Weekly Update: August 13, 2021
Weekly Update: August 13, 2021:
Dear Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families, and Friends:
Happy Friday! Next week we will welcome our new teachers and staff back to school! We are very excited to see everyone as we gear up to L.E.A.R.N. Together while Bouncing Back! #WeAreGrinnell.
In just a little over a week, we will welcome our students back to school! The first day of school is August 23, 2021! It will be a full week of reuniting with friends, families, and staff! Students will learn routines, schedules and engage in learning activities to help them grow socially, emotionally, and academically. We are very excited to see our students back in our classrooms!
As we welcome our students and each other back to school, I recognize that the variant for COVID 19 is concerning. The following protocols will be put in place as we return to school:
We strongly encourage mask wearing for all students, staff, and visitors inside the school facilities. We can not mandate mask-wearing per Iowa Code. Mask wearing is voluntary. 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.
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.
The Iowa Department of Public Health will not be doing any contact tracing or mandating quarantine. Please stay home if you are sick or have symptoms. Get tested if you develop symptoms and follow the CDC guidelines. We encourage parents/guardians and students to let school nurses know if your student has been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19. We will be monitoring school absences and working with the Iowa Department of Public Health as necessary if absences become a concern.
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
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
Fee Waiver Application:
We encourage families who believe that they would qualify for a fee waiver due to low income to complete the free and reduced application online in your parent portal in the infinite campus. It can be found on the left-hand side of the parent portal. Click on “More” in the menu. Then click on “meal benefits”. Click to start the application process. If your child(ren) qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, you may also be eligible for other benefits. Fees included are: Instructional, Kindergarten Milk, Preschool, Preschool Milk, Driver’s Education, Band Instrument Rentals, Band Uniform Cleaning, Choir Robe Cleaning, Color Guard Uniform Cleaning fees, and Exam fees. Items that are not eligible include: Activity Passes, Fees, and Fines for damage to books, computers, or other District property. If you qualify, you may also receive this same benefit for other programs that your students participate in throughout the community such as park district programs and LINK Daycare. If you need assistance, please contact the district office and we can assist you.
SLICK Perfect Attendance:
Congratulations to our students who achieved perfect attendance during the SLICK program this past summer! Way to go!
Thank you to all of our guest readers and performers for participating in our SLICK program this summer!
Just a reminder that tonight is Preview night for High School Athletics!
4-6 PM Football practice
6:00 PM Band will play
6:05 PM Introduction of teams.
The band will play the fight song and we'll all go home.
Have a wonderful weekend!