MG Branch Newsletter

Message From Principal Tierney

Dear Families,

Can you believe that it is already the month of December?  It seems that every school year seems to go by faster and faster.  Knowing that this time of year is recognized as time of joy for many, we realize that it may sometimes also become a time for stress for families and in turn students; we want to be able to support families in any way that we can, therefore, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Our fundraiser in the fall was such a huge success and we cannot thank you enough for your generosity, therefore, I wanted to take a moment and update you on where we and our PTO currently reside in terms of spending those funds.  Currently, we have a team researching the very best and cost effective resources available for our leveled guided reading library.  We have several meetings scheduled with various publishing companies in order to find the best materials for our students.  We will keep you posted when we make our final decision.  We are so excited to offer more literacy resources for our teachers and students.

Finally, we are excited to host our Maple Grove Night at the Field House (Waukee High School), as our Waukee Warriors takes on Des Moines East.  Our students will be recognized by being invited to the floor at half-time to take part in a game in which multiple students may win prizes.  Our 5th Grade Chorus will also be singing the National Anthem.  The girls game will start at 6:15 p.m.

Thanks for all that you do to be an active partner in your child’s education!  We can’t thank you enough for the difference you are making.

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: We will hold our next PTO meeting on Monday, January 23rd from 6:00-7:00 PM. We will be serving a light meal and free childcare will be available.  Our Learning Highlight for January will be presented by Michelle Hill, APEX Program Director, Waukee Schools. Michelle will be sharing about our amazing APEX program.  If you will be joining us for the meal, please RSVP HERE .

MAPLE GROVE NIGHT AT RUBE’S STEAKHOUSE: Sunday, December 4th 5:30-8:00 PM. Please check your child’s Friday Folder for vouchers to be used at our family night at Rube’s.  Maple Grove will receive 10% of proceeds but the check needs to have a voucher attached in order for us to get credit.  There are extra vouchers to give to family and friends.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

APPAREL SALES: Online sales will run through December 11, 2016!!  Looking for a great holiday gift for your student or a loved one? Look no further!  Click HERE to shop for Waukee and Maple Grove apparel.  The site will be open through December 11th and Items will be sent home with your student prior to winter break, just in time for gift giving!  If you would like to pick items up in the office, please contact Mrs. Lane to get that arranged.  Happy shopping!

WINTER PARTIES:  The Winter Party will be held Thursday, December 22 from 2:30-3:15 PM.  If you singed up to help information will be coming your way soon.  Please be sure to RSVP to your child’s teacher in order for the check-in process to run smoothly.

LEFTOVER PANS/BOWLS/COOLERS: If you donated a meal or supplies during conferences, please stop in the office to pick up any pans etc. that may still be at the school. Thank you.

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!

Literacy Tree Challenge


Maple Grove’s Library is having a literacy tree challenge during the month of December.  Families are challenged to donate new or gently used books to build a literacy tree in the library.  The books collected will be donated to charity.  The grade level that collects the most books will win a popcorn party in the library!  Please have students bring any books they choose to donate to their classroom teacher from December 5-December 21st.  Please contact Mrs. Mefford if you have any questions.

Waukee Nutrition Department

Just a little reminder when you are getting your list together for this year’s Winter party… please put Waukee Catering on your list. We have you covered for all your party treats needs, including items with a holiday twist. Check us out on the Waukee website. I hope we can make your to-do list a little easier.  Please have orders in by December 19th.

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 22 – Winter Parties
  • December 23 – January 2 Winter Break, No School
Waukee Backpack

WaukeeBackpack is Waukee Community School District’s “green” approach to distributing information from school sponsored activities and non-profit organizations during the school year.

Where to Find Information


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