The Twain Tiger Times

Mark Twain Elementary School, Iowa City #EverybodyROAR

PICTURE DAY - TUESDAY FEB 18th

Parents,


If you did not receive a picture order envelope, please pick one up at the main office or call us at 319-688-1165.


Pictures will be taken starting at 10:00 on Tuesday, February 18th.


Thank you,

Attention Parents: Power School Information Reminder

Dear Twain Parents,

This is a reminder that if you have changed your address, please provide the main office with proof of address. Also, please make sure your information is updated on Power School at https://iccsd.powerschool.com/public/home.html.

If you have forgotten your username, stop by or call the school. Our number is
319-688-1165.

If your address has changed, provide the main office of proof of your new address and update this in Power School.

This helps us be able to contact you for both non-emergency and emergency information.

Thank you,

Message from the Principal

Hello Twain Parents,


It is hard to believe that it is already February! The year is going by quickly and we are very proud of the work the teachers, students, and parents have been doing. Thanks to them, and to you:) For those of you that were able to make it to the MLK parade on Friday, we appreciate it. The kids did a great job and it is always nice to see our kids celebrate tolerance and the constant work toward our values of Respect, Responsibility, and Caring.


It is still cold out, so please keep sending the kids with gloves/mittens, hats, boots, and winter coats. If kids in grades K-4 want to play in the snow, please have them bring snow pants. We are also allowing sledding as long as students are being safe. So far they have been doing a great job!


We are wrapping up our winter assessments and we are seeing some great growth in our students' academic performance. This is thanks to incredible work by our teachers and your support at home. Remember, attendance is the first step to all of this success so please keep them coming to school every day and on time as much as possible.


As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions at mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org.


Sincerely,


Jason McGinnis

Principal


Here is a list of upcoming events:



February 11th: Parent Teacher Organization Meeting 6:30 PM in the Library

February 14th: Friendship/Valentine's Day: If your child is choosing to bring Valentines, please include the whole class. If bringing snacks to be eaten at the celebration, they must follow the healthy snack guidelines. If sending candy with the Valentine, students will receive the Valentine and candy to take home. Please have your cards prepared in advance as we won't be using instructional time to create the cards. We will send supplies home if you request them. Just call the main office at 319-688-1165.


February 22nd 8:30 PM: Benefit Concert at Trumpet Blossom Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/events/3274265079269799/


February 27th: Parent Teacher Conferences 2:10-7:10 p.m.


March 2nd: NO SCHOOL (See below)


March 2nd: Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parents: Bring Proof of Address


March 2nd: Parent Teacher Conferences 7:40 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.


March 3rd: PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the LIbrary


March 10th: McTeacher Night at McDonald's at Sycamore Mall. Come and join us, the proceeds go to our students!


April 4th: Twain Carnival! More details will be sent out closer to the event.


April 21 (Tuesday) - April 24 and Monday, April 27: 6th grade School of the Wild - 6th graders will be at School of the Wild all day during these days.


May 21st, 1:00 p.m.: The annual Twain TALENT SHOW will by held in the gym.


Musical Events:


February 26th 8:30 a.m. : Mrs. Ogilvie's 2nd grade and Ms. Bombeii's students' musical performance will be held in the gym.


February 28th 2:15 p.m.: Mrs. Fields-Moffitt's Kindergarten and Ms. Carino-Marek's students musical performance will be held in the gym.


March 5th All Day: Selected students will represent Twain and participate in the Kidsing festival at the CCPA in Coralville. The celebration concert will be held at 4:00 p.m.


April 15th 2:00 p.m.: Mrs. Fields-Moffit's 3rd-6th grade students will have their musical performance in the gym.

Do I Keep My Child Home Sick? A Message from Nurse Jen


Hello Parents,


I agreed with Nurse Jen that it was a good idea to send this out as we are all so busy it is not easy to remember what the exact guidelines are for keeping a student home sick. We've also seen an uptick in illnesses with students and staff recently and want to be preventative. Thanks!

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The Iowa City Community School District has a protocol in place for sending and keeping children home from school when they are ill. We follow this protocol to make sure that children are given an adequate amount of time and rest to get well before returning to school, and to prevent the spread of germs to other children and school staff. Please help to keep the schools in the Iowa City Community School District healthy environments by following these simple rules:

o Keep your child home from school when he/she has a fever of 100 (F) or greater and for 24 hours after the fever has gone away, without taking Tylenol or ibuprofen.

o Keep your child home from school when he/she has diarrhea and/or vomiting and for 24 hours after these symptoms have occurred.

o When your child returns to school after an illness he/she should be able to participate in the total school program including outdoor recess and physical education. Your child will be excused from outside recess and physical education after an illness only by a written recommendation from your family doctor or primary health care provider.

o Please be sure the school has a telephone number where you can be reached in case your child becomes ill at school. Call the school if your child will not be attending school because of illness.

o Make sure your child is adequately dressed for the Iowa winter weather. Please mark your children's clothing to help recover lost articles.

o Our students will not be going out for noon recess if the temperature or wind chill is below zero. If your child has proper clothing, playing outside will not be uncomfortable, but pleasant and healthy.


Our goal is to keep your child and the school community as healthy as possible. Please contact the school if you have any questions.


Thank you and stay healthy.

Jen BarbouRoske RN, BSN

School Nurse at Twain, Lemme, and City High.

