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Wednesday Dec. 5 and 12
1:30 Early Out
Thursday Dec. 13
PEPTO Meeting @ 6:30pm
Postville Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization
Wednesday Dec. 19
FULL DAY OF SCHOOL- NO EARLY OUT
Thursday, Dec. 20
Pirate Pride Assembly @ 2:30pm
Friday, Dec. 21
1:30 Early Out (End of 2nd Quarter)
Monday, Dec. 24- Wednesday Jan. 2
No School (Winter Break)
Classes Resume on Thursday, Jan. 3rd
Students will be bringing home certificates for their 1st Quarter attendance. Students will be recognized for “Distinguished Attendance,” which means they missed between .5 – 2 total days of school. Students will also be recognized for “Outstanding Attendance,” which means they were in attendance every day during the 1st quarter of school. We are planning on recognizing students for attendance throughout the school year. Research proves that student achievement is directly aligned with attendance. School Safety
Please make sure your children come to school with the proper Winter gear for going outside. Our students go outside for recess daily unless the temperature is below 0 degrees. Students should have Winter coats, snow pants, boots, gloves or mittens, hats, etc. every day while in attendance. If you are unable to provide your child with the necessary winter gear due to financial hardship, please let the school nurse know. The school is currently taking donations for Winter gear. If you have any gently used coats and/or snow pants, please deliver them to the school nurse. Also, if you or organizations would like to donate new hats and gloves to the Elementary Building, there is always a need.
Pennies for Patients
Cora B. Darling Elementary be taking part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Pennies for Patients. Our school will be joining in a program that will be raising funds for lifesaving cancer research that helps cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Students are encouraged to bring money in any form; coins, cash, or check anytime between November 26th thru December 14th. Our goal is to raise $1,000.00. This fundraiser is sponsored by the 6th Grade Student Council.
Religious Holiday Celebrations in Public Schools
I often get questioned if something is okay to display or celebrate this time of year. I want to clarify a few things according to the update provided to School Administrators from the Department of Education. Keep in mind that these guidelines are for all public schools, not just for Postville.
Prohibited (Not Allowed)
- Display religious symbols such as an angel, menorah, or a banner with a religious message.
- Display a Christmas tree with religious symbols such as stars, angels, or the baby Jesus.
- School-wide prayer or scripture reading.
- Banning students from offering candy canes or other items with religious messages during non-instructional times. Schools may prohibit distribution within classrooms.
- Holding a “Christmas” party in the classroom. A “Holiday” or “Winter” or “End of the Semester” party is ok.
- Include religious music selections during public holiday concerts if non-religious music is also included.
- Display Display a “giving tree,” e. a tree on which students hang donated items like gloves or mittens, etc.
- Display religious symbols when combined with other symbols of cultural and ethnic heritage such as Kwanzaa symbols, Frosty the Snowman, etc. (many religious beliefs not just from Christianity)
Finally, it is advised that school districts should strive to be inclusive and equitable for all students regardless of their religious preferences at this time of year.
Each week your child will bring home a “Pirate Post” which contains weekly information. You can also locate information on the school website or our school’s Facebook page. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call (563)864-7651.