Johnson Weekly e-Reminders

February 8, 2019

Calendar for Next Week....

Monday, February 11, DAY 3

*Eulenspeigel Puppet Residency

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

Ready Set Direct! @3:50-4:50pm

Academy Expansion @ 4-5:30pm

JB Academy @ 3:50-6:00pm

Tuesday, February 12, DAY 1

*Eulenspeigel Puppet Residency

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

Harmony Strings @ 3:50-4:50pm

Ready Set Direct! @3:50-4:50pm

JB Academy @ 3:50-6:00pm

Wednesday, February 13, DAY 2

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

*4th grade Learning Celebration @ 2:45 pm

Ready Set Direct! @3:50-4:50pm

Gospel Choir @ 3:50-5:00pm

JSA Band @ 3:50-4:50pm

JB Academy @ 3:50-6:00pm

Thursday, February 14, DAY 3

*Eulenspeigel Puppet Residency

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

Rites of Passage @ 3:50-4:50pm

Ready Set Direct! @3:50-4:50pm

JB Academy @ 3:50-6:00pm

Friday, February 15, DAY 1

Early Dismissal @ 2:20pm

*Eulenspeigel Puppet Residency

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

$1 Book Store @ 8:15-8:45am

Ready Set Direct! @ 2:30-3:30pm

JSA Band @ 2:30-4:50pm

JB Academy @ 2:20-6:00pm


2018-2019 School Calendar..... CLICK HERE

2018-2019 School Supply list....... CLICK HERE

Click HERE for Breakfast and Lunch menus

Breakfast is served 8:15am-8:40am

Class Bell schedules:

Monday-Thursday 8:50am-3:50pm

Friday 8:50am-2:20pm

**The weather is turning cold. Please dress your student appropriately. Please make sure your student/s have a hat, coat, and mittens each day as we have recess outside.

This is a notice to all JSA 4th grade students and families…

Due to the weather cancellations of school, we have decided to try one more time to reschedule the 4th grade music concert and Learning Celebration for Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 2:45 p.m. in the GYM! We look forward to sharing our learning about our state of Iowa with you on February 13.

Upcoming Events....

2/18- Spring Enrichments Begins

2/18-2/22- Scholastic Book Fair

2/19- Conferences @ 4-8pm

2/19- Ready Set Direct! Stop Motion Showcase - in the STEAM lab during conferences

2/21- 5th grade visits Rosevelt MS

2/21- Piano Recital

2/21- Conferences @ 4-8pm

2/25- No School

2/28- 3rd grade Learning Celebration

SATURDAY, March 30, 2019- All-City Instrumental Music Contest @ Washington High School

Spring enrichment calendar:

  • Feb. 8 Completed registration forms due back
  • Feb. 15 Confirmation letters sent home with students
  • Week of Feb. 18 Mon/Wed/Fri spring enrichment classes start (No after school classes Feb. 19 & 21 due to conferences)
  • Week of Feb . 25 Tues/Thurs spring enrichment classes start
  • Week of April 22-26 spring enrichment classed end

Melissa Summers

Music/Curriculum Integration Specialist

Cedar Rapids Library Events

Valentine's Day Activities

Celebrate Valentine's Day with crafts, refreshments and heart healthy dancing.

Saturday, Feb. 9,10-11:30am

Downtown Library, Children's Program Room


Movie Themes with a Jazz Twist

Enjoy this annual free jazz concert held in the beautiful Whipple Auditorium at the Downtown Library. Featuring the Dennis McPartland Jazz Quartet. No registration is required.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-8 pm

Downtown Library, Whipple Auditorium

Applying for Preschool for the 2019-2020 school year is ONLINE and is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Your child must be 3 and/or 4 by September 15, 2019 to be eligible for the 2019-2020 school year.
  2. Fill out a Preschool Application (LINK will be active starting at 7am on February 25, 2019) Go to and click on the green button.During the application process, parents will be asked to indicate their first and second choice selections of preschool locations as well as a session time. Students will be placed in schools based on the order they are registered, funding eligibility and the number of available openings.
  3. You will need to provide: A copy of child’s Birth Certificate & Family Income Verification (If you wish to be considered for grant opportunities) o 2 recent paystubs or a letter of decision from DHS
  4. Daily transportation to and from Preschool is the responsibility of the parent and NOT provided by the district.
  5. See attached flyer at the bottom for more information!

Thank-you for your interest in the Cedar Rapids Community Preschool Program!

