March 2019
Monthly Newsletter
Issue 26
To educate all students to succeed by ensuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Clarinda Kind
Inspired by the Great Kindness Challenge our students, staff, parents, and community members will celebrate Kindness Week March 11-14. The week is devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible at school, at home, or in the community.

There is a great need for unity, compassion, love, and respect in our schools, communities, country, and world. The Great Kindness Challenge is intended to proactively create a culture of kindness in schools with a ripple effect that is felt far and wide.

Counselors and staff are developing activities that are designed to help students learn the following skills:

  • Develop an increased awareness of their own emotions, feelings and identities as caring individuals.
  • Use appropriate emotional vocabulary, communication, and listening skills.
  • Increase awareness of others’ emotions and understanding of how kind and unkind actions impact others.
  • Act kindly toward themselves and peers in school, home and community.
  • Improve the ability to apply problem-solving strategies in many social situations.
  • Increase the ability to participate in the classroom productively, contribute to discussions and play a role in the larger group.
  • Improve academic performance and achievement.

Anyone walking through our schools will see a variety of kindness activities including a kindness pledge, classroom instruction, art projects, an appreciation station, and much more. The activities throughout Clarinda Kindness Week are all geared toward teaching the students about kindness, the impact it has, and the importance of kindness in the world today. Be #clarindakind!
Parent Teacher Conferences
We welcome and encourage our parents to attend parent teacher conferences on:

Tuesday, March 19 & Thursday, March 21
4:00 - 7:30 pm. 

High school conferences will be held in the Garfield Elementary Gym

Tuesday, March 19
Support the Clarinda High School Band and enjoy walking tacos in the middle school commons. Proceeds will support the 2020 band trip.

Thursday, March 21
The regional STEM program is providing a free meal in the middle school commons as you explore the STEM Festival in the middle school gym.
Future Ready Planning
The school board continues its work of developing plans to align district resources to support strong academics and maintain facilities. On February 13, the school board approved a service contract with CMBA Architects (Sioux City Office) to help guide the district in a transparent and collaborative community engagement process. The district is working on a schedule for stakeholder engagement and will make a public announcement when it is prepared. We look forward to your input as we work together to make our schools the leader in education!

The public is welcome to review the facility assessment and all public documents at anytime by visiting any district office, the Lied Public Library, or by clicking on the Future Ready link on the district webpage.
2019-2020 Calendar Review
The public hearing for the 2019-2020 school calendar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, at 4:00 p.m. in the boardroom at McKinley. The school calendar focuses on strategies to provide instructional time that is aligned with quality professional development.

The tentative calendar, (click here to view) includes fourteen late starts so the district can provide staff with training and professional development for effective instruction. When there is a late start, classes at all schools will start at 9:40 a.m.

To support our families, the district welcomes families to drop students off as early as 7:30 a.m. on days when school starts late. Students will be supervised, provided breakfast, and will receive guided services until classes starts at 9:40 a.m. Please click here to complete a short survey to help the district determine if families support the option to drop their child(ren) off as early as 7:30 a.m.
In the Spotlight
Social Media and Devices
Technology is a tool that when used correctly enhances learning. As a district we promote and teach digital citizenship that focuses on respect, acceptable behaviors, and accountability. 

Please take a moment to review district acceptable use policies and the Cardinal iPad Code of Conduct with your child(ren). A guiding principle in education is that if an action interferes with or disrupts the learning environment, it is within the district's authority and responsibility to address it and administer consequences as necessary.  We appreciate your support of acceptable use of technology.
Parade of Bands
Please join us for an evening of music as our middle and high school bands display their talents during the Parade of Bands. 

