The Clive Learning Academy Back-to-School Night originally scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 10, will now be held on Oct. 1 at the same time. Please contact our main office with any questions. We hope to see you there!
We want to make you aware that there will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, at Clive and Crestview Elementary schools. These are professional development days for our teachers.
The April 24 date was previously scheduled and is part of our original district school year calendar. April 24 is a professional development day for all schools in our district. However, the Thursday, April 23, no-school day is new and is ONLY for Crestview and Clive Elementary schools. All other schools will be in session on April 23.
Clive and Crestview are adding the April 23 no-school day so that our classroom teachers can participate in a two-day New Tech Network training as we prepare to implement this model of instruction next year. The training is only available to us on these dates and is essential to preparing our teachers for next year. Please know that we will not have to make up this day at the end of the school year, and the last day of school will remain June 3.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Clive students will jump at the chance to help fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. The school will hold its Jump Rope for Heart event during the last few weeks of February. Students will jump rope in PE class to raise funds for the American Heart Association, which supports cardiovascular disease research and public and professional education programs. All physical education classes will learn how to jump rope as well as learn a few new tricks. Jump Rope for Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. If you have any questions about Jump Rope for Heart, please contact Heather Parker at 633-5842.
Clive students celebrated their positive behavior by attending a PBIS-themed Drake University women’s basketball game.
Clive students packed the Knapp Center at Drake University Dec. 18. Fourth- through sixth-grade students celebrated their positive behavior at a Drake women’s basketball game with hundreds of other students from the metro area. Attending the game was part of Clive’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) recognition system. Students are recognized and rewarded for their respectful, responsible, safe, and caring behavior. Drake cheerleaders helped reinforce these positive behaviors with encouraging dances and cheers. The Drake players modeled good sportsmanship and even high-fived students after the game. Clive students had a wonderful time building memories with their classmates and teachers.
Students in Ann McTaggart’s third-grade class at Clive build reading fluency through Reader’s Theatre activities.
Students in Ann McTaggart’s third-grade class are building reading fluency through Reader’s Theatre. The Reader’s Theatre week begins with a fluency skill focus. During the daily reading block, a mini-lesson is presented on a particular fluency skill. Students are currently working on the fluency skill of inflection and intonation. Students apply that fluency skill to the whole-group reading passage by echo reading, choral reading, and partner reading. Next, students take the current skill and apply it to their Reader’s Theatre script. Students have the opportunity to read and refine their character parts throughout the week. Students perform for their peers on the fifth day.
Reports of the flu are on the rise statewide as West Des Moines Community School District students return to class this week. Parents and caregivers are being reminded of the warning signs of influenza in children and precautions that will help keep the virus from spreading at school and also at home.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that the number of cases in Iowa has increased since students left for winter break. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May.
Our school nurses are staying updated about this season’s illness and are monitoring reports. They are available to help your child if he or she becomes ill at school. Nurses will notify you if your child needs to be released from school.
Teachers and staff members also help prevent the spread of illness by teaching and reminding students about good hand-washing and cough-hygiene practices. You can help us by reinforcing these practices at home. These include:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
In addition, our custodial staff disinfects phones, doorknobs and light switches daily.
Knowing the signs of the flu – or influenza – is important. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever of 100 degrees or higher* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
If your child does become ill, the Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that you should consult your child’s doctor and children should stay home from school. Children should be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the help of fever-reducing medicines before returning to school.
Most healthy people recover from the flu without complications. However, some cases may become severe. Emergency warning signs that children need urgent medical attention include:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash
Working together, we can help keep students healthy and ready to learn. Below is additional information and resources about the flu that may be helpful.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse or building principals.