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Archive - 2010

Date

March 10th

Raising the bar

SOLON– The results are in. Solon students did about as well last year on their Iowa Test of Basic Skills and Iowa Tests of Educational Development as they did the year before.
The Solon School Board met with Curriculum Coordinator Colin Williams and Interim Superintendent Darrell Smith on Tuesday to discuss the results at a work session. There, board members brainstormed how to raise scores that, while good, still have room for improvement.

March 9th

Kindergarten Roundup April 9

This year’s Kindergarten Roundup will be Friday, April 9, at Lakeview Elementary. If you have a child who will attend Kindergarten this fall, please contact Lakeview Elementary, 624-3401, ext. 1290 or the form may be completed on-line at www.solon.k12.ia.us under Lakeview Information.

One-Hour Late Start March 30

The Solon Board of Education approved the date of March 30, 2010, as a late start date for the purpose of staff professional development. School will be starting one hour late, with buses running one hour late, MS-9:15 a.m. HS-9:25 a.m. and LV-9:30 a.m. The last one-hour late start will be April 29.

SADD Kid’s Night Out

Parents, make plans now for Friday, March 26, from 6-11 p.m., when SADD will be hosting a Kid’s Night Out for ages between 5-12 at the high school. Activities will be provided such as open gym, face painting, arts and crafts, movie room, and board games. Snacks will also be available for purchase. Cost is $10 per child for the evening and a registration form can be picked up at the high school office or register at the door for the same price.

Audio books and eBooks

Have you moved into the world of portable electronic reading? If so, you may be interested to learn that NEIBORS now has eBooks for download as well as audio books. The Solon Public Library is a member of the NEIBORS (North Eastern Iowa Bridge to Online Resource Sharing) consortium, which provides downloadable books service through a partnership with OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in digital media services.

The place to be Tuesdays

If you’re a Solon preschooler, the place to be on Tuesday morning at 10:30 is Storytime at the library. Storytime attendance keeps growing and growing with a record 41 preschoolers, siblings and parents last week. The nice weather made it a much easier trip to the library to enjoy Miss Jen’s story and craft. Advance notice of the theme is posted on the library blog accessible through the website at www.solon.lib.ia.us.

Check out puppet shelf

How about a dragon, an octopus, or Bob the Builder to go home with you? If you wander into the children’s section of the library, there are puppets hanging neatly in a row in plastic carriers just waiting to be your guest. The library puppets are available for checkout. Parents, daycare providers, preschool teachers and teenage babysitters may all be interested in introducing puppet play activities. There are a variety of kits containing several books and one or more story related puppets.

Here comes El Sol

SOLON– Since starting renovation work about a month ago, El Sol co-owner Diego Rivera said he has received 100 percent positive feedback about the Mexican restaurant coming to town.
He thinks this lofty percentage might be a good omen for opening night.
“It’ll be crazy Friday,” Rivera said. “Everybody wants to try the new restaurant and I can only fit 60 people in here at a time.”

CCA Fine Arts Calendar

TIFFIN– Mark your calendar for these upcoming Clear Creek Amana school district Fine Arts events:

Fri., March 12– MS Drama Production, 7 p.m., MS Auditorium, Tiffin;
Sat., March 13– State Individual Speech Contest at CR Prairie;
Sat., March 27– HS Small Group Ensemble/Solos, instrumental and vocal, Solon;
Mon., March 29– All State Speech Festival at UNI;
Tues., March 30– CCE Concert 3rd/4th/5th Vocal, All 5th Bands, 7 p.m., MS Auditorium, Tiffin;
Thurs., April 1– CCA Night of Jazz, 7 p.m., MS Auditorium, Tiffin

Newcomers group to meet March 18

IOWA CITY– Newcomers Group of the University Club is open to local residents who are new to Johnson County and have been in the area four years or less. The group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, at the home of a member. The topic will cover “Great Escapes in Iowa” and will be of special interest to those yearning to visit some new places.
For information and directions call (319) 545-4080, or go to www.uiowa.edu/~uwc.