Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: April 2020

Where Excellence is the Tradition

The Clayton Ridge website has recently been updated to gather all of the Covid-19 information and resources shared with families into one location. Be sure to check out the links on the right of the website as well. Here's the link: https://tinyurl.com/CRcovid19
Don't forget about the May Day Parade on Friday, May 1st to honor our students! The parade will begin at 7:30 pm at the elementary in Garnavillo and then travel to Guttenberg. Consider creating some fun decorations to your vehicle! Can't wait to see all of you! #EagleStrong #StaySafeStayHealthy
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Resources for CR Families

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Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

2020-21 Preschool Application/Registration

Due to the COVID19 issue, we were unable to hold our annual Preschool Application process on-site this year . Application forms have been mailed out to parents who have called to register their child this past week. If you did not receive the application through the postal service, please e-mail Mrs. Balk, sbalk@claytonridge.k12.ia.us. We would like all applications to be returned no later than May 15th.

Kindergarten Registration

As most of you know we were unable to hold our Kindergarten Registration processes last month due to our current circumstances. Parents of prospective kindergarten students for the 2020-21 school year can expect a packet of information and forms to be sent out the week of April 27. Please take the time to review the information and return the necessary paperwork. We ask that this paperwork be completed and returned by May 15. If you know of someone who has an upcoming kindergarten student that did not receive a packet, please have them e-mail Mrs. Balk, sbalk@claytonridge.k12.ia.us. If you do not receive a packet please do not hesitate to e-mail or call the school and leave a message.

CR Class of 2020

River Park Cruise for Seniors

Congratulations Class of 2020!
Celebrate our senior class by cruising River Park Drive & checking out the senior photos. Please leave the signs until further notice. More plans are in the works. Feel free to add balloons or your special touch by your signs. We would like to thank Fidelity Bank for making this possible. We appreciate it so much!
Celebrating our 2020 Seniors! Check out this drive-by video of the senior signs posted on River Park Drive in Guttenberg. Thank you to Mr. Adam Radcliffe for putting the video together.
CR Class of 2020 - River Park Tribute
Throughout the next few weeks, CR seniors will be honored on Facebook and Instagram. Take at a look at those that have been featured so far!
Mr. Radcliffe put together this awesome video to honor our seniors.
CR Seniors 2020!

Light Up Iowa

On April 17, 2020 Clayton Ridge joined in on the Light Up Iowa to show support for our students. Chekc out this awesome photo taken by Mr. Wahls! #LightUpIA #EagleStrong #SupportOurStudents
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The Clayton Ridge Athletic Field’s lights were turned on again Friday, April 24th, 2020 to honor our students. The lights went on at 8 p.m. on Friday and stayed on for one minute for every day the students have missed school and missed activities. #LightUpIA #EagleStrong #SupportOurStudents #WeAreClaytonRidge
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Mrs. DeGidio and Mrs. Cano have been experimenting with Bitmoji and creating virtual classrooms. We are particularly proud of this one!

Optional Activities for Enrichment

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Hello CR parents and families!

As students are currently taking a break from the classroom we would like to make you aware of the many free online resources (such as ebooks, activities and more) that are available to your student, should you choose to use them at home. This list is purely OPTIONAL, but your student is probably familiar with many of them from prior use at school. Many of these websites are fun, interactive and provide feedback to guide the learning process.

Access all of these resources with this link: https://tinyurl.com/CRresources20

Note* the Keystone Online Resources are purchased by Keystone AEA 1 and provided to students and schools in the AEA1 area at no cost.

Teacher Websites (In alphabetical order)

Mrs. Cano's Suggested Websites

Spanish stories or Spanish songs daily on Google Classroom for students to practice.

