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Elementary (K-6th)

5th Grade Math Update

First semester is at an end, and students are ready to take the Unit 4 Math assessment and start their second math journal.  Second quarter focused mostly on introducing fractions. Students now realize that fractions are actually . . .

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5th Grade News

We have had an excellent start to the school year, and are very proud of how hard our 5th graders have been working. For this newsletter we would like to focus on how we utilize our Accelerated Reader program in 5th grade. Each . . .

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3rd Grade News

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4th Grade News Update

  The fourth graders have been working hard this quarter.  Thinking more outside the box and writing more detailed works have been the focus in Mrs. Scholtus’s class this quarter.  Context clues, main idea, making . . .

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Kindergarten News

  Christmas is coming!  The excitement is building in the kindergarten classrooms as we prepare for the holidays.  We have created countdowns to help us see how close Christmas really is!  Kindergarteners are also . . .

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1st Grade News

  The first graders have been using Accelerated Reader this year.  Students are able to take quizzes over books at their level, which is determined by the Star Reading Test.   Each child has been given a goal . . .

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2nd Grade News

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Elementary Art Update

The art room has been welcoming fall with new ways of exploring mediums and teaching the Elements of Art! We began the year with learning the art room expectations and rules to make a safe and exciting place to explore in creativity. We . . .

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Elementary P.E. Update

Currently all students in physical education class are involved in Halloween activities. The K-2 are going to do some fun throwing and catching Halloween games, while the 3-6 graders are going to be doing some scooter, and throwing accuracy . . .

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6th Grade News Update

  6th Grade Reading - In August, we read the story “ Stray” by Cynthia Rylant. In this story, we learned how to plot the story on a plot diagram to understand story vocabulary. Our goal of this story was to know what an . . .

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4th Grade News

  Coming into fourth grade brings a new responsibility for the 50 students who are in the class of 2029. Each student has begun the journey of learning how to use a daily assignment planner. The assignment planner is used as . . .

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5th Grade News

We have had an excellent start to the school year, and are very proud of how hard our 5th graders have been working. For this newsletter we would like to focus on how we utilize our Accelerated Reader program in 5th grade. Each quarter . . .

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A Note from Mrs. Shelman- Elem. Guidance Couselor

  Dear Pekin Elementary Family, Classroom guidance throughout the month of October has focused on building positive relationships with peers, bullying, staying safe at home and at school, and identifying who a trusted adult . . .

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5th Grade News

Fifth graders completed their first math unit which focused on finding the volume of rectangular prisms and are now in unit 2 working to learn the traditional algorithm for 2-digit multiplication.  Parents may rest easy because this is . . .

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"Cafe" Sobaski hosts a "Book Tasting"

This week 3-6 TAG students had a book tasting to check out different genres of books.  We turned our classroom into a cafe and checked out a whole menu of books.  It was a yummy time!

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Elementary Music Update

Mrs. Utterback had a musical spin on "Talk Like a Pirate".  I'm pretty sure the kids enjoyed their themed activities, and the photos are our proof. 

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2nd Grade News

The year is off to a great start! This year we have three sections of second grade. The teachers are Mrs. Bradshaw, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Neff. As we continue to get into daily routines, here are a few things we would like to discuss: . . .

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1st Grade News

It's GREAT to be back in SCHOOL!   We're off to a wonderful start to our first grade year with 49 students present!  We, as teachers, feel first grade is an important learning year where many successful school . . .

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2020 Parents' Guide to Google Classroom

Parents, Are you struggling to help your student access and use Google Classroom?   Click the following 2 links to view presentations designed to answer your questions.  Feel free to reach out to your child's . . .

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Pekin Elementary Banking with Pilot Grove Savings Bank

  Pekin Elementary Families, Pekin Elementary has collaborated with Pilot Grove Savings Bank for several years to bring a banking opportunity to our students.  We are happy to continue this collaboration for the . . .

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How to Help Children Build Resilience in Uncertain Times

  How to Help Children Build Resilience in Uncertain Times There are many changes and unknowns for parents, students, and teachers as we begin this new school year. As a parent or guardian, you can do things at home . . .

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Kindergarten News

Kindergarten is in full swing and off to a great school year!  We have been easing into being back after such a long break from school, but the kids have been troopers.  There are lots of happy faces and excitement with the . . .

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September School Counselor Update

  September School Counselor Update   The year is off to a great start! It has been refreshing interacting with and getting to know all of the students. Our first classroom guidance lessons focused on the . . .

