Maple Grove Branch

A Message From Principal Tierney

It seems like I’ve had to pull the following quote out far more than I’d like over the past decade as a principal, but each time, it provides me with the reminder that I need.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers

This week has been a challenging one as parents of young children, or any aged child for that matter.   Even as adults, this past week’s events can seem scary, leaving us unsettled or uneasy.

During a week where I found myself hugging my kids a little tighter as I sent them off to school, there were a few thoughts and personal reflections that I thought may be worth sharing:

  1. In our home, we often try to limit watching the news around our children, as we know that children often relate what they see on the news to themselves, causing unnecessary anxiety.
  2. I have learned, that sometimes if children are exposed to traumatic events they may regress to more premature behaviors.  I’ve been told this is normal, but as a support when that occurs we should also know the importance of answering questions at a level they can understand, while following their lead being careful not to push too much information upon them.
  3. The most important thing you can do for your child though, is to keep your family in a routine; take care of yourself and your emotions and find the good in all that surrounds you.  It’s easier to do when we surround ourselves with the little ones we love.

As a matter of fact, our school found time this week to find the good around us. Students listed ways that they could “give love, do nice, be good and spread happy”.


Personalized Professional Development: Student Impact Projects

Educators are amazing people with amazing talents, and a profound ability and desire to learn. We should celebrate those traits (or work to rekindle them if they have been lost). Educators want to do their best for their students every day. And we should help them do it.

– Jason Bretzmann

No truer words have ever been spoken in the field of education.  We have amazing, hardworking, passionate leaders at Maple Grove; all of them wanting to do the very best they can for their students. The truth is, sometimes those individual classroom goals do not align with district professional development or current building initiatives making it tricky to really dig in to outside learning.   This year is different!  

This year Maple Grove teachers are leading their own professional growth  on early dismissal Wednesdays through the use of a structured school improvement plan.  TA DA – Learning to match teacher needs to IMPACT STUDENT LEARNING. 

As of October 4th, each teacher has a personalize Learning Cycle Plan and the desire to learn is ever present.   We are excited to continue supporting professionals and student achievement in such a powerful way.


MILES FOR MAPLE GROVE: Miles for Maple Grove was a huge success!!  We raised over $29,000 and had a great time doing it!  It was wonderful to see all the students cheering each other on and celebrating the day.  We were thrilled to have so many parents, grandparents and friends come to join in the fun.  We want to thank Team Run Free.  They were there to be sure all students were able to complete the run.  Pretty awesome.  We would also like to give a shout of thanks out to our sponsors: Shottenkirk, Elite Eye Care, Barn Town, Craig Dental Center, People’s Trust and Bank, Waukee Betterment Foundation, West Bank, Gilcrest, Ritas, 3E Electrical Engineering and Equipment, Mattress by Appointment, Waukee Bowling Alley, Capital Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PC, Meghan Shelley – Iowa Realty Waukee, Heritage Creek Dental, Jimmy Johns, Waukee Hyvee, Miller Fidler and Hinke, Enhanced Health Chiropractic, P.C., Gershman Mortgage, and Staybridge Suites. Thank you everyone!

FALL HARVEST PARTY: Our first party of the year is October 26th 2:30-3:15. The homeroom parent and 5 volunteers can enter the building at 2:15. Please make sure that you RSVP to your teacher so that your badges can be ready ahead of time. The PTO is purchasing the snack for this party from the Waukee Nutrition Department so that allergies will not be an issue! J Homeroom parents may still want to have parents donate drinks and festive napkins.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Thanks to everyone who has already turned in Box Tops and Box Top sheets for a prize! Our first (of two) Box Top submission dates is coming up. Please send all of your Box Tops to school by October 20th so that we can get them all counted and in the mail! 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 join us!) and other events! To sign up text 81010 and enter the message @9ckd42

OCTOBER PTO MEETING: Our next PTO meeting will be October 23rd 6:00-7:00pm in the library. Please join us…everyone is welcome! Our learning highlight will be a presentation from Ingrid Williams from the Waukee Community Closet. We will have childcare and pizza available (please RSVP on our PTO Facebook page or email if you would like pizza or childcare so that we have enough available). Hope to see you!

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: à view our open positions à Substitute Classified àSubstitute Associates à Apply

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

Music/Band Concert Dates

  • December 12 – 1st Grade Concert, 6:00 pm: Folsom, Holmes, Miller / 7:00 pm: Ollenburg, Turner
  • December 21 – 5th Grade Music Assembly, 1:45 pm
  • January 11 – 3rd Grade Concert, 6:00 pm
  • February 6 – 4th Grade Concert, 6:00 pm
  • March 27 – 5th Grade Band/Chorus/General Music Concert, 6:00 pm
  • April 12th – 2nd Grade Concert, 6:00 pm: TBD / 7:00 pm: TBD
  • May 3rd – Kindergarten Concert, 6:00 pm: TBD /  7:00 pm: TBD
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
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