News from the Woods

Fall Harvest Party Information

The Woodland Hills Fall Harvest Parties will be held on Thursday, October 26 from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm.

If you are planning to attend the Fall Harvest Parties, we ask that you email your child’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday, October 25. As a reminder, our district utilizes a system that requires all visitors to have their photo ID scanned and wear a visitor badge while in the building. It is required, and with many people attending that day, there could be a long wait. You will not be allowed to enter until you have been scanned into the system. If you forget a photo ID, you will not be allowed to enter.

**Please remember that these procedures have been put in place to help keep our students safe.**

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

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Online Conference Scheduling

Student-Involved Conferences will take place Saturday, November 11 – Thursday, November 16.  All teachers will hold conferences from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 15 and from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 16.  Each teacher will also schedule four additional hours outside of the school day during the week for conferences to occur.

The links below will take you to the scheduling home page.  You will need to select “Woodland Hills” from the drop-down menu.  The password for our school is woodlandhills (no spaces).

Click here to schedule your conference time

Click here to download step-by-step parent/guardian instructions

Related Arts Conference Hours

In addition to the times noted above, related arts teachers at Woodland Hills will be available following dates and times:

Miss Flahive (Art) Monday, Nov. 13 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mrs. Voss (Music) Tuesday, Nov. 14Wednesday, Nov.15 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mrs. Mavis (Guidance) Tuesday, Nov. 14 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ms. Tracy (Guidance) Monday, Nov. 13Tuesday, Nov. 14

Wednesday, Nov. 15

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mr. Beenken (PE) Monday, Nov. 13Tuesday, Nov. 14

Wednesday, Nov. 15

7:00 am – 8:00 am7:00 am – 8:00 am

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ms. Sadecki (Band) Wednesday, Nov. 15Wednesday, Nov. 15 7:00 am – 8:00 am4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mrs. Goeller (Computer) Wednesday, Nov. 15 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mrs. Poppens (Library) Saturday, Nov. 11 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Winter Warmth Drive: October 23 – November 3

It is that time of year again! Woodland Hills is participating in the 10th Annual Winter Warmth Drive!

The drive is a collection of new or gently used:



  • HATS





Items will be collected October 23  – November 3 and will be provided to several local non-profit organizations and schools with students in need. Drop boxes are located in the main entrance of the building. Please feel free to visit for more information.

Thank you in advance for donating items!

Book Fair

The fall book fair will be held in the library during conference week. It will be open the following dates and times:

Saturday, November 11 from 8:00 am to Noon

Monday, November 13 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Tuesday, November 14 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, November 15 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 16 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Online Orders: Orders can also be placed online November 2 – November 17.

Thank you for supporting the continued growth of Woodland Hills Library and helping to build our classroom libraries via your book fair purchases!

Run for the Hills

Run for the Hills was an amazing day and phenomenal event! Students had a great time, and we could not have asked for better weather!

As an entire Woodland Hills Family — students, families, and teachers — we raised over $51,000! (The total does not reflect the expenses — t-shirts, prizes, etc.)

We are humbled and extremely thankful for the amount of support! This money will help purchase:

  1. Technology for classrooms — additional and replacement iPads

  2. Books for the library and classrooms

  3. Support Woodland Hills as we start the journey of becoming a Leader in Me school

Please watch the News from the Woods for how this money is being utilized to support student learning.

Run for the Hills + Give Love Video

Warrior Mall — Youth Give Love shirts

Waukee Community School District has an apparel website. You can purchase Give Love shirts and other Waukee spirit wear anytime through the district’s new online store, Warrior Mall. A portion of all sales made through Warrior Mall will go back to the district’s activity fund.

Warrior Mall does not replace any pre-existing stores or fundraising opportunities but provides an additional service to purchase items at any time.

Ordering from Warrior Mall is easy! Just visit and start adding items to your cart. Orders will ship directly to your house and all payments are processed through PayPal.

PTO News

Next Meeting: 

The next PTO Meeting is Monday, November 6 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be held at the WILC Building (Waukee Innovation and Learning Center)

295 SE Ashworth Road — Waukee, Iowa 50263

Michelle Hill, APEX Director, will take us on a tour of the facility as well as give an overview of the program.

Waukee APEX — Aspiring Professional Experience

Woodland Hills Student Photos:

Have a great school activity or classroom photo to share? Send it to our yearbook chair! You can reach Brent at:

Waukee Community Closet:

As you get ready for fall, don’t forget to donate your unused coats, hats, gloves, snow pants and boots to the Waukee Community Closet. This organization provides Waukee residents in need with winter apparel.  You may leave these items with Nurse Dena. Thank you for your contribution!

If you have questions, please email the PTO at

Please “like” us on Facebook for lots of great Woodland Hills information:  Woodland Hills Elementary PTO – Waukee

News from the Nurse

Thank you for the generous donations to the health office.

Flu season has already started in Iowa. Get your flu shots now.

Your best defense against illness is good handwashing!

Kindergarten Requirements

Required kindergarten paperwork is to be turned into the health office by October 30. If the necessary paperwork has not been turned into the health office, you received a letter that was sent home stating what we are missing for your student. If you have questions, concerns or need copies of health forms, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the health office 987-5196. A grateful thank you to those parents who have already turned in the required paperwork!

Substitute Associates Needed!

In addition to the above times, related arts teachers at Woodland Hills will be available during the following times:

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:

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

Change in Seasons

Fall weather is officially here! Please remember to have your child bring a jacket to school, as recess times can be pretty chilly! It is also helpful if you have your child’s name written inside their jacket, in case it would get misplaced.

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