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Informaline—Aug. 28, 2017 Issue

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Important Dates
Aug. 28-Sept. 8: Kindergarten Early Dismissal
Aug. 28: School Board Workshop Session, 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 28: School Board Regular (Business) Meeting, 7 p.m.
Sept. 4: Labor Day—No School
Sept. 5: First Day of Tiger Cubs Preschool

Welcome! A Message from the Superintendent

The beginning of a new school year is one of my favorite times of the year. I hope you were able to enjoy opportunities for fun and learning with your children this summer. As we begin this new school year, I am filled with hope, vision, and excitement.

This year has brought many new district administrators to the West Des Moines Community Schools. They have been working to learn our system and get to know each other this summer, and I know they are excited to meet each of you. As a district, we will be focusing on effective grading practices, equity, and 1:1 implementation this year. We will share progress updates on these topics with you throughout the year.

Thank you for joining us for the 2017-18 school year. We will work every day to teach your children new things and challenge them with interesting questions. I wish you a year filled with great success and great learning!

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year,

Superintendent Lisa Remy, Ed.D.

Reminder: Kindergarten Early Dismissal, Aug. 23-Sept. 8

To help with your child’s transition to all-day kindergarten, West Des Moines Community Schools dismisses kindergarten classes early from Aug. 23 to Sept. 8. Find the early dismissal schedule and more information on our district website.

If you have questions about the kindergarten early dismissal, please contact your school’s main office. For questions about kindergarten early dismissal transportation, please contact the WDMCS Transportation Department at 515-633-4902.

Top Five Ways to Stay Informed

Welcome back! As we start a new school year, we want to give you an overview of the best ways to stay informed in the West Des Moines Community Schools! Here are the top five ways to stay connected:

  1. District Website
  2. Email
  3. Facebook and Twitter
  4. Flickr, Instagram, and Snapchat
  5. The “Informaline”

Get more details on our website at www.wdmcs.org/2017/08/top-five-ways-stay-informed-1718.

Meningitis Vaccine Reminder

The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students entering grades 7 and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All seventh- and 12th-grade students who have not already done so need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccination. Students will be excluded from school until their Certificate of Immunization is submitted to their school.

Find out more about the meningitis vaccine requirement at bit.ly/vaccine2017.

Update on WDMCS Facilities Plan

At the Aug. 14, 2017, West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education workshop session, the WDMCS School Board and district administrators received a report from Shive-Hattery Architecture Engineering Consulting Firm. The firm presented updates from previous board workshop discussion related to infrastructure changes needed to support a shift from the current K-6 elementary model. This included options for the removal of sixth grade from the elementary buildings and inclusion of additional Pre-K programs throughout the district.

In addition, Shive-Hattery presented costs associated with ensuring all elementary buildings included a secure entrance. The Board gave district administration direction to move forward with planning secure entrances to all eight elementary schools prior to the 2018-19 school year.

The board then directed district administration to develop the framework and vision for a new 10-year plan, which would include community input prior to January 2018.

Focused on Student Wellness in the WDMCS

The West Des Moines Community Schools is making student health and wellness a top priority. To help guide the district in this effort, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education recently approved revisions to the district’s wellness policy (Policy 608.1).

These changes focus on districtwide health initiatives, including:

  • providing access to healthy nutritional food and beverage options for all activities within the school day.
  • fostering daily physical activity that embraces a healthy lifestyle.

Find the district snack lists and more information about the student wellness policy at bit.ly/wellness1718.

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