Shuler Scoop September 1, 2017

Welcome to Shuler!

Welcome to the start of the 2017-18 school year at Shuler.  It has been a great start to the year and we are so excited in being a part of this journey with you and your child’s education.  It is our priority to make relationships with your family, creating leaders and problem finders that take risks and are always looking for ways to improve.

Mrs. Salow and I are looking forward to a great school year.  The Shuler staff is excellent and dedicated to the needs of all of the students.  We feel very proud and humbled to be part of such an amazing staff.

We will often post information on this site and communicate messages through School Messenger.  But please feel free to contact us, at any point, with questions you have.  Listed in the Scoop are a few upcoming events that we want you to be aware of.

Shuler is an amazing place, and our families have everything to do with that!

Joel T. Fey, Principal
Allison Salow, Assistant Principal

Parent Pick up and Drop off Procedures:

There are two options for parents dropping off or picking up children at school.

1)   The outside lane of the parking lot is the student drop off/pick up lane.  Parents may wait in line and drop off/pick up their kids.  Parking in the parent pick up/drop off lane is prohibited. Students should only exit their vehicles from doors facing the sidewalk. Parents in the pick-up/drop off lane must stay in their vehicles. The line will continue to move forward as cars exit this lane.  Staff will direct traffic when to move forward, and assure the children go to the front door of the school.

2)   You may park your vehicle in the North parking lot, facing Douglas, and use our crosswalk to escort your child to or from your vehicle.  Every child must be escorted through the crosswalk. If you leave your vehicle, it must be parked in a designated parking spot and not in the student pick up/drop off lane.

Curriculum Night – Thursday, September 7

Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 7th from 6:00-8:00pm.  This is a PARENTS ONLY meeting, and daycare will be provided.  This night is designed to provide more specific information about your child’s classroom, curriculum and expectations.  The schedule is as follows:

6:00 – 6:30 pm   Kindergarten & First Grade (presentations in each classroom)
6:30 – 7:00 pm   Related Arts (presentations in the library) and ELP
7:00 – 7:30 pm   Second & Third Grade (presentations in each classroom)
7:30 – 8:00 pm   Fourth & Fifth Grade (presentations in each classroom)

Sign In/Sign Out/Absence Reporting

If your child will not be at school for any reason, or must leave early or arrive late, please remember to call the attendance line at 515-987-2763.  If you email the teacher, please include the Secretary and Beyond the Bell (if applicable). The secretary’s email is:jpetsche@waukeeschools.org.  When checking out/in, come to the office and sign your student out/in on the iPad.  Office staff will call your child’s classroom and have your student come to the office to meet you.  If your child comes back to school following an appointment, you must come into the office to sign him/her back in.  The student will receive a pass and return to the classroom.  These safety and bookkeeping procedures will ensure an accurate accounting of each of our students.

All visitors, including parents, must check in at the office upon your arrival.  The Waukee district now uses the Raptor system to screen visitors, so the first time you visit you will need to bring your driver’s license to the secretary and get entered in the system.  You’ll receive a sticker to wear in a visible location at all times while in the building.  We also ask that you return your sticker to the Secretary when you leave so she can sign you out.

Volunteering/Visiting Shuler Elementary

We welcome visitors and volunteers at Shuler!  We also welcome you to join your child for lunch!  However, we ask that you wait until after the first two weeks of school have passed, allowing us time to smooth out all of our classroom schedules.

To make every reasonable effort to provide a safe learning environment for our students, all prospective volunteers must complete an online volunteer form. The form is found here:  Online Volunteer Form.  It takes about 5 minutes to complete and must be completed before you can volunteer in any of Waukee CSD’s buildings. This form will only need to be completed once. You’ll still need to check in with the Secretary to obtain your visitor/volunteer sticker.

For volunteers, please work with the teacher so that schedules can be coordinated. Please do not expect a conference with your child’s teacher while class is in session.  We also discourage student’s siblings from visiting school with parents who are volunteering, as their presence becomes a distraction to learning.

Eating lunch with students

If you plan to join your child for lunch and plan to purchase a lunch at school, please call the office before 9:00 am to be included in our daily lunch count.  You may pay for your lunch as you go through the lunch line using your child’s nutrition account or in cash with the exact change or small bills. Cost for adult lunch is $3.60.  Please see the Parent Handbook, located on the Waukee Schools website, for more information regarding eating lunch with students.

Picture Day

Mark your calendars!  Picture day is Tuesday, September 12.  Look for more information on your child’s picture day order form that will be coming home this week.  Visit mylifetouch.com to order pictures online, allowing you to not worry about remembering the form on picture day.  Shuler’s Online Picture Day ID is:  BN807518Q0.

