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Much to Celebrate This Very Busy October!

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It’s great to be busy when there’s fun to be had! October will be one of our busiest months of the year, and we are looking forward to it!

First of all, it is time to celebrate! News
rolled out from the Iowa Department of
Education that Grundy Center Elementary
ranked #21 out of #393 public school
districts and private elementary schools in
the state of Iowa on early literacy (K-3)
proficiency on the FAST reading assessment! What a great honor earned through much hard work!

Custodian Appreciation Day is on October 2nd. I would like to thank Pam Mauer and Kim Shuey for all of their hard work in keeping our building looking nice and helping staff members with various tasks on a daily basis. They are great members of our staff!

Homecoming is next week! There will be dress up days at the elementary, and we will attend the pep assembly on Friday!

Principal Book Talks have begun! I take each grade level one at a time in the library for 30 minutes a month. In September, students learned more about our guest artist, Hayley Podschun, who is scheduled tovisit Grundy Center Elementary on October 12. Books shared were In New York, by Marc

Brown, My New York by Kathy Jakobsen, and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore and LeUyen Pham. Hayley originated the role of Freckleface Strawberry the Musical off- Broadway in New York!

Kids Club in September was focused on our visiting author, Lauren Castillo and her book, Nana in the City. We learned about being courageous, just like the boy in the story! We also thought of things we might ask Lauren during her visit and sent her a Tweet!

On October 18, we will host Caldecott medal honor winning author and illustrator, Lauren Castillo. Each grade level is working on a special project to share with Lauren.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a new program being implemented K-12 at Grundy Center Schools. Teachers spent professional development time at the end of last school year learning the ins and outs of developing self-managing classrooms and decreasing discipline issues through innovative techniques such as a social contract. As you walk through the halls of Grundy Center Elementary, you will notice Capturing Kids’ Hearts posters.

Parent/teacher conferences are coming up in October! We are
very fortunate here at Grundy Center Elementary to have near
100% parent attendance at these conferences. It is an important time to check in on your child’s progress. See you on October 18 and 23!

During conferences, the book fair will be in full swing in the library. This year, we are partnering with Follett to provide great books to purchase, and the profits will again go directly back into the library in the form of NEW BOOKS!

During professional development on early out days in September and October, the elementary staff will be creating literacy power standards emphasized in each grade, Number Talks lessons in math instruction, and aligning our FOSS science kits with best practices in science education. This year will continue to be a busy year in professional development!

Wishing you all the best in October, Brian Sammons

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