February 2017                         Monthly Newsletter
Issue 1
To educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Introducing the digital newsletter

We are pleased to introduce to you the “first” edition of the digital newsletter. We value communication with our stakeholders and the monthly newsletter will continue to be a great resource to keep you informed of key topics on our district.   We encourage you to visit the district website which is a great resource for building specific news, lunch menus, activities calendars, and much, much more.  

The new digital format is efficiently generated and can be conveniently accessed by our families, friends, community members, and guests.  We will continue to provide a hard copy for those who submit a written request to the district office. We look forward to the continued communication and know you will be pleased with this new format.  Please share this email with family and friends so they can subscribe to our newsletter.

Deron Stender, Superintendent
Your Legislative Voice
The need to advocate for our schools is important in maintaining local control and providing the quality of education our students deserve and our community expects.  The decisions made by our legislative bodies have a direct impact on our students and community. Our school board members work diligently to plan for and provide the educational resources needed to support our staff and educate our children.  While the school board, administration, and staff advocate for sensible legislation, reduced mandates, and appropriate funding, we need you to join us and be a voice of support.  

A key issue in this legislative session is to ask our legislators to remove the sunsetting of the 1 cent sales tax (set to expire 2029) and to protect the revenue generated by that tax for schools.  The funds from the sales tax provide necessary funds that allow us to maintain our facilities and provide our students and staff with 21st century technology.  

Please contact our legislators:

Senator Mark Costelleo:  mark.costello@legis.iowa.gov 
(712) 520-0303

Representative Cecil Dolecheck: cecil.dolecheck@legis.iowa.gov
(515) 281-3221

2017-2018 School Year Survey

Planning for the 2017-2018 school year begins early and we want to know what you think about fall registration, conferences, and events held at our schools.  

Please take a moment to complete this 
short survey  so we can better meet the needs of our parents and community. 

Highest Honors for High School Concert Band
Clarinda High School Concert Band to perform at Iowa Bandmaster's Association Conference in May.

Congratulations to our high school concert band for being selected to perform at the 90th annual Iowa Bandmaster’s Association (IBA) Conference!  The band is under the direction of Courtney Sommer and serves students in grades 9-12.  The band has a rich history of excellence and performing at IBA is the highest honor for any band at the state level.

Annually, IBA selects one band from each high school class (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) as well as one beginning band, two middle school bands and one jazz band for this prestigious honor.  Bands throughout the state apply and submit audition tapes that are then evaluated by a panel of judges.  The bands that are selected are considered to be the best representation of music education in Iowa.

Preparing to play at IBA will be an educational experience like no other.  The band will give a one-hour concert for family, friends and band directors across Iowa.  Giving a concert of this magnitude will challenge our students to become better musicians and expose them to an audience of the highest caliber. 

The band will perform at the convention in May, the date and times are yet to be determined.  Being selected is a reflection of the quality of Clarinda’s students and the support they receive from the community. 

Student Lunch Accounts
Please review your child's food service account regularly to keep them current. This year, families are being contacted when student food service balances have fewer than 10 meals left. To help parents with payment, the district accepts cash, check or credit cards. Payments can be made online at the district website by selecting the Webstore/Online Payments icon.  

We also remind you that anytime you have a change in your income, please contact the school for a free/reduced lunch application.  You may apply more than once in a school year if your circumstances change.   All applications are kept confidential, and we are happy to work with you.  If you have any questions, please contact the food service director at 712-542-5165.

School Closures and Delays
When is school closed or delayed due to inclement weather?

Safety is our primary concern when making the decision to close or delay the start of school due to severe weather. This process begins in the evening and a decision is made as early as possible, typically prior to 6:30 a.m.

How are parents notified of a school closure or delay?
School closures and delays will be  announced on KMA radio and through school media. 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 winter weather, we encourage and strongly support parents in making decisions that are best for their child.  While our 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.
Flu and Cold Season is Here
Did you know most school nurses agree:  The best way to keep students healthy during the school year is to make sure they wash their hands.   That simple tip matches the advice from experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others."

The Mayo Clinic suggests these common sense tips can go a long way toward staying healthy in school. In addition to frequent hand-washing, encourage your child to:

  • Use hand sanitizer.  Give your child alcohol-based hand sanitizer to keep in his or her desk or backpack. Remind your child to use the sanitizer before eating snacks or lunch and after using a shared computer, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.  Encourage your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue - then put the tissue in the trash, and wash his or her hands or use hand sanitizer. If it isn't possible to reach a tissue in time, remind your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of his or her elbow.

  • Keep your hands away from your eyes and out of your mouth.  Remind your child that hands are often covered in germs.

  • Don't share water bottles, food or other personal items.  Offer your child this simple rule - if you put the item in your mouth, keep it to yourself.

Join Superintendent Stender for Coffee 
Join Superintendent Deron Stender on Friday March 3rd, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Down Right Delicious for coffee.

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.

NEW Phone Number or Address?

Do you have a new phone number or have you moved?

Please keep the school informed of any changes by contacting our school office. It is very important that the school have your most up to date information at all times. 
Clarinda Community School District
423 East Nodaway
Clarinda, Iowa 51632
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