News from the Woods
Bond Referendum Special Election: February 6
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.
A Bond Referendum Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. To learn more and stay informed, you can access the following link and website:
Important Information Regarding Valentine’s Day Cards
With Valentine’s Day approaching in the near future, I want to bring your attention to some important information regarding Valentine’s Day cards. As noted on page 16 of the Waukee Student Handbook, no food or candy items will be allowed to be distributed with cards or at the Valentine’s Party. Students are welcome to bring cards and non-food items (such as pencils, stickers, etc.) if they choose.
The students will still have access to plenty of food and treats at the actual Valentine Party itself (Wednesday, February 14 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm). However, it is simply not possible for us to examine the ingredient labels of the candy that would be attached to each Valentine’s card. Please know that student safety is our first priority.
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!
Iowa Assessments: February 6, 7, & 8
Students at Woodland Hills Elementary in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th will be taking the Iowa Assessments on February 6, 7, and 8. As is the case with any school day, students will achieve at their highest levels of performance if they are healthy, well rested, well fed, and encouraged to do their best. It is also very important that students arrive on time for school. If possible, we ask parents to refrain from scheduling routine dental and medical appointments during this time. Your support in getting your child to school on time is always greatly appreciated.
Science + Art Fair: Febuary 26
The Woodland Hills PTO is excited to announce that the 3rd annual Science + Art Fair will be held on Monday, February, 26, 2018. The Science + Art Fair is open to all Woodland Hills students in grades K-5.
An informational meeting (optional) will be held in the Woodland Hills Library on Monday, February 5 at 6:00 pm. The Science + Art Fair committee members will be there to answer any questions you have about the Fairs. Your students are encouraged to attend with you. Participation forms MUST be submitted by February 5 to be included in the Science + Art Fair. Forms can be filled out online.
If you have questions, please email Science + Art Fair chair Jody Gifford at firstname.lastname@example.org
PTO Meeting: Monday, February 5
The next PTO Meeting is Monday, February 5 at 7:00 pm in the WD Library. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE.
Waukee Schools Superintendent, Mrs. Cindi McDonald will be providing a district update and discussing the Bond Referendum on February 6.
Student-Involved Conferences: March 3 – 8
Student-Involved Conferences will take place March 3 – 8. All Teachers will hold conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 6 and from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7. Each teacher will also schedule four additional hours outside of the school day during the week for conferences to occur. The online schedule window will be open February 6 – 20.
2018 – 2019 Kindergarten Enrollment
Check the Waukee Community Schools website for more information!
Bundle Up For Recess
Students go outside for recess everyday unless the wind chill is 5 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.
Daddy Daughter Dance: February 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
Waukee Foundation Auction Fundraiser: February 24
Waukee Community Schools Foundation is hosting our 21st Annual Auction Fundraiser! This is an adults only, casual night out benefiting the teachers and students of the Waukee Community School District (WCSD). WCSD spirit wear is encouraged!
This year we are rolling out the red carpet and taking our event to Hollywood! Join us as we welcome our MC, local actor, comedian, and magician Patrick Albanese. Wear your best smile because you may also encounter the paparazzi!
Purchase your tickets before January 31 to be entered in our “Arrive in Style” contest! Everyone who has purchased their tickets by the deadline will be entered in a drawing for a limousine ride to and from the event. If all of your friends purchase early, you ALL can be entered in the contest and share the limo ride! Courtesy of Foster Limo.
Purchase your tickets to the event online at
Gina Campos, Executive Director
Fine Arts Dates
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)