Borlaug Bulletin

September 13, 2021

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

A Message from Principal Shoppa

School pride can be felt throughout Borlaug again this year! Our generous PTO has purchased a t-shirt for every staff member and every student preK-6th to celebrate our tenth year as a school community! We thank our Borlaug PTO for their generosity, and what a wonderful way for us to show our school pride.



Principal Shoppa

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Who's That Borlaug Bulldog?

We hope you enjoy the video embedded below as a fun way to review Borlaug Teachers and Staff.

Who's That Staff

A Message from the Nurse's Office, Jeanie Sullivan-Kircher, RN, BSN

I love taking care of your children!!! Thank you for all the returned forms for the students with health conditions, such as Allergy, Asthma, and Seizures.

If your child has a health condition and you have not heard from me, please let me know! First, check Infinite Campus and make sure you have updated all the health information for this year. We rely on the information to be entered in Infinite Campus by the parent or guardian in order to know how to safely take care of your child while at school. Second, make sure your phone number is correct as this is the number we use for emergencies.

Thanks for all you do to keep our school environment safe and healthy. If your child is sick, please keep them home and call the school office. Please see attached link for the ICCSD's health and safety protocols!

Go Bulldogs!

Jeanie Sullivan-Kircher, RN, BSN

School Nurse

Iowa City Community School District

A Message from Ms. Murphy, Borlaug's Teacher-Librarian

Hello Families,

ICCSD is now fully 1:1, meaning all K-12 students are issued a Chromebook to borrow during their time with the district! These devices are checked out to students, just like a library book, but for a 4-year loan period. If the device comes home with your child, please make sure that it is returned to school, fully charged each day, and that it is protected in the district-provided case. Should your family move out of the district, the Chromebook AND charger need to be turned in to the school.

Students need to take good care of the Chromebooks, and will be reviewing our Borlaug Technology Contracts periodically at school in order to understand the expectations they need to follow. Please take some time to become familiar with the expectations, so that you can reinforce those outside of school. Let's help all of our Bulldogs build responsible technology habits!

Borlaug Technology Contract K-2

Borlaug Technology Contract 3-6

ICCSD has chosen a web filtering company, Securly, which allows parents/guardians to monitor their students' internet activity as well as decide on additional restrictions for off-campus activity, beyond those put in place by the district. You can learn more about how the Securly parent account works here.

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One Book Two Book Festival- Student Writing Contest

Students in grades 1-8 in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor area school districts, or home school students in those equivalent grades, are encouraged to submit one page of writing for the 2022 One Book Two Book festival from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. This can be any type of writing: story, essay, poem, song lyric, graphic novel page, etc. The piece must be an original work, written this school year, and in polished form – ready for publication. It should be on one side of an 8.5x11 page. It can be single-spaced, but must be at least 12-pt. and in Times or equivalent font. The page should have margins of 1” on each side. Submissions that are longer than one page will not be considered. 2022 One Book Two Book writing component guidelines.pdf

The student’s name should be in the top right corner of the piece. The piece must have a title or be labeled “Untitled.” On the separate Student Submission Cover Form, the following information is required: Student name, grade, school, parent or guardian’s name and contact e-mail and phone number. This form is attached. In addition, it can be found as a Google Doc at This can be filled out and saved as part of a document along with the submission.

Student work, including the cover sheet, must be submitted to the City of Literature by Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. They can be mailed to the City of Literature, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240; or e-mailed as a Microsoft Word attachment or PDF to If using Google Docs, the submission also can be shared with (Please be sure to set your Google Docs sharing settings so that we can view your submission). The file name should include the student’s school, grade and name (e.g. Hoover-4-HannahSmith or Garner-6-JasonJones). If using Google Docs, please download the file as either a Microsoft Word or PDF document. If the submission is handwritten or drawn, either scan and email a PDF or mail the original. Originals will be held for one month after the festival; it is the guardian’s responsibility to follow up if it should be returned.

The student work will be judged by a team from ACT in Iowa City. Recognized students will be honored at a “Write Out Loud” event during One Book Two Book in February 2022. Two grade level winners will be chosen, one in each of the following categories:

“The Write Stuff”: For language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.

