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Know Your Rights as an Immigrant/Refugee

The Des Moines Public Schools and the Iowa Department of Human Rights Office of Latino Affairs is hosting “Know Your Rights as an Immigrant/Refugee” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Weeks Middle School, 901 East Park Ave., in Des Moines. There will be legal counsels who will inform attendees about their rights. In addition, there will be the following panel:

  • Ann Naffier, Immigration Attorney, Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Brynne Howard, Immigration Attorney, Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Sandra Sanchez, American Friends Service Committee
  • Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Oficina de Asuntos Latinos de Iowa

There will be two different sessions at the same time, one in Spanish and one specifically for refugees.

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WDMCS Personal Care Drive

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Encourage Your Child to Read with First Page Friday

Fifth-grade Jordan Creek Elementary students read the first pages of books during First Page Friday.

Fifth-grade Jordan Creek Elementary students read the first pages of books during First Page Friday.

Fifth-grade students at Jordan Creek Elementary and Fairmeadows Elementary have been meeting with their teachers and teacher librarians for “First Page Friday,” a reading activity that gives students the opportunity to experience new books and genres. The students read the first page of several books, then choose one of the books to finish and share with their classmates. They can also share the first page of a book they like with the group.

“It’s all about reading for enjoyment and becoming a lifelong reader,” said Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund said. “We wanted to expose students to more books,
and we wanted them to enjoy books.”

Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund reads to fifth-graders during First Page Friday.

Jordan Creek Elementary teacher librarian Kristy Skoglund reads to fifth-graders during First Page Friday.

Jordan Creek fifth-graders Will Larson and Tag Booth both said First Page Friday has helped them find books they otherwise would not have read. Larson said he decided to participate in First Page Friday because he trusted his teacher’s recommendations.

“I like that it is a community of people who like to read,” he said.

Skoglund and Jordan Creek fifth-grade teacher Jeri Daniels gave the following tips for trying out First Page Friday at home:

  1. Ask your child what they are reading and what it is about.
  2. Just read! Show your child your “reading life” and read in front of them, whether it is an e-book, a paper book, or an audiobook.
  3. Access the West Des Moines Community Schools Online Library through the AEA. It has more than 1,000 free e-books and audiobooks. Ask your school librarian for the user ID and password to access this free library!

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Elementary Conferences Coming Up!

Conferences are coming up at WDMCS elementary schools. These meetings are a great way to plan with your child’s teacher and help your child learn and succeed. Elementary conferences will take place on the following dates:

  • Clive Learning Academy: March 2, March 6
  • Crestview School of Inquiry: Feb. 10, Feb. 14-16
  • Crossroads Park Elementary: Feb. 28, March 2
  • Fairmeadows Elementary: Feb. 28, March 2
  • Hillside Elementary: March 2, March 6
  • Jordan Creek Elementary: Feb. 28, March 2, March 4
  • Western Hills Elementary: Feb. 28, March 2
  • Westridge Elementary: March 2, March 7

The most important thing parents and guardians can do is attend conferences. Even if you know how your child is doing in school, it shows them you support and value education. Watch for messages from your school that explain the conference procedure, and note if you need to schedule any conferences in advance. If you have questions, please contact your school.

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School in Session Today (Nov. 2)

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School Board to Discuss Facilities at Special Workshop

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Westridge Elementary Presents “High School Musical Jr.”

Westridge Elementary School proudly presents our student performance of Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.”!

Performances are at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28; 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29; and 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Oct. 30. All performances will be held in the Westridge gym. The Friday performance is for all Westridge students, so guest seating will be limited to standing room only on Oc.t 28.

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See Photos from the Production

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Winter Warmth Drive

Westridge Winter Warmth Drive 2016 Info

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Students Launch “Profriend” Campaign

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Back to School 2016-17

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