JK-8 Families-- One of the great pleasures of being a building principal is witnessing numerous interactions, every day, that make me smile! I try to make it outside, as often as possible, to greet students at morning drop . . .
JK-8 Families-- Who's looking forward to Homecoming Week?! Well... that might not be a popular question for educators, as we know that it is possible for some distractions but that being said, it is always exciting to see the . . .
JK-8 Families-- It was another great week here in the elementary and middle schools! Students seem to really be settling into their routines and it is great to visit classrooms full of engagement. This past week, . . .
JK-8 Families-- I hope everyone is enjoying your extended weekend and will enjoy another day home tomorrow. It has been a great start to the school year and the students are settling in well. It has been awesome to see . . .
School begins August 23, 2022. Please take time to gather supplies that your child is asked to bring to school. We hope your summer is going well! 2022-2023 Elementary Supply List
JK-8 Families-- We are headed down the home straight! This is the last week of school and I hope it is a great one! Although this might be exciting for some, others might be wishing for more... either way, know that . . .
JK-8 Families-- Another week has flown by! The next two weeks will be crazy, hectic, fun, and fast... it never fails this time of year. Remember to smile and laugh, even in the trying times it is all worth it! Here are . . .
JK-8 Families-- Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers out there! I hope you are able to have a great day full of love, rest, and whatever makes you happy, you deserve it! This week looks like it could be crazy . . .
JK-8 Families-- We are turning the calendar to May, the year has flown by! We have seen some amazing growth and we will continue to push through to the end. It may be hard to keep the focus but we will do our part each day . . .
JK-8 Families-- There is one week left in April! As I said in a previous message, this time of year just flies by. With so many events on the calendar, it seems no one is sitting down for very long. That being . . .
JK-8 Families-- I hope you have enjoyed your three day weekend! Weekends like this are great as they give us a chance to just stop and refresh or make memories with family and friends. It also gives us a chance to prepare . . .
JK-8 Families-- This past week we administered the state assigned ISASP tests to our 3rd through 8th graders. As you may know, this can be a stressful week for our students and staff. The preparation that goes into . . .
JK-8 Families-- As we enter the last two months of the school year, this might be the hardest stretch each year. The sun is out, everything is greening up, outdoor activities have started, and it is easier to stay up a little . . .
JK-8 Families-- Last night, the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation held their inaugural Excellence in Education banquet and it was an amazing success! The foundation celebrated 25 current Shenandoah staff members who . . .
JK-8 Families-- I hope everyone had a fantastic break but I am guessing many of you are ready for your students to return to school! It was great to have some days off and the weather was mostly nice so hopefully everyone . . .
JK-8 Families-- This past week was great! Go to our Facebook page to see some of the fun and also see who were the top readers in each of the elementary classrooms. We also had conferences on Thursday with over 85% . . .
JK-8 Families-- Read Across America Week is upon us and we are looking forward to the next three day but especially Wednesday! On Wednesday, we will have a very special day of games, reading, and even a visit from the Cat in the . . .
JK-8 Families-- Friday morning, I was driving my son Brody to morning weights and we had a little discussion... actually it was just me talking and him listening. On the way out of the house, he was complaining about having to get . . .
JK-8 Families-- Happy Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine's Day Eve! I don't know where all the days are going but it seems like the calendar just keeps flying by, maybe you don't feel it but I sure do! I just took a . . .
JK-8 Families-- Normally have this email ready well in advance of it's automatic release on Sunday afternoon at 4PM. This week, it is 3:10 and I am just getting to it but that is ok, that means I have had a full weekend. . . .
JK-8 Families-- I hope you have been able to get out and enjoy the warmer weather this weekend! The days are getting longer and although I know it will likely snow this week, it puts a smile on my face as I know we are . . .
JK-8 Families-- We are headed into the final full week of January and it is amazing how fast time is flying by! The daylight hours are getting longer and Spring will be just around the corner. I know the frigid days of . . .
JK-8 Families-- I hope you have been able to dig out and possibly even enjoy the snow. Today and tomorrow would be great days to have the kids get out to play in the snow and sun. As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL . . .
JK-8 Families-- It was great to have all our students back in the building this week! Hopefully everyone enjoyed their break but were excited to come back to school. Grades for the first half of the year are completed and you . . .
JK-8 Families-- As we head into our last week before break, I hope we are able to finish strong and send our kids out with a smile. I know that teachers have some great plans for this week and are looking forward to seeing your . . .
JK-8 Families-- Students and staff have been working incredibly hard this first semester and I really appreciate it! As we close in on the end of the semester, I hope we can continue to see our students coming to school with a . . .
