Wildcat News

Conferences & OLP Material pick up (Wed); School Photo (Fri)

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Dear Grant Wood Families:

This week will be a busy week for all. Before delving into details relating to Parent-Teacher conferences, School Photo Day, and Materials Pick up Day for Online Learning Program students, I'd like to highlight some information relating to Breakfast Arrival time and the Car Line.

  • Breakfast line (at door 19) opens at 7:40am Monday through Friday. Please note that prior to 7:40am we do not have any before school supervision for our students. Your help in having students arrive to school starting at 7:40am is greatly appreciated.

  • Our car line now includes a school bus and we thank you for the patience and the increased caution with which you navigate the school parking lot. We expect the school bus to continue using the car line through the end of the winter season. During this time, (approximately the next two weeks) parents can use the neighboring parking lot to drop off and pick up students. Once the bus resumes use of the neighboring lot, all parents will be directed to the main parking lot again. We expect this to be at the end of the winter season.

Wednesday, March 3rd is a school day - an early dismissal school day. School will dismiss at 1:55pm. After school, March 3rd will be the first day of our March Conferences. Conferences will be virtual. Sign up links can be found at this document - just clcik on your child's teacher's name within the list.

  • Conferences on Wednesday, March 3rd will start at 2:10pm and conclude at 7:10pm
  • Please call the office with any questions, 319-688-1180
  • A second day of conferences will be held on March 10th (7:40am - 7:10pm) - March 10th is a no school day for all students.

Friday, March 5th will also be a regular school day and it will be School Portrait Day. School Photos will be taken by Halverson Photography during the school day for onsite students scheduled during their class time.

  • Online Learning Program students are also invited to take their school photos on March 5th after school from 3-4pm.
  • Online Learning Program students are to use the Community entrance for school photos after school Friday.

*The picture date is subject to change based on the Covid-19 positivity rates to be below the 14 day average of 10% in Johnson County.

**If you wish to place an order for the school portraits you can place an order online using the link listed below. The link will be active until 10am the day after the picture date.





Interim-Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Amber, herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office Secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

OLP Material Distribution - March 3rd, 12pm-6pm

As you know, the third trimester will begin shortly before spring break, on Thursday, March 11th. All elementary parents/guardians of students enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program (OLP) should plan to pick up materials for their children for this upcoming trimester at your child’s home school. The date for materials pickup will be on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, between noon and 6:00 pm. Parents/guardians may also drop off materials no longer being used at that time. Your child’s teacher can let you know which materials can be returned.

~excerpt from District's 2/26/21 email

February... Black History Month

Though tomorrow we start March...today, February 28th is still National Black History Month; let us all strive to not limit ourselves nor our students' learning to an isolated heritage month.

Alexander Clark and the First Successful Desegregation Case in the United States
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Grant Wood Book Fair...

Hello Students and Family Members,

We are having an online book fair to support the library at Wood. The Follett online book fair for Wood will run from February 24th until March 8, 2021. Please follow the link below to find some great titles for your readers!.


March...Women's History Month

Janet Guthrie — In 1960, Guthrie earned a degree in physics from the University of Michigan and worked as an aerospace engineer. By the early 1970s, she followed her interest in motor racing and became the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Born in Iowa City (March 7, 1938), Guthrie’s helmet and driver suit from the Indy 500 are in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Grant Wood PTO

Hello Wildcats!

My name is Brooke Engler. I’m the president of our PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization). I have 3 kiddos at Grant Wood. Henry is in 6th grade, Charles is in 4th, and Clara is in Kindergarten. During "normal" years your kids would see me at school and get to know me as Miss Brooke.

I am so grateful to be a part of our PTO the past 5 years. I’m reaching out to see if anyone would like to join. We organize Dine Out fundraisers, Family Movie Night, assist with picture day, hearing tests, school carnival(s), and anything else the school might need help with. While we may not be able to be at the school in person this year as in past years, these can still be items for discussion and planning for the future. The PTO is also open to discussing other items not centered around fundraising.

For more information you can reach me by email: tristan2915@yahoo.com

Kindergarten Registration - March 10th

The Iowa City Community School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 school year for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021.

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 7:40 a.m. - 7:10 p.m.
Place: At your child’s elementary school

We would like to encourage only one family member to come on-site for registration due to COVID-19 health and safety requirements. To encourage social distancing we would like families to sign up for a registration time at their school by completing the following form: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50hQpMrT52zBEk6.

Requirements at registration:

  1. Verification of your child’s birth date [Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.]
  2. Child’s immunization records
  3. Proof of residency [Examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.]

If you do not have the needed documentation, please come to registration and we will assist you.

If you are unable to register your child on March 10, 2021, please contact your child’s school. Please note, registration may take up to 45 minutes.

*Grant Wood Elementary, Office: 319-688-1180

Extended Learning Program (ELP) for 2021-2022

The yearly screening of students for participation in the Extended Learning Program

(ELP), the elementary program for gifted and very high ability students, is underway for

the 2021-2022 school year. This program is appropriate for students who are at the

highest academic levels in their grade. Students can enter this screening pool by Iowa

Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) scores, teacher nomination or parent

nomination. More information is available on the district website


Go to: Departments --> Curriculum --> Curriculum Areas --> Extended Learning Program (ELP)

--> Elementary Services.

Only grades 3 through 5 are included in this screening process. Kindergarten and first grade students are being screened for ELP services through in-class lessons and collaboration with the classroom teacher throughout the school year. All 2nd graders will be screened in the Spring.

Parents will receive notification about second grade screening when it is scheduled at

their child’s school. No parent or teacher nominations are necessary for grades K-2. If you would like to nominate your third, fourth or fifth grade child to be tested for ELP

services, please complete a parent information form.

Forms will be available online between February 21 and March 26, 2021 at https://forms.gle/y8nRipaSbDW6fR6h8.

Paper forms will be available in the school office during the same time. No forms will be

accepted after March 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

ICCSD (Elem.) Voluntary Transfer Guidelines

Dear Elementary Families:

This is a reminder that families intending to request a Voluntary Transfer for the 2021-22 school year must fill out a Voluntary Transfer form. The deadline to submit the form is March 1, 2021. Completed forms should be returned to the following address:

Iowa City Community School District
Educational Services Center
1725 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

The Voluntary Transfer guidelines generally limit transfers at the elementary level, however, there are a few exceptions. The guidelines and the form can be found at www.IowaCitySchools.org/VoluntaryTransfers.

If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

Dress warmly

Though the snow is melting students still need to dress warmly for the walks to/from school and during recess. Please call us, 319-688-1180 or email our Student Family Advocate (SFA), Ms. Amber Herring at herring.amber@iowacityschools.org for assitance.
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Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?

The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.

Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

Coding for Kids (Free options)

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:

Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Amber, herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Attendance secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office secretary: Ms. Peggy, tucker.peggy@iowacityschools.org

District Message

We continue to keep a close eye on Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates as well as absenteeism rates related to COVID-19 among our students and staff. We will remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
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ICCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

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 Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.