Borlaug Bulletin

September 28, 2020

Every Child, Every Day, Whatever It Takes to be.... Borlaug Best!

A Message from Principal Shoppa

How wonderful it is to see some of our Bulldogs in person today! With the start of the Hybrid Model, Borlaug has about a fourth of our students on campus each day which is approximately 115 students. We are excited to find our new normal as we learn and work together, while keeping everyone safe.


We want to share again our series of PBIS videos to review common area expectations. PBIS Expectation Videos We have added to our usual PBIS protocols the Return-to-Learn / Health & Safety. These guidelines have been completed in collaboration with the District Safety Committee, ICCSD Nurses, Johnson County Public Health, Johnson County Emergency Management, local pediatricians, and an epidemiologist.


This week teachers will review the videos with their students, and we encourage our families to view them prior to the first day of your Bulldog's return to Borlaug. Please be reassured that all staff members will be helping our students get to breakfast, if needed, or to homerooms on our opening days. We will continue to supervise our students diligently to be sure the Safety and Health Guidance is followed, as we assist our Bulldogs with these new routines at Borlaug.


It is important to know if your child is a Day A Student or a Day B Student. If a child is sent to school on the incorrect day, the parents will be notified immediately for the child to be picked-up. The student will not be allowed to remain at school because they will not be allowed to go to their classroom, due to the opposite day students being in session and intermingling of Day A and Day B students is not allowed following the Safety and Health Guidance. Families who opted for standard enrollment received notification on Day A students and Day B students designations several weeks ago. We will follow the hybrid calendar.

· Day A students are on-site Monday (9/28) and Tuesday (9/29)

· Day B students are on-site Wednesday (9/30), Thursday (10/1), & Friday (10/2)

· The schedule will then rotate each week as detailed in the hybrid calendar


We thank you for your trust in our efforts to keep us all safe and healthy.

Principal Shoppa

ICCSD Face Mask Expectations

ICCSD Face Mask Expectations

  • Face masks will be required for students and staff while in school(s), on District property and while riding the bus or in other District vehicles

  • The District will provide a minimum of two cloth face masks for each student and staff member; however, students are encouraged to bring their own if they so choose. On the first day of school for our Day A and Day B students, masks will be distributed.

  • A face shield can be worn with a face mask for additional protection

  • Visitors into a building’s front office must wear a face mask into the building

What Will Day A and Day B Students Need to Bring to School?

We are excited to see our Bulldogs transition into a hybrid learning model this week. This transition only applies to students who opted for standard enrollment during registration. This does not apply to students who have enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program. Families who opted for standard enrollment received notification on Day A students and Day B students designations several weeks ago. We will follow the hybrid calendar.

· Day A students are on-site Monday (9/28) and Tuesday (9/29)

· Day B students are on-site Wednesday (9/30), Thursday (10/1), & Friday (10/2)

· The schedule will then rotate each week as detailed in the hybrid calendar


Hybrid Students, both Day A and Day B students, will need to bring back Chromebooks, workbooks, textbooks, and school supplies on their first day of school. Each student will need a face mask to be worn, which the PBIS Videos explain. Each day hybrid students need to take and bring back their Chromebooks, and they MUST have them charged at home and ready to use the next day at school. Charging stations at school are not allowed due to health and safety mitigation by the District.

School Arrival and Dismissal

The school hours are 7:55AM to 2:55PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 7:55AM to 1:55PM on Wednesday. Students may not arrive at school before 7:40am, which is when students may enter through the front doors. Students will NOT line up outside this school year. Breakfast eaters enter through the right front door and proceed to breakfast, while students who are not eating breakfast enter the left front door and proceed to their homeroom. Staff will be at the entrance to remind students to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building and to check to see that each student is wearing a face mask. If they are not wearing a mask, one will be provided. The tardy bell rings at 7:55 am.


Bus Loading and Unloading: The bus loading and unloading area is on the southwest corner of the building, south of the gym, in the west parking lot. Buses unload/load students from 7:40-7:50 a.m. and from 2:40-3:00 p.m. on M,T,TH,F and 1:40 – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Cars should not unload students in the Bus Loop. The Iowa City Community School District provides free busing for qualified children. Friends of those students are not permitted to ride. All bus routes and bus assignments are made by the Iowa City Community School District Administrative Office. Route assignments and bus arrival times are listed on Power School for families. Questions regarding bus transportation should be directed to Iowa Central School Bus, 688-1900 or Esme Davis, Transportation Manager, Iowa City Community School District, 688-1000.


