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Weekly Update: November 5, 2021

Dr. Stutz

Weekly Update: November 5, 2021


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


I hope that this weekly update finds you and your family well! The weekend looks very promising for outdoor activities!   


It is time to push that clock back one hour this weekend! We will return to Daylight Savings Time and "Fall Back" one hour this Sunday morning at 2:00 A.M.   

Vaccine Clinic Update for students ages 5-11:   

Here is the latest update:  We would like to run the clinic on November 11, 2021, pending the shipment of the vaccine to the IDPH. Once I have this confirmation for this date, I will email all who have registered. I hope to know soon. Here is the sign up https://forms.gle/d8SNA1uQg4WK95hW6   form for families to register.   Please register students individually.  


IDPH News: 

The positivity rate this past week was 6.70% for the 14 date rate and 8% for the three day positivity rate. There was a cluster of students this past week that have tested positive in our district. Please continue to monitor your child for signs and symptoms and continue to wash hands, wear a mask, and keep your student home if they are ill. 


Thank you to IDPH for hosting our staff booster clinic this past week. We had 149 staff members receive the booster vaccine last Tuesday.  

GMS Breakfast Bus!

The Tiger Breakfast Bus made a visit to treat GMS staff on Thursday! Thanks to Grinnell Mutual, our Partner in Education, staff enjoyed breakfast delivered by GMS students. It was a great way to start the day!


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Cross Country! 

Congratulations Jonas Conner, for participating in the State Cross Country Meet

Jonas Conner


Swimming and Diving!

Way to go to our Team!  

The regional diving meet brought a new personal record and a state meet qualifier. Ally Hotchkin scored 250.85 for an 11 finish. Mariah VanErsvelde scored 261.40 for a personal best, beating her old PR by 16.9 points. Mariah placed 10. Trista Thompson achieved her goal for the season of making it to state. Trista placed 2nd at the regional meet with a score of 401.60 and is seeded at 13th place for state. The state meet is Friday, November 12th at the Marshalltown Y. Diving starts at 11am. Here is a link to the GHS state swim dive apparel store. The design will be finalized on Saturday. The store closes on Sunday at midnight. https://ghsstateswimdive2021.itemorder.com/ 

Trista Thompson


It’s Showtime!   

Fall play

Tickets for the fall play Sense and Sensibility are on sale now:https://www.vancoevents.com/VJL

Play information Show Dates November 5th and 6th starting at 7:30 PM

If purchasing online tickets is not an option for you, please contact Lindsey Peck, or you can purchase tickets at the ticket booth the night of the play.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

The GHS Concert and Varsity Choirs will be presenting an array of fantastic choral music next Tuesday, November 9th at 7:30 pm in the auditorium. I hope you consider supporting these hard working students!

Throughout the performance, you will hear personal narratives that students have been writing throughout the trimester. These narratives give students a chance to tell their own stories about something “new” in their lives. 

You will also hear many soloists throughout the performance. These vocal soloists include: Bridget Blanchard, Kaeden Peterson, Ellis Montgomery, Peter Simpson, Natalie Nieuwsma, Will Dahlby-Albright, Maggie Kaup, Ketsia Kiphanzu, Ian Durr, and Catherine Schubert. Justin Durr is performing the drum set for one of the selections.

A new normal


Have you seen the virtual backpack? It can be found here! 
Activities Calendar: Please follow this link to see activities for next week. 


Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the weather! 




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