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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Flexible Benefits Plan Update for 2011
American Education Week, Nov. 14-20
iPads available for check out from the Staff Distribution Center
Waypoint Food Pantry
Lecture series continues at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Thank you
Welcome, New Staff!
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, Nov. 12, 2010

Mark your calendars!

Nov. 18, noon


ASI Flex Plan Webinar

Nov. 24, 3 p.m.


Agency closes for Thanksgiving

Dec. 8


Flexible Spending Plan Enrollment Forms for Year 2011 due into the Business Office

Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Holiday Potluck - Sixth St.

Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board Meeting

Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Holiday Potluck - Coralville

Flexible Benefits Plan Update for 2011

Grant Wood AEA is pleased to announce ASI will be the new service provider for the Agency’s Flexible Benefits Plan beginning January 1, 2011!   

Watch for plan details and enrollment materials in the November 12 payroll checks.

See attached memo for information.



American Education Week, Nov. 14-20

In celebration of American Education Week, staff members at all Iowa Area Education Agencies are receiving a bookmark with 35 ways the AEA employees make a difference.

The 89th annual American Education Week is Nov. 14-20.
For more information on American Education Week, visit



iPads available for check out from the Staff Distribution Center

The Staff Distribution Center has iPads available for check out.  They may be checked out for 20 days, and each iPad is loaded with the following applications:
Big Calculator
Dragon dictation
Doodle Buddy
Google Earth
Hobbies – Play
Sound Note
Speak It
 The title number for order this item 185471. Because the iPads are synced to a Media Center computer it is not possible to provide passwords for any updates or changes.  For questions about the new iPads, please contact Charlotte Haddy in the Media Center, ext. 6750.

Waypoint Food Pantry

Waypoint relies 100% on community donations to provide food, toiletries and basic needs to women, children and families in need.  Our shelves are getting empty and we need your help!  Our current top needs include:

Boxed meals with meat
Canned meat
Stews with meat
Spaghetti and Sauce
Diapers (size 4 - 6)


Shampoo / Conditioner
Laundry Soap
Baby Wash
Baby Lotion
African American Hair Products

Donations may be dropped off at the main Waypoint building, 318 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 319-365-1458 or visit

Lecture series continues at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) continues with its series of lectures in conjunction with the current exhibition, "China: Insights." The next lecture is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave SE.

The featured presenter will be David Arkush, Professor, History, University of Iow speaking on “Chinese Village Operas and Peasant Values.”

Visit the CRMA website for information about current and upcoming events:

Thank you

Thank you to the many Grant Wood AEA staff who have offered your kind words of condolence and support following the death of my mother, Thelma Kuriger.  Your support has touched my heart and means a lot to me.

Vickie Bone

Welcome, New Staff!


Lindsay Bascom
University of Northern Iowa

Lindsay was previously a lead teacher at Kirkwood Kids 2007-2010. Welcome, Lindsay!


Diane Buffo
Audiometrist and Vision Screener

Welcome to the Grant Wood AEA, Diane!


Emily Diehm
Speech-Language Pathologist
Florida State University

Emily graduated from Florida State University in August 2010. We are pleased to have you join our organization, Emily!




Rachel Harding
Bringham Young University

Welcome to Grant Wood AEA, Rachel!




Colleen Jeffrey
CART Service Provider
University of Northern Iowa

Colleen was previously a home visitor with Tri-County Child and Family Early Head Start. She was also a paraeducator with an off-site mental health classroom with the ICCSD.Welcome, Colleen!


Nathan McColloch
Indian Hills Community College

Nathan previously held positions with 2nd Story Software and Chappell Studio. Welcome to Grant Wood AEA,Nathan!


Glenda Wlosinski

We are pleased to have you join our organization,Glenda!

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.

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on Thursday, Nov. 18, 9:20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m., in the Jones Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. E-mail Stacy Murphy at to schedule an appointment time.

Wanted: Pink Yoplait yogurt lids

Stacy Murphy, IMS operator, is collecting pink Yoplait yogurt lids to support the annual "Save Lids to Save Lives" drive for breast cancer research. A collection container will be available in the break room of the Sixth St. facility. Staff may also send the labels to Stacy or contact her at ext. 6888.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

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

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Archives of Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars are also available.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo November 12, 2010

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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.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404