Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: October 2020

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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CR Basketball Clothing - Orders due Nov 13 by Noon

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Daily Health Screenings

Jody Pierce BSN RN

Clayton Ridge MS/HS Nurse

With COVID-19 cases continuing to climb in Northeast Iowa, as well as Cold and Influenza season quickly approaching, the Clayton Ridge Nursing Staff would like to remind parents to screen children for symptoms of illness before leaving for school in the morning.

If your child has:

One High-Risk Symptom

New Cough

Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

New loss of taste or smell


Two Low-Risk Symptoms

Fever (greater than 100.4)


Muscle/body aches


Sore throat

Runny nose

Sinus Congestion




If your child falls into either of these categories, please keep the child at home and speak with your doctor for further direction. If you have any questions, please call school and speak with one of the nurses, available at both campuses.

Delta Dental / Rethink Your Drink Program

Renae Kraus, Pre K – 5 School Nurse

Clayton Ridge Elementary was selected as a recipient of a new water fountain/bottle filling station through Delta Dental Foundation’s Rethink Your Drink Campaign.

In addition to the new fountain/bottle filling station, all students will receive a new reusable water bottle and toothbrush. The Rethink Your Drink program aims to get more kids drinking water throughout the day to support their oral and overall health. Consuming enough water supports the immune system and may lessen headaches, sleepiness, and stomach aches which ultimately helps students be present and ready to learn. This program encourages kids (and adults) to choose water and low-fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Elementary students will be given their new water bottle and toothbrush this week to bring home. (If your child brings this water bottle back for use at school, please be sure to label it with his or her name.)

Halloween Mask Donation

Rosalie Kickbush sewed Halloween print face coverings for ALL Clayton Ridge students (PK-12).

Students welcomed Rosalie and distributed the masks to all classes.

If you wish to send Rosalie a thank you note from your class, this is her address.

Rosalie Kickbush

114 Crest Drive

Guttenberg, IA 52052

Eagles+ News

Ms. Karen Geuder, CRES

The fourth and fifth EAGLES + students have been learning about the Election Process and the candidates running for President and Vice President this year. The students decorated the school with many decorations they made. They are a creative group. On Wednesday, October 28, they presented speeches for the 2nd - 5th-grade students, and staff explaining the candidates' beliefs about why they would be the best President and Vice President.

The 5th-grade class represented President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Kailey Dempster represented President Donald Trump, and Kyle Sadewasser represented Mike Pence. They did the research and wrote their own speeches. Caleb Bittner and Nash Reimer were the Secret Servicemen.

The 4th-grade class represented Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. Kai Brandt represented Vice President Joe Biden. Lainey Hansel represented Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris. Unfortunately, she can down with laryngitis so her Secretary Adelyn Helle presented her speech for her. Kolten Willenborg handled the secret service job for the Democrats.

Some of the students were the media staff as well as the secret service.

The Media Staff was Delaney Brown, Jovi Allyn, and Hayden Reimer. Delaney Brown and Hayden Reimer recorded the speeches so we could share them with the student’s families.

The pictures taken for this article were taken by Jovi Allyn.

Secret Service men were Caleb Bittner, Kolten Willenborg, and Nash Reimer.

On Monday, November 2, we are going to hold a Presidential Election for the staff and the students in grades 2-5th. We are eager to see who wins our election.

Eagle PRIDE Awards

Mrs. Stephanie Thomas, PK-5 School Counselor

Students at Clayton Ridge Elementary have been working hard again this year. It has been amazing to have them back in school and watch how far they have come since the beginning of the school year! On October 15th teachers were able to recognize the efforts of students in Reading, Math, Effort, PE, Eagles +, and Kindness (Bucket Filling).

PK Awards

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Kindergarten Awards

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1st Grade Awards

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2nd Grade Awards

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3rd Grade Awards

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4th Grade Awards

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5th Grade Awards

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5th Graders Make Chia Pets

Mrs. Jill Stannard, CRES

STEAM Project-Students planted grass seeds to create and make their own Chia Pets!

