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Dear Parents,

There is much to look forward to in the coming months with holidays on the horizon. Just a

reminder that with fall holidays, come the change of seasons, please be sure your child is equipped

for outdoor recess with temperatures of zero degrees and above. If the weather does not allow us

to be outside, we have recess in our classrooms. Recently, each classroom purchased up to $75

worth of indoor and outdoor recess equipment. This was made possible through our annual

fundraising activity. Thank you, again for all of your support.

Field trips provide students with an educational experience outside of the school building.

Each year, all grades are encouraged to research and prepare for an out of town field trip to

enhance their curriculum. Last month fourth grade students took a field trip to Center Grove

Orchard in Cambridge, Iowa. While there, they studied the pollination process and growth of the

pumpkin plant, which is also part of their science curriculum. Transitional Kindergarteners took a

trip to Uncle Bill’s Farm in Grinnell, Iowa. They rode through the pumpkin patch, saw barn yard

animals, and learned a little about the history of farming. In November, third grade students will be

taking a field trip to the Iowa Wild Hockey Education Day where they will get to participate in STEM

related activities on the concourse of Wells Fargo Arena and

then watch a mid-day hockey game! All of these field trips

are made possible through our annual fundraising.

Read-a-Million Minutes is moving full steam ahead with

the students and community members reading about 87,000

minutes the first week! Mrs. Strohbehn’s fourth grade class

read the most minutes this week. All community members

are invited to read minutes and turn them in!

Our annual MOCK CALDECOTT awards are kicking off

November 1. We will study 20 of the best picture books of

the year! This activity is funded by a Grundy Center School

Foundation grant. In February, we will watch the live

Caldecott announcement and keep our fingers crossed!

Brian Sammons

Elementary Principal

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