Morning Car Line: Please drop off children ONLY in the designated area labeled with numbers one through eight, at the curb in the loading and unloading zone on the southeast side of the building in the east parking lot. Do not leave your vehicle. If you need to do so, please park in the parking lot. Pull to the right to unload your child at the curb, stay in the right lane to exit, and please do not go around vehicles.


Student Pick-up: This information is for parents choosing to pick up students from school at the end of the day. Please help us ensure the safety of our students. Remember there can never be a rule for every situation. Please use common courtesy when picking up students. The following guidelines need to be followed.

Afterschool Car Line: Car line is after school "pick up" for students riding in a vehicle. Follow the far east driveway around the parking lots to the designated pick-up loop. Please have a sign with the last name of any child you are picking up. Be sure the sign is big enough to read from a distance and display it in the right hand corner of the dashboard. This sign aids teachers in identifying cars. Your child will stand behind the yellow line. Car line supervisors will direct five cars at a time to move forward into the five numbered spots. Drivers must wait to be directed to move forward. To make this process work and to be safe, cars will not be permitted in the left hand lane. The supervisors will direct your child to your car as you wait in your numbered spot. Students are encouraged to stand with their siblings and/or car pool group regardless of grade level. For safety reasons, all drivers will remain in their cars. Any driver wishing to exit his/her car must use a parking space in the parking lot. Students not picked up by 3:10 M,T,TH,F and 2:10 on Wednesdays will be sent to the office to wait.


Thank you for following our protocols to keep our Bulldogs safe.

Bus Transportation

The Transportation Department is finalizing the bus schedules for students returning in the hybrid model. Information specific to the route was provided on Monday, September 21, 2020, via a letter in your student’s PowerSchool account. The letter included the bus number, pick up and drop off times, and locations for students who are eligible for school bus transportation. An email was sent to bus rider families. To view the letter the parent will need to log into their PowerSchool account via desktop, then they will click on the Document Vault icon on the left side panel. The documents will be available for each child that they have connected to their parent account. Please note this information will not be accessible using the PowerSchool app.


To protect the health and safety of passengers, the following procedures will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Students are encouraged to socially distance at the bus stop.

  • Students will avoid congregating in the bus aisle.

  • Students will be required to wear face coverings, that cover both their mouth and nose while riding the bus at all times.

  • Students not wearing face coverings will be handled in accordance with our transportation discipline policy which could result in the suspension of riding privileges.

  • Siblings will be assigned to sit together if they are on the same bus.

  • To the extent possible, students shall load the bus from back to front and unload front to back.

  • Each student will have a seat assignment. They will be required to sit in that same seat every time that they board the bus.

  • No open food or liquid containers will be allowed on the bus.

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of the bus interior with attention to “high touch” surfaces.

Borlaug PTO Newsletter

Here is the link to the September 28, 2020, PTO Newsletter 09.28.20.


First PTO Meeting

The first PTO meeting of the school year will be Tuesday, October 6, from 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom. All Borlaug parents are members of PTO so we hope to see many of you there!

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76274484750?pwd=UlU2bTEwQTI4OVRoa2k4bnFKMWZLdz09

Meeting ID: 762 7448 4750

Passcode: 5XzMrd

A Message from Mrs. Wessling, Borlaug’s School Facilitator (SF)

Hello Borlaug Families! My name is Whitney Wessling, and I am the School Facilitator (SF) at Borlaug Elementary. In my role as SF, I am here to help Borlaug with some of the managerial pieces to running a school. I help with attendance, para-educator support, and student behaviors in addition to anything else that might come up. This is my ninth year in the Iowa City School District, and I am so happy to be a Bulldog! I look forward to working with you and your student(s).

Chromebooks Has Screen Reader!

Chromebooks have a built-in screen reader!

To turn ChromeVox (screen-reader) on or off for any page

  • press Ctrl+Alt+z

On tablets: Press and hold the Volume down + Volume up buttons for 5 seconds. While holding the buttons, you'll hear a sound to indicate it's working. Keep holding the buttons, then ChromeVox will start speaking.


To change the voice or language

1. Press and hold Search, then press the letter O twice. Or press Launcher , then press the letter O twice.

2. In the Voices section, select Chrome OS. Your default language shows on the button label.

3. Choose another language from the list. You'll hear the new language you've selected.

4. When you're done, press Ctrl+w.

Zoom Sound Suggestions

We are aware that some of you might be having trouble when students try to unmute their microphone and speak during Zoom sessions. Here are some steps you can try, that might help solve the problem. We will share more solutions if we become aware of them. We are very sorry for any frustration this may be causing for students.


