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Compare your options

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Looking to the future, Facilities comment Leave a comment

By now, you’ve heard a lot about the our plan for the future of our elementary schools. You may be asking how we know it’s the best plan. The district has studied the issue with the input of teachers and staff, parents and students, community members and building experts. they unanimously agreed that building two new buildings was the best plan for our kids.

 

Take a look at how the choices compare.

 

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In order to remodel and expand current buildings to meet students’ needs, the district would still need to go to voters for a funding cost of $53 million, and we would still have the same aging schools with growing maintenance demands, classroom spaces that don’t fully meet students’ needs, and buildings situated on lots that are too small.

 

We must do something now to serve our growing student population. The choice is yours. Learn more on our Facility Plan page and vote on November 3.


 

Lights on Afterschool is October 22!

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Welcome, In Our Schools, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

 

Join ISD 318 and Itasca Area Community Education as they celebrate great afterschool programs in our community. Parents, families, and community members are invited to RJE Middle School on October 22nd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm to learn more about the afterschool programs available to them. The gyms and pool will be open for a fun family night of activities and snacks too!

 

Over 20 organizations will be on hand to share their programs with families. Participants include Girl and Boy Scouts, ICC Engineering, Teen Works, Grand Rapids Lacrosse, MacRostie Art Center, and more!

 

Lights on Afterschool is a national celebration of afterschool programs for our children, families, and communities. The event helps to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things and discover new skills. This event also calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. ISD 318 and Itasca Area Community Education are proud to be Lights on Afterschool partners.

 

The event is one of more than an expected 8,000 around the nation that day, the annual Lights on Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance.  ISD 318 and Itasca Area Community Education will join in celebrating afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one. Benefits of afterschool programs, include inspiring children to learn, keeping them safe in the sometimes perilous afternoon hours, and relieving working families of worries about their children’s activities in the afternoon.

 

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Join Project READ October 8th!

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Welcome, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

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Project READ’s annual Community Summit focuses on the importance of early literacy and shares easy ways to support our youngest readers. The event will be held on Thursday, October 8 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Davies Hall on the Itasca Community College Campus, followed by networking and social hour. Attendees will also learn about the ways our community is ensuring ALL area children are able to read when they enter school.

 

“Parents, educators, businesses, and community members all benefit from topics addressed at the summit,” explained Project READ Coordinator Denise Rodgers. “Last year's was so inspiring to me and it changed how I read with my children at home for the better.”

 

Intentional collaboration allows us to work together to achieve uncommon results. Whether we are involved in a school, a business, a family, or a community, we all have a role to play in supporting our youngest learners. Our communities will benefit in countless ways, both short-term and long-term when everyone reads to children.

 

For more information about the summit, contact Project READ Coordinator Denise Rodgers at . Registration is not required. Hope to see you there!


 

Transition Guides

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Welcome, In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

We want you to know that we’re working hard to make your child feel at home. We know that starting a new school can be a little scary for both kids and parents. That’s why we’ve put together transition guides to help smooth your child’s entrance into a new school.Welcome.png

 

Parents and families play an important role in helping kids adjust in school. Tips on how you can help your child and what to expect are included in the guides. You’ll find information about entering kindergarten, RJEMS, and GRHS when you select Student Transition Guides under the Parents and Community tab.

 

And, be sure to join us for our elementary and middle school open houses. Parents and family members are invited to meet their child’s teacher and principal at an Open House event on Thursday, September 3rd from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Open houses will be held at Bigfork School, Cohasset School, Forest Lake School, Murphy School, Southwest School, and Robert J. Elkington Middle School.

 

New students and parents wishing to tour Grand Rapids High School may contact the school directly at 218-327-5760.

 

If you have questions or concerns about your child moving to a new school, please contact the building principal.

 

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Keeping our schools strong

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

We know that many of you may have questions about why new schools are needed now and why the district is no longer considering remodeling the schools. Earlier this month, ISD 318 Superintendent, Bruce Thomas, gave a short presentation to the School Board that answered these questions and more.

 
 
 

If you still have questions about the elementary school referendum, please visit the FAQ page here on our website, or contact us with your question. Just email facilityplan@isd318.org or call the Superintendent’s Office at 218-327-5704.

 

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