Christine Grant Chronicle


Go Grizzlies!

A big thanks to all of our Grizzlies for your attendance and engagement during conferences. We value this time and appreciate partnering with our families!

We also thank our community for their support of our Fishing Derby fundraiser! We went from $6,700 to $11,000 raised in two days. This will extend through the weekend!

Kindergarten Registration went very well this past Wednesday! If you know of anyone who may have a child turning 5 on or before September 15th, please have them contact the school to discuss the potential of registering.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable break!

Take care, Grizzlies!


International Travel

Looking ahead to Spring Break and potential international travel, we wanted to get these guidelines from the CDC and Johnson County Public Health communicated:

After International Travel:

  • Quarantine for 7 days and get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after travel.
  • If you test negative, you may return to district buildings after a full 7 day quarantine (return on day 8).
  • If you don’t get tested for COVID-19, you must quarantine for a full 10 days after travel (return on day 11).
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

Fishing Derby!!

As of this afternoon, we have raised just over $11,000!!!

Appreciate all the Grizzly support with this year's fundraiser! We will leave this open through the weekend.

We are almost to our goal of $12,000!

About the Fishing Derby: The Fishing Derby is the year’s most important PTO fundraiser. The funds raised support teachers, staff, and students at Grant. Our goal is $12,000, which will go toward new pieces of playground equipment for each of Grant’s 3 playgrounds.

How it works: Students are encouraged to ask friends and family to make a direct donation to our school. Dollars raised by each student will “catch” fish for their class and grade. As a class raises more, they’ll earn prizes. Each grade level will compete to catch the biggest “fish.” The more money raised, the more prizes the class will earn!

*We do not encourage students to go door-to-door for donations; instead, consider asking family and friends for support. Please take precautions and follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Donation Option 1: Cash or Check. Students can turn in cash or check in the attached envelope to the front office starting March 8th. Checks should be made out to Grant PTO.

Donation Option 2: Credit, Debit, or eCheck Online. Our new convenient online payment option accepts credit, debit, or eCheck for a minimal fee. Donate at and indicate which classroom(s) and student(s) should get credit for the “catch.”

Don’t forget: Many employers will match your donation. Contact us at and we will provide our corporate donation letter to your employer for a donation match.

Prizes: The PTO will tally each day’s “catch” and post the scores in the cafeteria and on Facebook. The grade level with the biggest “catch” on March 12th will win $500!

When a class collectively reaches these amounts, they’ll earn prizes for their classroom. (Online Learning Program classes are smaller and include other schools; their goals reflect this).


$500 = 15 minutes extra recess

$1000 = Popcorn party

$1500 = Ice cream party


$25 = Virtual Field Trip

$50 = Virtual Roller Coaster Ride

$100 = Dance Party

Students that collect at least $350 receive a custom Grizzly basketball or plush Grizzly of their own. Families with multiple students can earn prizes for each by collecting $350 plus $25 for each additional student.

Added Bonus: If we reach our $12,000 goal, Mr. Turnis will camp out overnight on the roof of Grant Elementary school!

Happy Fishing!

Car Line

The efficiency of our drop off/pick up lines is improving! On a typical day, we have students picked up around 3:05. That is pretty good!

Please continue to have your child(ren) ready to exit the vehicle in the morning as you pull up. As for the afternoon, we are really focusing on having drivers stay in the vehicle...unless parking in the lot and walking their child across the main drive. Students appear to becoming more independent with entering the curbside door of their respective vehicle and getting buckled up. Thanks!

As a reminder, we ask that:

  • The main lot (upper) is accessed by families driving in from the east (ex. Cedar Springs)
  • The lower lot is accessed by families coming from the west (ex. Fox Run).
  • This assists with achieving a balance of vehicle numbers and really helps when our families are leaving each of the lots.

A few points relative to safety and efficiency:

  • Curbside drops and pick ups only...students can't be walking to/from the parking lot unattended.
  • Students should enter/exit the vehicle from the curbside door of the vehicle.
  • Please do not leave your vehicles unless parking in a marked parking space and walking your child to the front sidewalk.
  • Pull ahead as much as possible.

Grizzly Hiring!

We are looking for an awesome individual to join our Grizzly crew! This Special Education paraeducator role would join us daily from 8:00-3:00. Job #2936 can be reviewed at the following link.

