Maple Grove Branch – September 16, 2016

Message from Principal Tierney

Dear Families,

Wow!  What a GREAT week at Maple Grove!  Your kids are AMAZING!  We’ve gotten 160 responses to our family survey and are so thankful for the feedback!  This gives us a baseline and helps us to realize areas for growth as we work to accomplish one of our goal areas, which includes increasing family engagement.  I have provided a few examples of the qualitative feedback we received thus far.  The results prove to be a fantastic baseline, but we hope to increase the results even more and will be tracking our progress throughout the year.  We have a lot of great things in progress to help us increase parent engagement, including our Parent Lighthouse Team, which will meet for the first time on Monday.  In addition to some of the quantitative data we received from our survey, we have also enjoyed reading some of our qualitative data as well.  This morning we shared a brief (and low budget) video highlighting some of the great things our parents are saying.  You may view the video via the following link: 

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Mrs. Tierney




Notes From the Nurse

So happy to be back at school and see all the children’s smiling faces.  I just want to give a few reminders about the big rocks in the Nurse’s office:

ILLNESS: Students with the following symptoms will be sent home: 1) Temperature of 100 or above (oral) or equivalent (normal temperature for 24 hours before returning to school without the use of fever reducing medications) 2) Vomiting (free from vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school) 3) Diarrhea (free from diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school) 4) Unexplained abdominal pain 5) Severe cold and/or cough 6) Unexplained skin eruptions or rash 7) Swelling, redness, tenderness, discharge of eyes (requires a doctor’s diagnosis and treatment, if needed, or until symptoms are gone) 8) Communicable disease (requires a doctor’s diagnosis and treatment, if needed, or until symptoms are gone) 9) Any health condition that in the nurse’s judgment is of concern for the child’s or other’s health

SNACKS/BIRTHDAY/HOLIDAY TREATS:  Per the district policy no homemade treats, all items must be commercially prepared and have an intact label.  Please read all labels carefully, manufacturers constantly change labels and always feel free to check with the nurse.  Please remember rooms that are NUT FREE (posted in doorway) NO products containing peanuts and or tree nuts or manufactured in a plant with peanuts/tree nuts or states may contain nut products.

LICE:  You can sign up for my blog on our school website which will alert you to any reported/confirmed cases of lice.  This summer there was more news about lice being resistant to over the counter lice treatments.  The district follows the Iowa Department of Health which follows The Center’s for Disease Control guidelines which does not recommend that students be sent home.  While lice is a nuisance it is not a communicable disease.  I am always willing to guide you with treating lice.

HEARING SCREENINGS: Heartland AEA 11 will conduct its annual Hearing Conservation program during the upcoming school year. Students in kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades will receive a hearing screening. Students who do not pass this screening will receive a repeat screening and may receive individual hearing tests by the audiologist and consultation with school personnel. Parents will be notified about the results of the hearing test if their child does not pass the test. This is a screening process only, and does not identify all hearing or ear problems. If your child has had hearing or ear problems recently, feel free to send this information to the school nurse for the audiologist. If you do not want your child to participate in the screening program and follow-up assessments by the school audiologist this year, please notify the school. If there are any questions about the hearing testing program in your school, please contact your school nurse or principal.

PTO News

We’re getting so excited for Miles for Maple Grove fun run!  We have raised over $2,000 online!  Next Tuesday, September 20th is the deadline for fundraising packets in order to be eligible for prizes.  Prizes will be awarded to the 15 students who raise the most funds.  Prizes will be awarded after the run.  If your child is a prize winner, you will be notified prior to the fun run.  If you are able to volunteer on the day of the run, please sign up here:

Our first PTO meeting of the year will be Monday, September 19th from 6-7:00 PM in the library.  Free childcare will be provided by Waukee High School students involved in the Silver Cord program.  There will be a brief meeting for Homeroom Parents and Lighthouse Team parents following the PTO meeting.  Grab a neighbor and join us!! If you haven’t already done so, it is time to order school directories.  The deadline is September 18th.

Start saving Box Tops! Incentives for your child and their class will soon be announced, but please start clipping or scanning now! Every Box Top is worth 10¢ for Maple Grove! A list of products is available here. There are hundreds of products, so just check your packages before you toss them! A Box Tops Bonus App was just released which requires you to just scan your store receipt rather than clipping and sending them in. Please help Maple Grove meet our goal this year of 15,000 Box Tops! Thank you!

To be included in the 2016-17 Waukee District PTO Student Directory, you must complete the online entry form by September 18th, 2016.  For more information visit:

Sharpen the Saw Day

Maple Grove Elementary will be hosting the 2nd Annual Sharpen the Saw Day on Friday, October 21st.  This event is held during the school day for all Maple Grove students.  Sharpen the Saw Day was established to help promote a balanced lifestyle which incorporates physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual health in all students.  Last year we had a wide variety of activities that included a HyVee dietitian speaking about nutrition, yoga, dancing, board games, free reading, a nature walk, YMCA activities and much more! We love bringing in community members for this exciting day! Please contact Kacie Whipps at by Friday, September 9th if you have a special skill and would like to lead a rotation.  There will be two sessions and each session is approximately 90 minutes long.

Healthy Eaters Make Great Leaders Art Contest

Maple Grove students have a wonderful opportunity to participate in an art contest in which their design will be painted in our very own lunch room!  This design is based on the theme “Healthy Eaters Make Great Leaders”.  Paper and information will be coming home in your student’s Friday Folders.  The Maple Grove Student Lighthouse Committee will choose 1 design from each grade level and then a school wide vote will take place for the overall winner.   If interested, please create a design on the attached paper following the requirements below:

  • Use the rectangular paper provided
  • Include these words “Healthy Eaters Make Great Leaders”
  • Write your student’s name and grade level on the back
  • Return to the classroom teacher by Friday, September 23rd

Waukee Invitational 3rd – 7th Grade Mile Run

All third through seventh grade students in the Waukee School District are invited to participate in the Annual Waukee Invitational Mile run on October 3rd at Eason Elementary School – 605 SE Boone Drive – Waukee. All runners will receive a finisher ribbon and medals will be awarded to top place-winners of each grade level. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the elementary school with the highest 5 finishers! Parents are responsible for getting runners to and from the event and are encouraged to park at the Robert Brownell Sports Complex across from Eason Elementary. Runners should bring a water bottle.  Rain date is October 4th. Runners must be registered for the event. The entry fee is $3.00 per runner and registration is open through September 30th  Registration is available online through Community Education at or call 515-987-2761.

Save The Date

  • September 19 – PTO at 6:00-7:00pm in the library.
  • September 21 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40 p.m.
  • September 30 – Miles for Maple Grove Fun Run
  • October 5 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40 p.m.
  • October 7 – MGE Family Tailgate (Open Air Shelter)
  • October 14 – Sharpen the Saw Day
  • October 19 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40 p.m.
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701