Update as of 3/28/2020
Dear Grinnell - Newburg Families:
This update will provide you information on how to access an iPad for K-4 students through a drive up service at your elementary school, and what to do in the event that you left your device at the Middle School or High School. Please see below for times:
Bailey Park Elementary
Monday, March 23
11:00 - 1:00 & 4:00 - 6:00
Tuesday, March 24
11:00 - 1:00 & 4:00 - 6:00
Wednesday, March 25
11:00 - 1:00 & 4:00 - 6:00
Please pick up your iPad at your school only. If you can not make these times, please email your building principal.
Middle School students please call the office Monday the 23rd at 641-236-2750 between 6:30 am and 10:00 to set up a time to pick up ipads that day between 10:00 and 2:00. High School students who left their devices at school should email Mr. Seney at firstname.lastname@example.org to pick up their device via drive up. No students will be allowed in the schools at this time.
Food Service: We need information from our parents on the number of meal requests per family so we have an idea on the number of meals to be packed for pick up. It is our hope that this will begin mid-week, next week for food drive up service. In order to ensure we have enough to supply our families, please complete this three question survey.
If you do not have access to internet please contact your school office next week, so that our staff can assist you on alternative lessons and activities. These will be available as soon as possible.
Keep listening and watching email and voice reach updates.
UPDATED AS OF 3/16/2020:
We understand that the Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing much anxiety in our community, state and the world. Grinnell-Newburg Community School District is working closely with Poweshiek County Public Health and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.
What is Known
The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are believed to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.
Currently, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. However, experts predict there will eventually be community spread. IDPH, Poweshiek County Public Health and Grinnell-Newburg School District are preparing for when/if this happens.
How The Virus Spreads
COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
What You Can Do Now
Keep children home when they are sick.
Students (and parents/guardians) who are ill, especially with acute respiratory symptoms (not allergies or chronic conditions), should stay home.
Teach your children to always cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
Remind them to wash their hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) after they touch their face, use the restroom and before they eat.
Tell children to avoid touching their mouth and nose since that is how germs get into the body.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (everyday household disinfectants are fine).
Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles and sink handles.
Plan for when community spread occurs.
Ensure you have a plan to designate a caregiver, such as a family member or neighbor, for a sick child(ren) if you can’t stay home.
Know your child’s school plan to communicate with you when needed, such as robocalls, email or checking their website.
Find up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Iowa at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow IDPH on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth and Twitter at @IAPublicHealth, as well as our district social media @GNCSDTigers.
See further travel advisories as of 3/6/2020.
Online Registration for the 2019-20 School Year is open, and we encourage parents to register early!
Existing Students: Accessing Online Registration from your Parent Portal
For parents of existing students, online registration can be accessed from your parent portal. (If you have not set up your parent portal account, please find the directions at the end of this article.)
Online registration can be handled in the convenience of your home. Please click on the following link to begin the registration process: New Student Registration (Students are considered "new" if there is no family information in our information database. If you are a parent of a returning student, please access Online Registration through your Parent Portal, so as to avoid having to re-enter your information. See directions below.)
We welcome families who have recently moved to the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and encourage parents to contact the building your student will be attending. Parents are invited to schedule a tour of the building, and to meet your student's building principal and administrative staff. Appointments are not necessary but are recommended. Welcome to the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District!
Please note: If you do not have access to a computer, kiosks will be available over the summer at each building for you to fill out your registration application. If you plan to register at a building, please plan to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. (Buildings are closed for the month of July.) The District will also be hosting a registration night August 1.
In the bottom left hand corner of the page you will find the link for Online Registration. Clicking on the link will open up Online Registration in a new window.
Handy Hints as you are going through the registration module:
When you begin you will be given a Confirmation Number. Please save this number. If you need to stop and return to the application, this will be needed to access your saved application.
To move through each section use the “Next” button. To move from section to section, click on the “Save and Continue” button. Please ensure all information is entered correctly before moving on to a new section.
Fee Payment and Lunch Accounts
After submitting your registration application, please return to your portal account to submit payment for your student’s instructional fees.
Once in your portal account, click on the “Payments” tab to submit your online payment.
**Can be completed after July 1, 2019
**Families applying for Free and Reduced: Please submit all forms before beginning the payment process.
Directions to set up your parent portal for the first time
To set up an account you will need a key code. Key codes can be obtained from your building administrative assistant. Please enter your key code and follow the steps to set up your Campus Portal account. You will be able to create your own username and password.
