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IMPORTANT DATES

September 14th – 18th (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Free Grab-and-Go Meals Available (9-10 a.m. and 11:30-12:30 p.m.)

September 18th 
Orchestra Registration Deadline 

October 5th
Remote Orchestra Lessons Begin 


Welcome back! We are so excited to be back in school. The first week of the 2020-2021 school year is almost in the books! Over the course of the summer, Edwards teachers and staff were faced with challenges and obstacles as they prepared to come back to school. While that was true, I can tell you, without a doubt, that all of those challenges and obstacles vanished when our students’ faces appeared on screen. Seeing all the smiling faces was exactly what we needed! As we continue to prepare an exceptional education experience, I want to remind everyone our single mission has been and will continue to be creating a safe learning environment where our students thrive academically, as well as socially and emotionally. Whether your family chose the Remote Campus option or went with the hybrid model, Edwards teachers and staff are prepared to provide the quality education that we are known for. As always, thank you for your flexibility, patience and grace.  Our Edwards staff is excited and ready for the  year ahead! – Jessica Sharp, Edwards Principal

ONLINE VERIFICATION
If you received an email September 10th from the district office about online verification, you have not yet logged into the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus and verified all contact information and permissions for the 20-21 school year for your child(ren). This needs to be done every year. 

FREE FALL MEALS
Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students and young children, (ages 1-18), in the Ames Community. 

Meal Pick-up: 

  • Will be primarily Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when school is NOT in session. 
  • Pick-up time will be between 9-10 a.m. and 11:30-12:30 p.m. the week of 9/14-9/18.
  • No pick-up will be provided at the high school because of construction.
  • Please Note: The District will send out a revised schedule when the instructional mode is determined for September 21st.

(For more information, refer to the email you received on September 4th from Christine Stensland, CFO.)

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
To request technology support for your school-issued device (Chromebook or MacBook) during any period of remote learning in the 2020-2021 academic year, please use the link below.  Requests will be sent to the technology teacher librarian or media technologist at your child’s school or routed to the technology department as necessary. Tech Support  http://tinyurl.com/techsupportames 

Chrome/MacBook Instructions – Fall 2020 

EDWARDS ELEMENTARY CURBSIDE LIBRARY BOOK CHECKOUT
The elementary librarians (TTLs) will be running curbside checkouts of library books while the district is in the required continuous learning model. 

The week of September 8th, 3rd-5th grade students received lessons on how to sign into the Destiny library program and how to place holds on books. Parents of K-2 students are invited to help their child sign in and place holds as well. Please see the attached graphic to use as a guide. Each student may place two books on hold that are currently “in”. Students may continue to place holds on a weekly basis throughout the time the district is in the required continuous learning model. 

Beginning the week of September 14th, holds can be picked up during lunch grab and go times. Please see below for your family’s pickup day.

  Holds must be placed by:  

  Curbside pickup day/times: 

   9:00-10:00 or 11:30-12:30

  Friday 8:00 AM

  Monday

  Tuesday 8:00 AM

  Wednesday

  Thursday 8:00 AM

  Friday


You may also
return library books at pickup times.

For questions, please contact Betty Le, Technology Teacher Librarian: betty.le@ames.k12.ia.us 

“Bookhub” Poster

AMES ELEMENTARY 4th & 5th Grade ORCHESTRA ONLINE REGISTRATION  
The registration deadline to sign up for Orchestra is September 18th. You will receive more information from your child’s orchestra teacher after you register.

Lessons will begin the week of October 5th. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1B3if5cqtl0tVkg8LSz7656SysVoAwq_av7F9DwCaYzg/edit?ts=5f5123f1

FACE COVERINGS
When we resume classes on campus, please make sure your child has a clean face covering each day. If your student needs one, let your teacher know and one will be provided.  

SCHOOL CALENDAR
Keeping an eye on the Ames Community School District website page with the REVISED 2020-2021 calendar is the best place to keep up with the ongoing changes we are experiencing this year.

FORMS NEEDED
The following forms need to be turned in as soon as possible:

  • All students – health history form
  • New students – proof of residency, copy of birth certificate, immunization record, and health history form
  • Kindergarten students – vision and dental records, proof of residency, copy of birth certificate, immunization record, and health history form
  • Third Grade students – vision form 

All Health Forms available on the School Nurse & Health web page.

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