JK-8 Families-- This time of year always seems to fly right past me or so it seems. Making commitments, getting to everyday events, or coming up with a holiday plan always seems to speed things up. As I sit and write this . . .
JK-8 Families-- I know, last Sunday, I wouldn't be sending out an email this week. Well... I have some important information that I want to get out to everyone so I figured it would be best done through this email. I . . .
JK-8 Families-- As we prepare for a short week of school, I am hopeful that you are looking forward to the long break. It looks like the weather is going to be nice so make the most of it! Whether you are celebrating . . .
JK-8 Families-- You thought the Fall was busy? Just wait until mid-November through the end of February! Maybe you have kids in scouts, dance, a sport, or something else and then you throw in the concerts, various programs, . . .
JK-8 Families-- Happy Halloween! I hope everyone has enjoyed the three day weekend but I also hope that you don't send us sugar high students on Monday! Thank you to everyone who showed up for Parent/Teacher . . .
JK-8 Families-- Well this Sunday is certainly gloomy. With the rain pouring down and the colder temps, I hope you have found a way to relax and unwind today. Maybe a few family games to end your weekend might be a good way . . .
JK-8 Families-- We have a lot to cover in this week's message, so I will just get right to it: 1) Academics first! Both when our students are here at school or whether they are home sick, please try to stay up on your . . .
JK-8 Families-- It is amazing how time flies! Looking at the calendar, we are just over a week from being done with the first quarter. I am hopeful that you don't feel like Fall is rushing us along. With the end of . . .
JK-8 Families-- We have entered October and this month is Bully Prevention Month. On Monday, we encourage everyone to wear BLUE for Bully Prevention Day. As a building leader, this is one of the topics that seem to come up . . .
JK-8 Families-- If you haven't heard from your students, this past week was an exciting week as most of our classrooms got their new desks and some new tables. We still have some work to finish up but the new stuff looks great . . .
JK-8 Families-- We survived Homecoming Week! I hope your students had a fun time dressing up or doing fun activities with their peers. It was a lot of fun for us to see how many participated, it brings a lot of spirit to the . . .
JK-8 Families-- It is HOMECOMING WEEK! For us here in the JK-8 building, we will celebrate with dress-up days and the middle schoolers will attend the school pep rally at the high school on Friday. This week can be full of . . .
JK-8 Families-- I hope you have been able to enjoy your extended weekend and recharged for the upcoming week. It has been great to be out and about through the building and seeing all the students engaged. As our . . .
K-8 Families-- Welcome back to school! Hopefully your student(s) had a good first week and are eager to come back for week two. It was great to see them all back in the building with their friends and our staff! Some . . .
We are glad to announce that registration has opened for the 21-22 school year. Below are the instructions on how to register. Current Students . . .
As you start planning for the upcoming school year, please take some time to gather up what is asked of your child to bring with them to school. We hope you are having a great summer! Elementary School Supply List 21-22
K-8 Families-- We are down to the last week of school for the 2020-21 year. For some this might be the most exciting week of the year, for others they might be wishing for more. Wherever you stand, know that your students . . .
K-8 Families-- You can definitely tell it is Spring... warm, cool, rain, sun... all the things blooming. You can also tell just by looking at our students. They all want to just go run and play... ok maybe not all the middle . . .
K-8 Families-- We have made it to May! I want to say thank you for helping us get this far and let's have a great end to the school year. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I think we owe our teachers . . .
K-8 Families-- This week needs to start with a big "THANK YOU" for last week! Last week we had state testing for the 3rd-8th graders. Although we have a few students who have some make-up testing, it is great to . . .
K-8 Families-- As I prepare to write this there is a terrible 4-letter word on my mind and I have a feeling that my mindset will want to head in a very negative direction on Monday and Tuesday! That being said, mindset is a choice . . .
K-8 Families-- As we close in on the last few weeks of the school year, now more than ever your role as a support system for our kids is so important! We recognize they are antsy to get outside and just get to summer but we have . . .
K-8 Families-- Welcome to Spring! I hope you have been able to enjoy the weekend and the nice weather! This week's message is going to be short and some repeat information. 8th grade families don't . . .
K-8 Families-- We have officially started the 4th quarter! The next few weeks will fly by so help keep the kids on track to finish the school year strong! I know I have addressed drop-off and . . .
K-8 Families-- We survived the "time change" week! Monday might not have been pretty for many families as you prepared for the day but somehow we made it to Friday. Hopefully you have enjoyed the weekend . . .
