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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
College for Kids celebrates 25 years
From the Payroll / Benefits Desk . . .
We Need Your Nominations!
Lunch and Learn planned Feb. 16, 2011
How to Communicate with Your Legislators
Cedar Rapids Council PTA Bullying Forum

2011 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA
"Starr Books" held in the Grant Wood AEA Media Center
Schedule for Play and Learn of East Central Iowa
American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days
PEP Program to present "Assistive Technology for Your Student" workshop, Feb. 12

Welcome, New Staff!
07B:116:EXW Effective Instruction: Assessment Learning
New Login to Professional Development Registration
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Lost and Found
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, Jan. 28, 2011


Mark your calendars!

Feb. 8, 2011

 

Order due to Kim Martin for Horizons - Meals on Wheels lunch

Feb. 11, 2011

 

Horizons - Meals on Wheels lunch

Feb. 16, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

 

GWAEA Board Meeting

Feb. 18, 2011

 

Nominations due to Communications Office for Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet

April 14, 2011

 

Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids

Aug. 15, 2011, 1-4 p.m.

 

All Agency Inservice, The Concert Hall at College Community


College for Kids celebrates 25 years

2011 classes to be held at Coe College and Mount Mercy University

Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids is celebrating 25 years of providing summer enrichment opportunities for sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students in Area 10.

 

College for Kids

Nearly 1,000 students will participate in the 2011 College for Kids sessions planned June 13-24 and July 11-22. This year, classes will be held Monday through Friday at Coe College and Mount Mercy University per the following schedule:

2011 Program Details:

MORNINGS
(Note: The Summer Enrichment and Art programs run concurrently.)

 

AFTERNOONS

College for Kids Summer Enrichment
M-F, 8:30-11:50 a.m.
Location: Coe College
Choose from more than 50 classes! Registered students will attend 3 classes each day for 2 weeks (1 hour/class). Students may register for one or both sessions.

College for Kids Summer Art
M-F, 8:30-11:50 a.m.
Location: Coe College
Choose from more than 25 classes! Registered students will attend 3 classes each day for 2 weeks (1 hour/class). Students may register for one or both sessions.

 

C4K Science Academy
M-F, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Mercy University
Choose from four hands-on, lab-based science classes! Registered students will attend 2 classes each day for 2 weeks (55 minutes/class). Students may register for one or both sessions. Space is limited

Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids is a summer program offering advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to eligible talented and gifted students who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Through the College for Kids experience, students are offered advanced or specialized curricula, and have the opportunity to further explore a hobby or a topic of interest not typically available in middle school general education.

Registration materials are sent home through area middle schools. Registration begins March 1.
For answers to other questions, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, at ext. 6775.


From the Payroll / Benefits Desk . . .

Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for 2010 were mailed to employees on January 24, 2011.

Now is a good time to review your tax withholding status.  If you’ve had a family change (marriage, divorce, birth of child, child no longer a dependent) you may want to update your W-4 tax withholding forms.

For questions regarding your W-2 statement or W-4 tax withholdings, contact Cathy Kearns, Business Services, ext. 6706 or e-mail ckearns@gwaea.org.


We Need Your Nominations!

Saying “thank you” to your co-workers, community volunteers and/or the people with whom you work can be wonderfully uplifting to these special people. It can also be satisfying and meaningful to you, personally.  Please consider nominating one or more persons you have worked with or observed as “going the extra mile” with children, youth or schools in Area 10. The categories you may nominate individuals for are:

  • Friend of Education (usually business and community partners)

  • Educational Partner (usually school personnel)

  • Caring Colleague (GWAEA staff only)

Only GWAEA staff may nominate people for these awards.  A random group of Grant Wood AEA staff members always comprises the awards selection committee. Click for a list of previous honorees.

Contact George Held (ext 6714) or Valerie Taylor Hill (6824) or email us your nomination formNominations are due by February 18 in the Communications Office.

The awards will be presented at the Grant Wood AEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet, which will be held at the Longbranch Convention Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, April 14.