Use the following websites for practice:


senorwooly.com (they have accounts)

garbanzo.io (see Google Classroom for sign up instructions)

http://iculture.emcp.com, pick the corresponding language, and enter the password ICULTURE4U

Mrs. DeGidio's Suggested Websites

Grammar and Paragraph Practice - http://guidetogrammar.org/grammar/index.htm

Grammar Practice - https://chompchomp.com/menu.htm

Vocabulary Practice - https://freerice.com/

Vocabulary Practice - https://playknoword.com/

Review of ANY concept - http://www.braineos.com/search/decks

Fun Trivia on ANY topic - https://www.sporcle.com/

Mrs. Connelly and Mrs. Palmer's 3rd Grade Suggested Websites

First in Math: https://www.firstinmath.com/

Student's user names and passwords are in the front of their planners.

Type to Learn: http://www.claytonridge.k12.ia.us/en/elementary_school/

User name: student last name + their lunch #

Password: Their lunch number

Spelling City: https://www.spellingcity.com/users/kconnelly

Mrs. Mackey's Suggested Websites

Middle School Social Studies websites for online learning:

TrueFlix - https://sdm-tfx.digital.scholastic.com/?authCtx=U.636189721

FreedomFlix - https://sdm-fflix.digital.scholastic.com/?authCtx=U.636189721

Social Studies Games - http://interactivesites.weebly.com/social-studies.html

Mr. Mueller's Suggested Websites


Khan Academy

Mr. Pfaffly's Website


Mr. Radcliffe's Suggested Websites







Ms. Streich's Suggested Websites

IXL for Math (Science and Social Studies are now free as well)

BookFlix: https://tinyurl.com/CRresources20

Mrs. Werges' Suggested Website

My Access - an online writing activity.

Username is first name last name, no capital letters. EX: john smith Password is lunch code.

All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have used this and know how to use it for improving writing skills. Mrs. Werges has assigned a prompt to work on for extra practice

Iowa Immunization Law Requirements

Mrs. Renae Kraus, District Nurse
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2020-2021 District Calendar

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Earth Day Celebrations

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Do you know what every human being has in common? The Earth! Happy Earth Day 2020!!!

Clayton Ridge teachers challenged CR students with an optional Earth Day project. The challenge included researching Earth Day and then completing a project or activity celebrating the earth with your family. Students were encouraged to document the activity with a photo or video and send it to their teacher to be posted and shared on CR Facebook.

We posted a few of the submissions yesterday, here are lots more! We'll continue to add to the post as submissions are received. Way to celebrate Earth Day Clayton Ridge! We are so proud of you!

#EaglesCare #EaglesStrong #ClaytonRidge #EarthDay


Digital Learning and Iowa History

Mrs. Mackey's social studies classes have been exploring Iowa history the past three weeks using online learning, and 7th grader Zean Pik found this unbelievable picture! The caption reads: "A tornado producing high winds turns a large barn on its side in 1931. Iowa ranks sixth in the United States for tornado frequency." Here is the website in case you would like to explore more Iowa history pictures: http://www.iowapbs.org/iowapathways/artifacts

#IowaHistoryRocks #AlwaysLearning #EaglePride

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Quality Zooming

Clayton Ridge kindergarteners, parents and their teachers had their first optional Zoom meeting last night! It was so good to touch base and hear from so many of our kindergarteners and their parents. Looking forward to the next meeting, plan to share a pet or favorite stuffed animal at our next meeting. #EaglesCare #EagleStrong #SharePets
Mrs. Connelly's and Mrs. Palmer's third-grade classes shared their pets with their classmates through Zoom.
Fourth graders loved chatting with their peers and teachers.

3rd and 4th Grade Virtual Field Trip to Iowa Dairy Center

The Clayton Ridge third grade classes usually go to the Iowa Dairy Center in Calmar for an end of the year trip. Since they were not able to attend this year in person, they were invited to a virtual field trip on April 24. Fourth graders enjoyed the trip so much last year, that they were also invited. Many 3rd and 4th grade students “attended” online today. #EaglesLearning #EaglePride #UdderlyAwesome

Comments from students:

"Natalie and I liked watching how the sprayer worked to clean the cows before they are milked. We laughed when it sprayed Mariah."

"Tate said: 'Love seeing those cows, but wish we could see them for real!'"

Words on Wellness

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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).