Maple Grove Branch

Message From Principal Tierney

Dear Families,

Wow! Parent Teacher Conferences were an absolute success.  There is simply so much to be thankful for at Maple Grove Elementary.

Thank you for engaging in your child’s education.  One thing I love most about Waukee Schools is the fact that our families are so supportive of their child’s education.  This is proven time and time again.  For example, our staff was showered with great food throughout the past week because of our wonderful PTO as well as your donations.  Additionally, our Book Fair sold more books than last year, which will in turn result in more books in our children’s library, helping our students reach their goal of reading one million minutes.  And finally, preliminary conference attendance numbers are above 98%.  We can’t thank you enough for your partnership.  As I have shared before, your involvement REALLY does make a difference in your child’s ability meet his or her full potential.

Please enjoy the time with your family next week, as you have a few extra days to spend together.

My Very Best,

Kim Tierney, Principal

Notes From the Nurse


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.

PTO News

PTO MEETING: Please join us on Monday, November 21st from 6-7:00 PM for our November PTO meeting.  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.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about what is happening in our district!  If you will be joining us for the meal, please RSVP with this link:

BINGO FOR BOOKS: Wow!  What a great night!  Thank you joining us.  Thank you to our great fourth and fifth grade leaders who welcomed families, served food and drink, handed out books and helped with set up and clean up.  Also, thank you to Mr. Garland for being our Master of Ceremonies.

PIZZA RANCH NIGHT: Thank you to all who attended Pizza Ranch nights.  It was great to see so many families out socializing and hanging out with teachers and staff who graciously greeted guests and bused tables.  You guys are awesome!  Maple Grove families donated $531.87!! We will also be getting a check for 10% of proceeds from both nights.  Our next restaurant night will be Sunday, December 4th at Rube’s Steakhouse!  More details soon!

SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR:  The Book Fair was amazing!!  Thank you to all who stopped by and made a purchase for their children and/or classroom.  The Book Fair is a big undertaking!  Thank you to Kelly Deimerly and Elizabeth Giller and all our cheerful volunteers for making this a success.   All proceeds from the Book Fair will go to our Maple Grove library to purchase books and library supplies.

CONFERENCE MEALS: Thank you so much for the contributions to Conference Meals!  The feedback from our teacher’s was overwhelming and positive!  Conference week can be very busy and the snacks and meal are a great way to let our teachers know how much we appreciate the work they do with our children.  Thank you to Carol Martin and Tracy Van Wyk for organizing!

Preschool Super Leaders Impacting the World

Our preschool students and staff are teaming up with Kaylee Kares this year to bring a little bit of sunshine to hundreds of kids as they enter the foster care system. Below is a little bit about the project:

For the 3rd year I am collecting “Kaylee Kares” bags. It is a foster care project that started out as a 4-H project. I had a goal of 50 bags and ended up collecting almost 300 bags. It is a project to collect bags for babies, children and teens to be given to them as they enter foster care, as they sometimes come with nothing. We collect the bags and then deliver them to Buchanan County DHS, where they are then shared with Fayette, Black Hawk and Delaware counties. This project is important to me as I was adopted from foster care and my family has fostered over 20 children. What you need: Inexpensive bag, Pair of pajamas, Comb or brush, Toothbrush or Toothpaste.
Thank you!!!! Kaylee

Our preschool classes will be putting the bags together, but we are looking for any of the supplies needed to make the bags: bag, pair of pajamas, toothbrush and toothpaste, and comb or brush. Items will be collected through Friday, December 16th. We will then get these bags delivered to Kaylee over Winter Break. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children!

Dates to Remember

  • November 21 – PTP Meeting 6:00pm – 7:00pm, MG Library
  • November 23 – 25 Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • December 13 – 1st Grade Concert, 6:00pm & 7:00pm
  • December 16 – Chorus/Band Assembly, 2:30pm
  • December 23 – January 2 Winter Break, No School
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Where to Find Information


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