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Thursday, September 12, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven OVIATT ELEMENTARY I By Sheila Taylor, Principal I am so proud of the Oviatt students and how they have started the year. They have adjusted well to the routines and are excited to be at school. We love having them here and appreciate the parents for entrusting us with them for a part of their day. With the start of the year, we have had the opportunity to practice changes in the routine with the warmer temperatures, which has caused us to move recesses indoors. We follow the Child Care Weather Watch chart to indicate when it is safe for children to play outside, considering the heat index and wind-chill factors. We are so grateful to have our schools air conditioned. We would have lost valuable instruc- tional time if we did not have this luxury. Keep N Track-Starting this month Oviatt will be implementing Keep N Track which monitors all visi- tors entering our building. This will be a big change in procedures. Some of you might be asking why we are making this change. The district has a commitment to provide a safe environmentffor our students. This sys- tem helps us be proactive in making sure everyone who works with students will add to the environment in a positive way. With the Keep N Track system we can con- trol who comes in and out of buildings. This can only be done with having one entrance for visitors, versus the three entrances we have for students. We have staff at each of the doors to help children enter the building safely and help them find where they are going. Work with your children to say good-bye in the car or entrance of the building and have your child walk info school on their own. Be assured we have people at the entrances that will help them find where they are to go. As a par- 6nt, I know what you are going through if you have a nervous and emotional child. I am here to help and will walk your child in if they are having trouble. Once the students get the confidence that they can come in on their own it is amazing to see them grow. Volunteering at Oviatt-There are opportunities for parents to volunteer in our schools through PTO, Watch D.O.G.S, Everybody Wins- I0wa Power Lunch, assist- hag in the classrooms, or volunteering to help supervise students before school or during lunch. Everyone who wants to volunteer needs to complete an online appli- cation through our Keep N Track system. If you filled out a form last year, you need to reapply this year. On the website along the left column, find the link "Keep N Track." The application takes only a minute to com- plete. Your information will be submitted and you will receive an email indicating if you are safe to volunteer in the schools. If we receive a report on a volunteer that isn't conducive to working with students, I will be call- ing you to talk about this and what that involves. Spirit Days-Each Friday is Spirit Day. We encourage students and staff to show their Warrior School Spirit by wearing our school colors of purple and gold. If your child doesn't have Norwalk gear, that is okay. They can show their spirit by wearing clothes that have purple or gold on them. It is a fun way to show our support for our schools in a family environment. If you are inter- ested in purchasing Norwalk attire here are some sites and stores that carry Norwalk attire: PTO website www.norwalkpto.com; local stores Fareway and Scott's carry Norwalk apparel; www.greatshirtsnow.com; and the Norwalk Boosters open their online Nike Store at different times throughout the year www.sportspage team.com. Elementary Fundraiser-It is the time of year when elementary students will be asking for your support through our food sales fundraiser. Your support helps our students and schools through the purchase of play- ground equipment, technology and fun activities for our students and families. Oviatt's goal is to create an out- door learning environment in our courtyard. This is a wonderful space that can be utilized with hands-on outdoor learning opportunities. The fundraiser runs from September 5-16. One thing I have noticed and ap- preciated about Norwalk is the community's support of the schools. Thank you in advance for your contin- ued support. PHOTO PRINTING is a full commercial printer. Call us for your flyers, letterhead, envelopes, brochures, magazines, Free Estimates. newsletters, books, etc. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S. 1st St., Carlisle, IA 50047 I 515-989-32511 GOVERNMENT IN ACTION Concluded from p. 1 dinances concerning automotive repair as a special use in the C-4 zoning district could not be voted upon. Councilmember Mike Leto could not vote on the mat- ter as he is the one inquiring about the space on Main and North (previously Norwalk Collision Certer). Since there was not a quorum this item was delayed until a later date. Item 9 regarding establishing a definition for auto- motive repair and permitting this in the C-2 and C-3 zoning districts failed due to no motion to approve. Item 10 was approved by council. The final reading of an ordinance regarding rental permits and inspec- tion fees. Item 11 passed by council will adopt provisions per- taining to rental conversion, registration, rental inspec- tions and assessment of costs. Item 12 Council approved the disposal of surplus li- brary materials. Item 13 regarding the site plan for Cedarbrooke Apartments Complex was pulled from the agenda. Item 14 approved the resolution for the final plat for the Ridge at Echo Valley Plat 3. Item 15 was approved and relates to financing of a proposed project to be undertaken by the city establish- ing compliance with reimbursement bond regulations under the Internal Revenue Code. Item 16 regarding an application to the Iowa DOT was approved. This is for partial funding of Highway 28 and Beardsley intersection improvements and the city will match funds of said project. Item 17 was approved by council regarding a hotel market study with Hospitality Marketers International. The fee for a study to see if a hotel would be successful in the Norwalk area is $7,150. The funds to pay for this study would come from the economic development