Shuler Scoop – Nov 2, 2018

Welcome to Shuler!

November is here!  I hope we get a month of great fall weather and the snow stays away as long as possible.

Our parent teachers conferences begin next Saturday, November 10th and run through Thursday, November 15th.  The conferences are meant to be a celebration of growth of each of your children.  You should all be very proud, not only are your children achieving great things academically, they are growing as leaders as well.

If you have any questions about your conference time, please let you teachers know.  Have a great weekend!!

Dream Wonder Shine
Joel T. Fey

Winter Warmth Drive:

Monday October 29th began Shuler’s Winter Warmth Drive!  The drive will go from October 29 – November 8th.

Families can send in with your students new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, snow pants, and boots to donate.  Donations will go to local non-profits and schools with students in need. Donations will be collected and counted by third grade students each day and placed in bins.  The final day to bring in donations will be Thursday November 8th.  Thank you for your generosity!

Waukee Foundation Scholarship Food Drive:

Participation dates:  November 1st – November 16th

Shuler Elementary is participating in the Waukee Foundation Scholarship Food Drive and would love your help!  Shuler has specifically been assigned Soap Products, such as hand soap (bar/liquid), laundry, dish detergent and cleaning, however any items would be greatly appreciated. All items will be donated to the Waukee Area Food Pantry.

Your donations help feed over 100 families in our community all year long. Cash or check donations may be made to Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry as well. Thank you for your donations!

Shuler Book Fair:

Make sure you join us for our Follett Book Fair!  The book fair will be open the following dates and times in the Shuler Library:

Saturday, November 10th 8:00am-12:00pm

Monday, November 12th 3:40-6:00pm

Tuesday, November 13th 3:40-6:00pm

Wednesday, November 14th 1:40-6:00pm

Thursday, November 15th 3:40-8:00pm

Friday, November 16th 8:40-10:00am

Stop by the book fair anytime or before/after conferences!  We hope to see you there!

Daily Building Schedule:

K-5 Daily Schedule

  • 8:25 a.m. — Students eating breakfast may enter building
  • 8:35 a.m. — All students may enter building
  • 8:50 a.m. — Tardy bell
  • 3:40 p.m. — Dismissal time

We ask that parents refrain from dropping off their children at school before 8:35 a.m. Students should not be on school grounds and may not enter the building before 8:35 a.m., unless they are eating breakfast at school. If your child is participating in the school breakfast program, he/she may enter the building at 8:25 a.m. and proceed directly to class at 8:35 a.m.  There is no supervision for your children prior to 8:35 a.m. (exception is the breakfast program) and after 3:45 p.m. Please be timely in dropping off and picking up your child. Students will not be allowed to wait in the office area for any extended period of time prior to or after school dismissal. Please make alternate arrangements when these circumstances occur. Please refer to the Elementary Handbook, under Building Schedule, for more information.

Lunch with Students:

Would you like to join your student for lunch?  Here are the lunch times for each grade level:

Shuler Lunch Schedule
2nd Grade 11:00-11:20
1st Grade 11:25-11:45
3rd Grade 11:50-12:10
Kindergarten 12:15-12:40
4th Grade 12:40-1:00
5th Grade 1:00-1:20

We encourage and invite you to eat lunch with your child at school sometime during the year. You may pay for your lunch as you go through the lunch line using your child’s nutrition account or in cash with exact change or small bills.  The cost for guest lunch is $3.65.  If you bring lunch from a restaurant for you and/or your child, we ask that you not eat in the lunchroom with the other students. Please inform your child’s teacher of your plan to bring a “special” lunch ahead of time, and he/she will arrange for you and your child to eat privately in the classroom or in the pod area of their classroom. We ask for your cooperation in this request out of fairness to all students to prevent hurt feelings or resentment from others unable to have the same opportunity.  Please refer to the Elementary Handbook, under Nutrition Services, for more information.

Notes from Nurse Chris:

Hearing Tests:  Hearing is very important to a student’s ability to listen, learn, and progress satisfactorily in school.  A hearing loss may also indicate a possible health problem.  For these reasons, we take a special interest in the hearing ability of all students and periodically test their hearing.

The following students will receive a hearing screening by the audiometrist: those in preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th grades.

SCREENING:  11/27, 28, 29 & 30/2018  @  9 AM

RETEST:  12/10/2018  @  9 AM

On the retest date, students who failed the screening or were missed on the screening dates as well as any new students will be tested.  Teachers, along with the principal and school nurse will be given information following the retest date, which will summarize the testing.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school nurse or the audiologist who serves your building.