Contact Mr. Turnis with any questions about the position.

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Liberty Track and Field

From Coach Borchert:

The web store is open through Thursday, March 16th. Orders will arrive at Liberty on April 1st, and I will do contactless delivery to non-Liberty households.

If anyone would like to donate a shirt to an athlete who can't afford one, please email indicating this wish. "Medium" is the best size to choose for this.

There are youth and adult sizes. We'd love to see some of our gear around town. Thanks very much for your support! Go Bolts!

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Junior High Health Requirements


  • Two more vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)
  • Students are not allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of a MCV vaccine according to Iowa law.

Please check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.

  • Johnson County Public Health also provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045.
  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse

Stay at Home Guidelines

Our Grizzlies have been doing an amazing job with following protocols when on-site. We also know that much of our success has been due to our community following guidelines, being especially cognizant and careful about monitoring your child's daily health, and partnering with our school nurse when questions and/or concerns arise. Thank-you!

COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Guidelines

  • I should stay home when...

    I have any of these symptoms:
    ▢ New Cough
    ▢ Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
    ▢ New Loss of Taste or Smell
    ▢ Fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
    ▢ Vomiting
    ▢ Diarrhea


    I have 2 or more of these symptoms:
    ▢ Headache
    ▢ Muscle and Body Aches
    ▢ Fatigue
    ▢ Sore Throat
    ▢ Runny Nose
    ▢ Congestion
    ▢ Nausea


    ▢ I am not feeling well.
    ▢ I have been in “close contact” with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Close Contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
    ▢ I have been tested for COVID-19 and waiting for the test results.


    • Notify your school of your absence and the symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 you have experienced.
    • Contact your health care provider to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19 based on your symptoms.
    • Follow the return to school guidelines to determine the appropriate return to school date.


Hello Grant Families,

In an effort to continue to support students to stay engaged in a remote environment, we are offering a new support for families. If you are struggling to keep your student engaged in remote learning or are looking for resources to increase engagement, feel free to browse resources on our district Social Emotional Behavior Health site, or submit a request for a brief consultation with an Elementary Behavior Interventionist. Our Behavior Interventionists offer a wealth of information and resources around encouraging positive student behavior at school and are happy to hold a zoom session or phone call with any parent seeking resources in this area.

Covid Concerns

Thanks for the communications with the school relative to health concerns and/or questions as they arise. Your patience and understanding are appreciated as we make home contacts with questions, too.

We care about our students and want to be able to support our families. We also know that there are required days of isolation and/or quarantine that need to occur. Being aware of the status of our students allows us to monitor dates and ensure the safety of all Grizzlies. Thanks and take care!


Interested in additional resources and supports? The following resources are available to assist students and families with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. Additional information on Covid-19 and School Age Child Care assistance are also available. Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

NL Library Supports

The North Liberty Library has launched free educational tools and resources to support students kindergarten through 12th grade learning in person or online. Free online tutoring and language learner assistance.

Who Do I Contact at Grant?

Ever wonder who to contact at Grant relative to attendance, technology issues, access to resources, etc....? This information and more can be found within Who do I Contact at Grant?

Student Family Advocate

Our SFA, Sara Berry, has created a Family Resource page! A variety of resources are included along with contact information for Sara. Check it out!


Our district tech team has put together information about filters and a parent's ability to access the online activity of their child at Securly Info. With the goals of student safety and responsible technology usage, this is an option for our parents to access.

Birthday Boulders


The celebratory boulders have been fun! For a $10 donation to the PTO, you can “rent” the large boulders in front of the building and paint a special birthday message for your child on their big day.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for a date to “rent” a boulder. Reserve both if you’re extra ambitious! The $10 reservation fee goes straight to the PTO support teachers, students, and staff at Grant.

  2. Pay through our secure payment portal (you’ll get instructions after reserving your date)

  3. Come up with your birthday message design idea. Is your kiddo into sharks? Cover the rock with blue and put Jaws on there. Does your child love all things strawberries? Paint a bushel of them around their name. It's all up to your imagination.

  4. Gather your materials—we’ll advise you on the best kind of paint to use. You can begin painting after 4pm the day before your rental.

All the guidelines and details can be found on the sign up sheet >> Reserve a Birthday Boulder

District Covid-19 site, Technology, and Learning Opportunities


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