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  • Garfield Elementary School December 2014

    Wildcat News


    Crown Trophy C r o w n h a s

    r e w o r k e d d o - nated trophies at his shop for us to sell at our Se- cret Santa’s Secret Shop in December. Students are able to purchase these gif ts for family members as a special one-of-a-kind treasures. Visit Crown Trophy at its new location 615 Center Point Rd NE in Cedar Rapids or call Kevin and Sue at 319-294-0002 and they can help you.

    Russ Fagle Art Studio Students were provided space for an open house and

    art exhibit. Families and community members were able to attend and admire the showcase of student art work. The business also designed a commemorative poster for us to sell as a fundraiser. Russ has provided art work for our posters for Santa’s Secret Shop at Christmastime too.

    PTA NEWS Upcoming Pta Events!

    Dec. 16-19 Santa’s Secret Shop before and after school in Cafeteria

    Tuesday, Dec. 16 PTA Social Meeting (no business) 4-5 p.m. in the IMC, childcare provided

    Friday, Dec. 19 Popcorn day (50 cents per bag)

    Congratulations to Ryne Bauldry for selling the most Enjoy the City coupon books! He was rewarded with a $50.00 gift card to Toys R Us! Thank you all for supporting Garfield’s PTA!


    As I write this newsletter article we are finishing up conferences. We’ve had a great response and I will post the percentage of attendance in the January newsletter. I hope that you had the opportunity to visit with your child’s teacher and hear about the quality learning that takes place every day at Garfield. The Holiday Season is now upon us and while Thanksgiving has passed, it is still the season of giving and I want to take this op- portunity to share with you how the staff at Garfield take the idea of giving to heart and how they give their time, talent and treasure to make each child successful at school.

    Time: Did you know that staff have 2 nights of conferencing that they are required to attend. For this they do receive comp time. However, the amount of time they give to grade work, complete report cards and prepare materials for conference doesn’t begin to be covered by the comp time they receive. For our classrooms with more than 24 students, it is impossible to complete the conferences in the allotted time and so they put in even more of their own time scheduling on other dates. The teacher’s work is never accomplished in an 8 hour day. Garfield staff spend many hours outside of the school day and on weekends preparing for the week, planning lessons, researching strategies and gathering materials. A teacher has strong upper body muscles just by the daily lifting of book bags they lug back and forth to school each day so they can complete work at home.

    Talent: The Garfield staff member is continually learning, taking part in professional development op- portunities, pursuing additional college credit courses or degrees, book studies and collaborating with staff to learn and grow each day. This learning they bring back to the classroom and to each student in the classroom. Garfield teachers are skilled in knowing what students need to succeed, planning instruction that engages students and celebrating student success.

    Treasure: Garfield staff often dip into their own salaries to provide extra resources, books or incentives for their students. They bring in extra clothing and school supplies. They do this without complaint or fanfare because they want to do whatever they can to provide the best classroom possible for each and every student. Each year the Garfield staff adopt a family or two at Christmas and work together to purchase gifts and food.

    I know that you will join me in thanking the staff at Garfield for what they give each and every day.

    I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the gift of your child. Just like the gifts under your tree, some are wrapped in beautiful, shiny paper. Others could use a little more tape to hold them tight. Some are soft and gentle, others a little louder and rough around the edges. But regardless of the condition, it is truly an honor to have you put faith and trust in Garfield by sending us the gift of your child. So much so that you send him/her to us every day. Please know we take this trust very seriously and are ever grateful for your gift.

    With warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

    Until next time. . .

  • TITLE ONE TIDBITS Students create time lines as they learn about the

    pilgrim’s voyage.


    Bank of the West Bank of the West employees read to students on Ameri-

    can Reads Day and during Banking Week. The bank has provided door prizes for school events and bank managers have met with students to help them learn the value of sav- ing money. Our students create special holiday and thank you cards for our partners throughout the school year.

    Hy-Vee Oakland Road Hy-Vee provides holiday gifts for students in need. Hy-

    Vee also provides fruit for school community events during the Iowa Assessments. Volunteers from Hy-Vee participate in America Reads and visit as guest speakers throughout the school year. Hy-Vee also received a grant to support our school community garden. They provided soil, plants, seeds and a garden tiller. The store dietician Linda Ashley shared garden tips and presented lessons on preparing vegetables and fruits. The grant also provided a monthly fruit or vegetable snack for our students throughout the school year. Garfield students create special holiday and thank you cards for our partners.

    Ralston Foods Ralston Foods collected and donated school supplies

    and holiday gifts for students in need. Garfield students create special holiday and thank you cards for our partners and invite Ralston employees to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at school.

    Volunteers Make A World Of Difference

    Be Part Of the fOOd and nutritiOn team

    help feed Our future it’s easy!

    Go to: www.cr.k12.ia.us Click Link: Employment, then

    How to Apply Complete: Food and Nutrition General Application

  • Non-Discrimination Policy It is the policy of the Cedar Rapids Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (employment only), marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (students/program only) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. District employees with questions or a grievance related to this policy should contact Jill Cirivello, Director of Human Resources, 319-558-2421; jcirivello@cr.k12.ia.us. Students and others should contact Ken Morris, Manager of Student Equity, 319-558-1504; kmorris@cr.k12.ia.us. The District mailing address is 2500 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405-1015.


    As November wraps up and we head into December, I just can’t believe how fast the school year has gone. Fall conferences are behind us, and it was great to see so many of you here supporting your students. It’s also been wonderful to see the spirit of caring and giving through the Garfield family as we all did our “PARRT” and collected for the food drive, along with our business partner, Bank of the West. We filled the giant red backpack and had donated 16 boxes of food to HACAP to help support “Operation Backpack.” Everyone’s generosity was inspiring! The school-wide challenge was met, and students got to celebrate “Freaky Friday” by handing our Paw tickets to teachers caught being “Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Ready.” We officially donated 315 pounds of food to HACAP! Thank you!

    First trimester Student Council members have been busy. In addition to the HACAP food drive, Student Council planned the Red Ribbon Week festivities, culminating with Police Pal Glen judging the bubble gum blowing contest at the assembly on Halloween. Congratulations to Logan, Stoney, Teja, and Terrell!! And honorable mention to Mrs. Barnes!! Second trimester Student Council will pick up where first trimester Student Council left off. The changing of the guard will be in early December. Encourage your 4th and 5th graders to apply!

    The Garfield Greats Luncheon is something newly started here at Garfield. I have been drawing names of students to have a special luncheon on Fridays. Students bring their lunches to a designated area, complete with flowers, fancy napkins and candle light (battery operated-we don’t want any trouble with the fire marshal). Students who have been

    chosen seem to have enjoyed this. My plan is to dine with every Garfield student at least twice this school year. It is a great opportunity for me to get to know your children better, and for them to gain a different social experience than the crowded lunchroom.

    And as it gets colder, I want to remind families that there are many resources out there if the tough economy is catching up to you. As I have received information, I have forwarded it on to you. I will continue to do so. If you have questions about assistance, please contact me at 558-2145.

    In the spirit of the Holiday Season, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for my place in the Garfield Community. I continue to the enjoy the privilege of working with Garfield students and their families, a