News from the Woods
Classroom Treats — Waukee Nutrition Department
Parents — Do you need a treat for your child’s classroom? The Waukee Nutrition Department can prepare cookies, cupcakes, fresh fruit, and more from our “Peanut/Tree Nut Aware” kitchens and deliver directly to the classroom!
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!
There are two options for parents dropping off or picking up children at school.
First, you may park your vehicle in the parking lot and use the crosswalk at the main entrance to escort your child to or from your vehicle.
- Children may not be in the parking lot without being accompanied by an adult.
- Children will not be allowed to walk by themselves to your vehicle, but will remain on the sidewalk until you walk across for them. Please use the crossing guard at the main entrance.
Second, you may access the parent drop off/pick up lane.
- Cars will be directed to pull forward to drop off/pick up students toward the front of the line as cars exit the drop off/pick up lane. This will keep traffic moving forward.
- Parents in the pick up lane must stay in their vehicles.
- Please do not pull in front of other cars or form a double lane by the curb to drop off/pick up students.
Please do not wait on 95th street to access the parent drop off/pick up lane. If the parent drop off/ pick up lane exceeds the school property, please:
- Park in the school parking lot and use the crosswalk to accompany your child to and from your vehicle.
- Park in the school parking lot until you have an opportunity to pull in the parent drop off/ pick up lane.
Please be patient, the process is an efficient process when the procedures are followed. It typically takes ten minutes or less to safely dismiss roughly 600+ Woodland Hills students. These procedures have been put in place to increase the safety of all children!
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.
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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
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: TheLovins@Gmail.com
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 email@example.com
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News from the Nurse
Heartland AEA 11 will conduct its annual Hearing Conservation program January 3, 4, and 5. Students in preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades will receive a hearing screening.
Students who do not pass this screening will receive a repeat screening and may receive individual hearing tests by the audiologist and consultation with school personnel. Parents will be notified about the results of the hearing test if their child does not pass the test. This is a screening process only, and does not identify all hearing or ear problems. If your child has had hearing or ear problems recently, feel free to send this information to the school nurse for the audiologist.
If you do not want your child to participate in the screening program and follow-up assessments by the school audiologist, please notify the school. If there are any questions about the hearing testing program in your school, please contact your school nurse or principal.
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