Update the Chromebook. Directions are attached to perform Chromebook updates:

Click this link to see how to update Chromebooks.


Remove any Chromebook extensions. Directions are attached to remove extensions:

Click this link to see how to remove extensions.


When a student needs to speak, turn off the video. The student can turn it back on when they are done speaking.


Make sure other tabs are not open during a Zoom class time, unless required for that class.


If another non-Chromebook device is available in the online learning setting, consider using that for the students’ Zoom meetings. (This shouldn’t be needed for other learning activities. It seems to just be the sound during Zoom meetings that are sometimes difficult on the Chromebooks.)


When possible, use the chat box in Zoom to tell your teacher something important.


*** Additional audio note: If your student is wearing headphones for their Zoom class, they may need to unplug the headphones when they are unmuting and trying to speak. If no sound can be heard from them at all, this could be the issue.

A Message from Martha Peterson, SFA

A Message from Martha Peterson, SFA

Student and Family Advocate

Borlaug: 319-688-1159


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!! As the Student and Family Advocate at Borlaug, I am here to help connect our families to a number of community resources, from shoes and clothing to food pantries and school supplies. I can also be a resource helping families get and stay connected in our new online learning models. I look forward to working with families I have known for the past several years, as well as getting to know those new to Borlaug. And I am VERY excited to welcome our hybrid students back to Borlaug and pop in (virtually) to greet our online learners as well!

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

Dear Borlaug Families,


With each new school year, academic goals increase and so do social and behavioral goals. We believe that high expectations lead to high achievement and it is our goal that each student reaches his or her highest potential. We will continue using the common language set up with the “Above-the-Line, Below-the-Line, and Below-the-Bottom-Line” behavior technique for keeping our Borlaug expectations consistent. We feel this helps our students become more aware of the power of their choices.


“Above-the-Line, Below-the-Line, and Below-the-Bottom-Line” aligns with our district-wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program, supporting students by promoting positive choices and providing positive reinforcement for these choices. When a student is Above-the-Line, he/she may be rewarded for his/her behavior choice with positive praise. Paired with positive reinforcement, we want students to take responsibility for their choices when they are “Below-the-Line.” When a student is not meeting Borlaug expectations, he/she will be asked, “Is _______ (observed behavior) above-or below-the-line? Can you fix it?” If the student chooses to fix the behavior, the student will continue receiving positive reinforcement and praise for his/her good choice. If the student does not choose to fix his/her below-the-line behavior, the teacher will complete a behavior report and mark it as a minor incident. If a student receives three minor reports for the same kind of behavior, then it may result as an office referral. If a student goes “Below-the-Bottom-Line”, then he/she will be referred to the office to discuss the behavior and how he/she will fix it. Parents are notified of the office referral through email or a phone call, and the report is sent home so parents can see the choices the child made and how he/she will make it better next time.


We know how vital it is for teachers and families to work together to ensure each student’s success. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your willingness to partner with us continuing to make this a successful year both academically and behaviorally for our students.


Thank you,

Borlaug Teachers and Staff


We Are Proud to be the Borlaug Bulldogs – Respectful • Responsible • Safe

GO BULLDOGS!

A Message from The Counselor’s Corner

Welcome to Borlaug Elementary! I am the school counselor at Borlaug Elementary and I am ready for another great year. I know a lot of things have changed but we are all still here for each other.


We will be using the Second Step curriculum again this year along with a few other lessons, projects, and fun along the way. The focus is on social-emotional learning (SEL) and more specifically Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem-Solving. We will also continue to use Steps to Respect in grades 3-6 for our bullying prevention program and teach lessons about careers and career development.


I meet with each hybrid class every other week. I will be with all online students once a week. To make sure that the hybrid students are getting the same amount of lessons, I will put lessons and activities on Seesaw.


I also meet with students individually and in small groups about a variety of topics. I am open to meet with parents and families as well! This can all happen virtually as well.

Please email or call me to introduce yourself or talk about concerns you may have about your child, family, or school. My priority is to get to know all the students and families in our community.


Please contact me if you have questions or concerns. My email address is schneiter.jaime@iowacityschools.org or you may reach me by phone at 688-1155.

Let’s make this an excellent year!


