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| Thursday, July 25, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine Staffing News: It has hit the middle of July and I'm getting very excited to start the upcoming school year. We have lost some great members of our staff and I want to thank them for their efforts for kids. Suzanne Swift, a veteran 3rd grade teacher decided to retire at the end of the year. She was such a great leader in integrating technology within instruction and sharing that knowledge with her teammates. She will be replaced by Allison Adams, who transferred from Oviatt Elementary. I'm excited for her to be a member of the staff because of her experience with 2nd grade students. This wig help with their transition to Lake- wood! She will team with Brandi Dinne'n, who moved from 5th grade. She brings expertise in her experience as a 4th and 5th grade teacher. Her specialty area is in math. Brandi will team with Allison and Dawn Gries. In fourth grade, there was an addition of one section. That section will be taught by Jill Martin, who gradu- ated from Drake, played basketball in Europe after col- lege and has subbed in the district for a couple of years. Jill has experience in each of the grade levels and has great relationship skills with the kids in the rooms where she has subbed. She will be teaming with Deb Blanchard and Michelle Van Soelen. Her willingness to do what- ever it takes for kids to be successful will be great as she starts her new classroom. The 5th grade lost two great teachers in Ashley Graft and Carol Poppens. Ashley has decided to have a child and travel with her husband, as he is finishing his rounds in medical school. She was the expert in differentiation in reading groups. Carol was offered the media special- ist job at Waukee and will be in charge of opening the library ",m;a newbuilding. She offered so much knowl- edge to the staff about literature and how to effectively teach it to her class. Both of these professionals were LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal great team players and an asset to the 5th grade team. The fifth grade only has seven sections, so with the trans- fer of Mrs. Dinnen, Kayla George was hired. She is a new teacher from Iowa State and comes highly recom- mended from Johnston. I think you will find that her enthusiasm is contagious and her work ethic will be an asset. She will be teaming with Allison Krichau. Chris Larson will be full-time dean for Lakewood this year. I'm so anxious to work with him in a full-time ca- pacity. He was invaluable last year as a half-time dean and his enthusiasm and his positive outlook is conta- gious. He has a strong background in special education procedures and programming. His relationships with kids and parents will truly serve as an attribute for the building! Another couple of team members that will be gone will be Donna Roush and Rita Frier, part of the kitchen crew. Both of these women are planning to retire to spend more time with their families. Rita has been here since I arrived ten years ago and has been a mainstay in the nutrition depar ent. She served food from the ever- famous closet in the old building! Donna opened the new kitchen and helped create one of the most positive lunch lines in Iowa. She always had a smile on her face and would drop everything to listen to kids' concerns. I'm excited that Kathy Pulver will be in the kitchen at Lakewood. She is transferring from Oviatt and it will give the 3rd graders a familiar face to see at the begin- ning of the year. Last but not least, I want to congratulate Dr. Laura Sivadge on her retirement. It will seem weird not to have my partner in crime at the beginning of the school year. She had a great vision toward the future of education and I relied on her tremendously throughout the last couple of years. We complimented each other very well OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students and I'm so happy that she will have more time with her grandkids now. It was truly an honor to work with Laura. At the same time, I want to welcome my new partner, Sheila Taylor. I'm anxious to continue to learn with her this year! List for Teachers: When you child receives his teacher, there will be two names on the list. The teach- ers are working more and more Ks teams to provide quality instruction for your child. The first teacher on the list will be the primary teacher for your child. The teachers will be released through Infinite Campus the middle of August. If you need an Infinite Campus sign up, find the form on the district website. Tidbits: Have all negative balances paid for by August 21. The Lakewood office will be closed until August 5. .August 5 and 8 District Registration 4-7 p.m. at Eastview cafeteria August 20 Open House Thoughts: Every educator has been told by others how great it must be to have their summers off.? What people don't understand is that in order to be an excel- lent teacher, there is no off season. The best teachers remain dynamic with their thinking and their teaching practices. The majority of the teachers take classes and attend workshops to better their craft of teaching. Some staff members are learning new reading interventions, by teaching summer school. Part of my job, as a build- ing administrator is to NOT allow staff members to be- come stagnant in their thinking because our' clients' are changing from year to year. Some of the staff attended a Professional Learning Community workshop in order to create a structure to better use our early out time. Others have been working on unpacking standards in order to purchase the best curriculum. I constantly chal- lenge teachers to model lifelong learning. That honestly is the only way in which all of us become better and produce a better product! Enjoy the rest of your summer; it will go by fast! Boredom Busters - A Month of Ideas Keep boredom at bay every single day! Print this calendar and hang it where your child can see it. Or cut up the ! squares and put them in a jar; pull it out when you hear those not-so-magic words ("I'm bored" or "There's I Legislative News nothing to do"). Challenge your child to come up with his own ideas to add to the mix! I By State Representative Julian B. Garrett I 2 3 4 " 5 6 . 