Johnson Weekly e-Reminders

October 12, 2018

Calendar for Next Week....

Monday, October 15, DAY 2

*I-SMILE Dental Visits

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:30am

Stories & STEAM @ 3:50-4:50pm

JSA Beat Busters @ 3:50-4:50pm

Let Me Run @ 3:50-5:00pm

Academy Expansion @ 3:50-5:30pm

JB Academy @ 3:50-6:00pm

PTA Meeting- Dinner @ 5:30pm, Meeting @ 6pm

Tuesday, October 16, DAY 3

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

JB Academy @ 3:50-6:00pm

Fall Conference 4-8pm

Wednesday, October 17, DAY 1

*Fire Dept visit K & 3rd

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:30am

Gospel Choir @ 3:50-5:00pm

Let Me Run @ 3:50-5:00pm

JSA Band @ 3:50-4:50pm

JB Academy @ 3:50-6:00pm

Thursday, October 18, DAY 2

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

2nd grade fieldtrip to WickiUp Hill @ 9am-2pm

JB Academy @ 3:50-6:00pm

Fall Conference 4-8pm

Friday, October 19, DAY 3

Early Dismissal @ 2:20pm

JB Academy @ 7:30-8:50am

Intramurals @ 7:45-8:30am

School Store @ 7:45-8:30am

Green Team @ 7:45-8:30am

Garden Club @ 2:20-4:00pm

JSA Harmony Strings @ 2:20-4:00pm

JSA Band @ 2:20-4:00pm

JB Academy @ 2:20-6:00pm


2018-2019 School Calendar..... CLICK HERE

2018-2019 School Supply list....... CLICK HERE

Click HERE for Breakfast and Lunch menus

Breakfast is served 8:15am-8:40am

Class Bell schedules:

Monday-Thursday 8:50am-3:50pm

Friday 8:50am-2:20pm

Upcoming Events....

10/24- Bus Evacuation Drill

10/25- Picture Retake Day

10/26- America Reads Day

10/26- PTA Harvest Hoopla

11/5- PTA Meeting

11/6- Hearing Screening

11/10- EIAA Arts Alive Showcase at FMS @ 9:30am-12noon

11/16- STEAM Discovery Day #2

11/16- Fall Enrichments end

You are invited to a special celebration Sunday, October 14 from 2-4 pm at JSA! (In the gallery)

  • We will be unveiling the 7 new “Song of the Cedar” Collage Art panels created by JSA students last spring!
  • These panels will be hung in the first hallway (replacing old ones) after the school is repainted later this year.
  • The event will also feature JSA Harmony Strings students & JSA Orff Percussion Ensemble performances, JSA student artwork & writing displays.
  • Please bring your friends and family-- event is free and open to the community.
  • See the details in the flyer below!

We really look forward to your support of this special collaborative community and STEAM-integrated event—hope you can attend!

--Melissa S and Jeanette (on behalf of the Paul Engle Association for Community Arts)

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America Reads Day- October 26, 2018



Please join the AMERICA READS: Reading is Contagious celebration in our schools

❖ Last year, more than 2,000 community members shared their joy of reading with over 17,000

elementary students, preschool through grade 5.

❖ A visit takes about 30 minutes, including time to select, review and read the book.

❖ Books may be provided by the school library, or readers may bring a favorite story to share.

Sign up by October 19 to allow adequate scheduling time for participating schools.

❖ A confirmation verifying school, day, time and audience will be sent to you prior to the event.

To sign up, go to the Cedar Rapids Community School District

Web site or call 319-558-2124


Reading is Contagious invites

✓ parents, other family members

✓ young adults

✓ community citizens

✓ business representatives

to visit a local elementary school to share a story with a classroom of children.

Special thanks to the following for their support of AMERICA READS 2018

Supporters ($500 or more): Friends of the Cedar Rapids Library,

Hills Bank & Trust Company

Friends ($25-$499): Fairfax State Savings Bank, Ryan Companies,

University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Van Meter Inc.

In-kind: Cedar Rapids Public Library, Grant Wood Area Education Agency


Most Johnson students and families have heard of the amazing Iowa Wave supporting the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City during Hawkeye football season, but did you know that there are many young Iowan’s, and their families, needing our help right here in Cedar Rapids too?

Johnson STEAM Academy is excited to “kick off” our 2018-2019 Fall Family Service Project supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois that serves both the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms of Iowa City AND St. Luke’s just a few blocks from JSA in Cedar Rapids.