MLK Parade

Friday, Jan. 31st, 2:30-3pm

1355 Deforest Avenue

Iowa City, IA

Hello Parents,


We will be holding our MLK Student Parade this Friday the 31st at 2:30. Parents that want to watch the parade and take pictures may meet in the cafeteria starting at 2:20. We look forward to seeing you here. All we ask is that you let the students return to their teachers after the parade so attendance can be taken. They will then be dismissed at 2:55 as usual. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!


Jason McGinnis

Principal

Attention Parents! Upcoming Events at Twain

Twain Parents:


Here are some important events and dates coming up:


January 24th 2:30 p.m.: MLK Freedom March Parade. Please come and watch our students march and celebrate MLK Day.

February 5th: Preschool Registration at 12:00 p.m.

February 14th: Friendship/Valentine's Day: If your child is choosing to bring Valentines, please include the whole class. If bringing snacks to be eaten at the celebration, they must follow the healthy snack guidelines. If sending candy with the Valentine, students will receive the Valentine and candy to take home. Please have your cards prepared in advance as we won't be using instructional time to create the cards. We will send supplies home if you request them. Just call the main office at 319-688-1165.


February 22nd 8:30 PM: Benefit Concert at Trumpet Blossom Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/events/3274265079269799/


February 27th: Parent Teacher Conferences 2:10-7:10 p.m.

March 2nd: NO SCHOOL (See below)

March 2nd: Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

March 2nd: Parent Teacher Conferences 7:40 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.

March 3rd: PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the LIbrary

March 10th: McTeacher Night at McDonald's at Sycamore Mall. Come and join us, the proceeds go to our students!

April 4th: Twain Carnival! More details will be sent out closer to the event.

April 21 (Tuesday) - April 24 and Monday, April 27: 6th grade School of the Wild - 6th graders will be at School of the Wild all day during these days.

May 21st, 1:00 p.m.: The annual Twain TALENT SHOW will by held in the gym.


Musical Events:


February 26th 8:30 a.m. : Mrs. Ogilvie's 2nd grade and Ms. Bombeii's students' musical performance will be held in the gym.


February 28th 2:15 p.m.: Mrs. Fields-Moffitt's Kindergarten and Ms. Carino-Marek's students musical performance will be held in the gym.


March 5th All Day: Selected students will represent Twain and participate in the Kidsing festival at the CCPA in Coralville. The celebration concert will be held at 4:00 p.m.


April 15th 2:00 p.m.: Mrs. Fields-Moffit's 3rd-6th grade students will have their musical performance in the gym.

Inclement Weather Guidelines (Early Outs, Cancellations, Etc)


All of the details for ICCSD’s Inclement Weather Policy may be found here: https://www.iowacityschools.org/WeatherGuidelines

Here are some key reminders:

Cold Day
Closing due to temperature or wind chill.

School will be canceled if the forecast for 10:00 a.m. the following morning shows frostbite times of 30 minutes or less (see Appendix A). Notifications regarding cancellation will be made no later than 9:00 p.m. the night before a cancellation.** As a general practice, all activities are canceled unless otherwise noted.



Snow Day
Closing due to snow or hazardous driving conditions.

School will be canceled if heavy snow and/or icy conditions make it exceedingly hazardous or impossible for school buses to travel their routes and/or for employees and students to report to school safely. Decisions and notifications will be made by 6:00 a.m. the morning of a cancellation. As a general practice, all activities are canceled unless otherwise noted.



Late Start
Delaying the start of school due to weather conditions that are expected to improve throughout the school day.

School will be delayed if the forecast for 6 a.m. the following morning shows frostbite times of 30 minutes or less (see Appendix A). Decisions and notifications regarding cancellation will be made no later than 9:00 p.m. the night before a cancellation.**

Great Resource for Parents and Kids! AIM Cards

We hope you and your child are enjoying the new AIM (Access to Information and Materials) student card, which functions as a dual-purpose school ID and public library card for ICCSD students in grades K-12. Most students in grades K-8 received their cards prior to winter break. If your child has not yet received his/her card, it will arrive soon. High school students can use their current student ID or request a new AIM version of their card from the main office of their high school without charge.


The most obvious benefit of the AIM card is that your child can check out three items at a time from each of the three libraries -- Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty -- without fines or fees. As you may or may not know, there are other features of the AIM card as well. Two online resources your child can access are OverDrive, a database which provides access to ebooks and audiobooks, and Kanopy, a database of videos. As in all cases when using the Internet, we encourage parents to be aware of and diligent in supervising what their children are accessing online. If at any time you have questions about the AIM card or its features, feel free to contact your child’s teacher librarian or one of the public libraries.


Our public libraries have been thrilled with the increased visits to their buildings and usage of their collections in the first month of the program. The AIM card is a great way to promote and celebrate literacy in our community!

MLK Youth Summit

Saturday, Jan. 18th, 11am-1pm

220 South Gilbert Street

Iowa City, IA

Reminder: Twain PTO Meeting February 11, 2020

Dear Twain Parents:


This is a reminder that our next Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting will be Tuesday, February 11th at 6:30 in the library. All are welcome. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and get involved with the Twain community. We are always looking for more volunteers to help with activities like our annual carnival, fundraising, teacher appreciation, and much much more. We look forward to seeing you there!


Thank you!

Twain Kindergarten Registration

Monday, March 2nd, 8am-7pm

1355 Deforest Avenue

Iowa City, IA

Kindergarten Registration for the next school year for those families living in the Twain attendance area will be Monday, March 2, 2020, from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm, in the school office.

