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Thursday, May 3, 2012 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven .... LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY ] By Jill Anderson, Principal Dave Oleson, Dean of Students Research clearly indicates that the single biggest ef- fect on student achievement is the teacher in the class- room. One of the things that I'm most proud of is the conviction that our teachers have toward the students in their classroom. Remember that May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. I want to encourage you to communicate with your child's teacher during the week. Many times, they are the ones that only hear the bad! I know that I appreciate both their subject knowledge and their compassion. In Norwalk, we are blessed with great teachers at every level. Take the opportunity to thank them for the important jobs they do every day. May 7-11 is also School Board Recognition Week. The Norwalk School Board is next to none! The school board members spend many hours each month attending meetings, fielding calls and supporting our schools all on a volunteer basis. Two Mondays out of the month are taken away from their personal time to discuss edu- cational issues for the good of the children. I want to encourage you to take the time to thank them as well for the job they are doing. We are fortunate to have dedi- cated individuals with a focus on serving and meeting the needs of the students of Norwalk Community Schools. Our Board has gone above and beyond over the years to ensure our students are receiving a quality education and our facilities are in place to meet the learn- ing needs of students. There are only a few more weeks of school left. As we get further into spring, and youth evening activities increase, it is natural for our students to get antsy about school and lose some academic focus. Encourage your children to continue to excel through the remainder of the school year and emphasize the importance of life- long reading and education. Lastly, I wanted to let you know that Dave Oleson has resigned and will be headed back to the warmer climate of Texas. I told him that he couldn't handle the fact that Iowa State is getting better than Iowa, but he assured me that it wasn't the reason. It has been my pro- fessional and personal pleasure to learn from him. He has been a tremendous addition to the staff at Lakewood and it has been fun to come to work each day and work witha great friend. I'm sure the School Tubes will never be the same! If you get a chance, let him know how much he, has meant to Lakewood. JAlso, we are planning our first PE4Life Family Fun Night May 10 from 5-7 p.m. This will be at the new sta- dium and there will be free food for the first 200 people. Our goal is to get as many people as possible out that evening to walk the track, play games from the Norwalk Parks and Rec department, learn about our PE4Life pro- gram and have fun! We're excited about the opportuni- ties our kids have in regards to physical activity and we hope to see the community of Norwalk come out and learn what it's all about. To learn more about the PE4Life program, check us out on Facebook at http:// www.facebook.com/pages/Lakewood-PE/ 245066125527756. Upcoming events ' May 9 May 10 May 14-18 May 16 May 16 May 18 May 23 May 25 May 28 May 29 May 30 Middle School SADD Presentations at Lakewood for 5th Graders PE4Life Night from 5-7 p.m. at Football Stadium DIBELS Testing Week 12:00 Early Out DARE Graduation at Lakewood- 5th Graders Last Day of May Term Historical Building/Capitol Field Trip- 5th Graders Hershey Track Meet at Norwalk Football Field-4th-5th Graders morning, 3rd Graders afternoon No School-Memorial Day Fun Day/Talent Show at Lakewood Last Day of School In-Roor ~ Geothermal Heating "Insured & Certified" (515) 989-0106 SALES - SERVICE ~ REPLACEMENT BATHROOM REMODEL Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is Coming to Warren County State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is bringing the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt to Warren County in hopes of returning lost money to its rightful owner. "We are holding over $909,747.32 for Warren County citizens in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt," Fitzgerald said. "In previous years, we've had tremendous success returning unclaimed property to Warren County," Fitzgerald stated. "We have returned $1,007,873.14 for people in Warren County, but we are always looking for more individuals. The spring publication signifies a kick off to new names reported to the office and we hope to reunite a s many people with their lost treasures as possible." The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $143 million in unclaimed property to more than 359,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and com- panies to annually report and deliver unclaimed prop- erty to the State Treasurer's Office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or check- ing account s, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits and safe deposit box contents. Make sure to keep watch for the upcoming publica- tion. Treasure seekers are encouraged to visit www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com and check to see if they have unclaimed assets waiting for them. Individu- als may also send an email to foundit@iowa.gov. For those who prefer corresponding by mail, write to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses. If you want to recapture your youth, just cut off his allowance. -A1 Bernstein S T A N D R IE G R O U P LEADERS IN COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS N. NEWTON STANDDGE (515) 229-5310 Www.ST00DR00D0000Ggooe.CO00 1304 Skylane Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 PRINTING AND PROMOTION providing solutions for print, design and specialties Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us Budget Negotiations Continue I reported last week that the House, Senate and Governor had agreed on the total spending figure for the upcoming fiscal year. It turns out that we were not as close to an agreement as it seemed. While there was agree- ment on general fund spending of $6.24 billion, the Senate Democrats want to spend additional "one time" moneyto fund additional spending of $40 million or so. One of the first principles that those of us on the Appropria- tions Committee agreed to last year was that we would end the practice of spending one time money for ongoing expenses. An example of using one time money to fund ongoing expenses was the use of several hundred million dollars of federal stimulus money to pay for ongoing expenses in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010. We received no federal stimu- lus money in 2011 and it was a major challenge to reduce spending to the level of ongoing revenue. Another technique that was used in the past was purposely underfunding things like Medicaid and Indigent Defense to free up money for other areas: Indigent Defense is the fund used to pay private attorneys for defending indigents accused of a crime. This was done knowing that additional money would have to be appropriated the next ses- sion, because the State must fund Medicaid and i " , Childcare Center Serving Children from K - S *" grade 6 am to 6 pm Monday thin Friday Educational Activities Free Meals - Fieicltrips - indoor/outdoor play spaces "First 25 Students" Nn gistnation fee glrl[I per'week, ntire summer, (reg. $i512 per*week) Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church 5"15 Sunset Dr., Nccwlk, Iow 5 5-981-0226 www.chdstoursaviorlcms.org Indigent Defense. I sup- port the Speaker in insist- ing that we spend less than we receive in revenue. I be- lieve the best way to en- courage economic growth and protect future funding for areas such as public safety and education, is responsible fiscal manage- ment on the part of the state. It does not serve any- one well to make promises that arenot kept. Though a breakthrough could come at any mo- ment, itremains to be seen how long it will take this year for the Senate leaders to accept the fact that we will continue to operate with a balanced budget. I was never one of those predicting that the session would end by April 17, but I am hopeful that we will not see a session lasting until June 30 as we did last year. Mental Health Bill Passed I have reported from time to time on the progress of the mental health reform bill that we have worked on for more than a year. We passed the bill last week with several amendments to the Senate passed bill. I understand that the Senate will accept our amendments. I served on one of the work groups that worked on the bill last summer and fall. Iowa Unemployment Rate Down Iowa Workforce Devel- opment has announced that Iowa's unemployment rate dropped to 5.2% in the month of March, down 0.1% from the previous month. Iowa has the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Iowa has gained 13,000 jobs com- pared to last year. The na- tional average is 8.2%. Norwalk Chamber Membership Breakfast I was pleased to be in- vited to attend the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Membership Breakfast last week. There were ribbon cuttings for several new businesses. The chamber has over one hundred members. Nor- walk has a growing busi- ness community and the population has grown markedly in recent years. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at julian. garrett@legis.state.ia.us or 515-281-3221. LIBRARY HOURS Monday -Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays ,lemorial Day-Labor Dar