Maple Grove Branch – September 2, 2016

Message from Principal Tierney

Help us with our Goal:  We’re Seeking Your Input!

One of our building goals this year is centered on increasing family involvement around the 7 Habits and the Leader in Me.  As part of our goal we have put a plan in place to conduct an improved Leadership University, ongoing communication about the habits (Habits at Home), spotlight family usage of the habits, and to share strategies for developing family mission statements, goal setting, planning big rocks, etc.

Please help us to assess our work towards this goal through this short survey, which will be conducted once this fall, on order to set our baseline, and again in the spring.   This data will help us to determine how effective we were with our goal and could also be used to develop future goals.

Thanks in advance for filling out our survey, via the following URL:  http://bit.ly/2c0N76P


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.


PTO News

Hello Maple Grove Families!
We are so excited to kick off the 2016-17 school year.  It was great to see many of you at Open House.  The PTO has many plans in place and will be making more as we move along.  This year our goal is to increase parent involvement.  We are creating a Parent Lighthouse Committee similar to our Student Lighthouse Committee.  The Parent Lighthouse Committee will be integral in helping move Maple Grove along on our Leader in Me journey.  We would like to have one or two parents from each grade level act as a liaison between the PTO and families.  If you are interested in being a part of this exciting journey please contact Abby Smull abbysmull@q.com, Tracy Van Wyk tracyvanwyk73@gmail.com or Tasha Thayer tasha.thayer@yahoo.com for more information.


Federal Title 1 – Parent Notification

Parents and Guardians: Federal education legislation provides Title I funds to Maple Grove Elementary School. As a result of this legislation, you have the right to information regarding the qualifications of your child’s teacher, including: state licensure status, special endorsements for grade level/subject areas taught, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree.

Parents/guardians may request this information from the District Office by calling (515) 987-5161, or by sending a letter of request to Waukee Community School District, 560 SE University Avenue, Waukee, IA 50263. Please contact Terry Hurlburt, Associate Superintendent, if you have any questions regarding this information.

Dates to Remember

  • September 5 – No School, Labor Day
  • September 7 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40p.m.
  • September 8 – Curriculum Night
    • 6:00-6:30  Kindergarten and First Grades
    • 6:30-7:00  Related Arts
    • 7:00-7:30  Second and Third Grades
    • 7:30-8:00  Fourth and Fifth Grades
  • September 13 – Picture Day at Maple Grove
    • To download a LifeTouch order form, click here.
  • September 13 – Watch D.O.G.S. sign-up & pizza party.
  • September 19 – PTO at 6:00-7:00pm in the library.
  • September 30 – Miles for Maple Grove Fun Run
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701