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Iroquois Home Bulletin News — February 2, 2021

Iroquois Campus News

Reminder about Birthday Treats

If you choose to send in a birthday treat for your child:

  • Please do not send homemade treats
  • Treats must be individually wrapped
Thank you for helping us do everything we can to keep from spreading germs!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Virtual parent-teacher conferences will be held by Zoom on both Thursday, February 11, and Tuesday, February 16. If you have not already received information from your child's teacher, you will very soon. 

Contact Laura in the office with any questions at lszotko@grcs.org or 616.574.6500.

Yearbooks and Class Composite Pictures

Click on this link to order a yearbook: 
https://inter-state.com/YearbookEntry/56797W
In case you need it, the order code is 56797W.

Click on this link to order class composite photos: 
https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/56804R
In case you need it, the order code is 56804R

Sales end for both on 4/15/21

Second Semester Calendar Updates

See the message from Superintendent, Tom DeJonge.

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021: No School for Preschool — 8 students.
    This adjustment is connected to Winter Break and extends the break on the front end by an additional day.
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021: No school for K — 8 students.
    Please note that preschool will be in session and preschool students will attend on this day.

Virtual Learning

If you are considering virtual learning for your child for any reason, you MUST contact the office. Please do not contact teachers about arranging virtual learning. Any type of virtual learning MUST be arranged through the office. (616.574.6500)

2021-2022 Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

Preschool and kindergarten registration for 21-22 is now open for all families! We encourage you to register your child as soon as possible to save their seat at www.grcs.org/register.  

Virtual Lost and Found!

Please CLICK HERE to view photos of lost and found items. If you see something that belongs to your child, email Laura at lszotko@grcs.org and the item will be sent home with your child.

It is SO helpful if you label your kids' items, even with just initials. Clearly labeled items almost always make it back to their owner! Feel free to call the office at 616.574.6500 to ask about missing items. 

Notify the Office of Absences and Late Arrivals

Please ALWAYS notify the office if your child will be absent or late. You are encouraged to notify teachers by email, but it's most important to notify the office as this helps us keep efficient attendance records.

Please email IRAttendance@grcs.org or phone 616.574.6590. 

Thank You for Completing the Daily Health Screen! 😷

If a child's screen has not been completed, he or she will be pulled from class to answer the health screen questions. Please help avoid disrupting class time by completing the health screen as follows:

  • Before your child arrives at school and no later than 8:30 am
  • Even if your child will be absent or late
  • Even if your child is learning virtually

Preschool health screens should be completed even on days the preschooler does not attend.

If your student is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home and contact your doctor.

Kent County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Thank you to everyone for your positive attitude and teamwork to keep our school in session! 

For more information on testing sites or to register for a testing day, call 616.632.7200 or register online.


Food Service News

Free Meals and Snacks

Free meals and snacks will through the end of the school year. Enjoy!

Preschoolers both half-day and full-day and their younger siblings may pre-order lunch online. All orders must be placed by Monday at 8:00 am.

Food Service Workers

Grand Rapids Christian Food Service is looking for fun and energetic part-time staff. These positions are at the GRCHS and Rockford Christian Schools. Hours are 8:30 am — 1:00 pm.  Work involves standing for long periods of time, fast-paced, and some lifting. Limited experience needed, must enjoy working with students and a heart to serve.

If interested, please email Nancy Michaels at nmichaels@grcs.org.

Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits

We encourage you to fill out a meal application if you feel you would qualify for Free and Reduced meals.  For those of you that received a P-EBT card this past summer — a  debit card that offers grocery dollars for each child.  USDA passed a second bill to reinstate the program in January for virtual learners.  One of the criteria to qualify is to have an application filled out.  

Go to lunchapp.com to fill out an application.  


GRCS Technology

Student and Parent Online Directories

Staff, student, and parent directories are available online.

For quick access to the staff directory, select Contact at www.grcs.org. To access the student and parent directories on the www.grcs.org Parent Portal, select Parents > Parent Portal and log in to your Parent Portal account.

Not sure how to login to your Parent Portal account? Go to the GRCS Tech YouTube channel to learn how to access the directories.

The GRCS Online Directories tutorial will help you navigate there.

The GRCS Website Portal Account Set Up will show you how to create an account if you have not yet done so.


PTO News

Save your grocery receipts for PTO! 

GRCES is participating in the Direct Your Dollars program through SpartanNash.

  • Please save your original receipts from any SpartanNash brand store (D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare, Forest Hills Foods, Ada Fresh Market by Forest Hills Foods).  
  • Please ask extended family, neighbors, and friends to save theirs too!
  • Send the receipts to school either via your child or mail to school (GRCES 1050 Iroquois Dr SE Grand Rapids MI 49506 Attn: PTO). 

SpartanNash will donate $1,000 to our school for every $150,000 in receipts we collect.

Any questions, please contact Lisa Alles at lisa.alles1@gmail.com.

PaperGator

The Paper Gator is always open! Toss in junk mail, magazines, newspapers, and school papers. Click here for the list of accepted items: papergatorrecycling.com/accepted-materials/. Paperboard is accepted now, but no corrugated cardboard, please. 


 Athletics + Youth Sports

Cannonsburg Ski Passes

This year, you can go directly to Cannonsburg.com to order your passes.  Passes can be mailed to your house or you may pick them up. Your school name is "GR Christian" and the sponsor is "Stacey Boender."  

GRC Youth Sports and Recreation Programs  

Did you know, GRC has its own Recreation Department? We offer sports programs for GRCS students and students from the surrounding area. For a complete look at what we have to offer, go to www.grcs.org/youthsports.

Our programs will follow the same Health and Safety Protocols, as we are following at school. Masks for coaches, hand sanitizer for players, disinfectants for equipment, and social distancing will all be observed.  

Click HERE to view current and upcoming opportunities

Register

Register at www.grcs.org/youthsports. Your password AND username is your email address.  

Questions?

Email Stacey Boender at sboender@grcs.org.


New 2 You News

Tips on Donating Well in 2021

  • We appreciate you keeping sheet sets together and noting the size (twin, queen, etc)
  • Please donate only clean rugs (it's helpful to have measurements marked on them). 
  • If you have towels or sheets with stains, rips, or holes (must be 100% cotton), put them in a separate bag and mark them “Lisa’s rags”. 
  • Thanks for donating, see you soon!  

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