Grant Ragan Gazette 12.01.2017

Winter Party!

  • The Winter Party will be on Thursday, December 21st 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 Winter Party Sign-Up by Wednesday, December 20th.
  • Visitor badges will be printed in advance for parents who have completed the google sign-up and have had their IDs scanned at Grant Ragan this year.
  • 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 December 21st if you have not had your license scanned this school year.
  • 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.


Calling All Musicians…

Does your student take instrument lessons outside of school (i.e. piano, guitar, violin, cello…)? If so, Grant Ragan would love to have your student share their talent with the students, staff, and families on the last day of school before Winter Break – Thursday, December 21. I will have a group of musicians perform as students are arriving to school from 8:30-8:50 and another group will perform for parents while they wait for the Winter party to begin from 1:45-2:15. Musicians will perform in the entryway by the office. All you need to do is complete the form and submit by December 11. I will then put a schedule together for the performers and will email families who have signed up to participate the schedule in case you want to be there. Students may pick a favorite piece (does not have to be holiday music), or two, (no more than 5 minutes total please) to play on that day. I will provide a piano, stand, microphone. Other equipment needed please state in the form. Let’s help celebrate the last school day of 2017 in a musical way!

If interested, please click here to submit a form.

Forms are due by December 11th

Musically yours,

Mrs. Wunsch

Order classroom treats through the Nutrition Department!

If you plan to bring treats for the classroom on winter party day, please consider ordering through the Waukee Community School District’s Nutrition Department! In addition to cookies, donuts, and cupcakes, cookie decorating kits will be availabe for winter party orders! The decorating kit includes various holiday shaped cookies and frosting! You can check out the full catering menu on the district website.

Click here to place your order through RevTrak.

*Please place orders by December 18th*

Questions? Contact our Event Coordinator, Matt Boot at 515-240-9462 or

Weather Guidelines for Recess

Remember that students go outside for recess if the windchill is above 0 degrees.  Please send winter wear, labeled with your child’s name.  If you need assistance in providing winter wear for your child(ren), please contact one of our counselors at or  We can help!

Important Reminder for Changing Your Child’s Dismissal Plans

  • If your child normally rides the bus, but you plan to pick them up that day (or vice versa) it is imperative that you notify the front office.
    • You may leave a message on the attendance line (515-987-2737), call the front office directly (515-987-0435), or email the front office (
    • We understand plans often change at the last minute; Please notify the school of any transportation/dismissal changes prior to 3:00pm when possible.
  • For safety reasons, we must send students home according to the dismissal information listed in PowerSchool unless we hear otherwise directly from the child’s parents.
  • Please contact the front office (515-987-0435) if you need to permanently change your child’s dismissal information in PowerSchool.

The Giving Tree


We will be collecting Giving Tree donations until December 15th. Thank you for spreading kindness this holiday season and helping those in need.

PTO Notes

Reminder – The PTO will not meet in December.  Our next meeting will be on January 9th.

December Restaurant Night – Please join us at Fuddruckers in West Des Moines, Wednesday, December 13 between 4 and 9 pm. Please mention Grant Ragan Elementary and 10% of the sales for dine in and carryout will go towards the school!

Save the Date – Please plan to join us for a Grant Ragan Roller Skating event on January 30th at Skate North in Des Moines.  Details to follow!


Winter Party

Winter Party is Thursday, December 21st from 2:30pm to 3:15pm.

Just a few helpful reminders for the Winter 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

Please follow these steps for when your child is sick:

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:

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. Please send in your vision results if you haven’t done so already.

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 underwear(SIZE 6-10); 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.

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.

Waukee APEX Showcase on December 11th

We cordially invite staff and families to visit our Waukee APEX Showcase on Monday, December 11 from 6-8 PM at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center.  The APEX student associates teamed with the Science Center of Iowa to plan interactive displays perfect for all ages to share their business project work from the semester in a fun way. We will also have colleges attending from across the state as well as local businesses and clubs setting up information tables that evening – a unique opportunity to gather college and career information! This night is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!   Directions to the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center:

Parent PowerSchool Portal FAQ’s

If you have not set up a PowerSchool account yet, you will need to create one by following these instructions.

  • You will need to present a photo ID to the Grant Ragan front office to receive your child’s access ID and password for the first time.

If you need to add a child onto your existing account, you can do so by following these instructions.

If you are receiving this message: “You are unable to access your account at this time. Please contact your school directly for assistance.” 

  • Your account is most likely disabled due to outstanding fees. Accounts are disabled due to outstanding registration fees, textbook fees, or a negative lunch account balance. You may take care of those fees by logging onto RevTrak. Please allow 24 hours for your payment to process before attempting to access your powerschool account again.

Forgotten username or password:

  • You may have your password reset by visiting the front office at Grant Ragan or by using the “Having Trouble Signing in?” link on the Portal Home Page.

If you are able to log in to your account, but do not see your child’s grades:

  • Once you log in to your account, select the “standard grades” tab at the top of the page. Then click the “expand all” button in the top right corner of the screen. Your child’s progress grades should then drop down from each section listed.

*****If you are still having trouble logging in to your account or accessing your child’s grades, contact Hannah Risinger in the front office. (Phone: 515-987-0435/Email:*****

Attendance/Transportation 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, December 6th 

Students will be dismissed at 1:40pm on Wednesday, December 6th

***Remember, early dismissals are not always every other Wednesday. Please bookmark and check the WCSD 2017-2018 Calendar regularly for upcoming early dismissals. ***

Community Preschool Registration

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

For more information or to begin the applicaton, click here.

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  

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