good natured approach makes for a great relationship with all the buildings.


Laurie Haman, Director of Communications. NOT an easy task to communicate information! First of all, I love how she’s been able to take our CCA brand and trademark it. I think the consistency of logos and colors is really cool! Laurie is another one of those behind the scenes directors who does far more than you can imagine. Nothing gets communicated without her guidance. And thank goodness, because every time I personally have gone to her with an idea/need, she makes it much better than I ever could!


I can’t say enough great things about the building principals I get to work and rely on. Some I have just now started working with (CCE Kirk Ryan), some I have had the pleasure of working with for a while (TES Stacy Stull, Oak Hill Brian Williams) and some I have worked with for so long I can’t imagine life without them (NBE Brenda Parker, High School Mark Moody) and one in particular who has been my educational mentor and great friend (MS Brad Fox).


These people, not to mention the amazing people behind the scenes here at Amana (custodians Karen and Evelyn. Our nutritional staff (Becky, Leanne and Barb) along with everyone you have heard of and keep us functioning (COLLEEN and GARY!!) make this place a great place to be. I would encourage you to take a look at our district administrators and keep them in mind during these times of struggle and especially in times of success! We could not function without them!


Ben Macumber,

Principal

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.