You will only need to do this once.
Please call 641-236-2700 during regular business hours if you have any questions regarding any of these processes.
Happy Friday! As we close the official school year for 2019-20, I want to thank all of our families, staff, teachers, Board of Education, and community for their patience and understanding as we navigated a very strange time for our students. We continue to plan for our return this fall and we are following the guidance from the Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Health and other agencies to ensure that we provide a safe return to school in the fall. Once our plan is complete, we will share this with our Board and families. In the meantime, it is my best hope that all of you have a wonderful summer break! I hope that you have an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family and find time to spend with loved ones. Take care and we will keep you posted about this fall! #WeAreGrinnell
Thank you for your service and dedication to our families and students over the many years!
We wish you well!
This is just a reminder that we have summer enrichment opportunities available for students pre k-12th grade. Don’t forget to sign up. Registration must be completed by June 1. Please be sure that you look at the catalog for dates for courses. The catalog dates are the correct dates for when the programs will be held. We found an error on the sign up sheet for the “Flat Bailey” session. Please know that this course will be run in August. Please contact the course instructor if you need to change this session.
I want to thank the health and safety committee for their work on putting together the FAQ for our families regarding summer softball and baseball. This will be updated as we navigate opening up summer activities. I will be updating this document as necessary and if there are any changes, I will be sending it to our families. Practice begins this Monday June 1, 2020.
The track will be opened for families to walk only. We ask that you social distance yourself and that you do not go onto the field or in the stands. This will open on Monday, June 1, 2020.
We will be continuing to serve drive through grab and go meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 to 12:30 at the high school through the end of June. We will keep posted if this moves into July. We also have deliveries if pick isn't possible, please email emergencymeals@grinnell-k12.
Thank you to all those who donated to the Senior Banners:
Amy Hess Deanna Vogt Katie Little
Chad & Gina Beck Crystal DeNeve Rachel Bly
Michelle Gruhn Marlene Johnson Michael Furness
Amber Porter Esther Ware Kara Koester
Megan Nagel Shanna Wathen Jennifer Schuster
Sarah Baker Cassie Geerts Darryl and Cheryl Hull
Tara Shukla Jones Julie Gosselink Dick and Sis Vogel
Shannon Fitzgerald Becky Rasmussen Mike Van Tomme
Cecily Bolte Lee McFee Brian Heater
Diane Volkman Teresa Johnson Bruce & Laura Blankenfeld
Karen Dillon Greg Heinselman Nancy & Mickey Munley
Ginette McFarland Marilyn Ralls Kelly Beck
Nicole Luther Doug Cameron James Jolly
Corey Innis Melissa Hull Mike Kriegel
Alyssa Sliger Amy Skouson Linda Tish
Erick Jack Donette Ellis Jeanne Hammen
Stacy Turley Brenda Hagedorn Patty Amador-Lacson
Tammy Strawser Brent Jaeger Helen Redmond
Jennifer McAlexander Stacia Hobbs Jack and Kathy Grife
Due to current school closings, and in order to allow for social distancing, the District Office will be open to the public Monday through Friday 8:30-12:00 or by appointment. Our staff will be working from either home, or in the office during regularly scheduled times 7:30-4:00 P.M. If you need to talk with a specific person in the office please contact them via email.
Janet Stutz, Superintendent email@example.com
Lisa Johnson, CFO/Business Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerica Latcham, HR/Payroll jerica.latcham@grinnell-k12.
Courtney Donohoe, Accounts Payable courtney.donohoe@grinnell-k12.
Carrie Nachazel, Food Service Director carrie.nachazel@grinnell-k12.
Judy Smith, Admin Assistant to HR/Payroll email@example.com
Amber Robson, Admin Assistant to the Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this video created by Mr. Dressler! Way to Go middle school and high school band students! This is awesome!
We are gearing up to place new carpeting in the Middle School. The Library is ready for installation! Way to go Chelsey Koplin and GMS staff for being creative with book storage during this project!
Have a wonderful Summer Break!
Interested in volunteering for the Grinnell-Newburg Schools? There are many ways that you can help to enrich the educational experiences of our students through volunteering. From reading to a class, to volunteer coaching, to helping out with activities, there is something for everyone.
Applicants would need to submit a volunteer application and a background check. Please download the documents and email them to Judy Smith at email@example.com. Please call 641-236-2700 with questions.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!