Sincerely,

Jaime Schneiter, Professional School Counselor

A Message from Mrs. Murphy, Borlaug's Teacher Librarian

Hi Families,


It’s so nice to be starting my 2nd year as the Borlaug teacher librarian. What an exciting adventure this year is turning out to be!


Currently, the district has decided to keep library spaces closed to students since it is a common space. Students will still be receiving a 25-minute library lesson once per week, that will be delivered in their classrooms and Seesaw if they are enrolled in the hybrid model, or via Zoom and Seesaw if they are in the online learning program. We will continue our focus on enjoying books together, as well as practicing literacy and library skills such as identifying genres, understanding text features, locating books effectively, and research. I will also be supporting students' use of technology and helping them grow as responsible and knowledgeable digital citizens.


As you might imagine, book checkout is going to look a little different this year, and we may need to adjust it as we go:

  • For hybrid students, we will bring books on a cart to the classrooms for students. Additionally, we have already taught students in grades 3-6 how to log in to our library catalog and place books on hold; we will deliver requested books to them as they become available.

  • For online students we are working on arranging a curbside pick-up program. We will let families know when this system is ready to be implemented (soon)!

*** A reminder that student interest and choice is the goal for book selection during library checkouts. Part of the joy in checking out library books is getting the freedom to pick what they want! However, because of our unique situation this year, for the younger students in particular, there may be times where we will select books for them.


Returned library books will be quarantined for 3 days before they can be checked out to someone else. Students may keep library books for 3 weeks before they will be counted overdue. Please have them return items sooner than that if they need something new, or they can renew items to keep them longer. We do not charge overdue fines, but kindly encourage students to return books in a timely manner, as others may be waiting for that title. Please help students take good care of our library materials by keeping them where they will stay clean, dry, and safe from pets and babies who might chew or rip pages.


Thank you,


Quenby Murphy

Teacher Librarian

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The 2020 Iowa City Run for the Schools is Going Virtual!

No Food Birthday Celebrations

The ICCSD is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. In line with that goal, changes are being made to the district’s Wellness Policy regarding classroom snacks birthday treats and classroom celebrations.

NO FOOD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

In line with the district’s Wellness Policy, student birthdays will be celebrated in the classrooms with a special acknowledgement. Each grade level team has determined a special recognition for students who wish to celebrate their birthdays at school. Please note these birthday celebrations will not involve food. If food is sent to school for birthdays the food items will be returned home.

SNACK & HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS (Halloween, Winter Break, and Valentine’s Day parties) :

When food is served to students in the classroom as a snack or during a classroom celebration, the following rules apply (ICCSD Wellness Policy 507.9):

  • allow only fresh fruits/vegetables or purchased foods with the ingredients listed (no homemade foods).
  • allow only foods that meet the Healthy Food Guidelines/ Smart Snacks. (the only exception to this would be food-tasting related to district-approved curriculum lessons)
  • not allow foods with peanuts or peanut butter, or foods that were made in a factory where cross-contamination may occur.
  • food that does not meet the guidelines will be sent home.
  • a list of acceptable foods (Healthy Food Guidelines/ Smart Snacks) will be made available to parents and teachers at the beginning of the school year.

The ICCSD Wellness Policy Classroom Snacks and Celebrations is a complete list of approved foods including where the approved food items can be purchased.

Use Peachjar for ICCSD Information

The Iowa City Community School District utilizes a new “green” approach to distributing

information to students from non-profit organizations, intergovernmental agencies,

and business partners, for which it grants approval. Rather than sending home approved flyers for entities outside the school district as in the past, we are now posting such information on Peach Tree which can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the front page of the Borlaug website at: www.iowacityschools.org/BorlaugES. This will collectively save school staff thousands of hours of sorting and handling these flyers, as well as reduce the amount of paper being distributed saving our natural resources. Look for the Virtual Backpack link on the homepage of all school websites. The school district and its schools will continue to send home information for parents and students in students’ backpacks as well. Teachers will send home assignments and materials as normal, so be sure to continue to check your child’s backpack frequently for school and classroom news and homework.

Technology and Internet Support

The ICCSD Technology Help Desk is open on business days, and will be available to support use of district-provided technology and to provide limited support with District-provided internet.


In the event that a student is having trouble with a school-issued computer, or if a device is in need of repair or replacement, please contact the ICCSD Technology Help Desk. The Help Desk can be reached by phone at (319)688-1950, by email at helpdesk@iowacityschools.org, or by using the chat option available during business hours in the bottom right corner of the Technology & Innovation Blog (https://innovation.iowacityschools.org).