Lunch and Learn planned
Feb. 16, 2011

Be A Smart Credit Card Consumer
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
Noon - 1 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Sixth St. Facility

To register, sign-in to the online Grant Wood AEA Professional Development and register for course 5563-10-01.

 

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Seating is limited to 20. Free pizza and beverages will be served. See attached flyer for information.

"Be A Smart Credit Card Consumer" is offered as a community outreach program by Linn Area Credit Union. Participants are not charged anything, and there is no requirement for participants to be a member of LACU or to join the credit union as a result of this class.


How to Communicate with Your Legislators

The AEA Communications Committee and Wayne Haddy, AEA Lobbyist, have prepared a document giving guidance to AEA staff members in contacting our Legislators.

As the 2011 Legislative Session progresses and you wish to communicate with our Legislators, please review the documents at: http://iowaaea.org/pages/uploaded_files/communicating_with_your_legislator.pdf

Please Remember: If you plan to share stories or your political opinions with any legislators, do NOT send it via Agency email. Use your own personal email or gmail account. It is against the law for us to lobby the legislature using Agency email or stationery. Also, do not send any such messages during Agency work hours, as that would also be a violation of the law. Thank you!


Cedar Rapids Council PTA Bullying Forum

The Cedar Rapids Council PTA will host a moderated panel discussion on bullying on February 22. Panelists will include Anne Taylor, GWAEA School Improvement Consultant, Candace Lynch and Paul Hayes, Student Services facilitators for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, and Isaiah Jones, Mad Dads. The forum will be held at McKinley Middle School Auditorium, 620 10th Street SE, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

“Bullying is a nationwide problem that can affect people in all areas of life. We can make a difference in our community and deal with this problem head-on, changing the climate that makes bullying possible,” noted Shellie Pike, City PTA President. “Based on feedback from Cedar Rapids PTAs, bullying is the top issue of concern for many in our community and we are pleased to present a forum that will provide information on school district policies and procedures on bullying, address strategies for parents and kids who are dealing with bullying, and share ways to reduce and prevent bullying now and in the future.”

Questions from community members will be accepted through Feb. 14 at cityPTAinfo@gmail.com. More information is available by calling 319-365-8281.


2011 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser at Grant Wood AEA

You may have read the January 14, 2011 article in The Bulletin Board announcing the 2011 Horizons Meals On Wheels Lunchbox fundraiser planned for the week of Feb. 7-11.  
 
We would like to offer an opportunity for GWAEA staff to participate in this worthy cause. The Lunchbox costs $10, $5 of which will feed you, while the other $5 benefits Horizons Meals On Wheels as the organization continues to help older adults and persons with disabilities meet their daily nutritional needs.

Lunchbox choices:

1) Italian Ciabatta - spicy Italian Copacallo ham/provolone cheese on a ciabatta roll with asiago artichoke dressing;
2) Turkey Club Focaccia – smoked turkey, bacon & sun dried tomato basil mayonnaise on foccacia bread; or
3) California Veggie Focaccia – havarti cheese, red peppers, onions, broccoli, kalamata olives, banana peppers with basil vinaigrette on focaccia bread;

plus kettle chips, clementine, and a cookie.

We will place a group order for lunches to be delivered to GWAEA Northern facility on Friday, February 11, 2011. Send your choice of sandwich and $10 to the attention of Kim Martin no later than Tuesday, February 8, 2011.


Starr Books held in the
Media Center

The first Starr Books was held on Friday, Jan. 28 in the Media Center. Grant Wood AEA staff (right) had the chance to view new materials as well as use an iPad and a flip camera.

The next Starr Books is planned during March. For information, contact Melva Starr, ext. 6454 or Char Haddy, ext. 6750.

starrbooks


Schedule for Play and Learn of
East Central Iowa

See the attached schedule for a list of upcoming dates and locations for Play and Learn of East Central Iowa. For information, contact, Jennifer Cira, GWAEA parent education outreach specialist, ext. 6809.

