Maple Grove Branch

A Message From Principal Tierney

Dear Families,

There are two “small rocks” that can turn into “big rocks” if not properly addressed: tardiness and traffic.  Likely, the two are related, however with proper planning and patience, predicaments with either can be avoided.


We are noticing that the number of students arriving late to school is growing exponentially.  The tardy bell rings at 8:50 a.m., and if students aren’t past the office by that time, the inside exterior doors lock and students must enter through the office, obtaining a tardy pass.  Getting your children to school on time not only benefits their education, but also their classmates.


We’ve been notified that there are several vehicles entering the oncoming lane of traffic on 98th Street to avoid the line for drop off, then pulling into the parking lot to park and escort their kids into the building.  Obviously, this is not only extremely dangerous, but also against the law.  We ask that you practice patience and follow the law when dropping your child off at our wonderful school.  The green arrows in the aerial photo below, show the proper flow of traffic.

I am so grateful to be part of your children’s lives.

Kim Tierney

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Notes From The Nurse

Just a reminder of so many illness’ this time of year to please be mindful to district policies of when to keep your students home.

1) Temperature of 100 or above (normal temperature for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication)

2) Vomiting/Diarrhea (free for 24 hours)

The rest of the policy can be found on the Waukee website or Nurse Lisa’s blog

How Flu Spreads (From The Center For Disease Control):

Person to Person: People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

The Flu Is Contagious: Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.

Music/Band Concert Dates

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