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CES Newsletter - January 31, 2019
Jessica Witt
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Camanche Elementary Newsletter



January 31, 2019



            If there are no other snow days, the 100th day of school will be Monday, February 11th.  If we do have a snow day between now and then, we will adjust our 100th day of school celebration accordingly.



            January Healthy Habits calendars are due TOMORROW! Your student should also be bringing home a February calendar tomorrow.  The February calendar is also attached if you would like to print it yourself.  Any students that complete at least 23 days of activities listed on the calendar AND return the calendar to school on Friday, March 1st will receive an extra recess with Mr. D.!



            We will be having our classroom parties on Friday, February 15th from 2:30-3:00.  Please see the attached letter regarding the party.  Please follow the guidelines from the Healthy Kids Act. A list of approved snacks is available on our school website. Due to food allergies, any items that do not come pre-packaged will be sent back home with the family that brought them. Thank you for keeping our students safe!



            Lifetouch Photography will be at Camanche Elementary on Thursday, February 14th taking spring portraits. All students will have their pictures taken, with no obligation to purchase. There is no need to fill out any order forms as the same packet is printed for all students and the portrait sheets will be available for purchase at spring parent/teacher conferences. However, parents do have the option of picking a portrait background. Selection forms will be sent home with students soon. If you would like, please select the portrait look and background and return the selection form on or before picture day.



            Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 28th!  The 2nd Annual Camanche Family Reading Night will be held at our elementary school from 6:30-8:00!  This is a FREE event!! Families will be able to participate in two sessions.  There are more than 10 sessions to choose from.  Some of the presenters include Miss Iowa, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, who will be presenting 5 lessons of HOPE. She will also be playing her violin during intermission.  Local author Karla Unke will be hosting an interactive presentation about becoming an author.  Jill Schmidt, from Clinton County Conservation, will have a wonderful presentation featuring reptiles and amphibians.  Next week’s newsletter will introduce more of the speakers.  All of the elementary school children attending this event will receive a free book to keep!  Families need to preregister for this event so Mrs. Stephan and Mrs. Kennedy can select the right book for each child.  Registration information will be sent home later in February.



            We would like to thank the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation for awarding the 2019 Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Supplement Grant to Mrs. Kennedy.  She and her kindergarten students will have some special learning opportunities about plants and plant life cycles.  We appreciate their support of our program!



            The school board is looking for community input regarding future facility needs of the school district. During several informal discussions with stakeholders throughout the district, the following facility topics seem to consistently come up: remodeling the entrances to improve safety at the elementary and high schools, adding a new auditorium/theater, adding a new auxiliary gymnasium/weight room, and addressing the future of the district’s swimming pool.

            The school board is looking for formal community input.  There will be three separate public meetings held at the high school theater to hear from the public their thoughts about the district’s facility needs. The meetings will be on Thursday, January 31st at 6:00pm, Monday, February 4th at 4:00pm, and Thursday, February 7th at 7:15am. Please note the different times of each meeting. Hopefully, having the meetings at different times will allow more people to attend these meetings. For those who are unable to attend these meetings, the district has created a short online survey to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide their ideas. Your participation is important and appreciated. Thank you in advance for your assistance in this planning process. The online survey can be found here:



            Thank you to all of the families that wore red and sent donations to school for Lieutenant Eric Hosette’s family and Adam Cain’s family.  Camanche Elementary staff and students donated over $375 to the two families last week.  Thank you for your generosity!



            Congratulations to the Moon Savers, our 3rd grade Jr. Lego League team!  They were chosen to represent the state of Iowa at the World Expo in Detroit, MI this spring!  There are more than 20,000 Jr. Lego League teams in the world.  Only 60 were selected to participate in the World Expo.  Members of the Moon Savers are: Beau Bigwood, Jenna Dunlap, Archer Kelly, Autumn Klahn, Mia Macke, and Kennedy Melchiori.  The team is coached by Mrs. Kennedy.

            The Moon Savers greatly appreciate John Deere’s support of Camanche Elementary School robotics.  John Deere has paid the Moon Saver’s registration fee for the World Expo this year!



            The Camanche Elementary PTA is excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual Family Valentine Bingo night on Friday, February 8th from 5:30-7:30pm!  Admission is $4 per person and will include a meal, dessert, drink and bingo card!  Each time there is a bingo, a child will be able to pick out a book that has been donated for the event!  Please join us for this family oriented night of bingo in the Camanche Elementary School gym!



            Our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser will run February 13th through February 27th!  Please make sure to check out the attached flyer!  Students who collect $150 online using our school’s Kids Heart Challenge website or App will receive a promo code for BOGO Free tickets to the March 23, 2019 Chicago Bulls game!  We’re excited to get started and will send fundraiser packets home in a few short weeks!  Until then, feel free to visit this website for more information:



            Kindergarten Round Up will be held on Thursday, February 21st from 5:00-6:00PM & Friday, February 22nd from 8:30-9:30AM & 10:00-11:00AM.  If you have a child that will turn 5 years old on or before September 15, 2019, please call our office to add them to our Round Up list.  We can’t wait to meet all of our future kindergartners!



            As a school we have set a goal of 98,500 minutes in the month of January.  So far, our school has read 60,764 minutes.  Students can bring a stuffed reading buddy and blanket to school on Friday, February 8th if/when we reach our goal.  Thank you for helping support this work!



            If your student is going to be absent, will arrive late, or needs to leave early, please make sure to call the main office no later than 9 a.m. on the day of the absence, tardy or early dismissal.

Our attendance is currently 96.60%. We as a school have set a goal of 97%. Thank you for working with us to reach that goal, EVERY DAY matters.




February 14th                           Spring Picture Day 

February 15th                           Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties

February 18th                           NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

February 21st                           Kindergarten Round Up 5:00-6:00p.m.

February 22nd                         Kindergarten Round Up 8:30-9:30a.m. & 10:00-11:00a.m.

February 28th                         Family Reading Night 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.

March 6th & 7th                       Parent/Teacher Conferences EARLY DISMISSAL both days @ 1:08/1:15

March 8th                                NO SCHOOL


Yours in education, 

Aimee Dohse – Principal