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Reminder: Be sure to register for Community Education Summer Classes!
Ankeny Community Education (CE) is sure to keep you and your children busy this summer with a variety of class opportunities!  Registration is now underway!  Youth course options include robotics, video game design, Circus Academy, and more.  Adult class options include Zumba®, Tai Chi, yoga, and more. 

Classes fill up quickly!  Register today!  For more information, please contact Community Education at 289-3960.


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.)
Additional babysitting clinic now offered; register today:
Due to high interest in the Ankeny Community Education’s Babysitting Clinic, another clinic will be offered May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Iowa State Extension educators will expand your child’s skills and confidence to provide safe and responsible care when asked to babysit.  Designed for students in the fifth grade and above, this clinic teaches basic first aid, how to handle emergency situations, caring for infants and young children, meal prep, playtime, what parents expect, and much more.  The $30 cost of the program includes lunch and some essential babysitting items. 

Register today for this popular youth enrichment class.

AUTHOR VISIT
Hello, the library is very excited to host Caldecott Award winning author Mac Barnett at Westwood on Friday, May 1st. Students have the opportunity to purchase his books and have them autographed by him during his visit.  Your student will receive their books soon after Mac’s visit.  If your student already owns one of his books, they are welcome to bring that to the library in April and we will have that signed for them as well.  Order forms went home with students last week and I am attaching one to this email as well.  All book orders are due back to the library on Monday, March 9th.   You can read more information about each of his books by going to http://www.macbarnett.com/.  
SPRING ID PICTURES
Spring ID pictures are scheduled for Thursday, March 26th from 7:30-1:00 in the Westwood Media Center.  All students will be having their pictures taken. Our incoming Kindergarten students also will have their pictures taken at this time.  No money needs to be sent prior to having pictures taken.  All parents will have the opportunity to preview pictures first before making a purchase. More information will be sent home after spring break. 
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 lisa.evans@ankenyschools.org.


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. 

Visitors/Volunteers
At Westwood Elementary, we welcome visitors to our classrooms.  We ask that visits are pre-arranged and be limited to 30 minutes in length in order to minimize interruptions to instructional time.  If you plan to visit, please let your child's teacher know in advance.

We encourage parents to wait a couple of weeks after the beginning of school in the fall before visiting so that our staff and students can settle into expectations, routines, etc.

Please bring your drivers license with you when visiting the building as we will be running a sex offender check on all visitors before they are let into the building.

Please note that a volunteer packet must be filled out yearly if you plan on volunteering at Westwood (including visiting class parties or going on field trips).  The background check portion is good for 5 years, however, the contact information needs to be filled out yearly.  If you have any questions please call the Westwood office or email Nicole.aplin@ankenyschools.org.
 
Interpreting your student's Iowa Assessments scores:
In January, Ankeny students took the Iowa Assessments test, which replaced the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and Iowa Tests of Education Development (ITED).  Test results are now being sent home to parents.  Ankeny Schools provide several resources to help you interpret your student’s test scores.   It is recommended that you review this online information. 


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