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Northwest Announcements
Construction at Corner of State and First Street
On Monday, April 20, the City of Ankeny will begin construction on the intersection of First and State Streets, resulting in a closure of sidewalks.

The district will be communicating via mail and email with parents who live within an area bounded by NW 5th Street on the north; SW 3rd Street on the south; NW Linden Street on the west, and State Street to the east about an additional option for busing of students. Construction is expected to last until approximately November, when the district will re-evaluate walking routes and will communicate again via this website.
 
Parents of Northwest Elementary students who live in other areas but may be walking through this intersection should talk with their students about avoiding this area and consider having their students walk an alternative route to school shown here, or transport their students to school during this construction.
 
Questions regarding busing may be directed to Ms. Deb Smith, Durham School Services Transportation Manager, at 515) 965-9615, or via e-mail at dsmith@durhamschoolservices.com.  Questions about construction walking-route detours may be directed to Mr. Chad Bentzinger, Safety and Security Manager, at (515) 289-3943, or chad.bentzinger@ankenyschools.org.  Other questions may be directed to Mr. Jason Albrecht, Director of Maintenance and Operational Systems, at (515) 289-3995, or jason.albrecht@ankenyschools.org.

PTO Fun Night
The Circus is coming for FUN NIGHT!  Saturday - April 25, 2015
Join us for an evening of fun, prizes, face painting, juggling and food for all Northwest families!
4:30 - 8:00 pm  Food in Lunchroom
4:30 - 8:00 pm  Games in Classrooms/Magic Shows in Gym
4:30 - 7:00 pm  Raffle & Silent Auction in Library
5:00 - 8:00 pm  Prize Rooms

Pre-Order Tickets! 
Game Tickets             3 for $1.00
Unlimited Wristband     $10.00
Large Raffle               $5.00 ea
Small Raffle               $1.00 ea

Order forms will come home with all students on Friday-April 3, 2015 or
Print a Pre-sale Order Form here and return it to your classroom teacher by April 17, 2015!


We need all kinds of volunteers!  Click here to sign up now!

NW PTO Meeting Dates
The NW Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) has the following dates scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year:

August 25 November 24 March 30
September 29 January 26 April 20
October 27 February 23 May 11

All meetings are held in the Northwest Media Center from 6:30-7:30 PM.  There are no fees associated with PTO and no future obligations by attending our meetings.  PTO is open to all parents of NW students.  Join us and help make Northwest the BEST school it can be!  PTO is a great way to become active in our school community.  Contact us for PTO related questions nwpto.wakely@outlook.com  Hope to see you at a future PTO meeting!

Visit our website https://nwpto.ourschoolpages.com for minutes and up-to-date happenings with Northwest PTO!

Classes filling quickly for summer Community Ed courses; register today!
Don't miss out, classes are filling quickly for Ankeny Community Education (CE) summer courses!  Some of the class options include Robotics, Dance, Tai Chi, Tai Kwon Do, Video Game Design, Yoga and much more.  Register today! 
For more information, please contact Community Education at 289-3960.
Parking Lot Procedures
In order to maintain efficiency and flow, please be sure to follow these simple procedures:
  1. Do not leave your vehicle unattended unless you are parked in a designated parking spot.
  2. Students may be dropped off at either the backdoor or the front door along the east side of the building--doors will be open until 7:55 am (8:55am).  Doors will lock at that time and students will need to come to the front door and ring the doorbell for entrance.   
  3. Vehicles must be next to the curb to drop off students.
  4. Please have your children ready to exit the vehicle. Before you reach the drop off area, have backpacks on, coats zipped, and hugs and kisses done so children are ready to leave the vehicle. Waiting to do all this at the drop off area really slows down the car lane.
  5. When picking up students, continue to pull up as far as you can. If there is a gap between you and the car in front of you, pull forward before your child gets into your vehicle.
  6. Right turns only exiting our parking lot.
  7. Please be a good role model. Our children look up to us and learn how to act by how we act. Our adults on duty after school are there to keep everyone safe. Please respect the work they are doing for all our children.
Following these simple procedures will help everyone and keep our students safe.

2015-2016 Before and After-School Program Registration Now Open
Registration for the Ankeny Community School District 2015-2016 Before and After-School Program is now open for incoming kindergarten through fifth grade students.  Registration may be completed online by clicking here, or in person at the central Before and After-School Program Office, 211 SW Walnut Street, Ankeny.  Online registration requires payment of the $50.00 non-refundable registration fee by credit or debit card.  
Questions may be directed to the central Before and After-School Program Office, basp@ankenyschools.org, or  515-289-3925.

Art Center to Display Student Artwork
Ankeny students will have the opportunity to showcase their artistic creations during the Annual K-12 Art Show at the Ankeny Art Center this month.  The work on display will represent artists from all 16 of Ankeny's schools.  Read more about the art show and artist receptions.
Last Day of School 2014-15
The last day of school for the 2014-2015 school year will be Wednesday--May 27, 2015 from 8:55 - 2:55 pm (late arrival day).
There will be school held on Friday-April 24, 2015.

Booster Club Summer Camps registration open:
Take advantage of excellent opportunities for your child to develop and maintain fitness while improving sports skills and techniques.  Coaches from AHS, ACHS, Northview, Southview, Parkview, and Prairie Ridge will be coaching an abundance of camps this summer to benefit students of all ages.  Go to www.ankenycamps.com to view camps and register today!

(Please note, when using this link you are leaving the Ankeny Community Schools website.  The school district does not control this site or any sites linked to it, nor the content therein.)
 
Board to Approve School Calendar at April 20 Meeting

The Ankeny Board of Education will vote on a 2015-2016 school calendar at their Monday, April 20 regular meeting.  After the state sent legislation regarding the school start date to the Governor on March 31, the Board reviewed several options for the calendar at their next regular meeting, held April 6.  They could not, however, approve the calendar at that meeting, as there is a requirement to first hold a public hearing, which was scheduled for April 20. 

“Metro school districts have been considering the day of the week on which to start, especially for younger students, as well as the length of winter break and other factors that affect the end date of school,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston.  “The Board will be voting Monday and a calendar will be posted as soon afterward as possible.”


Before And After-School Summer Adventures Camp Registration Now Open!
A summer full of sizzling fun is planned for students who have completed grades K-5 at the Before and After-School Program’s Summer Adventures Camp.  There is something for everyone in this summer camp that’s jam-packed with hands-on enrichment fun!  Select the camps you want, don’t pay for those you don't.  Campers may register for only one or two weeks, or the entire summer.  For more information and to register, visit the Before and After-School Program website.

Reminder: Classes to be in session 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.

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