Fine Arts Dates/Band Solo Night

3rd Grade:                       Thursday, October 19th @ High School            6:00 pm
2nd Grade:                      Thursday, December 2nd @ Shuler                    6:00 & 7:00 pm
4th Grade:                       Thursday, January 25th @ High School            6:00 pm
1st Grade:                        Thursday, March 1st @ Shuler                             6:00 & 7:00 pm
Kindergarten:                Thursday, April 12th @ Shuler                             6:00 & 7:00 pm
5th Grade:                       Tuesday, May 15th @ High School                      6:00 pm
Band Solo Night:           Thursday, February 20th                                      Time TBD

Notes from Nurse Chris

Snacks and Treats
*No snacks or treats that contain peanuts/tree nuts or that are made in a facility that uses peanuts/tree nuts in its manufacturing will be allowed at Shuler.
*All items need to be in a sealed package with an intact label.
*No bakeries in the area are peanut/tree nut free. The only baked items allowed are from the Waukee bakery and can be ordered online. The site is under the nutrition heading on the Waukee website.
*Please remind your student that no food items are to be consumed on the bus.

Illness’
*A student is allowed to return to school if they are: 24 hours fever free without medications and/or 24 hours since last time vomiting or last diarrhea episode.
*A student may be excused from recess for 2 days with parent permission, after that a Dr. excuse is required.
*Please make sure all emergency contacts are updated in Powerschool.
*Remember that the best defense against germs is hand washing!

Notes from the Counselors

Welcome New Students and Families!

We are thrilled to have many new students at Shuler!  As school counselors, we understand that moving to a new school is exciting and wonderful but can also be stressful.  The counselors and the entire Shuler staff are working to make this a smooth transition for new students and families.

Last week we met with all students new to Shuler and we will continue to meet with them, as needed.  Our main goals are to let students meet other new students, help them become familiar with our building, and give them a chance to ask questions about Shuler.

When asked what they liked best about Shuler the most common answers were that the kids are friendly and the teachers are very nice!  Please feel free to contact a counselor if you have any special concerns or questions about the transition process for your child.  We are here to help them have a great year!

Sondra Dyer                                          Jennifer Allan
Shuler School Counselor                         Student Services Counselor
sdyer@waukeeschools.com                    jallan@waukeeschools.com
515-987-8597 (ext. 2170)                       515-987-8597 (ext.2278)

Shuler Elementary Student Handbook

The Shuler Elementary Student Handbook can be found on the district website at www.waukeeschools.org .  Choose “Students and Parents” from the toolbar, then scroll down to “Handbook & Policies”.

Party Invitations

It is the policy of the District that we cannot give out address or phone numbers of our students for any reason, including birthday party invitations.   It also our policy that party invitations may not be distributed at school.  We also do not address or send out invitations for you.  Please consult the Waukee student handbook.  It is available on the district website at www.waukeeschools.org .

Flowers /Balloons

Please do not have flowers or balloons delivered to school for your child.  We consider each moment of instructional time to be very precious and will not disrupt class for deliveries.  If delivered at school, they will not be given to your child until dismissal time.   Please consult the Waukee student handbook.  It is available on the district website at www.waukeeschools.org .

Classroom Treats

If there is a life-threatening allergy in a specific classroom, notes will be sent home with each student asking to avoid the allergy item in snacks and treats.  No homemade treats or food items for students will be brought into our school either by parents or staff.  All treats MUST be commercially prepared and packages for distribution with intact ingredient labels.  Waukee Nutrition Services classroom treats – Our department is “peanut/tree nut aware”.  You may purchase fresh baked cookies, cupcakes, donuts, fresh fruit/vegetables, individual packaged snack products, etc. from Waukee Nutrition Services through RevTrak.  More information about classroom treats is available on the district website, www.waukeeschools.org.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Waukee Community School District has a policy designed to assure parents and students the full implementation, protection and enjoyment of their right under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  A copy of the District’s policy is available for review in the office of the principal of all of our schools.  This law requires the school district to designate as “directory information” any personally identifiable information taken from a student’s educational records prior to making such information available to the public.  The school district has designated the following information as directory information:  Student’s name, participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received.  You have the right to refuse the designation of directory information with respect to your student provided that you notify the school district in writing not later than September 15 of this school year.  If you desire to make such a refusal, please visit the Waukee web site at www.waukeeschools.org .   Once there, choose ”New to Waukee”.  Next choose “Student and Parents” from the toolbar.  Then scroll down to “Forms”.  Complete the FERPA form and return it to school by September 15.  If you have no objections to the use of student information, you do not need to take any action.

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