If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 15, 2020, they may attend Kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year.


Please bring the following documents to registration:

1. Proof of your child’s date of birth

2. Immunization Record

3. Proof of residence, such as a rental agreement,

utility bill, etc., showing your name and current address


The registration process takes approximately 30 minutes and will involve entering information on a computer. Incoming Kindergarten students do not need to attend registration but are welcome.


Kindergarten Round-Up will be held on Thursday, April 23rd, at Twain from 2:15 to 3:30 pm. There will be activities in the Kindergarten classrooms for the students while parents will attend a meeting in the Cafeteria. Please mark this important date on your calendar. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 319-688-1165.

Attendance is Important: ICCSD's Attendance Policies

Iowa City Community School District’s Attendance 101


WHY IS ATTENDANCE SO IMPORTANT?

Attendance at school is vitally important to a student’s success. Research proves it. It is so important, the federal legislation includes attendance as a key component for successful schools.


Let’s start with some definitions:

  • Unexcused/Truant: A student who is absent from school without parent communication or an acceptable excuse.
  • Excused: A student who is absent with parent communication and an acceptable excuse.
  • Approved: A student is participating in a school activity or the school has received medical or legal documentation.


Acceptable excuses for absences and tardies:

1. Evidence that the student is not in proper physical or mental condition to attend school or an educational program. The school may ask for medical documentation.

2. Medical, dental, chiropractic, optometric or other valid professional appointments. Parents or guardians are requested to make their appointments during non-school hours if possible.

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

4. Religious holidays.

5. Family Vacations. The school district allows 5 days a year for the purpose of vacations. Student vacations or trips without parent/guardian accompaniment are not excused absences.

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

7. A quarantine as imposed by a public health officer or school nurse.

8. Attendance at special events of educational value as approved by the school attendance officer.

9. Approved school activities during class time.

10. Other absences as approved by the school attendance officer.


The school principal holds the final decision as to whether

an absence is excused or approved.


In the Iowa City Community School District, we like to communicate with parents so you will receive communication from us if your student reaches the following levels of absences:

8 Excused Absences

12 Excused Absences

3 Unexcused Absences

5 Unexcused Absences (a parent conference is held and an attendance plan developed)


If absences continue after the parent conference and attendance plan, the school will refer the student to the Johnson County Attorney and a hearing with a Judge will be scheduled.


Please remember we are always here to support you. If you need assistance with getting your children to school, we may be able to help. Contact our Student-Family Advocate at mckee.kayla@iowacityschools.org or call us at 319-688-1165.

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

Have you filled out the paperwork to receive FREE or REDUCED meal prices for your student this year?


This application must be filled out EVERY YEAR!


Benefits do not carry over from last year, resulting in the charging of full price for your lunches.

Please talk to Kayla McKee, Student Family Advocate, or our secretary Molly DeBrock at 688-1165 about completing this paperwork.


It is important because failure to file this paperwork means you will pay for the meals your child eats at Twain.


Thank you.

E-Registration: Staying Up-to-Date

Is your E-Registration Updated?


Please remember – It is very important to update your E-Registration Account when changes in your address, phone number, and/or other important information occurs!


Log in here to update your information: https://iccsd.powerschool.com/public/home.html

If you would like to make an appointment for assistance with E- Registration, or otherwise need help, please call us at 688-1155.

ISASP Reports Going Home December 14, 2019

Parents of students in grades 4-6,


Your child's ISASP report from the test taken in the Spring of 2019 should have come home with your child on Friday, December 13th. If you did not receive this report or have questions, please email me at mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org. You may also find more information about this test, which will be taken again in April at http://iowa.pearsonaccessnext.com/.


Thank you,

Food Bags Available Today Tuesday Nov 26th until 4PM

Hello Twain Families!

Our school will have additional food bags available Tuesday November 26th until 4pm. You may stop by the school to grab one or call the office to have one sent home with your child. If calling, you must call by 1pm to allow staff enough time to get the bag to your child.

Thank you and have a wonderful break!

Kayla McKee
Student-Family Advocate
Twain Elementary
319-688-1165

Two Dogs Fundraiser Football Watch Party

Saturday, Nov. 9th 2019 at 3pm

1705 South 1st Avenue

Iowa City, IA

Twain Fundraiser Event:


Join the Twain community during our month-long fundraiser for an Iowa vs. Wisconsin watch party this Saturday, November 9 @ 3:00pm.


Be sure to mention that you're part of the Twain community for your order to count toward our fundraiser.


Can't make it to this event? Remember you can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Two Dogs Pub. Word is they have great breakfast.


Just don't forget to mention you are from Twain.


Thank you for your support!

Winter Wear Reminder

Twain Parents:

Snow already?! Please have your kids where their winter coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, and boots. Students can only play in the snow if they have snow pants and boots on. Thank you!

Need a coat for your child? Let the office know. We have free coats for those that need them.

Take care,

Jason McGinnis
Principal
Mark Twain Elementary
319-688-1165

Upcoming Events!

Twain Families,


Here are some key events coming up at Twain:


Oct 28-Nov. 1st: Fall Change Drive: We are collecting coins as a fundraiser for our PTO. All of this money goes to help our PTO fund field trips and other materials or activities that go directly to our students' experience at Twain.


Oct 31st 1:15 PM: COSTUME PARADE: See more details in post below.


