Informaline — Oct. 3, 2016 Issue

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Important Calendar Dates
Oct. 4: School Improvement Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 9-15: Fire Prevention Week
Oct. 10: Professional Development Day—No School for Students
Oct. 10: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Oct. 10: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11-14: National School Lunch Week
Oct. 27: End of First Quarter

Students Launch “Profriend” Campaign
More than 1,400 students from the West Des Moines Community Schools gathered on the Valley Stadium field Tuesday, Sept. 27, to create the largest human formation of the word “friend.”

Learn more about the Profriend campaign and see photos and video from the event at

Greenspon Elected WDMCS Board of Education President
The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education elected Tali Greenspon as its president and Melinda Dunnwald as its vice president on Monday, Sept. 26.

The Board also appointed Dunnwald and School Board Member Elizabeth Brennan to serve as the Board’s representatives on the district’s School Community Network, which is a committee of parents, teachers, and administrators. Board Member Vicky Poole, Ed.D., was appointed as the Board’s representative on the West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation, and Liz Cox was appointed as the Board’s representative on the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Delegate Assembly.

Find out more about the WDMCS Board of Education on our district website at

No School for Students Oct. 10 While Teachers Collaborate
Students have the day off from school on Monday, Oct. 10, while teachers spend the day learning and working together to improve student achievement.

The day will provide teachers in each building time to focus on their work in professional learning communities, or PLCs. These small groups are structured around three key ideas — “Learning for All,” “A Culture of Collaboration,” and “Results Oriented.”

Make sure the upcoming professional development dates are on your calendar! Students will not have school on Monday, Jan. 16; Friday, Feb. 24; and Friday, April 28.

Read more about the Oct. 10 professional development day at

Kindergarten Registration Open for 2017
Is your child ready for life’s big adventures? Let us help them explore and excel. West Des Moines Community Schools is now taking names for the 2017-18 kindergarten class, so start your child’s education journey with us today!

All children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 15, 2017, are eligible for kindergarten next school year. To register, please visit our district website at, and click on the “Newcomers” tab. You can learn more about us by watching our student-focused district video. Then click on “Kindergarten” under “Registration Information,” and follow the steps to enter your name on our list.

Schools are assigned based on home address, so secure your place with us as soon as possible. Welcome to the WDMCS!

 Join Us for National School Lunch Week Oct. 11-14!
To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, the West Des Moines Community Schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from Oct. 11-14, 2016.

Please watch for more information about National School Lunch Week and how you can be involved from the WDMCS Nutrition Services Department!

You’re Invited to Preschool Palooza!
Join us for Preschool Palooza on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hillside Elementary! Children ages 2-6 will enjoy activities, while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities and kindergarten registration in the West Des Moines Community Schools.

Children will be able to jump on inflatables, have their faces painted, and explore City of West Des Moines vehicles. Grown-ups will be able to talk with WDMCS district staff about kindergarten registration; the WDMCS district preschool programs coordinator; preschool directors and teachers who participate in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program; and the WDMCS Nutrition Services Department.

All activities and snacks are free. Please join us for this year’s Preschool Palooza!

Congratulations to Homecoming Queen Genny Wyckoff and Homecoming King Rocky Lombardi!