area of the city's budget. Item 18 was passed by council and this resolution concerns a beautification/streetscape plan for portions of Highway 28. $8,000 will be funded for this plan and a citizen committee is being formed to oversee the project. Item 19 was tabled. The resolution concerned an agreement for engineering work related to the High- way 28 trail revitalization with McClure Engineering. Item 20-was approved and council waived the plat review authority for property generally located at the intersection of Highway 28 and County G24. Item 21 updated council on the speed signs for Parkhill Drive. Councilmember Leto asked why speed bumps could not be installed in lieu of signs to deal with speeding vehicles on Parkhill. Updates-Mayor Pierce stated the City Manager's con- tract update will be on the September 19 agenda. Councilmember Murillo recognized the efforts of the Norwalk Fire Department and the Emergency Medical teams for their service to Norwalk resident TJ Utterback. Utterback was present at the meeting and thanked the city and all departments that responded to his home in 2012. " Celebrate College Savings Month State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald recently an- nounced that Iowa has joined forces with other states in declaring September as College Savings Month. College Savings Month is a time when families are encouraged to explore the benefits of saving through a 529 plan, such as College Savings Iowa. "As a way to raise awareness among families about saving for higher education, College Savings Iowa will be awarding a $5,290 College Savings Iowa account this fall," Fitzgerald said. "I encourage all Iowans with young children to register today for a chance to win and jump-start their children's college savings." For more information about the giveaway and to register, visit collegesavingsiowa.com. College Savings Iowa is an affordable, tax-advantaged option for families who are saving for their children's higher education. It takes just $25 to open a College Sav- ings Iowa account, and anyone - parents, grandparents, friends and relatives - can invest on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contri- butions up to $3,045 per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income in 2013 and there are no income or residency restrictions.* To learn more about College Savings Iowa, go to collegesavingsiowa.com or call 1- 888-672-9116. *Adjusted annually for inflation if withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The availabilffy of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other require- ments. Activities at the NORWALK LIBRARY 1051 North Ave 981-0217 Saturday, Sept. 14 Baby & Me, 9 a.m. Join us for Baby & Me early liter- ary class which includes lapsit stories, finger plays and songs, all designed for babies. Care providers should bring a soft blanket to lay their baby on during class. Parents: expect full interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is designed for a one-one or two- one care provider to child ratio and last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Registration required. Wee Ones, 9:30 a.m. Join us for this early literacy class, designed for walkers up to 22 months. Registra- tion required. Learn at Your Library, 9-10 a.m. Social Media - An introduction for you to use social and professional me- dia sites (Facebook, Linkedln, etc). Registration re- quired. Tuesday, Sept. 17 Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-6 year- olds, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents, expect some interaction with your little ones and helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is also a good fit for parents attending with several children and for daycare groups. History Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Participants share arti- facts, stories and learn more about the history of Norwalk and surrounding areas (check the online cal- endar for exact dates and times). Bring your own pho- tos, documents or artifacts to share. Additionally, we will have speakers about historical preservation and topics related to history. As an extension of this group we hope to design a virtual museum online. Wednesday, Sept. 18 Take a Break, 10-11 a.m. Join us on Wednesdays for this adult/youth collaborative program. Drop by and talk with other adults while your kids participate in age - appropriate literacy centers or activities. Working with the Adult Services Coordinator, participants will choose how this group works (for example, whether to start a book club, work on curriculum design, explore the li- brary collection and preview new library materials, etc.) Ideal for home-schooled families or anyone with chil- dren in their care! 2nd - 3rd Grade Book Club, 2-2:45 p.m. On the third Wednesday of each month, join us for book talks, ac- tivities and snacks. Bring what you are currently read- ing or come to get some ideas for new reads. Card Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Play cards! Learn and teach new card games or form a foursome to play your favor- ite game. This group meets monthly and tonight we're playing 500. Cards provided. Thursday, Sept. 19 Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For ages 18 months to three years, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents: expect lots of interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. JULIAN GARRETT , . Concluded from p. 2 going on for many years. The Director has resigned and Governor Branstad "has appointed the Director of the Eldora State Training School for Boys as the temporary director for the Iowa Juvenile Home. The Governor has also issued executive order 82, severely limiting re- straints or seclusion and ordering the highest level of care for residents of the home. Education for the resi- dents will be transferred from the Department of Hu- man Services to the local Area Education Agency. The order also provides for a task force to recommend ad- ditional reforms for the Home. It is to report its find- ings by October 15. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at 515-281-3221 or Julian.Garrett@legis. iowa.gov. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211