“From the Heart”: For creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

These students will be invited to read their winning submissions. In addition, a percentage of all students whose submissions are deemed to be of outstanding quality also will be honored with a “certificate of distinction.” They also will be invited to attend the “Write Out Loud” event.

All recognized students will receive certificates and prizes at the event.

The grade-level prize winners will have their work published in a booklet available at the festival.

Questions? Contact John Kenyon with the City of Literature office at (319) 356-5245 or

Borlaug PTO Newsletter

October PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting of the school year will be Tuesday, October 5, 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 using the Borlaug PTO Zoom Link

Happy 10th Anniversary T- Shirt

Happy Anniversary, Borlaug Elementary!! 10 years!!

Thank you to all the teachers and administrators that make Borlaug such a great place for our students to learn and grow. To celebrate, each student and teacher went home with a t-shirt, courtesy of the Borlaug PTO, designed by our very own Kate Westergard Ahn! Thank you to Kate Middleton and Laura Noiseux for all your work to make this happen.

Go Bulldogs!

Celebrate your day with Corridor Celebrations

Want to spread a little cheer this fall season? How about sending a "BOO" sign offered through Corridor Celebrations to a friend, teacher or loved one's yard? When you order one of the signs below(scan QR to view) and use the special Borlaug code, Borlaug PTO will receive 50% back of the cost back! Spend $50.00 and Borlaug PTO receives $25.00! This offer runs October 5th- 30th. Code:borlaugpto Want a special sign delivered for a special occasion? $10.00 from those orders will come back to Borlaug PTO too. Go Bulldogs! Woof Woof!!!

“Like” the Borlaug PTO on Facebook

Please follow the Borlaug PTO Facebook page and check out the PTO website ( -- where we share news about upcoming events and videos and photos featuring Borlaug students from last year’s events!


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Borlaug every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Borlaug. To start shopping, go to When ordering through the mobile app, make sure to turn on the Amazon Smile from the settings.

PTO Officers

President: Rebecca Sanabria

Vice President: Laura Ebinger

Secretary: Nichole Hoffman

Treasurer: Jennifer Ratner

How to Reach Us



A Message from Mrs. Rheaume, Band Teacher

Band Website:

Band Dates to Know:

September 13 - Registration is due. Register online at

September 20 - Lessons begin. Your student will be assigned an in-school lesson time.

September 28 - First Advanced Band (6th Grade) Rehearsal (7:45AM-8:25AM)

September 30 - First Beginning Band (5th Grade) Rehearsal (7:45AM-8:25AM)

December 15 - Winter Concert - West High School Arganbright Auditorium

5th Grade - 6:00PM

6th Grade - 7:30PM

A Message from Ms. Marston, Orchestra Teacher


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

Welcome Back, Bulldogs!

5th Grade students have had the opportunity to learn about all the instruments of the orchestra, and soon will have the opportunity to try them out! This is an exciting time of year for new musicians.

6th grade students can begin to register to participate in orchestra again this year! Now that the 6th graders have a foundation on their instrument, they can continue to develop new skills. We will also have group rehearsals where students can make music together with friends.

Orchestra Website:

Register Here:

Student Teacher: Ms. Steele, a student at the University of Iowa, will be joining us this spring. She will be getting to know and helping to teach your students!

Important Dates:

-September 10th-Registration due

-September 22nd-Lessons begin-be sure to have your instrument and materials!

-January 18th-Beginning Orchestra Concert

-January 25th Advanced Orchestra Concert

A Message from Devon Ryan, School Facilitator

Hello Borlaug Families! My name is Devon Ryan, and I am the School Facilitator (SF) at Borlaug Elementary. As the School Facilitator, I am here to help Borlaug with some of the managerial pieces to running a school. I help with attendance, paraeducator support, and student behaviors in addition to anything else that might come up. This is my third year in the Iowa City School District and I am looking forward to getting to know all our Bulldogs!

A Message from Addie Bockenstedt, SFA

Student and Family Advocate

Borlaug: 319-688-1159

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!! My name is Addie Bockenstedt and I am Borlaug's new Student and Family Advocate. 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 look forward to getting to know our Borlaug Bulldogs!

