Falcon Focus

Archibald Alexander Elementary: Oct. 29, 2021

Alexander Elementary is committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence for each and every one of our scholars. We believe in our students, staff, and families and dedicate ourselves to creating a community that prepares our scholars for college or career.

Chris Gibson, Principal, Gibson.Chris@iowacityschools.org

A Message from the Principal

Dear Falcon families,


We were disappointed that it rained so hard during the Run for the Schools, BUT Alexander placed third in the entire ICCSD with registration numbers. This is HUGE, families! We can't wait to beat our record next year. Thank you for supporting our school district and attempting to build community within Alexander!


There is no school on Tuesday, November 2 due to elections in the school.


Picture Retake day is on Wednesday, November 3. All 6th graders and any other student wanting to get the retake should plan on pictures in the morning.


Parent/Teacher conferences are quickly coming up. This is a time where parents and teachers meet to share celebrations, share academic and social emotional information/data about your scholar and set goals. The sign up will be coming soon. We always look forward to meeting with our families to share the growth of our scholars!


We have all school celebrations each month to celebrate our hard work and learning. October brought us a PBIS dance party celebration this week. Your children had fun dancing, even when the music stopped accidentally.



Please reach out to your classroom teacher or the main office at 319-688-1095 if we can help you in any way! We are counting on all of our Falcon community to ensure a strong community of learners at Alexander! Thank you for your ongoing support!


Chris Gibson, Principal

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Parent Teacher Conferences

This fall, all Iowa City Community School District elementary schools will hold parent teacher conferences virtually. Virtual conferences will be held on the following dates.
November 11, 2021: 2:35pm-7:10pm
November 17, 2021: 7:55am-7:10pm
You may sign up for a conference with your child’s classroom teacher through the Conference weblink that will be emailed to you tomorrow.

Winter Gear Information

Winter is coming! Please remember your child must bring a winter coat with them daily. If they want to play in the snow, they will need to have boots and snow pants. Check out the below options for lower cost and second hand items. If you need any assistance getting winter gear for your student, don't hesitate to contact our Student and Family Advocate at 319-688-1098. The SFA will help connect to available community resources and fill requests, as donations are available, prioritizing homeless students.
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PPEL/SAVE Extension

On November 2, 2021, the Iowa City Community School District will ask voters to consider the renewal of the Iowa Secure and Advanced Vision for Education Levy (SAVE) and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The no new money renewal of these levies allows the District to complete the promise of FMP 1.0 and to embark on Facilities Master Plan (FMP) 2.0 with no tax increase. This extension of SAVE and PPEL also provides funding for District-wide lifecycle projects that would otherwise pull vital teaching and learning dollars from the District’s general fund. This progress would come with no increase to the current tax rate.

Our District will hold two community information sessions on the extension of PPEL and SAVE. Superintendent Matt Degner will share details about the November 2, 2021 vote and answer questions from participants. The information sessions will be held virtually on the following dates:

You can learn more about our District’s plan at www.IowaCitySchools.org/FMP2.0. We appreciate your engagement in this process and please vote on November 2, 2021. #ICCSDtogether

November PTO Meeting

Join us for our November PTO meeting on Monday, November 8 at 6:30 pm.


We'll have an update from PrincipalChris Gibson and continue discussing plans for supporting teachers and students at Alexander!


This fall, all of our meetings will be virtual to keep everyone safe! Use this link to register and receive the zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/AlexanderPTO-Fall

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Important Dates to Remember:


Nov. 2 NO SCHOOL

Nov. 3 Picture retake day/6th grade picture day

Nov. 11 Parent/Teacher Conferences 2:10-7:10 pm

Nov. 17 Parent/Teacher Conferences 7:40-7:10 pm

Nov. 24, 25, 26 NO SCHOOL

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Message on Masks and Vaccines (9/15/21)


To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.


In addition, our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.


Non-Discrimination Statement

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 Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.