Grant Ragan Gazette 9.15.17

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

  • October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month.
  • Students are encouraged to wear blue on Monday, October 2nd!
  • Stay tuned, Kindness Week is coming in February!

Waukee Invitational 3rd-7th Grade Mile Run

All third through seventh grade students in the Waukee School District are invited to participate in the Annual Waukee Invitational Mile run on October 2 at Eason Elementary School – 605 SE Boone Drive – Waukee.

All runners will receive a finisher ribbon and medals will be awarded to top place-winners of each grade level. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the elementary school with the highest 5 finishers!
Parents are responsible for getting runners to and from the event and are encouraged to park at the Robert Brownell Sports Complex across from Eason Elementary. Runners should bring a water bottle. Questions may be directed to the mile run coordinator, Missy Brush, at 987-5161 ext. 4505.
Runners must be registered for the event. The entry fee is $3.00 per runner and registration is open through September 29.  Races by grades and times along with direct online registration links are listed below. Rain date is October 3.

Race grades/times:

Girls (3-4 grade) @ 4:30 p.m.

Boys (3_4 grade) @ 4:45 p.m.

Girls (5-6 grade) @ 5:00 p.m.

Boys (5-6 grade) @ 5:15 p.m.

Girls & Boys (grade 7 only) @ 5:30 p.m.
Register online at or call the CE office at 515-987-2761

Attendance Reminder

  • Please notify your child’s teacher and the front office by 9:00am if your child will be absent from school.
  • You may notify the front office by calling the attendance line 515.987.2737 or by emailing

2017-2018 Music Concert Dates

KINDERGARTEN:      Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 6:00 or 7:00PM

Held in Grant Ragan Gym

FIRST GRADE:          Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 6:00 or 7:00PM

Held in Grant Ragan Gym

SECOND GRADE:      Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @6:00 or 7:00PM

Held in Grant Ragan Gym

THIRD GRADE:          Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00PM

Held in Waukee High School Auditorium

FOURTH GRADE:      Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 6:00PM

Held in Waukee High School Auditorium

FIFTH GRADE:           Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 6:00PM

Held in Waukee High School Auditorium


Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:00PM

                                    Monday, May 7, 2018 @ 6:00PM

Held in Grant Ragan Gym

5th Grade BAND SOLO NIGHT: Monday, February 12, 2018

Held at Grant Ragan. Students will sign-up for a 5-minute time slot.

*Students will receive a letter about one month prior to their concert date with important performance information. Informational letters will also be posted on our blogs.

Early Dismissal on Wednesday, September 20th

Students will be dismissed at 1:40pm on Wednesday, September 20th.

Please check the WCSD 2017-2018 Calendar regularly for upcoming early dismissals

PTO Notes

Founders Fun Run Information 

  • It’s Founders Fun Run time!! We had a super cool Fun Run kickoff assembly today!! Be sure to ask your kids about the prizes!
  • Visit our website,, for all the necessary information to help your students make their fundraising a success!
  • Each student will be bringing home a collection envelope that shows their unique donation codeon the front and general information on back. This unique code will allow your students to gather online donations from your family and friends. Both direct donations and online donation will be accepted.
  • Our Grant Ragan fundraising website is:

Nurse Notes

For the upcoming school year, please review the tips below:

*Keep your child home for at least 24 hours when he or she is sick. This

means your child must be fever free without medication (Temperature of 99.9 and below), and not vomiting for 24 hours before coming back to class (school policy).

*Take children into the doctor as soon as possible if they are showing flu-

like symptoms. Please visit the website below for information regarding the upcoming flu-season:

Kindergarten Requirements

Friendly reminder, please turn all required kindergarten health paperwork in to the health office no later than October 30th, 2017. If the correct paperwork has not been turned in by this date, your child will be excluded from school. If you have questions on what needs to be turned in or need copies of the health forms don’t hesitate to call the the health office 987.2767.

3rd Grade Vision Requirement

Each 3rd grade child is required by the State of Iowa to have a vision screen. This can be done by an eye doctor; at a doctor’s office; or by Prevent Blindness Iowa, KidSight, Lion’s Club Volunteers. Reminder letters will be sent home by the end of September if I haven’t received a vision screen by that time.

