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Eat at BLIMPIES Day--October 2, 2014
Northwest PTO is sponsoring a EAT AT BLIMPIES day on Thursday-October 2, 2014.  Take the entire family to eat at Blimpies on North Ankeny Blvd any time on Thursday and the PTO will earn 10% of all proceeds.  The classroom with the most in attendance will win an ice cream party!

Homecoming Week Celebration
Next week is the Ankeny Jaguars Homecoming Week on September 29-October 3, 2014.  Let's celebrate to make this a memorable week -- all staff and students are invited to participate!

  • Monday--     Cozy Day--relax before the big game in your comfortable clothes
  • Tuesday-     "ER" Day --dress up as something that ends in "er" (runner, waiter, football player, farmer etc)
  • Wednesday- Mismatch Clothes or Crazy Hair Day - letting out our fun side
  • Thursday-    Neon Day--be bright and be noticed in your neon
  • Friday-        Spirit Day-- let's get excited for an Ankeny Jaguar victory! Wear Northwest or Jaguar colors!

National Walk to School Day--October 8, 2014
Let's encourage our Northwest kids to be "cool walkers" and make arrangements for them to walk or ride their bikes to school on Wednesday-October 8, 2014.  Beginning Thursday-October 2, students may choose to participate in our daily themes which emphasize safety and healthy choices.  Find additional information and the daily themes listed here.  Remember that Wednesdays are late arrival days - school begins one hour late at 8:55 am!

Hat Day - $1 Support Ankeny Miracle League
Bring $1 on Friday-October 10, 2014 and wear your favorite hat!  All proceeds from Hat Day will benefit the Ankeny Miracle League as they endeavor to raise funds to install the rubberized surface at Miracle Park in Ankeny.  All donations for Hat Day and the Miracle League can be brought to the Northwest school office.
See here on how to make an additional contribution to the Ankeny Miracle League

Parents: Please take the School-Year Calendar Planning Survey -
Each year, Ankeny Schools’ staff, administration and Board representatives meet to discuss and plan the school calendar. Part of that planning includes surveying parents regarding their preferences and using that feedback to guide our decisions through the process.

We are beginning our planning process for the 2015-2016 school calendar, and would like to invite parents to take our brief nine-question, multiple-choice survey found at the following link:

Notes from the Nurse-illness and injury
If you feel your child needs to stay inside during recess the day after an illness or from an injury, a note from a parent/guardian is required.  A doctor's note is required to be excused from activity for any longer than one day.

Review the Elementary Parent Handbook 2014-15 here for all guidelines and expectations for students.

New Fliers Now Available in the vBackpack
New fliers for the month are now available in the online vBackpack. The vBackpack includes fliers from community organizations for events or activities for students. Check out the fliers for this month here.
Admittance Procedures - Northwest
With continued efforts to maximize the security of the building: please say goodbye to your student at the door.  Adults will no longer be admitted through into the building without first checking in at the office.  Please understand that this is to ensure the safety of all of our students and faculty.  Parents may wait with your child outside if you choose; however if you need to enter the building, please use the front doors and check in at the office.  All Before/After School Program students and parents will continue to check in at the office.   Please do not ask to be let in the mornings before school or during the afternoon as school ends unless you need to visit with a staff member or conduct other school-related business in the building.  We hope you understand that your child's safety is our priority and we need to control the traffic in and out of the building.  Thank you for your support!

Tonic Sol-Fa Performance October 12, 2014
AHS has been selected to host the Emmy Award winning group Tonic Sol-Fa on Sunday, October 12th at 3:00 PM.  They'll be performing in the AHS auditorium on the east side of building.   Tickets can be purchased at 

Look here for additional information!

October fliers now available in the vBackpack:
New fliers for the month are now available in the online vBackpack. The vBackpack includes fliers from community organizations for events or activities for students. Check out the October fliers here. 
Polk County Health flu clinics scheduled at Ankeny schools:
The Ankeny Community School District is again partnering with the Polk County Health Department to provide seasonal flu vaccination clinics in Ankeny Schools October 9 and November 6. The influenza vaccination will be available to all staff and students, and will be open to the public.  Learn more about the flu clinics here.
Register today for Snack Attack class offered by Community Ed for 2nd-5th graders:
While you're grocery shopping, Prairie Trail Hy-Vee dietitians will educate your child about healthy, super foods.  The class, "Super Food Snack Attack!," is brought to you by Ankeny Community Education and will provide second through fifth grade students a hands-on opportunity to learn about and taste-test nutritional recipes.  The class is held October 4 or October 18 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Prairie Trail Hy-Vee for $20.  Space is limited!
Register for the class here.

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