Nov 5th 6:30 PM: PTO Meeting


Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 14th 2:10 PM to 7:10 PM

Nov. 19th 7:40 AM to 7:10 PM (NO SCHOOL For Students)


Nov. 27th, 28th, and 29th: NO SCHOOL


Dec. 3rd 6:30 PM: PTO Meeting


Dec. 21st to Jan. 5th: WINTER BREAK NO SCHOOL: Students return on January 6th.

Twain Fall Costume Parade

Thursday, Oct. 31st 2019 at 1:15-1:45pm

1355 Deforest Avenue

Iowa City, IA

Twain Families,


We will hold our Fall Costume Parade at 1:15 pm on October 31st.


Students will walk once or twice around the school and then return to their classrooms so we can do a head count. If the weather is poor, I'll have you all come inside and we can have the students walk the hallways. Let's hope for good weather!:)


Students will then dismiss at the regular time of 1:55 pm. Please avoid early dismissals after the parade as we have to take attendance after the parade for safety reasons.


Parents may watch students by standing on the playground blacktop or in the halls or cafeteria if the weather doesn't cooperate.


Any costumes worn by students on October 31st must avoid:


Violence-related costumes, including blood or excessive gore.

Weapons (toy guns, swords, knives, etc).


CORRECTION: Masks are fine as long as they are put on directly before the parade.



Please have students dress normally to start the day and we will let them put their costumes on before the parade.


For those parents who do not wish their students to attend this parade, we will make arrangements for them. No students are required to dress in costume for this event or for any other day of school.



Thank you,


Jason McGinnis

Principal

The Bus App is now Live!

Parents, this is a great way to track your kids' buses:


Sign Up Instructions For Parents:

  • Download Here Comes the Bus app or visit: herecomesthebus.com
  • Click Sign Up, then click Continue.
  • Click I have the Code.
  • Enter your email address, First Name, Last Name and School District Code (29216). Accept the Terms and Conditions, then click Continue.
  • Press Confirm the district displayed is Iowa City.
  • Create your password. Press Confirm Password on the screen when complete.
  • If successful, you will be directed to the Thank You screen. At that time, please check your email inbox for an email from noreply@synovia.com. Open this email and click the Activate My Account link. Once completed, close the browser. You may now open the app and sign in with your email address and newly-created password.

Adding a Student:

  • Access the Here Comes the Bus app.
  • Click the Student icon.
  • Click the Add Student button, then enter their last name and Student ID. Click Submit.
  • Repeat this process for additional students.

If you need assistance in locating your child’s PowerSchool account please contact your child’s school office during their regular office hours. If you should you have any other questions, please contact Iowa Central School Bus at (319) 688-1900 or visit the District's Transportation website: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/18484

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Parent Drop-Off Safety Reminder

Dear Twain Parents:


We enjoy seeing you and meeting with you about your children. This is just a reminder that when you drop off your students we ask that you leave them at the front door and allow us to escort them to class. If you need to see a teacher or inform of something regarding your children, you can call the office or stop by to set up an appointment.


Please do not go directly to a classroom.


We really appreciate your cooperation with this as it is another way we keep our building safe for all of your children and staff.


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Respectfully,


Jason McGinnis

Principal

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Members of the Iowa City Community School District Family,


As we welcome students back for the new school year, we would like to take a moment to remind families of the commitment to equity and inclusion that the Iowa City Community School District holds.


As efforts are being made by the federal government to crack down on immigrants and refugees in the United States, our responsibility to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for all of our students to participate in their education becomes more important than ever.


To all of our students who are immigrants or refugees – and to their friends, classmates and teachers who are also concerned because of recent events – know that the Iowa City Community School District stands by you.


We serve all families in our District and we want our students to be safe, to feel welcome, and to learn and succeed in our schools and community. We remain committed to celebrating and embracing our diversity, as that diversity makes us stronger. We are proud to stand by, support, and celebrate each and every unique individual within our District.


For further information on the District’s commitment and support, please review our Resolution to Support Students and Families Impacted by Immigration Enforcement, which was adopted by the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors on March 28, 2017.


In addition, families who would like more information regarding available resources may contact the Center for Worker Justice by phone at (319) 594-7593 or by email at rafael@cwjiowa.org.



Sincerely,
Stephen F. Murley
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

Dear Twain Families,

I’m excited to welcome you all to our 2019-2020 school year! It has been a busy summer preparing staff and building at Twain as we prepare to continue the excellent experience expected by our Twain community. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again this year and welcoming our new families into the pride!


We will have many events this year celebrating our children. This information will be updated on our web site, The Twain Tiger newsletter, and often on our Facebook page. The links are below. We also send text messages and emails out frequently so please make sure your information is up-to-date in Power School. If you need help, ask us in the main office.


Our first event will be our Ice Cream Social on August 21st at 5:30. This is a great time to meet other families and the teacher of your child and meet our new families.


As we say goodbye to some staff that have transferred to other positions in the district due to enrollment changes, we also welcome a couple new members of the Twain Team. In particular, please welcome Whitney Carino-Marek as our new 1st grade teacher and Dawn Barborouske as our Extended Learning Program teacher. Both come to us with a lot of teaching and learning experience and they will be wonderful additions to our team.


We also have several new para-educators working with us this fall. They take on many of our more difficult responsibilities and work hard to help our kids be successful every day. It takes a special character to be a para-educator and I want to personally extend my thanks-in-advance to the hard work they will do this coming year.