K-8 Families-- Another week has flown by and we are sneaking up to the end of the 3rd quarter. Although it was super windy this week, it is great to have our elementary kids out enjoying the weather at recess and I hope you are . . .
K-8 Families-- Not only was the weather fantastic this past week but we think we had a pretty great week at school too! I know one thing is for sure, attitudes greatly improve when the sun is out. Make sure you are . . .
K-8 Families-- We got our full five days in and wow was it a busy week! Not to make excuses but having our first full week match up with a full moon.... you get the idea. It was great to have nice weather though and . . .
K-8 Families-- We are going to get five full, regular days of school this week, I can just feel it! We are going to see temps rising, the sun actually up when you drop your students off for school, and Spring is just . . .
K-8 Families-- Happy Valentines Day! I hope you and your family are cuddled up on this snowy, freezing cold day, maybe enjoying a movie and hot chocolate or taking in a good book, adding up the minutes for our Read Across America . . .
K-8 Families-- Another weekend of snow... just my opinion but it can stop already! Maybe you enjoy it but I feel like this week's cold spell might put us all over the edge hoping for Spring. This week it will be more . . .
K-8 Families-- Well, we got the snow I was hoping they were wrong about which then led to us missing two days of school. I hope you were able to make the most of it at home and hopefully we don't see that type of disruption . . .
K-8 Families-- As I type this, I sure hope the weather forecasters are wrong! 8-12 inches of snow is not how I would like to start my week but if it happens, I guess we make the best of it. Sometimes as we fight through . . .
Congrats to fourth grade teacher Mrs. Dana Finnegan on being selected as the Pella Corporation (Shenandoah) Staff Member of the Month! Mrs. Finnegan was nominated by parents Jesse and Mary Van Essen. Mrs. Finnegan received a plaque, travel . . .
K-8 Families-- Well, we had a snow day on Friday and although it wasn't one where the kids could go out and enjoy it in the snow, I hope you and your family were able to make it memorable or just took a fully relaxing day in your . . .
K-8 Families-- As we kick off the second half of the school year, it was great to see kids back in the building, diving right back into their work. On these dooming days of winter, where we are coming to school before the sun is . . .
K-8 Families-- I hope you have all had a great break and feel recharged! Or as the song goes, "and Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again," is more how you feel. Either way, we are excited to see . . .
K-8 Families-- Whether you are a fan of snow or you are like me, a fan of wearing shorts all year long, I hope you enjoyed your weekend. On Saturday morning, I went out to clear the snow from my driveway and our dog was outside . . .
K-8 Families-- Sometimes in education, we wait for "light bulb" moments when students truly get it. Educators devote countless hours trying to create lessons and meaningful moments to reach each and every student. . . .
K-8 Families-- What a tremendous week we had here at the JK-8! This week I got to spend some time doing formal observations of a few of our teachers and I saw some great things. Mr. Newberg and I have made an effort to make . . .
K-8 Families-- In these uncertain times, it may be easy to forget some of the really important things in life. If you are like me, you may feel distracted a lot and can't focus for long periods of time. What I have come . . .
K-8 Families-- It was another great week at the Shenandoah K-8! It was fun to see all the students dressed up for Red Ribbon Week and I hope they all have a better understanding of why this week is important to . . .
K-8 Families-- I hope this email finds you all well and rested after an extended weekend! I also hope your students aren't all hyped up on sugar today! We appreciate everyone who set up and attended their Parent-Teacher . . .
To: Families of SCSD Students From: Gayle Allensworth, Aaron Burdorf and Tiffany Spiegel Date: October 28, 2020 Re: Increased precautions due to recent COVID cases and numbers As all of you may be aware, since the . . .
K-8 Families-- As the end of our first nine weeks comes to an end, I would like to thank all of you for helping us get to this point. We knew there would be bumps in the road but I appreciate all your support along with the hard . . .
K-8 Families-- Hopefully you all had a great week and found a nice, warm, cozy spot to settle into on this cold Sunday. Every Friday I send out a message to the K-8 Staff and my most recent message to them reminded them to make . . .
K-8 Families-- Another great week at Shenandoah Elementary and Middle School has passed. We continue to see awesome things happening in classrooms and your students are growing each day! 1) The staff is constantly . . .
K-8 Families-- What a week! I hope all of your students enjoyed Homecoming Week and all the things that went with it. Thank you to everyone who participated in the dress up days, it helps liven the spirits in our . . .
K-8 Families: It was another great week to be in the K-8 building! Students and staff are working hard every day, growing together and making this an awesome place to be! 1) Last week's topic of morning drop off... Thank . . .