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Superintendent's Update: March 8, 2024

Weekly What’s Going Well: 

Thanks to all our students and staff for your hard work so far in 2024!  You deserve a break!  Celebrate Spring Break next week and take some time to recharge before the last stretch of school! Spring Break is March 11-15.  The District Office will be closed on Friday March 15.  There will be no update next week.  See you back Monday March 18.  


Band Students Share Talents
Our bands showcased their talents during concerts this week.  Thanks to all your practicing and time dedicated to developing your musical skills!  The concerts were lovely!


Elementary Family Fun Night
Save the date for Family Fun Night!  


Snow Make Up Days
The school board passed a motion to add two snow make up days to the end of the school year.  School will be held the full week after Memorial Day with an early out on Friday May 31st as the last day of the 23-24 school year.  

It’s Preschool Registration Time!
Preschool Registration for the 24-25 school year will be March 1st- March 15th. This registration is for the Community Preschool Program which includes Fairview Elementary Preschool, Grinnell Early Learning Center and UCC Preschool. These three programs are a part of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program and provide free 4 year old preschool as well as tuitioned preschool for 3 year olds. 

Filling out this form does not guarantee a spot in the preschool but includes your name in the lottery drawing. We work hard to ensure all students in our community have a spot in one of the community preschool programs. 

If you are a current Fairview Preschool student or a sibling of a current Fairview preschool student and have already filled out your child's teacher's survey, you do not need to fill this out.

If you have any questions, please email katie.osborn@grinnell-k12.org.



March Legislative Coffee
It is almost time for the League of Women Voters March Legislative Coffee.  It will be held on March 9, 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Drake Community Library in Grinnell. Unfortunately, Representative Dean Fisher has declined our offer to participate, and Senator Annette Sweeney will not be able to attend this month due to a prior engagement. Senator Sweeney will be attending our April 6th Legislative Coffee.  Due to these circumstances, we will be viewing and then practicing how to follow bills on the legislative website using the video “Navigating the Iowa State Legislative Website” produced by the Johnson County LWV. We will also discuss bills currently in play at the legislature and how to contact legislators regarding the bills important to you. We invite everyone to bring their own laptop if they would like to participate “hands on” during this Coffee. Please join us for this informative Coffee.



The Virtual Backpack can be found here:


The Activities Calendar can be found  here:



Have a great weekend!

Steven H. Barber