News from the Woods

PTO Meeting: Monday, September 10

The PTO is looking forward to a great 2018 – 2019 school year. Our first meeting will be held on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 pm in the Library. You will learn what our PTO does and how you can get involved in the various committees if you would like. You are welcome to come to one or all of the PTO meetings. It’s a great chance to get to know your school principal better, meet other parents, and get involved with your school. We hope you can join us!


Family Culture Survey

We are planning to display flags in the building from the countries that represent your family’s cultural background. Thank you for helping us collect this information. We are excited to celebrate our students and families!

Family Culture Survey


SchoolMessenger

Waukee Community School District (WCSD) uses SchoolMessenger for emergency notifications.  Notifications include inclement weather, late starts or other emergency situations that may arise during or after school hours. SchoolMessenger works with PowerSchool — in order for parents to receive a text message, parents must subscribe to “opt-in” for the updates.

Subscribe by texting: “Y”, “Yes,” or  “Subscribe” to 67587. The cell phone numbers subscribing must be in PowerSchool to receive a notification. Unsubscribe at any time by texting the key words: “Quit”, “Remove” or “Unsubscribe” to 67587.


Raptor Visitor System

The Waukee Community School District uses a visitor management system called Raptor. This system will allow each school building to screen all visitors entering the building against sexual offender registries in all 50 states and establish a consistent sign-in process across the district.

All visitors must report to the main office upon arrival to the school. We will scan a driver’s license (or other government issued ID) and print a visitor badge. The visitor must also sign out of the office when they leave the building. The ONLY information kept in the screener is: first name, last name, and date of birth. Thank you for your help!


Volunteering/Visiting Woodland Hills

We welcome visitors and volunteers at Woodland Hills! Please feel free to join your child for lunch or volunteer any time except for the first two weeks of the school year.

To make every reasonable effort to provide a safe learning environment for our students, all prospective volunteers must complete an online volunteer form.  The form is found here online volunteer form.  It takes about 5 minutes to complete and must be completed before you can volunteer in any of WCSD’s buildings.

A call/note to the teacher is appreciated so that schedules may be coordinated. Please do not expect a conference with your child’s teacher when class is in session. We discourage student’s siblings from visiting school with parents, as their presence becomes a distraction to learning.


Woodland Hills Party Dates

Fall: October 25 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Winter: December 21 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Valentine’s: February 15 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm


Fine Arts Dates

3rd Grade: December 13 @ High School 6:00 pm

4th Grade: January 31 @ High School 6:00 pm

2nd Grade: February 19 @ Woodland Hills TBA

1st Grade: April 4 @ Woodland Hills TBA

Kindergarten: May 2 @ Woodland Hills TBA

5th Grade: May 13 @ High School 6:00 pm


News from the Nurse

When to keep students home:

Fever – Student must be fever free for 24 hours (less than 100 degrees).

Vomiting – Student must have not vomited for 24 hours.

Diarrhea – Student must be free from diarrhea for 24 hours.

Pink Eye – Student can return to school after 1st dose of medication or as directed by your physician.

Lice – Student is not sent home the day of discovery.  Allowed to return after initial treatment.

Health Blog – To subscribe to the WCSD Health Information Blog, please use the following link http://blogs.waukeeschools.org/health/.  The blog contains school and grade level specific health information.


WD PTO News

Run for the Hills: The PTO is getting ready for our fifth annual Run for the Hills Fun Run. It will take place on Friday, October 5. This again, will be our biggest fundraiser for the year. Packets and more information will be sent home with students on Friday, September 14. We are currently looking for Fun Run sponsors. For a $300 contribution, the PTO will promote your company on the backs of approximately 700 T-shirts for students and staff, and on our Run for the Hills website. Deadline to be included is September 14. If interested, please email Gigi Nelson at gnelsondds@gmail.com or Briget Johnson at brigetjohnson@gmail.com.

Classroom Coordinators: Teachers are currently looking for classroom coordinators to help plan the three seasonal parties we have each year. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in this position.

Questions?  Please contact us at WoodlandHillsPTO@gmail.com

Please “like” us on Facebook for lots of great Woodland Hills information: Woodland Hills Elementary PTO – Waukee


Waukee Invitational Mile Run: 3rd Grade – 7th Grade

All third through seventh grade students in the Waukee School District are invited to participate in the Annual Waukee Invitational Mile Run on October 1 at Eason Elementary School – 605 SE Boone Drive – Waukee.

All runners will receive a finisher ribbon and medals will be awarded to top place winners of each grade level. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the elementary school with the highest 5 finishers!

Parents are responsible for getting runners to and from the event and are encouraged to park at the Robert Brownell Sports Complex across the street from Eason Elementary. Runners should bring a water bottle. Questions may be directed to the mile run coordinator, Missy Brush, at mbrush@waukeeschools.org or 515-987-5161 ext. 4505.

Runners must be registered for the event. The entry fee is $3.00 per runner and registration is open through September 28. Races by grades and times along with direct online registration links are listed below. Rain date is October 2.

Race Grades/Times:

Girls (3-4 grade) @ 4:30 p.m.
Boys (3-4 grade) @ 4:45 p.m.
Girls (5-6 grade) @ 5:00 p.m.
Boys (5-6 grade) @ 5:15 p.m.
Girls & Boys (grade 7 only) @ 5:30 p.m.

Register online at www.waukeeschools.org/commed or call the CE office at 515-987-2761

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