Mark Twain Elementary Web Site (Includes The Twain Tiger Newsletter)


Mark Twain Elementary PTO Facebook Group


Mark Twain Elementary Supply Lists


Elementary Handbook for Parents

Supply Lists Are Ready!

Supply Lists are Ready! Remhttps://www.iowacityschools.org/domain/4415

Remember, if you are not able to get everything, or a specific brand name of supply, that is OK.

Faith Church will be helping out by providing supplies at the Ice Cream Social on August 21st for those that need assistance.

No Twain parent should feel stressed if they can't afford supplies. We will help you out. Just let us know when you register, attend the Ice Cream Social on Aug 21st at 5:30 PM, or when your child otherwise starts school.


Thank you and send your questions my way at mcginnis.jason@iowacityschools.org


Go Tigers!

Parents: Update your Contact Information

Hello Twain Parents,


We hope you are having a great break.


Please update your email and phone information on Power School. We send a lot of information by text and email. Also, our school's facebook page is the Mark Twain Elementary PTO and all parents/guardians are welcome.


If you are having difficulty, call us at school (319-688-1165) when we return from break on March 25th.


Thank you,


Jason McGinnis

Principal

Upcoming 3rd to 6th Grade Student Survey Information

Twain Families,


Students in grades 3-6 will be participating in a Conditions for Learning Survey to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment.


You may choose to have your child opt-out of the survey by filling out the last page of the document sent to your email on file in Powerschool. If you did not receive this email by March 19th, you may call us at 319-688-1165 and have us send a form home with your child.


Thank you,


Jason McGinnis


Principal

PTO Meeting - All Welcome

Tuesday, Nov. 5th 2019 at 6:30pm

1355 Deforest Avenue

Iowa City, IA

Twain Parents: Read Here About Our Extended Learning Program Screening Information

Grades 3, 4 and 5 ELP Parent Nomination 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 2018-2019 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 Assessments scores, teacher nomination or parent nomination. More information is available on the district website:


https://ia01903939.schoolwires.net/Page/293.


Only grades three through five are included in this screening process. Kindergarten and first grade students are being screened for ELP enrichment services through in-class lessons and collaboration with the classroom teacher throughout the school year. All second grade students will be screened in Spring 2019. 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 22nd and March 29th, 2019 at


https://goo.gl/forms/WcQSp5kc1bJFcBc83.


Paper forms will be available in the school office during the same time. No forms will be accepted after March 29th, 2019 at 4:00 PM.


Nominación de Parte de los Padres Programa de Aprendizaje Extendido (ELP) para estudiantes de 3ro, 4to y 5to grado La evaluación anual estudiantil para participar en el Programa de Aprendizaje Extendido (ELP), el programa de primaria para estudiantes dotados y de muy alta capacidad académica, está en marcha para el año escolar 2019-2020. Este programa es apropiado para estudiantes tienen niveles académicos más altos que el resto de estudiantes de su grado. Los estudiantes pueden ingresar a este grupo de evaluación por puntajes de los exámenes de evaluaciones de Iowa (Iowa Assessments), nominación de maestros o al ser nominados por sus padres. Hay más información disponible en el sitio web del distrito:


https://ia01903939.schoolwires.net/Page/293. Solo los estudiantes de 3ro a 5to grado están incluidos en este proceso de selección. Durante el año escolar los estudiantes de Kinder y 1er grado están siendo evaluados para servicios de enriquecimiento de ELP a través de lecciones en clase y colaboración con el/la maestro(a) de la clase. Todos los estudiantes de 2do grado serán evaluados en la primavera de 2019. Los padres recibirán una notificación sobre el examen de 2do grado cuando esté programado en la escuela de su hijo(a). Para estudiantes de Kinder a 2ndo grado no se necesitan nominaciones de padres o maestros. Si desea nominar a su hijo(a) de 3ro, 4to o 5to grado para que se haga la prueba de servicios ELP, llene un formulario de información. Los formularios estarán disponibles en línea entre el 22 de febrero y el 29 de marzo de 2019 en


https://goo.gl/forms/WcQSp5kc1bJFcBc83.


Los formularios impresos también estarán disponibles en la oficina de la escuela durante el mismo tiempo. No se aceptarán formularios después del 29 de marzo de 2019 a las 4:00 p.m. Année 3, 4, et 5 et Nomination des Parents pour ELP Le dépistage annuel des élèves pour la participation dans le Programme d’Apprentissage Avancé (ELP), le programme primaire pour les élèves doués et de haute capacité, est en cours pour l’année scolaire 2019-2020. Ce programme est approprié pour les élèves qui sont au plus haut niveau dans leur classe. Les élèves peuvent entrer dans ce groupe de dépistage par leurs scores sur l’examen d’Iowa Assessment ou par nomination d’un enseignant ou d’un parent. Plus d’informations sont disponibles sur le site Internet du district:


https://ia01903939.schoolwires.net/Page/293.