7 Feds Delay Key 0bamacare Provision Feed the birds Have a pretend Decide on a Pretend yourGive new names Have a filmPlay school by I think it is very interesting that the Obama adminis- and squirrels with birdseed, esame seeds, ~lsins, and = peanuts. 8 Find a kazoo and call it the "calamity kazoo." Blow it every time someone in th~family messes up. 15 Make a still life from all the fruits-, and vegetables in the fridge. Then draw it, if you like. 22 Count and roll all the coins in the house, bring them to the bank, and buy ice cream with the proceeds, Invite a friend over to bake something yummy, beauty salon. Do each o~er's hair -- or even your dog's. 9 Pre-make a salad and English muffin pizzas; t.oss and toast at dinnertime. 16 Write a letter to a friend who's moved away, or surprise someone nearby with mail. 23 Make a terrarium with dirt, moss, and plant cuttings in an empty jar with holes punched in the top. Keep moist. family song, and house is for sale. ::have eve~'yo,ne Wdte an ad learn it. You describing ail its might stage an attributes. American Idol- style contest! 10 Make a collage based on a favorite theme, like roller coasters or turtles. F 17 Research big events that occurred the same year a family member was born. Does anyone share a birthday with someone 24 Take everyone's pulse at different times of the day. Make a chart. 11 Paint the garage door as a family. Buy new toothbrushes and try a new toothpaste.. Vadety is the spice of life. 25 Cover a box with seashells or other craft materials, Put something clear to you inside, to all your mom's or sister's lipsticks and nail polishes. (Ask permission flrsfl) 12 Write a newsletter of what happened -this week to everyone in the house. Save it to road next year. 19 Use the kitchen or bathroom scale to find things around the house that weigh 1 pound, 2 pounds, 3 pounds, and so on. 26 Toast marsh- mallows and smoosh them between chocolate grahams. Yum! festival. Rent or settingup a ' tration is delaying the implementation of a key provi- borrow movies from the library shadng the same theme. 13 Buy a compass and mark the north, south, east, and west sides or your house with a piece of paper or other non- permanent sign. 20 Bake cookies or mini cupcakes and deliver them to a firehouse, nursing home, or your favorite shopkeeper or neighbor. 2"/ Think of a family goal and write it on a piece of paper. "Our family dream is to work on..." Then work toward your goal. pretend classroom. Teach siblings or pals a new skill. 14 Think of a new name for everyone in the family and use those names all day if you can. 21 Stargaze with a map of the heavens cut out of the newspaper or printed from the Intemet. 28 Paint everyone's toenails. sign of the new Obamacare law. The law provides that by January 1, 2014, all employers who employ 50 or more employees, working 30 or more hours per week, must offer health care to those employees or pay/! $2,000.00 per worker penalty. The delay is in the face of evidence that many employers (74% of small businesses accord- ing to aU.S. Chamber of Commerce survey) will fire or reduce hours of some employees, so they do not have to provide them with health insurance. One of the prob- lems that I have observed over the years is that legisla- tors and bureaucrats too often do not understand that people modify their behavior based on the laws they must live under. I have not seen where anyone has shown what provision of the law allows the delay. The law was passed by the Congress and signed by the Presi- dent. If the law is so onerous or unworkable, shouldn't the President ask for an amendment to the law to be passed, to allow the delay? The delay does not apply to individuals who must either buy health insurance by January 1, 2014, or pay a penalty. Iowa Rainy Day Fund Among the Best The Tax Foundation has released a report showing that Iowa is among the leaders in state rainy day funds expressed as a percentage of annual expenditures. Iowa ranks number eight among the 50 states with roughly 10% of its annual expenditures in the Cash Reserve Fund and the Economic Emergency Fund, that together are commonly called the Rainy Day Fund. Alaska is num- ber one with 211.16%. Wyoming is second with 53.13% and the numbers drop off quickly after that. A number that is not shown in the study is the amount of the state's ending balances. In Iowa that is estimated to be $779.1 :. ;::: ;ii:: million. If that is added to the rainy day fund the bal- Plant a garden Jog around the ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ance would be 22.28.% of annual expenditures. Iowa may and water the block and see !ili ii:i!;i:)iil i iiiiii:iiiii iii )! i !il]iill i}!!ii iii :i rank higher than number eight if that money is taken lawn. what's going on. into account. The top six states are all energy produc- Report back on ing states. All of the top 10 currently have Republican your findings. governors. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov or by calling 515-281-3221.