Falcon Focus

Archibald Alexander Elementary: February 2020

Alexander Elementary is committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence for each and every one of our scholars. We believe in our students, staff, and families and dedicate ourselves to creating a community that prepares our scholars for college or career.

Chris Gibson, Principal, Gibson.Chris@iowacityschools.org

A message from the principal

Whew, we have been so busy learning and playing at Alexander Elementary in 2020!


Taking time to celebrate big and small accomplishments is something we cherish at Alexander. Our ongoing goal is to lift our scholars up with positive acknowledgements, Golden Tickets, #goodnewsoftheday calls, #falconize postcards, and many other ways. We have recently added one more simple, yet POWERFUL, way to celebrate around here.

Many of you have seen and commented about our shiny new bell hanging in the wedge. A new tradition is that classes/students/staff that have met goals in academics, social/emotional/behavior, or just plain big life events will get a chance to ring Archibald Alexander's new bell!


Our #firstdayrepeat for January was so fun. Mr. Erik Nelson, our SOAR Director, performed for us and our mascot, Archie, was present as we entered the school on the first Monday of 2020. All Falcons received blue or yellow beads, as well. We used Global School Play day as our #firstdayrepeat for February and OH, did we have so much fun! Scholars and staff, alike, experienced so much joy just being playful and silly throughout the day.


Finally, we celebrated our 100th day of school on Friday, Feb. 7. Our scholars counted to 100 in many different ways and took time to reflect on all we have learned in those 100 days.


Parent/Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. All teachers have started scheduling. At Alexander, we expect to have 100% participation from all families. We can't do this alone and YOU are your child's first and most important teacher!


We appreciate all you do to support our school.

Thank you,

Chris Gibson, Principal

Parent and Teacher Conferences

Please call the office or your teacher to set up your spring conference. We have so much learning to celebrate with you. Conferences will be held on Feb. 27 from 2:10 pm-7:10 pm and Mar. 2 Conferences 7:40-7:10 pm. As always, it is the expectation for all parents to attend conferences as we value our partnership and your lead in your child's education.

PTO Sponsored Pajama Story Time

Our traditional PTO sponsored Pajama Story Time was so fun! So many families came to our school library in their pajamas, heard stories from Alexander staff members, and enjoyed a cookie. It was fun to be together in our jammies!

ICCSD PreSchool Registration

The ICCSD offers a free half-day preschool for children who turn 4 years old on or before September 15, 2020. Alexander Elementary is a district preschool program site. The on-line preschool application process opened at noon on Wednesday, February 5. All applications will be completed online. Please visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/Preschool for more information about the District's preschool programs and application procedures. Please contact the District's Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000 with any questions.

Kindergarten Round Up Coming Soon!

The Iowa City Community School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2020.

Date and time:
Monday, March 2, 2020
7:40 a.m. - 7:10 p.m.

Place:
Alexander Elementary (Your child does not need to attend registration)

Requirements at registration:
1. Verification of your child’s birth date [Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.]
2. Child’s immunization records
3. Proof of residency [Examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.]

If you do not have the needed documentation, please come to registration and we will assist you.

Alexander PTO Meetings

Our Alexander Parent Teacher Organization meets monthly on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm in the library. All parents are automatically members of the PTO and are welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings. The purpose is to support our students and enhance the education of our school. Childcare is always provided. Our February meeting will be held on Monday, February 10 at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

Important Dates to Remember:

Feb. 14 Valentine's Day parties

Spring Picture Day

Feb. 20 Kdg Music Concert at 12:30

Feb. 27 Conferences 2:10-7:10 pm

Mar. 2 Conferences 7:40-7:10 pm

Mar. 9 March PTO mtg

Mar. 16-20 Spring Break

Mar. 27 1st/2nd Music Concert at 1:30

Apr. 7 McTeacher Night at McDonald’s

Apr. 13 April PTO mtg

Apr. 14 5th/6th Music Concert at 8:30

Apr.17 NO SCHOOL

Apr. 23 Kdg Round Up 2:30-3:30

Apr. 29 3rd/4th Music Concert at 10:30

May 7 5th Annual All School Celebration of Learning at 6:00 pm

May 11 May PTO mtg

May 28 All School Game Day! (May PBIS celebration)

May 29 Last day of the 19-20 school year!

6th grade Graduation at 9:00 am

1:55 pm dismissal

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

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