Ekstrand Elementary

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Dates to Remember

Monday April 23rd - April 27th: Ekstrand Book Fair (Buy one get one free)

Monday April 23rd: K-1 Spring Program 6:30 p.m at CDPAC (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Tuesday April 24th: 2-3 Spring Program 6:30 p.m. at CDPAC (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Thursday April 26th: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Hurtsville

Thursday May 3rd: Third Grade Transition Tours of CDIS

Thursday May 3rd: 2nd Grade Bike Rodeo

Friday May 4th: 1st Grade Field Trip

Tuesday May 8th: Kindergarten Field Day 9:30-11:30

Tuesday May 8th: 2nd Grade Field Day 12:30-2:30

Wednesday May 9th: 1st Grade Field Day 9:30-11:30

Wednesday May 9th: 3rd Grade Field Day 12:30-2:30

Wednesday May 16th: Early Dismissal 1 p.m.

Wednesday May 23rd: 3rd Grade Field Trip

Thursday May 31st: Last Day of School

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2019 TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

Contact:

Staci Hupp

515-281-5651

staci.hupp@iowa.gov


Applications sought for the next Iowa Teacher of the Year

DES MOINES – Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year. The deadline to nominate is April 27.


The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including students, parents, school administrators, colleagues, college faculty members, and associations.


The Iowa Teacher of the Year award was established in 1958. The annual program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. Winners are chosen by a committee that includes representatives of the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa State Education Association, the School Administrators of Iowa, the Parent Teachers Association, the Area Education Agencies, the Iowa Association of School Boards, the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the current Iowa Teacher of the Year.

The Teacher of the Year serves as an ambassador to education and as a liaison to primary and secondary schools, higher education, and organizations across the state.

Aileen Sullivan of the Ames Community School District was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year.


Nomination Form

Spring Walking School Bus


Please click here to access the link for more information and to sign-up to volunteer. We will be resuming with the Walking School Bus on Wednesday April 11th.

Read Across America Week / Dr. Suess Week

We celebrated Read Across America Week during the week of February 26th - March 2nd. The purpose of this week is to promote the importance of literacy in a fun and engaging way for students. The conclusion of this also served as Dr. Seuss' birthday. We had daily scheduled Drop Everything and Read periods, as well as daily dress up days for the students. It was a fantastic week in which students participated in a wide variety of literacy activities to enhance student interest in reading.

Donuts with Dads

On Wednesday March 14th we had over 100 students with their dads, grandfather, or influential male figure in their lives join us for Donuts with Dads for a donut and drink in our cafeteria before school. This event helps promote our Watch D.O.G.S. program as well as express our appreciation to the many dads who sacrifice time to help out in the building. It was a great event that was very well attended. We are grateful for the many positive male role models that are so influential in the lives of our students. Click here to view the video Ms. Prombo put together to express the appreciation we have for our Watch D.O.G.S.

Jump Rope for Heart

This year Ekstrand participated in Jump Rope for Heart. Jump Rope for Heart encourages students to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research. Additionally, they learned the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and giving back to their community. Each student brought home a pledge envelope to collect all donations. In our first year of participation our students raised $4,550 for the American Heart Association. Thanks to everyone for their generosity!

Guidance

Guidance:

As we come to the final months of the school year, we move from whole group classroom guidance to small group guidance. Kindergarten small groups will be working on either Friendship, Empathy, or Problem Solving while they meet. First grade students will focus on Empathy, Problem Solving with Friends, or a Social Skill of the teacher's choice. The 2nd and 3rd grade students will be learning more about Empathy, Self-Confidence, or Working with Others. These small groups allow for more directed learning and more time for open discussions for students. Each year the students look forward to working in these small groups and we are ready to get started!


Watch DOGS:

The Donuts with Dads event was a huge success! We had a turn out of approximately 204 students and fathers! It was a wonderful morning and we hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the time they were able to spend with their student having breakfast. Big shout out to all those who helped the morning run smoothly and to the PTO who provided the funds for the donuts. If there are any father figures out there who are interested in becoming a Watch DOG, it is never too late. All you need to do it complete a background check and then we can get you scheduled to spend a day at Ekstrand. You will start the day and end the day with your student while also working with other classes throughout the day. You even get to have lunch with your student. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Molly Prombo, the school counselor at molly.prombo@cd-csd.org or (563) 659-4763.

DeWitt Community Library Information

PAWS-4-Reading Program (read to a canine). This program will be held April 23rd from 5:30-6:30pm. Ages 2 years--4th grade.



Family Story Times = Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. (April 24th)

Lunch Buddy Volunteers

We are always seeking additional community volunteers to assist with our Lunch Buddy program. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact our Guidance Counselor Ms. Prombo.
Please click on the Camp Form Link below to access the registration form for the Saber Basketball Camp


Camp Form Link