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Trunk or Treat Night
The Northwest PTO is holding Trunk-or-Treat evening on Friday-October 31, 2014 from 6:00-8:30 pm.  Parents are invited to tailgate behind their vehicles in our parking lot and pass out candy or treats.  All Northwest students and families are invited to trunk-or-treat even if you choose not to bring your vehicle.  Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk.  And after all the treats have been handed out, everyone is invited into the gym at 6:45-8:30 pm for a Monster Mash with music and dancing--new this year is a DJ to spin the tunes!

There are still parking spaces available!  If interested contact Heather Staebell 971-0415 or

Eat at BLIMPIES Day--November 6, 2014
Northwest PTO is sponsoring a EAT AT BLIMPIES day on Thursday-November 6, 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!

All for Books Program November 3-7, 2014
The Northwest Library is collecting donations for All for Books during the week of November 3-7, 2014.  All donations help us get books into the hands of our students at Northwest and also help kids in need through Scholastic's matching program.  Put your spare change to good use--if you would like to participate, please send the donations to school with your student the week of November 3-7th........
Monday - pennies
Tuesday- nickels
Thursday - quarters
Friday - dollars

PTO News - Volunteers Needed!

The Northwest PTO could use your help!  Some of the activities coming up that require volunteer help include the Book Fair November 10-13, 2014 and signing up for conference meals November 10-12th.

We are now using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activities.
Here is how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our activity signups on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the activities listed and choose the one(s) you like.
3) Sign up!  It's easy -- you will not need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note:  VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Angela Wakely, NW PTO Volunteer at (515)249-9567.

Visit our website here to find out what is happening on the PTO front lines!

Notes from the Nurse-cold and flu season

With cold and flu season upon us, it sometimes becomes difficult to decide whether or not to send your child to school.  Here are some guidelines to help.

Your child should not be in school if any of the following conditions exist:

*Fever – temperature should be below 100 degrees for 24 hours before returning to school without needing the aid of an anti-pyretic (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, aspirin, etc.).

*Runny nose with green discharge or a persistent cough – young children do not cover their mouths consistently and usually do not blow their noses effectively.  They can easily transmit colds and other germs to other students and staff.

*Diarrhea – students should be diarrhea-free for at least 24 hours and able to eat and drink without becoming ill before returning to school.

*Vomiting – students should not have vomited in the last 24 hours and they should be able to eat and drink without becoming ill before returning to school.

Our goal is to keep all children healthy and ready to learn.  If your child is at school when they are ill, it can prolong their illness causing more absences.  Also, they can easily pass germs to other students as well as catch another viral or bacterial infection.

When your child is at school, they will be expected to participate in activities including PE and recess.  If children are dressed appropriately for the weather, which for winter will include coats, hats, gloves, snow pants and boots, they can go outside for fresh air and exercise without compromising their health.  If your child needs to stay in from recess for one day, we need a note from the parent or guardian.  If they need to stay in for more than one day, we need a doctor’s note.

Call the school nurse at 515-965-9680 with any questions or concerns--or you can email 

Good Choices Week - Oct 27-31, 2014
Next week is Good Choices Week on October 27-31, 2014 -- all staff and students are invited to participate in theme day fun for a combination of Red Ribbon Week and Anti-Bullying week.

  • Monday--     Sock it to Negative Choices--wear crazy socks
  • Tuesday-     Relax! We Have Being Kind Under Control-- wear comfy clothes
  • Wednesday- Show Your Heart and Do a Random Act of Kindness -- wear red
  • Thursday-    Stomp Out Negative Behaviors -- wear mixmatched shoes
  • Friday-        Northwest Pride-- Wear Northwest gear or Jaguar colors!

The Northwest Media Center is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on November 10-13, 2014 in the Library.  The book fair will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences the following hours for parents and students to browse:

   Monday        November 10      2:55 - 6:00 pm
                         Tuesday       November 11       2:55 - 7:40 pm
                         Wednesday  November 12      2:55 - 5:20 pm
                         Thursday      November 13      2:55 - 3:30 pm

Follow this link to find out more about ordering online at the Book Fair!

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:

View map to location of F.E.W.D. winter coat distribution site -
Hundreds of new and gently used coats are waiting for students in need and will be distributed by F.E.W.D. (Faith and Education Winter Donations) program, supported by Project Fresh Start through the Ankeny Community Education Department: No need analysis form is required to receive needed winter wear.  Recipients will only be asked for student age and proof of Ankeny residence (such as driver’s license or a bill with an Ankeny address).  View more information on the donation drive.
Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend
Don't forget: Daylight savings time ends and we return to standard time this weekend at 2:00 AM Sunday, November 2.  Remember to set your clocks back ("fall back") one hour Saturday night.
November 6 flu clinic location changed to Southview Middle School -
The Polk County Health Department flu clinic originally scheduled to be held at Ankeny High School on November 6 has been changed to Southview Middle School at 1020 SW Cherry Street.  Please note this change of location.  Ankeny Community School District is again partnering with the Polk County Health Department to provide seasonal flu vaccination clinics, and vaccinations will be available to all staff and students, and to the public.  Learn more about the flu clinics here.
Kids learn about "super foods" during Community Ed class:
Ankeny Community Education and Ankeny Prairie Trail Hy-Vee dietitians partnered to bring a new experience to youth in second through fifth grades.  The "Super Food Snack Attack" course on October 18 was a fun, hands-on class focusing on "super foods."  Read more about this class for elementary students.

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