Seulement les élèves en année trois à cinq sont inclus dans ce processus de dépistage. Les élèves de Maternelle a 1ère sont examinés pour les services d’enrichissement pour ELP via des leçons en classe en collaboration avec l’enseignant de leur classe pendant l’année scolaire. Tous les élèves en seconde année seront évalués au Printemps 2018. Les parents recevront une notification à propos du dépistage des élèves en seconde année quand le dépistage sera prévu dans l’école de leur enfant. Une nomination d’un parent ou d’un enseignant n’est pas nécessaire pour les élèves de Maternelle à la seconde année. Si vous voulez proposer votre enfant en 3ème, 4ème ou 5ème année pour être examiné pour les services ELP, veuillez remplir un formulaire d’information des parents. Ces formulaires seront disponibles en ligne entre le 22 Février et le 29 Mars 2019 à https://goo.gl/forms/WcQSp5kc1bJFcBc83. Des formulaires papier seront disponibles à chaque école pendant la même période. Aucun formulaire ne sera accepté après le 29 Mars, 2019 at 16h00.


三、四 及五年级 学生ELP的 家长提名 2019 - 2020 学年的对希望参加扩展学习计划 (ELP) 学生的年度筛选活动正在进行。 该计划是为资 优和具有超常高能力的小学生提供的基本教学项目。 此计划适用于在其年级学习成绩最为优秀的 学生。学生可以通过爱荷华州的测试分数, 教师或家长提名而加入到这个筛选群体中。更多信息可 以在学区的网站上获得: https://ia01903939.schoolwires.net/Page/293。 此筛选活动仅针对于三至五 年级的学生。对幼儿园和一年级学生的ELP加强教学的筛选则通过其在课堂上的学习情况和结合此 学年授课老师的意见而进行。对所有二年级学生的筛选将在2018年春季进行。当筛选活动在学生的 学校中进行时,家长将会收到有关二年级学生筛选的通知。 对 K-2年级学生的筛选,无需家长或 教师提名。如果您想提名您的三, 四或五年级孩子参加ELP学习计划的测试, 请填写家长信息表。表 格将于2018年2月23日至3月23日在线提供,网址为https://goo.gl/forms/WcQSp5kc1bJFcBc83 。同时, 学校办公室也会提供纸张表格。2019 年3月29日下午4:00以后将不再接受任何表格。

Twain Spring Picture Day Feb 19th

Tuesday, Feb. 19th 2019 at 8-10am

1355 Deforest Avenue

Iowa City, IA

Hello Twain Parents,


Our Spring Picture Day will be on Tuesday, February 19th. You should have already received an order form. If not, please call the office on Monday so we can send one home with your child.


Thank you,

Twain Carnival Planning -- ALL PARENTS/STAFF WELCOME

Tuesday, Feb. 19th 2019 at 7pm

1355 Deforest Avenue

Iowa City, IA

From our PTO President, Katie Iverson:


Our Twain Carnival is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is what allows us to fund field trips, teacher requests and classroom supplies. Our first carnival specific planning meeting will be on Tuesday Feb 19th at 7pm at the school.


We need lots of help to pull off another great carnival. Remember at Twain everyone is a member of the PTO so you don't have to have "done anything with PTO" in the past to help with our carnival. 10 free carnival tickets to every family who has a representative at the planning meeting.


Now that's a tigerific deal 🐯😀

Drop Off and Pick Up Drive Safety

Twain Drop Off and Pick Up


Dear Twain Families: Safety is our top priority at Twain. Keep you and your children safe by following the guide below.


Always have students leave your car or enter your car from the sidewalk.


1. Put your cell phone away, especially while the kids are getting into your car.

2. Drive only on the school side of the circle drive.

3. Only let students out on the sidewalk side.

4. Don’t leave your car. Have your children get in on their own. This will save time.


If you are in a hurry, remember, the circle drive is not a fast process. It may be faster to park somewhere and walk your students to your car.


Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe!


-Principal Jason McGinnis

Student Absences

Twain Parents,


This is just a reminder that if your child will be missing school, please email our secretary, Jennifer at aldrich.jennifer@iowacityschools.org or call us at 319-688-1165.


You may see the district's attendance policy Elementary Handbook here. It starts on page 1.


Attendance has a direct link to student achievement. You can see on of my favorite sites on attendance here.


And of course, call us any time with questions. We are glad to help!


Here is the section that applies most closely to notifying the school when your child will be absent:



Absence Reporting

Parents are to contact their child’s school office when the child will be absent. Calls to the school should be made before 8:30 a.m. each morning. Please let the school secretary know your child’s name, the date of absence and the reason for absence. In the case of extended illness, one call is sufficient. The attendance office will determine if the absence is excused, based on the District’s guidelines listed below. The school principal holds the final decision as to whether an absence is excused.

Acceptable Reasons for an Excused Absence

· 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(s) or guardian(s) 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.

· Medical, dental, chiropractic, optometric or other valid professional appointments. Parent(s) or guardian(s) are requested to make their appointments during non-school hours. · A death in the immediate family or funerals for close relatives.

· Religious holidays.

· Family trips that can be taken only during the normal school term. A parent/guardian shall be required to notify the school attendance officer in advance of the pending absence for the purpose of reviewing the student’s attendance record and overall performance. If attendance and performance is satisfactory, the administrator may excuse up to 5 days a year for family trips.

· A court appearance or other legal procedure or placement requiring the attendance of the student.

· A quarantine as imposed by a public health officer.

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

· Special circumstances that show good cause which the school attendance officer approves

ATTENTION TWAIN FAMILIES: SCHEDULE CHANGES

Attention Twain Families:


As you all know, we have taken a real hit with the weather this year. You should have already received an email from the superintendent's office, but if not, the key points that effect us are below:


Elementary schedule starting February 18: 7:55 am to 3:05 pm M, T, W, F and 7:55 am to 2:05 pm on Thursdays.


