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Weekly Update: August 12th 2022

Weekly Update: August 12th 2022


Weekly Update: August 12th, 2022


Dear Grinnell Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Family, and Friends: 


The staff has been gearing up for our first day of school! The hustle and bustle of organizing, planning, decorating, and preparing for students is now in full swing. Next week we welcome new teachers and all staff back to school for our beginning of the year kick-off! It is all coming together nicely! We are very busy finalizing cleaning, completing construction projects, and scheduling newly enrolled students. August 23rd will be here before you know it! But first, we wish all of our students, staff, and families the best who are competing at the Iowa State Fair!  Here is a quick link to the Iowa State Fair for your convenience.   


Tiger Pack Sign Up:

You can sign up for Tiger Packs on this form by September 1, 2022, to receive your Tiger Pack on September 9. Sample Packs will be distributed to all students on August 26, 2022, with further flier information. Sign Up hereTiger Pack Form


Free Haircuts from Sharp Barbering:


Sharp Barbering is giving back and offering free youth cuts on Wednesday, August 17th (the Wednesday before school starts) to anyone wanting to look fresh and clean for the new school year but may not have it in the budget. All four barbers will be in all day. There will be snacks and drinks provided.


To book an appointment, call (641-236-0669), message them on Facebook or stop in the shop - at its new location at 929 Broad Street. The Booksy app will be closed for that day, so make sure you make an appointment ahead of time.  (Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will take precedence.)


Open Position Night:

The Grinnell-Newburg School District will host an open positions interview night this Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 925 Broad St. Grinnell, Iowa, from 5:30-7:00 PM for paraprofessional positions, cooks, kitchen workers, bus drivers, van drivers, and attendants. We encourage you to come to learn about these positions and apply! Administrators will be available to answer your questions and have you participate in an interview.    



Authorized Iowa Substitute Class:


Click Here! to get information about an authorized class to become an Iowa Substitute Teacher!



Turf Update:

The Turf is now on a roll! It is our hope that the project will be completed mainly by the end of the day on Tuesday of next week. The end zones will be done later once the concrete cures a bit longer. It is exciting!  We ask that all stay off the construction site during this project as it is a hard hat area. You can view the field from the visitor bleachers only, but please do not go on the track. Once the project is finished, we will have photos of this project from start to finish for you to see! Below is a sneak peek.  



Above and Beyond Awards:


Congratulations to our Above and Beyond community members. The Grinnell Education Partnership members who were honored were: Monica Chavez-Silva, Nicole Brua-Behrens, Liz Hansen, Jill Harris, Lindsey Altenhoven, and Melissa Strovers. Accepting the award for the GEP were Liz, Jill, and Lindsey!  This Team was recognized for going above and beyond to support our students throughout the community. Collectively, they have organized efforts to support and enhance services for students by being the vehicle for creating partnerships between the school district, Grinnell College, Arts Center, Drake Library, LINK, and more. Congratulations! 


Also recognized was Martha Pinder, our very own Grinnell Herald photographer, for all her efforts in creating photographic memories for our families and students weekly!  Thank you, Martha, for showcasing our Student Programs!   



Back to School Bash: 


Tiger Express Newsletter 2022-2023  You will find information regarding the 2022-23 school year in this publication. It is a wonderful resource for your reference throughout the school year. We will have an updated version of additional new staff in the weeks ahead. 




Supply lists: Click here to check out your supply list. 


Transportation Sign Up: 2022-2023 school year? Sign them up here by August 17th Deadline!!

To sign up your students to ride a school bus, you must complete a request form below. Click the one for the building which your child attends. Complete one request per student.


Bailey Park Transportation Request


Fairview Transportation Request


Davis Elementary Transportation Request


Middle School Transportation Request


High School Transportation Request


Contact Information:
Transportation Director, Chris Astelle, chris.astelle@grinnell-k12.org
Assistant Director, JD Barnes, jd.barnes@grinnell-k12.org

Phone:  641-236-2715

Please use the above number to report times when your student will not be riding the bus to or from school. 


Free and Reduced lunch forms and information:

Lunch Program:

This is the information that the Department of Education shared with us:  Meals are not going to be “FREE” to all students in SY2022-23. For SY 2022-23, the USDA is transitioning back to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). Students that are eligible and approved for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive meals at no charge (free) or at a reduced meal price (30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch).  These forms will be available online through the infinite campus parent portal.  Please complete these forms beginning next week.   We will have them updated on our website too.   We encourage everyone to complete them online. If you need assistance with these forms, please contact our Director of Foods services, Kim Sieck, at kim.sieck@grinnell-k12.org  For more information, visit the Nutrition website.


Here are the prices for meals for the 2022-23 school year:  All prices are the same pre-pandemic, except for the Adult meal and the Second Meal. The new price for both will be $4.15.

Breakfast and Lunch Fees


Elementary Breakfast


Middle and High School Breakfast


Reduced Price Breakfast (All Grades)


Adult/Guest Breakfast


Elementary Lunch


Middle and High School Lunch


Second Meal


Second Entree


Reduced Price Lunch (All Grades)


Adult/Guest Lunch (Price Change*)

$4.15/meal *

Single Carton of Milk




Here is the link to the Application for Free and Reduced Meals and 

Fee Waiver Form


Open House Information:


Bailey Park: Monday, August 22nd, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Fairview: Monday, August 22nd, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Davis: Monday, August 22nd, 3:30-5:00 p.m.


Middle School

Monday, August 22nd

New 6th-8th grade students: 3:00-3:45

Orientation at 3:00 in the mini-theater & open house to follow


4:00 - 4:45 — 5th Grade students

Orientation at 4:00 in the gym & open house to follow

5:00-5:30 — Returning 6th Grade Open House

5:45-6:15 — Returning 7th Grade Open House

6:30-7:00 — Returning 8th Grade Open House


Freshman Orientation

Grinnell High School will be hosting an orientation for all

Freshman on August 22th, from 5:00-6:15 PM. All incoming 9th Grade students and their parents are invited. High School Faculty and Student Ambassadors will be present to meet with students and parents and answer questions about the classes and activities at GHS. Incoming 9th graders and their guardians will meet with Principal Seney in the auditorium at 5 PM and will go through their schedule, meet instructors, and pick up laptops in the Media Center directly following.


New Student Orientation can be scheduled by appointment by contacting high school counselors Amanda Pearce (amanda.pearce@grinnell-k12.org), Carson Stubbs (cass.stubbs@grinnell-k12.org), Jan Lebahn (jan.lebahn@grinnell-k12.org), or by calling (641) 236-2677.


Have a great weekend!


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