For detailed technology support information, visit our technology support page.If your family does not have internet service at home, please fill out this form or call (319)688-1950 to arrange for district-provided internet access. Once your form has been submitted, we will contact a telecommunications provider and assist in arranging for the establishment of service during the 2020-2021 school year. We ask that requests only be submitted in cases where home internet is currently unavailable, as we want to ensure that resources are available for all families in need of service.

2020 Attendance Process: COVID-19

Students are expected to participate in school on days they have synchronous and asynchronous learning and attendance will be monitored. Parents will need to contact the school to communicate absences and the reason for the absence. Families have 48 hours from the end of the day of the absence to notify the school of the reason for the absence in order for it to be excused. The principal can excuse absences beyond 48 hours if they believe the absence is justified. The ICCSD will utilize the current excused and unexcused definitions but will follow different processes for recording absences during the different learning modes. Acceptable reasons to excuse absences can be found at the end of this document. Building secretaries will enter attendance information received from parents into PowerSchool and follow up on unexcused absences. In addition, attendance tracking, attendance plans and truancy referrals will be adapted in response to COVID-19.


Standard Enrollment

  • On-Site Learning Model (Full time in person):

    • Attendance will be taken utilizing the normal process.

  • Hybrid Learning Model:

    • In-Person Learning A/B days: Attendance for students attending school (in person) will be taken utilizing the normal process.

    • Students that are not attending school on site must attend the virtual morning meetings. Teachers will take attendance and enter it into PowerSchool.

  • 100% Off-Site Learning Model:

    • Teachers will take attendance during morning meetings and enter it into PowerSchool. This is still the case when a student’s school day starts with a specials class. In addition, teachers will track attendance for all classes through a google sheet.

    • Each school will have a Google Sheet. This document is designed to track attendance/participation in classes throughout the day including specials. Teachers will add the names of students who are absent to a Google spreadsheet for the students’ homeschool. SFA’s, Facilitators, Principals will use this information to monitor attendance, provide support, and document these efforts.

Online Learning Program:

  • Attendance will be taken during the morning meeting.

  • Teachers will utilize the Google Sheet (process outlined in 2nd bullet under 100% Off-Site Learning Model above)


Attendance Monitoring:

Due to the nature of this school year, and the difficulties many students and families are facing, ICCSD staff must make exceptional effort to ensure we support families and students to access school. We will be using the following process for attendance monitoring.

1. Attendance will be reviewed at least every two weeks.

2. The ICCSD will use a compilation of data to define attendance. Attendance officers will review the following data points to determine if a student needs attendance support.

- If a student has more than 20% unexcused absences

- The student is not showing progress in their classes or demonstrating school failure.

- The student is not demonstrating success despite the accommodations and flexibility

granted by the school to meet unusual family circumstances.

3. The Attendance Concern Letter will be sent if the student is not meeting the above parameters.

4. If attendance does not improve (based on the parameters bulleted above), families will be sent the Attendance Meeting Letter. This will require the family to participate in the development of a formal attendance plan. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom if the parent has internet access, but can be completed over the phone if necessary. An interpreter/Language Line will be utilized when necessary for non-English speakers. If attendance does not improve and the student is not showing academic progress, another attendance meeting will be set up, and a new attendance plan created. If attendance does not improve and the student is not showing academic progress, another attendance meeting will be set up, and a third attendance plan created.

5. If progress is still not being made, the school will make a referral to Student Services. Student Services will review the attendance plans, work with the school, family, and student to improve attendance and progress in an effort to avoid truancy referrals to the county attorney, when possible.

6. Truancy referrals to the County Attorney will only be made when the District has exhausted all supports, attendance has not improved, the student is not making academic progress, and parents/guardians are not working with the district to improve attendance.


Acceptable excuses for absences, tardies and departures:

  1. Evidence that the student is not in proper physical or mental condition to attend school or an educational program. The district may request the parent or guardian to obtain a written statement from a physician or licensed practitioner as proof of the physical or mental condition of the student. Such excuse shall be made in writing, shall state the period of time for which it is valid, and shall not exceed 30 days.

  2. Medical, dental, chiropractic, optometric or other valid appointments. Parents should provide documentation from the provider. If possible, routine appointments should be scheduled off school hours.

  3. A death in the immediate family or funerals for close relatives.

  4. Religious holidays.

  5. Family trips that can be taken only during the normal school term. A parent/guardian must notify the school attendance officer of the pending absence; the Administrator will verify the student's attendance record and overall performance record. If attendance is satisfactory, the administrator may use up to five (5) of the allotted excused absence days per year for family trips.