Founded in 1985, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois (RMHC-EIWI) creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. RMHC-EIWI provides care and comfort to children and their families by supporting the 31-room "home away from home" Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City. Additional programs include a Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and Ronald McDonald Food Pantries at University of Iowa Children's Hospital. RMHC-EIWI also supports not-for-profit children's programs and students making a difference in eastern Iowa and western Illinois through its grants and scholarships program.

JSA Classrooms will be “competing” by bringing in cash and coin donations

each school day: Thursday, October 4th – Thursday, October 18th, 2018.

Please send your student to class with donations to be collected after Community Circle. Donations will be collected in the Gallery.

Parents, you are invited to bring YOUR donations during Parent/Teacher Conferences October 16th and/or October 18th.

Students and parents who bring in donations will have a chance to send a social media “Wave” to the families being served by the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.

*Please see attached flyer at the bottom

Volunteers Needed....

Hearing Screening volunteer needed:

December 6th @ 9am-12pm

Volunteer would assist getting students back and forth to the classrooms

PAW-SOME Attendance Volunteers needed:

Help us make it a PAWSOME year at JSA! Ms. Conyers is requesting 2-4 parents to help for 2-4 hours one day a month (sometime the first week of each month) to assist with celebrating our students with Paw-some Attendance. Volunteers will add Paws and/or stickers to lockers/classroom entry ways each month for those students being recognized for having one or fewer absences and one or fewer tardies each month. Stickers, paws, tape and markers will be provided; we just need you! Please send an email to or 319-558-2174 Thanks in advance.

Weekend BackPack Program Volunteers needed:

We are looking for volunteers on Fridays to help deliver Weekend Backpack food bags to student's lockers. If interested contact Leah Ferring at

Donation Needs...

We are in need of snacks for Enrichment classes. Please write "For Enrichments" and drop off in the office.

--individually wrapped snacks such as: fruit snacks, oatmeal bars, etc. (no peanuts please!)

JSA Song of the Month.....

In honor of our fundraiser “Big Dreams for Little Iowans” this month…our JSA October song of the month is “BIG DREAMS” by Teresa Jennings

Join us for Our Grand Opening

The History Center (Douglas Mansion)

800 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Join us for an exciting day as we reopen our doors for everyone to see! Look below to see what's happening all day and at what time.

The house will be open for self-guided tours of our exhibits.

Ribbon Cutting: 10:00 AM

Events: 10am-7:30pm

Admission is FREE due to the generosity of

Mike & Esther Wilson.

Help wanted with Painting & Pulling Carpet


LOOKING FOR: 3 Groups of 10-12 volunteers

WHEN: Anytime Monday-Friday between 8:00am-5:00pm (4 hour shift)


  1. 1628 4th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
  2. 1548 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52402
  3. 368 15th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

OUR NEED: Volunteers to help paint HACAP’s Affordable Housing units.

A HACAP Staff member will be on-site to supervise. Materials are provided.


LOOKING FOR: 1 Group of 10-12 volunteers

WHEN: Anytime Monday-Friday between 8:00am-5:00pm (3-4 hour shift)

WHERE: HACAP Inn Circle Site, 5560 6th St SW #209, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

OUR NEED: Volunteers to help rip up carpet in HACAP’s Affordable Housing units.

A HACAP Staff member will be on-site to supervise. Materials are provided.

Those interested should email or call (319) 393-7811 ext. 1005 for more information and to get started!


JSA PTA Facebook page CLICK HERE

Next PTA Meeting:

October 15, 2018

November 5, 2018

Happy October JSA families and PTA members!

Each semester, JSA families provide dinner for the teachers and staff at JSA during conferences to thank them for all the extra hours and hard work they give to make JSA the wonderful place that it is for our kiddos. This year the Fall Conference Meal will be on Thursday, October 18th and will have a Mexican Fiesta theme, so break out your favorite Mexican-themed recipes!

Please take a look at the Google Docs link below and sign up for any items you can bring. If possible, please try to have the prepared items dropped off around 4 PM on Thursday, October 18th. Items that do not require preparation can be dropped off any time that day. If you are unable to bring an item in, but would like to provide a cash donation to purchase the food, please provide your donation to Shawn Carlson in the JSA office by Monday October 15th or better yet, bring it with you and join our next PTA meeting!!

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Corrie Block directly at

Thank you all so much!

2018-2019 PTA Board:

President- Debbie Ackerman

V. President- Brandi Parsons

Co-Secretaries- Corrie Block & Jason Block

Treasurer- Wendy Greene

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.