 

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American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days

To purchase bunches of daffodils, and make a contribution toward the fight against Cancer, please see, call, or email Cathy Nelson at the 6th Street Facility front desk.
(399-6544, canelson@aea10.k12.ia.us)

The options, with a couple of new choices are:

  • Bunches of Daffodils: $10 a bunch
  • Vase & a Bunch: $15
  • Dainty Daffodils: $15 Replantable miniature daffoodils in a container.
  • Bear Hugs for Hope: $25. Comfort a child experiencing cancer with their very own limited edition Boyd’s Bear (given anonymously.)
  • Gift of Hope Bouquet: $25. These bouquets are given anonymously to cancer patients.
  • Bear and a Bunch: $25. This is a Boyd’s Bear and a bunch of daffodils, specially designed for American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day.s
  • Sunshine Bouquet: $75. A glass vase filled with brilliant yellow daffodils and greenery to thank clients, customers, employees or vendors or decorate an office, lobby or church.
  • Half case: $250
  • Case of daffodils: $500

Pictures of these are at the front desk.

Orders will be taken from now until February 8, 2011. Flowers can be picked up on or around March 9, 2011. (Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.)

Stop by the Northern Facility front desk, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or call Ext. 6544 to place your order. Thank you for contributing.

 

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assistivetechnology

PEP Program to present "Assistive Technology for Your Student" workshop, Feb. 12

Learn about assistive technology tookits for reading, writing, and organization and high tech and low tech tools and web based tools. The presenter will be Jane Faley-Smith, GWAEA assistive technology consultant.

Parents and educators of students who may benefit from assistive technology in the general or special education classroom are invited to attend.

Check in will be 8:45 a.m. with the workshop from 9-11 a.m. To register, contact Deb Johnson, at dejohnson@gwaea.org or ext. 6777.

See attached flyer for information.


Welcome, New Staff!

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Nancy Hakes
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.H.S., Governors State University

Nancy previously worked as an SLP with West Carroll School District in Thomson, Illinois, and with Therapy Rehab Services in Scottsdale, Arizona. Welcome, Nancy!

   
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Kellie Pick
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.A., University of Northern Iowa

We're glad you have joined us, Kellie!

   

07B:116:EXW Effective Instruction: Assessment Learning

If you would like to earn *graduate level credit from the University of Iowa for the work you are doing on Assessment for Learning with your collaborative learning team, enroll in 07B:116:EXW Effective Instruction: Assessment Learning, a 3 semester hour course offered via Distance Education, http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/ccp/enroll.htm.

Myra Hall, GWAEA Iowa Core Curriculum Facilitator, explained that though the registration date has passed, the instructor, Liz Hollingworth (contact info on flyer) has confirmed that there is space available, and she would be happy to visit with you if you are interested in this opportunity. There may be a late fee, but that has yet to be determined. Click on the link to a flyer for more information.


New Login to Professional Development Registration

Beginning January 4, the Grant Wood AEA Professional Development registration system has a new login screen for user ease.  If you have not logged into your account since January 4, you will log in the first time using your first and last name and your driver’s license or social security number – whichever you have used in the past.  If you have previously had an account, you will NOT need to create a new profile. The first time you access the system through this new log in screen, you will need to create a username and password. 

professionaldevelopment

This can be whatever is convenient for you to remember.  You will not need to log in with your driver's license number or your social security number in the future unless you use these as your password. You will log in with the username and password that you create.  You will also be asked to update your user profile.  This will provide us with up-to-date demographic information, agency of employment, and current emails.  Then, confirm this information by clicking on the “update profile” button.

If you have inadvertently created accounts under both your social security number and your driver’s license number in the past, the system will indicate that it cannot find your account because it will see two people with your name.  You will need to contact either Connie Russell at 399-6767 or Tammy Carolan at 399- 6771.

Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission
dates for the 2010-2011 school year:

- February 10, 2011
- April 28, 2011

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.


Lost and Found:

A book was dropped off at the Switchboard with no Grant Wood AEA markings or instructions. It is called The Backward Dog. Various earrings have also been turned in to the Switchboard. Contact Cathy Nelson.


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

A schedule of current and archived Grant Wood AEA and Assistive Technology webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.


Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo Jan. 28, 2011


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency's Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 1-800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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