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Elementary Counselor Welcome Letter

  Welcome Pekin students and families! I am excited for another great school year supporting your students’ academic, social/emotional, and career related needs. My role as your school counselor is to be an advocate for your . . .

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Pekin Students Share Their "School Time" Photos

Pekin students and families are doing a FANTASTIC job with a difficult situation.  Look at all the wonderful learning happening at home.  

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Elementary Music Update

Hello Everyone!  I have missed spending time with our Pekin Elementary students and hope everyone is making the best of this challenging time.  All of us are in this together.           Here are a . . .

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Pekin Reverse Parade Video

Thank you to all the staff and families who participated in our Reverse Parade.  Enjoy this short  video   of the event.

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Preschool Learning Continues

Mrs. Swearingen's Pekin Preschool students, Ivy Mitchell and AJ Hinnah, demonstrate their continued learning during the current school closure.  Teachers and students are all working hard to create ways learning can continue, even if . . .

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2020 COVID-19 Emergency Agency Contact Information from Nurse Dana Miller

Pekin School Nurse, Dana Miller, wants everyone to have access to immediate contact information for area emergency agencies.  She prepare this list for your reference.  

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5th Grade Parent - Teacher Conferences 2020

Our second parent-teacher conference of the school year involved each fifth grade student organizing materials to present to their parents. The students were asked to reflect on what they have learned so far as a means of self-evaluation. . . .

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Mental Health Resources from K-6 Counselor, Mrs. Shelman

Below are some social emotional activities and online resources for parents and students of various ages. It is a mix of videos and handouts that promote understanding and identifying how the student is feeling about the virus, and then . . .

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Another Parent Resource: COVID-19

The link below provides parents some guidance when talking to children about COVID-19. Parent Resource: COVID-19

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COVID-19: Kids Learning Video

Thank you to Lea Sieren for sharing this video link that helps children understand how to protect themselves and stay healthy. Click this link to view the video. COVID-19: Kids Learning Video

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COVID-19 Parent Resource for Talking with Children

Parents, Are you looking for a resource to aid in your discussions with your children regarding COVID-19?  Children have questions and struggle to understand the impact COVID-19 is having on their routines and daily life.  This . . .

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3rd Grade News

    The third grade group was very excited to welcome some visitors to our classroom.  Garett’s great-grandparents, Margaret and David Wilson, came on Friday, February 28th to share one of . . .

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1st Grade News

We’d like to thank everyone who came to support our third Come Read With Me Day. We always have fun putting this on for our students and enjoy watching them share their excitement of reading with a loved one. Our next event will be . . .

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2nd Grade News

Second Grade Newsletter   We recently celebrated the 100 th day of school on February 14 th . We did various activities in the classroom that included making a necklace with 100 Fruit Loops, writing 100 words, solving 100 . . .

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Kindergarten News

Putting the “Kind” in Kindergarten, Mrs. Holthus, Mrs. Glick and Mrs. Eubanks classes set a goal of collecting 100 gloves, hats, and socks to donate along with 100 canned/boxed items to celebrate our 100th day of school.  . . .

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Elementary Counselor Update

  Dear Pekin Elementary Family,   Classroom guidance for the first half of the year has focused on developing students skills for learning and fostering empathy for others. Students have learned that empathy is . . .

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Elementary Music Update

  The second semester is full of music opportunities for our elementary students.  Here is a list for you to mark on your calendars. Tuesday, February 25 @ 7:00 pm is the 6th – 8th band concert . . .

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Elementary P.E. Update

Our 5 th  grade students are gearing up for the 5 th  grade jump rope show. They have been working hard perfecting all of their jumps and tricks to show the crowd at the basketball game. They will be performing for . . .

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You Can Make a Difference in a Child's Life

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE  IN A CHILD’S LIFE               Pekin Elementary School is looking for volunteers again this year to work with K-2 grade . . .

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Elementary Veteran's Day Assembly

Pekin Elementary students grades K-5 attended a Veteran’s Day assembly that was held on Friday, November 9.   The colors were presented by the Richland American Legion Post 504 members Richard Bond and Frank Neff, who are veterans . . .

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2015-2016 Pekin Continuous Notification of Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Pekin Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator: Kim Ledger, PK-5 principal/Curriculum Director,1062 Birch Ave.,Packwood, Iowa 52580,Telephone: 319-695-3707, Email:Kim Ledger