Sharing My Student Counselor

Mrs. Stephanie Thomas, PK-5 School Counselor

Trevor Heying is completing a portion of his practicum hours with Stephanie Thomas at Clayton Ridge Elementary for his Masters of School Counseling Program through Loras College. Trevor was a 2015 graduate of Clayton Ridge and is excited to have the opportunity to come back to Clayton Ridge. We are so proud of Trevor and welcome the chance to be part of his education as a future counseling professional.

Slimy and Scaly from Osborne

Mrs. Kathy Connelly, CRES

Abbey Harkrader from Osborne, presented the program “Scaly and Slimy” to Clayton Ridge 3rd graders on October 13. Abbey brought a tiger salamander, Ed the box turtle, and a hognose snake. Students who were absent were able to join in on “Zoom”.

A Spooky Look for Halloween

Mrs. Stephanie Thomas, PK - 5 School Counselor

CRES Library has a new look for Halloween!

CRES Book Fair

Book fair runs next week and on Saturday the 31st! :)

3rd Grade Pumpkin Painting

Mrs. Tami Palmer, CRES

Third graders painted mini pumpkins today at school. The pumpkins were raised by Mrs. VonHandorf on her mother’s farm. Mr. Wahls assisted with the project.

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Be the "I" in KIND

Mrs. Jill Stannard, CRES

5th Graders displaying the "I" in KIND. They are great role models to other students and show kindness to others.

"Kind" in Kindergarten

Sunshine and Learning

Mrs. Jill Stannard, CRES

5th graders are soaking up the sunshine and enjoying fresh air while learning about argumentative text!

Third Grade Rock Show

Mrs. Kathy Connelly, CRES

Third grade students have been studying rocks. Each student has started a rock collection. Today the third graders had a “Rock Show” and invited all of the elementary classes to see their rock collections.

Triangle Trade Simulation

Students in Mrs. Scott's 8th-grade social studies class participated in a Triangle Trade simulation during class. Students were split into teams, and simulated trading goods between West Africa, the West Indies, and the New England colonies. It was a beautiful day for some outside hands-on learning!

Red Ribbon Week

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The Future of Transportation

Mrs. Jill Stannard

Mrs. Stannard's fifth-grade students read about the Future of Transportation in LA Class. Next, they designed their own transportation of the future and labeled their design. They wrote a paragraph describing their inventions as well. They would like to share them with you!

American Government Students Create a Virtual Mock Election

Mrs. Nicole DeGidio and Mr. Louis Cook, CRHS

American Government students took an interest survey to receive a role in the CR 2020 Virtual Mock Election. COVID restrictions forced all presentations to be done virtually, but all students were able to view the presentations and finally vote on Friday, October 30.

Biden Speech
Republican Party
Libertarian Party
Green Party Josiah and Cagney
15th Amendment
19th Amendment

Clayton Ridge Athletics

Members of the fall sports teams met with the elementary students in person and through Zoom.
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What's New at the Guttenberg Library?

Nancy Ruzicka
Youth Services Director

Nancy Ruzicka

Youth Services Director

What's new here at the library?

Well, a lot!

Just like everyone else, the Guttenberg Library has had to make some adjustments to our hours and how we operate during our open hours because of Covid-19. Our temporary hours are Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We still offer curbside pick up Monday - Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Just give us a call and we will get your books ready for you and set them outside on our cart for you to pick up.

Our Grab-N-Go craft bags are now available for November. We have 2 different crafts available. Preschool - 3rd grade and 4th - 8th grade.

Visit the Guttenberg Public Library's Facebook page for Ms. Nancy's online storytimes. A new one will be posted every month. She will be reading books, singing songs, and doing interactive activities. We will also be taking virtual field trips and having guest readers.

Adult readers can join the library for The Great Stay At Home Winter Reading Challenge. It will start November 2. You can download the reading log from our website or stop by the library for a copy and to get further details.

The Guttenberg Library will be closed the following dates: November 11, 26, and 27.

Hope to see you visiting the library soon!

Words on Wellness

2020-2021 District Calendar

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About Clayton Ridge Community Schools

Clayton Ridge Community School District has both a north and south campus. The northern campus is located in the midst of the rolling prairie of Garnavillo, Iowa and currently serves students in grades PK-5. The southern campus is situated among the picturesque Mississippi River bluffs and boasts a magnificent view of the mighty river and Lock & Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. The south campus serves middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12).