Thursday, March 7
7:00 p.m.
High School Gymnasium

Cardinal Theater Presents
"Almost Maine"
by: John Cairani

High School Auditorium
Friday, March 29
Saturday, March 30
7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Tickets will go on sale starting March 11th at the high school office. You may stop in or call 712-542-5167 to reserve seating (reservations recommended). Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Students with an activity pass may reserve a ticket free of charge in advance, but will not be honored on the nights of performance.
District Legislative Platform
The legislature reconvened on Monday, January 14 and is busy developing new legislation and revising existing legislation. Both the house and senate committees have passed legislation to extend SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education). SAVE is a one cent state sales tax that provides funding for infrastructure that allows all Iowa schools to be maintained. Because it is a state sales tax, it provides important property tax relief to all local tax payers!

Elimination or the extension of the 2029 sunset is the school board's primary legislative priority. Please join us in our effort to advocate the districts legislative platform. Please mail, email, or call our legislators: Representative Cecil Dolecheck or Senator Mark Costello  and ask them to please eliminate the SAVE sunset. Please contact Superintendent Deron Stender with any questions at or 712-542-5165.
Kindergarten & Junior Kindergarten Registration
Garfield Elementary
Thursday, March 28th
4:30-7:00 p.m.

Students turning five on or before   September 15th   are eligible to 
participate in  Kindergarten Round-up.

   You will need the following information to register your child:
Birth Certificate
Emergency contact numbers
Immunization (shots) records

At Parent Night on March 28th, students will be assigned their round-up
session to attend. Student Sessions will be:

Wednesday, April 3rd: 8:15-11:15 or 12:15-3:15
Thursday, April 4th: 8:15-11:15
Friday, April 5th: 8:15-11:15

Please contact the Garfield Elementary Office with questions: (712) 542-4510
Forms are available on the Garfield  website by clicking  here

Preschool Registration

Clarinda Preschool Registration
Middle School Commons
Thursday, March 25th

Students turning four on or before   September 15th  
qualify to participate in  Preschool .

You will need the following information to register your child:
Birth Certificate
Emergency contact numbers
Immunization (shots) records
Front page of your 1040 or your W2s

Please contact the Garfield Elementary Office with questions:
(712) 542-4510

New Iowa Assessments Statewide (ISASP)
The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) is Iowa’s new state approved assessment. The ISASP is aligned with the Iowa Core standards, providing a clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes.

The new assessments are developed for the state of Iowa and align with the grade specific Iowa Core standards. The new assessments were developed in collaboration with Iowa educators. The new assessments will be taken online.
Students will take the new assessments in the following grades and subject areas:
Math: Grades 3–11
Language/Writing: Grades 3–11 
Reading: Grades 3–11
Science: Grades 5, 8 & 10
The new assessments will provide parents with actionable information about their child’s learning. The results will provide a detailed analysis of how students performed relevant to the proficiency definitions set on the Iowa Core standards. Student results will be available for parents to review in the fall of 2019. Over time, parents will also be able to access year-over-year analysis of how their child performed from one year to the next.

Please support the district and plan for your child(ren)
to take the ISASP tests on the following dates:

Garfield Elementary: April 2, 3, & 5
Clarinda Middle School: April 9, 10, 15 & 16
Clarinda High School: April 1, 4, 8 & 11
Helping Your Child Address Bullying
At school we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone. Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents/guardians to know what to do when their child talks to them about bullying. You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Bullying prevention involves everyone! Here are some pointers to help when your child approaches you with a bullying concern.

If your child talks to you about bullying:

  1. Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation. After they’ve told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need to: who, what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.
  2. Reassure your child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school; that’s not fair at all’.
  3. Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem. While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option. It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.
  4. Visit to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practice strategies at home to help your child feel more confident.
  5. Contact the school. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the principal or counselor. Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety.
  6. Check in regularly with your child. Remind your child to Say Something! Keep the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in with your child about their experiences and their feelings. Your ongoing support is important.

