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Pasta for Pennies
Northwest is conducting a service learning project Pasta for Pennies March 2-6, 2015 through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Individual classrooms will have the opportunity to win a pasta party sponsored by Olive Garden by bringing loose change donations to school.

All donations will be kept separate by classroom, being weighed each day.  Every dollar bill that is donated will count as weighing 1 pound.  For example, if a classroom has 25 pounds of coins and $20 in bills, their grand total for the day would be 45 pounds.
The classroom that collects the most in weight will win a pasta party.

Loose change can turn up anywhere; under the couch cushions, on your dresser or in the pockets of pants and jackets hanging in closets.  Every student can make a difference for so many just by turning in loose change during this week.

Eat at BLIMPIES Day--March 5, 2015
Northwest PTO is sponsoring a EAT AT BLIMPIES day on Thursday-March 5, 2015.  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!

Author Book Order Form
We are offering the opportunity for your family to purchase books by Mac Barnett and have them personally autographed during their visit to Northwest on May 4, 2015.  To order these books print the order form here, complete it and return to the Northwest Library by Monday-March 9, 2015.

Registration Meeting 2015-16 6th grade
Welcome to Prairie Ridge Middle School! 
A registration meeting for 5th grade (incoming 6th grade) parents and students will be held on March 10, 2015 from 5:30-6:15 pm in the Prairie Ridge Middle School west gym.  This meeting will include information about student schedules, enrichment courses, after-school supplemental programming, and much more!  If you have questions prior to the meeting, please call PRMS office at 515-965-9705 or check our website for more information at 

Before & After School Program Newsletter

2015 Summer Adventures Camp

Get ready for a summer full of sizzling fun at Summer Adventures Camp, sponsored by the Ankeny Community School District Before & After School Program!  Camp will begin immediately following school until the beginning of the 2015 school year.  Each week will include fun, hands-on, theme-based enrichment activities focused on science, arts, technology, and recreation, as well as field trips.  Camp is open to students who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade.

 Registration will open April 1.  For more information, click here to visit the Before & After School Program website.

2015-2016 Before & After School Program Registration Opens April 1

Secure your child’s spot in the 2015-2016 Before & After School Program by registering early!  Registration opens online April 1 to current program families (including incoming Kindergarten siblings) and to new program families on April 6.  All registrations are accepted on a first registered basis; space is limited.

Why choose the Before & After School Program?

  • Safe, high-quality, and fun
  • Hands-on enrichment programming – science, technology, engineering, arts, recreation, and more!
  • No transportation to worry about – stay at the school
  • Multiple registration options to fit your needs – AM Only, Wednesday AM Only, Wednesday AM Only + PM, PM Only, and AM + PM
  • Programming for no-school days, including winter break and spring break, inclement weather days, and summer

 For more information, click here to visit the Before & After School Program website or contact the Central Before & After School Program Office at or 515-289-3926.

Nancy Jeffs
Coordinator, Before & After School Programs

Spring Break
Spring Break for the 2014-2015 school year will be held March 16-20, 2015. 
There is NO SCHOOL on Friday--March 13, 2015.
Classes will resume on Monday-March 23, 2015 at 7:55 am.

Register for STEM workshop offered for grades 2-5:
Second through fifth graders can explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a workshop on March 7, sponsored by Ankeny Community Education and hosted by the Boys Scouts of America.  Second and third graders will explore activities centered around engineering principles of motion, weights, levers, pulleys and much more.  Fourth and fifth graders will explore activities centered around scientific "rules and principles" and their relation to weather.  Sessions are limited to 30 participants, register here today, select the class Exploring STEM in Ankeny!  For more information view the STEM flier here.
Fifth Grade Choral Festival Practice MP3s Available:

MP3 files of the 5th grade choral festival music are now available to download and use for practice on your own.   If you're participating in the 5th Grade Choral Festival, just download the MP3s of your part and start practicing! 

  • Part 1: Students from Southeast, Terrace, Ashland Ridge and Northeast
  • Part 2: Students from Prairie Trail, Crocker, East, Rock Creek, Westwood and Northwest
  • Descant and Part 1 on "Chariot’s Comin": Students from Terrace & Westwood
  • MP3s may be downloaded here.

If you have questions or difficulties with the MP3s above, please contact Lisa Evans at

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.
Preschool registration is now OPEN:
Preschool registration for the 2015-2016 school year is now open.  Select one of the links below to the online registration for three-year-old or four-year-old preschool.  Registrations are time-date stamped and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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