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Grinnell Middle School Announcements

Thursday January 23, 2020 - Day 3

Please remember to check the district’s Virtual Backpack for activities and events that are available to students.


Here is the link to our Connected PTO group to keep up on their current events which support our students.


It is already that time of the year again for conferences! We would like to ask for your help again next week to provide a walking taco/nachos dinner on Thursday, January 30 and a light breakfast of pastries and fruit on Friday, January 31 for all our teachers (K-8th grade).  If you would like to sign up to bring a piece of the meal click here: https://signup.com/go/vKrYwCq   Thank you for helping us support our teachers!



Week of 1/20/20:

Middle School Clubs:

Thursday Diversity Alliance group will meet during 6th period in Mrs. Moore’s classroom

Friday FCA will meet before school at 7:30 in the gym

Friday Drama Club will meet after school

Friday NO ART CLUB until February


The annual Band Boosters Potato Bar - Jazz Night will be on Friday, January 24 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The Middle School Jazz Band will perform at 5:15 and the High School Jazz Band will perform following the Middle School. We hope you will come support the Band Boosters at the Potato Bar while listening to the MS and HS Jazz Bands.The Band Boosters are looking for help for the Potato Bar.


February 6th Variety Show 7:30 pm  at GHS and the 8th Grade Choir and GMS Honor Choir will perform


General Information

PARENTS - Yesterday an email from your students Parent Teacher Conferencing teacher was sent and contains the link for you to sign up with Sign-Up Genius.  If you have not received this email please contact our office and we can provide an email to contact your students conferencing teacher. 


The friends of Drake library have graciously donated copies of the All Iowa Reads selections for young adults again this year. So, anyone interested in joining a book club to read them can choose one of the books by filling out this form--you will receive a copy of the book to read and keep: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebuG2JxETz-7nowl0hB5UKk6tZBIFDaX-5mM1O1Pfqnf6RXA/viewform?usp=sf_link

We are doing book group meetings differently this year. We will meet halfway through the reading and at the end of the reading. So, those reading The Parker Inheritance will meet Feb. 6 (halfway) and Feb. 20th (done with the book), and those reading Hey, Kiddo will meet Feb. 4 (halfway) and Feb. 18th (done with the book). The book group meetings will take place during your lunch/tiger time. Mrs. Kolpin will get you a copy of the book when they arrive--just fill out the form to join. Ask Mrs. Kolpin if you have any questions.


The GMS Follet Book Fair will take place January 27-31st. Hours will be 7:30-3:30 January 27-29th, 7:30 am-8:00 pm January 30th, and 8 am-12 pm January 31st. Thanks for supporting the GMS library and literacy!


The Poweshiek County Dental Coalition has partnered for its 8th year with local dentists to offer a FREE dental clinic day on Friday, January 31st from 7:30am to 4:00pm.  This is a no-school day for Grinnell students due to parent conferences. The clinic is for children ages 3-18 who have Medicaid/Title 19 or no insurance due to lower income and will offer exams and limited services as needed.  A parent/guardian needs to make an appointment prior to January 24th by either calling Dental Associates in Grinnell at 641-236-6174, Family Dentistry in Grinnell at 641-236-6169, Family Dentistry in Montezuma at 641-623-2013, or Family Dentistry in Victor at 319-647-2141.  Appointments will be scheduled on a first come first served basis. A parent/guardian is encouraged to attend the clinic with the child, although if cannot a consent form must be completed at the office prior to the clinic day.  

Transportation will be available upon request and the need should be indicated when making the appointment. Please see the flyer in the district’s Virtual Backpack for additional information! 


NYC Fine Arts Trip Registration is now open. This trip is open to students who will be in high school for the 2020-2021 school year. We are opening registration to parents as well! Registration closes on JANUARY 31, and parents interested in registering themselves for the trip need to contact the trip coordinator (kate.baumgartner@grinnell-k12.org) no later than JANUARY 22. Visit our website for registration information: https://sites.google.com/grinnell-k12.org/nyc2021/home


Upcoming Calendar Events:

Wednesday January 29 - 7th grade field trip to Des Moines Performing Arts - The Reminders

Thursday January 30 - P.T. Conferences 2:00 - 8:00 pm (2 hour early dismissal)

Friday January 31 - P.T. Conferences 8:00 am - Noon (No School)

Monday February 3 - No School/Teacher PD Day

Wednesday February 5 - Grades 5 & 7 Engineering Fair from 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Friday February 7 - Grades 6 & 8 Engineering Fair from 2:00 - 6:00 pm


Athletic Information

MS Girls Fitness group will meet this week on Thursday!


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