Parent Teacher Conferences February 21st from 2:10 to 7:10 p.m. will remain the same unless you notify the teacher otherwise.


Parent Teacher Conferences originally scheduled for February 28th will be moved to March 4th, with the same hours of 7:40 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.


Whichever time you had scheduled for February 28th, will be automatically scheduled for March 4th unless you notify your children's teachers otherwise.


Kindergarten Registration from Thursday, February 28, 2019 to Monday, March 4, 2019.


April 26th will be a full day of school (it was a non-attendance day originally)


May 31st will be a half-day with students getting released at 10:55 a.m.


Thank you for all of your flexibility and cooperation during this crazy winter!


Respectfully,


Principal Jason McGinnis


P.S.


The letter from Superintendent Murley in its entirety. Please let me us know if you have any questions:


Good Afternoon,


Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the scenarios for making up our lost instructional time for the remainder of the school year. While these situations can be difficult to balance, we are striving to recover as much instructional time as possible while remaining respectful of family schedules.


As we communicated yesterday, school districts in Iowa are required by the State to implement calendars reflecting either a minimum of 180 days or 1,080 hours of instruction. The Iowa City Community School District has opted for the 1,080 hours of instruction model.


While our 2018-19 school year calendar was scheduled to have 1,129 hours, the missed instructional time up to this point has caused us to fall below the minimum required hours if the calendar were to remain unchanged through the remainder of the school year.

We have evaluated our options and have come up with a solution that should be least disruptive to family schedules while still allowing for us to recapture that important instructional time with students. Below are the changes we will implement:


· Beginning on Monday, February 18, 2019 and running through the remainder of the school year, we will add 10 minutes to each school day. This will allow us to recapture 11 hours.

· Elementary schedule: 7:55 am to 3:05 pm M, T, W, F and 7:55 am to 2:05 pm on Thursdays

· Junior high and high school schedule: 8:45 am to 4:05 pm M, T, W, F and 8:45 am to 3:05 pm on Thursdays

· We will hold classes on Friday, April 26, 2019, which is currently scheduled as a ‘No School’ day. This will allow us to recapture 7.05 hours.

· We will add a half day of school to the end of the current calendar year on Friday, May 31, 2019. Elementary students will release at 10:55 am. Junior high and high school students will release at 12:00 pm. This will allow us to recapture 3.00 hours.

· In addition, to help balance the number of days per trimester, we will move the end of the second trimester from Wednesday, February 27, 2019 to Friday, March 1, 2019. This will move the ‘No School/Parent Teacher Conference’ day currently scheduled on Thursday, February 28, 2019 to Monday, March 4, 2019.

· This change will also move Kindergarten Registration from Thursday, February 28, 2019 to Monday, March 4, 2019.


While we are hopeful for the end of winter storms in our area, if the need for additional late starts, early releases, or full day cancellations does arise, we will be continually evaluating the need for any changes to this plan. We will be sure to keep families informed of any needed updates in a timely manner.


We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate through this process. If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

Sincerely,

Stephen Murley

Superintendent

Iowa City Community School District

Important Dates and Events

November 21-23: No School

December 17th: Kindergarten Field Trip to the Children's Museum

December 24th-January 4th: Winter Break

A Message from the ICCSD School Foundation

The Foundation covers 100% of the costs for programs, events and experiences for our students at every grade level. Soon, you will be receiving a mailing from the Foundation. We want you to know that, when you give to the Foundation, you are directly reaching the families and children in your school –including your own children.


KinderTales, the Visiting Author program, Symphony Goes to School, School of the Wild, LiveArts@Hancher, Robotics clubs, AVID, Lexia & Dreambox and more…are examples of the kinds of programs provided to students in the District at no cost to the individual buildings or PTO/PTA’s. If you are able, please consider supporting the effort. As we know, if we all could give a little, it would make a huge and lasting impact on every student that calls this District home.


Sincerely,

Susan Brennan

Executive Director
ICCSD Foundation

Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the following:


Breakfast Assistance 7:30-8:00

Lunchroom Assistance 11:00-1:00

Teacher Assistance 8:30-3:00

Reading to Students

Tutoring Students

Anything you want to help with!


Please complete the online application here: https://www.applitrack.com/iccsd/OnlineApp/JobPostings/View.asp?AppliTrackJobId=2746


If you need help filling this out, just stop by the main office and we will assist. You will need a social security number for the background check.


Thanks!

Parents and Guardians: Important Update about our Iowa Assessment

Iowa City Community School District Educational Services Center

Stephen F. Murley Superintendent of Schools

1725 North Dodge Street • Iowa City, IA 52245 • (319) 688-1000 • Fax (319) 688-1000 • www.iowacityschools.org

Dear Parents,

For many years students in our district, as well as districts across the state, have been assessed on an annual basis with the Iowa Assessments. The Iowa City Community School District has traditionally elected to administer these assessments in October.

Last spring the Iowa legislature determined that all students in Iowa would be assessed using a new test called the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP).


These new assessments are developed by Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa delivered and supported by Iowa-based Pearson, for the state of Iowa. The assessments are aligned with the Iowa Core standards and provide a clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes. Student growth, proficiency and readiness indicators will be reported.