Alternate Bus Routes
As a district, we pride ourselves on safely transporting students. As inclement weather challenges the safety of our students and drivers the district may have to implement alternative bus routes to transport students. These alternative routes will be implemented when road conditions prevent buses from safely traveling on their normal routes. You will be notified by the district JMC messaging system (text message and/or telephone call) when the alternative bus routes will be implemented. Please note that the bus may not stop at your house when alternative routes are announced there may be a stop near you where you can meet the bus if you so choose.
As a parent you have three options when the school district implements the alternate bus routes:

  1. Your child(ren) can get on the bus at the alternative stop and ride the bus to school.
  2. You can drop your child(ren) off at the Middle School which will open at 7:00 a.m.
  3. If you feel it’s safest to keep your child(ren) home, the absence will be excused.
Below you will find a list of the alternative bus stops and the times the bus will arrive and depart. It is important that you have your child(ren) at the stop in a timely manner so the buses stay on schedule; they cannot wait on late students.

Alternate Bus Schedule (or view on our website here )

Bus #4 - Richard Iske
Bethesda - 7:05 to 7:15 AM
860 W. Walnut St. 7:30 AM to 7:40 AM

Bus #6 - Russ Clark
Hawleyville, 3355 185th St. - 7:20 to 7:28 AM
185th and W Ave. - 7:29 AM
1846 V. Ave. - 7:31 AM
Bus #7 - Mick Miller
Hwy 2 and M Ave. - 7:00 AM to 7:10 AM
Cherokee Ridge - 7:17 to 7:27 AM
2643 Hwy 2 - 7:30 AM

Bus #8 - Connie Miller
Yorktown Community Center - 7:25 AM to 7:35 AM

Bus #9 - Mike Williams
Hwy 71 and 170th St. - 7:00 AM
Hwy 71 and 150th St. - 7:05 AM
Hepburn - 7:13 AM
Redwood Ave and 140th - 7:17 AM
Redwood Ave. and 150th - 7:22 AM
Redwood Ave. and 160th - 7:26 AM
12th St. - 7:34 AM, 7:35 AM, 7:36 AM

Bus #10 - Kenney Wagoner
3215 250th St. - 6:40 AM
270th & Colt - 7:05 to 7:15 AM
Hwy 2 & X - 7:25 to 7:30 AM
Hwy 2 & V - 7:36 to 7:40 AM

Bus #12 - Richard Negley
New Market Community Center - 7:15 AM to 7:25 AM
Tahoe Place - 7:31 AM, 7:34 AM

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to provide safe transportation. If you have questions, please contact Transportation Director Nancy McKinnon with any questions, or 712-542-5165.
School Closure Information
When is school closed or delayed due to inclement or severe weather?
Safety is our primary concern when making the decision to close or delay the start of school due to inclement or severe weather. This process begins early and a decision is made as soon as possible, typically prior to 6:30 a.m.

How are parents notified of a school closure or delay?
In the event that school needs to be delayed or cancelled we will:
  • Send a JMC alert to all parents and staff. JMC alerts can be received via email, text, phone or all three (please be sure your contact information in JMC is current).
  • A press release will be sent to KMA and the Clarinda Herald-Journal.
  • Information will be posted on the district home page.
  • Information will be posted on Facebook and Twitter (@CCSDCards).
  • Please assume school will be in session as scheduled unless you have received notification.
What if parents have concerns?
Please know that when it comes to inclement weather, we encourage and strongly support parents in making decisions that are best for their child. While our bus drivers are experienced and trained for driving in all conditions and have excellent safety records, we recognize that parents are the best judge of their child's health and safety. The District realizes that a decision for the majority of students may not fit with parents' individual circumstances. A decision to keep your child home or pick them up early from school for safety reasons will be considered an excused absence. The District encourages parents to send their child to school properly dressed to ensure their safety during the winter months.
Coffee with Superintendent Stender
Join Superintendent Deron Stender for coffee, refreshments (Mr. Stender covers the cost of coffee & refreshments), and conversation on: Friday, April 1, at McDonalds.

The events are meant to be informal opportunities for conversation with the Superintendent. There are no agendas or formal presentations. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and comments and are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows. 

Monthly coffees are held on the first Friday of each month in a variety of locations in our community. Please check the  district website  for locations.
Thank You for Supporting Our Schools!
On behalf of the Clarinda Community School District, we thank all of our parents, partners, and community members for your support, together, we make our schools the pride of our community!

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