  6. A court appearance, placement, or other legal procedure which requires the attendance of the student.

  7. A quarantine as imposed by a public health officer.

  8. Attendance at special events of educational value or school activities approved by the school administrator.

  9. Special circumstances that show good cause which the school attendance officer approves in advance.

  10. In school and Out of school suspension.

ICCSD Grab & Go Meal Program

Due to ICCSD starting the school year in a 100% off-site learning model, we will continue our Grab & Go Meal Program to provide breakfast and lunch to District students.The Grab & Go meal sites are outlined below. Meals are served from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Each meal includes breakfast and lunch. Menu information can be found at MealViewer, under the Grab & Go menu. Meals are free and available to all Iowa City Community School District students and children do not need to be present in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.

Grab & Go meal sites beginning September 8, 2020


  • City High School
  • Hills Elementary School
  • Liberty High School
  • North Central Junior High School
  • Northwest Junior High School
  • South East Junior High School
  • West High School


We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended our waiver allowing us to continue to offer free meals to all students. The waiver has been extended through December 2020. While meals are currently free for all students through December under this waiver, it is critical that families still complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application since meals may not be free beginning in January 2021. The District provides free and reduced meals to families that qualify; however, you must fill out an application each year as federal income guidelines change. Please be aware that even if you applied last year, you need to reapply by September 30, 2020, to prevent a potential loss in benefits.


If you have already filled out an application or have received a benefits notification from the District’s Nutrition Services Department for this year, NO additional action is necessary. Please contact the Nutrition Services Office at (319) 688-1021 if you have any questions about your student’s meal status or if you are unsure about whether an application is needed at this time.


Thank you again to our Nutrition Services team for their continued dedication to the students in our community. We will provide additional guidance for meal pick-up during the hybrid learning model prior to the District moving into that model. #ICCSDtogether


Sincerely,

Kristin Pedersen
Director of Community Relations
Iowa City Community School District

A Message from Ms. Marston, Orchestra Teacher

WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY ORCHESTRA DATES FOR 2019-2020

(Borlaug, Coralville Central, Horn, Weber, and Wickham)


YES, Band and Orchestra will still be offered! Watch your student’s Seesaw classroom for more information later this week! Check out the orchestra website here: https://sites.google.com/iowacityschools.org/iccsdelementaryorchestra/home

Upcoming Dates:

● Friday, September 25th: Registrations are due.

● Friday, October 2nd: Lessons begin!

A Message from Mrs. Rheaume, Band Teacher

Band will look a little different this year, but I can’t want to make music with you again!

Here’s what to expect:

· Lessons offered via Zoom and/or in-school (when in a hybrid or on-site learning model)

· Small-group concerts and recitals (either in-person or virtual)

· No after-school rehearsals or large concerts for at least the first trimester

· Weekly Seesaw activities to guide practice at home


Dates to Know:

· October 5th - Lessons will begin the week of October 5th


Beginning Band Website: tinyurl.com/joinbandic & Mrs. Rheaume's Website: tinyurl.com/iccsdband

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

10/03/20 - Sidekick Fundraiser

10/06/20 - PTO – Virtual Meeting @ 6:30 pm

10/09/20 - No School

10/14/20 - PTO Science Fair – Virtual @ 6:00 pm

11/03/20 - No School

11/10/20 - PTO – Virtual Meeting @ 6:30 pm

11/25/20 - No School

11/26/20 - No School

11/27/20 - No School

12/01/20 PTO – Virtual Meeting @ 6:30 pm

12/07/20 - No School - Conference Day

WINTER BREAK 12/21/20 THROUGH 01/01/21

01/04/21 - Classes Resume

01/05/21 - PTO – Virtual Meeting @ 6:30 pm

01/18/21 - No School- MLK Day

02/01/21 - PTO – virtual meeting @ 6:30 pm

03/02/21 - PTO – virtual meeting @ 6:30 pm

03/10/21 - No School - Conference Day

SPRING BREAK 03/15/21 THROUGH 03/19/21

03/22/21 - Classes resume

04/01/21 - Dine Out/Take Out for Education

04/06/21 - PTO – Virtual Meeting @ 6:30 pm

Borlaug Contact Information

Celeste Shoppa, Principal

Mary Gauthier, Secretary

Whitney Wessling, School Facilitator

Martha Peterson, Student Family Advocate

Jaime Schneiter, School Counselor

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