A Message from Ms. Schneiter, Borlaug's School Counselor

Welcome to Borlaug Elementary! I am the school counselor at Borlaug Elementary and I am ready for another great year! 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, Growth Mindset, Diversity, Safety, 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 class once a week. Their lessons are 27 minutes and cover topics mentioned above. I love getting to hear their stories and perspectives each lesson!

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.

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 or you may reach me by phone at 688-1155.

Let’s make this an excellent year!


Jaime Schneiter

School Counselor - Borlaug


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Our District's Message on Masks and Vaccines

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District strongly encourages universal indoor mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.

In addition, the District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

Have you completed your child's Infinite Campus Registration?

The ICCSD requires the use of an online enrollment process through Infinite Campus, and for your child to be on a class list your child’s registration needs to be completed. This should be completed PRIOR to the ice cream social. If you have any difficulty with your account, please call Borlaug at 688-1155. If you have already completed the registration process or updated, please remember to continue to update your Infinite Campus Account when changes in your address, phone number, and/or other important information occur.

Registration instructions for returning families to the District

Registration instructions for new families to the District

Bell Schedule Reminder

The elementary school hours are 7:55AM to 2:55PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 7:55AM to 1:55PM on Thursday. Students may not arrive at school before 7:40am, which is when inside supervision begins, and this includes students eating breakfast which begins at 7:40am. We do have some buses arriving at 7:30am, so these bus riders may enter for breakfast when they arrive.

7:40 Students may enter school using the front doors to go through the breakfast line and go to their classrooms, or they may go directly to their classrooms. Hand sanitizer will be used upon entry to the building through the front doors. There will be staff inside and outside to help direct students to their classrooms.

7:50 First bell rings

7:55 Tardy Bell Rings

It is extremely important that students arrive on time for school. The first bell rings at 7:50 a.m. Then, when the second bell rings at 7:55, many things occur, for example, attendance, lunch count, opening announcements and the beginning of instructional time.

Early Release Day for 2021-2022 is every THURSDAY with dismissal at 1:55pm.

Loading & Unloading Students at Borlaug

The Borlaug Community has in place the following traffic procedures for the safety of our students, families, and staff. This information is for parents choosing to drop off and pick up students from school at the start and 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:

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 MTWF and 1:40 – 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Cars should not unload students in the bus loading area.

Morning Private Vehicle Unloading: Please drop off children ONLY in the designated area labeled with numbers one through seven, 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.


Afterschool Private Vehicle Loading: 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 carpool 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, W, F and 2:10 TH will be sent to the office.

Volunteer Approval for 2021-22

Due to Health and Safety District Protocols there are no volunteers or visitors at this time during the school day. However, in preparation for the day when this rule is lifted, please see the following information to be a volunteer at school.

Effective August 1, 2021, the ICCSD will require all volunteers to complete an updated background check. All Volunteers must be approved prior to volunteering for any District event. Approved volunteers will be listed on this Google Doc m and it will be shared with all administrators and principal secretaries. We hope that this method allows for a more timely process in supporting the buildings and their need for volunteers.

Volunteers can complete their background check here

Volunteers will now receive an email confirmation that their application has been approved.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lyndsee Detra

HR Coordinator - Classified Staff

Iowa City Community School District
1725 North Dodge Street Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone (319)688-1005 Fax (319)359-4044

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.


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.


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.

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, or by using the chat option available during business hours in the bottom right corner of the Technology & Innovation Blog (

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.


09/16/2021 No School for Students and Staff

09/23/2021 Dine Out for Education

10/01/2021 School Picture Day

10/04/2021 No School for Students and Staff

10/05/2021 PTO – Zoom Meeting – 6:30 pm

10/14, 10/15, 10/18, 10/19 & 10/20 – 6th Graders School of the Wild

10/27/2021 Flu Clinic for public after school

11/02/2021 No School

11/17/2021 No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/24, 11/25 & 11/26 – No School for Students and Staff

Borlaug Contact Information

Celeste Shoppa, Principal

Mary Gauthier, Secretary

Devon Ryan, School Facilitator

Addie Bockenstedt, 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, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000.