News from the Woods

Run for the Hills

Run for the Hills was an amazing day and phenomenal event! Students had a great time, and we could not have asked for better weather!

As an entire Woodland Hills Family — students, families, and teachers — we raised over $53,000! (The total does not reflect the expenses — t-shirts, prizes, etc.)

We are humbled and extremely thankful for the amount of support! This money will help purchase:

  1. Technology for classrooms — additional and replacement iPads
  2. Books for the library and classrooms
  3. Support Woodland Hills as we start the journey of becoming a Leader in Me school

Please read the News from the Woods to see how this money is being utilized to support student learning.

Online Conference Scheduling

To give a greater flexibility in scheduling Parent/Teacher Conferences, we have scheduling available online. Between Friday, October 19 – Friday, November 2, you will have the opportunity to access our calendar and pick an available time that best fits your schedule.

Conferences will take place Saturday, November 10 – Thursday, November 15.  All teachers will hold conferences from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 14 and from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 15. Each teacher will also schedule four additional hours outside of the school day during the week for conferences to occur.

The links below will take you to the scheduling home page.  You will need to select “Woodland Hills” from the drop-down menu.  The password for our school is woodlandhills (no spaces).

Click HERE to schedule your conference time

Click HERE to download step-by-step parent/guardian instructions

Related Art Conference Hours

In addition to the above times, related arts teachers at Woodland Hills will be available during the following times:

Miss Flahive (Art) Monday 11/12Tuesday 11/13 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mrs. Voss (Music) Monday 11/12Tuesday, 11/13

Wednesday, 11/14

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Miss Lauritsen (Music) Tuesday 11/13 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mrs. Russell (Band) Saturday 11/10 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mrs. Mavis (Guidance) Saturday 11/10 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ms. Tracy (Guidance) Monday 11/12Tuesday, 11/13

Wednesday, 11/14

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Mrs. Goeller (Computer) Monday 11/12 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mrs. Poppens (Library) Saturday 11/10 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mr. Beenken (PE) Monday 11/12Tuesday, 11/13

Wednesday, 11/14

7:00 am – 8:00 am7:00 am – 8:00 am

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Mr. Schmauss (PE) Wednesday, 11/14 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fall Harvest Party Information

The Woodland Hills Fall Harvest Parties will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm.

Attending the Fall Harvest Party:

If you are planning to attend the Fall Harvest Party, we ask that you complete the Fall Harvest Party Sign-Up by Wednesday, October 24.

Visitor badges will be printed in advance for parents who have completed the Fall Harvest Party Sign-Up and have had their IDs scanned into the system.

As a reminder, our district utilizes a system that requires all visitors to have their photo ID scanned and wear a visitor badge while in the building. It is required, and with many people attending that day, there could be a long wait. You will not be allowed to enter until you have been scanned into the system. If you forget a photo ID, you will not be allowed to enter.

**Please remember that these procedures have been put in place to help keep our students safe.**

Fall Harvest Party Guidelines

Our Fall Harvest Parties will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm. All children are invited to wear costumes at the party.

Parents, it is important that you keep the costumes as simple as possible, with little adult help needed prior to the party. Also, in an attempt to downplay the commercialization of violence and gore, we ask that you send a costume to school with your child that is appropriate for elementary children. We will not allow the wearing of costumes that portray violence, blood, gore, death themes, guns, knives, death stars, etc. Please realize that children will not be allowed to use face paints and colored hair sprays.

CHILDREN SHOULD NOT WEAR THEIR COSTUMES TO SCHOOL. They should bring their costume in a bag. Costumes will be removed before going home. Thank you in advance for adhering to our Harvest Party guidelines!

Change in Seasons

Fall weather is officially here! Please remember to have your child bring a jacket to school, as recess times can be pretty chilly! It is also helpful if you have your child’s name written inside their jacket, in case it would get misplaced.


Apparel Sales:

Order your Woodland Hills Elementary apparel by November 2, 2018. Orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom the week of November 19th. You may place your order online now!

Woodland Hills Apparel Store

PTO Meeting:

Our next meeting will be held on November 5 at 6:30 pm in the Library. You are welcome to come to one or all 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!

PTO Meeting Dates:

  • January 7
  • February 4: Mrs. Cindi McDonald (Waukee CSD Superintendent)
  • April 1

Questions?  Please contact

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

News from the Nurse

Kindergarten Requirements

Required kindergarten paperwork is to be turned into the health office by October 30. If the necessary paperwork has not been turned into the health office, you received a letter that was sent home stating what we are missing for your child. If you have questions, concerns or need copies of health forms, please contact the health office at 515-987-5196.

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

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