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Principal's Message

  • Kathy Jenkins Dear Lucas Elementary family,

    It is with great anticipation and humility that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new principal of Lucas Elementary School for the 2018–19 school year. I am honored to have been selected to serve and look forward to meeting each of you.

    On a personal note, I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and come from a very large family. On a professional note, I am beginning my eighteenth year as an educator, and this will be my fifth year as a principal. I spent approximately eight years as an assistant principal, and prior to that, I was an early childhood educator for five years.

    I am a graduate of Depaul University in Chicago, Illinois. I completed my bachelor’s degree in communications in 2000, dual master degrees in elementary education/early childhood in 2005, and my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in 2013.

    I am so excited to join the Lucas team and to get the year started. See you soon!

    Sincerely,

    Kathy Jenkins, Ed.D.
    (319) 688-1140
    jenkins.kathy@iowacityschools.org

Lucas Newsletter

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  • Student Meal Pick-Up Locations

    The Iowa City Community School District has established drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up locations at a number of District sites while schools are closed. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the following schools will provide both lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be distributed between 11 am and 1 pm. Families are asked to stay in their car and wait for the meals to be brought to the vehicle and passed through the window. The District will provide a number of meals based on the number of children in the car ages 1-18. Per USDA federal guidelines, children must be present in order for meals to be provided.

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  • Student Meal Service Update and Additional Locations

    Based on newly-released USDA guidance, parents/guardians/caregivers may pick up meals for children at Grab & Go meal sites unaccompanied by the child. This means that children do not need to come to the Grab & Go location in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child. Children are welcome to come to the sites; however, this new guidance assists the District in providing even more meals to children throughout the community. Meals are free and available to children age 1 – 18. While not required, a parent/guardian/caregiver will be asked to share the school name where each child attends when picking up a meal (if the child is of school-age). The identified school does not have to be in the Iowa City Community School District and, again, this information is suggested (and appreciated), but not required.

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  • Community Update

    We would like to take a brief pause from our daily information-packed updates. Today, we encourage you to join us in taking a moment to slow down, breathe, and focus. We understand the uncertainty and fear that surrounds this situation, however, our hope is that we have been able to provide some stability and support to each of you throughout this trying time. We miss our students and our colleagues dearly, but, right now, we know that keeping schools closed is what is necessary to keep our community safe.

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  • Student Access to Buildings

    We appreciate the feedback that we have been receiving from students, parents, and staff throughout this situation. Open dialog with our community helps to ensure that we are meeting the needs of those at the center of our focus. One request that we would like to address is the need for students to access our buildings to collect necessary personal items for use while schools are closed. While we want to ensure that we can maintain the health and safety of our students, we believe that we can offer access to the buildings in a structured manner that adheres to social distancing and large gathering guidelines.

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  • Resources for Parents

    We understand that many parents and students are anxious and eager to continue learning at home during this period of school closure. The Iowa City Community School District has developed and is continuing to enhance a list of optional resources to assist you in providing opportunities for your children. You may access these resources at the following link:

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  • Update on COVID-19 and Technology Access

    It is important that students and families are able to gain access to educational, news, and communication resources during this challenging time. To this end, Technology & Innovation staff are preparing to make Chromebooks available to elementary school students who do not have access to computers within the home. Families of elementary students that do not have access to a laptop computer, desktop computer, or tablet in the home may complete this request form or call (319) 688-1950, after which you will be contacted with instructions for picking up the device. We do ask that requests be made by families who lack computing resources at home, as we wish to ensure that devices are available to all families in need of service.

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