From the Desk of the Principal

LEGO Robotics After School Program

We are happy to have generated a lot of buzz and questions about a new after school program we are exploring this year at Maple Grove for 3rd-5th graders. We will be having an informational meeting next Tuesday night, October 11, from 6:00-7:00 pm in our cafeteria. During this time, representatives from 4-H and our Dallas County and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices will be here to talk about the program and how we will implement it at Maple Grove this year. There will be a parent meeting in the cafeteria and students will be able to experiment and play with the LEGOs in the gym. Due to the large interest in the program, we are asking that parents only bring their 3rd-5th graders to this meeting.

Here is some additional information Cindy Watson, Extension Educator, sent me for you to look at prior to our meeting. If you have specific questions for her, you can email her at cindywp@iastate.edu.

Videos, pictures and information about the FIRST LEGO League competitions with 4-H and Iowa State University:  http://bit.ly/eQRqIi and http://bit.ly/eXHxrN

We will not be a competitive group this year, but we hope to field a team in the future so we have included a link for more information about the FIRST LEGO League competition: http://usfirst.org/aboutus/homepage-video-downloads

Odds-n-Ends…but still very important!

Parent Teacher conference sign up sheets will be located in the main hallway of Maple Grove starting Monday, October 10thEvery parent or guardian should stop in anytime between October 10th and the 20th to sign up for a conference time slot. Conferences cannot be set up via email or over the phone. Our conferences do not begin until November 12th, but we want to ensure every parent has time to meet with their child’s teacher(s) November 12-18.

Our PTO fall fundraiser kicked off today (Oct 7th). Information came home regarding the fundraiser and an option this year to provide a direct donation to opt out of participating in the fundraiser. We appreciate the input from all parents regarding our fundraising efforts at Maple Grove. To be very honest with you, it is my least favorite part of my job but I do know that we would not be able to provide our students, teachers and classrooms the resources and technology we have without your efforts and donations. All money raised this year will help us finish installing computer projectors in every classroom!  Please look for more information in your child’s bag about this fundraiser!

Maple Grove is on Facebook & Twitter! Parents, guardians, grandparents and community members can find us on these two popular social network sites.  Information includes reminders, resources and links, but we will still rely on our building newsletters to relay all needed information.  You can find links to both pages at the bottom of our school website: http://www.waukeeschools.org/school/maple-grove-elementary

 

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Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701