Johnson Weekly Reminders

February 2, 2018

Calendar for Next Week

*Monday, February 5 (DAY 2)

JSA Orff Percussion Ensemble @ 7:45-8:30am

Academy Expansion @ 3:50-5:00pm

JSA Orff Percussion Ensemble @ 3:50-4:50pm

Harmony Strings @ 3:50-4:40pm

Writers Workshop @ 3:50-4:50pm

What You Wear @ 3:50-4:50pm

Comic Club @ 3:50-4:50pm

Jane Boyd @ 3:50-6:00pm

*Tuesday, February 6 (DAY 3)

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:25am

2nd grade Art Field Trip @ 9am-12pm

JSA Dance @ 3:50-4:50pm

Primary Potters @ 3:50-4:50pm

Book Club @ 3:50-4:50pm

STEAM Challenge @ 3:50-4:50pm

GREAT Kindness! @ 3:50-4:50pm

We Power Up @ 3:50-4:50pm

Jane Boyd @ 3:50-6:00pm

*Wednesday, February 7 (DAY 1)

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:25am

McKinley Classic Edition @ 10:15-10:45am

Gospel Choir @ 3:50-5:00pm

JSA Band @ 3:50-4:50pm

Green Team @ 3:50-4:50pm

Collage Art @ 3:50-4:50pm

Jane Boyd @ 3:50-6:00pm

*Thursday, February 8 (DAY 2)

Rites of Passage @ 3:50-4:50pm

JSA Ambassadors @ 3:50-4:50pm

Lego Club @ 3:50-4:50pm

Titanic Search @ 3:50-4:50pm

Story Art @ 3:50-4:50pm

We Power Up @ 3:50-4:50pm

Jane Boyd @ 3:50-6:00pm

*Friday, February 9 (DAY 3)

Early Dismissal @ 2:20pm

School Store 7:45-8:25am

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:25am

JSA Band @ 2:20-4:00pm

Harmony Strings @ 2:20-4:00pm

Jane Boyd @ 2:20-6:00pm

Cub Scouts @ 2:45-4:15pm


Breakfast Menu CLICK HERE


Remember to send coats, hats, and gloves with your students.

Students cannot enter the building until 8:10 am

February 5-9, 2018 - National School Counseling Week

Please help us acknowledge and promote the terrific work our School Counsel Ms. Rummel does during that week!

February 12th thru 20th - "Paws for Books Scholastic Bookfair" We are in need of volunteers to help with the various aspects of the bookfair. To sign-up use the green button links below....

February 26th - No School & No Jane Boyd Achievement Academy

JSA's Lost and Found is overflowing with jackets, sweatshirts, shirts, pants, lunch boxes, hats, scarves, and gloves. These are on display in the gallery. Please stop by and see if your child has misplaced any of their belongings. Any items not collected by Feb 21st will be donated to Goodwill.

Magnet School Lottery Information

The Magnet School Lottery is now open until March 9! Students who live within the Johnson attendance zone are not required to enter the Lottery and are allowed to automatically attend. Students who previously lived in the Johnson neighborhood attendance zone and moved out during the 2017-18 school year, incoming siblings of students who were accepted via the magnet school lottery, and those residing outside of the Johnson STEAM Academy neighborhood attendance zone need to enter the Lottery. Contact Cassidy Reinken,, 319-558-1612 with questions.

Visit to access the JSA Lottery.

"Paws for Books Scholastic Bookfair"

Please click on the button above to view the online sign up sheet for the Bookfair

JSA Bookfair Teacher Preview Breakfast

Please click on the button above to provide teachers with breakfast on 02/13 @ 7:30am as they browse and select books for their wish lists

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JSA Kindness Project

Help JSA SHARE THE LOVE this February!

Johnson STEAM Academy is excited to support the Linn County Community Food Bank this year.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for Cedar Rapids area families:

Monday, February 5th through Thursday, February, 22nd.

Please send your student to class with donations to be collected after Community Circle (9:15). Donations will be collected in the Gallery.

Parents, you are invited to bring YOUR donations during Parent/Teacher Conferences February, 15th and/or February, 20th.

Items of need include: Canned Items: vegetables, fruit, pork & beans, soup, tuna, chicken.

Creamy peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, saltine crackers, cereal, corn muffin mix, pancake mix, & toilet paper

Students and parents who bring in food items are invited to take a picture at our “Selfie Station for Donations” and then “Share the Love” on social media using the hashtags,

#theJSAway #GreatKindnessChallenge #kindnessmatters

For more ideas on how your family can be a part of The Great Kindness Challenge, visit:

We LOVE having you as member of our JSA Family!

Amy Conyers

Transition and Attendance Specialist

Johnson STEAM Academy

3rd Grade Clay Exhibit

When: February 1-10

The exhibit will be open during regular library hours from February 1-10. An opening reception will be on Thursday, February 1st from 6-7:45pm. The exhibit will close at 3pm on February 10th.

Where: Beems Auditorium A&B (upstairs)

Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm

Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday- Closed

Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart program

We kicked off our Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart program this week and our school's event is right around the corner! We are thrilled to participate as we work together to raise money for the American Heart Association and learn how nutrition and being active can help us live longer, healthier lives.

First things first! We have an easy way for you to raise money online by having your very own fundraising page. Simply follow these steps:

1. Go to and search for Johnson School of Arts

2. Once you find your school, click on Join the Team

3. Create a username and password and then fill out the registration form

4. Share your personal fundraising link with friends and family right away.

5. Download the FREE Mobile app for iPhone or Android by searching for Jump/Hoops and fundraise no matter where you are!

You may already be hearing your student talk about earning a free glow in the dark Square Squad wristband! It’s free just for registering and if you download the mobile app, you can bring it to life and have one of our awesome scare squad monsters teach you about heart health!

