Grant Ragan Newsletter 1.26.18

Grant Ragan Gazette 1.26.2018

Valentine Party!

  • The Valentine Party will be on Wednesday, February 14th from 2:30-3:15pm.
  • Pre-School will have their Valentine Party on Friday, February 16th
  • Parents and visitors are welcome to attend the party
  • If you plan to attend, please complete the Valentine Party RSVP by Tuesday, February 13th.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Daddy Daughter Dance Feb. 17

The After-Prom Committee will hold a Daddy Daughter Dance to help raise funds to support the 2018 party.  Dads or Dad-like friends are invited to bring their favorite Valentine (ages 2-22) on February 17 to Prairieview School, 655 SE University, Waukee, IA from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost to attend the dance is $30 per couple with an additional $10 fee for each additional daughter.​ ​Register online using RevTrak,

Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 12th-16th)

Beginning Monday, Feb. 12th, we will be celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week at Grant Ragan Elementary!
This fun-filled week will be full of bucket filling and showing compassion to others.

Week of Activities

Students at Grant Ragan train to be a kindness superhero everyday.
Wear your work out clothes to school.

People at Grant Ragan spread kindness and treat each other with love and respect.
Wear your PJs to school to be comfy, peaceful and calm all day long.

Grant Ragan kids are kindness superheroes that protect each other and spread love around school and the community.
Wear reds and pinks to spread love and celebrate Valentine’s day.

Thursday, February 15th: SUPERHEROES ARE UNIQUE.
Grant Ragan is a safe place to be your unique self.
We appreciate and accept each other just the way we are. Even superheroes  wear disguises sometimes.
Wear your mix matched clothes and do your crazy hair to celebrate being your unique self or to be undercover where others won’t recognize you.

Friday, February 16th: KINDNESS SUPERHEROES.
Kids at Grant Ragan are kindness superheroes  who care about each other and look out for one another.
Dress as a superhero or an everyday superhero.
(Please do not wear any masks but any other superhero attire is allowed. You can also dress as an everyday superhero such as a doctor, teacher, nurse, mom, dad etc.)

Weather Guidelines for Recess

Students go outside for recess if the windchill is above 5 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!

WHS Basketball: “Grant Ragan Elementary Night”/Fifth Grade Chorus singing National Anthem

Grant Ragan Elementary Night will be Friday, January 26th at Waukee High School

Admission: All students are admitted free with a paid adult. Adults must pay the admission fee, even if just watching their child sing the National Anthem.

Game Times:  6:15pm (Girls Varsity)  7:45pm (Boys Varsity)

Seating: Elementary students and their parents are asked to sit in the east side bleachers in the designated elementary section.

Hy-Vee Halftime: All students will have a chance to go onto the court and shoot a free throw to win a coupon for a free pizza and 2 liter coke product.

National Anthem: Fifth Grade Chorus will sing the National Anthem at Grant Ragan Basketball Night in the Waukee High School Gym.

Photos for our Yearbook!

Calling all Grant Ragan Families with students in grades PreK-5th, The Yearbook Committee is looking for student and staff photos taken during the 2017-18 school year.
If you have photos you’d like to share, please use the link below to upload them directly to Lifetouch. Thank You!
Upload images at
Site Access Code: BWVDHK

Girls on the Run Coaches Needed!

Grant Ragan Elementary’s Girls on the Run team is currently seeking volunteer coaches for the spring 2018 seasons.
Volunteers have a tremendous opportunity to help girls understand the true inner power they possess; to serve as the critical ‘fuel’ that propels them forward in life.
As a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, you can unleash the
strength, bravery, and limitless potential of girls right here in Central Iowa.

Girls on the Run coaches are as unique as the girls they serve. Just like the girls, many are not runners.
They are people just like YOU who take great pride and care in role modelling character, connectedness, and inner strength.

Girls on the Run coaches are truly a reflection of the girls we serve here in Central Iowa. By being themselves, they prove that one person can really make a difference.
And they have a lot of fun too!

Coach requirements:

  • Complete NEW Coach Application
  • Complete background check
  • Complete 1 hour online training
  • Attend one in-person training
    • Feb. 18, 8-Noon
    • Feb. 24, 8-Noon
    • Feb. 28 5-9 PM
  • Become CPR/First Aid certified

Coaches need to be able to commit to attend practice twice a week for the 10-week season (Tuesday and Thursday 3:45-5:00 PM) and end of season 5K.

