Grant Ragan Newsletter 10.13.17

Fall Harvest Party!

  • The Fall Harvest Party will be on Thursday, October 26th from 2:30-3:15pm.
  • Parents and visitors are welcome to attend the party.
  • In the past, we’ve asked parents to RSVP by emailing teachers/the office. This year we are using a google sign-up!
  • If you plan to attend, please complete the Fall Party Sign-Up by Wednesday, October 25th.
  • Visitor badges will be printed in advance for parents who have completed the google sign-up and have had their IDs scanned.
  • There will be a long line of parents waiting to have their IDs scanned on party day. Please consider stopping by the front office prior to Oct. 26th to have your ID added to the new Raptor system.
  • Students (and parent volunteers) will not be allowed to wear costumes that portray violence, blood, gore, death themes, weapons, exc.
  • Children should not wear their costumes to school. Students should bring their costume in a bag.
  • Fall Harvest Cupcakes (and other treats) are available for order through the district nutrition department. Please utilize the Classroom Treats Order Form.
  • If you plan on bringing a classroom treat/snack of any kind, please review the health guidelines outlined in the Nurse Notes section of this newsletter.

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

Picture Retake Day: Friday, October 20th

  • Original photo packages must be returned to the LifeTouch photographer on retake day.
  • Photos can be ordered online at with Grant Ragan’s Picture Retake ID: BN807515Q1
  • Questions? Call 866-955-8342

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

Calling all creative Grant Ragan readers! We would love to create our storybook pumpkin patch in our library again this year and we need your help.  Students can decorate a pumpkin that represents their favorite book and bring it to the library to be displayed throughout the month of October.  Pumpkins can be dropped in the library beginning Monday, October 2 and will be on display until Thursday, October 26.  Any pumpkins not picked up by the end of the day October 26 will be disposed of.  Participation is voluntary. Please contact Jess Elliott ( if you have any questions.

Substitute Associates Needed!

Come join the Waukee Community School District as a substitute associate.

  • Flexibility: You choose when and where you want to work
  • Pay: $12.00 per hour
  • Experience: Gain great classroom skills

To apply: -view our open positions-Substitute Classified-Substitute Associates-Apply

Questions: contact Amelia Clark @ 515-987-5161 ext, 4529  

Winter Warmth Drive

It is getting to be that time of year where we go through our closets in search of winter gear for the quickly approaching winter months. We dig out our coats, hats, mittens, and boots from last winter to see if everything still fits your children. If the things you find do not fit anyone in your family, please consider donating the winter gear to Grant Ragan’s Winter Warmth Drive. From October 23rd to November 2nd, we will be collecting gently used winter gear to donate to several agencies in the metro area.  Some of the agencies the donations will be given to are Freedom for Youth, Serve Our Youth, Hawthorn Hill, and Youth Emergency Services and Shelter. There will be a box in the main hallway at Grant Ragan for students to put their donations. Thank you for thinking of those in need as winter approaches.

Attendance/Transportation Change 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
  • If your child is changing transportation plans for the day, please notify the office as well as the classroom teacher.

Early Dismissal on Wednesday, October 18th

Students will be dismissed at 1:40pm on Wednesday, October 18th.

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

PTO Notes

Grant Ragan Movie Night – Friday Oct 20th from 6:30-9

Grant Ragan will have their first Movie Night in the Grant Ragan Gym. We will enjoy the movie Smurfs: The Lost Village. Please bring your blankets/lawn chairs. Popcorn and water will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event. We hope to see you there!

Fun Run Thank you!

Final fundraising numbers for the Grant Ragan Founders Fun Run are in.  Thanks to your generosity and fundraising efforts this year our students and families raised $55,075.06 for our school.  W-O-W!  What a success!  As a reminder the money collected will go back to our school for new technology and community outreach. We are proud to be part of our Grant Ragan community and we thank you!


Head Lice

As the cold weather nears, please make sure to send appropriate gear to school (hats, coats, gloves, etc.). With that being said, please also talk with your child/children about the importance of not sharing those items while at school to help prevent the transmission of head lice.

If a case does occur while the student(s) are at school, the Waukee School District follows treatment guidelines for managing head lice developed by the Iowa Department of Education Public Health. Current guidelines state the following: “Children should remain in school for the rest of the day if head lice are detected. Notify parents by phone, provide educational materials on treatment, and review treatment protocols. It is reasonable to expect that treatment be started before the child returns to school the next day.” To keep the incidence of head lice from being transmitted, parents are asked to check all family members for head lice regularly and to treat those found to have live lice or new eggs. If lice are found, parents are asked to notify the school nurse so that the incidence of lice in the school can be monitored and a health alert can be posted on the WCSD health information blog site. If you have questions about the district’s Head Lice guidelines or need assistance in the treatment of lice, please contact your School Nurse. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

To review information regarding head lice please visit this IDPH website:

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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).

Fall Harvest Party

Fall Harvest Party is Thursday, October 26th from 2:30pm to 3:15pm.

Just a few helpful reminders for the Fall Party:

  • Please avoid bringing treats that contain peanuts/nuts and state “May be processed in a facility with peanuts/tree nuts.”
  • Utilize our nutrition department, order through RevTrak. Simple and easy!
  • Homemade items are NOT allowed in the school.
  • We are not able to prepare food in the classroom.
  • ALL TREATS/SNACKS need to be commercially prepared and packaged for distribution with intact ingredient labels.
  • Products change all the time, please read labels.  Krispy Kreme is NOT a nut free facility anymore.
  • If you have questions please call Nurse Sara at 987.2767

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 October 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.

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 (SIZE 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 fill free to stop by the health office if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Harlem Wizards

THE HOURS ARE TICKING down before your teachers and parents take on the World Famous Harlem Wizards! Your Warriors are excited and gearing up for an amazing night of trick shots and alley-oops! Not to mention some serious competitive ball.

Venue: Waukee High School Field House

Date: Monday, October 16th

Game Time: 6:30pm

Doors Open: 5:30pm

Get your tickets now to take advantage of advance pricing!

To purchase tickets visit

For more on the Harlem Wizards, visit their website at

Your Warriors Roster

Lutheran Church of Hope

#99 Coach Mike Householder

Woodland Hills Elementary

#91 Shawn Beenken

#22 Kristin Grotewold

#42 Scott Shumaker

Shuler Elementary

#00 Dave Stock

#44 Barb Lorenzen

#2 Adam Povah

Maple Grove Elementary

#8 Kim Tierney

Walnut Hills Elementary

#55 Lyndsay Marron

Grant Ragan Elementary

#41 Val Jansonius

Eason Elementary

#34 Matt Salge

#17 John Plaisance

Brookview Elementary

#9 Johnnie Tykslind

#11 Jamie Seiler

South Middle School

#13 Doug Barry

#34 Patrick Garland

#1 Melissa Stuber

#16 Andrew Withers

Waukee High School

#23 Cary Justmann

#4 Justin Ohl

District Office

##007 Lindsay Law

#18 Ali Locker

Lincoln Savings Bank (sponsor)

#25 Brian Heying

#45 Aliou Keita

We’ll see you on the court!!

Lunch/Recess Schedule

  • 2nd grade: 10:55-11:15/11:15-11:35
  • 5th grade: 11:15-11:35/11:35-12:05
  • 1st grade: 11:45-12:05/12:05-12:25
  • 3rd grade: 12:05-12:25/12:25-12:45
  • Kindergarten: 12:25-12:45/12:45-1:05
  • 4th grade: 12:45-1:05/1:05-1:35

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.

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

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