Maple Grove Branch

Message From Principal Tierney

Maple Grove Families,

On October 13th, our teachers volunteered 4 hours after school focusing on the physical leadership environment.  You may be wondering why we would commit so much time and effort to what is seen, heard and felt throughout our building.  Let us tell you why.

The environment that surrounds people significantly impacts their level of engagement and performance in school.  We must be committed toward continuously upgrading the school’s physical environment, leadership language and emotional environment.  We want all children to see, hear and feel LEADERSHIP and EMPOWERMENT as soon as they enter Maple Grove Elementary.

  • Physical Environment (What is SEEN)
    • Leadership displays exist in all common areas of our school and in many cases, kids help design
  • Common Language (What is HEARD)
    • We inspire staff to integrate leadership language throughout their day
    • Promote positive proactive language when correcting students
  • Emotional Environment (What is FELT)
    • We strive to build an environment that is emotionally safe
    • We want kids to take ownership in what happens at school

We are complimented often as to how warm and inviting Maple Grove Elementary is for students, families and guests.  We firmly believe this is not an accident and has all to do with the deliberate focus, contribution and effort to constantly build upon what is seen, heard and felt within our building.


Notes From the Nurse


Parents of Kindergarten and Preschool students please remember to turn in health forms.  Letters went home letting you know what forms had not yet been received. The exclusion date from school is October 31st.  I want to avoid this at all costs and will work with you if you have a problem fulfilling this requirement.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  If your student is NEW to the Waukee District please make sure I have a copy of your child’s immunizations.


Fall is upon us and the weather changes hourly.  Please make sure to send your child with the appropriate clothing and dress in layers.  Also, keep in mind sometimes the grass and equipment can have dew and students may get wet, you may want to put a spare pair of clothes in their backpack in case they get wet.


  • BE CONCIENTIOUS.  Please respect district policy in regards to candy and treats during the Fall Party:
  • Please avoid bringing treats that contain peanuts or peanut products or processed in a facility with nuts
  • Homemade items are NOT allowed in the school
  • We are not able to prepare food in the classroom
  • ALL TREATS/SNACKS need to be commercially prepared and packaged for distribution with intact ingredient labels
  • Utilize the nutrition department. They make everything nut-free
  • If you have any questions about what to bring, please don’t hesitate to contact Nurse Lisa in the health office (987-2754).

PTO News

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION: Box Tops are due next Monday, October 24th!  It is easiest to submit Box Tops that have been cut, counted and placed in baggies that are labeled with your child’s name, teacher’s name and number of Box Tops included.  Please check for expiration dates.  Last year we raised $1,370.10.  Our goal for 2016-2017 is $1,500.

BINGO FOR BOOKS!Friday, November 4th 6:30-8:00 PM.  Grab a blanket and join us in the gym for an evening of FREE fun with friends and family!  Feel free to bring a new or gently used book to contribute.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

PIZZA RANCH NIGHT: Ready for a break from cooking?  Maple Grove will hold two separate family nights at Pizza Ranch.  On Thursday, November 3rd all Kindergarten through 2nd grade students are invited to join us and on Thursday, November 10th all 3rd through 5th students are invited to join us.  Maple Grove teachers will be lending a hand greeting families and bussing tables.  You’ll also want to mark your calendars: Sunday, December 4th will be Maple Grove night at Rube’s Steakhouse!  More details soon!

PTO MEETING: Thank you to all who attended our October PTO meeting.  If you missed, please check our blog for the minutes.  We had two guests from the community at our meeting.  Ingrid Williams shared about the Waukee Community Closet which is a new non-profit program developed to meet the needs of families in our community.  Please visit their website at or “like” their Facebook page at  We also got an update about the Waukee Foundation from the Executive Director, Gina Campos.  The Waukee Foundation supports our district by offering scholarships to all Waukee graduates, offering grants to teachers and staff for professional development and by offering grants for classroom items not supported by district funds.  To learn more about the Waukee Foundation please contact Gina Campos by phone 515-493-6361 or email  Our next PTO meeting with be Monday, November 21st from 6-7:00 PM.  We will serve a light meal and free childcare will be available.  Our Learning Highlight for November will be presented by Cindi McDonald, incoming Superintendent of Waukee Schools.

Waukee Foundations Scholarships Food Drive

Good afternoon families!