For questions please contact us at 319-558-2549 or email

2019-2020 Preschool & Kindergarten Registration Communication and Information

  • On Feb 25th we will have interpreters here at the ELSC and encourage all families that need the support to come here to register.
  • As we did last year, we are also planning on having additional registration days, later in the spring, at the ELSC with interpreters available. We will again arrange phone calls to go out from our interpreters.
  • We also have the information on the CRCSD website and it will be on social media as the date draws closer.

Amy Marner

Early Learning Assistant


Volunteer Needs....

Volunteers Needed for Discovery Day #4- March 15th:

We are in need of Volunteers to help with Discovery Day on March 15 @ 9:30-1:30pm. Its such a fun day! Please Volunteer even if you can only come for an hour or two. To volunteer contact Leah Ferring at

Donations Needed.....

STEAM Lab items needed....

Paper plates

Foam pieces


Please drop off donations in the Main Office

A HUGE "Thank You" to everyone that has dropped off donations!!

JSA Gospel Choir- FEB Schedule

(Wednesday 3:50-5:00)


Tentative Rehearsal/Performance Schedule

Wednesday 6th ............. Rehearsal

*Monday 11th ........... JSA Gospel Choir Performs

@Washington HS 8:50am

Must Arrive at JSA by 8:10am for Transportation to WHS!

Wednesday 13th ........... Rehearsal

Wednesday 20th ........... Rehearsal

Saturday 23rd ........... JSA Gospel Choir Performs

Harmony School of Music “Community Music Day”

@CR Downtown Public Library @11:00am

Must meet at Library by 10:15am!

Wednesday 27th ........... Rehearsal

*Please make note on your family calendars. Our performances in February for Black History Month are at Washington HS for their African American History Program and Community Music Day.

*Thank you to those who brought singers out to the MLK Celebrations last month!

They are still receiving compliments! Please send any photos or video footage you may have my way!

*The singers are requesting that we sing at Senior Care Facilities. I’d like to schedule a few trips in the Spring (April) when the weather warms up and need parent volunteers to help with organizing this in any way you can. Please give me a call if you’re interested in assisting.

*see attached flyer for more info

McKinley STEAM Fest 2019

Monday- February 11th, 2019


McKinley Middle School

620 10th Street

Cedar Rapids, IA

STEAM is an educational approach which uses (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, (A)rts and (M)ath to encourage students’ creative processes.

We welcome all families to come and celebrate and learn more about STEAM and the possibilities for your student and family.

Food, Hands-On Demonstrations and more!

Please enter through the doors off 5th Ave SE

Questions? Please contact Jason Martinez or Michele Wilson

OR call 319-558-2348 for more details.

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The Johnson STEAM Academy PTA Group Skate is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 pm. at The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena @ 1100 Rockford Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Price: $5.00 per person, includes skate rental. The Johnson STEAM Academy PTA will receive $2.00 per person.

*see attached flyer

Jane Boyd Notes....

February 2019

  • 25th – No school/No Achievement Academy (AA staff training)


JSA PTA Facebook page CLICK HERE

Next PTA Meeting:

March 4. 2019

Hello JSA families and PTA members!

I hope you are all staying warm these past few weeks!!

Each semester, JSA families provide dinner for the teachers and staff at JSA during conferences to thank them for all the extra hours and hard work they give to make JSA the wonderful place that it is for our kiddos. Also, as you may have seen the announcement, we would like to celebrate the work the teachers have done to receive the Magnet Schools of America National Award of Merit!!

This semester the Conference Meal will be on Tuesday, February 19th and will be a Soup, Salad, and Sandwich theme!

Please take a look at the Google Docs link below and sign up for any items you can bring. If possible, please try to have the prepared items dropped off around 4 PM on Tuesday, February 19th. Items that do not require preparation can be dropped off any time that day. If you are unable to bring an item in, but would like to provide a cash donation to purchase the food, please provide your donation to Shawn Carlson in the JSA office by Friday February 15th and we will put it towards the meal.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Corrie Block directly at

Thank you all so much!



The Johnson STEAM Academy PTA Group Skate is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 pm. at The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena @ 1100 Rockford Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Price: $5.00 per person. The Johnson STEAM Academy PTA will receive $2.00 per person.

*see attached flyer

2018-2019 PTA Board:

President- Debbie Ackerman

V. President- Brandi Parsons

Co-Secretaries- Corrie Block & Jason Block

Treasurer- Wendy Greene

Johnson STEAM Academy Magnet School

Johnson STEAM Academy provides an innovative, respectful, educational environment for all its students. It does this by focusing on academic achievement through a curriculum infused with STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.