The new assessments are required to be administered between March and May 2019 and will be available in online and paper formats. The grade levels, tests, and recommended administration times are provided below:

Tests

Grade Levels

Recommended Administration Time (Minutes)


Reading

3-11

(60)


Language Arts and Writing

3-11

(120)


Math

3-11

(60)


Science

5, 8, 10

(60)


Elementary students in ICCSD will take these assessments during the week of April 8-12; and secondary students will take these assessments on April 16-17, using the online format. During this first year of administration, it is anticipated that results may not be available until late summer or early fall of 2019.

If you have any questions about these assessments, please contact the district curriculum office.


Dr. Diane Schumacher
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Iowa City Community School District
1725 North Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245
(319) 688-1000

Interpreters Needed!!

The Iowa City Community School District is looking to hire interpreters and translators to facilitate communication between families and staff on an occasional basis. There is a great need for French and/or Arabic interpreters and translators, but individuals who have expertise in other languages are also encouraged to apply. Individuals must have proficient oral and/or written skills in English as well as the target language. Please apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/iccsd/onlineapp/ or contact the school district office at 319-688-1000 with questions.

Attendance and Early Dismissal

STUDENT ABSENCES

Please call in all student absences to the absentee line at 319-688-1115 by 8:15AM for EACH day your student will be sick or late. If your student is going to be late to school for any reason, please make sure and let our office know ahead of time (if possible) by calling our office by 8:15AM that morning. You can also email the office staff directly as well as your student's teacher for any absence.


EARLY CHECKOUT / Late Arrival

Students will not be called out of class until a parent is present to sign them out. Please plan ahead for appointments, as we would like to minimize missed class time. If your child is tardy in the morning we will have them get a tardy slip and walk them to class. We do this to minimize classroom disruption.

Breakfast

At Twain, we have universal breakfast. This means that all of our students are entitled to a free breakfast each morning.


Breakfast is served from 7:35-7:50 AM.


Please assure that your students arrive at school by 7:35 so they have enough time to finish their breakfast before class starts.


Thank you

PBIS, Restorative Practices, A Caring Community

At Twain, we believe in applying a positive approach to teaching children how to be responsible, respectful of themselves and others, and about the meaning of caring for each other. It is vital that all children know they are in a safe environment where everyone has their best academic and social-emotional interests at heart.


PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.

It is a framework for creating systems of prevention and response to behavior across school.


Why PBIS?


We now know most students do well most of the time - but are not acknowledged for it. PBIS aims to correct this and acknowledge kids for the positive things they do. 5 Positives for everyone 1 Negative is our goal (5 to 1). This is research proven to create stronger relationships and communities. We acknowledge kids through the use of frequent specific feedback, tickets, intermittent school-wide drawings for prizes from the PBIS cart, and school-wide celebrations based on longer term goals. Across Horn Elementary, teachers work together to...


  • Teach and demonstrate behavior that is expected at school.
  • Help students practice positive behavior.
  • Positively reinforce expected behavior when students demonstrate.
  • Give specific feedback to help students correct behavior.


Why Tickets?


Tickets remind teachers and staff to positively acknowledge students and give specific feedback. Tickets also create a school-wide system of acknowledgments that we use for classroom and school celebrations.


Restorative Approach and Practice


The Restorative Approach is a philosophy or guiding principle (not a program or specific activity) that sees relationships as central to learning, growth and a healthy school climate for students and adults.


Restorative Practices enable us to integrate and normalize this approach within a school culture.


In particular, whenever we have conflicts between students, staff, and/or parents, we focus on repairing the relationship by discussing what happened, how we felt when it happened, and how we can resolve the situation.


While this is may be a more time-consuming process, the research shows it pays off very much in the long run. Most importantly, it teaches our children the valuable relationship skills needed in our increasingly interconnected world.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

First PTO Meeting is on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm.

The first Parent Teacher Organization meeting of the school year will take place on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm in the Twain library. We hope you will attend and learn more about upcoming events, school information from Principal McGinnis and PTO sponsored activities. Future PTO dates: October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14.

About Twain Elementary

Twain Elementary School is located three blocks west of Sycamore Mall at 1355 DeForest Ave. Students from Twain attend South East Junior High School and City High School. There are approximately 345 students at Twain School with three preschool classes, three full day kindergarten classes, three first grade classes, two second grade classes, two third grade classes, two fourth grade classes, two fifth grade classes and two sixth grade classes. We have Title I Reading, a multicategorical resource room, and an ELL (English Language Learners) Program.

All students participate in art, music, and physical education. Instrumental music lessons are provided beginning in grade 4 for string instruments and grade 5 for band instruments. Letters regarding instrumental music lessons are sent home with students in the fall. Students in grades 3-6 can also be trained to act as "Conflict Managers" to help their peers resolve conflicts that arise at recess. Sixth grade students act as Safety Patrol before and after school.

The Twain School building site includes 14 acres with an arboretum, three soccer fields, long jump and track area, as well as multiple play areas for students. There are 23 classrooms, including art and music, and a large, beautiful library with a story well and computer lab.

Parents at Twain are supportive of the educational program and are frequently involved. The parent organization (PTO) sponsors a variety of activities including individual student pictures, 4th grade field trip to the "School of the Wild", school suppers, the City High Homecoming Parade, a spring carnival, the ice cream social and fund raising activities.

The Twain staff is dedicated to providing the best educational program possible. We are a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) school and pride ourselves on being a Respectful, Responsible and Caring community. We strive to meet the individual needs of students, to provide a variety of experiences, and to foster a positive climate in which learning can thrive.