Once you have your fundraising page, login to your HeadQuarters to get started.

1. Send 10 Emails or Ecards to friends and family. You can start by making your very own donation and earn the first scare squad monster and monster clasp! For just a $10 online donation, your child will earn both Jax and Charger and your teacher has them now.

2. Download the app to watch your monsters come to life and fundraise on the go. Search jump/hoops in the android or apple store.

Thank you so much for supporting our school and the American Heart Association. We know you can do this!

Chad Garber

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CLINIC- Flu Guidelines

You may be aware of news reports about the severity of influenza across the United States that has hospitalized many and has been associated with a higher number of deaths than in past years. The number of influenza cases are at high levels in our community. In order to decrease the potential spread in your child’s school, Linn County Public Health has recommended that all students with a fever above 100.0 F be excluded from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. The 24 hour school exclusion policy will continue through the remainder of the influenza season. If your child has a fever, whether discovered at home or school, they need to stay home until they are fever free, without medication, for 24 hours.

What is the flu?

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. The flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk.

Symptoms of influenza appear suddenly and often include:

· Fever of 100.4°F to 104°F, when symptoms first develop. Fever is usually continuous, but it may come and go. Fever may be lower in older adults than in children and younger adults. When fever is high, other symptoms usually are more severe.

· Body aches and muscle pain (often severe), commonly in the back, arms, or legs.

· Headache.

· Pain when you move your eyes.

· Fatigue, a general feeling of sickness (malaise), and loss of appetite.

· A dry cough, runny nose, and dry or sore throat. These symptoms may not be noticed during the first few days of the illness when other symptoms are more severe. As the fever goes away, these symptoms may become more evident.

· Symptoms can last from 5 to 7 days.

How to protect yourself and others:

· Teach your children to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing

· Wash hands frequently

· Avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose

· Keep your child home when they are sick

· Practice/encourage other good health habits like eating well, drinking plenty of fluids, getting enough sleep

· There are still 12 weeks of influenza season left and it is not too late to get a flu shot!!

Although this year’s vaccine is not as effective as in past years, some research suggests that the flu vaccine may help decrease the severity of symptoms you experience.

If you have any further questions, please speak with your school nurse or your health care provider.

Thank you and stay well!



Assistant Coach for Boys Let Me Run- Monday/Wednesday @ 3:50-5:00pm (especially looking for someone to help on Wednesdays)- the group meets the end of February thru beginning of May,

Winter Gear and Clothing Organizer- an hour once a week or once bi-weekly to help insure our small storage space in the clinic is orderly. Anytime between 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.

Snack Helper Needed- Monday-Friday @ 9:45am for about 20 minutes to count out snacks into classroom buckets and deliver them to classrooms

Reading Buddies Needed- 1 hour a week working with students on reading


*Plastic lids- Any plastic lid that is washed and ready. Milk jug, cottage cheese, juice, Gatorade. The more colorful the better! No clear lids. Please bring them to the Art Room

Hiring Events at the ELSC

What: Support Staff Hiring Event

When: February 5, 2018 @ 5:00-8:00pm

where: Educational Leadership and Support Center- 2500 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids

Available Positions: Food & Nutrition, Transportation Drivers & Attendants, Para Professionals, Custodians

*See attached flyer below

***Neighborhood Events***

February 3:

Event: Family Fun Day: What an Artist Sees

Where: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

When: 10 am to 4 pm

Cost: FREE

Info: Look through an artist's eyes and see the view. Today's free event for all ages offers free admission into the galleries. Look at things in new and unexpected ways. From painting a coastal landscape to getting a bird's-eye view of a city to admiring a nearby farm, laugh and learn and probably get a little messy

February 3:

Event: Meet a Raptor

Where: Indian Creek Nature Center

When: 10 am to 12 noon

Cost: FREE

Info: A local raptor educator will be on the grounds with one of her birds of prey. Learn more about the species of raptors we have in Iowa. Bring your questions and get up close to a raptor

February 3:

Event: Harry Potter Book Night

Where: Barnes & Noble, 333 Colllins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

When: 6-7 pm

Cost: FREE

February 3:

Event: Cedar Rapids Comic Con

Where: Doubletree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Center, 350 First Ave NE

When: 10 am to 6 pm

Cost: $10 to $15 (free under age 12)

February 3:

Event: Free First Saturdays for Students

Where: National Czech & Slovak Museum, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids

When: 9:30 am to 4 pm

Cost: FREE for students/regular admission for non-students

Info: make your own comics


JSA PTA Facebook page CLICK HERE

PTA meeting on Monday, February 5th

Dinner at 5:30pm

Meeting at 6:00pm

JSA and Hy-Vee Coupon Book Fundraiser


Hy-Vee Coupon Books are on $10 and offer over $100 in savings!

The coupon book pays for itself with two $5 coupons plus more savings!

Coupons are good at all Cedar Rapids and Marion Hv-Vee Food Stores and Drugstores.

coupons don't expire until Dec. 31st, 2018

Flyers went home this week- Orders Due Feb 6th

Books distributed Feb 9th, Prizes distributed Feb 16th

Please contact Diana Pagan with any questions 845-325-9125 or

*order form attached below

Johnson STEAM Academy Magnet School

Johnson STEAM Academy provides an innovative, respectful, educational environment for all its students. It does this by focusing on academic achievement through a curriculum infused with STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.