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Janet Stutz
Weekly Update: August 6, 2021


Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends:


Happy Friday!  This week we ended our summer SLICK and enrichment program for students.   It was a wonderful summer for our students. This year we also implemented a Kindergarten Camp in which students had an opportunity to see their classroom and learn the routines for how to do school!   We hope all of you enjoy the last few weeks of summer!


Gearing up for the new year has been quite busy.  This week, a team of teachers, counselors, and administrators met to participate in the social and emotional learning initiative training. Researchers and educators agree that social and emotional learning can be modeled, taught, and practiced to enhance student learning outcomes, build relationships, and enhance lifelong skills (CASEL.org).  We look forward to creating learning experiences for our students built upon the five competencies that will benefit our students throughout their lifelong journey.   


There is quite a bit of important information in this update! Please be sure to carefully review so that you are all set for the upcoming year.  


Open House Schedule: Mark your calendars:

August 19, 2021 

Bailey Park and Fairview: 3:00-4:30 PM

Davis: 3:30-5:00 PM

GMS: Open House - Orientation

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021

  • Orientation for new 6th-8th students will start in mini-theater at 4:00

  • Open House for returning 6th-8th grade students 

    • 8th  4:30-5:00

    • 7th  5:15-5:45

    • 6th  6:00-6:30

    • 5th 6:45-7:30 -- all meet at 7:00 for Orientation in the gym

**All iPads will be handed out on the first day of classes**

**Fall sports parent meetings will be held on a separate night.


GHS: August 19th Freshman orientation 6:00-7:45 PM 


For further information please contact your building principal or school office! 


Transportation Sign Up:  Please complete the following by August 16, 2021, if your student will need transportation.   

Does your student need to ride the bus?  

Transportation Sign Up

Bailey Park Transportation Request

Fairview Transportation Request 

Davis Elementary Transportation Request

Middle School Transportation Request

High School Transportation Request


Free Meals will be offered for all Students:  Fee Waiver Application available for other fees for families.  

Our schools are offering FREE meals to all students in the school year 2021-2022.  All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch.   


Families who need additional financial assistance for registration and other school-related fees should complete a free and reduced-price application form. This will enable families who qualify for this additional support to waive school fees and P-EBT. Apply online in your Infinite Campus parent portal under the More section and click on the Meal Benefits section or return the completed paper application to any school building or the district office. If your student(s) qualified for direct certification you will be getting a letter in the mail with a paper waiver to return to the school.  


Thank you!

Carrie Nachazel

Food Service Director 


COVID update: 

The Department of Education has come out with guidelines for COVID-19. (see link) School Update Fall 2021.pdf 

We encourage anyone of age to be vaccinated, follow the CDC guidelines. We will continue to keep our protocols for cleaning, hand washing, encouraging outside activities as much as possible, and reminding people to stay home if they are ill or have developed symptoms.  A question about busing and masks has come up over the last few days. A federal executive order remains in place that has been interpreted to require masking on school transportation and we strongly encourage students to follow the CDC guidelines. 


Running Camp hosted by GHS Cross Country 8/9 to 8/11 from 6 pm to 7 pm at Ahrens Park Big Hill Athletes will be responsible for bringing their own water bottle. Contact Coach Skillern with any questions, sean.skilleren@grinnell-k12.org **A souvenir water bottle will be included in the cost** Go Tigers!


Student Activities Return: See further details below


High School Practices Begins August 9th

High School Football Midnight practice August 11th- 12th 

High School Football Scrimmage August 20th @ I.C. Regina 5:30

High School fall preview night- August 13th (6 pm Team Introductions)

High School Band Camp - August 9th- 13th

High School Full Band Rehearsals - August 16-18th

Middle School practices can begin August 23rd




All athletes need a current physical, concussion form, good conduct form, and student participation form on file to practice.  Those forms can be found here:

Forms  Please be sure to complete all four forms! 


9-12 Football

Practice begins Monday, August 9th

Head Coach: Tony Stenberg             tony.stenberg@grinnell-k12.org


9-12 Volleyball

Practice begins Monday August 9th

Head Coach: Rachael Stensrud rachael.stensrud@grinnell-k12.org

9-12 Girls Swimming

Practice begins Monday August 9th

Head Coach: Sarah Smith sarah.smith@grinnell-k12.org


9-12 Boys and Girls XC

Practice begins Monday, August 9th

Head Coach:  Trent Edsen trent.edsen@grinnell-k12.org


9-12 Cheerleading

Head Coach: Sarah Dahlby-Albright            



9-12 Dance

Head Coach:  Molly Loftin molly.loftin@grinnell-k12.org

Middle School Football (7 & 8)

Practice begins August 23rd

8th: Chuck Lyon  chuck.lyon@grinnell-k12.org

7th:  Cass Stubbs cass.stubbs@grinnell-k12.org


Middle School Volleyball (7 & 8)

Practice begins August 23rd

Coach: Jill Hulsing jill.hulsing@grinnell-k12.org


Middle School XC (7 &8)

Practice begins August 23rd

Head Coach: Casey McDermott casey.mcdermott@grinnell-k12.org


Activity passes are listed on the Grinnell Athletics Website (www.gogrinnelltigers.com)


Here are some quick facts:

  • There are 103 home Middle School and High School events this year.

  • Ticket prices are set by the Little Hawkeye Conference:

    • High School- $5 for adults and students in HS, $3 for MS and Elm.

    • Middle School- $3 for adult, $2 for students

    • Activity passes are not good for post-season games.

  • All activity passes will be purchased through Hometown Ticketing.  You will receive your personal pass directly to your email entered at the time of checkout.  That ticket will be scanned at each event to gain admittance.  Any fees included with the purchase of the activity pass are a one-time fee.  


If you have any questions please contact Lindsey Peck: lindsey.peck@grinnell-k12.org


Sports Boosters are looking for a golf outing event:

Sign up for a fun event that will be held on August 13th.   Check out the virtual backpack for flyer information, or contact Cara Kenkel, bckenkel@gmail.com for more information. 


Kindergarten Camp Photos!

Kinder campKinder camp

summer 2021Playing kinder camp


SLICK Wraps up for the summer!

SLICK ipadsSLICK rockets


I hope that you enjoy a wonderful weekend and your last few weeks of summer!   Check out the virtual backpack for more information.  Virtual Backpack


Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions!   I look forward to seeing you in just a few short weeks!





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