Winter Break (Dec. 21st - Jan. 1st)
...Safe, Responsible, & Kind...
Grant Wood Families:
Due to winter break, classes will not be in session for the following two weeks (Dec. 21st - Jan. 1st). Classes will resume Monday, Jan. 4th, 2021.
You will receive another newsletter on Sunday, Jan. 3rd with information about our schedule for the week of January 4th.
Fall 2020 in Review:
- Updated Building
- New Principal
- School-issued Devices
- Hybrid Schedules
- Zoom Classrooms
- Online Classes
- Virtual Conferences
- Great Students
- Supportive Families
- Caring Teachers
- Dedicated Staff
As we conclude one calendar year and prepare to start a new, please consider answering this 1-2 question (anonymous) poll: https://forms.gle/egPZnyRXwTx7FyWb6
Thank you all! May everyone have a warm, restful two-week break and enjoy your time with loved ones.
Week of Jan. 4th-8th: if onsite (hybrid), AA/BBB
Group A onsite: Monday - Tuesday
Group B onsite: Wednesday-Friday
OLP Students: virtual (online) all week
Library update on winter reading programs
Both the Iowa City Public Library and the Coralville Public Library are running some quick, fun winter reading programs. Ms. Snyder told our Wildcats about these programs during Library Specials. Ms. Snyder also added the information to students' Library Seesaw Classes! 😊❄📚
Additional Community Resources...
The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.
No more "snow days" ...District change
Below are some changes to the District's approach to inclement weather days this year. Moving forward, the District will provide online instruction on days when the weather prevents us from having in-person classes. Rather than having our traditional “snow days”, these days will now be considered “virtual learning days”.
Schedules for students in our various models will be as follows on these virtual learning days:
- K-12 Online Learning Program - All classes will continue to meet as scheduled based on the Online Learning Program Schedule.
- Elementary Hybrid (Group A & Group B)
- On-site students - On-site students will follow the Online Learning Program/100% Offsite Schedule. The times and Zoom links will be sent to parents by the classroom teacher prior to 8:00 am. (This applies to A students on A days and to B students on B days.)
- Off-site students - Off-site students will log into the morning meeting as scheduled, and complete any asynchronous activities as planned. Off-site students who are receiving synchronous off-site SDI, interventions, or ELL supports will receive those as planned. (This applies to A students on B days and to B students on A days.)
In addition to virtual learning, on days that inclement weather causes hybrid group students to remain at home, (as explained above) the District will provide Grab & Go Meals at the District’s designated sites on these virtual learning days.
ICCSD's Inclement Weather Guidelines
As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing a
- cancellation, and/or
- early release
decisions can be found on the District’s website by clicking HERE. As decisions are made regarding school day changes, the District aims to keep parents connected so that notifications are received conveniently and timely.
In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone, and text, we encourage you to follow the District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to ensure that announcements are right at your fingertips. We also encourage you to download the District’s mobile app, where you can find everything school and district related in one convenient spot.
If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.
Ms. Maria (Principal) awards PBIS points via ClassDojo
Ms. Martin (Principal) looks to award ClassDojo (i.e. PBIS) points to students which they can then redeem. Points can be earned for:
- school engagement by participating in class zooms,
- posting work on Seesaw,
- completing lessons on Dreambox, and
- completing lessons on Lexia....as well as,
- for reports from parents about students making safe choices and exhibiting kindness.
Ms. Martin also welcomes feedback, suggestions, and discussion ideas regarding what students would like to have as options for their ClassDojo points.
Please email me at: email@example.com
I shall share your ideas with our Student Leadership Team and teaching staff to determine which ideas we can pursue.
Dreambox - Math
Coding for Kids (Free options)
For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:
Principal: Ms. Maria, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Amber, email@example.com
School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, email@example.com
Counselor: Ms. Newman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance secretary: Ms. Steggall, email@example.com
Office secretary: Ms. Lynch, firstname.lastname@example.org