Shimek Shout Out

October 22nd, 2021

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Greetings and Another Reminder on the Important November 2nd Vote

Dear Shimek Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you and yours doing well heading into the last half of October! I can't believe it's almost time for parent and teacher conferences! (More information on fall conferences to come in a separate communication soon... You haven't missed anything as a parent/guardian - we just haven't gotten all of the wrinkles ironed out of the process yet. Please accept my sincerest apologies for not being able to get this information to families sooner.)

As a reminder, on 'November 2, 2021, the Iowa City Community School District will ask voters to consider the renewal of the Iowa Secure and Advanced Vision for Education Levy (SAVE) and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The no new money renewal of these levies allows the District to complete the promise of FMP 1.0 and to embark on Facilities Master Plan (FMP) 2.0 with no tax increase. This extension of SAVE and PPEL also provides funding for District-wide lifecycle projects that would otherwise pull vital teaching and learning dollars from the District’s general fund. This progress would come with no increase to the current tax rate.

You can learn more about our District’s plan at

We appreciate your engagement in this process and please vote on November 2, 2021. #ICCSDtogether'

The most significant impact on Shimek's facilities would be the addition of a new multipurpose space to be used for lunch, assemblies, and future community events. This space would include a new kitchen and offer the opportunity to renovate and add restrooms for the building. Not only would these be a welcomed additions and improvements, but they would have a significant impact on class scheduling in our building; allowing us greater flexibility to implement better research-based practices when designing the school day for our children.

The vote on November 2nd impacts our community and district in other ways, as well. In addition to the City Council seats that are up for election, four ICCSD School Board members will be selected on this day. A sample ballot and information about all of these important decisions can be found here.

This newsletter has a few new items as well as some reminders so please make sure to continue reading. And as always, we appreciate all of your continued support. The Shimek community is simply amazing! Wishing you all the best and a wonderful weekend.

Most sincerely,

Chris Pisarik, Principal

Run for the Schools - Sunday, October 24th, 2021

For those Shimek Sharks who will be at the Run For The Schools event on Sunday:

We will plan to meet up for a group picture at 8:45am on the steps across from the Rec Center on Gilbert Street. This is between the 1 mile-1/2 miles events and before the 5K-10K-1/2 marathon events which begin at 9:00.

We hope to see you all there!

Shimek Spirit Wear

Shimek Families - it's time to let your Shimek spirit shine! Use this link to order your Shimek apparel for the whole family.

The link will be open today through Sunday, October 24th, 2021 at midnight.

All orders will be delivered to Shimek on November 11th, 2021 (just in time for the holiday season). These would make great gifts for young and old alike!

If you have any questions, please contact Hillary Muhlenbruch at

Shimek Fall Conferences - November 11th & 17th

All of our ICCSD Fall Parent & Teacher Conferences at the Elementary Level will be held via Zoom.

Conference dates/times are as follows:

Thursday, November 11th, 2021 from 2:35pm to 7:10pm

Thursday, November 17th, 2021 from 7:55am to 7:10pm

*No classes on this day

**More information to follow regarding scheduling and accessing teacher's Zoom links.

Weather & Recess at Shimek

Temperature Guidelines for Recess (with wind chill):

Below 0 degrees - indoor recess

Below 50 degrees - coat, hat, & gloves

50-60 degrees - long sleeve shirt or jacket

Above 60 degrees - personal choice

A HUGE Thank You to Our PTO and Shimek Community

At the end of September we celebrated the addition of our newest play structure here at Shimek. Thanks to the incredibly generous donations of so many present and past Shimek families and staff were able to install our most inclusive piece of playground equipment to date: The Alta Glider by Miracle. While we are still waiting on one more seat to arrive, we have been able to safely use this glider during recess times and it has been a huge hit with all age groups! Words cannot express our sincere gratitude for this and for all that our families do to support our students and staff. Thank you!

For more information about this piece and what it does, you can click here. Below are some pictures of what the structure looks like in its completed form:

*Please note that in order for the glider to match our existing play equipment, our color scheme is different from the examples shown here.

Shimek PTO Newsletter

Shimek families can now follow the link below to our new PTO Monthly Newsletter! Our amazing PTO offers so much to enhance the learning and experiences of our children and we can't thank our families enough!

This Week's PBIS Celebration - Sharks & Minnows!

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Grades 1-8 One Book, Two Book

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.

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

Mr. Moore's Fifth Grade Class Does a Local Field Trip to Learn More About the Book Here Lies Linc

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ICCSD Message on Masks and Vaccines

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal 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, our 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.

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New federal program helps residents pay past-due water bills

Date: 10/07/2021
Contact: Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP)
Phone: 319-337-5765

Over $10 million in federal aid will soon be available to Iowans who have past-due water bills and may face disconnection.

The State of Iowa has received over $10 million from the federal government as part of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program. Those interested in applying for financial assistance on past-due water bills can apply beginning Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

The payment is made directly to the water vendors on behalf of the household.

Funds from the water bill assistance program are being distributed through the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) - Waterfront Office. To apply, call HACAP at 319-337-5765, or visit

To find additional utility, energy, or rent assistance, visit, or call Johnson County Social Services for assistance 319-356-6090.

The City also offers a Utility Discount Program for Income Eligible Customers. For more information, call Customer Service at 319-356-5066, or visit

Important Shimek Dates & Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 24th - ICCSD Run for the Schools

Tuesday, November 2nd - No School - Teacher Professional Development Day

Wednesday, November 10th - Shimek PTO Meeting from 6:00pm-7:00pm (via Zoom)

Thursday, November 11th - Parent & Teacher Conferences from 2:35pm-7:10pm

Wednesday, November 17th - Parent & Teacher Conferences from 7:55am-7:10pm

*No School for Students on this Day

November 24th-26th - No School

Wednesday, December 8th - Shimek PTO Meeting from 6:00pm-7:00pm (via Zoom)

December 18th-January 2nd - No School

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Fliers & Information about Special Events in the District and greater Iowa City community.

About Us

Shimek Elementary is a special place where all children are cared for, feel safe, and where their own unique styles of learning are EMBRACED. Our teachers and staff work hard to INSPIRE our students with engaging instruction, high expectations, and a desire to meet each child where they are in order to help them grow. Our ultimate goal is to promote EXCELLENCE in every child who walks through our doors, helping them to realize and reach their fullest potential — preparing them for the future.

Embracing and Inspiring Excellence is what we do and who we are.

On behalf of the entire Shimek family, welcome to our community. Welcome home.

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Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy 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 Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,