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Iowa Assessment Testing
During the week of January 20-27, 2015 the Iowa Assessment Tests will be administered to all 3rd-4th-5th grade students at Northwest Elementary.  Testing time may vary depending on classroom schedules.  Parents please help us help your students do the best they can!  A good breakfast and plenty of rest during the week of testing is a win, win for all!  Please be sure all medical appointments are scheduled for another week so as not to interrupt testing.

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday--January 19, 2015.

Classes to be in session on April 24 snow make-up day:
 Due to classes being cancelled for inclement weather on January 7, Ankeny Schools will use the April 24 “Built in Snow Day” shown on the district calendar to make up the missed day.  Instead of being a day off from school, regular classes will be in session and students will attend school on Friday, April 24.
School Calendar Approval Process on Hold Pending IDOE Guidance:
 Approval and publication of the Ankeny Schools 2015-2016 school calendar is currently on hold pending guidance from the Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) regarding new rules for school start dates. This guidance is expected in January, after which the school district will continue its calendar approval process and announce the availability of the school calendar to parents.  The IDOE has informed school districts that they will not automatically grant waivers to start the school year early, as in the past.  This clearly has great implications for Ankeny Schools due to the high percentage of students who earn post-secondary dual credits through Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Additional guidance from the IDOE is expected in January. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay in publication may cause.
2015-2016 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday--February 5, 2015.  The registration meeting is for parents only.  We ask no children attend this meeting.

If you have a child who will be five years of age on or before September 15, 2015, please plan to attend kindergarten registration at your neighborhood attendance center.  Due to increased enrollment at the elementary level and limited space, parents are encouraged to enroll their eligible kindergartner on February 5th.  Even if you are unsure at the time of registration that your eligible kindergartner is ready or not, please still plan on attending and registering your child.

A complete set of necessary registration forms will be available online after January 19, 2015.  Please bring all completed forms to the registration meeting.  If you are unable to print the forms, they will also be available at the elementary buildings that evening.  Along with the forms, please bring a copy of the child’s proof of birth date (ex. birth certificate, passport) along with a copy of the child’s current immunization record and proof of residency.  Please see the District website (Parents Enrolling Your Student>Kindergarten Registration) for more information.

No registrations will be taken prior to February 5thIf you are unable to attend the February 5th meeting you may submit the required items starting February 6th either to your neighborhood elementary secretary or the District Office located at 306 SW School St, Ankeny.

If you have any questions about registering a student for kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year, please contact the Northwest office 965-9680 or you may also contact the Registrar at registrar@ankenyschools.org or (515) 289-8955.


Volunteer Protocol for Classroom Parties
During the school year, there are opportunities to celebrate with classroom parties.  These parties are planned and directed through the PTO and/or homeroom parents.  There is no standard routine for the planned activities, but each building is put in the position of managing the many visitors on the day of the party.

The challenge comes with balancing the safety of the building while trying to create a welcoming environment. 
The following protocol has been agreed on and will be implemented for the upcoming classroom parties:
  • Adults attending the party are expected to complete a criminal background check up to two weeks before the scheduled date of the party and have a completed volunteer form on file with the building.
  • On the day of the party, adults must also bring personal ID so that the Raptor check can be completed and a visitor badge can be issued.
  • It would be greatly appreciated that visitors provide advance notice to their classroom teacher if they intend to attend the party.  Visitor badges may be printed ahead of time to facilitate the process.  There may be a wait for those who have not given prior notice.
Please check with the Northwest Office 965-9680 if you have a question as to whether a background check/volunteer forms are currently on file or if needed.


SPRING Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held in the building February 17-20, 2015.  A copy of report cards will be sent home with students on Friday-February 13th.  Conference appointments will be very close to the time you had in the fall.  Letters to confirm conference time and date will come home with your student around January 30th.  If you cannot attend the appointed time, please call the office 965-9680 to re-schedule.

 
Kindergarten registration forms are now available on the district website -
Kindergarten registration forms for Ankeny Schools' 2015-2016 school year are now available online.  Completed forms should be brought to the registration meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015.  If you have a child who will be five years of age on or before September 15, 2015, please plan to attend the kindergarten registration at your current neighborhood attendance center.  Read more about Kindergarten registration night here.
Take appropriate steps to help keep Ankeny students and schools healthy -
You may have noticed a number of news reports lately about the flu.  Flu season is definitely upon us, and our nurses want to remind everyone of procedures that can help minimize the spread of flu.
On behalf of all Ankeny Schools students and staff, thank you for taking time to follow these guidelines and help to keep our schools healthy.

Mandy Snyder
Lead District Nurse

Winter edition of Ankeny Advance newsletter is now online -

The Winter 2015 edition of Ankeny Advance is now available online and will be arriving shortly in community mailboxes. This edition includes important information about:

  • Northeast Elementary receives National Blue Ribbon School award in Washington
  • AP Scholars and ACT scores achieve new records
  • Strategic planning efforts in the district as enrollment tops 10,000 students
  • Photos of the first renovated Northview classrooms
  • Several honors for Volleyball team members and coaches
  • And much more!
  • Read the Winter 2015 Edition of Ankeny Advance here. 
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