In This Issue
CAPS Project Leads to Meeting with Company Executives
Click on photo above to read Courier article.
Watch Justin's presentation to 
Springs Window Fashions execs.
Tiger Basketball Poster Night

STEM Open House

90 Minute Late Start Chart
Please refer to the below chart for 90 minute late state bus pick up times.

Six FIRST Lego League Teams Competing at State Championships
Six Cedar Falls FIRST Lego League teams will compete Saturday and Sunday during the FIRST Lego League state championships at Iowa State University. The teams are  the Brick Bots, Stingray City, Shark Sharpedos, Aqua Infinity, The Evaporators and Speedsters.

The teams of 9- to 14-year-olds advanced after participating in various regional qualifiers, among about 120 from across the state. Lego League involves teams of up to 10 children guided by teachers or other adult mentors who build and program Lego Mindstorms robots.  Teams work on a challenge to solve a real-world problem related to a theme, which is "Hydro Dynamics" this year. They complete tasks that follow the theme in tabletop matches using the robots.  Scores are determined by how many missions are completed as well as by presentations on the theme teams make to a panel of judges.  An ability to work together and demonstrate they are upholding FIRST's core values also are important.

FIRST is the guiding organization that puts together the annual challenges. Its name is an acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
Many teams are organized through schools. 

Spectators are welcome at the event, which starts at 9 a.m. each day.

More information on schedules and location plus a link to watch matches live online is available at
Aldrich Elementary Construction Photos
Pineappling - Using Pineapple Charts for Professional Learning
NEISTA Honors Orchestra
Congratulations to the students who were chosen for the
Northeast Iowa String Teachers Association Honors Orchestra!

NEISTA Middle School Honors Orchestra
Hansen Elementary - Abigail Sliwinski,  Emma Halvorsen,  Varun Gulwadi
Holmes Junior High - Emma Fuchtman,  Julia Magee,  Kunyu Du,  Preston Atkins,  Sidney Atkins
Lincoln Elementary - Brooklynn Knox,  Egan Taiber,  Mason Munnik
North Cedar Elementary - Corin Fuchtman
Orchard Hill - Mihika Iher
Peet Junior High - Carl Rekow,  Elliot Purdum,  Jonathan Squires,  KD Waltz,  Noel Thomas,  Rebecca McKenzie,  Sean Radke

NEISTA High School Honors Orchestra
CFHS - Andrew Mord, Cello;  Annika Strohm, Bass;  Christopher Sell, Bass;  Emma Sliwinski, Violin;  Kelly Kestner, Violin;  Mallory Welsch, Viola;  Meron Abebe, Violin
Peet Junior High - Grace King,  Karen Yasuda,  Mindy Li
College and Career Planning Meeting
Incoming Kindergarten Students for 2018-2019
Do you have a child who will be attending kindergarten next school year? Buildings are beginning to collect contact information so that we can ensure all families receive the correct paperwork and information. Current District parents will be receiving a form to fill out to return to the secretary at your child's school. It can also be accessed here.

Please share this information with anyone you know who may not yet have children in the District!

Information from Covenant Clinic
Covenant Clinic Nurses
As of January 1, 2018, the nurses and health assistants in the District will be provided by Covenant Clinic. The majority of staff have worked with students over the years, and students will recognize many of the associates who have provided exceptional care while in school. The schedules, services and care provided by Covenant Clinic staff will continue as normal with no changes.  Nurse phone numbers have changed! Please contact the health office at each building to communicate your students health needs to the staff.  Previous phone numbers for the nurses are no longer available.
Reminder on School Illness Policy
It is the policy of Cedar Falls Schools to be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to classes. Students with fever of 100 or higher must remain home until resolved for 24 hours. Students must also be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that affects mainly the nose, throat, chest and lungs. The flu may cause mild to severe illness, and even lead to death. In the very young, the elderly, and those with other serious medical conditions, infection can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine, and it's not too late!  Getting vaccinated is not just about protecting yourself, but also protecting those around you: family members, friends, classmates, teachers, and others in your community.
Symptoms of influenza include:
  • Fever (typically ≥100° F)
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can occur but are more common in children than adults
Coming soon: Meet your nurse!
Volunteer on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is sponsoring a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service January 15, at the Cedar Falls Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m. 

Kindergarten through 5th grade students and families are invited to attend and participate in making service projects for others in the community.

For more information, please contact Jean Seeland at the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley 319-272-2087 or

Dr. King taught us that everyone has a role to play in making our community strong.
New Menu Options for Elementary Students
The goal of the District Food Service and Nutrition Department is to plan, prepare and serve nutritious meals according to the guidelines and requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program.

Effective January 3, 2018, the Food Service and Nutrition Department will offer two main entrées daily for grades K - 6. These two choices will comprise of two different hot entrees along with the other components of a balanced reimbursable meal. The first or main choice will be offered on six week cycle menu; whereas, the second or alternate choice will be a different option for each day of the week and will be the same each week.

If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Ecker, Food Service Supervisor at  319-553-2460  or the Food Service and Nutrition Office at  319-553-2451 .
Daytime Food Service and Para Educator Position Openings

Parents for Great Iowa Schools

Support Extending the State Penny Sales Tax
Please contact your legislator to give your support to
extending the State Penny Sales Tax !

The one-cent sales tax for school infrastructure is known in law as Secure an Advanced Vision for Education ( SAVE ). This critical funding stream is set to expire in December 2029, creating an abrupt end to millions of dollars of school funding for safe and modern buildings and other school infrastructure such as technology, while shifting the entire burden for school facility funding to property tax payers. In Cedar Falls, the extension would mean the reality of a new high school coming much sooner.
Board of Education Update
Watch the January 8 meeting.

The next Cedar Falls Schools Board of Education meeting will be January 22, 2018,  5:30 p.m. at Cedar Falls City Hall and will be shown on Cedar Falls Channel 15.   Agendas, documents and materials for all board of education meetings can be found on the Cedar Falls Schools website   . Watch previous meetings on the District's YouTube Channel Meetings will be available live at . This format works best with Internet Explorer.

Spring Break Camps, Mar. 12-16 (ages K-6)
Our day camps are the perfect place to try new mediums and make projects to take home! Snacks provided in the morning and afternoon. Students must bring a sack lunch.
Time: 9 am-4 pm
Location: (ages 5-8) Rownd Classrooms
(ages 9-12) McElroy Classroom
Fee: $30 ($27)/day, $140 ($125)/week  

Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Report
Open Positions
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