A Note From Principal Tierney
What an amazing first week and a half it has been! Your kids are amazing and I am so glad I get to see them every day! Our teachers and staff also need to be commended, as they have worked hard these past several days to build a culture within their classrooms where every child feels safe and valued; a perfect platform for each child to now learn at their maximum potential. We caught some pictures the first couple days of school, and those were highlighted in our back to school slide show, which was shown to your children at today’s assembly. We are hoping to RISE, by lifting OTHERS this school year; and there is no doubt in my mind that each of your children will do just that. They have “lifted” me, already! J
Safety is NUMBER ONE!
Safety is our number one priority. We realize it takes seconds for an accident to happen, therefore, we ask all families to follow our parent pick-up procedures very carefully. The following are a few expectations that need review:
- Students must wait in the yellow box, that is painted on the sidewalk. They will not be allowed to get into a car, until the car is within the yellow zone.
- Pull all the way forward so that we can maximize the number of cars that we are able to get in the pick-up zone.
- Children must get out of the passenger side of the car. We ask that students not get out of the driver’s side and walk around, and we also ask that parents not stop the car and walk their child around. If you must park and get out of your car, please use the parking lot, so that we can keep traffic moving along.
Thank you in advance for helping us to ensure our students’ safety!
MILES FOR MAPLE GROVE: We will kick off our annual fun run, Miles for Maple Grove on Friday, September 1st. Students will bring home fundraising packets. We ask that students bring the packets and donations collected back to school on the three Wednesdays leading up to the event: September 6 th, 13 th, and 20th. The final day to turn in donations to be eligible for prizes is September 20th. Miles for Maple Grove will take place on Friday, September 29th. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and all students participate. Last year we raised over $30,000! A volunteer sign up form will be sent out closer to the event. We are currently looking for businesses to sponsor our run. With a donation of $200 or more, the business logo will be printed on the back of our shirts that the students wear throughout the year. With a donation of $100, the business name will be listed. If you or someone you know would like to be a sponsor, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Help our school earn cash by clipping Box Tops from products and sending them to school! Keep your eye out for the pink and purple label on hundreds of products (product list here: BTFE.com/products). Next week we will be sending home sheets that can be filled with 25 Box Tops and turned in for a prize. There is also a mailbox on the PTO board outside the gym where they can be dropped off. It’s very helpful to make sure they are not expired. Thank you!
REMIND ME APP: Stay up-to date with the happenings of the Maple Grove PTO by signing up for notifications through the Remind App, an app that is already used by many of our wonderful teachers here at MGE! Once joined you will receive reminders/notifications about important dates (i.e. Miles for Maple Grove packet due dates, Leadership University), upcoming PTO meetings (we’d love to have you come join us!) and other PTO sponsored events! To sign up text 81010 and enter the message @9ckd42
WATCH D.O.G.S.: On Tuesday, September 12th from 6:00-7:00 we will be having our 4th annual ‘Dads and Kids’ Pizza Night at Maple Grove. We will meet in the school cafeteria at 6:00pm for FREE pizza and drinks. At 6:15 we will have a presentation about our WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) Program. WATCH D.O.G.S.® is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model for all of our Maple Grove students.
In order to get a firm number for pizza, please RSVP and let us know if you will attend our WATCH D.O.G. kickoff event via the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4eafae2da3f94-maple1 Please RSVP by Friday, September 8th. We look forward to seeing you!
APPAREL SALES: Want to look stylish and display pride for our school? Maple Grove apparel is now available! Choose from hoodies, athletic t shirts, hats, and more. Visit this website to order by September 7th: http://www.imagesport.com/m-37-maple-grove.aspx?pagenum=2
SEPTEMBER PTO MEETING: Our first PTO meeting of the 2017-18 school year will be September 18th 6:00-7:00pm in the library. Please join us…everyone is welcome! Our learning highlight will be a presentation from the Student Leadership team. We will have childcare and pizza available (please RSVP on our PTO Facebook page if you would like pizza or childcare so that we have enough available). Hope to see you!
Waukee Students Elementary Handbook
The Waukee elementary student handbook can be found on the district website. Choose “Students and Parents” from the tool bar, then scroll down to “Handbook and Policies”.