Maple Grove Branch

 A Message From Principal Tierney

Dear Families,

Next Thursday, March 9th, we will host an exciting team of professionals from Franklin Covey.  The team will evaluate our progress toward full implementation of The Leader in Me and the Seven Habits.  We are excited for this opportunity to showcase our school and also for the platform it provides for our students to celebrate leadership.  Currently, there are 2,785 Leader in Me schools in the World, but only 271 certified and recognized Lighthouse accredited schools.  The goal isn’t necessarily Lighthouse status, but rather implementation of the program with strong fidelity.  If we’ve accomplished this as we believe we have, we will be rewarded, and regardless, it’s an opportunity for growth and celebration.

In preparation for Thursday, please have your child wear their grade level Leader in Me shirt, typically worn on assembly days.

My Very Best,

Principal Kim Tierney


Notes From the Nurse

We have had a number of students ill.  Below is the district’s policy regarding illness just as a reminder.  We want all students to stay healthy and your families too!

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)

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

PTO News

CONFERENCE MEALS: If you haven’t signed up there is still time! The PTO will be organizing an evening meal on Tuesday March 7th and snacks on Wednesday, March 8th for teachers during that busy week. Please use this link to sign up: Thanks in advance for your help making this a success!!

Student Yearbooks!

Now is the time to order student yearbooks!  Paper order forms will be coming home with detailed information next week.

You may also order online here, using the Maple Grove Elementary online code of 9510917.

Yearbook cost:

Standard Yearbook $15

Standard Yearbook with special current events pages $17

Personalized Yearbook with student name and photo on the cover is an extra $5

The deadline to order your yearbook is Monday, March 20th so please order soon!  This is just after we get back from Spring Break vacation, so it is important all order forms are submitted ON TIME. Please be sure to order a yearbook now as we cannot order extra!!

HELP WANTED!! The PTO is beginning to plan for the 2017-18 school year.  We would love to have you join our fun, productive team!  Check out our website for more information about our committees and to see where you might be able to help.  Please contact Abby Smull if you have questions or would like more information.

Z’MARIKS RESTAURANT NIGHTS!! Thank you to all who participated!  On the first night we raised $493.00!!  We don’t yet have totals for the second night.  The classroom who won the pizza party will be announced soon!

BOX TOPS: Thank you for sending in your Box Tops! We had over 6545 which means $654.50 for Maple Grove! Mr. Nielsen’s 5th grade class wins a popcorn party for submitting the most Box Tops…600! Mrs. Wolf and Mrs. Van Meter’s classes came in second. Mrs. Harvey and Mrs. Turner’s classes were third. Please keep checking your packages and collecting Box Tops. We will be asking for them again early next school year! Thank you!

MARCH PTO MEETING: Our next PTO meeting is Monday, March 20th from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Maple Grove library.  We will be serving pizza and drinks and free childcare will be available.  Our Learning Highlight will be announced soon!  If you will be joining us for the meal, please RSVP with this link:

2017-2018 Kindergarten Enrollment

2017-2018 Kindergarten Enrollment is Happening NOW

Visit our district webpage,, and click on the Kindergarten Enrollment graphic on the front page to learn more.  You may also click HERE  and it will take you directly to the site.  Please note that our “Kindergarten Camp” will be held on Tuesday, April 25th at Maple Grove Elementary.

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