To help with your child’s transition to all-day kindergarten, West Des Moines Community Schools dismisses kindergarten classes early from Aug. 23-Sept. 8. During the afternoon, kindergarten teachers schedule time to visit with families to get to know their students and how they can best help them at school.
The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically ACWY) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year.
The Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at the Valley High School track, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines.
The 100-, 200-, and 800-meter races and the 4×200 relay will be held in the morning, along with the field events. The track meet will continue with three relays, the sprint medley, the 4×70 shuttle, and the 4×100 after lunch. “Chariot Race” and “Champion’s Run” events will also take place after the 100-meter dash.
Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch to the students. Breakfast will be served as soon as the students arrive, and lunch will be served starting at 11 a.m. A la carte items will be available all day long. All students, visitors, and family members may use a school lunch account or cash to pay for lunches. Students will be able to get breakfast and lunch with a negative account balance, but they must have enough money in their account to pay for any a la carte items.
The West Des Moines Police Department would also like to remind attendees not to park in front of the mailboxes on 39th Street.
The track meet is the culmination of a physical education unit. Students have the opportunity to enter as many as four events. The West Des Moines Community Schools elementary physical education staff is proud to sponsor the event and invites families and staff to attend the annual Dick Bittner Sixth-Grade Memorial Track Meet.
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 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:
Ask your child what they are reading and what it is about.
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.
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!