With gratitude,
Christa Vander Leest
Girls on the Run of Central Iowa
Council Director

PTO Notes

Grant Ragan Skate Night – January 30th (5-8pm)

Whether you are an experienced skater or want to try something new in 2018, grab your skates and head on over to Skate North for Grant Ragan Skate Night!
$3 Admission, $3 Skate Rental. Skate mates will also be available to assist beginner skaters for $3.
There will be no admission fee for non-skating parents and concessions will be available for purchase.  We hope to see you there!

Box Tops Competition – Now through  February 16th

Grant Ragan is having a school-wide “Box Tops for Education” competition! Each box top submitted will earn 10¢ for our school!
For more information on the Box Tops for Education program or to print additional collection sheets, visit
The PTO will be coordinating an awesome reward for the classroom that collects the most box tops!

PreK-5th grade students can participate in the Box Tops competition by following these simple steps!

1. Paste unexpired box tops in the designated sections of your blue box top collection sheet* or collect your box tops in a ziploc bag.
2. Write your teacher’s name on your collection sheets and ziploc bags!
3. Turn in collection sheets and ziploc bags to your teacher by Friday, Feb. 16th(Don’t worry, collection sheets do not have to be full when turned in to classrooms)

*Blue collection sheets were sent home with students on Monday, January 8th

Staff Appreciation

Please help us show the Grant Ragan staff how much we appreciate everything they do for our kids! We are asking for a few donations from our Grant Ragan families. Please visit the following website for a list of requested items:!/showSignUp/30E084DAAAB23A7FA7-february 

Thank you in advance for helping show appreciation to our teachers and staff! Please bring donations to the front office now through February 5th. Gifts will be presented to the Grant Ragan staff in early February.

Yearbook Order Forms

Be on the lookout! Yearbook order forms will be sent home with students the week of January 29th.
This year’s yearbook features original cover artwork and articles written by Grant Ragan students!

2018 Kindergarten Enrollment Timeline

  • January 8 – Begin submitting required paper documents to District Office
  • March 5 – Online enrollment portal opens.
    An email with directions on how to complete the online enrollment process is sent around 10 A.M. to the first e-mail address listed on the cover sheet.
  • July 18 – An e-mail message is sent reminding families to turn in the remaining required documents
    (physical that includes a blood lead test, updated immunization certificate, dental screening form, and vision screening form to your school nurse)
    and pay fees or complete a free/reduced application and fee waiver. If any information submitted online has changed, please contact your child’s school.
  • May 3rdGrant Ragan‘s Kindergarten Information Night (6:00-7:00pm in the Grant Ragan gym)

**For more information, visit the 2018 Kindergarten Enrollment page of our district website**


Valentine Party

Valentine Party is Wednesday, February 14th from 2:30pm to 3:15pm.

Just a few helpful reminders for the Valentine 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:

Cold or Flu – Let’s try to avoid both!

Here are just a few tips to help you avoid coming in contact with the viruses that show themselves in the common cold and “flu”.

  • Wash your hands – Some viruses can survive on doorknobs, keyboards, desks, pens, books, papers, and other objects. Touch them, then touch your nose or mouth and you’ve got it.

  • Keep your distance – If you know someone has a cold or the “flu”, give him or her plenty of space!
    The virus is spread through airborne transmission or personal contact. Don’t take a chance of exposing yourself to their germs.

  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with elbows, tissues, or hands and avoid touching your face.

  • Avoid sharing mugs, cups, glasses, or eating utensils. Your friend may not look sick today, but……who knows about tomorrow.

  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. It makes it easier for the virus to invade the lungs.

  • Drink plenty of water – Dehydration invites virus invasion.

  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and get a good night’s sleep!

  • Get a flu shot.

  • Clean surfaces regularly

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 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.

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.
  • 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.

Early Dismissal on Wednesday, February 7th 

Students will be dismissed at 1:40pm on Wednesday, February 7th.

***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 began on December 5th, 2017.
For more information or to begin the applicaton, click here.

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
6:00pm: Anderson and Vander Hooning/7:00pm: Johnson/Trader/White

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