Allergy Policy

If you have any questions regarding our allergy policy please visit Grant Ragan’s school website and view our elementary handbook. We encourage healthy snacks (fruits/veggies) during snack time. When bringing other food items into the building, please double check the packaging to ensure the ingredient label does NOT state: “May be manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts and tree nuts” or “May contain peanuts/tree nuts”.

Those items brought into a food allergy classroom that say “may contain” or “may be manufactured in a facility that produces peanuts and tree nuts” will be sent home at the discretion of the school nurse.

Feel free to contact the school nurse if you have questions on what items should be brought into the classroom.

Health Blog

Please visit my health blog for lots of information regarding Grant Ragan. I have multiple tabs that include information regarding health forms and updates on head lice in the school (located under Waukee Schools Health Blog tab).

Please visit this site to view my blog:

Hearing Screenings

Hearing screenings will be conducted in late January. If you have a concern before that time or don’t want your child screened, please notify the school nurse.


For this fall, the health office is looking for the donations on the following items: girl AND boy shorts and pants/sweatpants/leggings (sizes 6); girl and boy shoes (sizes for 4th and 5th grade); and ice cream buckets. If you are able to donate, please stop by the health office to drop off the items.

Please feel free to stop by the health office if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

New Raptor System for Visitors – Important!

The Waukee Community School District upgraded our Raptor Visitor System over the summer. All parents and visitors will need to have their IDs scanned prior to visiting or volunteering in the school. Even those who have had their ID scanned at Grant Ragan last year will need to have their ID scanned again this year.

  • All visitors over the age of 18 are required to have an ID on them while in the building
  • Parents/Visitors may have their ID added to the Raptor System on weekdays from 8:00am-4:00pm in the front office
  • We strongly advise having your ID scanned prior to the Fall Harvest Party on October 26th

Tinker Time with Ozobot (K-2)

Ozobots are small, smart toy robots that empower gamers and learners to code, play, and create. Your child will learn coding and programming in a fun, uplifting learning environment. Students will help the Ozobot complete challenges and design their own challenges for others to try! For students in grades K-2. Taught by Grant Ragan Elementary Teacher, Megan Trader.

Mondays, 4-5:15 pm

September 18-October 16

Grant Ragan Elementary, Rm #108

Fee: $89

Register online at or call the CE office at 987-2761

Tinker Time with Dash and Dot (3-5)

Dash & Dot are award-winning, hands-on learning tools that teach students creative problem solving, coding, and robotics. In this course, students will learn how to program Dash and Dot to complete challenges such as launching a ball across the room and teaching Dash to play the Xylophone. For students in grades 3-5. Taught by Grant Ragan Elementary Teacher, Megan Trader.

Thursdays, 4-5:15 pm

September 21-October 19

Grant Ragan Elementary, Rm #108

Fee: $89

Register online at or call the CE office at 987-2761.

Contact Information

Grant Ragan Elementary
645 NE Dartmoor Drive
Waukee, IA 50263

Attendance Line: 515.987.2737

Main Office: 515.987.0435
Fax: 515.987.9566

Nurse’s Office: 515.987.2767

District Office: 515.987.5161
Durham School Busing Services: 515.987.2788

Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, September 20th Early Dismissal 1:40pm
  • Monday, October 2nd Wear Blue for Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month
  • Monday, October 2nd Waukee Invitational Mile Run
  • Wednesday, October 4th Early Dismissal 1:40pm
  • Friday, October 6th 2nd Annual Founder’s Fun Run
  • Monday, October 9th-Friday, October 13th National School Lunch Week!
  • Wednesday, October 11th Parents are invited to join their students for hot lunch in the cafeteria! 
  • Wednesday, October 18th Early Dismissal 1:40pm
  • Tuesday, October 24th 5th Grade Music Concert
  • Thursday, October 26th Fall Harvest Party
  • Wednesday, November 1st Early Dismissal 1:40pm
  • Tuesday, November 7th 4th Grade Music Concert
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701