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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR nori NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors MALL I OWN PA'HG  fl .,ll;,,li,,,i,l,;llq,.ilh;i.l,,;iiliil,,i'lih ia'Nh'l'ilIll Warren Town and County News 50 Voh 46 No. 41 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, February 26, 2015 2015-2016 Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten registration is scheduled for Tuesda}5 March 3, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Oviatt Elementary lobby (door 1). Check the school district's website at www.norwalk.k12.ia.us for the required registration forms parents/guardians need to complete for their child(ren). Forms can be turned in to the office between now and March 3. If you turn in your paperwork prior to March 3, you don't need to come to registration in March. If you do not have access to a computer and/or printer, contact the Oviatt Office at 981-1005 for paper copies of the registration form(s). We thank you in advance for your partidpation in this registration process. Your promptness in comple- tion of these forms allows us to be proactive in staffing appropriately for the kindergarten class of 2015-2016. Kindergarten Round Up Round Up will be held Monday, April 6, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Oviatt Elementary. The following activities will take place during this time span: 6-6:40 p.m. Presentation for parents in Oviatt gym (incoming Kindergarten students may attend) &40-7:30 p.m. Self-guided tour of current kindergarten classrooms Registration documents submitted Tour by Incoming Kindergarten Students We will offer scheduled tours in May for all incom- ing kindergarten students. Check the next District news- letter for specific dates for these tours. We work with all local daycare providers and community preschools in arranging the tours. If your child has daycare ser- vices outside the Norwalk community, know you are welcome, too! More information on this tour will be shared on the district's website in April. Kindergarten Orientation Kindergarten Orientation dates are not firmly set; however, if we have no more snow make-up days, we will hold Orientation June I and 2. We typically have orientation the final two days of school and need to get past winter weather before we are sure of those final two days. Parents who register prior to May I are noti- fied of all pertinent dates. This information will also be posted on the district's website in April. r Mayor's 00wath Moment By Tom Phillips .y Happy February. If you're a snow lover, better get in all that you can, because warmer weather is approach- ing. Spring is right around the comer. If you remember, last year the city and council were talking about replacing a portion of Holly Drive and re- surfacing Wakonda Drive. In January, the council took action to set these projects into motion, so you should start seeing work on these streets soon. We are also in the process of building the budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. It is a balancing act to be able to provide all of the city services that you've come to expect while keeping our tax levy the same (or possibly lower). We have to certify our budget by March 15, so you'll_be hearing more about that in my next Mayor's Moment. The proposed budget levy is $15.69376 per thousand dollars of taxable valuation, which is roughly Concluded p. 13 Stepping Stones Expanding Program Stepping Stones Pre- school in Norwalk is ex- cited to announce an ex- pansion of their programs to include an Elementary Program this fall 2015. Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes will be the first added this year, with the vision of continued expansion the fall of 2016 and beyond. They will continue to offer a pro- gram infused with biblical values in a Christian envi- ronment. Enrollment be- gins Monday, March 2. If you are interested in a tour or learning more, call 515- 313-7837. " Besides the Elementary Program starting this Fall, Stepping Stones also offers preschool (3%, 4%, 5"s), childcare, before and after school care and summer programming for both preschool and school age children. Piano aod Voice Lessons are also offered during operating hours. This summer, the program theme is "Fear Factor" and will include many "Fear Factor" challenges and fun outings. Registration opens to the public for ",he Summer 2015 and 2015-2016 Pre- school and Elementary School Year Monday, March 2, at 7 a.m. Classes are filled in the order of completed registration Concluded p. 13 PTO Fundraiser For Lakewood Playground George Meinecke (VP at City State Bank and Norwalk School Board member), Tammy RandaU (Norwalk PTO President), Jill Anderson (Lakewood Principal), Steve Albrecht (City State Bank President) and Chris Larson (Lakewood Dean of Students) stand with Lakewood Elementary students as City State Bank presents a check for $5,000 to the Norwalk PTO to be used toward the Lakewood Play- ground Project. Photo submitted. City State Bank kicked off the fundraising cam- paign for the new Lake- wood Playground by con- tributing a generous $5,000 toward the im- provement project. Steve Albrecht, City State Bank President, and George Meinecke, City State Bank Vice President and Nor- walk School Board mem- ber, were on hand to present the check to PTO President, Tammy Ran- dall. "City State Bank is pleased to partner with the Norwalk PTO to provide additional outdoor space for Norwalk's kids. We are always so proud of our Norwalk schools and this Legal Notices Inside This Issue CITY OF NORWALK "Notice of Hearing on Budget Estimate 6 p.m. March 5, 2015 CITY OF CUMMING Notice of Hearing on Budget Estimate 7 p.m. March 9, 2015 NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Minutes of Regular Session February 9, 2015 WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF Three Sheriff's Sales WARREN COUNTY SUPERVISORS Minutes of February 17, 2015 Meeting is just another great exam- ple of raising the bar. We hope other Norwalk busi- nesses and families will also support this project," commented Albrecht. The new playground area will cost $95,000 and will be used for recess, PE for Life sessions, brain breaks and reward time. Norwalk resident and Blank Children's Hospital pediatrician, Jennifer Groos, MD is a huge sup- porter of this effort. "As kids enter the late elemen- tary school years, they tend to become more sed- entary even during pro- vided recess time. Play- ground equipment tai- lored to this age group is a great way to keep them moving. To use the addi- tional playtime on equip- ment is a great way to re- ward kids for good behav- ior in a healthy way," says Dr. Groos. Lakewood kids and their families have voted and chosen the final piec- es for the playground and now the Norwalk PTO is asking for the public's help with the project. "One opportunity for businesses and families to contribute is to purchase a surfacing tile. To be play- ground compliant, safe surfacing tiles must be in- stalled to cover the cement surface on the playground. These tiles are approxi- mately two feet by two feet, made from recycled rubber and eliminate the need for expensive mulch that must be hauled in each year. The tiles can be customized with family names, business iogos, or school appropriate graph- ics and are $150 each. They are a great way for fami- lies and businesses to help and to have your name as part of this project for years to come," says PTO President, Tammy Ran- dall. For more information about the Lakewood Ele- mentary School Play- ground project, to sponsor a tile, or to make a dona- tion of any amount, visit the Norwalk PTO website at www.norwalkpto.com, email warriorpto@gmail .com or contact the Lake- wood Elementary School office at 515-981-1850. A donation form has been inserted in this issue for your convenience. See Column By Superintendent Denny Wulf p. 10