Grundy Center Community Schools

What a Great Year We Have Had!

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Dear Parents,

It is truly a pleasure to be principal at Grundy Center

Elementary. I am very proud of the staff for spending the year

digging into guided reading and running records to improve

literacy instruction. It is their second new curriculum in two

years, and that takes a lot of time and patience! I am also

proud of the students who come to school every day and work

hard to be their best and make our school one to be proud of!

Thank you for an incredible year!

Great news arrived last month for our Transitional

Kindergarten program. Beginning next fall, our TK program will

run during our regular school hours from 8:15 to 3:15. This

change will allow our young students to participate in special

classes such as art and music! It also allows them to participate in school-wide afternoon activities

such as Kids Club, ride the school bus to and from school, eat lunch here at school, and receive

adequate time for reading intervention services as required by the Iowa Department of Education.

Our Transitional Kindergarten program is successful and a valued program of our school district and

community. We are excited to see it expand.

Last week, we hosted author and illustrator Joseph Kuefler for the

second consecutive year. Mr. Kuefler worked with each pair of

classrooms for 20 minutes teaching the students about the art of

illustration. He also had some classrooms illustrate a main

character from the book, Rulers of the Playground. Mr. Kuefler

signed over 100 books and a button for every student, along with

presenting two sessions to K-1 and grades 2-4 students. During

the presentation, he read his new book, showed how he made the

book, and got students excited about several of his upcoming

projects. Mr. Kuefler has visited many schools throughout his

Dates to Remember:

May 1 4th grade Court House visit

May 2 3rd grade Ag Safety Day

May 5 1st and 3rd Bike Safety

May 9 2nd grade trip to ISU

May 10 1:15 Early Out

May 11 Old Creamery Theatre visit

May 11 4th grade visits 5th grade

May 22 1:15 Early Out

May 24 Elementary Track and Field

May 29 No School

June 2 Last Day – 1:15 Dismissal

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career, and he proudly let the students and staff know that Grundy Center Elementary is the best

school he has ever visited. While that compliment brings a smile to my face, it belongs to the staff

who work hard in preparing and participating in the many literacy events that make our school so


Last month, four staff members and I attended the Iowa Association of School Librarians

(IASL) Conference. There were author presentations and literacy/technology sessions to attend. I

was fortunate to present a session on encouraging principals to advocate for literacy and also

accepted the Distinguished Advocate Award from the IASL. The recognition is nice, but it really is a

compliment to our staff for carrying out these initiatives.

During the week of May 15, we will be celebrating our volunteers who come to our school

and help students and teachers. Volunteers at Grundy Center Elementary give our students quality

time and attention. A letter will be sent out to volunteers inviting them to lunch. Thank you for all

you do!

The elementary track and field day has been expanded this year. All K-5 students will be

participating in the activity on May 24 from 8:30-11:30. Feel free to come down to the high school

track and join us!

On May 5, first and third grade students will be

participating in a bike rodeo. Permission slips need to be

returned in order to fully participate. All students will have

some level of participation as this is part of our health


On May 11, The Old Creamery Theatre will be coming

to Grundy Center to present their traveling show, Best Quest.

Class picnics are planned toward the end of the year.

It is a nice time to have classrooms celebrate their

achievements through the year and have some fun.

Summer school invitations will be sent out this week. Summer school will be held on

Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 to 11:30 July 10-27. Although July is a busy time for many

families, we encourage invitees to attend and keep those math and reading skills at a high level to

be prepared for the upcoming school year.


Brian Sammons

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