Maple Grove Branch
A Message From Principal Tierney
Maple Grove Families,
First of all, I want to thank all the families that made an appearance at our 4th Annual Leadership University. We had a very successful turnout and it was a joy to see so many families navigating from station-to-station, enjoying one another’s company, all while learning about other cultures, various soft-skills, as well as the 7 Habits.
Additionally, our Mega Raffle sure made for many smiling and happy children who walked away with one or more of the 129 prizes available. In reality, it’s important to remember that all kids win, as we raised a significant amount of money for our school. The final number has yet to be finalized, however, the PTO will provide an update as soon as that number is calculated.
On an alternate and final note, I’d like to share a video that I came across recently. While watching, I first found myself considering the parallels to that of my role as an educator, however more profoundly I recognized a metaphor that relates strongly to my role as a parent to a ten and five-year-old. As “Mom” at home, I so often find myself wanting to rescue my children as often as possible; my husband and I want to set them up for success in all phases of their life, we want to give them everything they “need” and more. However, I experienced a bit of a paradigm shift. My new perspective presses firmly on my conscious as I feel a stronger desire to provide a healthier balance between my desire and obligation to fulfill my children’s “needs”, while also matching that with a certain level of challenge, which will allow them to find success in the long-run. The question is this, are we raising our children in such a way that will allow them to survive the “jungle” that is life after their K-12 education?
Watch the video via the following link: https://youtu.be/muoVtDjjonM
Valentine Party Reminder
On Wednesday, February 14th from 2:30 to 3:15 PM will be our Valentine’s Day Party here at Maple Grove. Here are some friendly reminders:
- There must be NO individual candy/edible treats attached to Valentine’s. These bulk candies are not individually labeled and they do not meet the requirements of the district allergy policy.
- Page 20 of the district handbook states: “No food or candy items will be allowed for distribution by students attached to Valentine cards at the Valentine party. Students are welcome to bring cards and nonfood items (such as pencils, stickers, etc.) if they choose.”
- Please avoid bringing treats that contain peanuts or any nut product or processed in a facility with nuts/tree nuts.
- 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.
- Utilize our nutrition department, order through RevTrak. Simple and easy! If we bring in sprinkle toppings labels must be checked because they are usually processed with nuts .
If you have questions please call Nurse Lisa 987-2754.
Daddy Daughter Dance
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, https://waukee.revtrak.net/daddy-daughter-dance/
Music/Band Concert Dates
- February 6 – 4th Grade Concert, 6:00 pm
- March 27 – 5th Grade Band/Chorus/General Music Concert, 6:00 pm
- April 12th – 2nd Grade Concert, 6:00 pm: TBD / 7:00 pm: TBD
- May 3rd – Kindergarten Concert, 6:00 pm: TBD / 7:00 pm: TBD