Please help the Fourth Graders at Maple Grove IMPACT OUR WORLD! We are getting ready for the annual WAUKEE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOOD DRIVE to benefit the Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry!  This drive brings in the largest amount of food that the pantry receives all year. Our food pantry feeds over 100 families every month (and growing)! Maple Grove Elementary’s focus is to collect items to meet baby needs this year:  diapers (size 4 and up), baby food (all stages), formula, baby wipes. We would also accept canned or boxed food to help those in need. Collection start on November 1st and will end on the 17th. We would love your assistance in Impacting our world by helping serve the needs of our community.

Thank you!

Fourth Grade Students and Teachers

Waukee Nutrition Department News

As the season changes and the leaves turn colors, we look forward to the first seasonal classroom party of the year.  When it comes to the lists of things to get done to have a great party, think of the Waukee Nutrition Department to help you out.  With a good list of heathy treats, as well as cookies and cupcakes, they can be the one stop shop for your classroom treats.  For the Fall Party on October 27th, please try to have your order in by October 24th. To order, visit RevTrak on the Waukee Schools website and look for the classsroom treats icon.

Fall Harvest Party Costumes

As you know, our Fall Harvest Parties will be held Thursday, October 27th from 2:30PM to 3:15PM.  All Maple Grove Elementary students are invited to wear costumes at the party. If any students would rather not wear a costume, they are welcome and encouraged to wear fall colors instead.

Parents, it is important that you keep the costumes as simple as possible, with little adult help needed prior to the party. Remember that parents will wait in the entryway until 2:15pm and go to classrooms for party set up at that time. Also, in an attempt to downplay the commercialism of violence and gore, we ask that you send a costume to school with your child that is appropriate for elementary children. We will not allow the wearing of a costume that portrays violence, blood, gore, death themes, guns, knives, death stars, etc.  Please realize that children will not be allowed to wear any costumes that fit the above description. Children will also not be allowed to use face paints and colored hair sprays. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT WEAR THEIR COSTUMES TO SCHOOL. Students should bring their costume in a bag. Thank you in advance for adhering to our Fall Party guidelines!

Fall Harvest Party RSVP

Our Fall Harvest Parties will be held Thursday, October 27th, from 2:30-3:15 p.m. at Maple Grove Elementary.

If you are planning to attend the Fall Parties, we ask that you e-mail your child’s homeroom teacher by this Tuesday, 10/25. As a reminder, our district uses a system that requires all visitors to scan their photo ID and have a name badge to enter the school.  It is required, and with many people attending that day, there could be a long wait. You will not be allowed to enter until you have been scanned into the system.  If you forget a photo ID you will not be allowed to enter.  Below are some ways to avoid the delay.  We do not want this to deter anyone from attending and please remember it was put in place to help keep our students safe.

Ways to speed up checking in on 10/27:

  • If you have already been in the building as a visitor since the beginning of this school year, you should already be in the system.  Just email your child’s teacher in advance and we can have your badge waiting for you.
  • Stop by MG Elementary between 8-4 prior to Thursday and we can enter you in the system so we can have your badge already waiting for you Thursday.  Tell us you plan to attend the Fall Party so we know to have it waiting for you.
  • Come early on Thursday and make sure you have your photo ID with you.

A few other important notes:

Parents who are volunteering at the Fall Parties will be asked to sign in and wait in the entryway until 2:15 p.m.  Volunteers will be allowed to go to classrooms for party set-up at 2:15 p.m.  We discourage younger siblings from attending classroom parties with parents.

4th Grade Art Field Trip

Each year, the Des Moines Art Center offers a free field trip for 4th graders in the Des Moines metro to the Art Center and Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  On October 26th, Maple Grove 4th graders will experience this wonderful opportunity. Students will take an hour tour at each destination guided by trained docents.

This trip is a great way to introduce students to art museums and original works of art, as well as helping students engage in meaningful conversations about art.  Students will focus on how to visually analyze artwork and make connections between art and life.  Hopefully, this field trip will cultivate many return trips to the Des Moines Art Center and Sculpture Park for Maple Grove 4th Graders!  If you are interested in volunteering as a chaperone, please contact Mrs. Bebout at

The schedule is as follows:

Ms. Hahn & Mr. Garland & Miss Wynja:  Art Center 10:00-11:00, Sculpture Park 11:15-12:00

Mrs. Zurborg & Mrs. Rumph:   Sculpture Park 10:15-11:00, Art Center 11:15-12:00

560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701