November 8, 2018

Well our first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year is gone! We have had a great first nine weeks, and looking forward to the rest of them. Thank you to all the family members who attended parent/teacher conferences last week. We had a great turnout, and a special thank you to the PTO and parent who supplied food for our staff during the two evenings! It was greatly appreciated!

During the month of November we are having our Fall Reading Incentive: “GO FOR GOLD: READING OLYMPICS.” The students have received a calendar to track their goal of reading outside of school each night. Kindergarten is to read 10 minutes, 1st Grade 15 minutes, and 2nd grade 15 minutes per night, each week night during the four weeks. Students will color an Olympic symbol on the calendar when they meet their reading minutes for the night. On Sunday night the parents need to initial the calendar, and put it in their child’s folder. On Mondays, of each week, the students will bring their calendar to school so the teachers can verify their reading for the previous week. Students will receive a small prize for meeting their weekly goal. If they can meet their goal every day, for the whole event, they will receive a gold medal. Students who read 50-99% of the days will receive a silver medal, and the students reading at least one day to 49% of the days will receive a bronze. All students meeting their goal three out of the four weeks will earn the big reward at the end of the incentive! Please help us in promoting reading with your child, as we make this push to further their success in reading.

I want to reiterate our pickup, and dropoff expectations. If you are having someone pickup or dropoff your child for you, that does not normally do so, please make sure they are aware of this information as well. For both drop-off, and pick-up, please only use the outside lane to do this (lane closest to the sidewalk). We will not use the inside lane of the big circle for any drop-off or pick-up. That lane is to always stay open for child safety, and emergency vehicles. We will continue to place the road blocks up to help with any confusion. The only other place you can drop-off or pick-up, is the small circle drive. This is not an ideal place as the child will cross the other drop-off and pick-up traffic. Thank you for being patient with this, as all we want to ensure is that our kids are always safe.

Our school uses a program called PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) to help with behavior expectations. This programs allows us to reward the students who are doing the right thing. Right now, through November 16th, we are running a clothing fundraiser that allows us to purchase rewards for kids to receive during our monthly assemblies. I am attaching the link the website right here. These orders will come back the week of December 10th, just in time for Christmas! Thank you ahead of time for your support!

As we move into the winter season, please be observant of the weather changing. Make sure your child has the proper clothing each day, as it could dramatically change over the time we are at school. Any day the temperature is below 50 degrees, we are asking for students to wear coats, and when it drops below 40 degrees, we are asking students to wear hats and gloves. We appreciate your help with this as we move into the winter weather.

Our Grant Christmas program is fast approaching! This will be held on December 10th, at 7:00PM in the high school A gym. Look for more information to come on this event from Mrs. Graham!

Upcoming Dates:

November 5-30: Fall Reading Incentive

November 21-23: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December 10: Grant Christmas Program

Billy Strickler

K-2 Grant Principal

Albia Community Schools

(641)932-2161 Ext. 1202

Go Big Blue!

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats

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504 or Iowa Code § 280.3 is directed to contact:

Kevin Crall, Superintendant                                Joellen Breon, Curriculum Director

Affirmative Action Coordinator                                        Program Equity Coordinator

EEO, Non-Discrimination                                        Albia Community School District

701 Washington Avenue East                                        222 North 2nd Street

Albia, Iowa 52531                                                Albia, Iowa 52531

Telephone: 641/932-2161, Ext. 1101                                Telephone: 641/932-2161, Ext. 1301

who has been designated by the school district to coordinate the school district’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, § 504 and Iowa Code § 280.3 (2007).