News from the Woods

Giving Tree

The fifth grade student service leaders will be collecting gifts for Woodland Hills families in need. If you are interested in giving this holiday season, please stop by the front entrance of Woodland Hills Elementary and take a paper ornament off of the Giving Tree. Please follow the instructions located on the ornament.

We will be collecting gifts until December 15. Thank you for helping out those in need during this holiday season!

Community Preschool Registration: 2018 – 2019

Online registration for community preschool begins at 10:00 am on December 5, 2017.

Community Preschool Information and Application

Bundle Up For Recess

Students go outside for recess everyday unless the wind chill is 0 degrees or below. Students are not allowed to stay indoors for recess without a medical excuse. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. Hats and gloves are especially important during the winter months. Boots and snow pants are needed when there is snow on the ground. On snowy days, students are required to stay on the blacktop unless they are wearing boots and snow pants. Please remember to label all of your child’s winter clothing.

Inclement Weather Information

Waukee Community School District (WCSD) uses SchoolMessenger for weather related late starts, early dismissals, or closures. Messages will be sent via text message, voice message, and email. Parents have to opt-in to receive text messages.

How to opt-in and receive SMS text notifications:

  • Parents, guardians, students, and staff can subscribe by texting “Yes or “Subscribe” to 67587. The cell phone numbers used must be in PowerSchool to receive a notification.
  • Parents, guardians, students, and staff can unsubscribe at any time by texting “Remove” or “Unsubscribe” to 67587.
  • Opting in does not mean that you will immediately start receiving text messages. It simply means that you have indicated your willingness to receive messages from the SchoolMessenger service. Cell phone numbers must be in PowerSchool to receive a notification from Waukee CSD.
  • If you would like to add a new cell phone number to your contact information in PowerSchool, please contact your building secretary.

Late start and early dismissal announcements will also be made on the local TV and radio stations.

Breakfast is not served on late start mornings. Please make sure your child eats breakfast before arriving to school.

Waukee CSD: 2nd High School

Waukee Community School District continues to be the fastest growing school district in Iowa, gaining an average of 500 new students each year for the last five years. A second high school is needed to accommodate the district’s rapid enrollment growth.

To learn more and stay informed, you can access the:

Waukee CSD 2nd High School Website

Woodland Hills Night at Varsity Basketball Game: Friday, January 5

Woodland Hills Night at Varsity Basketball Games

Waukee vs. Ankeny

Varsity Girls  6:15 pm & Varsity Boys 7:45 pm

Waukee High School Field House

**Woodland Hills Elementary students will be admitted free with a paid adult

**The fifth grade chorus will be singing the National Anthem before the Varsity Girls game

**Students will have an opportunity to be involved in a fun activity on the court during halftime of the Varsity Girls game

PTO News

PTO Meeting:

The next PTO Meeting is Monday, January 8 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be held in the Woodland Hills Library.

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:

Please 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

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News from the Nurse

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.

Waukee CSD Health Blog

When to keep students home:

Fever – Student must be fever free for 24 hours (less than 100 degrees).

Vomiting – Student must have not vomited for 24 hours before returning to school.

Diarrhea – Student must be free from diarrhea for 24 hours.

Pink Eye – Student can return to school after 1st dose of medication or as directed by your physician.

Lice – Student is not sent home the day of discovery.  Allowed to return after initial treatment.

Common Cold Instruction Sheet

5 Ways to Stay Healthy For the Holidays

Please feel free to stop by the health office if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Woodland Hills Party Dates

Winter: December 21 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Valentine: February 14 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Fine Arts Dates

3rd Grade: January 22 @ High School 6:00 pm

4th Grade: January 30 @ High School 6:00 pm

2nd Grade: February 22 @ Woodland Hills TBA

1st Grade: April 5 @ Woodland Hills TBA

Kindergarten: May 3 @ Woodland Hills TBA

5th Grade: May 14 @ High School 6:00 pm

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