Bumblebee Preschool Room @ Stepping Stones Early Learning Center

Last week we worked on an Early Literacy Assessment called IGDI’s, which stands for Individual Growth and Development Indicators. This assessment focuses on early literacy skills such as: oral language, rhyming, sound identification, comprehension and alliteration.

We have also been working hard on being Bucket Fillers in the Bumblebee Room. Bucket Fillers use kind words and actions. We have a classroom bucket that we fill with pom poms for Bucket Filling behaviors. Last week we filled our bucket! So our reward is to wear pajamas and make pancakes on Friday!

Preschool Grandparents Day

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Kindergarten Dreams

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Third Grade Monarchs

The third grade classes have been raising and observing monarch butterflies.

Each class started out with 26 monarch eggs and watched them hatch into caterpillars. We then feed our caterpillars TONS of milkweed and saw them grow quickly. Third graders got to experience the forming of the chrysalis and saw butterflies emerge after metamorphosis.

Here pictures of third grade classes releasing their adult butterflies!

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Homecoming Court Photos

Click the title above to view pictures taken of the Homecoming Court by the KHS Camera Club.

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College Funding Programs for Students & Families

Iowa students and families can participate in three college funding programs offered by Iowa Student Loan®during the 2018–2019 school year. Each program promotes essential concepts in saving for and financing college for all participants.

Sept. 4–Oct. 21: Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway

  • Open to: Parents and guardians of Iowa students in grades 6–12.
  • Awards: Fifty $1,000 deposits into College Savings Iowa accounts.
  • Requirements: Visit the Parent Handbook guide for important college financing information and enter contact information to register for a random drawing.
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Oct. 22–Feb. 22: Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

  • Open to: Iowa high school seniors who will attend college in fall 2019.
  • Awards: Thirty $2,000 college scholarships plus $250 to each recipient's high school.
  • Requirements: Register online and then follow emailed instructions to complete two online components and a related assessment. Scholarships are awarded to the 30 students with the highest scores. A tiebreaker may be required.
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March 18–April 30: College Funding Forecaster Giveaway

  • Open to: Iowa high school seniors attending college in fall 2019 and their parents or guardians
  • Awards: Ten $1,000 awards sent directly to each student’s college for fall 2019
  • Requirements: Complete the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college costs over four years and enter contact information to register for a random drawing.
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Fall Drivers Education Classes

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be one fall session offered at Knoxville High School beginning Monday, Oct. 15th. Mr. Tom Grimm will be the classroom instructor for this course. Mr. Grimm and Mr. Ryan Rump will be the behind-the-wheel instructors. Classes will run for three hours each day class is offered and the dates and times are as follows:

  • Class 1 Mon. Oct. 15 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 2 Tues. Oct. 16 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 3 Wed. Oct. 17 3:45-6:30pm
  • Class 4 Thurs. Oct. 18 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 5 Mon. Oct. 22 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 6 Tues. Oct. 23 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 7 Wed. Oct. 24 3:45-6:30pm
  • Class 8 Thurs. Oct. 25 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 9 Fri. Oct. 26 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 10 Sat. Oct. 27 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 11 TBD

Families who wish to enroll their student should complete the registration form (PDF below) and return the bottom portion to the high school or middle school office, or mail the registration form to the address listed on the form.

For those families who qualify for free or reduced tuition, please indicate that on the bottom of the registration form when you return it. As a reminder, in order to receive the free and reduced benefit, students must take drivers education through the school affiliated provider (Triple ‘R’).

If you have any questions concerning the summer drivers education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Mr. Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail For more information, please visit

Elementary PTO Minutes

Please click the minutes below to read more about the Knoxville Elementary PTO's latest meeting and upcoming plans.

Marion County Food Coalition Calendar October 2018

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NAMI Basics Class Advocates for Mental Illness in Families

The Well is excited to host NAMI Basics beginning on September 25, led by volunteers Bev and Steve Roozeboom. NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The class helps parents and other family caregivers understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the family’s critical role in helping with the treatment of those illnesses.

The Roozeboom’s are passionate about what they teach through NAMI Basics because of their own personal experiences with a child with mental health issues. “As parents of a son with a mental health diagnosis, we often felt lost and alone, not really understanding what he was experiencing or why his behaviors were as they were,” Bev Roozeboom says.

“We wish we would have discovered the NAMI Basics class when our son was younger. It is an excellent resource for parents. In NAMI Basics, parents will learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support their child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Equally important, parents will learn they are not alone. We know what they’re going through, because we have been there,” said Bev Roozeboom.

NAMI Basics will run each Tuesday at The Well starting September 25 through October 30th from 6:30-9:00 pm. The class will meet at The Well Resource Center in Pella, Iowa. There are several spots still available to attend the class. If you’re interested in participating, please call 641-621-0164 ext 706, or email The Well is located at 419 E. Oskaloosa Street in Pella, Iowa.

About The Well - The Well’s mission is combining the love of Christ, the help of our communities, and the strength in every person to find hope for life. The Well is an organization of people from area churches, non-profits, businesses and foundations interested in more effectively ministering to those in need in the Pella area. Through volunteers and partnerships with churches and social service agencies, we hope to be a place of encouragement and support that connects people to necessary resources.

For more information, go to:

Or contact: Eden Youngberg, Director of Advancement and Marketing at or call 641-621-0164 Ext 713

4H Animal Science Club

Please see the information below regarding our Animal Science Club

Lauren Petersen | Office and Horticulture Assistant

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

210 N. Iowa St., Knoxville, IA 50138

(O) 641.842.2014 (C) 515.201.1082

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