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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

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In this issue:

Mark your calendars!
Grant Wood AEA Charitable Giving Opportunities
The Bulletin Board will resume publication on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Upcoming TQ Professional Development proposals submission dates for the 2010-2011 school year
Update on iPads

K-cup coffee orders
Thank you!
Free Programming at the CRMA
Refrigerator cleaning planned at Sixth St. Facility
Wanted: Pink Yoplait yogurt lids
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Grant Wood AEA Webinars
Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars
Vacancies, Nov. 24, 2010

Mark your calendars!

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

Grant Wood AEA Charitable Giving Opportunities

While we recognize the needs of all charitable organizations, this year the Agency has selected the following four organizations to channel our holiday giving.  Please consider participating in one or more of the opportunities listed below between Monday, November 22 and Friday, December 17.
The Linn Community Food Bank – donation box in Administration Area (6th Street, 1st floor)
Canned goods – pork and beans, green beans, soup, corn, peas, tuna, fruit, applesauce
Mac and cheese, peanut butter, saltine crackers
Box items – pudding, jello, muffin mix, pancake mix
Toilet paper, bar soap
Vinton Animal Shelter – cash donation or sponsor a pet – pet ornament tree located in IMS area (6th Street, 2nd floor)
Adopt Local Families in Need – details regarding specific gift items and/or cash donations at Jan Baburek’s desk, NE Region Secretary (6th Street, 2nd floor)
Salvation Army Johnson County – cash donations to be sent to Barb Aanonson in the Coralville facility
We appreciate your support!

The Bulletin Board will resume publication on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

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.

Update on iPads

iPads are now available for checkout through the Staff Distribution Center.  They have been very popular. 

If you need an iPad for a scheduled time with students be sure to order as soon as possible.

Checkout Procedures:

  • The iPads were purchased for use with students and have the same applications as the iPods that are available through the SDC and Assistive Technology collection. 

  • Many of you are scheduled for dates in the future. As iPads become available, dates are not adjusted.  Our system is designed to reserve items for specific dates.  We assume you want the iPad for the date it is reserved for you. 

  • The check out time period is 20 days. At the present time there are no extensions on these items.

  • It is important that you return your iPad on the due date so we can keep everything on schedule.

  • Additional iPads for the SDC are being considered to accommodate the large number of requests.


  • The Media Center has a volume purchasing license with Apple for the applications which allows for downloads of multiple copies and to multiple devices.  Apps may only be added through the designated media center account. 

  • Recommendations for educationally related applications to be used with students should be forwarded to Charlotte Haddy for consideration.

It is our goal to make the iPads available for staff for use with students.  If you do not need the iPad for use with students and are interested in “previewing” it there will be an iPad available at the main reservation desk.  Contact Customer Service at 399-6754 to find out the details.

Congratulations! Myka Peterson, GWAEA programmer, and Joe Forrest on their wedding Oct. 23 in Cedar Rapids.

Myka returned from her wedding celebration to a newly decorated office, compliments of her colleagues.

Best wishes, Myka and Joe!



K-cup coffee orders

Our coffee vendor, US Tea and Coffee, has increased the price for a box of (24) individual k-cups.  The price of one box is now $15.00. You can browse the website for beverage choices,

The coffee orders are delivered each Wednesday.  Please have your order to Cathy Nelson by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

The price for each “coffee filter pack” will also be increased to cover the cost of the coffee service. Each coffee filter pack used to brew a thermal pot of coffee is now priced at $3.00. The coffee filter packs are available at the front receptionist desk. You will need to pay cash at the time of purchase.

Thank you!

Our thanks to Hills Bank for the cookies received last week in honor of American Education Week.

Thank you!



Free Programming at the CRMA

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) will start December with four free programs:

Art Bites "Impressionism, Tonalism, and Grant Wood"
Sean Ulmer, CRMA Curator
Wednesday, December 1 at 12:15 p.m.

“Finding Contemporary Art in China: Nanjing, Beijing and Shanghai”
Lesley Wright, Director, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College
Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Doodlebugs Preschool Program at the Cedar Rapids Public Library: Czech This Out!
Friday, December 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Learn a little about the Czech Republic with Baruska and her Great-Grandma. Then make a stamp inspired by the Czech woodcut tradition. For more information, contact CRMA Education Director, Erin Thomas at or 319-366-7503 ext. 203.

Saturday, December 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
An afternoon of free activities for kids and families. Today's event will include making handmade ornaments.

For more information about any of the events listed above and everything that is happening at the CRMA, please visit or call 319-366-7503.

Refrigerator cleaning planned at Sixth St. Facility

Both refrigerators on the first floor of the Sixth St. Facility will be cleaned on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. All items left in the refrigerators on Wednesday, Nov. 24, need to be clearly marked with a person’s name. All items with an expired pull date or no name will be tossed.

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 is 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 24, 2010

The Bulletin Board is published and distributed weekly to all GWAEA staff and Board members. Buy, Sell or Trade items are run for 2 consecutive issues, unless we are notified to remove an item. If you wish to submit items, please do so by Wednesday of the week you wish the item to be posted. Send items via email to George Held in the Communications office (

Please note: The Bulletin Board is also posted on the agency's Web site and is publicly accessible. We recommend you use your office or voice mail phone number instead of your home telephone number for any items listed in this newsletter.

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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