Your audiometrist is Patty Froehle      phone #  515-270-9030 x. 14411

Your audiologist is Beth Sunds phone #  515-993-4596  x. 11258

Snack/Treats/Illness Reminders:

Snacks and Treats

  • No snacks or treats that contain peanuts/tree nuts or that are made in a facility that uses peanuts/tree nuts in its manufacturing will be allowed at Shuler.
  • All items need to be in a sealed package with an intact label.
  • No bakeries in the area are peanut/tree nut free. The only baked items allowed are from the Waukee bakery and can be ordered online. The site is under the nutrition heading on the Waukee website.
  • Please remind your student that no food items are to be consumed on the bus.
  • You may purchase fresh baked cookies, cupcakes, donuts, fresh fruit/vegetables, individual packaged snack products, etc. from Waukee Nutrition Services through RevTrak.
  • More information about classroom treats is available on the district website,


  • A student is allowed to return to school if they are: 24 hours fever free without medications and/or 24 hours since last time vomiting or last diarrhea episode
  • A student may be excused from recess for 2 days with parent permission, after that a Dr. excuse is required.
  • Please make sure all emergency contacts are updated in PowerSchool.
  • Remember that the best defense against germs is hand washing!


Nurse Chris
(515) 987-8597

Shuler FAQ’s

Where do I drop off and pick up my student?  The front circle drive as long as you stay in your vehicle. If you are coming into the school, please park in the parking lot and escort your child into the school.  If you are exiting your car to wait for your student on the sidewalk, you must park in the parking lot.

If my student is going to miss school, who do I call?  Call the attendance line at 515-987-2763 for any illness, appointment or any other reason for absence.  If you prefer to email, please send it to the Teacher(s), Secretary ( and Beyond the Bell (if applicable).

I’d like to volunteer in my child’s classroom, what do I need to do?  First, complete the Online Volunteer Form if you haven’t already done so this current school year.  All volunteers must complete the form every school year before they can volunteer.  Work with your child’s teacher to find out if they have any volunteer needs.  Bringing siblings to volunteer is discouraged, as their presence becomes a distraction to learning. When coming into volunteer, stop by the front office to receive your visitor/volunteer sticker, and return the sticker to the secretary before leaving Shuler.

Can I eat lunch with my student?  Yes! If you plan to join your child for lunch, please call the office before 9:30 am to be included in our daily lunch count if you are purchasing a school lunch.  You may pay for your lunch as you go through the lunch line using your child’s nutrition account or in cash with the exact change or small bills. Cost for adult lunch is $3.65.

Can my child distribute birthday invitations at school?  No, birthday invitations are not allowed to be distributed at school.  We also can not address or send out invitations for you, and cannot provide family information of other students in the school.

Can I send flowers or balloons to my child at school?  No, please do not have flowers or balloons delivered to school for your child.  If delivered to school, they will not be given to your child until dismissal time.

Where can I order classroom treats for my student?  You may purchase fresh baked cookies, cupcakes, donuts, fresh fruit/vegetables, individual packaged snack products, etc. from Waukee Nutrition Services through RevTrak.  Their department is “peanut/tree nut aware”.  More information about classroom treats can be found on the district website,

I’d like to sign my child up for a Community Education class, who do I contact?  You can register on the Community Education page on our Waukee Schools website,  If you have questions, you can reach them at 515-987-2761.

Follow Shuler Elementary on Social Media!

Be sure to like and follow Shuler Elementary on Facebook and Instagram as @shulerelem.

Notes from PTO:

  • Direct Donation – We would like to thank everyone who made a donation to the PTO Direct Donation campaign. Your generosity helped us raise $12,440 for the school! If your company participates in any type of matching grant program, it’s not too late to submit for those and help us raise our total even more. Forgot to make your donation? You can still submit them online through RevTrak. We appreciate your support of the Shuler PTO.
  • PTO Meeting – October’s PTO meeting date is Tuesday, October 23rd. Meeting will be from 6-7pm in the Shuler library.
  • Miners’ Mile – The date has been set for our 2019 Miners’ Mile. Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 12th (rain date will be Friday, April 19th) and plan to come support our students as they run our Miners’ Mile. More details will come closer to the run!

Fine Arts Dates/Band Solo Night

  • Kindergarten:  Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ Shuler –  6:00 & 7:00 pm
  • 1st Grade: Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ Shuler – 6:00 & 7:00 pm
  • 2nd Grade: Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ Shuler – 6:00 & 7:00 pm
  • 3rd Grade: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ Waukee High School – 6:00 pm
  • 4th Grade: Monday, December 3, 2018 @ Waukee High School – 7:15 pm
  • 5th Grade: Friday, December 14, 2018 @ Shuler – 2:30 pm
  • 5th Grade: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ Waukee High School – 6:00 pm
  • Band Solo Night: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ Shuler – Time TBD

Dates to Remember:

  • November 8th – 2nd Grade Fine Arts Night @ Shuler
  • November 10-16th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 14th – Early Out, Dismissal at 1:40 pm
  • November 21-23rd – No school/Thanksgiving Holiday
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701